Newman University is delighted to once again offer a fortnight of Learning Days this June for Years 12 and 13 students (aged 16-18) from across the region.

Learning Days are open to students interested in studying one of the subjects that Newman University offers. Our events are free and part of our work with the educational community in the West Midlands. They are intended to give students an opportunity to sample university life while supporting their current studies and opening up a wide-range of subjects as realistic options for their undergraduate studies and future careers.

We welcome group bookings from schools and colleges, but can also accommodate individual student attendance, subject to the appropriate authorisation from their school or college. Please note, we have a maximum capacity of 20 students per school.

To book your place, email with the total number of students you would like to bring and to which session. You will be supplied with a booking form, which you MUST complete to confirm your slot. Please be aware, your booking will NOT be confirmed unless we have received the correct paperwork from you.

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Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm

Applying Criminology: How do we address gender based violence? 

Across the morning students will engage in a collaborative inquiry – they will be asked to think     creatively about how to address issues relating to gender-based violence in schools and design their own intervention in workshops with Criminology lecturers.

Time: 09:30am – 12:30pm

Session 1: Police Stop & Search

In this session we will discuss a brief history of this power, followed by a small debate for and against the power. There will be a chance to carry out a practise search and there will be a demonstration of how it should be done.

Session 2: Roads Policing

This session will introduce a brief overview of police vehicle pursuits, why they are used, what tactics are used to stop vehicles, and the decision making process around when they should take place.

Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm 

Session 1: Do businesses have a conscience? Ethics and sustainability considerations – 2022 and beyond

This session will explore whether businesses have a moral and ethical responsibility to the communities they serve and what are the compelling issues that businesses have to address today and in the years to come.

Session 2: The art of communications in business

Businesses communicate publicly, with many different stakeholders, with differing needs. This session will investigate what communication is, and how businesses can successfully maintain the various relationships that they have through effective communications.

There will be two sport learning days available on Wednesday and Thursday. Please note the time of these events is slightly longer than the other learning days, and has a scheduled lunch break factored in. 

Time: 9:30am – 14:00pm 

Sports Coaching & Sports Science – A practical session where students will engage with principles of coaching and also learn about how the latest developments in sports science impact coaching.

Sport Management (8th and 9th) – Students will explore the considerations for hosting a major sports event.

Sport Psychology (9th) – An interactive session in which students will learn how we study sport and exercise psychology to support careers in sport, physical activity and PE.

Physical activity for health (8th) – Students will learn how physical activity is an important human behaviour that supports physical, mental and social health.

Time: 09:30am – 12:30pm 

Session 1: The Big Issues in Health and Social Care 

In this session we will explore the current issues facing health and social care in the UK.  There are very many and we will discuss the impact, for example, of the COVID pandemic as well as other key challenges.  We will also discuss what the government need to do to tackle them.

Session 2 : The Role of Research in Health and Social Care

 In this session we will explore the role of research in health and social care.  We will try to answer some key questions  – “why do we need to do research in health and social care?”, “what does health and social care research look like”?, and ” how do we ensure that research has an impact on health and social care services?”  Some very interesting questions!  

Time: 09:30am – 12:30pm 

Session 1: To Kill a King: The Trial and Execution of Charles I, 1649

In January 1649, members of the English Parliament signed a warrant ordering the execution of their king, Charles I. Such an act was (and remains) unprecedented in British history. After a decade of bloody civil war and years of lengthy negotiations with their king, English MPs agreed to execute their monarch. This session will try to decode what happened during the trial of the Charles I, how trust had eroded to such an extent, and to appreciate how historians piece together such challenging topics.

Session 2: How Historians Can Change the World

Believe it or not, historians are everywhere. British Prime Ministers, directors of some of the biggest brands in the world, and some of the world’s leading TV and film personalities studied history. This session will explore why skills from the study of history are so valued and how these same skills can help us can reimagine or better understand our own world.

Time: 09:30am – 12:30pm 

Session 1: Do you get overcharged interest when financing a car and repaying a mortgages in business?

