Alumni news and events

50 faces of CREES #52 - Paul Barton, B.Com (Russian Studies) 1964-67

50 faces of CREES #52 - Paul Barton, B.Com (Russian Studies) 1964-67
Description
When I arrived in 1964, the Social Sciences buildings were very new. I returned in 1999, when my daughter was visiting potential universities, and it looked very down-at-heel. One of the great advantages of CREES was having our own library, which served as both a study area and a social centre - a common room of sorts - where students from all the years mixed and chatted.
Date:
Thursday 24th April 2014

New Centre for Russian and East Eurpean Studies Blog

New Centre for Russian and East Eurpean Studies Blog
Description
This blog will provide its readers with short articles aimed at stimulating thought and debate on current events, emerging research, and broader issues related to Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, written by members of the CREES community, including current and former academics, researchers, PhD students and alumni. Aiming to both provide 'advice to the prince' and 'speak truth to power' from within the social sciences and humanities, it will allow its contributors greater leeway than formal academic writing in expressing their opinions on subjects of acute concern to a wider audience.
Date:
Tuesday 15th April 2014

ICCS seminar series podcast: Chemically Massacring Civilians

ICCS seminar series podcast: Chemically Massacring Civilians
Description
Speaker: Paul Schulte. This talk examines and assesses the effectiveness of emerging international responses to chemical attacks during the Syrian Civil War. It considers historical context, attitudes towards WMD possession and use, and recurrent structural aspects of Great Power interest, affecting the choices and legitimate knowledge available to international organisations.
Date:
Monday 14th April 2014

ICCS seminar series podcast: Peace Negotiations and Peacebuilding in the Middle East

ICCS seminar series podcast: Peace Negotiations and Peacebuilding in the Middle East
Description
Peace Negotiations and Peacebuilding in the Middle East: The Role of Religion and Culture in Processes of Reconciliation. Guest Speaker: Professor Kamel Abu Jaber (Director, Jordan Institute for Middle East Studies). Chair: Professor Nicholas Wheeler, Discussants: Professor Stefan Wolff, Dr Josef Boehle, Dr Christalla Yakinthou, Dr Asaf Siniver.
Date:
Monday 14th April 2014

The Conversation: Despite the rumble of Russian tanks the main weapon in Ukraine is information

The Conversation: Despite the rumble of Russian tanks the main weapon in Ukraine is information
Description
Written by recent CREES PhD graduate Victoria Hudson. In the information age, success is not merely the result of whose army wins, but also of whose story wins." The words of Harvard scholar Joseph Nye have been borne out in Ukraine.
Date:
Wednesday 26th March 2014

IDD Guest seminar podcast: The Power In-Between: Youth's Subaltern Agency and the Post-Conflict Everyday

IDD Guest seminar podcast: The Power In-Between: Youth's Subaltern Agency and the Post-Conflict Everyday
Description
Speaker: Dr Sukaynya Podder, Department of Management and Security, Cranfield University.
Date:
Thursday 13th March 2014

Win:Win network: empowering women in leadership - 26 March 2014

Win:Win network: empowering women in leadership - 26 March 2014
Description
We are delighted to announce that Norma Jarboe OBE, Director of Women Count and author of a recent report on gender and leadership in higher education will be joining us on 26 March 2014 to discuss her work and the potential benefits for colleagues. The Win:Win network offers a space primarily for academic women at the University of Birmingham to come together, share experiences, develop reciprocal support and facilitate action on issues of gender, diversity, employment, career development and leadership.
Date:
Tuesday 11th March 2014

Cooperation in the Contemporary World: University of Birmingham unveils latest MOOC

Cooperation in the Contemporary World: University of Birmingham unveils latest MOOC
Description
Experts from the the School of Government and Society including the International Development Department, Department of Political Science and International Studies and the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security at the University of Birmingham have introduced a free, open online course today offering a taste of higher education to learners worldwide. Registration is now live for this online course which is scheduled to start in May 2014.
Date:
Monday 10th March 2014

Undergraduate Open Days - 27-28 June 2014

Undergraduate Open Days - 27-28 June 2014
Description
Our Undergraduate Open Days offer you the perfect opportunity to hear first-hand from our current undergraduates and teaching staff about living and learning at Birmingham.
Date:
Monday 10th March 2014

Alumni profile: Nadine Baldwick, BA Sociology and Philosophy

Alumni profile: Nadine Baldwick, BA Sociology and Philosophy
Description
HR Manager, NHS. My advice to anyone considering studying at Birmingham would be to make the most of your time at university by supplementing your degree with other activities.
Date:
Monday 10th March 2014

Alumni profile: Laurin Weissinger, BA Sociology

Alumni profile: Laurin Weissinger, BA Sociology
Description
Graduate Student and IT Administrator. Currently, I am staying in Oxford and preparing my PhD research that I hope to start this year. Before coming to Oxford, I worked for a while, both at an executive recruitment consultancy in London and full-time in IT.
Date:
Monday 10th March 2014

Alumni profile: Ana Speed, BA Sociology

Alumni profile: Ana Speed, BA Sociology
Description
Investment Analyst, Bond Dickinson (formerly Dickinson Dees LLP). I have always had a keen interest in social structures and interactions and studying social sciences at the University of Birmingham provided me opportunity to critically engage with key political, social and economic issues facing contemporary societies.
Date:
Monday 10th March 2014

Alumni profile: Olga Fraczek, Sociology graduate

Alumni profile: Olga Fraczek, Sociology graduate
Description
Account Executive, Harvard Public Relations.
Date:
Monday 10th March 2014

IDD Guest seminar podcast: The Risks of African Military Capacity Building: Lessons From Rwanda

IDD Guest seminar podcast: The Risks of African Military Capacity Building: Lessons From Rwanda
Description
Speaker: Dr Danielle Beswick (IDD, University of Birmingham).
Date:
Friday 7th March 2014

Alumni profile: Veronika Fafienski, BA Sociology

Alumni profile: Veronika Fafienski, BA Sociology
Description
Studying at The University of Birmingham has been such an exciting and rewarding experience. When I first arrived, I was instantly captivated by the campus atmosphere. All the things you need as a freshly baked student – department, the library, student union and all the friends you made along the way – were in one place. Of course everyone is unique but for my part I can say that at Birmingham I have been able to set the foundations for both career and personal development.
Date:
Friday 7th March 2014
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