Mass Extinction Events
Mr M O’Brien
A look at the mass extinction events that have occurred in Earth’s history and the effects they had on the evolution of different species, including humans – we then look at what is happening now as a result of human activity.
The Gender Pay Gap
Mrs L Patience
In 2021, female workers are paid on average 11.9% less than male workers. Why do women still earn less than men and what can we do about it?
Introduction to phonetics and speech science
Mr T O’Connell
Spoken communication is the bedrock of civilisation, yet it depends on a fantastically intricate dance between the lungs, larynx, tongue and lips. We look at the anatomy of speech and the acoustic properties of the sounds of some major world languages.
The Last Emperor of Mexico
The bizarre and little known story of how a hubristic Archduke became the puppet Emperor of Mexico – with tragic results and pivotal historical consequences for Europe and America.
Training Artificial Intelligence to Observe the Higgs Boson
What do protein structures, forgotten 19th century composers, discriminatory credit card companies and – ahem – grooming products have in common with the Higgs boson? Dr Nicolas Rolfe explores the applications, advantages, and pitfalls of artificial intelligence.
Women of Surrealism (relevant to Literature, Art History, Art, Feminism, Politics)
The Surrealist movement, founded in Paris in 1924, was a multi-disciplinary movement uniting writers and artists interested in psychology and revolutionary politics. Although male dominated initially, it soon attracted immensely talented and charismatic women who made a huge contribution.
Tuning Systems Throughout the World
Mr R Patterson
Are music notes the same throughout the world with eight note scales and twelve different chromatic pitches? Most definitely not! Want to know why a 5th is perfect but a 6th can be major or minor? Find out more about the fascinatingly varied way that notes are ‘tuned’ (or not) in cultures past and present.
Mr M Finnemore
A brief look at the history and practice of Mathematics newest (and maybe most useful) field. Including how it can be applied to various activities from Politics to chicken runs (James Dean, not the film).
Dada and Surrealism
Miss E Swingler
Learn about the influential Art movements Dada and Surrealism. Explore the techniques and creative games the artists used to make surreal poetry and artworks.