OxNet Easter School – Online and Virtual

We are very pleased to announce that the Ordered Universe Easter School for the OxNet Access to University scheme, North-East section, will be taking place this week. Originally planned for the school Easter holidays, we have, in the current circumstances, moved the  school to an online format, with a mixture on online exhibitions, pre-recorded films,Continue reading “OxNet Easter School – Online and Virtual”

Things aren’t always black and white

Seminar Four of the OxNet North East programme introduced students to the psychology of colour. They began by discussing ‘The Dress’, and whether it was white and gold, black and blue, or something else. Using an article written by David Brainard and Anya Hurlbert, students applied the concept of colour context to this phenomenon, toContinue reading “Things aren’t always black and white”

The Past is History

OxNet North East students explored the notion of History with Professor Giles Gasper, Durham University, in this year’s third OxNet Seminar. They started by discussing the question ‘Why study History?’ to which they replied – to learn from the past, because it’s interesting, and perhaps to make predictions about the future. They then explored theContinue reading “The Past is History”

Let’s Get Physical

Seminar 2 saw students exploring Physics with Brian Tanner, Emeritus Professor of Physics at Durham University. Brian introduced the students to the notion of collaborative reading, looking through Robert Grosseteste’s treatise ‘On the Rainbow’. They read about his various experiments, including looking at light refracting through a urine flask, which they replicated using a vaseContinue reading “Let’s Get Physical”

Music of the Spheres

Students launched into the seminar series by exploring the cosmos with Richard Bower, and comparing medieval and modern views on the universe. They considered questions of how it was created – was it designed by a ‘craftsman’ or did it always exist – and compared the theories of thinkers like Plato and Aristotle, and howContinue reading “Music of the Spheres”

OxNet Study Day

This year’s successful OxNet applicants joined a scholarly community by attending their first Study Day at Ushaw College in Durham, along with Dr Peter Claus and Professor Giles Gasper. We welcomed students from 8 Sixth Forms and Colleges, 4 of whom are new to OxNet this year – Benfield School, Park View Academy, Prior Pursglove, Southmoor Academy,Continue reading “OxNet Study Day”

Congratulations to Southmoor Academy

Warmest congratulations to the staff and students at Southmoor Academy, the hub school for OxNet in the north-east, with whom Ordered Universe collaborates for the access to university scheme. The school are the winners in the Best School/College category for the UK Social Mobility Awards. This is a fantastic achievement and testament to the visionContinue reading “Congratulations to Southmoor Academy”

Light, Colour, and the Cosmos in the Medieval and Modern Worlds

OxNet students experienced life at a Russell Group University by attending a two-day residential at Durham University as part of the OxNet programme, focusing around three key elements of Bishop Grosseteste’s treatises – colour, light, and cosmos.

OxNet North East: The History Of History

OxNet North East: The History Of History. The most recent OxNet session, led by historian Giles Gasper questioned what ‘History’ actually is, and more specifically how we really know things happened in the past.

OxNet North East: Modern Creativity

OxNet North East: Modern Creativity. The most recent OxNet session, led by artist Colin Rennie, focused around creativity, and what this actually means.