It's Never Too Late to Gain a Degree; Next Week Is Adult Learners' Week and as Part of the Numerous Events Being Held, Birkbeck, University of London Is Holding a Series of Free Drop-In Sessions to Inspire Those Thinking of Studying, Writes Niki Chesworth

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Byline: Niki Chesworth

IF you have ever thought about going into Higher Education, but thought that a lack of funding, time or the right entry requirements stood in your way, next week is a chance to find out just how accessible going -- or returning -- to university might be.

As part of Adult Learners' Week, which runs from May 18 to 24, Birkbeck, University of London is holding a series of free events, advice sessions, lectures and workshops in Stratford Town Hall. Among the events are a series of walks, talks and discussions that will give you a free taste of higher education.

Birkbeck historian, Mike Berlin, presenter of the recent BBC Radio 4 series Journeys Down My Street, will be leading a walking tour of the hidden history of Stratford, while Birkbeck lecturer David Styan will talk about politics and power, using Stratford's Olympic spectacle to examine how political questions illuminate power and inequality.

A panel of Birkbeck students will contribute to a discussion on "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" about studying in HE today. There will also be a supporting children's reading workshop, which will explore the cognitive, psychological, social and emotional aspects of learning to read. Psychology is always a popular course and for those thinking of embarking on a degree there are two events: Birkbeck lecturer David Tross will explore recent research on the relationship between happiness, wealth and inequality; and there will also be a Wellbeing At Work workshop focusing on what psychologists have learnt about the science of happiness.

Birkbeck is holding the events in Stratford in advance of the opening this September of a new [pounds sterling]33-million campus, University Square Stratford, in partnership with the University of East London. All events are free and take place at Stratford Town Hall from May 22 to May 24.

In addition, a Birkbeck information stand will run throughout the week, Monday to Friday, at Stratford Shopping Centre.

For the full programme see bbk. …