Birmingham students enjoy Spanish experience

Students from the School of Education at Birmingham City University have been experiencing life in Spain having during a month-long exchange project with the University of Cordoba.

The BA Primary Education with QTS students undertook placements at a number of Spanish Schools teaching English, Science, Geography, PE and Art.

The group had already carried out placements in England prior to their departure and had experience in teaching Spanish to English children. The trip gave the students an excellent opportunity to improve their Spanish language skills.

The students were also busy brushing up on their culture and were lucky enough to be in Spain during the Feria de Cordoba, an annual nine day music and arts festival.

The exchange aimed to improve not only the students’ knowledge of Spanish, but allow them to experience and gain teaching skills in a different culture.

Nikki Latham, one of the exchange students, said: “The experience was fantastic and the primary school we taught in was beautiful. The trip as a whole enabled us to develop our Spanish skills, our teaching skills and our knowledge about the country itself.

“All of these things will be able to give the children knowledge of another culture and teach them languages effectively in the classroom.”

Tracey Sheldon and Emma Bloor, senior lecturers at the School of Education have been responsible for setting up and managing the project since its conception in 2008. Now, they are continuing to build on their relationship with the University of Cordoba and are working hard to ensure that the scheme continues next year.

The School of Education at Birmingham City University is one of the leading providers of primary and secondary teacher training in the UK and trains more teachers than any other university in the West Midlands. Awarded the highest Category ‘A’ grade for quality of its provision by the Training and Development Agency (TDA), it is also one of very few universities in the UK judged Grade 1 ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted for both primary and secondary teacher training.

Birmingham City University is running a major awareness campaign in the Midlands to demonstrate how it is upgrading the future of individuals and companies. To find out more visit

Korg UK has purchased a new larger building in Milton Keynes and are moving in on the 1st August 2011

“Purchasing this property is a strong sign of Korg's commitment to the UK market and although the building is larger than our old one it will help us be more efficient and save costs. We outgrew our old building some time ago and we now have more office and warehouse space, which will greatly improve our efficiency” Says MD Rob Castle.

Korg UK is the UK distributor for Korg, Vox, Samson, Mapex, Vic Firth, Paiste, Jupiter, Hartke, Walden, Humes & Berg and Kickport. The building will also include another Korg company Vox R&D, who are responsible for the development of some of the Vox product range.


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The great British inventor does it again....who else but James Dyson

On a recent visit to a gadget store or white appliance retailer you may have spent a few moments playing with Dyson's ingenious Air Multiplier. The Birmingham Gazette was keen to find out more about how a fan without blades essentially worked?

Dyson Air Multiplier(tm) fans work very differently to conventional fans. They use Air Multiplier(tm) technology to draw in air and amplify it up to 18 times, producing an uninterrupted stream of smooth air. With no blades or grille, they're safe, easy to clean and don't cause unpleasant buffeting.

Air is transported upwards through the fan, and as it makes its way through the "loop amplifier", the air is accelerated 15-times as it's squeezed through a 1.3mm aperture around the ring. Sticking your hand through the loop, you'll feel air only in front of the ring because that's where you'll find the aperture. It's a strange sensation but you just can't get enough.

While it's not the cheapest fan on the market, and critics often point this out, I think on the other hand well why should it be? Dyson is one of the true great inventors of our time, so being able to own one for a little over £200 really isn't that much for a luxury item or gadget which adds a sense of luxury to any space or room.

When you explore the Air Multiplier further, you notice that as well as its unique styling, it has a number of other functions which are refreshing to play with such as the dimmer switch which controls the speed of the air. Conventional fans usually only have 3 settings for speed. The colour is another design winner, in a glorious effort to offer the consumer who has it all, even more, the Air Multiplier can be adapted with your own tailored customised colours.

The problem with conventional fans is that they have limited settings, they're awkward to adjust and the blades cause buffeting because they chop the air before it hits you. Not only are they awkward to clean but they are also quite dangerous and the blades need the safety grille to guard them.

Already, Dyson's Air Multiplier technology is helping the National Health Service keep patients cool on wards. I for one am excited to learn of future Dyson inventions, and The Birmingham Gazette will be sure to keep you posted as soon as we hear of a new arrival.