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Public lecture series 2018/19

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The University of Gloucestershire welcomes you to the 2018-19 Public 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 our Soundcloud page.

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

Title: Let's Talk: The Integration of Health and Social Care​
Date/time: Wednesday 3 October 2018 at 17:30

With a prestigious career in health and social care, we are delighted to welcome Professor David Croisdale-Appleby to present a lecture focusing on the future of care. Awarded an OBE for his work in social justice, he is the Chairman for Skills for Care and Development and DementiaUK. Formulating health and social care policy, his current roles include Special Advisor on Healthcare of the Elderly, General Medical Council Visitor for Medical Education and advisor to the Medical Research Council.​


LC003, Oxstalls Campus, Gloucester.

Tickets are free but booking is required.

Title: Edward Thomas and nature: melancholy, ecstasy and "the strange sweetness"​
Date/time: Friday 5 October 2018 at 18:00

​Following an introduction to the work of the Friends of the Dymock Poets around the Gloucestershire villages associated with Edward Thomas, Robert Frost, Lascelles Abercrombie, Wilfrid Gibson and Rupert Brooke, Dr Stenning will introduce the life of the Edwardian poet and countryside writer Edward Thomas. Based on her PhD thesis on Thomas's friendship with Robert Frost during his visits to Dymock and Ryton in 1914, she will present some of his lesser-known prose writings and poetry. Dr Stenning will discuss his experiences of joy in the open air, something that has often been overlooked in the focus on his more melancholy writings and involvement in World War One. Thomas's preference for simple language, attention to the lives of the neglected people and wildlife, attest to a wider temporal vision. Showing that, like his friend Robert Frost, Thomas intended to be a poet 'for all sorts and kinds', Dr Stenning will explore the relevance of Edward Thomas's proto-environmentalist vision today.

The talk will be followed by a short Q&A discussion with Dr Stenning, members of the Friends of the Dymock Poets, and University of Gloucestershire staff. 

Part of a weekend of events commemorating 25 years since the founding of the Friends of the Dymock Poets. The University of Gloucestershire houses an extensive Dymock Poets Special Collection in the University’s Special Collections and Archives. 

Supported by the Being Human Research Centre at the University of Gloucestershire.


TC001, Francis Close Hall Campus, Cheltenham.

Tickets are free but booking is required.

Title: What does it mean to be black and British in 2018? Louisa Adjoa Parker
Date/time: Wednesday 24 October 2018 at 18:30​​

The talk will explore Louisa’s personal experience as well as considering the wider picture. It will ask questions such as: does racism still exist? How might this affect black British people today? What stories are being told about black British people? Louisa Adjoa Parker is a British poet, writer and researcher who focuses on telling the stories of marginalised voices, especially those of black and minority ethnic people. She is of Ghanaian and English heritage and lives in the south west.​


TC001, Francis Close Hall Campus, Cheltenham.

Tickets are free but book​ing is required.

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 are free but bo​oking is re​quired.