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Birkbeck is a world-class research and teaching institution, a vibrant centre of academic excellence and London's only specialist provider of evening higher education.

    Ability Programme Podcast: Episode 4- Adam Tobias Co-Founder Inventum Group

    Ability Programme Podcast: Episode 4- Adam Tobias Co-Founder Inventum Group

    Welcome to the #FuturesPodcast, a podcast series created by the Birkbeck Futures team, here at Birkbeck, University of London. In the Ability Programme Series we will be sharing our conversations with industry professionals, hiring managers and Birkbeck Alumni around disability and careers.

    For this episode, we welcome Adam Tobias Co-Founder of Inventum Group and Neurodiversity Advocate. Adam shares his passion for disability inclusion and his thoughts on what is needed to make positive changes embracing diversity, along with a galvanising call to action for employers.

    Birkbeck Future’s Ability Programme is a dedicated course for students and recent graduates with a disability, neurodiverse or long term health condition, who are looking to get advice on finding a job they will love, supercharge job applications and get the opportunity to connect with disability confident employers. Find out more on our website or contact us at employability@bbk.ac.uk

    You can find the transcript of the podcast here: https://1drv.ms/w/s!AvEfPODjtzngi1cRxsBYSBNB5nKq?e=SgzxYh

    • 28 min
    Ability Programme Series: Episode 3 - Michelle Pilkington, Organisational Psychologist

    Ability Programme Series: Episode 3 - Michelle Pilkington, Organisational Psychologist

    Welcome to the #FuturesPodcast, a podcast series created by the Birkbeck Futures team, here at Birkbeck, University of London. In the Ability Programme Series will be sharing our conversations with industry professionals, hiring managers and Birkbeck Alumni around disability and careers.

    For this episode, we welcome Michelle Pilkington who is an Organisational Psychologist, Birkbeck student and Ability Programme Alumna. Michelle shared her amazing career journey, her thoughts on inclusion and why she took part in the Ability Programme. https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelle-pilkington/

    Birkbeck Future’s Ability Programme is a dedicated course for students and recent graduates with a disability, neurodiverse or long term health condition, who are looking to get advice on finding a job they will love, supercharge job applications and get the opportunity to connect with disability confident employers. Find out more on our website https://tinyurl.com/y8f287bd or contact us at employability@bbk.ac.uk

    • 23 min
    Ability Programme Series: Episode 2 - Paul Hubble, Associate Director at Barclays

    Ability Programme Series: Episode 2 - Paul Hubble, Associate Director at Barclays

    Welcome to the #FuturesPodcast, a podcast series created by the Birkbeck Futures team, here at Birkbeck, University of London. In the Ability Programme Series will be sharing our conversations with industry professionals, hiring managers and Birkbeck Alumni around disability and careers.

    For this episode, we welcome Paul Hubble who is an Associate Director with Barclays. Paul shared his career experience with the bank, some tips on wellbeing and his thoughts on being open about a disability when applying for jobs.

    Birkbeck Future’s Ability Programme is a dedicated course for students and recent graduates with a disability, neurodiverse or long term health condition, who are looking to get advice on finding a job they will love, supercharge job applications and get the opportunity to connect with disability confident employers. Find out more on our website https://tinyurl.com/y8f287bd or contact us at employability@bbk.ac.uk

    • 31 min
    Ability Programme Series: Episode 1 - Vaibhav Adlakha, Associate Solicitor at Reed Smith

    Ability Programme Series: Episode 1 - Vaibhav Adlakha, Associate Solicitor at Reed Smith

    Welcome to the #FuturesPodcast, a podcast series created by the Birkbeck Futures team, here at Birkbeck, University of London. In the Ability Programme Series will be sharing our conversations with industry professionals, hiring managers and Birkbeck Alumni around disability and careers.

    For this episode, we welcome Vaibhav Adlakha who is an Associate Solicitor with global law firm Reed Smith. Vaibhav shared his career journey and how he navigated the recruitment process as someone with a disability.

