Those who want to build up more than just their tan this summer are being encouraged to sign up to one of more than 100 courses on offer at Middlesex University’s Summer School.
The Summer School - recognised as the largest of its kind in the UK -welcomes more than 1,000 people each year who are looking to boost their career prospects, earn academic credit, learn a new skill or just enjoy something creative on Middlesex University’s beautiful Trent Park campus.
This year, between 28 June and 6 August, it is once again offering an array of exciting programmes from the Arts to Business. There are even opportunities to access Middlesex University degrees through some of the courses.
“We are offering over 100 different courses including 25 new ones, providing a very broad range of fascinating subjects to explore,” said Tim Rudd, Middlesex University Summer School Director.
“Our classes are small, friendly and interactive. They’re chosen to reflect diverse subject interests and to cater for people with different levels of background knowledge, as well as for their intrinsic appeal. For many of them, you don’t need any prior knowledge of the subject.”
He added: “It’s also a great chance to meet like-minded people from all over the world.”
For the telly addicts there is an Introduction to Writing Television Drama, in which you learn about how to take those brilliant ideas you have through the different stages, including pitching and treatments.
For the hands-on creatives there is a course in making stained glass windows, where you can spend one week learning all the basic techniques.
For those looking for an adventure, one of the new courses this year is called Fantastic London, led by Dr Farah Mendlesohn, Reader in Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature at Middlesex. The two-week course will introduce participants to some of the best fantasy books set in London and will also allow them to feel and taste the city, with four books, four walks and four opportunities to taste the food of the city’s diverse and vibrant population.
Besides the arts and literature, there is also plenty for those aiming to enhance their CV. For instance, the Advanced Diploma in Personal and Professional Development will enable participants to bridge the gap between their experience and a Masters level qualification. Those who successfully complete the course will be eligible to enrol for one of Middlesex University’s Chartered Institute of Professional Development-accredited postgraduate programmes, like the PGDip/MA International Human Resource Management and Employment relations.
Tim said: “A course at the Summer School can be such a rewarding experience personally, as well as enhancing employability. We always find the atmosphere is something special, with people really enjoying and benefiting from their courses and their surroundings.”