Which experts would you like to see leading a Mumsnet Academy course?

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HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 20-Jul-12 12:48:43

Hello all.

We hope you've been enjoying browsing the courses on offer over at the Mumsnet Academy. And we've been delighted by the feedback from those who've attended courses already.

PatrickMumsnet is now hard at work setting up some new courses (starting in November 2012 and beyond) and we'd love you to tell us which specific people you'd like to see leading an MN Academy course.

We're particularly interested in hearing about the experts you lurve who you think could lead a great course in the following areas:

* Gardening
* Literature
* Academia
* Business
* Cookery
* Feminism
* Parenting
* Finance
* Politics

All suggestions gratefully received!

Will have a ponder, but while you're around AitchEm, could we please have courses somewhere less Smokey? Perhaps somewhere central and easily accessed? I don't know, maybe Birmingham? wink

Will have a ponder, but while you're around AitchEm, could we please have courses somewhere less Smokey? Perhaps somewhere central and easily accessed? I don't know, maybe Birmingham? wink

Will have a ponder, but while you're around AitchEm, could we please have courses somewhere less Smokey? Perhaps somewhere central and easily accessed? I don't know, maybe Birmingham? wink

HotheadPaisan Fri 20-Jul-12 12:59:55

I'd like Chaos to run a course on 'How to Use the Internet'.

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 20-Jul-12 13:02:06

HotheadPaisan

I'd like Chaos to run a course on 'How to Use the Internet'.

<resists impulse to repeat that four times>

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 20-Jul-12 13:02:56

ChaosTrulyReigns

Will have a ponder, but while you're around AitchEm, could we please have courses somewhere less Smokey? Perhaps somewhere central and easily accessed? I don't know, maybe Birmingham? wink

Hi Chaos, I do believe PatrickMumsnet is looking into less Smokey courses.

Tvym.

I appreciate that.

<<passes biscuits to patrick>>

Sparklingbrook Fri 20-Jul-12 13:15:47

Do you mean Sleb experts?

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 20-Jul-12 13:23:27

Sparklingbrook

Do you mean Sleb experts?

Yes, they can be Slebs. But they don't have to be.

Sparklingbrook Fri 20-Jul-12 13:25:26

I think Dr Tanya Byron is fabulous. I too live somewhere less smokey.

ShirtRipper Fri 20-Jul-12 13:30:20

Monty Don or Alan Titchmarsh for gardening would be amazing.

Peter Andre for parenting, natch.

Sparklingbrook Fri 20-Jul-12 13:37:04

Ooh yes Sue. That would be for the 'How to Really Love Your Kids' course. wink

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 20-Jul-12 13:40:18

SuePurblybilt

Peter Andre for parenting, natch.

Ahem.

Vagaceratops Fri 20-Jul-12 13:40:27

If we had PA for parenting, can we get KP in for a book writing course?

Sparklingbrook Fri 20-Jul-12 13:42:53

We need to take this seriously. <thinks>

I think <serious face> Rachel de Thame would be good for gardening. Didn't she re-train relatively late in life (yes I know she's young, I just mean as a second go)?

Monty and Alan piss me off a bit.

Can we not have Jo Frost for anything? Please and thanks. It's not asseptable.

shrinkingnora Fri 20-Jul-12 13:52:10

Lia leendertz for gardening - she wrote the half hour allotment.

I'm prolly being thick but what is a course on 'politics' or 'academia' likely to consist of? Cos I think with subjects like that you sort of have to work backwards - find someone who is a good speaker and has a 'this house believes' stance and then design a course around it.
Unless it actually is an 'all about politics' course, in which case a professor/lecturer would be best, no?

So it, just ask Paxman.

SOD it, I meant.

Vagaceratops Fri 20-Jul-12 14:08:53

Can we have Hilary Mantel for Literature pretty please

Please dont get that awful MSE guy in.

thebestisyettocome Fri 20-Jul-12 14:15:43

Gardening: Carol Klein, Rachel de Thame, Monty Don or (and preferably) Christine Walkden.
Literature; Hilary Mantel, Phillipa Gregory, Frank Cotterell Boyce.
Politics: Mark Steel.
Parenting: Deborah Ross.
Business: Hilary from Dragons' Den, Michelle Mone.

What about courses on subjects that pop up on here a lot such as fear of flying and coping with anxiety etc?

flamingtoaster Fri 20-Jul-12 15:21:00

Given the often heated discussions on the Gifted and Talented board The National Association for Gifted Children might bring useful enlightenment!

