University Centre Halesowen Launched in January 2020, and run in partnership with the University of Worcester, the Centre acts as an educational and cultural hub. Its aims are to raise educational aspirations and encourage increased participation in higher education.

What is on offer?

The University Centre Halesowen offers free events available to all, including public lectures, and research seminars.

***Free, public lecture***
The Impact of Covid-19 on Mental Health

Friday 23rd October 2020, 2.00pm

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In this free virtual lecture Senior Lecturer Jo Augustus will discuss the significant impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on mental health. In some instances, this has led to intense feelings of anxiety as well as isolation and loneliness, which in turn can trigger low mood. Many individuals may have experienced considerable loss and change, be that loss of a loved one, redundancy or loss of identity. The discussion will consider how existing services can support individuals with these difficulties and the various evidence-based approaches known to reduce them. The talk will conclude with strategies that could help anyone affected.

Jo Augustus is an accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapist with over 15 years’ experience working across a variety of mental health settings, including acute psychiatry. Jo uses evidence-based interventions to assess and treat clients presenting with anxiety and depression related difficulties. She specializes in the use of third wave therapies, that encompasses mindfulness-based interventions. Jo is the Course Leader for the Foundation Degree in Mental Health at the University of Worcester and is passionate about providing accessible learning opportunities, promoting academic enquiry and the advancement of knowledge. Her research interests are embedded in the risk factors associated with post-traumatic stress disorder in both veterans, armed service personnel and emergency service workers.

***Free, public lecture***
The US presidential election and the potential impact on the US-UK ‘special relationship’

Thursday 26th November 2020, 2.00pm

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Dr. Luke Devine’s lecture will look at the potential impact of the U.S. presidential election on the UK/US ‘special relationship.’ In the process, Luke will consider what the election result might mean for future trade relations, Brexit, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson, at the same time factoring in the impact of Covid-19, existential foreign policy concerns, and the UK’s potential post-Brexit international role.

Dr. Luke Devine is a Senior Lecturer at University of Worcester; Luke is Course Leader for Politics and Co-Course Leader for Sociology. Luke’s research and teaching specialisms include contemporary politics, ‘race,’ ethnicity, gender, anti-Semitism, Freudian psychoanalysis, neo-Platonism, and Jewish mysticism.

If you would like to consider higher education, you can also contact the admissions team:

Phone: 0121 602 7888

The Centre is also able to assist groups, for example: organisations and businesses, including third sector. For those who have a specific educational need, there is an opportunity to discuss options about putting on an event to meet your needs.

How can it help me?

A range of talks, lectures and activities are available to the public and students. Though these will all be on varied subjects, they offer you the opportunity to get a feel of what university lectures may be like, and how you can be inspired by the expansion of ideas and theories.

The Centre is also a good first point of contact for anyone with questions and queries about higher education, such as:

  • What course or subject area is right for me?
  • How can I study higher education locally?
  • How do I write a UCAS application and statement?
  • What financial support is available?
  • What are tariff points?
  • How do I prepare for an interview?
  • Where can I study my chosen subject?
  • What is student life like?
  • Where is the University Centre Halesowen?

Students from all walks of life choose to study at the College’s Whittingham Campus based at Whittingham Road. For visitors to the University Centre Halesowen, the Campus provides the ideal environment to explore the prospect of higher education and experience what university-level study could be like.


The University Centre Halesowen has a mixture of public lectures and research seminars running throughout the year. The lectures for 2020-21 will be published here soon!

All events are free of charge and open to anyone who is interested in attending. To be kept informed, why not join our mailing list by contacting Jamie Morgan-Green

Want to know more?

If you have any questions or queries, please contact the Student HUB:

Phone: 0121 602 7888


Write to:
University Centre Halesowen
Halesowen College
Whittingham Road
Halesowen B63 3NA

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