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

Entrepreneurs are held in high esteem by the general public and governments across the world. In this lecture we challenge whether this support is justified, establish the myths and truths of entrepreneurship, and ask a simple but important question: Does entrepreneurship pay?

ZMorph Multitool 3D printer
public lecture

Professor Paul Wood will talk about 3D printing and additive manufacturing research at the University of Derby's Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering; covering applications and fundamental research in the transport, infrastructure and medical sectors and the impact of this research on the beneficiaries.

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public lecture

In this lecture, Professor Carley Foster will discuss the role of retail in the community. Rather than viewing retail as simply a transaction between the buyer and seller, she will explore how retail experiences can be co-created so that the retailer can embed themselves within the community and protect themselves from turbulent trading conditions.

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public lecture

Professor Stephan Reiff-Marganiec discusses the great emergence of smart technology, the opportunity it provides to improve our daily lives, but also the human worries that are increasingly associated with it.

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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

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.

Find out more about Professor Ian Turner's Inaugural Lecture

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.

Find out more about Professor Kath Mitchell's Inaugural Lecture

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.

Find out more about Professor Atkins's Inaugural Lecture