Students Gayan Sirimanne (MBA, 2018), Helena Feibert (MSc International Business, 2018) and Colin Fagan (MPA, 2018) were among the first group from across the globe to graduate from the University’s innovative wholly online MBA and MSc programmes. Graduation represented the first time many of the students had set foot on campus.
Birmingham scientists battling cancer received a welcome boost in February when the University joined forces as a collaborative partner with Cancer Research UK for the second 'Birmingham Beats Cancer' dinner. The event, hosted by alumna Rachel New (MA Creative Writing, 2014; PhD English Literature and Creative Writing, 2017), included a silent auction that raised £20,000 for cancer research projects at the University. Contact Ellen Jurczak for details on the 2019 event on 7 February.
Roaring our gratitude
The work and support of University donors and volunteers was celebrated in the Lapworth Museum of Geology at our new 'Gratitude' event. Guests heard from students Louis Holliday and Donovan Simpson, as well as Professor Rob MacKenzie from the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research, Professor Matthew Broome (MBChB Medicine, 1997), Director of the Birmingham Institute for Mental Health and Jon Clatworthy, Director of the Lapworth Museum. Gratitude 2019 will take place on 21 February, and all donors and volunteers will receive an invitation soon.
Flagship status for Birmingham
Following its successful hosting of the British Transplant Games, the University has been awarded the UK’s first ever Donor Campus status. The award signifies our commitment to increasing sign ups to the NHS Organ Donor Register, which will be promoted alongside issues of organ transplantation to staff, student and alumni for the next two years. The Sport & Fitness Club hosted 75 per cent of the Games’ events, while the majority of competitors and their families stayed on the Vale Village.
Qur'an heads east
25,000 people, including senior figures in the United Arab Emirates government, visited an interactive digital exhibition of the Birmingham Qur’an Manuscript during its tour of the Middle East. Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi, UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development is pictured at the VIP opening of the Abu Dhabi exhibition, alongside the UK Ambassador to the UAE Philip Parham.
Sit-ins go walkabout
Dr Annie Mahtani (BMus Music, 2003; MPhil Musical Composition, 2004; PhD Musical Composition, 2008), Lecturer in Electroacoustic Composition, is putting the final touches to a “soundwalk” - an interactive, audio-led museum exhibition - on the 1968 student protests on campus, ahead of the anniversary of the occupation of the Great Hall in November. An initial version of the soundwalk was launched at the Flatpack Film Festival in April.