    Birkbeck Future’s Ability Programme is a dedicated course for students and recent graduates with a disability, neurodiverse or long term health condition, who are looking to get advice on finding a job they will love, supercharge job applications and get the opportunity to connect with disability confident employers. Find out more on our website https://tinyurl.com/y8f287bd or contact us at employability@bbk.ac.uk

    You can find the transcript of the podcast here: https://tinyurl.com/ycpv2ljz

    • 28 min
    Sociable Objects: Women Reading 1500-1900

    Sociable Objects: Women Reading 1500-1900

    What did books mean to women in the medieval to Enlightenment period – and how did they use them? Matt Clancy tells us about the fourteenth-century aristocrat Katherine Neville and her Book of Hours; Eva Lauenstein uses Mildred Cooke’s reading to examine the Reformation uses of books to influence not just religion but politics, and Lou Horton brings to light the extraordinary story of how Mary’s White’s reading shaped her famous brother Gilbert’s Natural History of Selbourne.


    Matt Clancy (PhD Birkbeck, 2020),‘Katherine Neville and the Hastings Hours’

    Matt Clancy shows how Katherine Neville, Baroness Hastings (1442-1504) was at the heart of the conflict we now know as the Wars of the Roses. Katherine and her husband, William, Baron Hastings, were close allies of King Edward IV of York, an association which led to Hastings’ death in 1483, when Richard III claimed the throne. Remarkably, however, Katherine survived and thrived. Her Book of Hours, known as the Hastings Hours, is now part of the British Library collection and gives a clear sense of Katherine’s place in events at the heart of the Yorkist faction. Please cite using Matt Clancy, ‘Katherine Neville and the Hastings Hours’ in Matt Clancy, Lou Horton and Eva Lauenstein, ‘Sociable Objects’ podcast, Birkbeck Arts Weeks 2020 online / 15 June 2020.


    Eva Lauenstein (PhD ,Birkbeck, 2020), ‘Mildred Cecil, the Tomb and the Writing of Protestant Piety’

    In Elizabethan England, your devotional reading was never entirely an inward-facing pastime, but always a highly politicised pious performance. When the scholar and translator Mildred Cooke Cecil (1526–1589) was buried in Westminster Abbey, her epitaph reminded readers that she ‘spent all her life in the study of sacred literature and the letters of holy men, especially the Greeks such as Basil the Great, Chrysostom, Gregory of Nazianzus and similar others’. On her monument, Mildred’s library is opened to the viewing and reading public for scrutiny in a way that openly challenges ideas about reading as a private pastime. It suggest that the performance of female reading played an important role in the emergence of English Protestantism and its books. Please cite using Eva Lauenstein, ‘Mildred Cecil, the Tomb and the Writing of Protestant Piety’ in Matt Clancy, Lou Horton and Eva Lauenstein, ‘Sociable Objects’ podcast, Birkbeck Arts Weeks 2020 online / 15 June 2020.

    Lou Horton (doctoral student at Birkbeck), ‘Sister Antiquary: How Molly White Read Medieval Poetry in Georgian London’

    Born in 1759, Molly White was active in the London book trade in the last decades of the eighteenth century. This podcast delves into her private correspondence to listen to her discussing Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Milton, as well as the classics, with family members. Through her own words, we recreate her bookcase shelving medieval poetry alongside eighteenth century collections of ballads and manuscripts to understand why her uncle – the natural historian – Gilbert White, declared her to be ‘sister antiquary’. This is part of work in progress. Please cite using Lou Horton, ‘Sister Antiquary: How Molly White Read Medieval Poetry in Georgian London’ in Matt Clancy, Lou Horton and Eva Lauenstein, ‘Sociable Objects’ podcast, Birkbeck Arts Weeks 2020 online / 15 June 2020.

    • 35 min
    Luisa Calè, William Blake's Pestilence

    Luisa Calè, William Blake's Pestilence

    Listen, and to see the image fully here: http://www.blakearchive.org/images/but442.1.1.wc.300.jpg.

    Some of William Blake’s best- known images are of Satan, and he uses the Bible to think with throughout his art. Here, one of Britain’s foremost Blake scholars introduces you to his little-known image of ‘Pestilence’ and his thinking on the book of Exodus.

    To cite this podcast: Luisa Calè, Pestilence, Birkbeck Arts Weeks online 2020 /June 8.
    William Blake, ‘Pestilence: The Death of the First-Born’, c. 1805, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’

    • 5 min

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