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Public and inaugural lecture series

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The University of Gloucestershire welcomes you to the 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.​

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Upcoming lectures

Check back soon for details of upcoming lectures.​

Past lectures​

The Insect Apocalypse
​Date/time: Tuesday 21 January 2020 at 18:00

Join Adam Hart, Professor of Science Communication, for a discussion on just how important insects are to our survival in our New Year Public Lecture.

Without insects, the world is in in big trouble! They are the most diverse and one of the most abundant groups of animals on Earth, involved in almost every interaction you can think of. They are predators, prey, recyclers, parasites, pest controllers and pollinators, and they might even be the answer to feeding our growing population. But insects are really struggling, and it is all because of us...


TC007​, Park campus, Cheltenham.

Title: Inaugural Lecture: Professor Phil Toms- A dash of light, radiation and time: luminescence dating Earth's recent past​
​Date/time: Wednesday 5 June, 2019 at 18:00

Lecturing in Physical Geography at the University of Gloucestershire, Phil leads the Environmental Sciences Group and runs the Luminescence dating laboratory in the School of Natural and Social Sciences. His research uses the luminescent properties of minerals to uncover the timing of past environmental changes and human evolution, dispersal and occupation. In this lecture he will outline how Gloucestershire's lab along with its partners in universities and industries around the world use geochronology to explore the timing of change on our planet.​​


TC014​, Park campus, Cheltenham.

Title: The annual Michael Perham University Cathedral Lecture
​Date/time: Monday 3 June, 2019 at 19:00

The silence of the damned?

Most religious traditions encourage the spiritual practice of silence. In the Me Too era, and with 24 hour social media platforms that celebrate self-expression, should the church still encourage the practice of silence, given the Christian imperative to speak out against injustice and give a voice to the voiceless? In contemporary multi-faith Britain and in a noisy society, is there a place for a silence that is public and shared? ​


The Chapel, Francis Close Hall campus, Cheltenham.

Title: Inaugural Lecture: Advocacy and the Vulnerable: A Renewed Optimism,​ Professor Jacqueline Wheatcroft​​
​Date/time: Wednesday 29 May, 2019 at 18:00
Having joined the University of Gloucestershire in 2018, Jacqueline is a Chartered and Registered Forensic Practitioner. Her research and teaching interests are in the enhancement of information, intelligence and evidence, emphasising procedure and questioning techniques.
Her work has contributed to the Inns of Court Principles which guide the ways in which children and vulnerable witnesses are examined in the court process. Jacqueline’s development of the LIP, a witness interview protocol adopted by law enforcement and investigative industries, has been recognised nationally and internationally.

TC014​, Park campus, Cheltenham.

Title: Inaugural Lecture: Living with the trouble: mapping sustainable food futures, Professor Damian Maye
​Date/time: Wednesday 15 May, 2019 at 18:00

A rural geographer working across three research areas, Damian has worked at the CCRI since 2007. His research interests include alternative and local food networks, projects relating to animal and plant disease management, and debates about food security.

​In his lecture he will outline the nature of the food system-related troubles that we are currently living with and the key approaches emerging.

​Damian will introduce his own work with colleagues at the CCRI which is seeking to reframe how we think about ‘sustainable food futures’ as ethical choices and actions.

​​More information concerning the event can be found on the CCRI website.

LC003, Oxstalls campus, Gloucester.

Title: An evening of conversation with BAFTA winning actress and writer Jessica Hynes
​Date/time: Thursday 28 March, 2019 at 18:00 - 19:30

We are delighted to welcome actress and writer, Jessica Hynes, to the University of Gloucestershire.

She will join students from the School of Media,  on the sofa for an evening of conversation, followed by questions from the live audience at Park Campus in Cheltenham.

BAFTA winning actress and writer Jessica Hynes has starred in numerous films, plays and television series.

Her character, PR expert Siobhan Sharpe, first appeared in BBC satire Twenty Twelve, returning in 2014 for the series W1A. She was one of the writers and stars of television sitcom Spaced, appeared in several episodes of Dr Who and appeared a number of times in The Royle Family.

Jessica's film credits include Paddington 2, Bridget Jones's Baby, Swallows and Amazons, Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Shaun of the Dead. She has now written and directed her first feature film, The Fight.

This event will be filmed by Media School students, and will be available to watch on ​the website the following day.


TC007, Park campus, Cheltenham.

Title: Students’ Union Debate​​
​Date/time: Wednesday 13 February, 2019 at 18:00

The University of Gloucestershire’s Students’ Union present our annual evening of topical debate – the subject will be confirmed nearer the time so please check this page for updates.​


TC07​, Park campus, Cheltenham.

Title: Inaugural Lecture: Why Shakespeare? Professor Paul Innes​​
​Date/time: Tuesday 5 February, 2019 at 18:00

​Professor Paul Innes, Professor of Shakespeare studies at the University of Gloucestershire, presents his inaugural lecture.

A specialist in Shakespeare studies, Paul is particularly interested in what Shakespeare’s plays meant at the time they were written and how they were performed on stage.
After becoming hooked on Shakespeare at university, he eventually branched out into teaching about his contemporaries as well, teaching in a way that makes them as accessible today as they were 400 years ago.

TC014​, Park campus, Cheltenham.

Title: Birds of a feather flock together: the science of starling murmurations​​
​Date/time: Wednesday 23 January, 2019 at 18:00

Every autumn and winter, the skies play host to the incredible sight of birds moving in unison in huge, 3D, swirling flocks. These impressive displays are caused by up to 750,000 individual starlings that come together to form one of the natural world’s truly great spectacles. As well as these being visually stunning, the simultaneous beating of thousands of pairs of wings also produces a distinctive sound - hence this phenomenon being called a “murmuration”.​


TC014​, Park campus, Cheltenham.

​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.

Listen to this lecture on Soundcloud.

​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 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.