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Virtual reality technology comes to Burrator

Virtual reality technology comes to Burrator
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The University of Birmingham's Human Interface Technologies Team will be bringing the latest in Virtual Reality and Gaming technologies to the shores of Burrator Reservoir this weekend, as they take part in the official opening of South West Lakes' new Discovery Centre. Having already "hit the news" in the south west with their recent achievements using VR techniques to recreate the A7 submarine the HIT Team will be demonstrating how Virtual Reality can be used to "turn the clock back".
Date:
15/07/2014

Visiting Professor appointed as Special Adviser to the Treasury Select Committee

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A Visiting Professor at Birmingham Business School's Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME) , has been appointed as Special Adviser on Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Lending and related matters to the Treasury Select Committee in the House of Commons.
Date:
15/07/2014

Researchers share their passions at poster conference

Researchers share their passions at poster conference
Description
Psychology postgraduate students showcased their work at a research poster conference on 10 June.
Date:
14/07/2014

B-Film cited in House of Lords report

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The importance and impact of B-Film was underlined by citation of its findings in the House of Lords Select Committee on Soft Power and the UK's Influence.
Date:
14/07/2014

Worldwide anti-crime network brings together police and academics

Worldwide anti-crime network brings together police and academics
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A global network dedicated to linking serial crimes recently met for a three-day workshop.
Date:
14/07/2014

Blog: How can the 21st century public servant survive an era of perma-austerity?

Blog: How can the 21st century public servant survive an era of perma-austerity?
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Written by Catherine Mangan. We are launching the first theme from our 21st Century Public Servant project – the need to survive a seemingly unending period of austerity – to coincide with the Local Government Association conference, where austerity is a central theme. Our research with local government and other public service delivery organisations found that 'perma-austerity' is both inhibiting and catalysing change, as organisations struggle to balance short-term cost-cutting and redundancies with a strategic vision for change.
Date:
14/07/2014

Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Lecture Series Grant

Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Lecture Series Grant
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Shirley Ye wins a lecture series grant with the aim of stimulating institutional interest to expand China studies beyond History.
Date:
11/07/2014

The Birmingham Brief: To find space in the UK, blur the lines between town and country

The Birmingham Brief: To find space in the UK, blur the lines between town and country
Description
Two substantial contributions to the debate on how we use land in the UK have come out in quick succession; first came the Best Use of UK Agricultural Land from the University of Cambridge's Natural Capital Leaders Platform, then the UK National Ecosystem Assessment follow-on report. Although there is much common ground, the reports seem to be pushing us in opposite directions.
Date:
11/07/2014

Antiepileptic drugs taken during pregnancy may increase risk of impaired development for children

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New research suggests that taking antiepileptic drugs during pregnancy increases the risk of the child having impaired brain development.
Date:
11/07/2014

Training Study in Sport and Exercise Science

Training Study in Sport and Exercise Science
Description
An expert exercise physiology research group from the University of Birmingham plan to guide participants through a 10-week leg resistance training programme in order to observe the importance of rest-interval duration on muscle growth.
Date:
10/07/2014

Female Entrepreneurship: Gearing Up For Business Growth

Description
'Female Entrepreneurship: Gearing Up For Business Growth' workshop in Birmingham looks at the key issues faced by female entrepreneurs.
Date:
10/07/2014

The essence of community hospitals

The essence of community hospitals
Description
The statement from Simon Stevens about the role of small hospitals in the NHS is welcome, and unexpected. Those communities who are actively campaigning to keep their valued local hospitals are stopped in their tracks. Can this be right – does the NHS have room now for community hospitals as part of its infrastructure? A clear message from the CEO of the NHS would suggest so.
Date:
10/07/2014

Studying Ancient History at Birmingham

Studying Ancient History at Birmingham
Description
Video of Dr Andrew Bayliss talking about our undergraduate Ancient History programmes at the June 2014 University of Birmingham Open Day.
Date:
09/07/2014

Studying Classics at Birmingham

Studying Classics at Birmingham
Description
Video of Dr Elena Theodorakoupolos talking about our undergraduate Classics programmes at the June 2014 University of Birmingham Open Day.
Date:
09/07/2014

Relations between China and India take centre stage at Birmingham conference

Relations between China and India take centre stage at Birmingham conference
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A ground-breaking conference at the University of Birmingham will bring together scholars from China, India and the UK to address contemporary Sino-Indian relations. Focusing on economic and security implications, speakers will also discuss the implications of China and India's simultaneous rise on the West.
Date:
08/07/2014

Blog: 21st century public servant: the discussion phase

Blog: 21st century public servant: the discussion phase
Description
Written by Catherine Needham. This post is based on a provocation which I posed at INLOGOV's recent Summer Symposium. It is an attempt to move on the conversation about engagement between local government, other public institutions, citizens and communities.
Date:
08/07/2014

ISIS and a new caliphate

ISIS and a new caliphate
Description
Dr David Thomas presents the latest Birmingham Perspective.
Date:
08/07/2014

A pox upon him: Shakespeare accused of causing misery to people with skin conditions

A pox upon him: Shakespeare accused of causing misery to people with skin conditions
Description
Professor Michael Dobson was featured in articles in The Independent and the Mail Online UK concerning whether or not Shakespeare is responsible for the stigma attached to certain skin conditions.
Date:
08/07/2014

Birmingham professor to give synthetic biology a voice inside Government

Birmingham professor to give synthetic biology a voice inside Government
Description
Professor Timothy Dafforn will bring his expertise into the heart of Whitehall as at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
Date:
08/07/2014

Creative planning for 'self-made' UK cities of the future

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The University of Birmingham Policy Commission on Future Urban Living launches its report in the House of Lords on Monday 7 July. The report is the culmination of a year's evidence taken from a wide range of leading practitioners and thinkers on cities from the UK and elsewhere, drawing from it ideas to inform the way we live, work and play in the cities of the future.
Date:
08/07/2014
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