Events in the School of Government and Society

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Forthcoming events

Motors of Change, Sources of Stability: Party Politics in Central and Eastern Europe

Date
Thursday 1st May 2014
Location:
Gisbert Kapp, N329
Description
Special CREES/POLSIS European Studies Research Group seminar. Speakers: Kevin Deegan-Krause (Wayne Sttate), Allan Sikk (University College London), Tim Haughton (CREES/POLSIS)

EU Hustings

Date
Thursday 1st May 2014
Location:
Lecture Theatre G15, Muirhead Tower
Description
On 22nd May 2014 voters in the West Midlands and the rest of the UK will elect their Members of the European Parliament. Would you like to know more about the candidates and their policies? Then please join the EU hustings organised by the University of Birmingham (Institute for German Studies, Graduate Centre for Europe) and Europe Direct.

Dictatorship and Democracy in the Age of Extremes

Date
Monday 5th - Friday 16th May 2014
Location:
B15 2TT, Edgbaston, Muirhead Tower - Foyer, University of Birmingham
Description
The Institute for German Studies, University of Birmingham, in partnership with Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur, Berlin, presents an exciting new exhibition

Charlemagne and the Future of the European Past

Date
Tuesday 6th May 2014
Location:
Muirhead Tower, Room 429
Description
Speaker: Dr Charles West (University of Sheffield). IGS 'Not The First World War Centenary' seminar

Executive Programme in Public Management and Leadership (4 day course)

Date
Thursday 15th May 2014
Location:
Edgbaston campus
Description
This programme will give you a firm grounding in the theories of leadership and management in the context of a fast-changing public sector. You will learn new ways of looking at old problems and gain invaluable insights from the experience of successful leaders.

From Wars of Liberation to Star Wars: Friedrich Schiller's Pop Culture Legacy

Date
Monday 26th May 2014
Description
Speaker: Professor Jeffrey L. High (California State University Long Beach), "From Wars of Liberation to Star Wars: Friedrich Schiller's Pop Culture Legacy"

Executive Programme in Strategic Commissioning (5 day course)

Date
Monday 9th June 2014
Location:
Edgbaston campus
Description
09-11 June and 14, 15 July 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.

Undergraduate Open Days - 27-28 June 2014

Date
Friday 27th - Saturday 28th June 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.

Scrutiny at a Crossroads

Date
Thursday 3rd July 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.

Scrutiny of Contracts and Arms-length Arrangements

Date
Tuesday 8th July 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.

Chairing Scrutiny: A Training Workshop for Scrutiny Chairs

Date
Friday 11th July 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.

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).

Nietzsche, Love and War

Date
Thursday 11th - Saturday 13th September 2014
Description
20th International Conference of the Friedrich Nietzsche Society. Centre for Professional Development Supported by the Institute for German Studies and the Centre for War Studies.

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.

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.

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

Date
Wednesday 8th October 2014
Location:
Muirhead Tower, Room 417
Description
Speaker: James Sherr (Chatham House). IGS 'Not The First World War Centenary' seminar

IRSPM Conference 2015

Date
Monday 30th March - Wednesday 1st April 2015
Description
Public management faces a 'perfect storm' of challenges ranging from growing expectations and demand, demographic change and financial constraint. Whilst some have sought to look for stability in weathering the storm, others have argued for more radical alternatives.
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