Upcoming Seminars

Sep 23 12:00 am

Journalism Matters! Seminar Series: 23/09 to 9/12

Seminar, Howell building 001

The Journalism Matters! seminar series, occurring over Autumn 2014, brings together experienced figures from the world of journalism to share their stories with members of the public, staff and students.

Sep 26 2:00 pm

Asymptotic issues in long cylinders

Seminar, John Crank - Room 128

Speaker: Michel Chipot, University of Zurich

Oct 01 4:30 pm

Violence in Youth: the Hidden Burden of Sexual Abuse among students at a Public University

Seminar, Mary Seacole Building Room 110

The purpose of the event is to hear presentations on the research of academic researchers who are external to Brunel and occasionally Brunel staff on the themes of the series, and to provide a forum for academic discussion. A second aim is to promote the research culture in the Department and to include postgraduate students in this. A third aim is to develop relationships with academics who might be partners in future bids.

Oct 07 5:00 pm

CCMR Seminar Series 'The State We're In': 7/10 to 25/11

Seminar, Council Chamber

Twenty years ago Will Hutton published his seminal work The State We’re In, which brilliantly analysed the condition of Britain, and especially its economy, at the time. It also provided a blueprint for the wholesale modernisation of the county of the country. Written towards the end of the long period of uninterrupted Tor rule, which began with Mrs Thatcher’s government in 1979, it was widely seen as providing the basis for Tony Blair’s ‘New Labour’, although in retrospect it could be argued that many of Hutton’s more radical proposals were either watered down or ignored altogether by the government which took power in 1997.

Oct 08 8:00 am

Free Breakfast Briefing: Improving Your Software Development Teams

Seminar, Council Chamber

If your company is planning to use or is currently using agile methods to develop software globally then you will benefit from this informative Breakfast Briefing. The Department of Computer Science at Brunel University London will showcase recent research providing real-world case studies of modified and improvised agile practices that help overcome the challenges of distributed collaboration. We realise that undertaking collaborative work in globally distributed environments can create significant challenges, especially as a number of agile principles and practices rely on physical proximity and face-to-face interactions. However, the research showcase will present models of working that can lead to better processes and techniques for globally distributed agile software development.

Oct 08 4:00 pm

Comedy Matters Research Seminar

Seminar, Mead Room - Hamilton Centre

To celebrate the 1st birthday of the Centre for Comedy Studies Research (CCSR) we are holding the first Comedy Matters Research Seminar for 2014-15. Date: Wednesday 8th October 2014 Time: 4.00pm-5.30pm with a drinks reception/birthday party 5.30pm-6.30pm Location: Mead Room, Hamilton Centre, Brunel University London, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 3PH Comedy and Mental Health Symposium This symposium will discuss comedy and its relationship to mental health, with speakers discussing the psychology of the stand-up comedian, the use of stand-up comedy in reducing mental health stigma in the military and uses of comedy with mental health service users. Speakers: Gordon Claridge is Emeritus Professor of Abnormal Psychology, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, Emeritus Fellow, Magdalen College, and Visiting Professor, Oxford Brookes University. Professor Claridge is an internationally renowned expert in the relationship between personality and psychological disorders, adopting a broadly dimensional view. Recently, he has been involved in research on the psychology of the stand-up comedian. More generally, his research on the relationship between personality and psychological disorders has been inspired, on the practical front, by working as a clinical psychologist and, on the academic front, by experimental research on the topic. In mid-career he began to focus particularly on psychotic disorders, developing measurement scales for assessing schizotypal characteristics in the general population and using these to examine laboratory correlates in a wide range of subject samples, including relatives of psychotic patients. The central thesis in all of this work is that, while genetically predisposing to mental illness, psychotic characteristics are not in themselves pathological. On the contrary, they may have many healthy adaptive qualities, of which creativity is the most salient example. Tim Sayers works as one of the arts in health co-ordinators at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT). He has a background in mental health nursing, specialising in working with people with severe and enduring mental health problems and also with people with drug and alcohol problems. Tim has been involved with arts in mental health on a voluntary basis for approximately fifteen years; initially as a founder member of the Brainstorm Arts in Mental Health Group in Birmingham, then as the founder member of BrightSparks: Arts in Mental Health Group in 1999. BrightSparks is dedicated to promoting positive images of mental health through the arts and has an expanding portfolio of arts projects which are mainly delivered in partnership with LPT. Tim is dedicated to using the arts, in particular comedy, to promote positive images of mental health, social inclusion, and service user and carer involvement. Tim is studying for an MSc in Recovery and Social Inclusion at Nottingham University at present, and has had articles published in his field in the past. He has extensive experience of teaching and workshop leading and is also an experienced freelance performer and workshop leader in the fields of music, poetry, comedy, magic and circus skills. John Ryan is a stand-up comedian and one of seven co-researchers at the Department for Military Mental Health, Kings College, London, on a project that examined ‘modifying attitudes to mental health using comedy as a delivery medium’ in the armed forces. The research aimed to use comedy to help persuade military personnel to seek help with mental health issues. John is also winner of the 2011 Scottish Mental Health and Arts Film Festival Best Short Documentary Award, the 2010 NHS Regional Health and Social Care award winner for Mental Health and Well Being and in 2010 received a Royal Society for Public Health Special Commendation for contributions to the field of Arts and Health Equalities. We are pleased to announce that we have one £40 travel grant available for a low income researcher or PhD student attending this event. Please email Simon Weaver [simon.weaver@brunel.ac.uk] by Monday 29th September 2014 if you wish to apply. To apply please send a short paragraph (max 250 words) explaining why you wish to attend the seminar. For catering purposes please register at comedy.studies@brunel.ac.uk Everyone very welcome!

Oct 14 1:00 pm

Sovereignty, taxation and Sahrawi refugees in Algeria

Seminar, GASK 239

Alice Wilson (Cambridge)

Oct 14 1:00 pm

Participation after stroke- Centre for Research in Rehabilitation seminar series 2014-15

Seminar, Room 202, Mary Seacole Building

Participation after stroke

Oct 16 2:00 pm

TBA

Seminar, John Crank - Room 128

Speaker: Lucy Leigh University of Newcastle Australia

Oct 21 1:00 pm

The third term: An issue in the formation of British Social Anthropology?

Seminar, GASK 239

Marilyn Strathern (Cambridge)

Nov 06 2:00 pm

Modelling weakly-nonlinear waves in a stratified fluid over a shear flow

Seminar, John Crank - Room 128

Speaker: Karima Khusnutdinova, Loughborough University

Nov 25 1:00 pm

Anthropology and the education of attention

Seminar, GASK 239

Tim Ingold (Aberdeen)

Nov 27 2:00 pm

Entanglement entropy in Fermi gases and Anderson's orthogonality catastrophe

Seminar, John Crank - Room 128

Speaker: Alexander Ossipov (Nottingham)

Nov 27 2:00 pm

Entanglement entropy in Fermi gases and Anderson's orthogonality catastrophe

Seminar, John Crank - Room 128

Speaker: Alexander Ossipov (Nottingham)

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