I hope you’re enjoying what’s left of the summer. The summer in Scotland has been absolutely shocking. Many days it feels more like November rather than August. Oh well, that’s the jet stream for you.
I’d like to bring your attention to a few important dates so that you can prepare for your return to study.
1. The ‘welcome back week’ is from 14th-18th September. During this week, we’ll ease back into things with a few activities to get those grey cells firing and so that you can spend some time catching up with colleagues. I’ll post further details about these activities closer to the time.
2. Community Action and Social Justice begins on Tuesday 22nd September. Lectures, as usual, will be at 19.00 GMT. Thomas is your course organiser and tutor for the entire course and he will be in touch with the finalised course outline shortly. In early September, Duncan will open the CASJ pages over in Blackboard so that you can take a look around and familiarise yourself with your learning environment before teaching starts in earnest.
3. There are a few relevant online study skills courses that the Institute for Academic Development (IAD) is running in October and November. I reckon these will fill up quickly so I’m flagging these for your now so you can register for them. Of course, all this is optional, there’s no requirement for you to take these courses if you don’t want to. Further details are here and below:
–Wednesday 7 October 2015 at 19.00-20.00 (UK Time): Introduction to the Online Library for Distance Learners
–Thursday 8 October 2015 at 12.30-13.30 (UK Time): Being Critical
–Friday 23 October 2015 at 12.30-13.30 (UK Time): Working Effectively Around your life
–Wednesday 4 November 2015 at 19:00-20:00 (UK Time): Being Critical for Assignments
As always, please get in touch with me if you have further questions.
And, for those who’ve gotten to the end of this post, here’s an easter egg–well, here are two. If you like contemporary music, this is an amazing live performance of ‘Says’ by Nils Frahm. If you’re more inclined to soul, R&B, funk and Hip Hop, here’s a mixtape from Erykah Badu.