Inaugural lecture series

An inaugural lecture is a significant milestone in any academic's career, recognising their promotion to Professor. This series provides an opportunity for our new professorial colleagues to showcase their research with a broad audience, including members of the public, family, friends and colleagues.

All our lectures are free of charge and attendance is open to all. Each lecture is followed by an informal drinks reception.

Forthcoming lectures

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public lecture

This event has been postponed and a new date will be confirmed in due course.

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public lecture

This lecture draws on different aspects of Stephen’s career, including his work in the operating theatre, through to professional standards and educational design. Themes relating to patients, public protection and pedagogy have been a catalyst for patient safety as a recurring feature of his contribution to practice, policy, and research.

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public lecture

Professor Kate Moss will discuss her research on the hidden crisis of women’s homelessness and one of the major precipitators, domestic abuse.

Previous lectures

Chinese and Global Financial Integration Through Stock Connect

Professor Flora Huang

This lecture presented the legal issues and impact of a novel form of financial integration, Stock Connect, giving mutual market access to Chinese and international investors. Such a cross-boundary investment channel represents numerous 'firsts' in Chinese financial liberalisation and a potential mechanism to be utilised widely in global financial markets. Professor Huang discussed the profound implications of Stock Connect to local and global financial markets and the legal impediments to its implementation. 

Enabling a Smart World Through Service Computing and Data Processing

Professor Stephan Reiff-Marganiec

In this lecture, Professor Reiff-Marganiec reflected and highlighted opportunities and challenges for truly life-changing smart technologies. He considered the underlying technologies and the importance of data processing as a key enabler, placing these in the context of societal impact and demands. He specifically focused on aspects of software architecture for cloud and service computing paradigms, highlighting key issues of these architectures that emerge when considering the demands from the Internet of Things (IoT): a system of trillions of interconnected sensors producing ‘lots of little data’.

He also considered how data processing can be distributed in various ways, and consequently, allowing the ideas from service and cloud computing to be expanded for IoT, touching on the current hot topics of data analytics and machine learning. 

Retail in the Community: Beyond the Buyer-Seller Transaction

Professor Carley Foster

Professor Foster's lecture explored how retailers can create a retail experience for customers which reflects the community they serve and embed themselves in the local area by working with key stakeholders. By co-creating a community retail experience and moving away from a sole focus on transactional retailing, retailers can position themselves as a key element of the town centre jigsaw, alongside complimentary services and attractions. In doing this, retailers can begin to protect themselves from a turbulent retail environment and instead have an active role in the evolving, reincarnated high street.

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Journalism as Civic Empowerment: The Virtues of Theory and Practice in Journalism Studies Research

Professor John Steel

Professor Steel's lecture explored recent research which has sought to reinvigorate the promise of journalism and address its contemporary crisis of legitimacy. Looking at examples of his published work drawn from the fields of political theory, critical pedagogy, history, sociology, philosophy, and journalism studies, Professor Steel reflected on his own personal academic pathway and how it has led him to seek to focus on both the theory and practice of some of journalism's key civic responsibilities.

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Nutrition in Metabolic Diseases: Too-much or too-little?

Professor Gyan Tripathi

Professor Tripathi's lecture focused on presenting his own research development, determining how the experience of genetically engineering bacteria to produce biodegradable polymers, has contributed to solving the fundamental mysteries of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. 

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366:366 (Finally): The Long Duration of the Making of an Artwork

Professor Ang Bartram

This inaugural lecture featured a project Professor Bartram worked on throughout the leap year of 2016 and which continued to be a work in process that grew in volume since 2017. The focus of this lecture was on the artist's durational practice, how research underpins decision making and intent, and how failure and mishap are often by-products of the process.

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The Myths and Truths about Entrepreneurship

Professor Marc Cowling

Professor Marc Cowling's lecture explored the tax treatment of entrepreneurs and government intervention in debt and equity market as well as challenging whether entrepreneurs do, in fact, generate things such as productivity, innovation, and jobs. Professor Cowling also questioned how entrepreneurs have fared during the Covid-19 crises and evaluated whether the government has effectively shielded them. 

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Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: A journey through wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff

Professor Ian Turner

Professor Ian Turner shared his reflections on the importance of entertainment pedagogy through a series of examples and case studies from his career to date.

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The Journey from Molecular Transformation to the Human Touch

Vice-Chancellor Professor Kathryn Mitchell

Vice-Chancellor Professor Kathryn Mitchell provided an oversight of both the scientific and personal journey in a long career of research, which has worked to address how to improve the lives of patients with ‘degenerative’ or chronic disease. This body of research and foci on people living with a chronic/incurable disease was triggered by a six-month work experience in Karatina, Kenya, when Professor Mitchell observed the impact of unmanaged AIDS.

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Nature Connectedness: Improving our failing relationship with nature

Professor Miles Richardson

Professor Miles Richardson discussed the benefits of a closer connection with nature and why this matters at a time of environmental emergency. The inaugural lecture explained how nature connectedness provides a route for people to develop the new relationship with nature required for a sustainable future.

Tales of (in)justice: researching vocational education, changing lives

Professor Liz Atkins

Taking place during November's Social and Education Policy research week, Professor Liz Atkins' inaugural lecture provided insights into issues surrounding the education of low attaining youth, and their implications for social justice.

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