Cheshire College South & West host Humanities Conference

Cheshire College South & West hosted an inspiring and educational Humanities Conference for students at its Crewe Campus.

The one-day conference provided a unique opportunity for students to learn from leading experts within a wide range of humanities subjects, as well as networking sessions and encouraging knowledge transfer amongst attendees and speakers.

Opening the conference, Lee Smith, College Vice Principal, welcomed guests to the event, and was followed by keynote speaker, Professor Douglas Burnham from Staffordshire University.

Taster sessions included topics within Poetry, Law, Geography, English Literature and Language. The conference entitled ‘Why the Humanities’ was attended by over 200 AS students and introduced the idea of revolutionary thinking.

The seminars gave students an insight into topical subjects and were led by representatives from 15 top universities across the North West, including; The University of Manchester, The University of Oxford, The University of Central Lancashire and Keele University.

The conference was delivered as part of the College’s Futures programme; Futures Coordinator at Cheshire College South & West, Fiona Burgess, explained: “The idea of bringing together a number of leading universities to deliver such an event really stretches the boundaries of raising aspirations.

“The conference was well received by the students and guests and we were honoured to have such a vast array of experts and seminars available for the attendees.

“The purpose of the event was really to showcase how to tackle and deal with the ever-growing challenges of global cultural, social and environmental changes. Such challenges call upon innovative responses and core findings, rooted in the diverse past and ongoing understandings of science, culture, education and sustainability, which the event aimed to address.

“Seminars ranged from topics such as ‘Language Attitudes’ to ‘The Deadly Nature of Stress’, as well as the less-traditional subjects such as; ‘Zombie Neuropsychology’, ‘Nuclear War- Just a big red button, right?, ‘From Blues to Beyonce’ American Studies and ‘The History of Mental Health Care’ 18th 19th Century.”

The day concluded with a networking session and admissions fair in the College’s award-winning restaurant, The Academy, enabling students to talk directly to the guest speakers.

Sarah Bradley, Assistant Director of A-Levels at Cheshire College South & West also commented: “The event was a huge success and really encouraged students to engage with academics through this new style of learning. With over 30 subject topics to choose from, many students chose to explore non-traditional subjects, which they may not have previously considered.

“We are now planning our next conference for STEM with the help of our students, who have already provided great feedback to help inform and shape next year’s event.”