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Feeling the need to feed your brain? There's loads of ace new academic courses now booking in Oxford for 2019.

Here at Muddy we’re big fans of  CONTED, Oxford University’s continuing education department. Earlier this year Muddy’s associate editor Kerry spent a weekend brushing up on her French language skills, while Sarah got literary. Yep, we are indeed big girly swots but the courses are totally brilliant if you haven’t set foot in a classroom since 1987 and fancy a bit of brain-boosting, but don’t know where to start. And there’s something for everyone, whatever your circumstances or interests. The courses come in a variety of durations, from flexible online ones that you do in your spare moments to one-dayers to weekenders, weekly classes and well beyond. Plus, there’s an insanely wide range of subjects, from languages to art history to creative writing to sciences to one called Quick Wins To Improve Your Website (no jokes, thanks!).

We thought it was the perfect time of year to flag ’em up as they’re now taking bookings for courses starting in January. Rather than waiting until the grim early days of 2019 to kickstart your inner renaissance (along with losing three stone and giving up booze forever, of course), sign up now for whatever floats your boat – then when the new year rolls around you’ll have something worthy, self-improving and actually enjoyable to look forward to.

Needs some ideas? These are the ones we have an eye on.


Advanced Creative Writing, 9 January – 22 March

This online course requires approx 10 hours study per week over 10 weeks. Sounds a bit, well, advance? Try Getting Started In Creative Writing instead. Don’t forget to invite us to your future book launch!


The Impressionists: Painting Modern Life 14 Jan – 29 March

As above, it’s roughly 10 hours per week over 10 weeks. Love mooching around galleries but your art chat is a bit lacking?  Cézanne, Monet, Manet and Degas are the big hitters dissected here, but pleasingly lesser-spotted women Impressionists are also on the agenda.


Inspired by Scandinavia, 23 March

You’ve scoffed the cinnamon buns, bought the mid-century modern Danish sofa, now it’s time to study the culture from our favourite corner of Europe. I mean, who isn’t inspired by Scandinavia these days? This one-day course covers Nordic art, design, film, music and literature.


Starting A Successful Business, 1 April

Oxford management consultancy Oxentia are in charge for this one-day workshop for entrepreneurs. They’ll be asking all the important questions from what are you selling to how can you manage risk to what do you know about basic accounting. This time next year, Rodney, you’ll be a millionaire!


Emotional Intelligence for Flexibility, Resilience & Growth, 1 March

Emotional intelligence is such a buzz phrase right now – it’s hugely beneficial for wellbeing, not to mention in the workplace. This introduction, run by a chartered psychologist, also looks at resilience, another hot topic. If you’re after something ‘think-y’, this is a good place to start.

For a full list from January 2019 onwards see here. If you take the plunge, let us know how you get on!

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