Birmingham City University

We all welcome the appointment of Professor Philip Plowden as Vice Chancellor, who will take the University forward to new heights. In the meantime we must raise the profile of the University in areas where there is a great demand for the strong educational attainments of British Universities. This is why it is necessary to take advantage of the massive interest of people in the Far East in their visitors, and what they stand for! Chinese people have a natural friendliness for visitors, and love to have photographs taken with them. These will stay in their records for many years, and hopefully attract the interest of potential students from all around the world!imageimageimageimageimageimage


prediction- May the 4th. be with you!


About douglasosborn

I was a Councillor for 18 representing Weoley Ward, including the western side of Bournville Village Trust, on Birmingham City Council. I worked for, and have overseen through planning, the improvements to Weoley Castle Square, and Northfield Town Regeneration. After going to school in Edgbaston, then college, and degree I returned to Birmingham. I worked in Sparkbrook completing a "Bessy" course as a Youth Leader for 5 years and lectured the City Careers service on the employment of disabled people. I originally trained as a Mining Engineer qualifying in 1970, specialising in Explosives and Mine Lighting, and was a member of the Institute of Minerals, Mining, and Metallurgy, and the Institution of Lighting Engineers, now Professionals for 20 years. I played Rugby for Kings Norton RFC for 5 years, sometimes in the 1st. XV. I was a member of the West Midlands Police Authority (1976-1980) and also a member of the board of Birmingham Airport (1976-1981), taking a B.Th. degree at Oxford University, and gaining a Master of Arts degree in Urban Design from Birmingham City University. This enabled me to be the Chairman of Birmingham Conservation Trust where I was able to help with the famous "Back to Backs" project, and conduct the negotiations for purchasing the "Coffin Works" with Advantage West Midlands. Therefore chosen to be Chairman of Birmingham City Planning Committee from 2008 to 2012, until the change in administration, but remained a member of the committee until this year. I served on the Police and Crime Commissioner Panel, and was a West Midlands Regional Ambulance Service Shadow board member. I was a Governor of Bournville College for 15 years, and am still one for the Victoria Federation. I served on the West Midland Combined Authority Mayoral scrutiny panel. I was appointed Birmingham's 'Heritage Champion', and am a trustee of Moseley Art School, and Chairman of Shencare Community Transport. I never claimed any expenses in the 18 years on the City Council - perhaps because the forms are too complicated.
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