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Thursday 26 March - Making Light for You Photonics Workshop

Aston Photonics team has a European funding to help local businesses where we can visit a company  to provide onsite consultancy advice on  how photonic technologies may improve efficiency. Alternatively, we welcome business owners to attend our workshop (lunch included). If you/your friends are  involved in any type of production, contact us to check whether you are eligible for free support. For further information, visit the website.

Thursday 26 March - Enterprise Research Centre (ERC) presentation

MB229/231, 9:30am – 11:00am

Aston Business School Research Centres have been established as a platform from which we respond to emerging research topics. They foster a sharpened focus on specific areas of enquiry and promote increased visibility and impact for our research.  The format of the session will be a presentation from the Centre Director and appropriate team members, followed by a Q&A session. Please confirm attendance via email to Rochelle Hancock by Monday 23 March.

Thursday 16 April - Assessment and the New National Curriculum for MFL: Issues and Discussions

This twilight CPD session, hosted by the Centre for Language Education Research at Aston (CLERA) and Network for Languages, is aimed at those who teach MFL at Key Stage 3. This course is for language teachers who wish to reflect on the best methods of planning and recording progress over the statutory KS3 and will allow delegates to consider a range of options and to discuss what their whole-school policy is for assessment. For more information and registration, contact Jacquie Harding. 

Thursday 16 April - CPD workshop: Employability and the Curriculum

MB512, 10am – 1pm (lunch included)

Julie Stonall and Sarah Warburton will lead the session and will explore how employability skills and Aston’s 2020 employability strategy can be embedded into the curriculum. You will be encouraged to reflect on Aston’s marketing messages around employability and how to support and enhance the delivery of the University employability strategy within the context of your own provision. There is limited availability for this workshop, if you would like to attend contact Marika Jones by 27March.

Wednesday 22 April - Early onset Type 2 Diabetes and its Life Course Conference

This conference will showcase two local research projects and provide an opportunity for networking and debate. See the full conference programme here. To register, email Tania Spruce

Thursday 23 April - Oral History and Cuba: A Changing Society?  One-day workshop with invited speakers.

MB234, 9:30am - 6pm, followed by drinks reception
This one day international workshop will present the work of academics who have conducted research in Cuba or with Cubans outside using oral history methodologies. Oral history intends to give complementary versions to the official histories. As Paul Thompson writes, “the richest possibilities of Oral History lie within the development of a more socially conscious and democratic history” (Voices of the Past, 2000).  The event is sponsored by Cervantes. To register and find out what fees apply, visit: www.aston.ac.uk/europe


Monday 30 March - ABS Welcome Reception - Class of 2015

MBA Lounge, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Aston Business School is organising their annual drinks reception for new graduates, to formally welcome them to the Alumni Network. If you would like to join George Feiger and our new graduates for drinks to celebrate their achievements, email Paula Eccles.

Thursday 30 April - Aston Inaugural Lecture – Making light work of the internet: How photonics has powered the information revolution by Professor Andrew Ellis

Sumpner Lecture Theatre, 6.00pm tea & coffee, 6.30pm start

How does the internet work? In this lecture, Professor Andrew Ellis from EAS will look at how our tablets, smart phones and computers, are all connected together by optical fibre. He will examine the history and future of optical communications, tracing its evolution from Greek mythology to the immense web of fibres used today to transport information. He will discuss future problems, potential solutions, and likely outcomes if solutions are not found. Click here to register.

Monday 18 - Tuesday 19 May - The Spring Servitization Conference 2015: Servitization: the theory and impact

Aston Business School

Servitization continues to grow substantially. Whether driven by concerns over competitors from low cost economies, environmental and economic sustainability, demands for market growth or the potential to exploit new Information and Communication Technologies, more and more manufacturers are innovating their business models to include greater revenue generation around services. Full details and registration visit www.aston.ac.uk/ssc2015. Or contact Jill Forrest,or call 0121 204 3249.