Starting on Monday 18th May 2020, I will be running three live sessions using Zoom for the Workers’ Educational Association. They are all free, introductory and have no prerequisites. They are organised by the WEA so applicants have to be based in the UK and at least 19 years old. To join/enrol see links and a brief description below.
11:15 -13:15 Monday 18th May 2020. Basic cybersecurity. C3844330 Staying Safe Online
- Understand basic concepts of being secure online including Social Engineering, Phishing and multi-factor authentication.
- Recognise the importance of basic security controls including automatic software updates, antivirus solution and good password management.
- Become familiar with and make use of authoritative online sources for cybersecurity information and tools
11:15 -13:15 Wednesday 20th May. The story of Britain’s space programme. C3844331 Britain in Space
- Early rocketry Societies in England
- Development of British Ballistic Missile & Nuclear Tests in Australia
- Launch Satellite of Black Arrow & satellite Prospero from Woomera
- British Astronauts Helen Sharman & Tim Peake
- UK Spaceports
- Virgin Galactic & Orbit
- SSTL and Skylon
11:15 -13:15 Friday 22nd May 2020. Yuri Gagarin in London and Manchester. C3844333 The Day the cosmonaut came to Manchester
This presentation is based on my 2011 book – Yuri Gagarin in London and Manchester. It will cover
- Gagarin’s achievement?
- What was he like as an individual?
- Why he came to Britain?
- Where in London and Manchester he went and who he met?
- Legacy of his visit?
Geoff Senior says
Hi Again Gurbir
I see you’re doing a talk of Gagarins visit to the UK – in case you need it here’s a link to the NWFA film of the visit that’s on our Vimeo page at
Hi Geoff (and everyone).
This post on (Facebook unfortunately) traces Gagarins journey from Ringway to Manchester. Lots of pics.
Bhagwant Singh says
Read your book on The indian Space Programme. Found the details and communications between the Indian Scientists and the founding fathers of modern physics pleasant and fascinating. A very pleasant read and will be source of inspiration for young scientists, particularly those from the South Asian background. I think the book makes very good use of anecdotes and historical details to make the science and technology very accessible.
A very impressive work. I hope it finds its rightful place in promoting the public understanding of science and aspiring some budding scientists among our community. You are the second Space enthusiast among the Sikhs I have come across.
would love to talk to you some time.
Thank you for your comments.
A bit about my most recent book in this podcast episode where I answer (not ask) the questions.
I know you have been active in the science field for quite sometime. Yes I would love to talk and learn about that too.