Archive for March, 2009

Higher Education conference sees another successful year

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

More than 2,000 from Bedfordshire schools and colleges
attended this year’s successful Connexions Higher Education Fair on Monday 30
March.

Hosted by the University
of Bedfordshire’s Bedford
campus, the event saw more than 80 universities and colleges from around the UK presenting
information aimed at promoting degree-level education to school children.

This
included a series of half-hour talks on topical student matters, including taking
a gap year, Oxbridge entrance, and an introduction to degree subjects. More
than a third of these were delivered by the University of Bedfordshire.

Entrepreneur of the Year to speak at Knowledge Network

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Entrepreneur
of the Year Duncan Goose will speak to local businesses and budding
entrepreneurs at the University of Bedfordshire’s
Knowledge Network event in April.

The guest
speaker will explore entrepreneurship and give his advice on how to position a
company in large commodity markets.

Duncan
Goose formed the award-winning not-for-profit organisation Global Ethics
Limited, which raises funds for humanitarian projects in developing countries.

The
company launched bottled water brand One
and donates profits to fund powered water pumps called Playpumps. The system
brings clean drinking water to 1.1 billion people across Africa
and was the official water for both Live8
and Make Poverty History.

New Enterprise Centre will help locals and businesses beat the recession

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Those
who have been made redundant and companies who are feeling the strain of the
recession are invited to get free advice and support at the opening of the
region’s newest Enterprise Hub.

The
grand opening of Butterfield Enterprise Hub will take place on 2 April which is
also National Innovation Day.

Special
guests include renowned inventor Trevor Baylis OBE, who
will give a presentation about motivating small to medium-sized businesses
(SMEs) and helping new and established entrepreneurs focus on converting
invention into innovation to sustain their competitiveness and grow their
businesses.

Baroness Howells announced as new University Chancellor

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Baroness Howells of St Davids is to be inaugurated as the Chancellor of
the University
of Bedfordshire
on 27 March. She becomes the University’s second Chancellor, succeeding Sir
Robin Biggam, who has held the position since 2001.

Originally from Grenada,
Rosalind Howells OBE was raised to the peerage as Baroness Howells of St
Davids, of Charlton in the London Borough of Greenwich in 1999. She was
educated at St Joseph’s Convent, South West London College
and City College
in Washington
DC. In 1955, she
married John Charles Howells and they have two daughters.

Concert will be a collection of classics

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Symphonia Academica, the University of Bedfordshire’s
resident orchestra, is presenting an evening of classical music at Leighton
Buzzard Theatre on 18 April.

The Classical Selection will
include Haydn’s powerful ‘Trauer’ symphony, Mozart’s violin concerto in A,
Handel’s ‘Arrival of the Queen of Sheba’, Barber’s ‘Adagio for Strings’,
Boyce’s Symphony No2 and the Romanian Dances of Bela Bartok.

Forming part of the Leighton
Buzzard Music Club Series, this is an evening of music not to be missed.

The concert starts at 8pm, at the theatre on Lake Street in
Leighton Buzzard. For ticket prices and availability please phone
the Library Box Office on 01582 818801.

Putting theory into practice at health equality conference

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Luton’s award-winning Kingsway
Health Centre was described as an exemplar of excellence by delegates at a
conference aimed at improving race equality in health services.

Professor Gurch
Randhawa, Director of the Institute for Health Research at the University of Bedfordshire, was a keynote speaker at
the conference and described real-life case-studies, including Kingsway Health
Centre, where theory had been put into practice.

Moving the mail - from horses to horsepower

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

This exhibition explores the fascinating story of road transport in the postal industry. Rarely seen vehicles from The British Postal Museum & Archive images from the Royal Mail Archive combine to offer an interesting insight into the men, women and machines that have been delivering our mail for over 200 years. This is complemented by an original 1840s Royal Mail Coach from our own collection. Free. Drop in.

Competition to find Luton’s most talented and creative residents

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Budding artists, poets, photographers and performers in Luton are being
encouraged to showcase their talents by entering a number of competitions being
organised as part of B:Fest – Luton’s very own
arts festival.

The festival which runs from 22 May to 11 June 2009, will include a
series of arts competitions in a bid to unearth hidden talent in the town.

The ‘Play in a Day’ competition will showcase the creativity of
performers, actors, dancers and musicians who will be tasked with writing,
choreographing and performing their very own play, just 24 hours before the
curtain goes up. Judges will give each
group a title, prop and line of dialogue from which they must produce their own
play.


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