Technology, Science & Business Courses in London

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  1. Build gift vouchers- the perfect gift

    Build gift vouchers- the perfect gift

    Looking for that perfect present? Treat someone to the gift of learning with a course at Build. Available from £10, our gift vouchers can be used to book a place on any of our courses, from London walks and food tasting to museum visits, poetry and much more. Simply purchase your voucher and the recipient can choose from thousands of courses, at a time which suits them.
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  2. Using Apple Mac OSX: short introduction

    Course Date: Wed 3 Apr 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn about Apple Mac computers: the desktop, layout and environment, how to open, save and close files, and navigate the operating system.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

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    Science reading group: Discuss and unravel: How to Teach Quantum Physics to your Dog by Chad Orzel

    Course Date: Wed 3 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you enjoy reading about science but sometimes want to discuss and confirm your understanding with other readers? Join our new science reading group and benefit from the support of an expert in the field.

    Chad Orzel's How to Teach Quantum Physics to your Dog is an entertaining and very successful exploration of one of science's most intriguing areas.

    Elegantly approachable descriptions...with a refreshing emphasis on recent research. Highly satisfying.’

    (Guardian)

    ‘Sure to become a classic.’

    (physicsworld.com)

    Najlaa Alaian holds a PHD in Applied Physics from the University of Technology, Baghdad and has thirteen years’ experience of teaching both Internationally and within the UK. She is passionate about making Physics accessible to a diverse range of audiences.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  4. Excel: tables and charts

    Excel: tables and charts

    Course Date: Wed 3 Apr 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to create effective Excel tables and to chart your data on this short course.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

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    Science guest lecture from Professor Raman Prinja: The future of the Universe: From rings around Mars, to the great Andromeda collision and beyond'

    Course Date: Thu 11 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Raman Prinja, Professor of Astrophysics at UCL, looks at the biggest question of all: the future of the universe. A lecture illustrated with superb imagery from powerful telescopes which explores some of the latest thinking in astronomy on this most challenging topic.





    Raman Prinja's main research interests are in the studies of the evolution and properties of the most massive stars in our Galaxy. He has been awarded the the Pol and Christiane Swings research prize and is a multiple winner of the UCL Teaching awards.

    Beyond research and teaching, Raman is keen to promote astronomy to wider audiences, and has written several successful outreach-level books, including the award winning titles 'Science Crazy','Night Sky Watcher' and most recently 'Planetarium'.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  6. Geology and London

    Course Date: Sun 14 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how the geology below greater London has shaped its landscapes, infrastructure and built environment, making it such a fascinating and visually diverse city; look at stone types and their effects on the buildings around us.



    Charles Clarke (MSc in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology from University College London) has a special interest in hominin evolutionary research and is also committed to introducing geology to a wider audience.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  7. Instagram: a short introduction

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Get started with using Instagram, the visually based social media site. You will learn to share photos and connect with people for business and/or personal fun.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  8. Digital media for parents: understand the apps your children are using

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you know what apps your children or grandchildren are using? Are you able to share experiences with them digitally? Is ‘their’ world a completely different one from yours? This course will help familiarise you with computer and digital jargon, common apps, and how to use them. It will enable you to discuss issues of digital security and safety and understand how access to different digital resources can be managed.

    This course is FREE if you are employed and earn less than £19,890. You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. You may also be eligible for this funding in other circumstances. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary.

    Call 222-66-889-99 for more information.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  9. Astronomy: a gentle introduction

    Astronomy: a gentle introduction

    Course Date: Sun 5 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A leisurely walk through back garden astronomy. Learn how to find your way around the constellations, whether to buy a telescope, how to find planets and look safely at the sun. Find out why astronomy is good for you.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  10. Stay safe online

    Course Date: Tue 7 May 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What does identify theft entail? What risks do you run? Learn how to protect yourself from identify theft on this course.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  11. Science guest lecture by Dr  Richard Knight: Micropaleontology  - the world of microscopic fossils: their importance, beauty and use

    Science guest lecture by Dr Richard Knight: Micropaleontology - the world of microscopic fossils: their importance, beauty and use

    Course Date: Fri 10 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Micropaleontology is the discipline within paleontology dealing with the study of microscopic fossils, the most abundant of all fossil types. Dr Richard Knight offers a fascinating introduction to this complex but rarely publicised part of geology.



