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What can communities do to help themselves?

What can communities do to help themselves?

Community based research is research carried out by, with and for a community. It is explicitly not carried out on their behalf by an external agency, even if the aim is to benefit them. It is intended to help them help themselves, on their own terms. There are inspiring examples of community based research in…
Courses and tips for taking care of your mental wellbeing at work

Courses and tips for taking care of your mental wellbeing at work

The theme of World Mental Health Day 2017 is mental health in the workplace. While mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time, today is a time to think about your own wellbeing and that of the people close to you – especially in relation to work. Here are three simple things you can…
Five common myths and misconceptions about ADHD

Five common myths and misconceptions about ADHD

“Everyone has ADHD nowadays, don’t they?” When you talk with the general public about ADHD, one of the first things peoplemention is how common it is “nowadays” and cite figures like 20% of all boys in the USA being diagnosed with ADHD. In the UK, things are quite different. ADHD diagnosis rates are around 1%…
Happy English Language Day from FutureLearn!

Happy English Language Day from FutureLearn!

First held in 2010, the day coincides with William Shakespeare’s birthday and celebrates English as one of six official UN languages. To mark the occasion, we spoke to IELTS expert Chris Cavey about how the British Council’s online IELTS course helped 2.2 million students learn English last year, enabling them to live, work or study…
8 famous figures who changed the course of history

8 famous figures who changed the course of history

Bonnie Prince Charlie Full name: Charles Edward Louis John Casimir Sylvester Severino Maria StuartOccupation: Aristocrat Also known as: The Young Pretender, The Young Chevalier Time period: 1720 – 1788 Famous for: trying to reclaim the British throne for his exiled family (the Stuarts) by leading an uprising in 1745, failing and running away to France…
Research is for sharing: Stories from a Palaeobiologist

Research is for sharing: Stories from a Palaeobiologist

In this post lead educator Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, on our exciting new course Extinctions: Past and Present, talks about what led her into the field of palaeobiology and why getting more people involved in science is so crucial. I became a scientist quite unintentionally. Growing up as a black (Indian) woman in segregated South Africa,…
Get ahead with Soft Skills

Get ahead with Soft Skills

This week is Learning at Work week in the UK. But making sure you have the right professional skills is important wherever you’re based. So how good are your soft skills? These aren’t the specialist skills required in your role that you might already have (for example coding or writing) these are skills that are…
8 of the best Spanish Idioms

8 of the best Spanish Idioms

No se pueden pedirle peras al olmoyou cannot ask an elm for pears In short: you cannot ask the impossible. Si mi abuela tuviera ruedas seria una bicicleta If my grandmother had wheels, she’d be a bicycle This means if things happened differently, they would be different, so it’s silly to even suggest it. Pájaro que…
Our top courses starting this week

Our top courses starting this week

We’ve got lots of courses starting this week. In this post we pick five great ones to get started on. Isn’t it time you became better acquainted with the Duke of Wellington? Well, today you can get up close and personal thanks to the University of Southampton course Wellington and the Battle of Waterloo. On the…
Explore somewhere new in November with FutureLearn

Explore somewhere new in November with FutureLearn

What did Henry VIII munch for lunch? How was chocolate used as a political tool? What was Queen Victoria’s favourite food? These are just some of the questions you’ll answer on the course A History of Royal Food and Feasting from the University of Reading and Historic Royal Palaces. Take an intimate look behind the scenes…

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