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University of St Andrews Open Association Short Courses

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A Literary Journey Around Scotland

A Literary Journey Around Scotland

Description

Semester 2: Mondays 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm, commencing 22nd January 2018

 

Fees are payable at standard or concessionary rate

 

VENUE: Byre Theatre Conference Room or Lower Level Studio

 

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Animated Astrophysics

Animated Astrophysics

Description

Semester 1

Time: Wednesdays/Thursdays, 7.30 - 8.30 pm commencing 8th November 2017

 

Fees are payable at standard or concessionary rate

VENUE: North Haugh, School of Physics, Lecture Hall B for lectures and the Observatory for visits

 

Image: Artist's impression of a supernova. A Trillion Times the Energy of Visible Light - High Energy Gamma Rays from Space

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Around the World in Short Stories

Around the World in Short Stories

Description

Day School 1, North America

Semester 1: Saturday 14th October 2017,10am - 1pm

Day School 2, Asia & Australasia

Semester 1: Saturday 25th November 2017, 10am - 1pm

Day School 3 , Africa, South America and the Caribbean

Semester 2: Saturday 27th January 2018, 10am -1pm

Day School 4, Britain and Europe

Semester 2: Saturday 10th March 2018,10am -1pm

 

Fees are payable at standard or concessionary rate

VENUE: Conference Room, St Katherines West, 16 The Scores

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Art and Culture in Renaissance Florence

Art and Culture in Renaissance Florence

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Art and Culture in Renaissance Florence

 

Florence is the most marked example of Renaissance cities in Italy. Originally founded by the Romans, Florence saw itself as the ideal city state and in the ffteenth century was one of the most vibrant and innovative artistic and cultural centres in Italy and Europe.

This course ofers an in-depth exploration of the spectacular achievements of Florentine Renaissance artists from the fourteenth to the sixteenth centuries. For the analysis of the Early Renaissance, special emphasis is placed on such fgures as Giotto, Ghiberti, Donatello, Brunelleschi, Masaccio, and Fra Angelico. Moving on to the High Renaissance in the second part of the course, the works of Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, the young Raphael and Giorgio Vasari are considered in the light of the Medici family political rule and artistic patronage.

Over eight weeks this course will explore and analyse the individual styles of the great Florentine artists, relate their work to the social, religious, philosophical, political and cultural contexts of the time, and chart the evolution of Florentine society from the times of the Commune through the early Quattrocento, and onward still to the rule of the Medici Princes. Lectures will address crucial scientifc and technical advances such as mathematical perspective, anatomical studies and new drawing techniques, as well as the imitation of ancient art and new approaches to visual narrative. The course will be complimented by a visit to the Scottish National Gallery.

 

Semester 1: Wednesdays,  10:00pm - 12:00 noon, commencing 11th October 2017

 

Fees are payable at standard or concession rates

 

VENUE: Byre Theatre, Conference Room

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Bridge for Beginners

Bridge for Beginners

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Bridge for Beginners.

Semester 1: Mondays, 7.00 pm - 8.45 pm commencing 2nd October 2017

Semester 2: Mondays, 7.00 pm - 8.45 pm commencing 22nd  January 2018

 

Fees are payable at standard or concession rates

VENUE: St Katharine's West, The Scores

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British Travel Writing and the Grand Tour

British Travel Writing and the Grand Tour

Description

Semester 2: Mondays 6.15 pm - 8.15 pm commencing 29th January 2018

 

Fees are payable at standard or concessionary rate

VENUE: Old Burgh School, Abbey Walk.

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Climate Change in History

Climate Change in History

Description

Climate Change in History

 

Climate change and the consequences thereof are two of the biggest issues facing the modern world, however changing sea levels, precipitation (or lack thereof) and temperature fuctuations are far from simply a modern problem. The shifts in climate over the course of human history have had signifcant and long-term efects and this talk will examine both the shifts – such as the Mediaeval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age – and their efects on humankind. We will also examine the often catastrophic outcomes of large volcanic eruptions and other natural disasters that can alter the climate signifcantly on their own. 

