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Slide 1: aspects MAY 2006 P2 Aston star shooter wins Bronze medal P5 New partnership for ABS P6 Research Council rewards Aston’s top expertise EXPLORINGTHE MYSTERIESOF THE BRAIN NEW research from the University’s Neuroimaging Research Group could eventually help unlock the secrets of the human mind – a puzzle that has captivated thinkers and scientists for centuries. Members of the Group are employing new types of scanning technology that could rapidly advance our understanding of the brain. They have just installed a new version of their MEG scanner (Magnetoencephalography), which enables the researchers to see what parts of the brain produces which brain waves. MEG measures the magnetism given off by brain cell activity at 275 different locations simultaneously, which means the team can see exactly which parts of the brain are producing which signals. MEG is a particularly good technology for research as it is completely non-invasive, which means scientists can study brain activity without having to perform surgery. This can be a distressing procedure if used on patients in a clinical context, particularly for children. The Aston team use a combination of MEG and MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imagining) scanners to help build up a picture of the brain to see where and when activity is taking place. Being able to tell what parts of the brain are functioning has a range of valuable clinical uses. The research team works closely with hospitals to help in the study of areas such as mental illness, depression, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer’s disease. Dr Paul Furlong, who is Convenor of the Neuroimaging Research Group said: ‘We have a particular expertise in neuro-development and we’re very interested in how the brain changes over time from childhood through to early adulthood. By working with interdisciplinary teams of physicists, mathematicians, psychologists, and paediatric neuro-physiologists, we’re beginning to develop an understanding about how the brain works and how it develops over time. ‘Our research is about mapping brain functions, but it’s also about understanding how parts of the brain work together to produce thoughts and memories and all the precepts that we have about our environment. We still struggle to understand how all these disparate parts of the brain work together to produce an overall view of the world as we see it and understand it, and we’ve got a long way to go, but these techniques are beginning to give us a window to see how these functions are developed.’ A TV report about the Group’s work was filmed by Research TV in April. Words by Sally Hoban Photo by Edward Moss
Slide 2: Pride and groom: Aston’s unique research on civil partnerships UNIQUE new research surrounding the attitudes towards the much discussed subject of civil partnerships is underway at Aston. Headed by Dr Elizabeth Peel and Psychology student Adam Jowett, the study aims to explore 30 same-sex couples’ attitudes towards the new Civil Partnership Act that came into place in December 2005. This research project is one of the first of its kind and aims to interview couples about their relationship, their views on the legal recognition of same sex relationships, and the impact the new Civil Partnership Act will have on people in same sex relationships and their families. By the end of the study, Adam hopes to gain a clearer insight of how the partnerships are viewed, the ceremonies are carried out and what legal recognition actually means to members of the lesbian and gay communities. The impact of civil partnerships is continuing to send waves through society, which Adam found out about through a separate unique study focusing on the media’s representations of civil partnerships. Adam’s study was subject to great praise and interest after he presented his research at the British Psychological Society’s annual conference in Cardiff. Adam has always had an interest in lesbian and gay psychology and saw embarking on this project as a perfect opportunity to contribute to an area of research which has always fascinated him. It has also been a great opportunity to make his mark on the biggest political achievement the lesbian and gay communities have made to date. Adam is still currently looking for same-sex couples to contribute their views to his research and would welcome anyone who would be available for an (approximately) one hour interview. All interviews are highly confidential and will appear anonymously in published research. For further information please contact Adam via email on Words by Hannah Brookes Photo by Edward Moss Credits Contact Hannah Brookes with your story ideas for the June edition. Tel: 0121 204 4549 NEXT EDITION DEADLINE: 20 MAY Contributions are welcomed for the next issue. Please note we do reserve the right to edit material. Editor, Hannah Brookes University Communications Tel: 0121 204 4549 Email: Editor in Chief, Sally Hoban University Communications Tel: 0121 204 4552 Email: Photography by Edward Moss Tel: 07766 250970 Design by Andrew Blake Tel: 0121 204 4548 email: Printed by Manor Printing Services Ltd Tel: 01453 843891 Aston star shooter wins Bronze medal GRIFF Morgan, Commonwealth Games 2006 competitor and first year Aston Logistics student, has triumphantly returned to the University with much more than a beaming smile and four weeks of Australian sun! The Team Wales shooter reached the pinnacle of his shooting career by winning a bronze medal for the Men's 50m Rifle Prone Pairs event, as well as coming in sixth position for the individual event. The competition was extremely close, and out of 19 pairs the shooting duo narrowly missed out on Gold and Silver medals by just a few points. Griff was extremely pleased with his performance and excellent achievements at the Games. His next step is to compete and come away with another medal in the next Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India in 2010. ‘If you are passionate about your sport, then the Commonwealth Games is the ultimate honour for representing your country at this level. The training and competition was tough, but unlike the Olympic Games you are able to lead a relatively normal life as well as being a professional athlete,’ said Griff. Words by Hannah Brookes Photo by Edward Moss 2
