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  • International students meet the Mayor of Guildford


    On Saturday 25 October 70 international and EU students were introduced to the history of  Guildford. Starting with a welcome by the Mayor of Guildford Cllr David Elms in the  Guildhall,  they were then split into four groups and were taken on a guided tour of the town  itself.

    It was a pleasure to take them around. My group had lots of good questions and interesting  comments. Looking forward to next year!” said Val Bale, one of the official Guildford Town  Guides who gave up their Saturday afternoon to help with the event.

  • Jugni, a Sonia Sabri Company Dance show

    Sonia Sabri Company gave an amazing performance in the Ivy Arts Centre last night.

    With ‘Jugni’, which means female firefly, Sonia Sabri Company explores the manifold aspects of being a woman today. The performance is a close collaboration between four excellent female dancers and four live musicians who interlink ‘pure dance’ with narrative elements to evoke emotional responses and to celebrate the female body and voice. The company will be leading a collaborative workshop for second and third year and postgraduate dance and music students exploring the company’s working process, working together towards creating a piece under the direction of Sonia Sabri and her composer.Jugni dress-web2

  • Peter Hydon gives a seminar at City University London

    city-u-london Peter Hydon is visiting the Department of Mathematics at City University London today (Tuesday 28th October) to give a research seminar on “Difference equations by differential equation methods“.  Around twenty years ago, Peter heard an eminent numerical analyst say, “Any problem involving difference equations is an order of magnitude harder than the corresponding problem for differential equations.” Research since that time has transformed our understanding of difference equations and their solutions. The basic geometric structures that underpin difference equations are now known. From these, it has been possible to develop systematic techniques for finding solutions, first integrals or conservation laws of a given difference equation. These look a little different to their counterparts for differential equations, mainly because the solutions of difference equations are not continuous. However, they are widely applicable and most of them do not require the equation to have special properties such as linearizability or integrability. This talk is an introduction to the most useful of these geometrically-based methods for difference equations.  A link the City University London Mathematics Department is here.

  • Come along to Surrey Entrepreneurs Meet and Greet Event: Thursday 30/10/14 6pm Enterprise Centre

    Are you entrepreneurial?  Would you like to meet like minded students?  If so, this is the event for you…

    Surrey Entrepreneurs will be holding a meet and greet event at the Enterprise Centre on Thursday 30 October from 6:00 pm onwards.  Come along and don’t miss out!

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  • The national interest and what’s in the interest of the nation: Confusion in the European system

    A leitmotif of the the British debate on the EU is that ‘we’ don’t always/often/ever (delete as applicable) get what we want.

    Thus, we’re told about all the times the UK gets outvoted, or the structural impossibility of UK MEPs blocking anything in the Parliament.

    3922What is interesting is the conceptualisation that underpins this view. In it, the only people who can represent the British are the British, and any non-British must hold different views (presumably because they are representing their own country). This is realism writ large, where we have to fight for what we want and we cannot really trust any one else, because if we gain on something, then they must lose, so everyone has to try to win to protect themselves.

  • Remembering Battersea

    Over the past few month the University archives have been working collaboratively with Alumni and Development on a project aimed at capturing the history of Battersea Polytechnic from alumni, through a programme of Oral Histories, encouraging items to be deposited into the archives and volunteering in the archives.  Please do look through the alumni pages to get a better understanding of the project

    It’s safe to say that this project has exceeded all expectations in its popularity and the impact this has had on the archives.  To date we have received deposits from well over 30 alumni from Battersea Polytechnic.  The material deposited has been a real mix – in a good way!  Ranging from student publications and photographs, to football shirts, ties scarves and tankards

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