Festival has creative learning at heart

A maths-themed bake-off, a medieval pigment-making workshop and a guide to growing glow-in-the-dark plants are on offer at the Festival of Creative Learning.

The University’s week-long series of events is open to all staff, students and members of the wider community.

Running from 20 – 24 February, the lively programme of more than 130 events aims to give people an opportunity to work together and learn new skills.

Festival of Creative Learning events calendar

Imaginative events

In the School of Mathematics researchers will bake pastries to help explain complex theories. Participants bringing their own maths-related cakes to the event will be able to enter a bake-off competition.

A workshop organised by Biological Sciences will showcase the science behind glow-in-the-dark plants.

Students can also try their hand at creating colour pigments using medieval techniques at Edinburgh College of Art.

The Movie Production Society is offering an introduction to filmmaking through a 24-hour film competition.

A culinary event at the Centre for Open Learning offers people a taste of the courses it has on offer. This culinary-themed experience will feature cuisine from countries across Europe.  

Wellbeing workshops

One intriguing event offers an introduction to mindfulness and beginner’s Spanish – combining relaxation with learning a new language.

Moray House School of Education is running a workshop as part of its Massage in Schools Programme, which looks at this novel approach to boosting children’s health and wellbeing.  

Another event aims to help students combat stress and avoid procrastination.

Celebrating innovation

The Festival of Creative Learning builds on Innovative Learning Week, which ran from 2012 to 2016.

The new initiative also features a number of collaborative events that have taken place throughout the year.

It is run by the Institute for Academic Development. The events aim to celebrate and share good practices happening throughout the University, and support innovative ways of teaching.

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