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All the latest national education news plus the local issues affecting the Birmingham and West Midlands area.

Lara Ratnaraja, freelance creative industries consultant; Dave Peebles, The Custard Factory; Chris Bryant, MP and John Kampfner, Creative Industries Federation

Chris Bryant MP outlines Labour's arts and culture pledges during Fazeley Studios speech

MPs tells delegates he cannot promise the same doubling and trebling of budgets because society lives in a different world at the moment

Welsh National Opera brings Mozart's Magic Flute to Birmingham Hippodrome

Birmingham Conservatoire student hopes to inspire others in her role as Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute

A nuclear bomb

University of Birmingham's pivotal role in the invention of nuclear weapons

Two Edgbaston-based physicists changed the world with their calculations, writes Peter Douglas Osborn

Abortion law on sex selection splits Midland MPs

Proposed laws making it clear that it is illegal to have an abortion because of the sex of the potential child were backed by a number of MPs

BBC in Birmingham

BBC Midlands fair share campaign backed by production industry

  • BBC

Senior industry figures say the television production sector in Birmingham has been crushed with BBC investment largely focused on all regions but the Midlands

General business

Learning to execute strategy that works

Orthodoxy suggests that strategy can be reduced to 'standard' components which any student, of organisational leader, simply has to understand and, depending on the circumstances, apply.

Paul Hooper–Keeley elected as new chairman for CIMA in the West Midlands

Mr Hooper–Keeley, who has been involved with CIMA in the Midlands for 16 years, has been elected to the role for a two-year term of office by fellow CIMA members

University College Birmingham

UCB unveils new £2m food suite to foster chefs of the future

Food Innovation Suite at University College Birmingham will train the next generation of industry professionals, featuring food testing and diagnostic technology alongside state-of-the-art kitchen facilities

An Open University MBA graduate receives his certificate

Master of Business Administration: OU MBA helps you stand out in crowd

The Open University's MBA programme is practice-based so its students are applying new skills and learning as they study.

Janet Martin

Master of Business Administration: My course at Warwick University was perfect for me

For a variety of reasons Janet Martin is very happy that she selected Warwick Business School to study for her Executive MBA.

David Mellor

Master of Business Administration: How an MBA helped David Mellor

Acquiring an MBA at Birmingham Business School has helped David Mellor to achieve several ambitions.

University of South Wales Information Fair

Master of Business Administration: Giving graduates the skills to be a business success

The MBA is intended for those who work in business and management who seek career advancement, business ownership or technical skills and business knowledge.

Justin Parker, Paul Mountain and Peter Copsey from mfg Solicitors

Development lawyer joins mfg's commercial property team

  • Law

Mr Mountain, a construction and regeneration specialist, has joined the firm as a legal consultant from the Birmingham office of SGH Martineau

Birmingham City Council has rejected plans for a free school in Small Heath

Small Heath free school plans thrown out by council

City councillors formally object to plans for new school amid claims it would suck the life out of others in the area which now leaves decision with Department for Education

Grace Academy students get down to business

Students from the Solihull academy have been competing in a national business challenge

Symphony Hall

CBSO and Birmingham Conservatoire deliver range of Russian themed concerts

A Russian theme will invade classical music in Birmingham this week. Christopher Morley looks at the concerts on offer.

Standard Works in Vittoria Street, Jewellery Quarter

Jewellery Quarter regeneration project is far from standard

Education charity Ruskin Mill Trust on site in former factory as Post takes a tour ahead of new college opening this September

George Osborne

Conservatives to unveil economic plan for 300,000 Midland jobs

The announcement is part of what they are calling a “long term economic plan for the Midlands”, which the pair are launching on a trip to the region

Adam Bennett.

Midland chef Adam Bennett misses out at Bocuse D'Or

The head chef at The Cross in Kenilworth falls short in international competition held in France

Liam Nolan outside the Perry Beeches II free school in Newhall Street, Birmingham

Birmingham tries to scupper top free school months before opening

Head's anger as council now favours moving troubled Islamic school to site instead.

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