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This is the monthly newsletter of Aston University, Birmingham, UK, where I did a communication internship together with other students from Belgium, Sweden and the UK. The goal was to inform potential students and their parents about the possibilities at Aston.

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Aston University newsletter May 2006

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

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