Slide 3: (Back) Left to Right: Carl Senior, Gina Rippon and Mike Butler. (Front) Left to Right: Julia Badger, Karen Loss and Katie Atwell. Research placements lead to international success ASTON undergraduate Psychology students Karly Thompson, Katie Athwell, Karen Loss and Julia Badger have presented their work at this year’s British Psychology Society’s Conference in Cardiff. This is a huge achievement and shows a growing trend for students choosing to take their placement year undertaking research work at the University. The students worked on the projects that led to their poster presentations during their placement research year in Psychology and Aston Business School. The research they have undertaken will be submitted for publication in the next few months. This will help the students when applying for graduate jobs and also contribute to the research profile of both ABS and the School of Life & Health Sciences. The students have been involved in two projects. The first looked at the contagiousness of yawning, a project which will help researchers learn more about pathological social contagion such as that which occurs with sufferers of Tourettes Syndrome. The second looked at the effects of physical attractiveness on job negotiations. Dr Carl Senior from LHS said: ‘By representing the University at the BPSC Conference in Cardiff, these students were the first undergraduates from Psychology at Aston to present their placement work at this international conference. This is a great achievement.’ Dr Michael Butler from ABS, who cosupervised some of the projects, commented: ‘The placement initiative is an ideal mechanism by which students can not only enjoy the experience of research, but also contribute to new learning.’ Given the students own enthusiastic descriptions of their work it is clear that they have benefited greatly from the experience. Julia Badger said: ‘The conference taught me a lot about how I can improve my presentation skills. It was an excellent opportunity to speak to psychologists, who were able to provide me with plenty of advice for future presentations.’ Dr Gina Rippon, Deputy Head of LHS, who was also a co-supervisor for two of the students added: ‘They really took to their work and it was great to see undergraduates getting so excited about psychology research.’ Words by Sally Hoban Photo by Edward Moss 3
Slide 4: RCO News from The Research & Commercialisation Office Rare distinction for Aston academic PROF David Bainbridge from the Finance, Accounting and Law Group at Aston Business School, has joined Hardwicke Building to strengthen its IT law capacity. This is a very rare distinction for an academic and an excellent recognition of David’s specialist skills and knowledge. David has joined the company as an honorary tenant and will become a full tenant in due course. He becomes one of four specialist IP and IT practitioners at Hardwicke, and will act as an academic adviser and undertake some advocacy work. His academic specialism is the relationship between law and emerging technologies. Words Sally Hoban Photo by Hannah Brookes UNIVERSITY LECTURES FADS AND FASHIONS IN MEDICAL MANAGEMENT, presented by Ted Marmor, Yale University School of Management, Wednesday 17th May, 5.30 – 7.00 pm, Warwick Lecture Theatre, admittance free. This lecture explores why healthcare on both sides of the Atlantic has been so susceptible to business notions of management and what such ideas can realistically be expected to do for long-standing policy and organisational problems. To book your place please contact Jane Winder at ‘SKILLED’ ROBOTICS FROM RESEARCH TO PRACTICE, presented by Professor Koorosh Khadabandehloo, Managing Director, Robotic Solutions Ltd, Thursday 18th May, 5.30 – 7.00pm, Warwick Lecture Theatre, admittance free. This lecture will explore the theory that one day, machines will have human-like reasoning and capability. This idea will be presented through examples such as the Snooker Machine, which shows how skilled tasks can be automated given the constraints, variable conditions and the rules of the game. Prof Khodabandehloo will also discuss specific projects, industrial achievements, and the use of technology for efficient production in large and small companies. To book your place please contact Susan Urwin at THE MARKETING PROFESSIONALS FORUM (RE)DEFINING MARKETING PRACTICE, Thursday 18th May Aston Business School Marketing Group and the Chartered Institute of Marketing will bring together academics and professionals in a unique one-day forum to address how modern marketing practice needs to redefine itself. For additional information visit The Royal Society DURING a recent presentation to a packed Aston audience, The Royal Society signalled that it is aiming to expand the number of universities it currently supports. Dr Peter Collins, The Society’s Director of Science Policy gave the presentation to Aston academics and PhD students, in which he underlined the aims of the Society in