The next undergraduate Open Days are taking place:
Saturday 8th October 10am-4pm – Cheshire site
Saturday 15th October 10am-4pm – Manchester sites
Wednesday 19th October 12noon-6pm – Manchester sites
The upcoming Open Days are our biggest events for 2012 students paying tuition fees of £8,000-£9,000 per year. Interest in studying at MMU for 2012 has been strong and we are expecting high volume attendance at our open day showcase events.
The staff briefing sessions will provide you with an overview of:
- The open day programme
- Enquirer expectations
- Student finance update and key messages about how to communicate the change in fees
- Opportunity to ask questions
We recommend that everyone involved in the open days attend, especially if you are new to open days. It is important that everyone is familiar with the programme so you can confidently advise visitors on how to get the most out of the day and find their way around, as well as getting an overview of the new fee regime.
Cheshire briefing session
Thursday 6th October 1-2pm, room tbc
Manchester sites briefing sessions
Wednesday 12th October 1-2pm, room tbc
Wednesday 12th October 3-4pm, room tbc
Please book a place by contacting Ryan Waugh in Recruitment and Admissions at email@example.com
We will be holding an Erasmus and Worldwide Exchange Talk for all Manchester based students on Wednesday 12th October 2011 at 2pm in the Geoffrey Manton Building, Lecture Theatre 3. The talk is targeted towards 1st year students who are considering the possibilities of applying for an international exchange.
Participating in an exchange programme is a great way to experience another culture, country and education system. MMU runs high quality programmes with institutions in many parts of the world, including the USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia and across Europe.
The Exchange talk will cover information relating to both Worldwide Exchanges and European Erasmus Exchanges. The exchange year/term will normally take place during the 2nd year of a degree or 3rd year if the student is studying on a 4 year degree programme.
Many students tell us it's a life-changing experience - as they make new friends, explore new places and sample a different lifestyle. Employers also value time spent on exchange programmes. It shows you're adaptable, confident - and not afraid to try new things.
To find out more about which destinations are on offer and how to apply for an exchange, please advise students to join us at the event on Wednesday 12th October in GM Lecture Theatre 3 at 2pm prompt.
MMU International Exchanges & Study Abroad Unit
Last Friday saw the end of the Induction Project for our new students for BSc Mechanical Design & Technology and Product Design & Technology.
They took part in a competition to build the tallest tower using paper straws, string and tape. Having already succeded in their first attempt on Monday, these students had worked all week, with input from lecturers in Materials, Cad and Product Design, and the challenge was to see how much higher they could go.
The winning team achieved a tower of 2.84metres. One team built a 2.43metre tower, nearly two and a half times as tall as their first attempt (234%).
Prizes of drawing materials were awarded by Warren Manning, Head of the Mechanical Division of the School of Engineering, and staff and students enjoyed a relaxed lunch together at the Students Union.
Students commented on how great it was to be at MMU where we do hands on project work right from the start.
David Balkwill, Faculty of Science and Engineering
You are invited to a presentation/demonstration on the new guidelines for the submission of coursework by Nicola Fletcher from Planning & Management Information (PMI).
If you don’t know about the changes which are happening this year, please find time to attend as the way students submit their coursework has changed slightly to improve turn around times.
Date : Friday 7th October 2011
Venue : Lecture Theatre C.014 (John Dalton Building)
Time : 12.30pm (the session will last approx an hour)
Richard Huat, Student and Academic Services, Faculty of Science and Engineering
The next Disabled Staff Forum is today Tuesday, 4th October at 12.30pm in the Purple Room, 5th floor, All Saints.
All staff are welcome who have an interest in disability issues.
Items on the agenda include:
- Waste and recycling – members of the Environmental Team talking to the forum about what’s been done and future plans in regards to disability.
To become a member, confirm your attendance or give your apologies please contact Vicci Jarman on firstname.lastname@example.org We look forward to seeing you there!
October 19th 4:00 – 5.30 pm, Behrens 2.1, Didsbury Campus
Speaker: Irene Malcolm, University of Dundee
Title: Professional learning in the software localisation industry: privileging knowledge and the problem of gender in digital working
Abstract: This paper takes the software localisation industry as a case to examine knowledge practices among a group of “new” professionals in the digital economy. The international study on which the paper is based examined the practices of 10 workers from continental Europe, Ireland, the UK and South America. Localisers’ work entails the linguistic, cultural and software adaptation of digital products to support global communication. Given its significance, the lack of attention to this industry is surprising, with work in the social sciences limited to previous studies by the present author (Malcolm et al, 2003; Malcolm, 2009; Malcolm, 2011). Individual localisers are usually freelance, many are (women) home-workers who have no continuity of employment, and whose co-workers are geographically dispersed.
The problem that the paper addresses is how knowledge is developed and sustained among professionals whose activity is distributed. Much discussion of professional knowledge and work assumes some co-location of workers, shared work goals and a defined knowledge base (Eraut, 2007). Established theories of professional learning require further development to account for the different circumstances of those working in new contexts where sustaining shared professional practices and building shared knowledge are challenged. To explore this problem, the paper draws on a theorisation of professional knowledge in a tradition of continental European thought. It summarises some key ideas in the theories of Karin Knorr Cetina (1999, 2001, 2007, 2010), drawing on two central concepts: macro epistemics and information knowledge. It uses these to explore the social practices of warranting knowledge in the research data, illustrating the knowledge cultures involved. The paper discusses paradoxes that emerged from the data, highlighting gendered and exclusionary practices in the ways some knowledges were privileged.
Barbara Ashcroft, Education and Social Research Institute
Like football? Fancy keeping fit and having fun at the same time? Then we are the team for you!
We are the MMU ladies 5-a-side team and play every Tuesday, 5-6pm at the Sugden Sports Centre, off Oxford Road. We are a
very relaxed bunch of people who are looking to recuit more players (bring a friend!) and enjoy the beautiful game.
PLUS, every third Tuesday of the month we will have a FA Qualified Coach teaching us new skills and help improve our game. The next one will be held on 18th October.
Any levels of fitness or skills are welcome and each session costs 3.50 GBP
Either come along to our next session or email Victoria Stone on email@example.com for more information.
Spaces are still available on two one-day events for recently appointed lecturers and PhD students who teach (or wish to teach). Further details can be found at the following links:
Glasgow, 11th October: www.c-sap.bham.ac.uk/events/details/130-early-career-event-scotland
You need to book a place online via the links above if you wish to attend.
Please forward this message to any colleagues you think might be interested.
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