‘It is such a happiness when good people get together – and they always do’

In October 2014 Joan Ting from WEA Adelaide joined Judith Hedley’s Nottingham  course ‘Emma’. Joan was over visiting family and enjoyed sitting in on Judith’s class so much she actually attended 3 times during her stay. Joan spoke enthusiastically to the group of her involvement with Adelaide’s Jane Austen society – which is based at WEA Adelaide;  and since then we’ve discussed the possibility of setting up our own Jane Austen group.

Ideas being floated for the group are:

* A visit to Sheffield Crucible Theatre to see Tamara Harvey’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice ( 14th May – 6th June)

* Talks about Jane Austen in locations across the East Midlands region – Derbyshire/Leicestershire/Lincolnshire/Nottinghamshire/Northamptonshire

* Visits to places associated with either Jane or her novels

* A website where we can share all things Austen

* Austen themed food or fashion events

* anything else …

We are currently at the ‘this would be a good idea’ stage and so are inviting anyone who would be interested in such a venture to get in touch – we can then get the ball rolling. Everyone is welcome whether new to Austen or with some knowledge.

If you’d like to be involved or simply kept informed of our progress email Nikki Cleaver at ncleaver@wea.org.uk


Are you the exceptional sessional tutor we are looking for?

We think our tutors are pretty special people and our students agree.  We’re looking to add to our tutor panel ready for courses in Autumn 2015. Our tutors are paid an hourly rate and employed on a sessional basis.

If you are a qualified and experienced adult education tutor, passionate about your subject, committed to life-long learning and wanting to engage with students within your local community, teaching with the WEA may be for you.

We are always interested to hear from tutors who can offer courses in the following subject areas: astronomy, current affairs, gardening, geology, history, local history, practical archaeology, international studies, nature studies, practical crafts, conservation, upholstery, very basic car maintenance, contemporary dance or fitness for the more mature. Or other subjects you think our students may be interested in.

We need tutors who:

  • are experienced in teaching adults
  • are qualified/specialist in their chosen topic
  • can lead and motivate a group of students, but at the same time encourage participation and work collaboratively
  • can design and deliver innovative courses that appeal to students
  • are excellent communicators
  • are adaptable and resilient
  • are IT literate and able to fulfil course administration requirements as well as teaching work
  • can build relationships with all types of people, from all walks of life
  • support and apply the principles of equality and diversity in their work
  • appreciate the importance of education with a social purpose

Our national website will give you more information about working for us and what it is like to teach for the WEA. If you want to know more about working for the WEA locally (East Midlands area) and to discuss possible courses you could offer please contact Barbara Stirrup (bstirrup@wea.org.uk) by email in the first instance.