beyond bsb

 

 

Beyond BSB is an innovative multi-faceted enrichment programme which aims to develop the skills and interests of all students within the BSB Senior School
in order to ensure that they are successful when they enter their chosen university and careers.

 

Elements of the Beyond BSB


  • The Inspired Project :
    A personal investigation project for students in Year 10 and Year 12. Pupils are expected to devise and complete their own project being supervised by their chosen subject mentor.

  • Enrichment Lecture Series:
    An enriching, weekly, university-level lecture programme, currently delivered via live streaming as a MOOC. Students take part in a variety of academic talks about exciting and engaging topics.

  • University guidance counselling provision 

  • Personal skills and Personal Profile seminars

  • Mini-MBA 

  • Global Business etiquette seminars

  • Subject Enrichment courses

Enrichment Lecture Series Schedule


Date

Time

Lecturer

Topic

Description

05/01/21

15:30-16:00

Mr Maguire

The basic art of negotiations

Every day we find ourselves in negotiations, either within our personal or professional lives. There are some basics to every negotiation that will mean you understand the process and get a more favourable outcome.

05/01/21

15:30-16:00

Mr Richards

Modernist Literature: A crisis of faith

A literature movement centred around doubt, disorientation and a wavering faith, modernist literature began at the fin de siecle and was one of the twentieth century's most significant literary movements. What were the defining traits of this style of literature and how did a crisis of faith underpin its texts? Not to be confused with 'modern' literature, this style of literature prided itself on its complexity and experimentalism. This lecture will consider a brief introduction and general overview to a topic many students opt to study at university level.

12/01/21

15:30-16:00

Ms Gay

Food for Thought

We all tend to think about food as enjoyable, something which affects our appearance, and something which we need to provide our body with energy to move, but there is often little consideration for how it affects our brains. This lecture will look at how our diet affects our cognitive function.

12/01/21

15:30-16:00

Mr Preddy

Right or wrong - who decides?

Will we ever agree on a set of shared ethical principles that everyone can follow and lead their lives by? It seems reasonable enough, but people have been arguing for millenia what makes something right or wrong, or indeed whether something can be deemed right or wrong. Here we look at ideas from the past, how they fit into our own moral compass, and what ethics may look like in the future.

19/01/21

15:30-16:00

*Mr William Davis Hurt

Guest Lecture

 

26/01/21

15:30-16:00

*Mr Charles Hughes

Guest Lecture

 

02/02/21

15:30-16:00

*Dr Sireen Mahmood Al-Aradi

Guest Lecture

 

09/02/21

15:30-16:00

Mr Macmillan

Technology in modern sport

Technology is now part of our everyday lives but how is it used in professional sport? Mr Macmillan will show the different ways technology is used to enhance performance of elite athletes such as Andy Murray and teams such as Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC.

16/02/21

15:30-16:00

Mr Mzoughi

The relationship between literature and history

There are many historical events we have studied in history books, but literature books had a different way to explain it, so the writers focused on these historical events and presented them to the reader in a different art form. This lecture looking for the relationship between literature and history and how the same events appear in both.

23/02/21

15:30-16:00

*Mr Dominic McPolin

Guest Lecture

 

02/03/21

15:30-16:00

Ms Gitonga

Introduction to Philosophy

An examined life is not worth living - Socrates

Asking questions can lead to uncomfortable truths; it’s often easier to settle for things as they are. On the other hand, it is ‘in our nature’ to find out about things, to question, and to chase the 'truth'. But is there true knowledge? An exploration of how taking up a philosophical approach allows us to question some fundamental 'truths' and in the process lead to a more informed understanding of our existence and the existence of the world around us.

02/03/21

15:30-16:00

Ms Ferguson

Understanding Depression

Mental disorders affect around 971 million people globally. Within any given year, 1 in 4 people will experience some form of mental illness. Is this a consequence of the stresses of our modern society? Or has mental illness always been there, but recognised differently? This lecture will discuss the history of mental illness, explore the current stigma surrounding these and then look at the causes and treatments available for one of the most common mental disorders today- Depression.

09/03/21

15:30-16:00

Mr Ridgway

The myth of talent: Why everyone has the power to excel

Everyone knows someone who is "naturally talented" at something, whether sport, arts, or maths. What if it isn't actually 'natural talent'? What if everyone has the same potential to achieve such excellence? Mr Ridgway will guide students through the research evidence that supports the idea that everyone is created equal and, given the facilitation of the right environment, anyone can achieve excellence in any field.

16/03/21

15:30-16:00

*Dr Rabab Al Mouqahwi

Guest Lecture

How good readers make good writers

23/03/21

15:30-16:00

*Dr Andy Ma

Guest Lecture

From Imaging to 3D Printing in Medicine

23/03/21

15:30-16:00

Ms Cullen

Foundations of Photography

This lecture will introduce the idea of light and exposure in the art of photography by considering the exposure triangle of ISO, aperture and shutter speed. We will discuss how playing with these parameters, together with other factors such as focal length and depth of field produces a wide range of photography genres.

 

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