Discover new topics and passions at Birkbeck's Pop-Up University in east London.
From 23 June to 10 July, Birkbeck, University of London, in partnership with Waltham Forest Council, will be setting up the Birkbeck Pop-Up University at the Leytonstone Library in East London.
The Pop-Up University’s activities will be focused on the themes of Employment and Enterprise (Week 1), Women (Week 2), and Get Creative (Week 3), giving local residents an opportunity to explore new topics, discover new passions, debate big ideas and learn more about undergraduate and postgraduate study at Birkbeck – London’s evening university.
Highlights from the programme include:
• What do employers want? Panellists will discuss their approach when seeking new staff.
Monday 23 June, 4pm-6pm
• How can you be happier at work? Speakers will explore the importance of meaningful and challenging work.
Monday 23 June, 6pm-8pm
• People and Parliament. Get to know your Parliament, how you can engage and find out more about making a difference.
Tuesday 1 July, 6pm-8pm
• Yoga. A two-hour workshop will give you a taste of how yoga can help improve strength, flexibility, posture, and all manner of other benefits.
Wednesday 2 July, 10am-12pm
• Recycling and upcycling – making jewellery and accessories from buttons
This practical session will explore using everyday objects to create collar necklaces by recycling beads, buttons, ribbons and sewn thread.
Monday 7 July, 2pm-4pm
• Pizza and politics: ‘We’re all in this together.’ Professor Adam Gearey, of Birkbeck’s School of Law, will describe the history of the welfare state and why we need it.
Wednesday 9 July, 6pm-8pm
This will be Birkbeck’s second Pop-Up University, and it builds on the success of its launch in a shop in Willesden Green, held from March to May.
Annette McCone, Widening Access Manager at Birkbeck, and organiser of the aPop-Up University, said: “Following the popularity of our sessions in Willesden Green, we are really looking forward to bringing our Pop-Up University to Leytonstone. People will get an opportunity to explore different subject areas, and also think about how a further qualification might help them to take the next step in their careers, or even change careers.”
Birkbeck is London’s only specialist provider of evening higher education, and was ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world in 2013. All courses are taught in the evening to enable students to combine study with daytime commitments, and students may study at either Birkbeck’s east London campus at University Square Stratford – a £33m collaboration between Birkbeck and the University of East London – or its main Central London campus at Bloomsbury. Staff will be present at the Pop-Up University to provide more information.
There will be free refreshments at each event.