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Mar 15

March 26th Vote 100: the Journey to Democracy – British Museum / U3A Day

Meeting starts at 11.00am. Welcome refreshments from 10.30am.

As we celebrate the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which ushered-in a new era of democratic rights for women, journey through the British Library’s unique collections on a day of talks and debate.

You’ll hear from a range leading researchers and Library experts and learn how the remarkable stories of suffrage and women’s liberation are represented in the Library’s collections, and sound and vision archives.

Explore diverse themes including the militancy of the suffrage movement: its exponents, targets and consequences; how men supported the fight for women’s rights; and the legacies of the suffrage movement throughout the 20th century.

There will be 5 leading researchers and Library experts speaking at the study day and these will include ;

Dr Claire Eustance, Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Greenwich – Claire will share her research around masculinity and male support for women’s suffrage, thereby giving wider social and political context to the movement.

Dr Fern Riddell, cultural historian and an expert in militant suffrage who appears regularly on TV and Radio, is consultant for the BAFTA award-winning BBC and Amazon drama Ripper
Street and author of the Victorian Guide to Sex (2014) and forthcoming Death In Ten Minutes: Kitty Marion. Actress. Arsonist. Suffragette. (2018) – Fern will look at the militancy of the
suffrage movements: its exponents, targets and consequences.

Dr Polly Russell, Lead Curator of Contemporary Politics and Public Life at the British Library – Polly will look at the legacy of suffrage, and explore the Library’s oral history project
‘Sisterhood and Beyond’ that captures the memories of women who powered the Women’s Liberation Movement in the UK during the 1960s, 70s and 80s. This will include exerts from the Library’s sound and vision archives.

Mar 09

26th March – Ex Cathedra Choir – Harmonic Spiritual Theatre – St John’s Smith Square

Birmingham based choir Ex Cathedra have an upcoming performance in London as part of the Holy Week Festival at St John’s Smith Square on Monday 26 March (7.30pm), entitled ‘Harmonic Spiritual Theatre: sacrifice, betrayal, passion‘. This Lenten programme explores the beginnings of oratorio and includes glorious music by Carissimi, Charpentier, Monteverdi, Gesualdo and Anerio.

We have long wanted to connect with U3A and are delighted to be able to extend an offer for this concert to all U3A London members. Tickets are normally priced at £35 / £28 / £22 / £14 (plus a small booking fee), but U3A London members can purchase the best available tickets for £15 each, up to four tickets per booking, when quoting the promo code ‘ECHST26’.

> Telephone bookings:  020 7222 1061

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Mar 09

May 19th London Region U3A – MUSIC DAY


Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

(adjacent to Kings Cross Station)

10.15 (registration) – 16.00

£20 per person

The programme will feature
both classical and popular music
with contributions given by U3A members in this wonderful music and arts venue

Full details and an application form will be issued shortly but please mark the date in your diary

Gwen Wright

020 8864 9019

Mar 08

University of Roehampton Research Seminars – Spring 2018. U3A Members are Welcome to Attend

U3A Members are welcome to attend any of the following seminars. Travel information and a map of Roehampton’s campuses with the names of buildings are available by clicking here.

Seminars with asterisks (**) have been recommended to U3A members by their respective departments. For more information, U3A members are encouraged to contact :-Dr Dustin M. Frazier Wood –

Social Sciences

**12 March, 1-1:50pm, Hirst 209**

‘Visions of Obamageddon: The Political Foundations of “Doomsday” Prepping in the Contemporary American Right’ – Michael Mills, University of Kent

**19 March, 1-1:50pm, Hirst 209**

‘Innovative Approaches to Asylum-Seeker Reception: Learning from the Utrecht Refugee Launchpad’ – Caroline Oliver, University of Roehampton

Centre for Research in Evolutionary, Social and Inter-Disciplinary Anthropology (CRESIDA)

8 March, 4:15-5:30pm, Whitelands G070

‘The hominin STD clinic: the ancient origins of HSV2’ – Charlotte Houldcroft, University of Cambridge

**22 March, 4:15-5:30pm, Whitelands G070**

‘How we talk and don’t talk about relatives: Cultural diversity, speaker patterns, and child acquisition of kinship terms’ – Fiona Jordan, University of Bristol

Centre for Research in Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour (CREEB)

8 March, 1-2pm, Richmond Room (1007)

‘Molecular regulation of social behaviour in insects’ – Fabio Manfredini, Royal Holloway University

15 March, 1-2pm, Richmond Room (1007)

‘Flexible social cognition and dehumanised perception’ – Lasana Harris, University College London

22 March, 1-2pm, Richmond Room (1007)

‘Causes and consequences of environmental contaminant exposure in seabirds’ – Alice Carravieri, University of Liverpool

29 March, 1-2pm, Richmond Room (1007)

‘Dispersal and biogeography in the marine deep biosphere’ – China Hanson, Queen Mary University of London