fostering high-quality research and supporting the understanding of scientific research, whilst engaging with public demands and influencing national and international science policy. He also detailed a number of different funding schemes available for PhD level and above which included research and conference grants, industry, research and international fellowships, professorships, and instrument and equipment awards. The Royal Society is an independent, charitable body and is the UK's National Academy of Science at the cutting edge of scientific progress. It has 1,400 Fellows and foreign members, supports many of the UK's top young scientists, engineers and technologists and influences science policy. Head of Aston’s Research Support Unit, Sally Puzey said of the visit: ‘This is a significant gesture from The Royal Society who are very keen to strengthen links with more researchactive institutions. They are particularly interested in universities like Aston, where the research is extremely relevant to modern business and industry, and will benefit society as a whole.’ If you would like to know more about The Royal Society and the range of research grants and fellowships they offer, please contact Sally on ext 4243 or email New book for ABS student CONGRATULATIONS to Stephen Fletcher, FCIM, MBA, who is currently a PhD student in Aston Business School, on the recent publication of his milestone book on the challenges faced by the Commonwealth countries in achieving the United Nations Millennium Goals (UNMDGs). World-renowned development economist Sir Richard Jolly (Honorary Professor at the University of Sussex and former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations 1996-2000) has praised the book, saying: ‘Stephen has produced a handbook for poverty reducing development in the Commonwealth. It is highly readable, full of case studies and statistics, presents challenges for policy and action, and is politically progressive and practical with a special focus on the Caribbean.’ Poor Commonwealth No Longer? Challenges facing the Commonwealth in Achieving the UN Development Goals can be viewed electronically at 4 Words by Paul Burkwood
Slide 5: Standing (left to right): Tarik Chawdry (City Council Assistant HR Director), Helen Higson, Bill Fletcher - (City HR Assistant Director), Brian Porter. Sitting (left to right): Alan Rudge (Birmingham City Councillor), John Saunders, Richard Billingham (City Council HR Business Director). New partnership for ABS ASTON Business School and Birmingham City Council have signed a formal Partnership Protocol agreement. This Partnership Protocol, or understanding, provides mutual assistance in realising the vision and goals of each partner and the means to co-ordinate and manage this relationship. Birmingham City Council and ABS share the same vision of striving for excellence through continuous improvement and the partnership should bring mutual benefits to each organisation. The Business School’s priorities for the Protocol include the engagement of the Council in research initiatives and projects and increasing the number of work placements and graduate opportunities at the Council. Aston is justifiably proud of the high employability of its graduates, its good links with the professions and industry and its well established and highly regarded industry placement year which heightens job prospects for graduates. The Protocol will provide opportunities for the Council to participate more in university life, for example by providing speakers for student programmes. The initiative was set up by Brian Porter, Aston’s Direcor of Advancement, and supported by Prof John Saunders, Head of Aston Business School. It will be jointly managed by Brian and Mr Bill Fletcher, Director of Human Resources at Birmingham City Council. Brian commented: ‘The signing of the Protocol formalises the recent efforts and discussions that have been underway to make this development possible and provides a framework for corporate relations at Aston University.’ The University has also signed a partnership with the Institute of Asian Businesses. There will be a report on this in the next issue. Words by Sally Hoban Photo by Huw Meredith ABS wins up to £90,000 in trust funding for scholarships ASTON Business School’s MBA programme has been awarded funding to establish a scholarship programme for outstanding African students. The Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust has granted £30,000 for 2006/07 and if successful in the first year, the scholarships and funding are expected to continue for three years. The scholarships, which were secured by the Office of Advancement and Gareth Griffiths, MBA Director (External), will provide an exceptional opportunity for five talented African students each year and will greatly enrich the diversity of Aston's MBA. The Ferguson Trust has also expressed interest in expanding scholarship funding to additional Aston programmes in the future. If you are interested, please contact Brian Porter, Director of Advancement, on ext 3026 or email for further information about making a proposal. Words by Sally Hoban 5
