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Dr Simon Jarrett from Birkbeck’s Department of History is developing two new shows with performers with learning disabilities. Both are informed by Dr Jarrett’s own #BBKresearch on the history of intellectual disability, the idea of intelligence and the idea of consciousness.

The first, The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Fanny Fust staged by the OpenStoryTellers, is a performance of an eighteenth-century court case explored in Dr Jarrett’s PhD thesis, which was performed at the Merlin Theatre in Frome on 13 July. Secondly, Jarrett is working with and sits on the board of trustees for Corali, a south London dance company that develops talented young dancers who have learning disabilities. The group are working on a dance production about the nature of consciousness. Read more and share - bit.ly/2zOeYEw
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Students from the Birkbeck School of Law have triumphed in the final of a respected national mooting competition, which enables courtroom hopefuls to test their skills of knowledge and advocacy.

Congratulations to Daniel Cullen and Santosh Carvalho who were declared winners of the Oxford University Press and Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA) National Mooting Competition 2017/18. Another team member Lewis Aldous had also been instrumental in getting the team to the final by competing as part of the duo in the previous stages of the competition.

Jonathan Thorpe, coordinator of the Birkbeck mooting programme and a college alumnus who was awarded his LLB in 2010, said he was “overjoyed” at the success. “Many thanks to the OUP/ICCA organisers and to Lady Justice Hallett for judging the final. The student advocates, as well as their supporters, were treated with great courtesy at Inner Temple where the final was held. This was an invaluable and most memorable experience, and Birkbeck is very proud to have won. This is a great competition and I would encourage all law schools to enter teams for the next academic year.” Read more and share - bit.ly/2uEpBUI
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#BBKblogs: Dr Simon Pooley, Lambert Lecturer in Environment (Applied #Herpetology) at Birkbeck discusses ‘#bioinvasions’ – the phenomenon of plants, animals and microbes being introduced more frequently into new regions – which is the subject of his new book, 'Histories of Bioinvasions in the Mediterranean' co-edited with Ana Isabel Queiroz.

"So, why focus on the Mediterranean region? Primarily, it is because of the antiquity of human and ecological relations in the region, notably regional (and from the fifteenth century, global) maritime communications and trade. While historians have studied the impacts of European trade and invasive plants, animals and diseases elsewhere on the planet, they have paid less attention to the reverse flow. The introductions of some well-known naturalised (non-invasive) plants such as tomatoes, potatoes, tobacco and citrus, are better known." Read more and share - bit.ly/2KiFlDj
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#BBKresearch: Judges in the Crown Court believe advocacy is generally competent but some skills are in decline, according to new research undertaken by Birkbeck’s Institute for Criminal Policy Research.

In a report compiled for the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority, ICPR found that while the most judges viewed the current quality of advocacy as generally competent, there were some areas which were in need of improvement. The study, Judicial Perceptions of the Quality of Criminal Advocacy, has been published by the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority and explores the views of the judiciary on the current quality, provision and regulation of advocacy – by both solicitor-advocates and barristers – in the Crown Court. Read more and share - bit.ly/2KfalIo
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#BBKblogs: Paul Feldwick is the author of The Anatomy of Humbug: How to Think Differently About Advertising, a consultant, and an executive coach. He was formerly Head of Planning at BMP, and later became Global Brand Planning Director for DDB Worldwide. Paul reflects on the history of his profession’s entanglement with psychology and hidden persuasion.

"In 1989, working for a London ad agency that had recently merged with DDB Worldwide, I made my first ever trip to Chicago. There I met with the venerable Dr Bill Wells, a former academic who was then head of marketing services at DDB Needham in that city. Bill was old enough to remember the first appearance of The Hidden Persuaders in 1957, and talking to him over lunch one day (a meal then generally taken in Chicago at around 11.30 a.m.), I speculated that its publication must have been quite a blow to the growing fashion for psychological research in ad agencies. Not at all, said Bill; he recalled that it massively stimulated the demand for qualified psychologists, and he and his friends all got better paid jobs on the back of it. It’s easy to suppose that Vance Packard’s book rang the death knell for ‘Motivation Research’ (MR), as it was then called, and perhaps in the longer term there’s some truth in that. But the actual sequence of events was not so simple." Read more and share - bit.ly/2Kg8JNI
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Birkbeck Outreach Plan B workshop and taster lecture - 3 July

“If plan A didn’t work the alphabet has 25 more letters!” At Birkbeck we appreciate that education isn't linear and some of the biggest barriers to accessing university is confidence, especially around academic study skills. The Birkbeck Outreach Plan B series of free workshops are designed to help boost confidence and develop transferable academic study skills.

#BBKPlanB is a free programme for all prospective students and you do not need any prior university or study experience. For more information and to book your place now - bit.ly/2s8SDex
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Plan your visit to the #BirkbeckOE Open Evening TODAY from 4pm-7.30pm. You can attend presentations on various aspects of studying at Birkbeck, go on campus tours with #TeamBirkbeck student ambassadors, plus tour and learn all about the Birkbeck Library.

At our subject and support stands you can meet our academic and course staff, discuss student support and well-being, meet the International Student team, talk with past students to learn about #BBKlife, and even start your application!

For more information and to book your place now - bbk.ac.uk/openeve
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Birkbeck Open Evening is on TODAY at the historic Senate House from 4pm-7.30pm - Tuesday, 26 June. For more information and to book your place now - bbk.ac.uk/openeve

Our free open evenings are an excellent opportunity to:
- meet with academics and discuss the courses
- meet students to discuss what student life at Birkbeck is like and the positive impact it can have on your life and career
- meet special advisers to discuss study skills and disability support
- and attend presentations on various aspects of studying at Birkbeck.

For a taste of #BBKlife, follow us on instagram.com/birkbeckuni and join the conversation #BirkbeckOE
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Birkbeck has launched a new postgraduate programme that allows you to study three inter-linked disciplines in a world-class university. The Masters programme allows you to use insights from the three disciplines to examine a range of important issues and policies.

It is impossible to fully understand the modern world without knowledge of #politics, #philosophy and #economics. They have long been recognised as overlapping and informing one other and it was only relatively recently in intellectual history that the three subjects were separated from one another. PPE brings together these subjects to help you understand and engage with the world. You will develop essential skills of reasoning, inquiry and analysis that are applicable to a wide range of careers, including banking and finance, law, academia and teaching, journalism and politics.

For more information about the MSc #PoliticsPhilosophyandEconomics at Birkbeck - bbk.ac.uk/ppe

Watch on YouTube - youtu.be/7b0HEG3Ey8U
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Birkbeck recently hosted the Pioneer Pitching and Awards Evening, where six entrepreneurs, all of whom are current Birkbeck students, pitched their business ideas to a panel of experts, competing to win the Best Business Idea category and the Best Business Pitch category.

Pioneer is an eight-part course for Birkbeck students who are interested in enterprise and who want to develop their entrepreneurial skills. Jenna Davies, who runs the Pioneer programme, said: “Pioneer provides a fantastic opportunity for students to learn valuable skills that they can use to develop their business ideas or take into the workplace."

Congratulations to Permsakul Choomduang, who is studying for his MSc in Business Innovation with Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, who won the Best Business Idea category for his idea, Gaming Masterclass. The prize for Best Business Pitch went to Julia Doncheva (MSc Management) and her business partner, Sasha Conte, for their idea, SCFitness.

Read more about the #BBKPioneer programme and share - bit.ly/2KfhLKM
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