The public lecture series aims to showcase the outstanding work and research from across the university.

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

Coming up

Title: The rhino horn and ivory trade: what does the future hold?
Date: Wednesday 21 September 2016
Details:

Rhino are currently facing an onslaught of poaching driven by thriving but illegal trading in their horn. Adam Hart, Professor of Science Communication, develops ideas presented in his BBC Radio 4 documentary The Horns of a Dilemma, and the pros and cons of controversial proposals to legalise the horn trade.

Time / Venue:

6pm, lecture hall TC014 at Park campus, Cheltenham. Refreshments will be available in Elwes Reception from 5pm.

Tickets are free but booking is required.

Title:

Chancellor’s lecture – Lord David Willetts

Date: Thursday 13 October 2016
Details:

The Right Honorable Lord David Willetts presents the annual Chancellor’s Lecture for 2016, entitled: The future of The University. The former Minister for Universities and Science who is now Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation has written widely on economic and social policy and will be introduced by Baroness Rennie Fritchie DBE, Chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire.

Time / Venue:

6pm, lecture hall TC014 at Park campus, Cheltenham. Refreshments will be available in Elwes Reception from 5pm.

Tickets are free but booking is required.

Title: Race in the media: on the front lines
Date: Wednesday 19 October 2016
Details:

Seyi Rhodes, reporter for Channel 4’s critically-acclaimed series Unreported World and Dispatches, presents this special event with extracts from his television work in Brazil and Chicago. The event is organised together with Black History Month Cheltenham and will be introduced by Dr Christian O’Connell, author and Senior Lecturer in American History.

Time / Venue:

6pm, Francis Close Hall campus, Cheltenham. Refreshments will be available outside TC001 from 5pm.

Tickets are free but booking is required.

Title: Exploring black history: Gloucestershire
Date: Wednesday 26 October 2016
Details:

In celebration of Black History Month, the university welcomes author and historian Dr Madge Dresser, whose primary areas of research discusses identity and ethnic and religious minorities in society. The event is organised together with Black History Month Cheltenham and will be introduced by Dr Christian O’Connell, author and Senior Lecturer in American History.

Time / Venue:

6pm, Francis Close Hall campus, Cheltenham. Refreshments will be available outside TC001 from 5pm.

Tickets are free but booking is required.

Title: Plastic fantastic…or is it?
Date: Wednesday 30 November 2016
Details:

Trudie Ballantyne Meers, Photography - Editorial and Advertising course leader, and Michelle Williams, Product Design course leader, discuss the environmental disaster relating to plastics, sustainable viable alternatives and the circular economy model. They will feature artists, organizations and designers who are bringing about social change and innovation with regard to plastic and how its waste is being regarded as being a valuable commodity.

Time / Venue:

6pm, lecture hall TC014 at Park campus, Cheltenham. Refreshments will be available in Elwes Reception from 5pm.

Tickets are free but booking is required.

Title: Have yourself a merry little festive season
Date: Wednesday 14 December 2016
Details:

Dr David Webster, Head of Learning and Teaching Innovation, presents: To save us all from Satan’s power when we were gone astray: Christmas as commercial apocalypse, cultural parable and existential adventure story. He threads together non-Christian Christmas traditions, theological re-readings and Winterval culture wars. Dr Webster spins a tale of dread, overcooked sprouts, fearsome relatives, complaining as sport, shopping and the threat of eternal damnation, before wishing us all a very confused, British, and largely merry Christmas.

Time / Venue:

6pm, lecture hall TC014 at Park campus, Cheltenham. Refreshments will be available in Elwes Reception from 5pm.

Tickets are free but booking is required.

Title: Trust your judgement: using your intuition in business and beyond
Date: Wednesday 11 January 2017
Details: Using out gut feeling is second nature for many. But what informs our intuition? And how can we harness its power to help us improve our work and leisure? Professor Emeritus Bob Ryan, Senior Lecturer in Finance, gives an insight into instinct, intuition, and rationality, and how we can develop them to help us make decision.
Time / Venue:

6pm, lecture hall TC014 at Park campus, Cheltenham. Refreshments will be available in Elwes Reception from 5pm.

Tickets are free but booking is required.

Title: Inaugural lecture
Date: Wednesday 18 January 2017
Details:  

Professor Tom Barker, Dean of Arts and Technology presents 'What is now proved was once only imagined'. He explores the nature of creativity and impossibility as the anti-Chimera through reflections on his projects, research and practice. His diverse collaborations include with the late Zaha Hadid, Turner Prize shortlisted work with Langlands and Bell, and an app that gives you your "death date"

Tom was appointed as Dean in December 2015, having previously been Chair of the Digital Futures Initiative at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Canada.