Slide 6: Research Council rewards Aston’s top expertise THE University’s Psychology Masters degree in Neuroimaging, which is also the first of its kind in the UK, has been selected by the Medical Research Council (MRC) to receive funding for student bursaries. The MRC’s Advanced Course Studentship Scheme has allocated the funds for six students over a period of three years. The University will provide each student with a maintenance allowance in excess of £12,000 as well as full funding for their course fees. Competition was extremely tough as the MRC received more than double their expected amount of applications and had only a limited amount of spaces. This national recognition and honour validates the hard work of Psychology and other School of Life & Health Sciences staff in designing and Words by Hannah Brookes Photo by Edward Moss 6 implementing this course, as well as pioneering the research upon which it is based. In particular, without the Wellcome Trust’s funding of the Laboratory for MEG (Magnetoencephalography) studies, Aston would never have been able to develop the essential research expertise in this area to enable the University to become a UK training centre in this technique. An anonymous reviewer of Aston’s application said: ‘With the increase in Neuroimaging research centres there is a high demand for skilled research personnel, of which there is a real shortage at present. This course will go some way in addressing this by providing basic training with the hope that some students will progress towards a research career in this area.’ The next MRes in Neuroimaging students will start in September 2006. They will not only have access to MEG and MRI facilities, but they will also will be able to gain invaluable experience in other techniques such as TMS (Transcranial magnetic stimulation) and dense array EEG. Dr Joel Talcott, Senior Lecturer in Psychology said: ‘Our Master's degree in Neuroimaging research methods is to my knowledge the first of its kind in the UK. It capitalises on Aston's unique resources for research using multimodal neuroimaging, in which we are considered a world leader. We are extremely pleased to have secured this funding from the MRC and look forward to working with the excellent students that this recognition will help us to recruit.’
Slide 7: The science of attraction GAYNOR Evans, a neuroscientist from the School of Life & Health Sciences at Aston, took her research to a wider audience recently when she gave a talk at Birmingham’s science museum Thinktank at Millennium Point. Her lecture looked at why we find certain people attractive and not others and how brain imaging has been used to see if it is our brains or our hearts that decide. It was part of a series of free evening talks at Thinktank called ‘Meet the Scientist’, which gives members of the public the opportunity to discuss the science behind current issues affecting our lives today. Gaynor’s talk also gave local people the opportunity to hear about the world class vocational and practical research that is happening at Aston. Gaynor discussed her work on facial and body attractiveness which points to specific areas of the brain being involved not only in the perception of faces and bodies, but also how we appraise this attractiveness. She also discussed how this knowledge could be applied clinically in order to try and understand more about body dysmorphia, which is a key symptom of eating disorders. Kenny Webster from Thinktank said: 'It is fantastic to have real scientists coming into the museum to talk about their work in a way that everyone can follow, understand and enjoy.' If you are a member of academic staff and would like to take part in a Meet the Scientist lecture please contact Sally Hoban in University Communications for more details on ext 4552. For further information about the programme visit Words by Sally Hoban Photo by Edward Moss Work experience opportunities in Combined Honours DURING the last three years, Combined Honours has created placement opportunities for Aston undergraduates and also for students from universities across Europe. Currently, there are seven placement students, four of whom are Europeans from outside the UK. These placement opportunities involve working on innovative learning technology projects as well as researching marketing communication strategies, providing the students with an excellent opportunity to gain reallife work experience and valuable skills before entering the real world of work. The placement students include two Belgians from Hogeschool Gent, who are completing a three month placement at the University. Frederik Debonne is an undergraduate Language student and TineVanhuyse is Photo: (Left to right) Christoffer Olavi, Thomas Gullberg, Tine Vanhuyse, Frederik Debonné, Thamali Wimalasena, Dean Gray, Steven Ellis an undergraduate Marketing student. Two students from Halmstad University, Sweden, Christoffer Olavi and Thomas Gullberg, are undertaking the marketing placements as part of their undergraduate degrees. ‘I have really enjoyed meeting new people, improving my language skills and gaining such valuable experience of working,’ said Thomas. As well as the European students, Aston Computer Science graduates Steven Ellis and Dean Gray are working at Aston as Information Systems Developers, gaining valuable postgraduate work experience. Following the tradition that Combined Honours recruits an Aston Business School student each year, Marketing student Thamali Wimalasena was chosen for the role of Marketing Assistant this year. Her responsibilities include competitor analysis, developing marketing materials and assisting with promotional events as well as working on specific learning technology projects. Thamali said: ‘Through my placement I am encountering things that I would not learn just by completing my degree.’ Dr. Jo Smedley, Assistant Director of Combined Honours, said: ‘Each placement student is different and they are a pleasure to work with. Aston’s placement concept is invaluable to Combined Honours and these students provide a real insight into undergraduate life which helps all our student-centred initiatives.’ For further information about the placement opportunities available in Combined Honours please contact Jo Smedley on ext 4284 or email Words by Thamali Wimalasena 7