The session aims to explain the way of how simple interest and compound interest would be used for calculation of a car loan and mortgage repayment in the business context.  It helps students to estimate the future value by compounding interest over time, and forecast the interest payments in their borrowing.

Session 2: How to source funding for your business idea.

Young entrepreneurs and established business owners alike face high chances of their business ideas failing to see the light of day because of limited funds.

We will be exploring the various sources of funds available to entrepreneurs and how to prioritise them for enhanced profitability.


This is for Undergraduate Primary or Secondary Teacher Training only.

Choose from a Primary or Secondary Teaching Learning Day, with subject sessions in: English, Mathematics, Science (Physics), Religious Education and Physical Education for Secondary.

You will learn more about becoming a Teacher, and enjoy a session in your chosen subject area.

Please note, for the Primary Teaching session there will be no subject split, this is only for Secondary Teaching.

When booking, please select whether you’d like to book Primary or Secondary and which subject session you’d like to take part in for Secondary.  If booking in a large group, please let us know total numbers, plus numbers for subject sessions.

Primary sessions

‘Happy Days’ – creating a stimulating and productive primary learning environment (1 Hour).

This session will explore how to create a positive learning environment through hands-on activities that will demonstrate ways in which to foster a collaborative and stimulating learning environment. During the session you will observe and engage with practical strategies used within a primary classroom that nurture learning and foster friendship and collaborative learning.

‘Primary ITE’ – Nuts and bolts towards success… (45 minutes).

This session will explore what to expect on the UG Primary course. The session will cover the application process, personal statement writing, the interview process, course overview, school placements, course expectations and future opportunities. Throughout, you will have the opportunity to put questions to current experienced UG primary staff members.


Time: 9:30 – 12:30 

We work with children, young people and their families in a dynamic and ever-changing world.

“Events” happen and can sometimes take us all by surprise. Those events can often have significant consequences for children and this should result in policy makers and practitioners trying to understand what has happened, and then trying to work out how best to respond.

During this session, we are going to take a deep-dive into current affairs by picking out a selection of recent news stories that relate to the lives of children, young people and their families. We will then analyse these news stories by asking ourselves how they are presented to the public, what is the social and political context for each event, and what this tells us about the kind of society we live in.

Having asked ourselves these questions, we will start to explore what possible responses might be most appropriate, and then examine some of the conflicting and concordant values which underpin those choices.

Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm 

Session information TBC. However this event will consist of an introduction to our LLB (Hons) Law degree, and then students will take part in two interactive taster sessions delivered by members of the Law team here at Newman.

Session 1:  What is the Rule of Law?

Entick v Carrington (1765) EWHC KB J98 is a landmark UK constitutional law case which establishes one of the core principles of the rule of law. In this mini lecture, students will explore the definitions of the constitutional principle of the Rule of Law using this landmark case. We will also consider modern interpretations and application of the rule of law in the case of  M v Home Office [1994] 1 AC 377. This will be an interactive lecture where students will establish an expansive understanding of this vague concept.

Session 2: The ‘Desert Island’ Experience

In this fun interactive session students explore how they would bring together a community of survivors on a desert Island and how they will make key decisions needed to ensure the survival of the group and to build a thriving community. The session is a fun way of learning about the importance and value of law to society and how this relates to the wider criminal justice system.

Time: 09:30am – 12:30pm 

Session 1: Design Sprint (1 hour) 

In this interactive session, take part in a design sprint and discover the stages that both IT start-up companies and existing IT companies use to rapidly prototype a product.

Session 2:Creating your own Computer Code (1 hour)

In this hands-on session, discover why rules, protocols and standards are important when computers communicate with one another. The challenge is can you create your own protocol.


Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm 

Session 1- Storytelling in the Early Years

In this interactive session students will learn about the power of stories for children, practitioners and parents.  We will explore what makes a good story, why we use storytelling, and how we become storytellers.

Session 2 – Team Building

Working with children involves working as a team member with other staff. This workshop introduces the idea of team building and sharing of individual strengths to complete a given task. Problem solving, negotiation and reflection are part of the process.  Students learn how this activity mirrors the learning experiences of young children involved in play and encourages self-reflection on personal strengths and possible areas for development.

