The 'Taste of' Series

An image of the town of Aberystwyth with the words 'A Taste Of' a subject showcase webinar series written over it.

We are running a superb showcase of subject disciplines at Aberystwyth University. 

These lively interactive events will engage students in discussion of contemporary issues, designed to enrich their current studies whilst bringing to life the wealth of academic possibilities available at university.

Upcoming Webinars

A Taste Of Business: The Weird World of VAT

January 26 @ 14:15-15:00 - REGISTER HERE

In The Weird World Of Value Added Tax (VAT), Dr Sarah Lindop, Senior Lecturer from Aberystwyth Business School, will explore this key company reporting requirement in relation to the setting of financial objectives, analysing financial performance, and financial decision making.

The webinar will focus on:

  • How VAT works and how is it collected?
  • The difference between input VAT and output VAT
  • The different rates of VAT
  • The different items that fall under the different rates and the implications of this- the weird and the bizarre!!!


A Taste of Astrophysics: Space Exploration

February 2 @ 14:15-15:00 - REGISTER HERE

In Space Exploration – A Taste of Astrophysics, an interactive lecture, physicists from Aberystwyth University will discuss how we are working on current and future space exploration missions. Students will be asked regular questions during the session and are free to asks questions throughout.

Physicists are central to our understanding of the universe and our place in it; from our local environment here on Earth to our Solar System and the understanding of our source of life – our star the Sun – all the way out to far reaching explorations of further systems.

In this session, we will discuss some of the research physicists at Aberystwyth University are involved in and the skills they need to undertake this exciting research.

A Taste of Criminal Psychology: Understanding Terrorism

February 9 @ 14:15-15:00 - REGISTER HERE

In Understanding Terrorism – A Taste of Criminal Psychology, Jen Phipps from the Department of Law & Criminology offers students the opportunity to see how psychology can help us to explain and understand a certain type of crime, so that we might better police and prevent it.

The session will provide an overview of how terrorist organisations manipulate ‘fear’ for their own agenda.

Students will be given an insight in to the power of psychology and how it empowers and facilitates extremist and terrorist ideals, for their own agenda.

A Taste of Geography: Antarctic Ice Shelves in a Warming World

February 23 @ 14:15-15:00 - REGISTER HERE

In Antarctic Ice Shelves in a Warming World, Dr Tom Holt from the Department of Geography & Earth Sciences introduces Antarctica’s ice shelves, their significance and importance, and how they have responded to a warming world. At the end of the session students should be able to:

  1. Define the key characteristics of Antarctica’s ice shelves and name/locate several ice shelves (examined through case studies)
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the importance of ice shelf systems and their wider significance
  3. Discuss the glaciological response of ice shelves in a warming world
  4. Explain how projected environmental change will impact on ice-shelf systems

Various interactive elements will be integrated into the session to engage the students.

A Taste of Mathematics & Statistics: Modelling & Testing the Spread of Disease in a Population

March 2 @ 14:15-15:00 - REGISTER HERE

In The Spread of Disease in a Population: Modelling & Testing, Professor Simon Cox and Dr Kim Kenobi from the Department of Mathematics will split the session into two parts: (I) developing a mathematical model and using graphs to analyse the solutions, (II) statistical interpretation – understanding conditional probabilities in a disease testing context.

Students will see how differential equations can be used to model a real world scenario, in this case the spread of a disease within a population, and how features of the solution can be determined graphically without having to solve the equation directly.

In the second part students will be given an opportunity to think critically about how to interpret the results of a biological test (for example the COVID-19 antibody test). Does a positive result always mean you have the disease?  Are you definitely clear of the disease if you get a negative result?

A Taste Of Psychology: I See What You Mean. I Mean, I See What You See Now!

March 16 @ 14:15-15:00 - REGISTER HERE

In I See What You Mean. I Mean, I See What You See Now!, Dr Catherine G. O’Hanlon from the Department of Psychology will take you through a journey of 40 years of research in Developmental Psychology, which has led us to understand key aspects of infant cognitive development that were largely misunderstood until 2005. In 2005, key changes in the methods used to understand the development of Theory of Mind took place, particularly in “perspective taking”, which is fundamental in everyday communicative contexts for both adults and children. Before 2005, we had this all wrong! We believed that Theory of Mind develops around 4-5 years of age. Textbooks have been re-written since.

This is one of the most engaging and fascinating topics to our Psychology Undergraduate students, and is still being researched today among neuroscientists to understand the underpinning neuronal associates.

A Taste of Law & Criminology: Miscarriages of Justice

March 23 @ 14:15-15:00 - REGISTER HERE

In Miscarriages of Justice – A Taste of Law & Criminology, Dr Sam Poyser from the Department of Law & Criminology will look at:

  1. What a miscarriage of justice is;
  2. Causes of miscarriages of justice;
  3. Impacts of miscarriages of justice

Students will be asked to have short discussions relating to 1 and 3. At points within the session, discussion between students will be encouraged.

Students will benefit from the session by not only learning about how miscarriages of justice come about but also about how they impact people who suffer them.

A Taste of History: Music in the Civil Rights Movement

March 9 @ 14:15-15:00 - REGISTER HERE

In ‘Songs – a Weapon in the Battle’: Music in the Civil Rights Movement, Dr Steve Thompson, Senior Lecturer from the Department of History & Welsh History, will consider the use of songs in the African-American civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

The session will examine the particular ways in which songs were used in protest marches and demonstrations, and will, in addition, give consideration to popular and commercial songs as a medium that reflected and communicated the aims and ideals of the movement.

The session will end with a reflection on more recent uses of songs in the Black freedom struggle and specifically in the Black Lives Matter movement.