Due to the ongoing situation surrounding COVID-19 the University has made the decision to limit the amount of people on-campus. As such we won't be running any taster days or masterclasses on campus in the Autumn term. You can see our schedule of online masterclass events below.

Please click here to book your place and to see our full new online event schedule.

Tuesday 10th November

10:00 - 11:00

Led by Dr Derwin Gregory (Programme Leader: Archaeology and Heritage)

This session will explore the archaeology of the Cold War using satellite images, giving student the opportunity to identify and interpret physical remains.

Wednesday 11th November 2020

14:00-15:00

Led by Dr Elizabeth Kimber (Programme Leader: Mathematics)

What functions are your ‘go to’ examples? What’s the same and what’s different about them? Thinking about functions and their graphs can help to make sense of algebra, so you can test out ideas and answer your own questions.

Thursday 12th November 2020

10:00-11:00

Led by Helen Swaby (Lecturer: Counselling)

In this session we will explore what self-compassion is and where it has come from. We will consider the effect it can have on us, and how we can become more compassionate towards ourselves. The session will involve some practical activities and you will have the opportunity to consider how you can increase your own self-compassion.

Monday 16th November 2020

09:00-10:00

Led by Leanne Mchugh (Lecturer: Health and Social Care) and Teresa Garrod (Visiting Tutor: Health and Social Care)

This masterclass will invite you to consider the relevance of your own personal values, beliefs, stereotypes and prejudices when working in Health and Social Care. We will explore what we mean by these by devising our own definitions, and then comparing them to other recognised definitions. There will be some exercises to undertake that may highlight some of our own personal values, beliefs, stereotypes and prejudices (both conscious and unconscious), before considering how they make us feel by using a real-life scenario. Finally, we will examine how we can work with our own values, beliefs, stereotypes and prejudices in practice without compromising our own personal integrity and our professional responsibilities.

11:00-12:00

Led by Berta Badia-Barrera (Lecturer: TESOL & Linguistics)

What is a global language? And why languages spread around the world? This session will look at the global spread of the English language and we will look at different varieties of English worldwide. We will also do some practical activities, in which for example, we will discover the origin of words such as 'cookie'!

Tuesday 17th November 2020

09:00-10:00

Led by Dr Alan Malpass (Lecturer: Military History)

When we think of warfare we often think about operations and battles in three domains: on land, the sea and in the skies above. Yet, there is a fourth, overlooked, realm: the subterranean world of underground warfare. Contemporary conflicts in Afghanistan and Gaza have highlighted how tunnelling has continued to play an important role in irregular and asymmetric warfare, allowing smaller forces to evade and challenge numerically and technologically superior opponents. Since ancient times, tunnels have been used to bring down walls and launch surprise attacks.

In this lecture, Dr Alan Malpass provides an overview of the history of underground warfare, introducing students to this ‘hidden’ theatre of war. Students will be introduced to key underground battles and campaigns, including the ill-fated ‘Battle of the Crater’ during the American Civil War, First World War mining and counter mining operations, and the ‘Tunnel Rats’ of the Vietnam conflict. They will learn about how subterranean operations, filled with danger and suspense, have been a decisive feature of warfare throughout history.

13:00-14:00

Led by Dr Mary-Louise Maynes (Louise) (Senior Lecturer: Early Childhood Studies)

Play is an enjoyable part of childhood, and most of us can remember having fun playing as children. For young children however, play is more than just an entertaining way to spend time, in fact it is regarded as so important that the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) has stated that children have a right to play. In this 1-hour session we will be focusing on why children in the ‘early years’ (ages 0-8) need to play, and we will be considering:

  • What we mean by the term ‘play’
  • The different kinds of play which children take part in
  • The benefits of play for young children
  • And asking is there such a thing as ‘good’ play and ‘bad’ play?

The session will refer to some of the theories which inform our understanding of play and evidence from research on the value of play.

14:00-16:00

Led by Angela Barley (Senior Lecturer: Primary Education with QTS), Julia Lindley-Baker (Programme Leader: SENDI) and Adam Hounslow-Eyre (Programme Leader: Education Studies)

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.