Maryz Fri 20-Jul-12 15:22:11

Can I run a course on "Parenting Horrible and Impossible Teenagers"? You can pay me in gin and vallium.

Maryz Fri 20-Jul-12 15:23:33

I'll come if you get Monty Don. Not for the gardening, but just to drool blush

Sparklingbrook Fri 20-Jul-12 15:46:30

Shouldn't Katie Hopkins do something?

She can feck off, Sparkling. That's something.

Ooooooooooooooooooooo, Samantha Brick. Beauty, obvs. Jiz Loans on fashion.

I would so come to both of those, I honestly would.

NeverAgain2 Fri 20-Jul-12 19:16:06

I would really like you to run a course on chicken keeping.

I have read books, had a nosey at various threads - but a course would be great.
<<promises to give MNHQ eggs if they sort something out>>

That's a good idea. Jane Howorth - the battery hen rescue lady - would be ace.

Montypig Fri 20-Jul-12 19:41:22

How about an infertility / conception expert - so that those that can't afford to pay / wait for the nhs to kick in could be involved - might be good to also have a forum / support in person that mixed those going through it with those of us that have been through it - both with success and moving on where not ?

messyisthenewtidy Fri 20-Jul-12 19:44:12

Bettany Hughes and Mary Beard.

Gardening - Christine Walkden
Literature - AS Byatt
Business - Cindy Gallup

I would pay good valium and gin to attend Maryz's course.

EauRouge Fri 20-Jul-12 19:57:25

I agree with Carol Klein for a gardening one. Helen Ball or someone from Isis Online for a parenting course.

herethereeverywhere Fri 20-Jul-12 20:35:44

For literature - Zadie Smith

Her book of criticism is fab as are all of her novels IMO smile

scrappydappydoo Fri 20-Jul-12 20:41:22

Can you ask some 'expert' Mners to do one off courses:
Any of the experts over in education who spend hours every year patiently helping people through school appeals - so maybe 'school appeals for dummies'
Helenagrace has great organisational and decluttering advice (and I believe does it professionally)
Those are only two I can think of but I know there are loads more

fivegomadindorset Fri 20-Jul-12 21:10:09

anyone who is prepared to venture out of London and to the South West to do it.

blondieminx Fri 20-Jul-12 21:19:23

YY to Monty Don grin

Would also love to see Zadie Smith <harks back to dissertation on White Teeth, over a decade ago & before I had DD.. Those were the days!>

Also can we have courses bookable a bit further in advance? I really really wanted to go to the Mary Beard one but had a prior commitment sad

Loving the idea of mumsnetters teaching their specialist subjects smile

Springforward Fri 20-Jul-12 23:59:41

Richard Wiseman for parenting - I love his work on luck, I'd be stupidly excited to see it applied to parenting styles/ choices <hopeful>

wonderwooman Sat 21-Jul-12 08:35:15

Second Dr Tanya Byron

Jins Sat 21-Jul-12 21:26:20

Paul Hollywood please. Somewhere less smoky.

Would like some kneading tuition blush

ThePathanKhansWitch Sat 21-Jul-12 21:29:02

YY to Zadie Smith

MN experts- AF for Marriage/Civil Partnership Guidance grin.

Carol Klein for gardening, yes I luff her.

Can you get Temple Grandin? Now THAT is one I'd do

thezoobmeister Sun 22-Jul-12 17:32:47

I wouldn't pay to attend any course run by some journo pundit-type - we can read their opinions in the papers every day already.

Good course leaders have real expertise in their topic, not just opinions, and experience of running courses not just delivering lectures.

triplexxx Sun 22-Jul-12 20:11:17

I second Temple Grandin.

But also Tony Attwood on Asperger Syndrome.

triplexxx Sun 22-Jul-12 20:11:56

Alys Fowler on Gardening. Easy to get via the Observer.

I third temple grandin.

Ruby Wax could do a thing on MH maybe?

triplexxx Sun 22-Jul-12 20:28:16

Alain de Botton.

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 22-Jul-12 20:38:18

Thanks for all of these suggestions - lovely! We'll make sure PatrickMumsnet sees them.

By the way, some of the people you've mentioned here - Alain de Botton, Mary Beard etc - are already signed up to run Mumsnet Academy courses.

Do please have a look at our course list, if you haven't already.

triplexxx Sun 22-Jul-12 20:53:53

blush

More of him, then. blush

PatrickMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 23-Jul-12 15:29:00

Hi everyone, just a quick message to thank you all for the terrific suggestions. We're on the case now and hope to have some great new courses for you soon.

Patrick

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