Peers

It is common in the education world to talk of ‘peers’. For younger people, perhaps because of their physical size, it is easier to classify peer groups. Babies and toddlers are two distinct groups, as are nursery, infants and juniors. Once the secondary phase education is reached, divisions tend to be associated with a hierarchy 

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WEAVING THE WEB

As we were involved recently in having the Higham website redesigned, trying to make what we ended up with better than before and frankly, making sure we got our money’s worth, it occurred to me that the ‘Web’ – general parlance these days for all things Internet – is an accurate moniker for it, in 

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HOW UNIQUE IS HIGHAM?

Adult residential colleges are few and far between these days. After a post-war surge in government seeing lifelong learning as an essential mechanism for social, intellectual and creative stimulation which would help get the country back on its feet, subsequent decades have seen a decline in state-subsidised opportunities for education of this nature. Such stimulation 

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ALL IS NORMAL

Where is the year going to? Dare to blink and another month goes past. At Higham, we are already planning for next year and beyond, trying to arrange courses that satisfy those who come regularly, and also which may appeal to people discovering us for the first time. Because we are primarily a residential college, 

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You’re Fired!

I’ve got responsibility for kiln firing some pieces created by students on a course. After six weeks’ drying, their ceramic relief plaques will need to be placed inside our kiln and the programme set to heat them up at 25ºC/hr for a over day, eventually reaching over 1000ºC until soaking for five hours and cooling. 

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AN EDUCATION

At Higham, our curriculum is developed to satisfy people, not politicians, but there are deeper reasons as well: TWENTIETH CENTURY FRENCH THINKERS – We can be more sure of our own convictions if we consider the reasoning others have done beforehand, and our Gallic cousins seem to have had more of an influence than we 

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DISCOVER HIGHAM

Higham courses have a uniqueness about them in format, content and character. We are a place where expert Tutors can deliver longer, deeper experiences for people to enjoy, where individuals come to spend time with like-minded others, being fed, watered and inspired. Unrestricted to term times, Residential courses run throughout the year and cover areas 

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OMG! Musings on Belief

People are living longer: Fact. People are spending more time being active post-retirement: Fact. People are thinking for themselves: Not necessarily. The questionable nature of democracy in the current climate of globalisation, with capitalism being seemingly defined in numerous different ways to suit different ends (usually involving finance) – all this is taking its toll 

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