Latest news and Events
Summer Social Programme
In partnership with our friends at Sloans and Roastit Bubbly Jocks, we'd like to invite all students along to our evening events this summer. If you've already enrolled in a summer class, it's a chance to get to know your fellow classmates and if you haven't , it's still a good excuse for a knees up!! Here's what we have on offer:
Ceilidh at Sloans: Glasgow's oldest bar and restaurant.- If you fancy something a little bit different, why not join us in the Sloans Grand Ballroom for their famous Friday Ceilidh from 8.30pm. The price includes a three course meal.
Dates: Friday 28th June or Friday 5th July. 8.30pm.
Taste of Scotland Dinner at Roastit Bubbly Jocks- Whether you're a haggis connoisseur or a cranachan virgin, one evening at this popular contemporary Scottish restaurant will have your taste buds dancing the Highland Schottische. Meal includes a glass of wine.
Dates: Wednesday 26th June or Wednesday 3rd July. 7.00pm
If you wish to attend any of these events, please contact us on 0141-330-1853/1860
Scottish History Day Trip: Stirling Castle and the Trossachs.
As part of our summer programme we are offering day trips to the most historical landmarks in Scotland. Stirling Castle has been wonderfully renovated in recent years, especially the Great Hall and the Palace. See these changes and the many exhibitions around the castle. Stirling has had a key role in our history with battles such as Bannockburn taking place nearby. Our route will take us via the Trossachs and Rob Roy country.
Date: Wednesday 26th June 2013 full day.
Please call 0141-330-1853/1860 to enrol.
West End Festival
Once again we are taking part in Glasgow's popular West End Festival! 31 May-30 June. Their brochure is now available. We will be running FREE short fun sessions such as House history, writing a short story, The Glasgow Boys, Hieroglyphs, The Egyptian Hereafter, Learn a second language, West End wildlife, Ulpan Gaelic, See our Active Sun, Astronomy in the West End. All free but please let us know you are coming by calling 0141 330 1860. Here are the Full Details of Whats On.
Please see the following link for more information: http://www.westendfestival.co.uk/#home
Middle of Scotland Science Festival
Middle of Scotland Science Festival, Crianlarich, 4 and 5 May - with lots of Glasgow University involvement, including ourselves.
Please see the following link for more details:
Hunterian Creative Writing Workshops
Allow a fascinating selection of objects from the collections of The Hunterian to be your inspiration and discover your inner author! Open to all.
Writers at The Hunterian is a group of Hunterian Associates, all PhD candidates in Creative Writing. These weekend workshops form one of a range of activities the group has organised through the Hunterian Associates Programme. For full details of the workshops and a writing competition see the link below. The first workshop is on Saturday 13 April.
New day event announced- The legacy of Hugo Chavez. Saturday 18 May 2013.
The death of Hugo Chavez has robbed the political world of one of its most colourful and controversial actors. How did he come to power and win such popularity? His Bolivarian revolution went beyond Venezuela to Latin America. Did it succeed? And who will pick up the baton? Professor Mike Gonzalez will lead this day event with Marianella Yanes. Professor Gonzalez wrote the obituary for Chavez in the Herald and was in great demand by the media following the death of the Venezualan leader.
Mike Gonzalez, Marianella Yanes
Saturday, 18 May 2013. 10.00-16.00 (41892) £23.00
Call us to enrol 0141 330 1860
A message from Matthew Lee, Director of Centre for Open Studies.
Periodic Subject Review.
Thank you everyone who was able to meet the Panel on 11 and 12 March. The Convener of our Periodic Subject Review Panel – Professor John Briggs, Clerk of Senate –on behalf of the whole Panel expressed his thanks and appreciation; they enjoyed meeting staff, tutors and students over the last 24 hours.
He particularly noted:
- Enthusiasm and drive from staff and students alike
- The commendable flexibility of the programmes, willingness to adapt and to make it possible for students to dip in and out of learning while still getting a rewarding experience
- The capacity of the Centre to meet diverse needs very well
- High levels of support, caring responses to students, and staff supporting each other
He said that their visit had been a “very positive experience” for the Panel.
Obviously we now await the Panel’s report with interest, they will suggest areas for improvement of course, but we can address those from a position of some strength that we have done ourselves justice and that credit has been appropriately given for some splendid work by all of you.
Sincere thanks and congratulations
Bicentenary of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital Lecture series, 2012 – 13
‘Hungry lions, kangaroos and bruised reeds: patient art at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital in the 19th century’, 13 March 2013
Dr Maureen Park, Senior Lecturer and subject specialist for Visual Arts in the Centre for Open Studies will use the archive of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital to examine the reasons why, and the extent to which, drawing was promoted as a ‘therapeutic’ activity in the hospital. The lecture will look at the surviving drawings produced by patients such as William Bartholomew, John Myles and John Willis Mason at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, and locate their productivity within the wider context of hospital art. The lecture will be fully illustrated.
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 9 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JQ. Refreshments 4pm, lecture 4.30pm – 5.30pm
New epic literature publication
If you are interested in epic literature, there is a new publication by the Centre's Literature subject specialist Dr Paul Innes. This looks at the place of epic in both English-language texts and World Literature.
This student guidebook offers a clear introduction to an often complex and unwieldy area of literary studies. Tracing epic from its ancient and classical roots through postmodern and contemporary examples this volume discusses:
- a wide range of writers including Homer, Vergil, Ovid, Dante, Chaucer, Milton, Cervantes, Keats, Byron, Eliot, Walcott and Tolkien
- texts from poems, novels, children’s literature, tv, theatre and film
- themes and motifs such as romance, tragedy, religion, journeys and the supernatural.
Offering new directions for the future and addressing the place of epic in both English-language texts and World Literature, this handy book takes you on a fascinating guided tour through the epic.
For more information http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415587396/'
Important changes to eligibility regulations for the ILA 200 are announced
As well as a name change to 'Skills Development Scotland ILA' The scheme is going to introduce additional eligibility criteria from 1 July 2012.
Current eligibility criteria for ILA Scotland account applications:
• must be 16 years old or over
• must be ordinarily resident in Scotland • must have an income of £22,000 a year or less, or in receipt of benefits.
Additional criteria to be applied to applicants as of 1 July 2012:
• must not hold a UK degree (or overseas equivalent) • must not be undertaking any form of full-time or part-time secondary, further or higher education • must not be participating on any National Training Programme (Modern Apprenticeships, Get Ready for Work or Training for Work).
All account applications and account renewals received on or after 1 July 2012 will be assessed under these new additional criteria.