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  • Student Support – Who’s who, what we do, how we provide support?

    As in other parts of the University there’s been considerable change in Student Support Services over the last few years, with colleagues who have been at the University for some time having left and some new teams having joined.

    Below is a link to the current organogram  for Student Support giving an outline of the different areas we cover and the team members within each service. This is updated as changes happen so you can always keep up to date with key contacts should students need referral on a range of support issues.

  • Torrielli-Pirrelli paper on the AdS_2xS^2 superstring accepted by JHEP

    Ads2xs2The paper “S-matrix for the massive and massless modes of the AdS_2 x S^2 superstring“, co-authored by Ben Hoare (Humboldt University), Antonio Pittelli, and Alessandro Torrielli, has been accepted for publication in the Journal of High Energy Physics.  In the paper they derive the exact S-matrix for the integrable system associated to light-cone gauge string theory on AdS_2 x S^2 x T^6.  The final form preprint can be found on the ArXiv here.

  • 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.

  • Starting your own business – is it for you? Enterprise Skills Ladder Workshop, Wednesday 29 October 530-7 pm LTA

    200451593-001Unsure if you want to start your own venture?  Need help to decide?  Then this informative workshop is for you.

    Janet Preston from Cold Fuzion will guide you through the workshop.

    By the end of the workshop, you will have:-

    1.  Looked at the factors you need to consider when starting a business

    2.  Been introduced to planning and decision making techniques

    3.  Understood your attitude to risk and been introduced to risk assessment techniques

    The workshop will take place on Wednesday 29 October, 5:30-7:00 pm, Lecture Theatre A.

    To book you place, please email  enterpriseevents@surrey.ac.uk.

  • 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

  • Is the Jury out on the Jury?

    crowd sourcing criminal justice and swearing as democracy

    By Mike McGuire

    Having recently been called to Jury service for the first time, the significance of the jury and its function as a feature of civil society is something which I had a fair amount of time to reflect upon. A very fair amount. I hadn’t appreciated quite how much waiting around jury service appears to involve. Waiting to be searched on the way into the court; waiting in line to show ID and to get my £1.45 lunch token (10p short of the only available main meal option at £1.50…), then waiting (and waiting, and waiting) in the jury room for something to happen. From time to time the jury foreman showed up, read out some names and off went a group from the large pool of potential jurors also assigned to sit around and wait with me for the 14 day call up period. It was two days before my name was finally called and after assembling with my fellow members in the corridor outside, we were led on a long and winding road through the bowels of the Inner London Crown Court. But having arrived outside our assigned court no grand trial was awaiting.  Instead, a legal technicality meant the judge had adjourned the case – so back we all went for some more waiting. As I did, I reflected upon how, of all the (often peculiar) institutions which go to make up our civil society, amongst the oddest – and certainly one of the oldest – is the jury. The idea of deferring judgement upon normative violations to a body representative of the community is an old one, though it has been managed very differently across different societies. In 5th century Athens, between 500 – 1500 citizens chosen randomly (by lot) heard trials in the Peoples Court. The body was composed entirely of males over 30 but jurors received a small payment which permitted poorer Athenians to participate. Elaborate safeguards were taken to prevent bribery – crucial given the authority granted to the jury. There were no judges and often no relevant statutes to guide juries who were simply expected to ‘exercise their best judgement’’ to arrive at a majority (rather than a unanimous) verdict. Privilege played a greater role in the Roman system with Praetors making an annual selection of senators, knights, or other respectable citizens, to sit in judgment. Verdicts were again decided by a majority but as well as ‘guilty’ or ‘not guilty’ decisions jurors could also say that they were ‘uncertain’’. This would usually mean that the case was deferred; though if the verdict was ‘hung’ i.e. votes for acquittal and condemnation were equal), the accused could also be discharged.

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