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Recent 2005 News

National Academy of Writing comes to Birmingham

November 17, 2005

The National Academy of Writing, backed by many of Britain's leading authors, novelists and playwrights, has selected UCE Birmingham as its partner in running a vocational course for budding writers.

Professor David Boyd Delivers Inaugural Lecture

November 01, 2005

A Birmingham professor delivered his inaugural lecture last night to a packed lecture theatre of students, colleagues and business professionals.

Sustainable Development High on Student Agenda

October 10, 2005

It's National Construction Week from October 6th to 13th and construction professionals of the future, studying at UCE Birmingham, are being taught to have an appreciation for the relationship between people and the built environment.

Open Evening for Budding Barristers and Solicitors

April 28, 2005

 UCE Birmingham's School of Law will be holding an open evening for prospective Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) students on Wednesday 4 May 2005.  The postgraduate course, also known as the Common Professional Examination (CPE), is designed for non-law graduates wishing to enter the legal profession as solicitors or barristers. The event will be held between 10am and 1pm in room D225, Dawson building on the main Perry Barr campus, Birmingham.The draft programme for the event includes a general introduction to the GDL at UCE, a Q&A sessions with current students and staff, and an opportunity to look around at the University and its facilities.Keith Gompertz, Programme Director for the GDL, said "The UCE School of Law has many years of experience of delivering the course, especially to smaller numbers of students in well supported groups. Feedback from past students encourages us to carry on in this way".UCE School of Law has been running the GDL and its predecessors since the 1960s and offers the GDL in full and part-time modes of study.Please contact Nigel Clayton on 0121-331-6600 or email if you would like to attend the open evening.

UCE Birmingham University League Table Success

April 20, 2005

A national university guide to good teaching has named School of Property, Construction and Planning as one of the country’s leading providers of Town & Country Planning Courses.

Lecturer On Route To Win National Teaching Award

March 23, 2005

UCE Birmingham lecturer, Nick Morton, has been awarded a Teaching Fellowship from the University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to teaching and learning.

English Academic is Awarded Professorship

February 24, 2005

UCE Birmingham's Faculty of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences has announced that the Head of UCE Birmingham's School of English, David Roberts, has been awarded the title of Professor of English.  Winner of an Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) grant for his research on theatre criticism, Professor Roberts's research interests also include English Drama 1600-1700 and English prose 1660-1770.He has published four titles with Oxford University Press, including a study of Restoration audiences and three volumes in the World's Classics series and has produced two best selling undergraduate textbooks. His edition of Chesterfield's Letters has recently been reissued as part of the OUP/InteLex English Letters series.Professor John Rouse, Dean of the Faculty said: "Professor Roberts has made an outstanding contribution to UCE School of English, not only in leading successful research bids, but also to the development of our degree programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. "I speak on behalf of the whole Faculty when I say that we are pleased that his accomplishments in this field have been recognised in this way."Professor Roberts said: "English at UCE Birmingham has a long and distinguished history and I'm delighted that the University continues to show faith in the subject and in its staff and students. It's a privilege to lead this community of scholars and students."

Conference: Forced Marriage - An International Perspective

February 17, 2005

The Centre for Criminal Justice Policy and Research (CCJPR) will be holding a one day conference titled 'Forced Marriages – an International Perspective on Wednesday 23 February 2004.The event will feature an interesting array of guest speakers and will be held at UCE Birmingham, in conjunction with West Midlands Police, the Black and Asian Police Association and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office between 10.00am – 3.30pm.Gurmit Heer, organiser of the conference and lecturer in criminal justice at UCE Birmingham, said: "The aim of this conference is to consider international issues which impact upon the sensitive practice of forced marriages."Although the focus of the day will be on UK and Indian relations in dealing with this problem from a social, legal and cultural perspective, there will also be some degree of debate and discussion on other cultural groups that are also affected – namely African-Caribbean, Somali, Chinese and some European cultures – including our very own monarchy."Guest speakers include Dr DJ Singh, President of Roshni, a registered NGO dealing with the protection of women, children, senior citizens and mentally challenged persons, India; DrAisha Gill, Professor in criminology, University of Roehampton; Heather Harvey, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Professor Douglas Sharp, director of the CCJPR.Dr Singh said: "The world community is facing many serious global challenges today and one such challenge is to tackle problems related with failed, fraudulent and forced international marriages.The initiative taken by UCE Birmingham in organising an important seminar on international marriages at its campus is, indeed, a laudable initiative in the right direction. I am sure that the new visions and issues which emerge during the deliberations of the seminar will go a long way in identifying the best possible remedies to the problems linked with international marriages."Professor Sharp said: " This is an important new development for the Centre which is rapidly developing a reputation for the quality of research and scholarship."For further information, or to reserve your space, please contact Barbara McCalla on 0121 331 6613 or email

Man Booker Nominee to Award Creative Writing Prizes

February 16, 2005

Birmingham novelist Clare Morrall, whose novel Astonishing Splashes of Colour was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2003, will be honouring the cream of young Midlands' writers, after accepting an invitation from the UCE Birmingham to present the 2005 UCE Birmingham School of English creative writing awards.

Local Graduates Win University Law Prizes

January 13, 2005

Law graduates, Kerrie Croxford and Mark Rodgers are flying high after scooping awards for the best performance on the full-time and part-time undergraduate LLB (Hons) degree, at UCE Birmingham.Best performance at UCE Birmingham's School of Law is normally measured by the highest aggregate mark in years 2 and 3 of the LLB. Kerrie studied the LLB full-time, whilst Mark opted for part-time study.Former law student Kerrie, from Birmingham said: "I thoroughly enjoyed my time at UCE and have found the knowledge I have gained from the LLB to be invaluable. "Mike Spencer, head of UCE Birmingham's School of Law said: "Kerrie achieved one of the best results ever on the LLB programme at UCE Birmingham. This achievement is due to her consistent hard work and her high level of dedication to her studies. Kerrie has also contributed to the success of the Law School's legal mooting team in national and regional competitions. "Mark's first class award deserves special congratulations as Mark studied for his degree part-time, having been in employment since leaving school at 16, and fitting in many hours of study and research in the evenings and at weekends. Mark's achievement is a fine example of what can be achieved by mature students who start their higher education studies later in life".During their studies, both Kerrie and Mark were lucky enough to participate in UCE Birmingham's  School of Law's American internship programme. Kerrie spent eight weeks working in Tuscan, Arizona with a nationally recognised death penalty lawyer and Mark jetted off to Redding, California, to work with a criminal defence lawyer.The graduates will receive their awards at UCE Birmingham's School of Law's graduation ceremony at Birmingham's International Convention Centre next month.Kerrie is currently studying for her final qualification as a barrister and Mark is working as a manager at Birmingham City Council.