‘Brains at the Bevy’ is a partnership of the Community University Partnership Programme at the University of Brighton and The Bevy, Britain’s first community owned pub on a housing estate. The Bevy is so much more than just a pub and already hosts a range of community groups and health services including for seniors and those with disabilities. The Brains talks are intended to be informal, yet research based, that both engage and inform. Talks in the 2016 series included an analysis of the global transformation of football, NHS privatisation and local democracy, what we teach our children about positive sexual expression, an examination of BREXIT, how to address the shortage of donated organs, and a whirlwind tour of changes in retail practice.
Talks last thirty minutes followed by plenty of time for questions and discussion and overall the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Previous attendance included a good mix of local residents, university students and staff. For example, one participant said:
“Informal, comfortably intimate. Accessible venue. Speaker presented some material to get our discussion going, without overbearance - just right. After the discussion people were able to linger, eat, drink and continue the discussion or not. Great model.”
Brains at the Bevy has been highly commended by the University Association for Lifelong Learning.