Birmingham Sustainable Futures Forum

16th December 2015, 9am-2.30pm

This free event is organised by Birmingham City University. It will showcase the University’s contribution through the following 3 European Union funded Interreg IVB projects to the sustainability of Birmingham and the West Midlands region:

  • Bioenergy North West, which aims to deliver small scale bioenergy schemes using local biomass
  • Energetic Algae, which aims to resolve technological and legislative bottlenecks for deploying sustainable algal based biomass, bioenergy and bioremediation technologies
  • Living Labs Application, which fosters user driven innovation to prepare startups for European success

We are looking forwarding to seeing you there. Book a place

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Erasmus+ award grant success

An Erasmus+ grant has been awarded to a European partnership led by the Social Research and Evaluation Unit (SREU) based in the Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences. The partnership will be undertaking a three-year project entitled ‘Vulnerable young people accessing and sustaining vocational training and apprenticeships.’

The project aims to provide resources for current Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers and employers who are interested in implementing apprenticeships and other training placements for society’s most vulnerable young people.

There is a need for a multifaceted approach in supporting vulnerable young people through vocational education, training and apprenticeships, without which this group are at particular risk of offending and re-offending. Although there are a number of initiatives to engage them in self-development activities, a recurring issue is how to develop these initiatives into sustained placements and long-term and fulfilling employment.
The key outputs are an analysis of current approaches, case studies of practice, development of a network of practice and the production and evaluation of online educational resources.

The expected impacts and outcomes are societal — enriching and enhancing vulnerable young people’s lives through increasing their confidence and creating opportunities to turn broken lives around to benefit future generations; economic — helping VET providers and employers to develop and deliver appropriate training, skills development, employment placements and jobs; and academic – creating and disseminating a body
of transferable knowledge.
To find out more about the project, or share your knowledge and experiences of these issues, please contact the Project Manager, Professor Morag MacDonald at:

Syria Crisis in the UK

Wednesday 11 November, 5.30pm-7.30pm, Library of Birmingham

With Imran Awan, BLSS

As part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) annual festival, Imran Awan, senior lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University, will discuss his research into why youngsters are heading to Syria and the actions that can be taken to prevent people from fleeing to the country in Western Asia.

“The current crisis in Syria had led to an intense debate within the UK and the West Midlands about the threat that groups such as Isis pose to people in Britain”, said Awan.

“Communities in places like Birmingham must come together in a joint effort and provide a sound counter-narrative to such propaganda as a means to create a more unified community cohesion.”

The ‘Syria crisis in the UK’ event runs from 5.30pm until 7pm at the Library of Birmingham on Wednesday 11 November. For more information and to book tickets, e-mail