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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!

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.


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


More of him, then. blush

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 20:28:16

Alain de Botton.

PlentyOfPubeGardens Sun 22-Jul-12 20:19:03

I third temple grandin.

Ruby Wax could do a thing on MH maybe?

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

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

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

I second Temple Grandin.

But also Tony Attwood on Asperger Syndrome.

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.

Glitterknickaz Sun 22-Jul-12 00:02:52

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

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.

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

Paul Hollywood please. Somewhere less smoky.

Would like some kneading tuition blush

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

Second Dr Tanya Byron

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>

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

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.

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

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

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.

PlentyOfPubeGardens Fri 20-Jul-12 19:57:22

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

PlentyOfPubeGardens Fri 20-Jul-12 19:56:24

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

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

Bettany Hughes and Mary Beard.

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 ?

SuePurblybilt Fri 20-Jul-12 19:18:21

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

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>>

SuePurblybilt Fri 20-Jul-12 18:35:25

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

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

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