Time: 09:30am – 12:30pm 

Session 1: Optimization Around Us

Looking around us we can see that almost everything has been carefully designed in terms of function, cost, size etc. It can be argued that such problems are what mathematicians call optimisation problems. The session will take a close look at the power of mathematics to solve real world optimisation problems.

Session 2: Maximising in Real Life

Following on from the first session, we consider in detail how companies often attempt to optimise or maximise their income and what tactics they use to achieve this. The mathematical analysis will involve finding the maximum of a function (by completing the square or using calculus) as well as the construction of appropriate functions from given data. The session will demonstrate the powerful use of applied mathematics to make money!

Time: 13:00am – 15:30pm 

Session 1: Can theology survive the environmental crisis? 

In what ways do climate and environmental crises challenge theology? This session will explore the emergence of ecotheology and investigate how these new ways of thinking.

Session 2: Live Evil

Knowing that evil exists can challenge the way that we see the world, posing big questions about how we relate to others. What kind of problems emerge when we try to explain what evil is? In this session we will explore some responses to this question and judge how effectively they help us to place ourselves in the world.​

Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm 

Session 1: Learning styles, what significance do they play in development?

In this session, you will be introduced to developmental psychology and the different learning techniques used by infants. You will have the opportunity to participate in a practical session where you will observe classical conditioning in action.

Session 2: The role of emotions in everyday life

This session aims to provide understanding of the role of emotions, how emotions are defined and perceived  and their importance in decision-making, and shaping behaviour. The construct of Emotional Intelligence is introduced along with its assessment.

Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm 

Can Sociology Save The World? 

Two hour long workshop sessions on this learning day will introduce ways of thinking about life in today’s world using sociological ideas from around the world and practical examples from here in Birmingham.

Session 1

In this session, we’ll look at how sociologists have tried to understand the problems and crises which have failed previous generations, and we’ll think about what these attempts can tell us about how our society can respond to climate change. Can we prevent the worst from happening, and what should we do if we can’t?

Session 2

In this session, we’ll think about the difficulties in understanding the relationship between sociology, technology and politics, and try to make sense of the connections between social media, climate change and personal freedom. How can we be free when we can’t even agree what freedom is, or who ‘we’ are?

Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm 

Session 1 title: Bringing drama back to life after lockdown!

Did you miss practical drama workshops in lockdown? Would you like to explore the subject more deeply, boost your understanding of it, and experience the unique way we study drama at Newman? As well as showing you how much fun studying drama can be, this practical workshop will tell you all you need to know about what doing a degree in this subject means, and where it can take you professionally afterwards.

We will ask and explore these questions practically:

What is, and is not drama? Why on earth did people in ancient Greece start enacting the most hilarious and horrific experiences they could imagine? Why do we still seem to need to do this?  When we are drawn into drama’s fictional situations as actors and audiences, are we hallucinating? What does it mean to work in role? Once you understand how role works, how can you use this knowledge as a director, writer, teacher, community practitioner, or therapist?

We are looking forward to meeting you – the next generation of drama specialists! ​

Session 2 title: Text and Voice

Description: Students will explore a variety of approaches to using text and the voice in performance.  We will examine how the voice can be used in innovative and original ways, which go beyond the simple spoken word through the use of text scores and novel approaches to the written word.

Time: 1:00pm – 3:45pm 

Session 1: Meanings and Representation

This lecture will examine how texts work and how writers/speakers and readers/listeners work together to create meanings. We will look at ways that you can develop analytical skills and think about how meaning is created. We’ll also explore the concept of representation: how language and other meaning-making resources are used to present a version of reality attitudes towards individuals, groups, events and ideologies.

Session 2: Variation and Language in the Media, Advertising and Education

The second lecture will explore key questions raised in the first session by looking at a number of related issues around attitudes to language diversity. Firstly, we’ll discuss what linguists mean by ‘variation’ and look at some examples of how language users vary in the registers and styles they use. We’ll then look at some examples of attitudes towards language in the media, in advertising and in education discourse and explore how others’ attitudes can also impact on how writers and speakers view themselves.

To book, please email