 

Semester 2 - Wednesday 5.30 pm - 7.30 pm 18th April 2018

 

Fees are payable at standard or concession rates

 

VENUE: TBC

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Creative Writing Level 1

Creative Writing Level 1

Description

Creative Writing Level 1 2017-18

Semester 1 - Mondays 5:30pm-7:30pm, commencing 9th October 2017

Semester 2 - Mondays 5:30pm-7:30pm, commencing 29th January 2018

 

Fees are payable at standard or concessionary rate

VENUE: TBC - please see brochure for details

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Creative Writing Level 2

Creative Writing Level 2

Description

Creative Writing Level 2

Semester 1 - Wednesdays 5:30pm-7:30pm, commencing 4th October 2017

Semester 2 - Wednesdays 5:30pm-7:30pm, commencing 31st January 2018

 

Fees are payable at standard or concessionary rate

VENUE: Byre Theatre Conference Room or Lower Level Studio

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Current Affairs Discussion Group

Current Affairs Discussion Group

Description

Semester 1 - Fridays, 10 am - 12 noon commencing 13th October 2017

Semester 2 - Fridays, 10 am - 12 noon commencing 19th January  2018

 

Fees are payable at standard or concessionary rate

VENUE: TBC - please see brochure for details

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Demystifying Terrorism

Demystifying Terrorism

Description

Semester 2: Mondays 5.30 pm - 7.30 pm commencing 15th January 2018

 

Fees are payable at standard or concessionary rate

VENUE: TBC - please see brochure for details

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Enjoying Geology

Enjoying Geology

Description

Session 1: Mondays, 10.00 am -12 noon commencing 10th October 2017

Session 2: Mondays, 10.00 am -12 noon commencing 23rd January 2018

 

Fees are payable at standard or concessionary rate

VENUE: Classic Archaeology Room, Butts Wynd

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Exploring The World Of Opera

Exploring The World Of Opera

Description

Exploring The World Of Opera

Semester 1 - Mondays, 10 am - 12 noon commencing 2nd October 2017

Please note: there will be no classes on 20th and 27th November 2017

Semester 2 - Mondays, 10 am - 12 noon commencing 22nd January 2018

 

Fees are payable at standard or concessionary rate

VENUE: Byre Theatre, Lower Level Studio

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Finding Your Way Around Literary Prize

Finding Your Way Around Literary Prize

Description

Semester 1: Mondays 2.00 pm-4.00 pm, commencing 2nd October 2017

Please note: there will be no classes on the 20th and 27th November 2017

Fees are payable at standard or concession rates

VENUE: Byre Theatre Conference Room or Lower Level Studio

 

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Getting Under the Skin - Grapes and Wine

Getting Under the Skin - Grapes and Wine

Description

Getting Under the Skin - Grapes and Wine

Semester 2: Thursdays 6.15 pm - 8.15 pm commencing 1st February 2018

 

Fees are payable at standard or concessionary rate

 

VENUE: Meeting Room, Old Burgh School, Abbey Walk

 

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Historic Landscape

Historic Landscape

Description

Historic Landscape 2017/18

 

Semester 1: Thursdays, 10.00 am  - 12.00 noon commencing on 19th October 2017

 

19 October 2017 - Introduction talk and presentation at Students Union, Rehearsal Room, 2nd Floor

26 October 2017 - Meet at Swinkie Muir near Kingsbarns to look at WW2 training grounds and ancient Danish fortifcations.

2 November 2017 - Meet at Arncroach to look at the 17th Century castle and standing stone.

9 November 2017 - Meet at Arncroach to look at the hidden track ways, and forgotten rural links.

16 November 2017 - Meet at Arncroach to look at lost rural industrial sites.

23 November 2017 - Meet Arncroach to look at the interpretation of an historic landscape and how it works with today’s modern farming practices.

30 November - Meet at Arncroach to examine metal detection fnds, old maps and other clues to man’s life and the impact on the land.

