Partnership with Middlesex University

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HGS U3A has entered a reciprocal partnership agreement with Middlesex University. The u3a’s liaison with the university is being coordinated by Emeritus Professor Lisa Woolfson and Ros Florence.

Psychology Lecture Series 2023

After the success of the Middlesex University Psychology lecture programme in previous years, an exciting set of topics is planned for Spring 2023, with new contributions from both the arts and technology.

Besides providing background understanding on each topic, lecturers present their recent research findings in their particular area of expertise. This will take you to the core of current debate and give you an opportunity to provide your own perspective.

All lectures will be on Tuesday at 4.00 pm (doors open at 3.45 pm) in-person at Middlesex campus (NW4 4BT) and nearby parking will be available (booking essential). 

If you would like to attend the meetings, please contact the organisers:    

  Date (chair) Topic Speaker/s Venue
1 28/03 (AM/FF) Ageing in primates Dr Yvan Russell W142 (Williams Bldg, lift to 1st floor)
2 18/04 (FF) The arts and psychological well-being in the life span Dr Susan Hansen Barn 2
3 25/04 (FF) Eat less and move more. The facts and fiction of physical activity in weight management as we age. Dr Rhonda Cohen & Anne Elliot Barn 2
4 9/05 (AM) Relationships in the lifespan: Trauma, loss and inter-generational attachment Prof Antonia Bifulco Barn 2
5 16/05 (Dementia Action week) Music emotion and cognition Dr Fabia Franco & Dr Anthony Mangiacotti Barn 2
6 23/05 (AM) What can Artificial Intelligence and robotics really do for us? (And should we be afraid?) Dr Eris Chinellato & Jwaad Husain Barn 2
7 6/06 (FF) Dance, Ageing & Ikigai Prof Chris Bannerman & Dr Lucy Irving Barn 2
8 13/06 (AM) Dyslexia Dr Nicola Brunswick Barn 2

Map (PDF file).

Mentor Scheme

Our highly successful u3a mentor scheme for Middlesex U students goes into its fourth year. Over 30 students signed up during the pandemic. Via Zoom, we helped these students to identify next steps towards employability by acting as a more experienced, ‘critical friend’, helping students identify their goals, barriers, plan next steps. The aim is to help students build confidence, think about career aspirations.

Our mentor role is not a careers coach or employment adviser. We do not match mentors and mentees to any specific areas, so your background area and qualifications are not important for this. What you do need is to be people-focused with good listening skills. So if you enjoy talking with and helping young people, and if you’ve been involved in the professions, in business, or any other area in the world of work, this is a great opportunity to ‘give back’ and share your skills, knowledge and experience.

Commitment is roughly 9-10 sessions October–June, probably via Zoom. This is made up of two preliminary training sessions and 1–2 group mentor support sessions. Individual mentor sessions will be agreed between mentor and mentee. We now recognise that many students will only require 1–2 sessions to help them move forward. If interested, contact Lisa Woolfson.