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I read this article today in The Independent newspaper (available in the LRC) on women and science. According to research, women overestimate the need to be naturally brilliant to succeed in science and engineering. This conclusion follows from research carried out into why so few women do engineering, technology and science degrees and even fewer progress further into such fields. It seems women feel less confident in their instant intellectual abilities.

This is compounded by images in the media portraying geniuses like Sherlock Holmes who when faced with a problem immediately solve it and don’t need to work long and hard at it. I watched the film ‘Theory of Everything’ recently and Stephen Hawking is shown in the lab writing complex maths formulae all across the blackboard. He is just naturally brilliant at physics. But hard work is important too.

Hopefully we can find ways to encourage women and men to challenge themselves with subjects that seem out of reach. There are lots of ways to find out more about subjects before deciding to go to university. For example, University College London holds weekly free lectures in science for everyone to attend. The next one is called ‘Auroras Abound – Comparing the Northern Lights of Earth, Jupiter and Saturn’ on Friday, 23rd January. Does this kind of lecture interest you?

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Book shelvesAgain this year we’re running the Six Book Challenge at Hillcroft College. The Six Book Challenge is a Reading Agency initiative that encourages adults to get reading. The idea is you read 6 items which you must complete by 28 June 2013. You log the material you read in a diary and rate the items you read. The 6 items need not be books! You can read:

  • poems
  • newspaper articles
  • recipes
  • book reviews
  • letters in magazines
  • information leaflets

to name but a few!

Once you’ve read your six items we put you in a national prize draw to win a trip to London with a friend which includes hotel accommodation, expenses and theatre tickets. There are also ebook reader prizes too.

If you’ve recently joined our Get Confident in English and English as Second or Other Language (ESOL) Preparation for Life courses you may have already signed up for the Challenge. If you’d like to borrow books from us we’ve got a number of Quick Reads and graded readers.

When you’re on course at Hillcroft if we don’t catch up with you while you’re on your course, do drop into the Learning Resources Centre (LRC) so we can update your diary. If you have any questions about what counts to the six just ask us or drop us an email  lrc@hillcroft.ac.uk .

If you’re stuck trying to find a book to read for the Challenge take a look at the Find a Read website for ideas.


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