2015 is the centenary of Arthur Miller's birth. Have you read or seen any of his plays? How would you characterise his work? There are lots of opportunities to see them this year!
Here is a list of Arthur Miller plays and some examples of both professional and amateur productions (hint: if you look out for amateur productions, these are often much cheaper to attend and regularly very high quality):
Entrance to the Kirkleatham Museum. Credit: David (cropped)
If you are interested in old Anglo-Saxon history, you might enjoy visiting the Kirkleatham Museum in Redcar & Cleveland, which is home to some important exhibitions:
The Saxon Princess
This popular exhibition is based on a six-year archeological project in East Cleveland, in which archaeologist Dr Steve Sherlock and local volunteers made some spectacular finds - a royal burial site and precious metal jewellery from an un-named Anglo-Saxon princess, dating back to the seventh century. See this short film of Steve Sherlock speaking about the area.
Street House before the Saxons
Linked to the Saxon Princess material, this second exhibition is based on Dr Steve Sherlock's other excavations between 1979 and 2004. Through photographs, films and archaeological objects, you can find out more about a Neolithic cairn from around 3,000 BC, Bronze Age burial sites and the remains of a timber house and timber circles that date from around 2,000 BC, as well as a Roman villa (AD 370) and Anglo-Saxon village.
Student conferences are a good opportunity to find out more from subject specialists, students and admissions staff
On 18 March 2015 there will be a free Oxford and Cambridge Student Conference in Newcastle (very close to the train station) for students in Year 12.
The conference covers courses available at Oxford and Cambridge (sessions led by subject specialists), Oxford and Cambridge Explained talks, and plenty of opportunities to chat with current students at both universities and find out what studying at Oxford and Cambridge is really like. You will need a teacher to book a ticket for you if you would like to attend - do read the information on the Oxford and Cambridge Student Conference website and ask a teacher to book your place.
On Thursday 19 February, BBC Question Time will be broadcast from Teeside High School in Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees.
Question Time is a current affairs discussion programme, which aims to give people an opportunity to scrutinise directly senior politicians and others who exercise power and influence at a UK level. Did you know that more younger people watch Question Time than any other political programme on British television?
Universities share their latest research in public lectures, open to all, free of charge:
This week, Durham Castle Lecture Series continued with a talk by Dr. Ha Joon Chang from the University of Cambridge on 'Economics and Public Life: why everyone needs to learn (some) economics.' A video of his lecture will be available on the website shortly. Next time, Dr. Rowan Williams, formerly Archbishop of Canterbury, will lecture on 'The Tree of Knowledge: Bodies, Minds, and Thoughts' at 8pm on 18 February. Register for a free ticket in advance. Future speakers include Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate.
Teesside University is holding a Psychology Sixth Form Conference next Wednesday (4 February). Teesside staff and students will introduce you to diverse and topical aspects of psychology, including forensic psychology, counselling, educational psychology, and sports psychology. Year 12s and 13s (and mature students) can sign up online now, either as individuals or in school groups.
University taster events show you what studying a subject in depth at university-level would be like. Credit: John Robinson
The Excellence Hub for Yorkshire and Humberside is an exciting collaboration between the universities of Hull, Leeds, Sheffield and York to provide enrichment events through the year for students who have been identified as high achieving by their schools or colleges.
The events are open to students across the UK. You can apply to attend the events as an individual, or one of your teachers can apply for a group from your school to attend. Priority for places is given to students who meet one of the criteria below, then the remaining places are given to students who do not meet the criteria. Some events are for Year 12 students, others are for younger students.
eligible to receive free school meals.
no history of higher education (studying at university level) in your immediate family (including any siblings).
living in local authority care.
Do keep an eye on this project. Further events will be advertised on the Excellence Hub website in due course.