Newman University is delighted to once again offer a fortnight of Learning Days this November/December 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.

The lecturers were so patient and showed they were really passionate about the subjects they were talking to us about. It was great to see what university is like.
English Learning Day Visitor

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: 9:30am – 12:30pm 

Across the morning you will get an interdisciplinary insight into how coaching and sports science is used to impact behaviour and performance using some of the latest technology used in professional sport. You will learn about aspects of coaching, sport physiology, sport technology and biomechanics

Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm

Session 1 Title: New Writing

Session 1 Description: In this session students will be introduced to new forms of writing such as spoken word and then engage in a practice-based workshop to create new work through writing and devising.


Session 2 Title: Change Your World

Session 2 Description: In this session we will be looking at the social issues that participants care about and how we can use the arts and creativity to make a difference.

Time: 1:00pm – 3:45pm 

Session 1: Computational Thinking: HexahexaFlexagon Automata

In this hands-on session, we explore the world of Hexahexaflexagon to discover what computing concepts and computational thinking processes it reveals. Discover how a finite state machine describes what a computer system does.


Session 2: Machine Learning: How do Machines ‘Learn’

In this interactive session, we will investigate how computers ‘learn’ and build a real-life neural network. We will conclude by considering some of the implications that machine learning and deep learning has for us today and the future

Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm 

Social Work Learning Day: 1/3 of Children in the UK live in poverty. Who cares?

Two hour long workshop sessions on this learning day will introduce ways of thinking about the role of social work in relation to the impact of poverty in the UK.

Session 1

The impact of poverty on the lives of children and their families, what do we know and why do social workers care?

Session 2

Anti-poverty social work practice, what is it and how can it make a difference?

Time: 1:00pm – 3:45pm 

Reducing the ‘Deficit Model’ and putting the advantage and fun back into working with children, young people, families and vulnerable adults.

 The deficit model is the idea that some groups of people (eg. looked after children, or BME families, disabled, young offenders) are lacking in some ways (e.g educational outcomes, or socially/emotionally etc) which        disadvantages their outcomes. This deficit way of thinking is harmful          because it blames the victim and leads to practitioners lowering                   expectations of such groups, believing nothing can be done to help them and therefore not improving their life opportunities.

 This interactive learning day will introduce a different way – a positive way! – of thinking about, and engaging with, children, young people, families and vulnerable adults.

 Session 1

Advantaged Thinking – Turning the Deficit Model on its head, challenging stereotypes and developing positive practice.

Session 2

“It’s all Hoodies and Gangs”: Applying Advantaged Thinking to engage positively with Young Offenders

Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm 

Session 1: Technology in Business 

This session will examine the increasing role of technology in business. Whether it is retail, financial service, manufacturing or service delivery, the presence of technology is pervasive.  The session will explore how technology is increasingly becoming user friendly especially with the growth of apps and user sensitive devices.

Session 2: Which came first, the customer or the product?

Just like the chicken and the egg, there is much speculation over what comes first in business. This session will investigate the relationship between customers and product offerings, and the significance of that relationship in successful business.

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.

Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm

Seeing Criminology – Parts 1 and 2

As a future criminologist, you will be researching the study of crime and society’s response to crime. You’ll soon discover that the study of Criminology is woven into everyday life. Across two hours you will engage in discussion over criminological themes and topics via a guided viewing of scenes from a current film, TV series or documentary selected by a member of the Criminology team. You should come ready to discuss your thoughts and reactions.

Time: 1:00pm – 3:45pm 

Session information will be available soon.

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: Why do we behave the way we do?

In this session, you will be briefly introduced to theoretical models that help to explain why some people adhere or don’t adhere to certain behaviours. This session will focus on the influence of Psychology. Be prepared to discuss and debate, and identify influential factors that take part in behaviour change.

Time: 1:00pm – 3:45pm 

Session 1: Supermarket Mathematics

Supermarkets give special offers for a reason – they want you to buy more to maximise their revenue and profit. In this session, we exploit your skills at maximising quadratic functions to gain some insight into why supermarkets do this, as well as discovering some secrets that supermarkets would rather you not know!​

Session 2: Careers for Mathematicians

A Mathematics degree is highly valued by a wide range of employers in the 21st century. In this session we will explore the diverse set of jobs that are available to future Mathematicians, and open up a discussion on our career aspirations – you may discover that a Mathematics degree could open up more doors than you ever imagined!

