What is ‘U explore’?

The Centre for Human Ecology (CHE) is offering a new course, U explore: Designing Our Lives’, which takes participants on a journey to boost their courage, confidence and curiosity to explore new directions in life. U explore offers participants a unique opportunity to pause, reflect on and restimulate their goals and sense of purpose through exercises, reflection and storytelling. It helps to build capability, confidence, motivation and curiosity and invites participants to experience new ideas and gain confidence to pursue interests and enhance wellbeing. 


It’s not about some destination, it’s not about answering some question once and for all, it is always about growth and change. Moving from a Problem Solving mindset (what do I do next?) to a Design Thinking mindset (what can I imagine?)

‘The course was different from any other. It was where I would learn about myself in ways I never thought were important.’ 

- U explore student, Edinburgh College, 2018.

Who is it for?

If you are feeling unsure about what the next steps are in life, if you would like to explore your passions and find courage to grasp fresh opportunities, then this course is for you. Whether you’re just out of school or education, or have faced big changes to your work situation during the pandemic - this course gives you the space and unique opportunity to pause, reflect on and restimulate your goals alongside other participants in a supportive environment.

How does it work?

U explore uses individual and group exercises based on personal and community development techniques, presented by educators from the Centre for Human Ecology and exciting guest speakers. The course will be delivered online, with the last workshop being in person. Participants will form peer groups which will meet in between sessions. 

‘U explore: Designing Our Lives’ will run for the first time in May/ June 2021. It is based on a course originally developed by Valerie Jackman at Edinburgh College, and was adapted by the CHE to an online format.  The course will be facilitated by CHE's small team of community development practitioners Anne Winther, Rebecca Livesey-Wright, Svenja Meyerricks, Luke Devlin, Roland Playle. Guest contributors to the course are Anthony Willoughby and Susanne Mueller



Dates (all times 10.30am - 1pm)



Week 1

Tuesday 11th May

Thursday 13th May


Week 2

Tuesday 18th May

Thursday 20th May


Week 3

Tuesday 25th May

Thursday 27th May


Week 4

Tuesday 1st June

Thursday 3rd June


All day workshop Saturday 5th June

You will need to submit a short and simple application form to be considered for the course. 

Link for online application form: U Explore application form 


Applications close on 6th May, 7pm 



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