Summer activities

As part of Get Ahead, this summer we’re running a range of new and exciting online short courses, lectures and discussions.

The activities are expertly designed by lecturers, support staff and external specialists to help you prepare for the next academic year and life beyond Bloomsbury Institute.

You can sign up to any activity, whatever your discipline or level of study.

The deadline to apply to all sessions starting in August is Friday 31 July.

For those beginning in September, the deadline is Friday 28 August.

Please email the course leader listed below, with the title of the activity in the subject line, to enrol on the course.

All the activities will be run subject to minimum numbers.

The sessions will take place online and once you sign up, the course leader will email you with further instructions.

Take a look at all the activities below or download the activity calendar here.

Dates: Every Monday, 24 August – 14 September, 10am – 12pm

To sign up: Email barra.fitzgibbon@bil.ac.uk by Friday 31 July

Our popular course is back for the summer! Re-discover the importance of face-to-face conversations in a new age of online communication and social distancing with Barra Fitzgibbon.

Dates: Friday 7 August, 14 August, 21 August, 4 September & 11 September, 2 – 3pm 

To sign up: Email henry@pitchdoctor.co by Friday 31 July

With expert help from the Pitch Doctor, refine and pitch your business idea to a panel of business and start-up experts. Successful and stand-out ideas will be featured on our website.

Dates: Thursday 6 & 13 August, 12 – 1pm

To sign up: Email sews@bil.ac.uk by Friday 31 July

Run by Sarah Bailey, our Director of Student Engagement, Wellbeing and Success, this short course takes a detailed look at what you can do to have a better night’s sleep.

Dates: Thursday 20 & 27 August, 12 – 1pm

To sign up: Email sews@bil.ac.uk by Friday 31 July

What does it mean to be resilient? Dr Nadia Michail, our Disability and Wellbeing Advisor, will delve deeper into the benefits of resilience and show you how to create your own personal resilience plan.

Dates: Every Wednesday throughout August, 11am – 12pm

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Join Cal Courtney, Sarah Bailey and guests as they take you through the major changes in work practises around the world, helping you prepare for the graduate jobs market.

To sign up: Email mubashir.qurashi@bil.ac.uk by Friday 28 August

Swot up on your accounting practical skills and learn how to use accounting programmes to help you land a graduate job. Mubashir Qurashi is running a masterclass in Sage principles and a financial statements refresher for all students, not just those studying accounting.

  • Tuesday 22 September, 11am – 12.30pm: SAGE principles
  • Tuesday 22 September, 2 – 3.30pm: Financial statements refresher

To sign up: Email anna.krajewska@bil.ac.uk by Friday 31 July to sign up to August sessions and Friday 18 August for September sessions

Enjoy business lectures and discussions from the comfort of your home, brought to you by our Business lecturers. Open to students across all levels and disciplines, explore the impact of coronavirus on business studies and much more…

  • Monday 17 August, 11am – 12.30pm: Business Analytics Fundamentals: Making data-driven decisions, Monica Tolocica
  • Tuesday 18 August, 11am – 12.30pm: Effective use of technology for business studies, Kuldeep Pradhan
  • Thursday 27 August, 2 – 3.30pm: Impact of Covid-19 on business studies, Arif Zaman
  • Thursday 17 September, 11am – 12.30pm: Critical thinking for business studies, Anna Krajewska

To sign up: Email joe.stevens@bil.ac.uk by Friday 31 July to sign up to August sessions and Friday 18 August for September sessions

The Law team are running a series of online lectures and discussions which are open to all students. Throughout August and September, they’ll be exploring interesting and topical issues within the law field:

  • Monday 3 August, 2 – 3pm: Organised Crime an Introduction to the business, Joe Stevens
  • Monday 10 August, 2 – 3pm: Electronic Contracts are they the way ahead, Chi Jack-Osimiri
  • Monday 17 August, 2 – 3pm: The Royal Family, is it time for the UK to become a republic, Ali Raiss-Toussi
  • Wednesday 9 September, 2 – 3pm: Human Rights, why do they get such a bad press, Joe Stevens
  • Wednesday 16 September, 2 – 3pm: Dissertation, it’s never to early to start! Planning and preparation for your research project, Joe Stevens (Only open to Law students)