Time: 1:00pm – 3:45pm 

Session 1: COVID-19 and its impact on Health and Social Care.

In this session, we will explore the impact COVID-19 has had on the health and social care sector and the population as a whole. Also, we will discuss why young people are being asked to be vaccinated and participate in Covid-19 restrictions when over 80% of deaths are of old people! We will debate why young people should care about Covid-19 vaccination and restrictions when it may not affect them directly.

 Session 2: Current issues in health and social care 

In this session, we will explore the current issues facing the health and social care sector, for example growing health inequalities, climate change, and the upcoming social care reform. We will discuss the impact of these issues and the key challenges for those working in the health and social care sector, patients and services users, and society as a whole. To finish, we will debate which issues are a priority to tackle before it is too late. ​

Time: 1:00pm – 3:45pm 

Session 1: The Role of an Accountant: Past, Present and Future

In this session, you will learn about the origins and evolution of accounting. We will discuss the relevancy of accounting in the modern-day, and also explore the potential future directions of accountancy. The group will get to discuss their career aspirations – why you wish to become accountants and discover the different routes into the profession.

Session 2: Do you think you are paying the right amount of tax?

This session aims to provide a brief introduction to different types of tax that are relevant to you and your families, such as the personal income tax and VAT.  We will explore the reasons for paying tax, and you will then get the opportunity to calculate income tax.  As an outcome, you can help yourself, or your parents, to calculate their income tax payments on an annual basis.

Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm 

Session 1: Cannibalism and the law

In this session, we will discuss the legal defence of necessity. Using the case of R v Dudley and Stephens (1884), a landmark English criminal case, which established that necessity is not a defence to a charge of murder, we will consider the historical development of this aspect of criminal law. This session will include an exciting activity where students will consider the arguments for both sides to decide the outcome of each case.

Session 2: Moot session

In this session, we will engage in a moot court trial. Students will act as prosecutors, defence lawyers, judges and jury to reach a legal decision on a particular case. This activity will take place in our onsite courtroom.

Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm 

Sociology Learning Day: 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 faced 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: 1:00pm – 3:45pm 

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: 9:30am – 12:30pm 

Across the morning you will get an interdisciplinary insight into how coaching and sports science is used to impact behaviour and performance using some of the latest technology used in professional sport. You will learn about aspects of coaching, sport physiology, sport technology and biomechanics



Time: 1:00pm – 3:45pm 

Session 1 Title: Moral and Religious Language: Thinking about Meaning in Ethics and God-Talk                     

Do theists and atheists actually disagree about whether God exists? Can we argue over questions about ethics? For the philosopher David Hume, the wrongness of murder depends on how we feel about murder. This session will explore what Hume meant and how his ideas gave rise to later debates in the philosophy of language, including non-cognitivism and anti-realism.

Session 2 Title: The Bible and Art 

The great stories contained within the Hebrew Bible have inspired countless artists across the centuries. In this session, we will explore how the narrative of Joseph, sold into slavery by his brothers only to rise to power in Egypt (Genesis chapters 37, 39-50), has been interpreted in visual representations within Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm

This is a joint session looking at Primary Teacher Training (with QTS) and Studies in Primary Education (non-QTS)

Session 1: How can teachers foster positive mental health in primary classrooms?

In the last three years, the likelihood of young people having a mental health problem has increased by 50%, post-pandemic this figure is likely to increase. Given the prevalence of mental health problems in children and young people, this session asks what can primary teachers do to help students develop positive mental health? Through a range of collaborative and participatory activities, we will explore ideas relating to improving young people’s mental health in an engaging and sensitive way.

Session 2: Language in the Classroom

Grammar is good! Spelling is superb! Punctuation is perfect! This session will explore the ways that aspects of language can be taught to enhance children’s reading, writing and speaking. Drawing from lessons in English and other languages, we will guide you through some practical ways to engage learners in the primary classroom.

To book, please email