Running from Monday 25th June – Friday 29th June 2018 , our masterclasses are aimed at Year 12 students and provide an excellent opportunity for students to enhance and enrich their current studies. All masterclasses are delivered by our academics, on campus, at Bishop Grosseteste University and free transport is available for school/college group bookings (Read more about our free transport policy here.)
Please click your desired session below for a description of each session.
English Masterclass - 25/06/2018 - 9:30am-12:00pm
Studying Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at University
Mary Shelley (1797-1851) started Frankenstein when she was 17 years of age. The novel, which grew out of a ghost-story competition, was first published anonymously in 1818. In the year of the bi-centenary of the publication of Shelley’s Frankenstein Dr Sibylle Erle, Reader in English Literature, will talk about Victor Frankenstein’s body-making and response to the creature/monster on its completion: Frankenstein could not but shudder with disgust and run away. This masterclass will offer an exciting assessment of this fascinating text. Together, we will read and explore the novel’s narrative devices, philosophical problems and resounding ethical questions to ask ourselves: what does it mean to be human? The masterclass will consist of a lecture and an interactive workshop. You will be asked to look at extracts and discuss them in small groups so that you can appreciate the lasting importance of Shelley’s novel. Please know that you are not expected to know Frankenstein. Handouts will be provided.
History Masterclass - 25/06/2018 - 9:30am-12:00pm
Discovering the Past: Understanding the Present
Studying History at university is more than just looking back at past events. History at university involves seeking knowledge and understanding of people and society in the past in order to understand better the world we live in today. This masterclass will review a range of fascinating historical sources – texts, objects and images – to explore the approaches and methods most often used by historians today. It will challenge your view of the past and introduce you to the exciting world of historical study.
Archeology Masterclass - 25/06/2018 - 9:30am-12:00pm
Hands on History
Archaeology is the study of past societies and cultures through the material evidence they have left. Evidence that ranges from landscapes and buildings through to pottery and bones. Studying Archaeology at university will equip you with significant skills through both academic and practical activities. This masterclass aims to introduce you to the subject of archaeology by reviewing artefacts and fieldwork evidence, much of which has been gathered through the excavation activities of our own students.
Drama Masterclass - 25/06/2018 - 12:30pm-3:00pm
What can you do with Drama?
Studying Arts for Arts sake… this Drama masterclass will help you find out about opportunities, careers and marketable skills from a Drama degree. It will also help understanding about making Drama work for you and for society. The session will include a practical so please make sure students are dressed appropriately.
Geography Masterclass - 25/06/2018 - 9:30am - 12:00pm
A discussion on how the environment can guide our resilient development.
Health & Social Care Masterclass - 26/06/2018 - 9:30am-12:00pm
Health & Social Care in Practice
The session will use case studies to consider the health and social care needs of different individuals, and discuss the issues involved in service provision, including multiagency approaches and the strengths and weaknesses of interdisciplinary practice in the field of health and social care.
Psychology Masterclass - 26/06/2018 - 9:30am-12:00pm
It’s no laughing matter’: The Psychology of Humour
This interactive session will introduce participants to current research into the Psychology of humour and laughter. From Gelatophobia through to gallows humour this session will enable participants to explore the relationship between humour and well-being including the use of humour amongst people living with long term neurological conditions. Participants will also have an opportunity to consider the ‘dark side’ of humour.
Sociology Masterclass - 26/06/2018 - 12:30pm-3:00pm
Sociology, race and the moving image
This session focuses on the film In the Heat of the Night (1967), a whodunit detective story thriller set in the deep south of the United States. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards and received five Oscars. In technical terms, it was masterfully directed, had a great cast and established some of the filmic conventions that we now take for granted in modern-day films of its genre. But for us as sociologists, its real significance lies in its status as a milestone film for the racially-divided United States of the mid-60s. A lone, well-educated black homicide expert from the North, Virgil Tibbs (played by Sidney Poitier), is forced to team up with a bigoted but shrewd white Sheriff from the South, Sheriff Bill Gillespie (Rod Steiger), to solve a brutal murder. The plotline and script that follow from this odd-couple pairing are deliberately constructed so as to explore the tense racial politics of that era. The context in which the film was shot is just as revealing: in 1960s America it was still considered so controversial for a black-actor to have a lead acting role that the film couldn’t actually be filmed on location in the deep south. The lecture that precedes the screening will provide students with a wealth of contextual and technical pointers to allow for an informed, and fundamentally sociological engagement with the film.
Counselling Masterclass - 26/06/2018 - 12:30pm-3:00pm
A masterclass in self compassion
This session will introduce the concept of compassion, and specifically self compassion, focussing on its effects on us and how we can become more compassionate towards ourselves. We will tackle some of the myths around self compassion and engage in discussions and activities to explore how it can play an important part in having a healthy self-attitude and the impact this can have on our lives and the lives of others.
Teaching Information Taster Day - 27/06/2018 - 10:00am-2:30pm
Working with young people in educational settings
This day is for any students who are interested in a career in education. The day will include sessions on Routes into Teaching as well as interactive taster sessions from academics on the Primary Education, Education Studies and Special Educational Needs and Inclusion programmes here at BGU. There will also be the opportunity to find out about student finance and to go on a campus tour.
Theology Masterclass - 28/06/2018 - 9:30am-12:00pm
Mystery & the Mysterious
In this session we will explore ideas and experiences which leave people puzzled, including both religious and everyday experiences of the strange or mysterious. We will explore different ways in which people have explained such phenomena.
Sport Masterclass - 28/06/2018 - 12:30pm-3:00pm
Exercise Physiology – Anaerobic Power: The Wingate Test
The session will involve an introduction to energy systems, with a focus on anaerobic power. Attendees will then explore the purpose of the Wingate test before watching a demonstration. They will then have choice of whether to take part or help to run the test. The session will then look at the calculation and exploration of results, before ending with a plenary.
Business Masterclass - 28/06/2018 - 9:30am-12:00pm
The best decision you will ever make
An insight into Business and Team Entrepreneurship, experience first-hand what it is like to create your own business and make your ideas into reality. This is learning by doing.
TESOL & Linguistics Masterclass - 28/06/2018 - 12:30pm-3:00pm
Global English and Language Attitudes
This masterclass will question and raise our awareness of how English is used not only in England but around the world. The following questions will be addressed:
- Does English belong to the country that gave birth to the language or to the world?
- What varieties of English are in use today?
- What is the role that English plays in people’s lives?
- What are the attitudes that people have towards English as a global language?
- What are the advantages and pitfalls in the use of English as the language of communication with other cultures?
The above topics will be analysed through interactive discussions and activities.
Mathematics Masterclass - 29/06/2018 - 9:30am-12:00pm
Puzzles, problems and primes
The morning will include a workshop where you will have the opportunity to work together on some mathematics problems and hear about what studying mathematics at university can involve. This will be followed by an interactive lecture on “Powerful primes” by Vicky Neale. Vicky Neale is the Whitehead Lecturer at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford. Her job is to enthuse about mathematics to undergraduates, school students, and the wider public. Her first book ‘Closing the Gap: the quest to understand prime numbers’ was published in October 2017. Regarding the session, Vicky explains, “Prime numbers have intrigued, inspired and infuriated mathematicians for millennia and yet mathematicians’ difficulty with answering simple questions about them reveals their depth and subtlety. In this interactive session, we’ll explore the power of primes”.