7 December 2017 - Meet near Craigloun to look at a Knights Templar site and its associated commercial workings.  

 

Fees are payable at standard or concessionary rate

 

VENUE: Various, please see brochure

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Historical Fiction on Page and Screen

Historical Fiction on Page and Screen

Description

Historical Fiction on Page and Screen Day School

Semester 1: Saturday 5th November 2017, 10:00 am - 14:00pm

Semester 2: Saturday 13th January 2018, 10:00am - 2.00 pm

 

Fees are payable at standard or concessionary rate

 

VENUE: Byre Theatre Conference Room or Lower Level Studio

 

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iBSL Level 1

iBSL Level 1

Description

iBSL Level 1

 

This qualifcation aims to enable learners to develop suitable and sufcient skills to communicate with deaf people in BSL on everyday topics in accordance with the National Language Standards at Level 1. This qualifcation is divided into three units: • Receptive skills in BSL • Descriptive skills in BSL • Conversational skills in BSL 

 

Semester 1 - Thursdays 5:30pm-7:30pm, commencing 5th October 2017

Course fees: £200 (this includes £90 for assessments and certifcate and £24.00 subscription for one-year registration to Signworld Level 1 package) 

 

Fees are payable at standard rates

VENUE: Byre Theatre

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Intermediate Bridge

Intermediate Bridge

Description

Intermediate Bridge 2017/18;

Semester 1: Mondays, 5.15 pm - 7.00 pm commencing 2nd October 2017

Semester 2: Mondays, 5.15 pm - 7.00 pm commencing 22nd January 2018

 

Fees are payable at standard and concessionary rates

VENUE: St Katharine's West, The Scores

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International Relations in the Global Age

International Relations in the Global Age

Description

Semester 1: Wednesdays, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm commencing 11th October 2017

Semester 2: Wednesdays, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm commencing 17th January 2018

 

Fees are payable at standard or concessionary rate

VENUE: TBC - please see brochure for details

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Introduction to British Sign Language

Introduction to British Sign Language

Description

Introduction to British Sign Language - 2017/18

 

This course will introduce you to the basics of understanding British Sign Language (BSL) and Deaf Awareness. The course will be taught by a deaf tutor. You will learn the basics of the language and how to communicate on a range of subjects and social situations. This will be taught through one-to-one practice and group exercises.

 

Semester 1 - Tuesdays 5.30 pm -7.30 pm, commencing 3rd October 2017

Semester 2 - Tuesdays 5.30 pm -7.30 pm, commencing 6th February 2018(Please note there will be a 2 week Spring break on 19th March 2018)

 

Fees are payable at standard or concession rates

VENUE: TBC

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Introduction to Dementia

Introduction to Dementia

Description

Semester 2: Tuesdays 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm commencing 23rd January 2018

 

Fees are payable at standard or concessionary rate

VENUE: TBC - please see brochure for details

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Isle of May Trip

Isle of May Trip

Description

Isle of May Trip: Saturday 9th June 2018

 

The island's rock is fine grained basalt of a dark-grey colour with tinges of green and greenstone. There is a peninsula in the north, known as Rona, which is almost a separate island.

The Isle of May was designated a National Nature Reserve on 12th June 1956 and is managed by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). Although only around 57 hectares in size, over 285 bird species have been recorded on the island. At the height of the breeding season, the Isle of May can host around 200,000 seabirds, including Puffins, Kittiwake, Guillemots, Razorbills, Shags and Fulmars. However, according to Scottish Natural Heritage, these numbers can fluctuate considerably from year to year, depending on weather and fish stocks.

As well as its natural heritage, the Isle of May also has a rich cultural heritage, including St Adrian's Chapel, which is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Furthermore, the Isle of May Lighthouse; Keepers' Houses; North and South Horns; the Low and Light Cottages; the Coal Store and Stable Block; and the former Lighthouse Beacon have all been included in the list of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.

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Listening to Music

Listening to Music

Description

Listening to Music 2017/18

Semester 1, Fridays, 10.00 am - 12 noon commencing 6th October 2017

Semester 2, Fridays, 10.00 am - 12 noon commencing 26th January 2018

Fees are payable at standard or concessionary rate

VENUE: Conference Room, Younger Hall, North Street 

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Medical Breakthroughs

Medical Breakthroughs

Description

Medical Breakthroughs

Thursdays, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm commencing 19th October 2017

VENUE: Gateway, Seminar room 4/5

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Pilates for Seniors

Pilates for Seniors

Description

Pilates for Seniors

Semester 1: Tuesdays 9.00 am - 10.00 am commencing 5th September 2017

PLEASE NOTE: there will be no classes on the 10th and 17th October 2017

Semester 2: Tuesdays 9.00 am - 10.00 am commencing 16th January 2018

Summer: Tuesdays 9.00 am - 10.00 am commencing 1st May 2018

PLEASE NOTE: there will be no classes on 12th and 19th June 2018

 