    The lecture will define the scope of the subject, and explore its unique scientific and aesthetic attractions. The fossil record beyond the naked eye is full of stunningly beautiful relic life forms, some readily recognisable and traceable to modern fauna and flora. Others remain strangely mysterious, their true nature and function still topics of conjecture and speculation. Hand in hand with advancements in microscope technology (from incident light to Scanning Electron Microscopy), the microscopic fossil record has slowly revealed itself. Selective microfossil types from a diversity of environments and geological time periods will be illustrated. The lecture will explain their occurrence in the geological record, their affiliation or (perceived) function, and significance to a wide range of academic and commercial geological studies. Examples of the role microfossils play in paleogeographic reconstructions (understanding where ancient continents and seas once existed), as well as tracing land plants back some 445 million years into the Late Ordovician-Silurian will be discussed. Also, find out what the White Cliffs of Dover are essentially made of !



    Dr Richard Knight is a professional geologist with over 28 years' experience in the energy sector. He has a PhD in Micropaleontology and he has lived and worked across the world including the Sultanate of Oman, Malaysia, Australia, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Russia, Central Asia, and closer to home in Europe.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  12. Physics of life

    Course Date: Sun 12 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Find out why physics is the science upon which everything depends. In this course we will use basic physics concepts to understand the biological processes in living organisms, including the relatively new field of quantum biology. Radmila Topalovic holds a degree in Physics with Astrophysics and a PhD in Astrochemistry. She has taught physics, maths and astronomy for almost ten years, and is particularly passionate about quantum physics and astrobiology. Radmila was an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, she is currently Programme Leader for Science and Engineering at Kaplan International College.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  13. Excel: analysing your spreadsheet with pivot tables

    Course Date: Thu 16 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to create and edit pivot tables to analyse large lists of data with multiple views and calculated fields using drag and drop. You should have a good understanding of Excel.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  14. Twitter: a short introduction

    Course Date: Tue 21 May 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to Twitter, the social networking and online news service. The course provides a base understanding of the channel for personal and professional use.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  15. Science guest lecture: Understanding mindfulness: a cognitive neuroscience approach

    Science guest lecture: Understanding mindfulness: a cognitive neuroscience approach

    Course Date: Thu 23 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you ever wondered about the science behind mindfulness?



    Dr Trudi Edginton is a clinical psychologist and lecturer in neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience at City, University of London. In this lecture she will describe her research and practice which focuses specifically on assessing and responding to cognitive and emotional difficulties using mindfulness-based interventions. She is also concerned with how to improve access to mindfulness therapies across the lifespan. Her clinical experience includes investigating the impact of traumatic brain injury, chronic fatigue syndrome and dementia.



    Dr Edginton is also a CBT therapist and mindfulness teacher and she has published and presented her research in International Journals and conferences. Her clinical experience includes investigating the impact of traumatic brain injury, chronic fatigue syndrome and dementia.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  16. Introduction to Cloud computing

    Course Date: Tue 28 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Cloud computing uses the internet to provide shared computing resources on demand. Learn about the major operators in this business and how to avoid expensive hardware costs by renting what you need when you need it.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  17. A brief introduction to human evolution

    A brief introduction to human evolution

    Course Date: Sun 2 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You will learn about how our hominin ancestors evolved and lived and how new evidence has fundamentallly changed our understanding of this process. This concise exploration of the inter-disciplinary field of palaeoanthropology introduces radiometric dating, palaeontology and archaeogenetics.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  18. Is self-employment for me?

