Events in the School of Government and Society

Undergraduate Open Days, Saturday 13 September and Saturday 18 October 2014Listen to our latest podcasts in the School of Government and SocietyPOLSIS Seminar Series 2013/14IDD Guest Seminar Series 2013/14International Development Department, 50th Anniversary (1964-2014)

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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).

The British Science Festival: Grounded

Date
Saturday 6th September 2014
Location:
Birmingham, Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Description
A gripping, compulsive and award-winning new play that flies from the heights of lyricism to the shallows of workaday existence, and targets our assumptions about war, family, and what it is to be a woman, followed by a debate on the issues raised.

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.

Undergraduate Open Day - Saturday 13 September 2014

Date
Saturday 13th September 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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

From "Coventration" to Reconciliation: Coventry and Dresden after 1940/45

Date
Thursday 5th February 2015
Description
Speaker: Dr Stefan Goebel (University of Kent). 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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International Development Department (IDD)

Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV)

Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS)

Executive Development programmes

Executive Development 2014

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