Lunchtime learners get second bite at education

12 May 2008 00:01:00.000

A free lunchtime lecture series is being organised by The University of Nottingham's Centre for Continuing Education as part of a national initiative aimed at encouraging adults back into the classroom.

The centre is offering talks on a lively trio of topics will give potential students a taste of the wide range of flexible part-time and full-time courses available at its city centre base on Shakespeare Street and on the University's Jubilee Campus.

The lecture series has been timed to coincide with Adult Learners' Week, which runs from May 17 to 23 and encourages adults to give learning a go, whether to learn a new set of skills, as a stepping stone to career progression, or for personal interest.

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It kicks off on Tuesday May 20 when archaeologist and University of Nottingham associate professor Dr Sarah Speight draws on her two guest appearances on Channel 4's Time Team to discuss Armchair Archaeology: Time Team and the Telly.

In her talk, Dr Speight will reflect upon whether archaeology's popularity in the mainstream media is a blessing or a curse and the extent to which the general public's knowledge of the subject is gleaned from libraries, the internet or TV.

Published author Anthony Cropper will talk on Short and Shorter Fiction on Wednesday May 21 when he will be asking whether less is always more. Anthony, winner of the 2005 BBC Bradley Award for Radio Drama, will be accompanied by students who will read examples of their work produced during creative writing courses at the Adult Education Centre.

The final lecture in the series, Improvisational Architecture: A Group Research Project, will be delivered on Thursday May 22 by Sophie Hollinshead. The talk will explain the background to the exhibition currently on show at the Adult Education Centre which looks at the uses of pre-fabricated architecture in the Nottingham area.

All the lunchtime lectures will be held between 12 noon and 12.45pm and admission is completely free. Further details of the lectures are available on the web at

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 70 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THES) World University Rankings.

It provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's "only truly global university", it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation - School of Pharmacy).

Its students are much in demand from 'blue-chip' employers. Winners of Students in Free Enterprise for four years in succession, and current holder of UK Graduate of the Year, they are accomplished artists, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, innovators and fundraisers. Nottingham graduates consistently excel in business, the media, the arts and sport. Undergraduate and postgraduate degree completion rates are amongst the highest in the United Kingdom.

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