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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.

Anxiety Disorders - Don't Panic!..? Phobias, OCD and PTSD. View details

This course will explore the history, diagnosis, possible causes and treatments proposed for Anxiety Disorders such as Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is an introductory level course, so no previous knowledge is assumed. We can only touch the surface but sources for further information will be provided. There will be some time for discussion and although participants are welcome to share their own experiences this is not a requirement. We shall be asking questions about the nature of health and illness; the reliability of diagnosis; alternative explanations and effectiveness of treatments available. Questions include: • What do these have in common and how do they differ? • When is anxiety a disorder and what triggers it? • Can you learn a phobia and if so can you unlearn it? All views are welcome, but no one view will be promoted. This course is educational rather than therapeutic.

Astronomy View details

This course provides an introduction to all aspects of astronomy so that learners can understand recent developments in the field and also start observing the night sky, either with the naked eye or with a telescope. We will also consider how stars evolve and eventually die and study various cosmological 'hot' topics such as Gravitational waves and Dark Matter

Astronomy - Images of the Universe View details

We will look at some of the landmark, iconic images of the universe taken since photography was first uitlised as an astronomical tool in the 19th century until the present day. What was remarkable about these pictures? How have they helped shape our thinking?

Birds on your doorstep View details

Do you enjoy spending time in your local park? Do you sometimes wonder what the birds that you see and hear are called? Would you like to know more about what they eat and where they shelter? By the end of this day school you will know all about the birds in your park, as well as understand what makes your park good for birds and how you can make your park (and street) better for them. The day school runs from 10-3pm on Saturday 7th April at The Bike Garden in Nuns Moor Park and is open to all. It is taught by renowned wildlife tutor, Keith Bowey, who also teaches for Northumberland Natural History Society. Some of the session will be outdoors watching birds so please bring warm clothes and suitable shoes. There will be a free lunch, and we are hoping to organise a forest school creche for children so that parents with children can attend. This will also be held at the bike garden. For more info about the creche contact

Building Confidence Through Walking and Exploring the Landscape View details

Day School - The Geology of South Somerset View details

Geology of Somerset and the Surrounding Area In this day long course, we shall look at the fundamentals of geology, apply these to the immediate area, the Mendips, Radstock, Ham Hill and Somerset generally and then head to the Jurassic Coast with its fantastic, world class geological formations. We will uncover the beauty of the local landscape, interpret past environments, meet local personalities of past who shaped our understand of geology and conclude the day with a firm understanding of geological principles that we can carry with us in future explorations

Day School: From the Scientific Revolution to the Modern Age View details

An account of the development of science from about 1800 (the Newtonian cosmos) through 19th century developments in biology, medicine, electricity and atomic structure to the particle physics arising from experiments with the Large Hadron Collider today. (No weighty theory involved!) The course comprises five themes: 1. Geological time – evolution and biology, the impact of Darwin’s unsettling news on Victorian England, the interplay between science and religion 2. Power – the industrial harnessing of steam and (later) electricity, understanding of energy, heat and the transfer of power 3. Invisibles – germs, genes and electromagnetic waves 4. The sub-atomic world – the periodic table, the surprising discovery of the properties of radium, atomic power 5. Uncertainties – relativity, the upending of the law-governed universe – quantum mechanics and thermodynamics, particle physics

Day School: Isaac Newton - His Life and Times View details

This day school explores Isaac Newton's life and works, and the personal convictions that drove his mathematical philosophy and his unorthodox research into alchemy, theology and biblical prophecy. It will cover: It will cover: • Pre-Newtonian (early 17th century) science (particularly the astronomical discoveries and theories of Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler) • Newton’s early life • His studies and rapid advancement at Cambridge University • His "Anni Mirabili" - the “miracle years” of 1664-66 • His experiments with light; the laws of motion • Newton’s ascendancy to the peak of status and honours • His disputes with prominent scientists of the day (Liebniz, Hooke and Huygens) • His alchemical and theological obsessions • The Principia Mathematica (1687) and other published works • Newton’s legacy and cultural impact

Day School: People, Power, Politics View details

Day School: 'The Wildlife and Habitats of East Anglia' View details

This course that looks a wide range of wildlife habitats in East Anglia and the flora and fauna that can be found in these areas. An extensive range of habitats and nature reserves are shown through seasonal and colourful slides of landscapes, nature reserves, birds, butterflies, dragonflies, plants and mammals. Areas focused on during this interactive course will include: RSPB Minsmere, Heathland and Woodland, The Brecks and Thetford Forest, Estuary wildlife - including saltmarsh habitats and the wildlife that depends on it, The Suffolk and Norfolk Broads, The North Norfolk Coast, The Cambridgeshire Fens, The Essex Marshes and Conservation Organisations in East Anglia. There is plenty of opportunity for discussion during each session - especially regarding conservation issues, coastal erosion in East Anglia and any wildlife sightings or nature reserves visited by students. A group field trip will also be available to all students, if required, one the course has completed.

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