Fees are payable as Standard or Concession

 

VENUE: Byre Theatre, Lower Level Studio

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Poetry Choice Day School

Poetry Choice Day School

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Poetry Choice Day School

Semester 2: Saturday 10th February 2018, 10:00 am - 4.00pm

 

Fees are payable at standard or concession rates

 

VENUE: Conference RoomSt Katharine's West, The Scores

 

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Portraiture in Western Art

Portraiture in Western Art

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Portraiture in Western Art

 

A portrait is typically defned as a representation of a specifc individual, but it does not merely record someone’s features; it says something about who he or she is, ofering a vivid sense of a real person’s presence. Portraiture raises fundamental questions about status, identity, gender and the body. It is the most widespread and reviled of genres. It is also the point through which art most frequently infltrates other areas of human experience.

With the focus on the early modern period, yet including some excursions to both earlier and later periods, this module will approach portraiture from a wide range of perspectives. Lectures will examine the techniques which artists have adopted and the problems they have encountered in representing their human subjects. The historical development of portraiture and its diferent subgenres will be traced, infuential portrait artists will be discussed and their work will be critically analysed. Diferent portrait types, such as the ruler, the group, the equestrian and the family will be studied and there will be a consideration of how allegory and narrative transform these portrait types into much larger statements about position within society.

Over eight weeks this course will explore the function of portraits, as well as ideas about power, status and celebrity. We will explore famous works, such as Jan van Eyck’s Arnolfni Portrait, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Velasquez’s Las Meninas, Rembrandt’s self-portraits, Holbein’s The Ambassadors, and Raeburn’s Reverend Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch.

 

Semester 2: Wednesdays,  10:00pm - 12:00 noon, commencing 24th January 2018

 

Fees are payable at standard or concession rates

 

VENUE: TBC

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Rolling Back the Turf

Rolling Back the Turf

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Rolling Back the Turf

 

Semester 2 - Thursdays 10.00 am - 12.00 noon, commencing on 31st May 2018

 

31 May 2018 - Introduction talk and presentation at Students Union, Rehearsal Room, 2nd Floor

7 June 2018 - Meet at Arncroach for land inspection, soil testing, taking lots of samples, and setting up experiments.

14 June 2018 - Meet at Arncroach for metal detecting and plotting of any fnds, analysis then of what we discover.

21 June 2018 - Meet at Arncroach to pull all the information together, examine the results of soil and invertebrate tests, and fnally drawing a conclusion and perhaps speculate as to what may happen next. 

 

Fees are payable at standard or concession rates

VENUE: Students Union, Rehearsal Room, 2nd Floor

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Romantic Poetry Day School

Romantic Poetry Day School

Description

Romantic Poetry

Semester 1: Saturday 28th October 2017, 10:00 am - 4.00pm

 

Fees are payable at standard or concession rates

VENUE: Conference Room, St Katharine's West, The Scores

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Scots Abroad

Scots Abroad

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Scots Abroad

 

Since the late mediaeval period, Scottish migrants have ventured beyond the British Isles to the furthest reaches of the globe. This course will explore the long tradition of a mobile Scottish population by examining some of the main themes of the Scottish diaspora. We will begin by looking at the involvement of Scots in early modern Europe, which set the stage for Scots’ economic ventures into the Atlantic world during the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The course will also examine the cultural and intellectual contributions of Scots to societies around the world. Finally, it will explore the nineteenth century destinations of Canada, India, and the Antipodes. Along the way we will read frst-hand accounts of Scottish emigrants and their experiences abroad. Proposed titles to be discussed:

• Late Mediaeval and Early Modern travels: Scots in Europe
• Scots in Scandinavia during the Seventeenth century
• The Darien Expedition
• Sojourners in the Sun: Scots and the Caribbean
• The Virginia-Glasgow Tobacco Dynasty
• Revolution: Scots and American Independence
• Scottish Culture and St Andrews Societies Around the World
• Nineteenth Century Destinations: Canada, India, and the Antipodes

 

Semester 1: Wednesdays,  2.00pm - 4.00pm, commencing 11th October 2017

Semester 2: Wednesdays,  2.00pm - 4.00pm, commencing 24th January 2018

 

Fees are payable at standard or concession rates

 

VENUE: Byre Theatre, Conference Room or LL Studio

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Shakespeare's Plays

Shakespeare's Plays

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Shakespeare's Plays 2017/18

Semester 1: The Ties That Bind Us, Thursdays 1:30pm-3:30pm, commencing 5th October 2017

(Please note: No Class on the 19th October 2017).

