Quench your thirst for knowledge

Published: 27 May 2014 at 10:20

Professors take to the pub to tell their stories as part of Universities’ Week

Academics from Anglia Ruskin University will encourage pub-goers to think while they drink during an event at a popular venue in Chelmsford.

The Ale House, in Viaduct Road, will host Beer and Boffins on Thursday, 12 June from 7pm, where customers can hear experts share their wit and wisdom on a host of subjects. It is free to attend and there is no need to book.

Amongst the evening’s highlights will be Tim Froggett’s explanation of ‘Beer Goggles’, Farah Mendelsohn’s Dr Who discussion, while President Elect of the British Psychological Society Jamie Hacker Hughes will talk about mental health amongst veterans. And there will be more fascinating insights from many other top talkers.

If academics putting the world to rights are not your thing, Anglia Ruskin will be putting on two other events in the county town to mark Universities’ Week.

It can sometimes feel like academic research is quite separate to our everyday lives. However, during an event entitled ‘University Research? It’s got nothing to do with me’ on Wednesday, 11 June, Melanie Boyce and Professor Carol Munn-Giddings will try and dispel these myths by talking about some of the research and training Anglia Ruskin has undertaken in Essex working with community groups and older people.

Included in the talk will be examples of two projects, ESTEEM (effective support for self-help groups) and WhyNot (older people’s research group) which have included members of the local community and have had an impact at local and national level.

This event, being put on in partnership with Chelmsford Library, takes place between 12.30pm and 1.30pm in the gallery area of the library, in Market Road. It is free to attend, but places must be booked in advance.

Finally, on Wednesday, 18 June, Rob Home, who is Professor of Land Management at Anglia Ruskin, will present The Planning History of Chelmsford. Professor Home will concentrate on the period from the 1840s until the 1970s and will examine how two key events - the arrival of the railway and the post-war planning and development plan – shaped the way the city looks today.

The talk is being run in partnership with Chelmsford Museum, and will take place at the museum, in Oakland’s Park, from 7pm. Attendance is free, but you must book your place in advance.

Universities’ Week runs from 9 June and aims to inspire people to get involved and discover the work universities across the UK are doing to improve the way we live our lives.

To confirm your attendance at the events on 11 or 18 June, or for more information about any of the three events being held in the city, please call Rachel Moss on 01245 684723 or e-mail rachel.moss@anglia.ac.uk. It is also possible to book online at http://www.anglia.ac.uk/communityevents

Anglia Ruskin University’s Community Engagement Officer, Rachel Moss, said:

“Universities’ Week will give Essex residents a chance to see how Anglia Ruskin plays a vital role in our community.
“There’s something for everyone, whether you want to hear some fascinating tales over a pint, find out how Chelmsford has been shaped through the years, or just see how exactly academic research can shape our everyday lives and help people come together.”