Lifelong Learning Centre

Spring into Summer

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Our annual Spring into Summer programme of learning-for-pleasure courses and events gives adults of any age the opportunity to widen their interests, develop their creativity and increase their cultural knowledge.

Our 2016 programme will run from the week beginning 6th June with courses in creative writing, film, current affairs, literature, language and more. We will also be offering a number of FREE events in the areas of history, culture and current affairs.

Descriptions of courses and events are available in the Downloads section to the left-hand side of the page, or by clicking on the appropriate course or event title(s).


Course title Tutor(s) Dates and times
Travel Writing Bronwin Patrickson Mondays 10.30am – 1.00pm from 6th to 27th June
The Evolution of Islamic State Abdul B. Shaikh and Hizer Mir Mondays 6.00 – 7.30pm from 6th June to 11th July
Now in glorious technicolour: the use of colour in film Zoë Enstone, Madeleine Newman, Felix Janeway and Patrick Webster Mondays 6.00 – 8.00pm from 6th to 27th June
Conversational Arabic Samar Al-Afandi Wednesdays 6.00 – 7.30pm from 8th June to 13th July
Small but perfectly formed: exploring the short story Catherine Bates Wednesdays 6.00 – 8.00pm from 8th June to 13th July
Documentary storytelling through history Rachel Walls Thursdays 6.00 – 7.30pm from 9th to 30th June
Beginning and ending short stories Ebba Brooks One-day workshop, Tuesday 28th June 10.00am – 4.00pm


Event title Speaker(s) Date and time
Reading the Scrolls of Auschwitz Dominic Williams, University of Leeds Thursday 9th June, 5.30 – 7.00pm
Calamity Corbyn? Why our political leaders fail Stuart McAnulla, University of Leeds Tuesday 14th June, 5.30 – 7.30pm
Trying to Understand Brexit…An Analysis of Fear, Fiction, Fighting, and (maybe) Facts Iain Clacher, University of Leeds Wednesday 15th June, 6.00 – 7.30pm
Canadian Aboriginal Day events:

·         Reel Injun film screening and discussion

·         ‘We Talk, You Listen’: Native North America and the Politics of Cinema


·         Catherine Bates, University of Leeds

·         David Stirrup, University of Kent


·         Tuesday 21st June, 3.00 – 5.00pm

·         Tuesday 21st June, 6.00 – 8.00pm

Thinking about Europe: The Fate of German and British ‘Enemy Aliens’ during the First world War Claudia Sternberg, University of Leeds Wednesday 22nd June, 6.00 – 8.00pm


Sign up for multiple courses to take advantage of one of the following discounts:

  • GOLD: sign up for 4 courses and get 20% off
  • SILVER: sign up for 3 courses and get 15% off
  • BRONZE: sign up for 2 courses and get 10% off

6-week courses: £40 full fee / £20 concessionary

4-week courses: £34 full fee / £17 concessionary

‘Beginning and ending short stories’ workshop: £17 full fee / £8.50 concessionary

The concessionary fee is available to those in receipt of one or more of the following means-tested benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance or New Deal Allowance
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit or Local Housing Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Council Tax Support
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit

How can I register?

  • Courses and ‘Beginning and ending short stories’ workshop

The easiest way to register is online via the University’s Online Store. Click on ‘Product Catalogue’ on the left-hand side of the screen, select ‘Lifelong Learning Centre’ from the drop-down list and then ‘Spring into Summer 2016’ to find our courses and workshop.

Full instructions, including information on alternative ways of registering, can be downloaded here and in the Downloads section to the left-hand side of the screen. If you would like to register in person or through the post, you can download a registration form here.

  • Free events

Register for this year’s free events online, via Eventbrite. Alternatively, you can also register by contacting Georgina Collins.

Please note that courses can only run when viable numbers of students are recruited. If a course has to be cancelled because of low numbers your fee will be refunded in full.

Details of Spring into Summer courses and events we’ve delivered previously are available on our archive page.

If you would like any further information about this year’s programme, please contact Georgina Collins.

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