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The Russo-Japanese War 1904/05 View details

In 1904 Russian and Japanese expansionism in Manchuria and Korea resulted in war. It was a conflict that Russia fully expected to win. In the event, Russia was defeated on land and most emphatically at sea. The modernisation of Japan gathering pace since the mid-C19th lay at the heart of the victory. Nonetheless, with reserves of men and money dwindling fast, the Japanese Government was happy to accept Theodore Roosevelt's offer of mediation culminating in the Treaty of Portsmouth of 1905. The consequences were of great significance not just in East Asia but also in Europe as Russian attention re-focused on her Balkan interests.

Christmas Workshop - decorate your own Christmas cake View details

This workshop is designed to help you ice and decorate your very own Christmas cake. We will be covering a cake with marzipan, and fondant icing, before topping it off with a range of different handmade decorations, that we will have been made in the session. You will be using a range a sugar craft tools to help create a range a festive edible decorations, which will be placed on and around the cake. A cake that even Mary Berry or Paul Hollywood would be proud of.

Volunteering Initial Assessment West Midlands View details

We will discuss your skills and experience with you, talk to you about the qualification available and ask you to complete a task to see which course is right for you. We will also provide you with information about the work you will need to complete during your studies.

English Maths and ESOL Initial Assessment West Midlands View details

Students wishing to join an EME course need to complete an initial assessment before they start. The initial assessment event is designed to test students’ current skills. During initial assessment, students will work with WEA staff to agree the current level that they are working at and discuss the best course for them to develop their skills.

Christmas Activity - Festive poems and how to write one View details

This activity is part of our Christmas events. Any equipment or materials list required will be available on Canvas. Would you like to learn how to write acrostics, haikus, tankas, shape poems and create Christmas decorations with your work? This activity will introduce to simple poetic form and show you how to create cards and decorations with your writing.

Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills View details

Before you can join this course, you will need to talk to a member of staff and do an initial assessment to make sure the course is right for you. For more information and to book an appointment please call 0300 303 3464. The course introduces students to using counselling skills in everyday life; for either work or within a personal capacity. You will learn about techniques, counselling skills theories and diversity and ethics in the use of counselling skills.

Together We Learn ESOL View details

During the course you will start to learn basic English that will help you better explore and take part in your local community. Before you can join the course, your English skills will be checked with a short test so that the tutor can make sure that the class is right for you. This course is for people with very little or no English. You do not need any ESOL qualifications to join.

Harnessing Happiness: A practical application of positive psychology View details

This course will take one key principles of positive psychology and break it down in manageable chunks so that students can apply them to their own lives. We will also consider what happiness is and how we can harness as much of it as possible.

Christmas for Curmudgeons? Why economists think gift-giving is wasteful View details

Economists tend to see everything as a set of agreements and transactions which both parties think will make them better off. So Christmas gift-giving is no exception. If the gift is something you wanted, why hadn’t you already bought it yourself? So it follows that most gifts are unwanted, or worth less to the recipient than the amount the giver paid for them. It would be better to gift cash instead, and let the recipients choose what they want. But are we missing something? Are there other reasons for gift-giving, or should Christmas be cancelled?

Christmas Workshop - Decorate your own Christmas cake View details

This workshop is designed to help you ice and decorate your very own Christmas cake. We will be covering a cake with marzipan, and fondant icing, before topping it off with a range of different handmade decorations, that we will have been made in the session. You will be using a range a sugar craft tools to help create a range a festive edible decorations, which will be placed on and around the cake. A cake that even Mary Berry or Paul Hollywood would be proud of.