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Chinese pianist to be awarded honorary doctorate

Lang Lang is a world famous pianist
Lang Lang is a world famous pianist Credit: Peter Honnemann

World famous Chinese pianist Lang Lang will be awarded a prestigious Honorary Doctorate from Birmingham City University this evening.

The Classic Brit Award winner will be given the award ahead of his sell-out gig at Birmingham Symphony Hall. His event in Birmingham will be his only concert in the UK this year.

The pianist has played for President Barack Obama and in Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee concert in Buckingham Palace.

He has also launched the Lang Lang International Music Foundation working to champion musical education and cultivate young pianists.

Lang Lang said:

It is with deep gratitude that I will be receiving the Honorary Doctorate degree from Birmingham City University. I can’t wait to see friends in Birmingham, on my only UK concert in 2014!

World's first zero emission racing car to benefit Midlands students

Following the production of the world's first zero emission racing car, Birmingham City University (BCU) has spoken about the benefits the creation will have to students here in the Midlands.

The University worked alongside manufacturer, Westfield, to produce the machine.

Where the work takes place: The Westfield factory Credit: ITV News Central

Parmjit Chima, BCU, said: "The partnership will benefit students by developing a pipeline of valuable technical and employability skills, working on industry-led projects at the cutting edge of hybrid vehicle and full electric technology to aid the environmental agenda of reducing carbon emission."

Westfield produces over 400 cars a year and since 1983, the company has sold over 13,000 cars across the world.

Julian Turner, Westfield's Chief Executive, said: "Westfield and Birmingham City University have the aligned vision of future proofing tomorrow's engineers. Through the iRacer kit build, students and staff will have on the job training in hybrid and pure electrical vehicles."

BCU's School of Engineering, Design and Manufacturing Systems will offer classes and short courses on how to build cars like the Westfield iRacer.

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Midlands manufacturer creates zero emissions kit car

Westfield has sold over 12 000 cars world wide since 1983 Credit: Westfield

A Midland car maker has joined forces with Birmingham University to create the world's first zero emission electric kit car.

Westfield Sportscars has designed the iRacer, which can be changed between hybrid, electric or internal combustion engines, to support a growing demand for zero emission racing vehicles.

Birmingham City University has been asked to reduce CO2 and weight by a minimum of 20 per cent to meet upcoming emissions targets. The partnership will then look at all road vehicles in the Westfield range.

Westfield are proud to boast high quality British craftsmanship Credit: Westfield

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