Social Policy – Spotlight on ‘Employability’ (Throughout February 2015)

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Throughout February Social Policy students will have access to a range of events and activities especially designed to support career planning and employment skills.

  • ‘What’s Next?’ employability conference. 3rd year Social Policy students only. Wednesday 4th Feb 2015 @ The mac. Register here www.birmingham.ac.uk/social-policy/next
  • Weekly career guidance drop-in sessions exclusively for Social Policy students. Open to all years. Every Wednesday 1.30pm-3pm, 9th Floor Muirhead Tower, room 911.
  • Delivering a knock-out presentation: A masterclass. A how-to guide to giving effective presentations inside and outside the classroom. 1st and 2nd year students only. Monday 9th February 11am -12noon Muirhead Tower, room 710. Register here: www.birmingham.ac.uk/social-policy/masterclass
  • ‘Finding Hidden Work Experience’ – A how-to session to support Social Policy students in approaching organisations to ask for an internship or work experience. Open to all years. Friday 13th February 1pm Muirhead Tower, room 415. Register here: birmingham.ac.uk/social-policy/work
  • Professional mentors – Want access to a mentor who will help you to build confidence or provide you with insight into a particular career? Come and hear about the University mentoring scheme! 1st and 2nd years only. Wednesday 25th February 1pm Muirhead Tower, Room 427. Register here: birmingham.ac.uk/social-policy/mentors
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Social Impact Reporter – Exclusive to UoB students. Up to 6 opportunities available

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Work placement opportunity with a small community interest company (CIC) based in Smethwick. TAAGS (Training Advocacy & Guidance Services) are a group advocating on behalf of the Deaf community in and around the West Midlands.

We are looking to assemble a team of students from multi disciplinary academic fields to conduct research on data gathered from a year long pilot project. The main object is to demonstrate the Social, economic and environmental impact of our drop in centres here at TAAGS. Your specialist skills will identify and uncover the extent of impact TAAGS have achieved through working with the deaf community and services.

You will be working as part of a small team which will include researchers from other disciplines. The object will be to measure social impact and decipher data from a year long pilot project that has highlighted the value of this specific service with the Deaf community. We need your help to formalise the data and ask what you can see that we may have missed.

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Birmingham City Council summer work experience programme now open!

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Applications for the Birmingham City Council Summer Programme are now open!

21 different departments have offered opportunities for students at the University of Birmingham to gain work experience over the summer.

To see the full list of positions available to apply for, please log in to Careers Connect and search for ‘Birmingham City Council’ under Opportunities. https://bham.targetconnect.net/student/login.html

Deadline for applications is the 5th January 2015.

For any questions please email n.k.l.kerven@bham.ac.uk

Women Speak Out Exhibition: Miss Representation Screening

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When: 29/11/14 (14:00-16:00)       Where: Library of Birmingham
Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.

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Make Life Worth Living: Nick Hedge’s photos for Shelter 1968-1972

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When: 2/10/14 to 18/1/15                  Where:Science Museum, London

Make Life Worth Living presents a collection of powerful and moving works by documentary photographer Nick Hedges, commissioned in 1968 by the housing and homelessness charity Shelter.

These hard-hitting photographs, exposing the poor housing conditions and abject poverty being endured by people across Britain, form one of the most important documentary photography projects of the 20th century.

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Still The Enemy Within + Q&A

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Tuesday 2nd December, @6.15pm

Enemy“In 1984, a conservative government under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher declared war on Britain’s unions, taking on the strongest in the country, the National Union of Mineworkers. Following a secret plan, the government began announcing the closure of coal mines, threatening not just an industry but whole communities and a way of life.

Against all the forces the government could throw at them, 160 000 coal miners took up the fight and became part of a battle that would change the course of history.  Still The Enemy Within tells the story of a group of miners and supporters who were on the frontline of the strike for an entire year. These were people that Margaret Thatcher labelled ‘the Enemy Within’. Many of them have never spoken on camera before.

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