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
Using alumni funding, the Department has made a short film capturing the variety and talents of students, academics and alumni to inspire the next generation of linguists.
The centenary of the beginning of the First World War will be marked with the Birmingham Great War Lecture Series: Road to War, featuring noted academics examining the events which led to the outbreak of war. In October, the work of war artist C R Nevinson will be discussed during an exhibition at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.
From the College of Life and Environmental Sciences
Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
A study has been launched investigating the effects to the brains of sportspeople in the aftermath of a concussion. Jointly led by Dr Michael J Grey, Reader in Motor Neuroscience, and Tony Belli from Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the research will particularly look at ‘second impact syndrome’, which occurs when a player who has sustained one concussion receives a second bang to the head. It is hoped the study could eventually lead to a completely objective test for sportspeople suspected of suffering a concussion, aiding in the difficult decision of whether to return to play.
From the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Chemistry; Metallurgy and Materials
Two schools have won funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for Centres for Doctoral Training; Physical Sciences for Health in the School of Chemistry and Innovative Metal Processing in the School of Metallurgy and Materials.
The College will be holding an Alumni Reunion on 14 June 2014 for all graduates, with an opportunity to visit schools, catch up with colleagues and meet students. Invitations have been sent, please visit www.birmingham.ac.uk/epsreunion2014 to book your place. The new College Research Brochure can be downloaded at www.birmingham.ac.uk/research-brochure
A new film showcasing sport at Birmingham is aiming to encourage all students to make sport a part of their time at the University. Featuring sports as diverse as football, basketball, cheerleading, lacrosse, rugby and more, the film is set to the theme tune of You Are My Birmingham sung by student Katie Lavine (BMus Music).
From the College of Social Sciences
The Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Enterprise (CREME)
With a mission to make diversity and enterprise everyone’s business, CREME is now based in Birmingham Business School. The Centre, headed by Professor Monder Ram OBE, delivers leading-edge expertise on business support for ethnic minority entrepreneurs, while working to transform perceptions through its work with policy makers and influential organisations. Learn more www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/business/creme/index.aspx
From the College of Medical and Dental Sciences
Physician Associate training
A new-look Postgraduate Diploma in Physician Associate Studies has been launched by the University in partnership with University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and other Midlands Trusts. Although relatively new to the UK, the NHS is planning rapid growth in coming years of the role, which supports doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients.
Institute of Translational Medicine (ITM)
A new £24 million medical research area is to bring together academics, clinicians and industry. On the old Queen Elizabeth (QE) Hospital site, the ITM will house experts from the new QE Hospital, the University, and Birmingham Children’s Hospital; and host pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, all focusing on early phase clinical trials.