Each year the Association for Research into Crimes against Art offers a summer-long multidisciplinary Graduate Certificate Programme in Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Protection :

The Programme’s website is at

The course is based in the wonderful Umbrian hilltop town of Amelia (,_Umbria), and provides a unique opportunity to attending participants to live for the summer in an ancient, thriving and welcoming Umbrian town, whilst at the same time studying art crime and cultural heritage protection with leading academics, practitioners and researchers.

Participants at the course are drawn each year from a very wide range of backgrounds, ages, and experiences. If you are at all interested, or know someone who might be interested, please contact ARCA at with any questions, or for further information.

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Kia Ora,

My name is Jasim Azhar and I am writing to request your participation in an online survey for my Ph.D. research. I am looking at people’s preferences when it comes to the physical and spatial features of leftover spaces. This short survey asks for your opinions of such spaces in Wellington city when they are redesigned.

This project examines the potential for the positive use of public and privately owned urban leftover spaces. This research investigates people’s visual preferences when it comes to their physical and spatial features. This survey deals with a Visual Preference Study (VPS) of leftover spaces situated in Wellington city after they have been redesigned in accordance with preferences that emerged in my earlier survey. This survey aims to understand the parameters that affect the usability of spaces. 

This research is anonymous. This means that nobody, including the researchers, will be aware of your identity. Once you submit the survey, it will be impossible to retract your answer. The information from this study will be used in the Ph.D. dissertation or academic publications and conferences. Victoria University Ethics Committee has approved this survey (approval number 25265). The survey should take 20 minutes to complete.

Completing the survey gives you the chance to win a $50 New World voucher. You enter the draw by giving your email address at the end of the survey, but this address is disconnected from your response and you cannot be identified from it. The survey will run until Saturday 27th January 2018 and the draw will happen soon after this date.

Please remember, there are NO right or wrong answers to the questions. All I am seeking is your honest feedback.

Please click on the link below to go to the survey (or copy and paste the link into your Internet browser). If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at

Go to survey, click here:

To view poster, click here: Poster


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Girton College, Cambridge University

The 2018 Lifelong Learning Summer School will take place in the wonderful setting of Girton College, Cambridge.  The summer school will have slightly earlier dates (19 August – 1 September 2018), in part to coincide with the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival.

Going into its sixth year, this summer school enables participants to take academic courses for the love of learning, live and take meals in the College, and have a pretty full and exciting social programme to get the most out of being in Cambridge. In sum it is a fantastic opportunity to spend one or two weeks experiencing the highlights of Cambridge college life in the company of other lifelong learners from around the world!

More information is available at:

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Please, if you change your email address, let the Membership Secretary know promptly to avoid missing out on notices. Send your new address to:

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The fund shall be known as the “Wellington City U3A Award”. It shall be used to assist students, 55 years of age or more, for expenses incurred during their studies. These students should not be in full-time employment.

Selection criteria

Candidates must be enrolled in a course of study at Victoria University of Wellington in the year of application. The Award will be made on the basis of the academic costs to be incurred by the student in the year of application. A brief supporting statement with this information must be included in the application.

This Award can be held concurrently with other prizes and scholarships.

Number of awards offered: One per year

Value: $2,000 each year

Tenure:One year

Closing date:1 October each year


Students will apply using the application form available. The Award will be made on the basis of the academic costs to be incurred by the student in the year of application. A brief supporting statement with this information must be included in the application.


The Award shall be made on the recommendation of the Scholarships Committee or, in the case of a postgraduate student, the Research Scholarships Committee. The nomination of the student will then be approved by the Wellington City U3A.


The successful applicant will be required to speak at a meeting of the Wellington City U3A about their research or course of study during the second semester of the year at a mutually agreed date.

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Dr Heidi Thomson (VUW) draws U3A members’ attention to the Graduate Diploma in Arts programme at Victoria University of Wellington. Further information about the programme can found in the brochure that can be viewed and downloaded here.

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