Slide 8: Aston University DVD We are delighted to announce the launch of the Aston University DVD produced by Aston Media in conjunction with the Marketing department. We would like to thank the many staff across the University who were involved in this complex project and hope that you will be as delighted with the end product as we are. The DVD will be a valuable marketing tool for undergraduate and postgraduate recruitment in both home and international markets. Copies can be obtained from Lisa Anderton in Schools & Colleges Liaison, room SW 213. Contact Lisa on ext 4771 or email Study and work in the UK Dawn of a new beginning for publications UNIVERSITY Communications recently welcomed Dawn White as the latest edition to the team. The new role of Publications Officer, requires Dawn to manage a series of publications, starting from the initial draft and raw text stage, right up until the final product is complete. Before embarking on a project, she works with departments and schools to find out their aims and target audience and reasons for the publication. The projects she undertakes are varied, ranging from the undergraduate prospectus to leaflets and brochures for individual schools. Dawn’s position was created to expand the service that publications can provide, working closely with Graphic Designer Andrew Blake. To contact Dawn White email or telephone ext 4553. STAFF should be aware that the Science and Engineering Graduates Scheme (SEGS) is being extended to postgraduate international students who successfully complete and obtain a UK recognised Master's degree or PhD in any subject. This means that the area of study does not need to be on a list of approved subjects, nor does it have to be related to science or engineering. Qualified students will therefore be able to work in the UK for up to one year following successful completion of their studies. This extended scheme applies to international students whose programmes start on or after 1 May 2006, therefore all PG programmes starting in the academic year 2006/7 will apply. Academic staff may be asked for some advice or are likely to be asked to write references. Further details of the scheme can be found on the UKCOSA website at listed under 'Important News for students' or contact Jill Wilson in the Student Advice Centre on ext 4848 or email New appointment in ABS DR Michael Grojean has been appointed Head of Executive Education at Aston Business School. He is widely regarded as an expert on leadership development and in addition to an academic career studying the psychology of business and management he is an ex US Army Commander and one-time head of a Bomb Disposal School. He has been with ABS for two-and-a-half years where he is director of the Aston Centre for Leadership Excellence. 2ND June 10.00pm – 3.00am This is the 40th year of the Charter Ball, which celebrates and commemorates the University receiving its charter. For more information about purchasing tickets and the entertainment available on the night visit 8
Slide 9: Aston’s own bobby on the beat ON the surface, 20 year old Aston student Ashley Pepper is like any other full-time student juggling her studies with an equally demanding social life! However, those who know her also know that Ashley leads two very different lives… As well as her full-time Combined Honours degree in Business Administration and Psychology, Ashley is an employee of the Metropolitan Police Service in London. The budding policewoman and keen student has amazed her tutors through her hard work and determination to hold down a job whilst still managing to complete full-time university hours. Ashley joined the police service as a Community Support Officer at 18 years old when she finished her A-levels. Recognising the importance of having both an education and work experience in a competitive job market, Ashley wanted to stay ahead and get a degree. As a Community Support Officer, Ashley’s main duty involves providing a uniformed and reassuring presence within the community. Her professional role is poles apart from the life she has at Aston, although her degree has helped her in many ways with her profession. ‘I would definitely recommend going to university as well as working full time. Getting a degree was something which I really wanted to do, but I was also passionate about starting work as soon as possible with the police. My job has helped me a lot with my studies, not only financially but in my communication skills and in developing an excellent work ethic,’ said Ashley. With understanding work colleagues and staff at the University behind her, Ashley is able to concentrate on her studies in term time and her career throughout her holidays. ‘What stood out about Aston was the friendly atmosphere of the campus. The University’s great reputation and enthusiastic staff meant it was the best university for me,’ said Ashley. Upon leaving Aston Ashley hopes to join the police as a full-time officer. Having a degree will provide her with opportunities for future career development within the Metropolitan Police Service. Words by Hannah Brookes Photo by Edward Moss 9
