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Public and inaugural lecture series

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The University of Gloucestershire welcomes you to the 2018-19 public and inaugural lecture series

Launched in 2015, the lectures will be given or hosted by academics from the University of Gloucestershire and celebrate some of the most interesting and influential work that the university is involved in from across a wide range of fields.

All lectures are free of charge and open to all. Booking is required via our Eventbrite service. Unless otherwise stated, lectures begin at 6pm, last about an hour followed by time for questions. Audio recordings of some lectures are downloadable on Soundcloud​​.

Additions or changes to the programme will also be published on our website and on Eventbrite.​

Title: The Chancellor's Lecture - Lord Michael Bichard
Date/time: Tuesday 20 November 2018 at 18:00

The University of Gloucestershire is delighted to welcome Lord Michael Bichard to present the annual Chancellor's Lecture.

He will explore whether Whitehall, Westminster, local government and the National Health Service are functioning well, and how they might be improved.

Lord Michael Bichard has served at very senior levels in local government as the Chief Executive at both Brent Council and Gloucestershire County Council. Lord Bichard then moved into central government working as the Chief Executive of the Benefits Agency and then as Permanent Secretary at the Department for Education and Employment.

Since his retirement from the Civil Service in 2001, he has held a variety of positions including Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Arts London, Chair of the Legal Services Commission, founder Director of the Institute for Government, Chair of Shakespeare’s Globe, Chair of the Design Council, and has recently retired as Chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence. He also chaired an inquiry into the Soham murders in 2004.

Lord Bichard is currently chair of Bristol Business School advisory board, non-executive director of The Key (an education support company), trustee of the River and Rowing Museum and Chair of the National Audit Office since 2014.

He received a knighthood in 1999 and became a cross-bench member of the House of Lords in 2010. He was for five years a deputy speaker of the House.​


TC014, Park Campus, Cheltenham.

Tickets are free but bo​oking is required.

Title: Every science demo you ever wanted to see but were too afraid to ask​
Date/time: Monday 10 December 2018 at 18:00

The University of Gloucestershire's is proud to present the annual Christmas Lecture, presented by Professor Adam Hart and the Cheltenham Science Group. Join them for an exciting evening of experiments and demonstrations, and find out more about the science behind the scenes. This year they will be exploring a range of experiments and sharing their scientific expertise with a wide range of demonstrations. Broadcaster and author Adam is Professor of Science Communication at the University of Gloucestershire and is involved with large scale citizen science projects such as the Flying Ant and Starling Murmuration surveys with the Royal Society of Biology.​


TC007, Park Campus, Cheltenham.

Tickets SOLD OUT, however you can join the waiting list​