Events in the School of Government and Society

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Keep up to date with the latest news and events from around the school and the wide-ranging projects our staff and students get involved with.

Forthcoming events

Helping People Help Themselves? Challenges and Opportunities for Improving the Effectiveness of Capacity Development Support

Date
Monday 1st - Tuesday 30th September 2014
Location:
Muirhead Tower, Room 417
Description
Postponed until September. Speaker: Niels Keijzer, Bi- and Multilateral Development Cooperation Department, German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE).

Executive Programme in Strategic Commissioning (5 day course)

Date
Monday 29th September 2014
Location:
Edgbaston Campus
Description
29, 30 September and 01 October 2014 and 27, 28 October 2014. This Executive Programme in Strategic Commissioning focuses directly on the current challenge of coping with public service funding cuts at a time of rising service needs and expectations.

The Implication of the Scottish Independence Referendum

Date
Wednesday 1st October 2014
Location:
Arts Main Lecture Theatre
Description
Chair: Dr Peter Kerr (POLSIS), Speakers: Paul Cairney (University of Stirling), Nicola McEwen (University of Edinburgh), James Johnston (Senior Clerk, Scottish Parliament).

Certificate in Overview and Scrutiny (3 day course)

Date
Monday 6th - Wednesday 8th October 2014
Description
This three day programme works through the stages and techniques of the scrutiny process, and the ways in which it may be used both to hold executives to account and to develop policy. It may be used as an induction and training in the principles of good scrutiny for those who are new or relatively new to the topic (including an update on issues for scrutiny raised by new legislation and the Coalition's approach to local government). It will also assist those with experience of scrutiny to develop their skills and improve their practice.

Russian Festival of Culture

Date
Monday 13th - Friday 17th October 2014

Undergraduate Open Day - Saturday 18 October 2014

Date
Saturday 18th October 2014
Location:
Edgbaston Campus
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. You will be able to tour the campus and accommodation, and speak to us about everything from our courses, finance, support services, careers, sports and much much more. There is a comprehensive programme of talks offering you information and advice, so you are able to tailor your day at the University of Birmingham to match your interests and requirements.

Workshop: The End of Stasiland?

Date
Wednesday 29th October 2014
Location:
Edgbaston, Room 420 Muirhead Tower, University of Birmingham
Description
The aim of the event is to review both the history of the fall of the Berlin Wall and shifting representations of the GDR since 1989.

Hobbes's Dilemma and the Liberal Quest for World Order

Date
Wednesday 29th October 2014
Description
Chair: Tim Haughton, Speaker: Robert O. Keohane (Princeton), Discussant: Nicholas Wheeler (ICCS, University of Birmingham).

Shaping the 21st century public servant

Date
Monday 3rd November 2014
Description
This ESRC Festival of Social Sciences event focuses on what needs to be done so that people working to deliver public services can embody the values, attitudes and behaviours that are needed for 21st Century public services.

Parliament and the Legislative Process

Date
Friday 7th November 2014
Description
This ESRC Festival of Social Science workshop will provide an in depth exploration of the legislative process in the UK for AS and A level Government and Politics students.

Scrutiny of Contracts and Arms-length Arrangements

Date
Tuesday 11th November 2014
Location:
Edgbaston Campus, University of Birmingham
Description
This seminar is designed for both councillors and officers to identify the salient issues and learn of good practice from other authorities.

EU: The State of the Union

Date
Wednesday 12th November 2014
Location:
Muirhead tower - Room 121
Description
Chair: Tim Haughton, Speakers: Sara Binzer Hobolt (LSE) and Nathaniel Copsey (Aston)

Reflections on the Revolutions in Europe: 1989 a Quarter of a Century On

Date
Wednesday 12th November 2014
Location:
Muirhead tower - Room 121
Description
Chair: Tim Haughton, Speakers: Michael Bernhard (Florida), Rodric Braithwaite (former British Ambassador in Moscow, 1988-1992), Graham Timmins.

Chairing Scrutiny: A Training Workshop for Scrutiny Chairs

Date
Friday 14th November 2014
Location:
Edgbaston Campus, University of Birmingham
Description
Chairing Scrutiny is different from chairing traditional service committees - putting even experienced service chairs at a disadvantage. The seminar will explore the skills required to support good scrutiny and the special demands it makes on those who take the chair.

Scrutiny at a Crossroads

Date
Tuesday 18th November 2014
Location:
Edgbaston Campus, Muirhead Tower
Description
One day seminar - Primarily because of the harsh financial regime local government is working within many councils are questioning the role and purpose of scrutiny. This seminar is designed to address these issues head on by recognising the threats and opportunities faced by scrutiny and developing best practice.

Russia and Germany after the Cold War: A New Relationship?

Date
Tuesday 18th November 2014
Location:
Muirhead Tower, Room 429
Description
Speaker: James Sherr (Chatham House). IGS 'Not The First World War Centenary' seminar

Certificate in Scrutiny Methods and Investigations (3 day course)

Date
Wednesday 19th - Friday 21st November 2014
Description
This programme is designed for those involved or interested in scrutiny in local government. Learn more about applied research techniques, policy analysis along with practical information gathering techniques. Participants who opt to complete an assignment will be awarded for 10 higher education credits at postgraduate level upon successful completion.

Postgraduate Open Day - Wednesday 03 December 2014

Date
Wednesday 3rd December 2014
Location:
Edgbaston Campus
Description
The next Postgraduate Open Day will be held on Wednesday 03 December 2014. You can now book your place. The postgraduate open day gives you the opportunity to talk to our experts and find out more about the wide portfolio of taught and research opportunities available to you at the University of Birmingham. Whatever stage you are at with your career, a visit to the open day will clarify your options and help you plan your next step.

Disobeying Hitler: German Resistance in the last year of WWII

Date
Wednesday 10th December 2014
Description
Speaker: Randall Hansen (University of Toronto). IGS 'Not The First World War Centenary' seminar

Ethnic minority political representation in Britain: the end of the Race Relations Paradigm?

Date
Wednesday 21st January 2015
Description
Speaker: Maria Sobolewska (Manchester)
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