16:00-17:00

Led by Clare Gooing (Senior Lecturer: Secondary Music)

This is a practical workshop looking at ways to improve your individual performance skills. Join Clare Gooing, professional singer and Senior Lecturer in Music Education and Jonathan Gooing, professional pianist, accompanist and Visiting Tutor to try out your performance in a friendly environment and receive some constructive feedback and coaching. Learn strategies for coping with nerves and ways of developing effective practise routines and audience communication. Experience the sort of teaching you would receive on the brand new BA (Hons) Music and Musicianship degree and learn something about studying music as an undergraduate.

Wednesday 18th November 2020

09:00-10:00

Led by Dr W. Jack Rhoden (Programme Leader: History)

In a session focusing on the first 'Red Scare' in the US and UK during the interwar period, students will be encouraged to develop their visual source analysis skills through the examination of anti-communist caricatures from the 1920s and 30s.

11:00-12:00

Led by Nikki Smith (Programme Leader: Business and Enterprise)

Within this Masterclass you will examine the importance of the visitor economy to Greater Lincolnshire. You will have the opportunity to assess the impact of Covid-19 on Lincolnshire’s coastal economy and evaluate how businesses along the coast could respond.

13:00-14:00

Led by Dr Sue Becker (Programme Leader: Psychology)

This session will enable learners to consider and discuss the role of health and social psychology in public health messaging. The session will discuss the psychology of persuasion and mass communication in the context of recent Government advice and guidance around social distancing.

Thursday 19th November 2020

09:00-10:00

Led by Dr Jonathan Memel (Lecturer: English)

At a time of climate emergency, this session asks how literature reimagines the environment and our relationship to it. Literature not only represents the causes of our current environmental crisis (fossil fuel production, transport, urbanisation, food systems), it also imaginatively responds to the changes that result from them. Poetry and fiction call attention to alternative ways of conceiving of and responding to our surroundings, from evoking nostalgia for pastoral lands unaffected by industry to presenting utopian visions of environments for the future. In this session we will complete a close reading exercise to compare two texts that respond to the environment in quite different ways and then debate the role these texts might play in answering pressing ecological and environmental questions in the environmental humanities today.

13:00-14:00

Led by Jamie-Lee Marriott (Lecturer: Sociology)

An exploration of how identities such as class, gender, ethnicity and sexuality interrelate to affect the experiences of individuals and groups. This 1 hour session will look at the emergence of intersectionality in Sociology, research relating to each of the intersecting factors, examples of and application of intersectionality in society (including intersectional feminism). We will also look at how the concept of intersectionality can be incorporated to enhance A Level Sociology essays.

15:00-16:00

Led by Adam Hounslow-Eyre (Programme Leader: Education Studies)

Education is regarded as an important aspect of all human cultures. There is a desire to pass on 'the best of what has been thought and said' to the next generation in a society. How can this broad purpose of education be characterised and captured by academic theory? Is education simply the unproblematic 'transmission of knowledge' from teacher to learner or are there other 'dimensions' (perhaps 'hidden dimensions') to education that might challenge this unproblematic transmission from one generation to the next? Current cognitivist views of education (popular in the English education system) will be contrasted with alternative conceptions of the purpose(s) of education.

Friday 20th November 2020

09:00-10:00

Led by Dr Francis Stewart (Implicit Religion Research Fellow)

In this session we will consider the mystery of people’s everyday encounters with scientifically strange and unexplained phenomena, and ask why humans have always had a fascination with such things. We will explore such phenomena within religions, but also within everyday contemporary experience across the world, trying to provide meaningful ways of making sense of them.

10:00-11:00

Led by Claire Maskrey (Senior Lecturer: Sport)

Effective coaching is crucial to the optimisation of sporting performance. This Masterclass will unpack effective coaching behaviour before exploring a number of approaches that are used to analyse coaching performance leading to a potential change in coaching behaviour.

11:00-12:00

Ledy by Dr Julia Lindley-Baker (Programme Leader: SENDI)

This session will explore competing ideas about SEND practice and categories, examining social constructs around labeling