12 March, 1-1.50pm, Whitelands G036

‘Neurophysiological mechanisms of cognitive control in anxiety’ – Jason Moser, Michigan State University

Professorial Lectures

**19 March 2018, 5pm for 5:30pm, Grove House, Portrait Room**

‘Employable Me: Career guidance for neoliberal times’ – Professor Anita Biressi, University of Roehampton, Department of Media, Culture and Language

English and Creative Writing

**14 March, 1-2pm, Fincham 001**

‘Party Girl / Part Girl / Arty Girl: experimental form and the creation of an avant-garde film-noir poem-novel’ – Tim Atkins, University of Roehampton

21 March, 1-2pm, Fincham 001

‘“It’s not someone unless it can talk! Otherwise it’s just food!” Ontological Dialogues and the Metaphysical Structures of Children’s Literature’ – Lisa Sainsbury, National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature

**28 March, 1-2pm, Fincham 001**

‘Thomas Payne’s Modest Revolution’ – David Fallon, Centre for Research in Romanticism


Department of Psychology

University of Roehampton RCTE Seminars and Events- 2017-2018

Other than the Advanced Practitioner Programme, Workshop, and Conference (which can be booked through their respective website links below) these events are free of charge to all. Please note that the seminars need to be booked through the Eventbrite link provided.

Advanced Practitioner Programme/Training in Existential-Analytic Psychotherapy and Counselling
19th April 2018 – 21st June 2018 – Summer Term 2018
Thursday Evening 6.00pm – 9.00pm (Room 2001)

Phenomenology through Postmodernism and Neo-liberalism existentialanalytic-psychotherapy-counselling

3rd May – 6.00 for 6.30 to 8.00pm – Anastasios Gaitanidis (RCTE) Wisdom versus Desire: Deconstructing the Mind-Body Dichotomy in Representations of Love and Disability in Literature and Psychotherapy
(Room G001)
RSVP here: deconstructing-the-mind-body-dichotomy-in-representations-of-love-and- tickets-36577473207

17th May – 5pm to 6.00pm – Prof Del Loewenthal and Cath Altson (RCTE)
Individual involvement and escape motivation: determinants and consequences

(Room G071)
RSVP here: escape-motivation-determinants-and-consequence-tickets-37233651855

7th June – 6.00 for 6.30 to 8.00pm –Dr James Davies (RCTE and CREA)
The new opium: neo-liberalism and mental health (Room G001)

RSVP here: and-mental-health-tickets-36577482234

21st June – 5pm to 6.00pm – Dr Onel Brooks (RCTE) Approaching Apuleius cagily
(Room G071)

RSVP here: 37233661885

For further information, contact Prof Del Loewenthal,

Mar 03

Guildford U3A Annual Lecture -“Teaching and Learning with Touch Technologies to improve Education and Training”

Annual Lecture-“Teaching and Learning with Touch Technologies to improve Education and Training” by Margaret J. Cox. Professor of Information Technology in Education. – King’s College London on Monday 9th April at 2.00 in Rik Medlik Lecture Theatre (Management School) at the University of Surrey

Haptics, which mean the sense of touch, has been a growing aspect of technology in education and training across the health care professions and more recently in some areas of main stream education. This includes the use of hapTEL, a Simulator which enables undergraduate dental students to learn how to drill teeth, medical, dental veterinary and nursing students give injections and is revolutionizing the way students and professionals can enhance their learning and practice.

The lecture will present the ten years of research, development and evaluation by the hapTEL team at King’s College London, led by Professor Cox and the partner company Generic Robotics. It will include a wide range of examples of haptic technologies now being developed across the world for use in education and health care and explain the ways in which these technologies might change all our lives for the better in the years to come.

Margaret Josephine Cox OBE., B.Sc., Ph.D., FInstP. F. Mirandanet, FKC,

Margaret Cox is Professor of Information Technology in Education in both the School of Education Communication and Society and The Dental Institute at King’s College London, University of London and Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne. For more than 40 years, starting at the University of Surrey, she has developed educational technologies, researched the impact of IT on teaching, learning and assessment in all education sectors. In the last 10 years she has pioneered the development and evaluation of haptic technologies in dentistry, medicine and other healthcare professions in Higher Education for which her hapTEL project has been awarded 4 separate prizes for outstanding contributions to new technologies in education. She is the current President of the National Conference of University Professors, past President of the Association for IT Teachers in Schools (ACITT which merged with NAACE in 2002) and founder member of the international Edusummits which advise governments world-wide on IT in Education.


Parking permits for the Main Car Park at the University are available on request but no specific spaces have been allocated. Alternatively, Arriva bus services operate a regular service to the campus. Services 17, 27 and 37 run approximately every ten minutes during the day and the main bus stop is adjacent to the Rik Medlik building.


Contact: Jane Robertson ( or 07889 966026) for parking permits and attendance.  Refreshments will be served at 3.30 in the Rik Medlik building foyer.