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Slide 11: Latest hope for children with hearing impairments THE School of Life & Health Sciences is staging a one day conference to share new developments and illustrate the importance of early intervention for children with hearing impairments. The event is being held at the Lakeside Conference Centre on 26 May and is entitled Auditory learning beyond the newborn hearing screening programme: What should the future look like? It is being held in association with the NHS Birmingham Children’s Cochlear Implant Programme and Auditory Verbal UK. Over the last ten years, there has been tremendous progress in hearing technology. The national Newborn Hearing Screening Programme (NHSP) has created a demand for professional development in the field of early intervention for children who are hearing impaired and their families. Consequently, a new generation of very young children will have the opportunity to commence their intervention programme almost at birth, using state-of-the-art technology. It is vital that these children and their families have access to skilled professionals who maintain up to date knowledge within a high standard of clinical practice. The key topics of discussion at the conference include looking at the long-term benefits of screening at birth for young children with permanent hearing loss, the future that children with hearing impairments can aspire to, and how support services can ensure that hearing impaired babies detected early can be on a par with their peers. Several internationally acclaimed speakers will lead the conference. This includes Professor Carol Flexer, author of Facilitating hearing and listening in young children, from the University of Akron & N.E. Ohio, USA and Professor Adrian Davies, Director of the MRC Hearing and Screening Programme, at the University of Manchester. The conference will launch Aston’s new Postgraduate Diploma in Auditory Verbal Therapy which will run from October 2006. Prof Colette McKay, Head of Audiology at Aston, said: ‘Never has the future for young hearing impaired children been brighter than it is today. Advances in technology, coupled with newborn hearing screening, means that we can now detect significant deafness soon after birth. This provides the opportunity for infants to receive special attention very early on, which is essential for the development of good language and speech skills. This workshop will bring together habilitation experts who will enhance our knowledge of how best to facilitate auditory learning in very young children, so that they can fulfil their maximum potential.’ Words by Hannah Brookes Photo by Edward Moss F REE COFFEE OR DRINK WHEN YOU BUY A SANDWICH DELI OR SALAD ASTON STAFF ID REQUIRED. 11
Slide 12: Highlights of Aston in the media New Scientist 8 April 2006 Competition By popular demand, the official Aston piggy bank is back! This month aspects will be giving away one of these handy money boxes which are also available to purchase from the Aston gift range. If you would like to give this little piggy a home, then please circle the correct answers below and return to Hannah Brookes in Room SW217 by May 31. 1. Which police service is Ashley Pepper employed by? a. West Mercia b. Metropolitan c. West Midlands 2. How much has The Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust granted Aston Business School’s MBA programme so far for 2006/2007? a. £30,000 b. £13,000 c. £300,000 3. In which city did Psychology undergraduates present their work at this year’s British Psychology Society Conference? a. Birmingham b. Edinburgh c. Cardiff Visiting reader, Robert Matthews writes the cover story for the prestigious science magazine on his research and theory about the hidden secrets of water. Financial Times 15 April 2006 Saunders comments on why Aston is embracing its multicultural community and why the venture is so important. Birmingham Post 15 April 2006 Article on Cancer Research UK mentions the popular brain cancer drug Temodal, that was discovered at Aston. Birmingham Post April 2006 An Aston study is quoted in an article about NHS staff being attacked at work. The study showed that statistics indicated that attacks are more common when alcohol is involved. The Lawyer 17 April 2006 A large article reported on the new partnership between Aston Business School and the Institute of Asian Businesses. Prof John The University’s Prof David Bainbridge joins Harwicke Building’s new IP team to strengthen its law capacity. Name: School/dept: Ext: Obituary Information about July graduation ceremonies The dates and times for the ceremonies are: Friday 7th July 11.00am & 2.00pm, School of Life & Health Sciences Saturday 8th July 11.00am, Aston Business School 2.00pm, Combined Honours Friday 14th July 11.00am & 2.00pm, Aston Business School Saturday 15th July 11.00am & 2.00pm, School of Engineering & Applied Science Deadline for library book return: Friday 26th May Deadline for debt payment: Friday 9th May The University regrets to announce the recent death of Margaret Newton. Dr Newton joined the University in 1965 as Senior Lecturer in the Department of applied Psychology. Dr Newton was co-author of the Aston Index, a screening test for dyslexia. She retired in 1985. The University also regrets to announce the death on Monday 17 April 2006, of Ann White, following a prolonged illness. Ann started working at the University on 26 May 1987, as a Housekeeper, later becoming a Residences Officer. Vision Sciences’ Tony Roberts will be running in the Annual Sutton Fun Run in aid of his chosen charity Birmingham Focus on Blindness on 4 June. To donate to the charity or sponsor Tony, please visit the main entrance of the Vision Sciences building. University Communications’ Hannah Brookes will also be taking part in a light hearted fun run, in aid of Cancer Research UK. The Race For Life event is a 5km run and will take place in Birmingham on 15 June. All donations and sponsorship are welcome. Please visit room SW217 or 12

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