Development & Alumni Relations Office 


18 September 2018

Issues at the forefront of current affairs are to be explored at Queen’s through its Open Learning Programme, when short courses begin on Monday 24 September 2018.

The rise of new nationalisms is a topical issue which is explored through ‘German Nationalism and Nationhood’, a New Year course taught by historian Dr Cathal McManus, Co-director of the Open Learning Programme.

The Middle East is represented in the course ‘The Middle East: Past and Present’.

There is a host of other topics from Wine Appreciation to the walking tour ‘Builders of West Belfast’, with a number of language courses on offer including Japanese, Irish and Italian, from Beginners to Advanced levels (beginners are particularly welcome).

Specific course highlights include:

  • How to Write for Profit and Pleasure
  • A Cocktail of Russia: Language, Music, Culture, Literature and Food
  • Creative Digital Photography
  • Birdsong Appreciation
  • A History of Belfast's 18th and early 19th Century Churches
  • Playing Shakespeare: Twelfth Night
  • The Story of Evolution: From Idea to Theory

Queen’s Open Learning Programme aims to connect with issues that are being thought about in wider society and engage in important debates. Aimed at those wishing to learn a new skill, broaden their knowledge or try a new hobby, Open Learning at Queen’s offers short courses for all, irrespective of educational background.

The 300+ short courses on offer also include counselling, environment, leisure courses, and personal development, several of which will be run outside Belfast, for example, in Holywood, Bangor and Randalstown.

Courses are delivered in an informal and welcoming environment and there is plenty of choice between evening, daytime and weekend classes. There are no entry requirements and enrolment is available online, by post, by telephone and in person.

For more information about the courses on offer, or to enrol, visit   

Media enquiries to Seth Blacklock at Queen’s University Communications Office, telephone: +44 (0)28 9097 2420.

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