Try It for Size, University Scheme Urges ; Adult Learners' Week 2012birkbeck, University of London Is Marking the Week with Taster Sessions to Inspire Potential Students to Learn Something New and Reap the Rewards
Richardson, Sarah, The Evening Standard (London, England)
[broken bar] IRKBECK, University of London is marking Adult Learners' Week with a series of workshops, lectures, performances, debates and information, and advice and guidance sessions designed to give participants a taste of higher education and encourage a desire for learning.
The programme, Try it! Birkbeck in Your Community, will run as a series of drop-in sessions and provide information on the college's part-time and full-time courses and the new system of student loans and bursaries.
The project, which has been led by the Widening Access and Retention Team, with input from academics from across the college, will be staged at Cambridge House in Camberwell.
Dr Adam Geary, from Birkbeck's School of Law, will give a session called Want to think like a Lawyer? "I'm very excited to be participating in Try It!" he says. "It's great to be able to take a taste of what we do at Birkbeck out to Camberwell, and to offer people an opportunity to try a subject that they might not have thought about studying before. It doesn't matter if you've never been to university, or didn't really enjoy school, we're sure there will be a session to interest everybody and you can drop in whenever you like."
During the week there will be sessions on city art, career planning, creative writing, law and management, psychology and languages, among others. Visitors can stay for one session or the whole day, or dip in and out throughout the week. There is no need to book. Alongside an inspiring range of talks, Birkbeck staff will also be on hand to give individual advice about studying at university.
Sam White is a student already benefiting from Birkbeck, which offers world-class research and teaching as London's only specialist provider of evening higher education.
"At school I enjoyed doing performing arts and stage work and, at 18, I decided I would go to drama school," he recalls. "Although I did well, it is tough to make a living from it and I got a job at Harrods, often working up to 60 hours a week.
"But this isn't something I want to be doing in 20 years' time," he adds. "I decided that I wanted to study something that I could use to give me a career rather than just a job. …