Time / Venue:

6pm, lecture hall TC014 at Park campus, Cheltenham. Refreshments will be available in Elwes Reception from 5pm.

Tickets are free but booking is required.

Title: What do we really think about murderers?
Date: Thursday 23 February 2017
Details:

Dr Jane Monckton-Smith explores some of history’s most famous murderers and looks further into their cases.

Dr Monckton-Smith is an expert in the area of homicide, stalking, domestic abuse and criminal investigation. She is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and often comments on high profile murder cases in local and national media.

Time / Venue:

6pm, lecture hall TC014 at Park campus, Cheltenham. Refreshments will be available in Elwes Reception from 5pm.

Tickets are free but booking is required.

Title: Inaugural lecture
Date: Wednesday 1 March 2017
Details:

Presented by Shujun Zhang, Professor of Applied Computing and Technology. He has more than 30 years’ experience along with significant achievements in academic teaching, research and the practical applications of applied computing and technology.

The title of this lecture will be confirmed closer to the date.

Time / Venue:

6pm, lecture hall TC014 at Park campus, Cheltenham. Refreshments will be available in Elwes Reception from 5pm.

Tickets are free but booking is required.

Title: What has sporting legacy done for us?
Date Thursday 23 March 2017
Details:

Legacy is a term well-used regarding large sporting events, but what is the reality they leave behind? Are public facilities improved? Is coaching more readily available? Sky Sports commentator and Head of the School of Sport and Exercise, Dr Anita Navin, chairs our panel of sporting and economic experts to discuss the social and economic benefits of sporting events locally, nationally and beyond.

Time / Venue:

6pm, lecture hall LC003 at Oxstalls campus, Gloucester. Refreshments will be available in the Link Corridor and Reception from 5pm.

Tickets are free but booking is required.

Title: Inaugural lecture
Date: Wednesday 5 April 2017
Details:

Professor Robert Barratt, Head of the School of Education, presents Educating the Children of the Anthropocene.

The university has a proud tradition of teacher training, and last year Primary and Secondary teacher education programmes were judged ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted inspectors.

Time / Venue:

6pm, lecture hall TC014 at Park campus, Cheltenham. Refreshments will be available in Elwes Reception from 5pm.

Tickets are free but booking is required.

Title: Annual Media School debate
Date: Wednesday 26 April 2017
Details:

Bringing staff, students and the community together, previous subjects for debate include the EU Referendum and General Election. Tackling the topical issues of the day, subjects will be confirmed nearer the time, so please check www.glos.ac.uk/publiclectures for updates.

The panel will be by Anne Dawson, Head of the Media School, and the event will be live streamed by students, therefore the audience must be seated by 5.45pm.

Booking will be available at www.glos.ac.uk/publiclectureseries when subject is confirmed early in 2017.

Time / Venue:

5.45pm, lecture hall TC007 at Park campus, Cheltenham. Refreshments will be available in Elwes Reception from 5pm.

Tickets are free but booking is required.

Title: Sexism, ageism and ‘late style’: Marianne Faithfull and Kate Bush
Date: Thursday 11 May 2017
Details:

Ageing is an inevitability no-one can escape. It is only relatively recently that the idea of pop and rock stars getting older and no longer being youthful has become a reality.

In this public lecture, Professor Ros Jennings, who leads the Centre for Women, Ageing and Media at the University of Gloucestershire, explores the particular pressures on female pop and rock stars to remain youthful and not show their age.

Time / Venue:

6pm, lecture hall LC003 at Oxstalls campus, Gloucester. Refreshments will be available in the Link Corridor and Reception from 5pm.

Tickets are free but booking is required.

Title: The International Centre for Biblical Interpretation annual lecture
Date: May 2017 (date TBC)
Details:

Professor Philip Esler, who leads the ICBI, welcomes Professor Janet Soskice, Chair of the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge, for the 17th Annual Biblical Interpretation Lecture. The event is organised by the ICBI and supported by the Kirby Laing Trusts.

Time / Venue:

6pm, lecture hall TC001 at Francis Close Hall campus, Cheltenham. Refreshments will be available outside TC001 from 5pm

Tickets are free but booking is required.

Title: The Cathedral lecture
Date: Tuesday 13 June 2017
Details:

The annual Cathedral Lecture is a key part of the University Festival, which showcases the talents and achievements of staff and students throughout the academic year. Previous speakers include Baroness Julia Neuberger, and the speaker this year will be confirmed in early 2017.

Time / Venue:

6pm, the Chapel at Francis Close Hall campus, Cheltenham. Refreshments will be available outside the Chapel from 5pm

Tickets are free but booking is required.

Previous events

Download the transcript of Bishop James Jones's inaugural lecture on 11 June 2015, 'The child of Adam and the future of the Earth: letters between a Christian bishop and a Muslim scholar'.