Priory Post 5 – London Life

Posted: 19th August 2015

London Life

London is a capital city with a lot to offer.  Last year many Sixth Formers and Upper V students made excellent use of all that is on offer in London to broaden their learning. Mr P Murphy, Director of Sixth Form (UCAS), tells us about some of the resources that are available and gives us a few examples of links to have a look at.

LSE Public Lectures:

There are daily free lectures at the London School of Economics – the LSE is one the world’s best universities and their lectures cover a variety of subjects. Details of lectures can be found at:
If you cannot make it to the lectures you can always watch them online at:

Lectures in the coming weeks include:

South Africa’s Democracy — Mandela’s “Cherished Ideal”
Date: Tuesday 23rd September 2014, 6.30pm
Location: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Moeletsi Mbeki

EXHIBITION: South Africa’s Democracy — Mandela’s “Cherished Ideal”
LSE Arts public exhibition
Dates: On display until Friday 26th September

Gender, Inequality and Power
Date: Wednesday 1st October 2014, 6.30pm
Location: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor Diane Perrons

Human Rights Diplomacy: inside the United Nations
Date: Thursday 2nd October 2014, 6.30pm
Location: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Dr Ibrahim Salama

China Goes West: Everything you need to know about Chinese companies going global
Date: Monday 6th October 2014, 6.30pm
Location: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Joel Backaler

University College London Lectures:

UCL have daily lunch time lectures – they run from 1.15-1.45pm. These will be difficult to get to but they can be watched live online during your lunch break or later on catch up. Upcoming lectures this term include: Does the UK parliament matter?; How to read paintings; The science of fireworks; Truth and illusion in philosophy and theatre; Understanding other people’s actions; Distracted, confused and unaware: the elusive gift of attention; supernovae and serendipity.

Go to:

For details of free lectures at King’s College, the Royal Society, the British Museum and many more go to:

RS students, and others, may be interested in the series of lectures at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in Trafalgar Square. In the year that our nation remembers the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, what are we really remembering?
The lecture series reflects on what we have learnt from war and how those who believe in a God of Justice and Love can respond. The series kicks off with: Can there ever be a ‘just war’?  – Monday 22nd September at 7.00pm
For more details on all lectures go to:

University online courses:

Last year some of our girls took free online short courses run by universities. These usually involve 1 or 2 hours of study per week.

The Sixth Form should sign up for a course starting this week – Developing Your Research Project. This is an 8 week course run by Southampton University and is intended for anyone who is currently undertaking or planning to undertake a piece of academic research, be that the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) or a piece of coursework. To register, go to:

Other courses starting soon include:

Preparing for University by the University of East Anglia

A Beginner’s Guide to Writing in English for University Study by the University of Reading

How to Succeed at Writing Applications by the University of Sheffield

Shakespeare and his World  by the University of Warwick

Electrify: An Introduction to Electrical and Electronic Engineering by the University of Liverpool

Cracking Mechanics: Further Maths for Engineers by Bristol University

Exploring Play: The Importance of Play in Everyday Life by the University of Sheffield

Information on these courses and many more can be found at:

Also, 750 free online university courses from around the world can be found at:

Hard copies of Time Out London will be delivered to the Sixth Form and Upper V common rooms from this week. Have a look at the many free exhibitions, events and talks that are coming up. You can also register free on the Time Out website to have a look online at what’s coming up –

Finally, have a look at ITunes U – iTunes U features the world’s largest online catalogue of free educational content from top universities, prominent libraries, museums and organisations.

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