Semester 2: The Play Within the Play, Thursdays 1:30pm-3:30pm, commencing 18th January 2018

(Please note: No class 8th March 2018).

Fees are payable at standard or concessionary rate

 

VENUE: Byre Theatre Conference Room or Lower Level Studio

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Tartan Noir and its Origins

Tartan Noir and its Origins

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Tartan Noir and its Origins Day School

Semester 1: Saturday 7th October 2017, 10:00 am - 1.00pm

Semester 2: Saturday 24th February 2018, 10:00 am - 1.00pm

 

Fees are payable at standard or concessionary rate

VENUE: Byre Theatre Conference Room or Lower Level Studio

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The Rise and Fall of the Crusader States

The Rise and Fall of the Crusader States

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The Rise and Fall of the Crusader States

 

In June of 1099, the knights of the First Crusade arrived at the walls of Jerusalem. Only weeks later, Godfrey of Bouillon was appointed frst Christian secular leader and the basis for the Kingdom of Jerusalem was born. For two hundred years, Christian knights held onto land in the Middle East, and it will be this struggle for foundation and survival that will be the basis of this talk. It will examine the First Crusade and foundation of the Crusader states, as well as the relationship they had with their Muslim neighbours and their progenitors in Western Europe. Finally, it will detail their inevitable fall and absorption by the non-Christian states.

 

Semester 1 -  Wednesday 5.30 pm - 7.30 pm 4th October 2017

 

Fees are payable at standard or concession rates

VENUE: Conference Room, St Katharine’s West, 16 The Scores

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Trans-Atlantic Disease in the Age of Columbus

Trans-Atlantic Disease in the Age of Columbus

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Trans-Atlantic Disease in the Age of Columbus

 

As all American elementary school students learn, in October 1492, the trio of ships under command of Christopher Columbus reached the Caribbean, where their impact on the native population was immediate and violent. This talk with examine this and the other early contact made by European explorers with the Native Americans in the ffteenth century, and more particularly the diseases that were transferred between them. It will look in depth at the disastrous efect of disease on the native population and the subsequent impact on European colonisation; and fnally examine the details of the ongoing debate as to whether explorers brought syphilis back with them to the Old World and its efects on society.

 

Semester 2 - Wednesday 5.30 pm - 7.30 pm 21st February 2018

 

Fees are payable at standard or concession rates

VENUE: TBC

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Wild Food and Remedies

Wild Food and Remedies

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Wild Food and Remedies

Semester 1: Thursdays 10.00 am - 12.00 noon commencing 10th August 2017

 

Fees are payable at standard or concession rates

VENUE: Various, please see brochure

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Wild Walks

Wild Walks

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Wild Walks

Semester 1: Mondays, 17.30 pm  - 19.30 pm  commencing 14th August 2017

Semester 2: Mondays, 17.30 pm  - 19.30 pm  commencing 7th May 2018

Fees are payable at standard or concession rates

VENUE: Various, please see brochure

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Wilderness, Writing & Walking

Wilderness, Writing & Walking

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Semester 1: Fridays 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm commencing 6th October 2017

 

Fees are payable at standard or concession rates

VENUE: Byre Theatre Conference Room or Lower Level Studio

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Wildlife Watching

Wildlife Watching

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Wildlife Watching

Semester 2: Thursdays, 10.00 am  - 12.00 noon  commencing 29th March 2018

 

Fees are payable at standard or concession rates

VENUE: Various, please see brochure

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Wines of Europe and Brexit

Wines of Europe and Brexit

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Wines of Europe and Brexit

Semester 1: Thursdays 6.15 pm - 8.15 pm commencing 12th October 2017

 

Fees are payable at standard or concession rates

VENUE: Old Burgh School, Abbey Walk

Early booking is advised as there are limited places available.

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