The Academy Excellence Awards 2012 reached their conclusion, with a terrific Inspiration Day and sparkling Awards Dinner at The University of Nottingham. Stand-up mathematician, Matt Parker, MC’d the evening event and wowed us with his lightening quick rubix-cube-solving! We secured pieces of regional coverage for the individual winners, as well as a piece in Education Today announcing the full list of winning students.The Association of Graduate Recruiters’ summer survey was published, highlighting an increase in the average starting salaries for graduates for the first time in three years. Coverage included BBC Breakfast, Financial Times, The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, The Independent, Daily Mail and The Sun. This was followed by a really successful Annual Conference at the Celtic Manor, which saw Olympic gold medal winning men’s eight rower Ben Hunt-Davis deliver an inspiring keynote speech to over 500 delegates and the winners of the AGR awards announced.CIMA and the AICPA released their second CGMA global economic forecast. The report saw global finance chiefs painting a rather gloomy picture of employment and investment for the coming months, reflecting Eurozone woes, slower economic growth in China and uncertainty over the political and fiscal situation in the US.A second CGMA thought leadership report, Fast Track to Leadership, was published later in the month. The report looked at career progression of finance professionals and the increasing diversification of their role, revealing the extent to which CIMA qualifications were valued by employers. The report was covered by the Evening Standard, including interviews with business leaders and top tips for up-and-coming management accountants.The Forward Prizes for Poetry shortlists were announced, including three poets with the surname Hill in the shortlist for Best Collection. None of those shortlisted for Best Collection has ever won a Forward Prize before. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-18855442Jerwood Makers Open launched earlier this month, bringing together new commissions by five of the brightest stars of the applied art world in an exhibition at JVA at Jerwood Space in London. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/features/picture-preview-jerwood-makers-open-7932473.htmlNasser Azam’s sculpture, Athena, the tallest bronze sculpture in the UK, was unveiled outside London City Airport. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/art-news/9378081/Tallest-bronze-sculpture-in-UK-unveiled.htmlOxfam’s chief executive, Dame Barbara Stocking, hosted a roundtable lunch for business journalists to talk about Oxfam’s work with the private sector, enterprise development and investment fund work. Attendees including Management Today’s, Matthew Gwyther, Director’s Chris Maxwell, Vicki Owen from the Financial Mail on Sunday and James Taylor of Private Equity International.Unbound’s first debut author Jennifer Pickup’s book Unbelievable was published.We announced the judging panel for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize, which this year will be chaired by journalist, broadcast and author, Mark Lawson. Joining him are Dr Brooke Magnanti, research scientist, blogger and author; Henry Thomas Marsh, a leading British neurosurgeon and pioneer of neurosurgical advances; Sue Matthias, Editor of the Financial Times Weekend Magazine and Ruth Padel, a poet, writer and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Zoological Society of London.