Archive for January, 2009

Beds professor awarded prestigious academician status

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

A Research Professor in Media and Politics at the University of Bedfordshire has been recognised for his
outstanding contribution to Social Sciences.

Professor Ivor Gaber was awarded an Academician by the Academy of
Social Sciences at a special reception ceremony held at the University’s
Putteridge Bury campus yesterday (20 Jan).

The
Academy promotes excellence and encourages the advancement of social
sciences in the UK
to the Government, as well as public and private sector organisations. Academician status
is conferred to scholars and practitioners for their outstanding achievement in
their field and commitment to the aims of the Academy. 

£3,000 vouchers available to Bedfordshire businesses

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Businesses across the region are being given the opportunity to apply for ‘Innovation Vouchers’ worth up to £3,000.

The new East of England Development Agency (EEDA) scheme is designed to encourage small and medium-sized enterprises to work with East of England universities, such as the University of Bedfordshire, by tapping into their expertise to boost innovation and business improvement.

According to the University’s Innovation Director, Dr Abdul Al-Jibouri, a key priority for the University is to help local companies through the challenges of the current economic downturn. He said: “This is an excellent scheme and we are very supportive of its aims.  My involvement in similar schemes means I can provide help and guidance to companies to increase their chances of receiving a voucher.”

Former student appeals for Government help

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

A Luton
boxer has appealed for Government financial help to roll out a boxing and
skills scheme to help young people in the community.

Paul Webb was praised by
Culture , visiting the Association of Universities in
the East of England Conference at Cranfield University on Friday (16 February),
as an inspirational “current community entrepreneur.”

The 32-year-old from
Hockwell Ring became an electrician after leaving school and was encouraged by
his employers to undertake a Business and Administration degree from the University of Bedfordshire.

Bringing higher education to Milton Keynes

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

The University of Bedfordshire is helping to bring higher education to Milton Keynes.

Bedfordshire is validating degrees at a new University Centre Milton Keynes (UCMK) which was officially opened by Government minister Hazel Blears today (19 Jan).

UCMK has been developed from a collaboration led by Milton Keynes College and Milton Keynes Partnership, working with universities across the region. It is based in the business district at Silbury Boulevard.

Study aims to get children fitter, healthier, and happier

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

A scientific
study has been launched to examine the fitness levels of young people in
Bedfordshire.

The Health
and Physical Activity Promotion in Youth (HAPPY) research project is being
carried out by experts at the University
of Bedfordshire who will compare
the effects of different strategies to promote physical activity and the impact
it has on the health and well being of more than 250 young people.

The research
study involves 11 middle and upper schools and is being funded and supported by
the Bedford Charity (Harpur Trust) in response to the Government’s call for
schools to promote life-long physical activity and improve fitness levels and
health amongst the nation’s children.

Universities can help combat the recession

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

The Chair of the Association of Universities in the East of England, Professor Les Ebdon, has called on universities to play their part in combating the recession.

Summing up the AUEE’s two day conference ‘Your Role in the Road to Recovery’ held at Cranfield University, Professor Ebdon said it was only a matter of time before the recession would start to reach higher education.

He said: “We have had an opportunity here to look at how we can make an impact. There is a vital contribution that universities and higher education institutions can make to the economic recovery. It is now down to us to do something. Let us add to the popular words of the moment ‘Yes we can’ the words ‘Yes we will’.”

Minister criticises parents for quashing aspirations

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

A Government minister has blamed parents for holding children back from getting the qualifications they need to get good jobs.

East of England Minister Barbara Follett has appealed to mothers and fathers to encourage their youngsters to stay on in education – and not to leave school at the first opportunity.

At the Association of Universities of East of England conference at Cranfield University today. Ms Follett said: “The barriers are in the parents themselves. The mother of a family on an Oxford estate was on the radio saying, ‘I don’t want them to go to university, I want them to go to work to help me.’ That’s a big switch from the 50s when parents were desperate to get their children to move on. There is even an aversion to apprenticeships – people think how do we know that apprenticeships will lead to a steady job.”

Charity Benefit Night

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Tesco Metro is holding a charity benefit night in aid of the Marie Curie Cancer Trust.Tickets are only £3 each and admission is by ticket only and restricted to 100. The evening includes a disco, karaoke and a raffle with all proceeds going to Marie Curie which is Tesco’s charity of the year.Please contact Tesco’s community champion, lee Harvey on 07515 195410 to book your ticket

IOD director criticises Government

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

There should be a massive surge in government spending to fight the effects of the economic recession, say Britain’s bosses.

In an unusual move, the Institute of Directors’ Chief Economist, Graeme Leach, said Gordon Brown should launch a huge surge in public spending.

Speaking at a meeting of the Association of Universities in the East of England at Cranfield University in Bedfordshire today (14 January), Mr Leach said there was a 50-50 chance of having a weak recession or plunging in a deep downturn of up to six percent of Gross National Product.

Luton Presentation Skills Workshop

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Learn how to give confident, competant presentations with appropriate reference materials and handouts. Whether you are looking to improve your presenting skills for your business to get grants/loans and investments or to develop partnerships then this is the workshop for you.All workshop places are charged at £5 each if booked in advance of the course, £10 if you buy at the door on the day.For more details on how to book please go to www.headstartproject.org


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