Big ideas at Anglia Ruskin’s ‘Super Saturday’

Published: 3 November 2016 at 11:30

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Chelmsford campus to be a hub for fascinating events on 12 November

Anglia Ruskin University experts are inviting the public to join the discussion as they delve deeper into some of the issues at the heart of our society.

Academics will explain and debate subjects as diverse as water births, military veterans and exploring issues of ageing and mental health during a ‘Super Saturday’ of free talks and workshops at the Chelmsford campus.

The seven talks and workshops will take place on Saturday, 12 November. From 11am until 1.30pm, Professor Richard Aspinall will discuss the issue of immortality and our ever-increasing life expectancy – is living longer really as good as people expect it to be?

Senior Midwifery Lecturer Karen Bartholomew will host an interactive session on water births between 11am and 12.30pm, and from noon until 1.30pm Dr Theresa Simpkin of Anglia Ruskin’s Faculty of Business and Law will discuss the ‘Impostor Phenomenon’, which is when people find it hard to acknowledge their own success or achievement, instead crediting luck or other external factors.

A modern dance workshop will take place from 2pm until 3pm in the Sawyers Gym, and from 2pm until 3.30pm, Dave Hawkes, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing, will examine what to say when you don’t know what to say – using words that can heal and promote resilience when faced with difficult emotional situations.

Dr Nick Wrycraft will host a session looking at how to promote a sense of community and belonging in modern society from 3pm until 4.30pm, and at the same time Anglia Ruskin’s Veterans and Families Institute will be running a workshop entitled Lost in Transition – Making Sense of Life’s Journeys examining the problems that military personnel face on their transition back into society.

There will also be live music on campus with jugglers, stilt walkers, and the opportunity to try a 3D printer.

Rachel Moss, Public Engagement Officer at Anglia Ruskin University, said:

“Our hub day is a fantastic opportunity for our renowned experts to meet local people and discuss issues which affect us all.

“It’s always enjoyable to see people on campus and we are confident there will be something for everyone to enjoy.”

The Chelmsford campus will host the events as part of the wider Ideas Festival being held across the city. All events are free but booking is essential. To reserve your place, visit