    Course Date: Wed 5 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introductory course for anyone considering self-employment or starting their own business. Find out whether you're ready to take those daunting but exciting first steps.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  19. Science guest lecture: Solar physicist Simon Foster on our living star

    Course Date: Thu 6 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this lecture, Dr Simon Foster a Solar-terrestrial physicist and lecturer based at Imperial College London, will give us a close-up view of the star which, even in its minutest changes, can have huge impacts on life on Earth.



    Our sun is a dynamic living star, just like many others in the night’s sky. However, with our close proximity we can study it in amazing detail but we are also affected by its frequent changes and temperamental outbursts such as with solar flares. We’ll be looking inside the star, looking at what powers it has and how we made these discoveries. We'll also look out through its surface and on towards Earth, assessing its unique significance for how we live.



    Simon Foster's area of specialism is using sunspot records to investigate current and historic variations in the Sun’s energy output called the Total Solar Irradiance. In addition he is also active in the public engagement activities of Imperial College London and is a frequent contributor in the media in the areas of Space science and physics and is one of the scientists on Sky One’s Science panel show Duck Quacks Don’t Echo.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  20. Astronomy for fun

    Course Date: Sun 9 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you have already enjoyed a gentle introduction to astronomy, here is the next step: what to

    look for and how to do and find out more. De-mystify some of the specialist software,.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  21. Create your elevator pitch

    Course Date: Tue 11 Jun 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An elevator pitch is a brief, persuasive speech that you use to introduce yourself and what you do. With a good pitch, you can avoid rambling, sound professional, and introduce your business with confidence when someone asks 'What do you do?'.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  22. Grow in confidence with networking - for work and business

    Course Date: Wed 12 Jun 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you one of the estimated 90% of people who find networking daunting and difficult? If so, discover the easy way to network, and reap the benefits in your work or business life.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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    Astronomy in focus: Human exploration to the moon and beyond. Prof Ian Crawford and other experts offer short presentations followed by panel debate

    Course Date: Sat 22 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In the year of the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, Professor Ian Crawford, Francisco Diego, Radmila Topalovic and Roger O'Brien offer four short talks on key areas of human exploration, including ethical and scientific aspects, followed by panel debate and discussion.



    Ian Crawford is currently Professor of Planetary Science and Astrobiology at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is also a vice president of the Royal Astronomical Society. Ian's research focusses mainly on lunar geology, including the possibility of finding economically useful resources on the Moon, and on the search for past or present life on Mars.



    Francisco Diego is Senior Teaching Fellow at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCL, keen populariser of natural sciences with extensive experience as a planetarium producer/presenter, lecturer, author and broadcaster. He is founder and director of Your Universe, the UCL festival of Astronomy.



    Roger O'brien was the boy the Space Race was run for – ten when Sputnik 1 went into orbit and Patrick Moore began “The Sky at Night”. Six further decades of studying and teaching astronomy have included work with The Royal Ob servatory Greenwich, the Open University and the Workers’ Educational Association and Build.



    Radmila Topalovic was an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. She holds a degree in Physics with Astrophysics and a PhD in Astrochemistry. She is a teacher and writer contributing columns to The Guardian's Starwatch feature. She is particularly passionate about quantum physics and astrobiology and is currently Programme Leader for Science and Engineering at Kaplan International College as well as a regular tutor at Build.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  24. Exploring rocks, minerals and fossils

    Course Date: Sun 30 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore agates, ammonites, granites and more. A hands-on introduction to the basics of the identification and classification of the common rocks, minerals and fossils. Students are invited to bring in speciments for discussion and identification. Charles Clarke (MSc in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology from University College London) has a special interest in hominin evolutionary research and is also committed to introducing geology to a wider audience.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  25. Learning to use your smartphone (Android)

    Course Date: Wed 3 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Does your smartphone confuse you? Are you unsure how to make the most of its many features? This short course will help you understand your Android smartphone, troubleshoot problems and use some of the most popular apps.

    This course is FREE if you are employed and earn less than £19,890. You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. You may also be eligible for this funding in other circumstances. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary.

    Call 222-66-889-99 for more information.
    Full fee: £32.00
    Senior fee: £26.00
    Concession: £16.00

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