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Politics, geography, geology, psychology and sociology are all part of our offer alongside science, nature and ecology. Come along and find out more about a subject that may be new to you and take the opportunity to see how you can apply your learning in your local community. Many of our natural and social science courses offer opportunities to get involved in practical activities too.

Places We Love, Places We Hate: Exploring 'Sense of Place' with Alastair Clark View details

We will draw on our own experience, the arts and academic research to examine how our perception of place plays important part in the lives of most people.

Christmas Lecture - Natural history of Christmas View details

This lecture is part of our Christmas events. The subject specialist will deliver the lecture, with a limited time at the end for questions. Have you ever wondered why turkeys don't come from Turkey! This short course will explore the natural history of Christmas and some of the traditions associated with the wild plants and animals of the British countryside. Find out about the tiny moth that lives in the leaves of mistletoe why we kiss under this parasitic plant. The secrets of holly and Ivy, where Christmas trees originally came from. This special time of the year has associations with many familiar animals, discover what reindeer eat and how they find their food in the middle of winter when it is buried under a blanket of snow, and investigate the secret life of the robin.

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?