A selection of news from around the University. To find out about your school or department, visit: www.birmingham.ac.uk
From the College of Arts and Law
Dr Malcolm Dick of the Department of History has been appointed Editor of new regional magazine, History West Midlands which features much content informed by Birmingham-led research. The publication, for members of the community with an interest in Midlands history, is a useful way to build public engagement in the University’s academicexpertise. The first issue on the West Midlands Enlightenment is a reflection of Malcolm’s work with Professor in French History, Peter Jones; and is available to download now from www.historywm.com
From the College of Life and Environmental Sciences
A significant refurbishment will update the Lapworth Museum of Geology in line with 21st century teaching and learning practices and technologies, and make it more accessible to local communities (see artist impression at top of the page). Thanks to a development grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and a gift from Dr Keith Palmer OBE (BSc Geology, 1968; PhD, 1971; DUniv, 2013), plans are afoot to transform this facility by 2015. To find out how you can help make this project a reality, visit www.birmingham.ac.uk/lapworth-museum
From the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences
The College of Engineering and Physical Sciences has introduced three new themes to provide a structure to all of its research activity. These are:
Resilience, Energy and Sustainability
The School of Computer Sciences
Computer Science has been made an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research by the UK government. This national scheme seeks to strengthen the collaborative work and ongoing research between academic institutes, UK government
and industry to ensure resilience to cyber attacks.
Find out more at www.cs.bham.ac.uk/research
Members of 14 different clubs returned to the University in June for the 12th annual Alumni Sports Day. The event, bringing together students past and present, gave alumni the opportunity to relive their memories and compete once again for the University. ‘Alumni day is pretty special for all of the boys in the team,’ explains James Martin (BA Political Economy, 2013), alumni rep for the Rugby League team. ‘We all really look forward to this event as we see lots of graduates returning. Everyone has a laugh and then we head to the bar for a catch-up.’ Register now for 2014’s Alumni Sports Day via www.sport.bham.ac.uk
From the College of Social Sciences
The Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) and Birmingham Business School, along with a consortium of other internationally recognised institutions, have been selected to help the NHS deliver the largest and most comprehensive programme of leadership development.
Around 25,000 NHS staff will have access to foundation, mid- and seniorlevel leadership programmes from September, with HSMC playing a major role in delivering them. This will aim to improve patients’ experience by encouraging compassion, dignity and respect.
From the College of Medical and Dental Sciences
The Medical and Dental School’s unique Basic Life Support (BLS) course, which
provides basic training to first year medical and dental students, will now be working in partnership with the British Heart Foundation to provide training for more than 3,000 year 8 and 9 students from the University’s Access to Birmingham (A2B) partner schools. BLS is used to treat victims of life-threatening illnesses or injuries until they can be given full medical care at hospital.
The School of Physiotherapy has moved from the College of Medical and Dental Sciences to Life and Environmental Sciences to allow staff and students to work more closely with Sport and Exercise Sciences and Rehabilitation..