University Taster Days & Masterclasses

Our Masterclasses and taster days provide an excellent opportunity for your students to enhance and enrich their current studies. Through spending a day at a university, participating in the academic session, your students will deepen their subject knowledge and develop confidence and motivation in their current studies. Students will also get a taste of university life and the opportunity to meet some current students.

Masterclass Week 2019

Running from Monday 24th June – Friday 28th June 2019, 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.)

To book your place at Masterclass Week 2019 click here or contact us at outreach@bishopg.ac.uk to request a booking form.

Subject Date Time
English 24/06/2019 10:00 -12:00
Education Studies 24/06/2019 12:30 -13:30
Drama 24/06/2019 12:30-14:30
History 24/06/2019 10:00 -12:00
Archaeology 24/06/2019 12:30-14:30
Geography 24/06/2019 10:00 -12:00
Education Studies 25/06/2019 11:00 -12:00
Sociology 25/06/2019 12:30-14:30
Business 25/06/2019 10:00 -12:00
Theology 25/06/2019 10:00 -12:00
Teaching Information Day 26/06/2019 10:00-14:30
TESOL and Linguistics 26/06/2019 10:00 -12:00
Education Studies 27/06/2019 12:30 -13:30
Psychology 27/06/2019 10:00 -12:00
Counselling 27/06/2019 12:30-14:30
Health and Social Care 27/06/2019 10:00 -12:00
Sport 27/06/2019 12:30-14:30
Mathematics 28/06/2019 10:00-12:00
Masterclass Details
English

Studying Shakespeare’s Othello and King Lear at University 

What makes Shakespeare great? Dr Sibylle Erle, Reader in English Literature at BGU, loves Shakespeare (especially his tragedies!) and is a passionate Stratford-theatre goer. She will explore the key ideas of Shakespearian drama through two of his great tragedies, Othello and King Lear, and explain about dramatic methods used to ‘tell’ and show the stories.

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 Shakespeare. Please know that you are not expected to know Othello or King Lear. Handouts will be provided.

Drama

Devising Your Future through Drama

Using devising techniques, this workshop will explore Drama’s potential to impact on individuals, education and society. The Masterclass will include a practical workshop which brings theory to life and provides plenty of opportunities to recognise and develop the many transferable skills that studying Drama offers.

It will offer a taste of studying Drama at university level new ideas to develop your exam work.

History

Us and them: ‘Red Scare’ caricatures in the US and UK

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.

Archaeology

Archaeology: get hands-on with history 

This masterclass will offer students the chance to visit a live archaeological excavation in the heart of historic Lincoln. This will include a short induction, a tour of the dig, and the opportunity to study some of the Roman and medieval finds we will have been uncovered. You’ll learn how archaeologists find out about the past, and we’ll show you how exciting getting hands-on with history can be!

Geography

Saving Humanity – Resilient Development

At its best Geography at university a subject which integrates knowledge from across human understanding – this session will give an example of that for the multiple stresses that humans are causing to the earth system and an example of how to respond to this existential risk.

Education Studies

Preparing for University: developing skills for research and academic writing

This session will be led by the Education Studies team at BGU. It will highlight current research findings about students’ transition to Higher Education and offer practical strategies for effective academic study across a range of subject disciplines.

• What is the difference between studying at school or college and studying at university?
• How can I develop the skills to make a confident start to university learning?
• What ‘university’ level strategies can I use to improve my work on my current course?

Sociology

Sociology, Surveillance and Social Media

It is said that technology is increasingly becoming an integral part of our day-to-day lives. Devices such as smartphones can lead to the possibility that we are always ‘switched on’, with distinctions between the private and personal becoming muddled. Does this, in turn, create greater opportunities for us to be watched? Watched by some ‘bigger power’? By our peers? Or, even, by ourselves?

This sociology masterclass will introduce students to Foucault’s panopticon, a key work concerning surveillance, before guiding them in an interactive exploration of social media surveillance. Students will develop their analytical skills, experience research first-hand, and leave with a new sociologically informed insight into social media.

Business

The Super Power challenge

Ever wanted to be your own boss and start your own business?  Do you have energy, enthusiasm and love working with others as well as on your own?  Are you open to new ideas and enjoy a challenge?  If your answer is yes to any or all of these then you sound like a budding team entrepreneur who would welcome the chance to come and join the team entrepreneurship adventure!

The Super Power Challenge will require you to work as part of a team to create and innovate to generate ideas that could be put into action to create a business proposition that has financial, social and/or cultural value.  So, if you’re up for the challenge, come and have a go!

Theology

Green Religion

In this session, we explore a range of religious responses to the environment, exploring why Christianity has taken the brunt of the criticism, and how Christians and others have tried to make a theological response.

Teaching Information Day

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.

TESOL & Linguistics

Teaching English to Students of Other Languages and Linguistics

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.

Psychology

Development Psychology

This session will explore different areas of developmental psychology in an interactive way.

Counselling

A session in self compassion

This session will introduce the concept of self compassion, exploring what it means and where the notion has come from. Self-compassion is all about promoting healthy self-attitudes, which is a huge part of any therapeutic encounter in counselling. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about how we can develop compassion for ourselves and also the challenges this can present.

The session will include practical activities and opportunities for personal reflection, and will hopefully give participants food for thought about their views of themselves and how this influences interactions with others.

Health & Social Care

Dispelling the myths around Health and Social care, an interactive session

Sport

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 a choice of either taking part or helping to run the test. The session will then look at the calculation and exploration of results, before ending with a plenary.

Mathematics

Problem-solving and proof

Problem-solving and proving mathematical results are key aspects of doing mathematics. We will look at different ways of tackling mathematics problems that are based on A level Mathematics content, and we will consider what makes a convincing argument. You will also have a chance to see how studying undergraduate mathematics builds on ideas from school mathematics.


Subject Taster Days

Activity   Date  Time 
Teaching Information Day 22/03/2019 10:00am – 2:30pm
Early Childhood Studies Taster Day 26/04/2019 10:00am – 2:00pm
Health & Social Care Taster Day 15/05/2019 10:00am – 2:00pm
Early Childhood Studies Taster Day 07/06/2019 10:00am – 2:00pm
Teaching Information Day 26/06/2019 10:00am – 2:30pm

For more information or to book your place, please click here to fill out our form. Alternatively, contact our team by emailing outreach@bishopg.ac.uk or calling 01522 583637.


University Experience Days

University Experience Days are designed for students in Years 11-13 who would like to find out more about what it is like to study at university. The day will involve sessions on the benefits of higher education, budgeting and UCAS and personal statements.

Upcoming University Experience Days:

  • Friday 9 November 2018, 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • Friday 14 December 2018, 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • Friday 3 May 2019, 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • Friday 17 May 2019, 10:00am – 2:00pm

For more information or to book your place, please click here to fill out our form. Alternatively, contact our team by emailing outreach@bishopg.ac.uk or calling 01522 583637. Support with transport costs is available for group bookings, please enquire for more information

We also offer bespoke visits such as individual tours from our Student Ambassadors or larger groups. To book a place, or to discuss a bespoke day for your students please contact us at outreach@bishopg.ac.uk or fill out our form. Alternatively, you can attend one of our regular Open Days, we have several coming up in the near future.


 

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