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Public lecture series


​​​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: Cyber security in the era of the internet of things                       
Date: Wednesday 21 February 2018

Whether it's turning up your home central heating from your office, or measuring the steps you've taken today, the internet of things is making our world smarter. But from hardware to software, wearable technology and smartphones, are we leaving ourselves vulnerable?

With security specialists including GCHQ on our doorstep, cyber security is a subject close to home as well as a growing concern. Led by Professor Kamal Bechkoum, Head of the Business and Computing school, Students at the University of Gloucestershire are working to address cyber security through a wide range of courses and research.

Join him to find out more as he explores the risks, the benefits and the future of how we stay safe, while staying connected.

Missed this lecture? You can listen to it online in full.

Title: The referee's a w@#£*r"- respect and referees
Date: Wednesday 7 March 2018

Whether you love or hate their decisions, there would be no fair play without match officials. Anita Navin, head of the School of Sports and Exercise, hosts our panel lecture with guests including FA Premiership referee Andre Marriner, international rugby referee Chris White, and Gary Burgess from English Netball. Together they discuss the controversies, the challenges and the rewards of life as a match official.

Due to factors beyond our control which will impact the overall event quality, it is with regret that our Public Lecture Series: The Referee's a "W@#£*R" has been postponed. We strive to deliver empowering and great event experiences to all our students, guests, corporate and community partners. Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you again at the next scheduled event. If you have any questions regarding this cancellation notice, please email;

Title: An audience with... Lizzy Yarnold MBE
Date: Wednesday 2 May 2018​

We are delighted to welcome skeleton racer Lizzy Yarnold MBE, the most successful British Winter Olympian and most successful Olympic skeleton athlete of all time, to the University of Gloucestershire for 'An Audience With...'.

Lizzy, who graduated from the University of Gloucestershire with a BSc in Geography and Sport and Exercises Sciences, became Britain's most decorated Winter Olympian in PyenongChang in February.

She first received a university sports scholarship in 2007 as an athlete, but took up skeleton while studying at the University of Gloucestershire. Lizzy received an Honorary Doctorate from the university in 2014.

She will join Head of the Media School, Anne Dawson, on the sofa for an evening of conversation, followed by questions from the audience.​

Tickets are free but booking is required.

Title:  Finding the truth in a fake news era
Date: Wednesday 16 May 2018

Named the Collins' Word of the Year 2017, the term 'fake news' is set to appear in the next edition of the Collins' Dictionary - but can 'alternative facts' mean different things to different people?

Paul Wiltshire, Senior Lecturer in Journalism, is a passionate about upholding the truth and society's trust in storytelling. He presents the case and the need for verified news, and how journalism can and should hold power to account.

Paul is skilled at combining traditional skills with the latest digital storytelling techniques. An enthusiastic blogger, he'll also be exploring the impact of social media and Google on journalism in a digitised world.

Tickets are free but booking is required.


Imagining and re-imagining the women in the New Testament.

Date: Tuesday 5 June 2018


The lecture is named after the former Bishop of Gloucester, who introduced an annual lecture organised between the University of Gloucestershire and Gloucester Cathedral. The event alternates between the university and Gloucester Cathedral each year, and previous speakers include theologian and broadcaster Alister McGrath. This year, we are delighted to welcome writer and theologian Dr Paula Gooder. 6.15pm-Refreshments in Chapter House. 7pm-Lecture start. Gloucester Cathedral.

About Paula Gooder: Currently the Director for Mission and Development in the Birmingham Diocese, Paula is a Reader in the Church of England. She is passionate about igniting enthusiasm for reading The Bible today, and making scholarship accessible. Former Theologian in Residence for the Bible Society, writer and a visiting lecturer.


The Search for New Stories to Live By – Professor Arran Stibbe’s Inaugural Lecture 

Date:Wednesday 13 June 2018

Society is structured by stories. The stories underlie the texts that surround us in everyday life, and often go unnoticed, but can influence how we think, talk and act. They are the stories we live by. While some are working well, others are contributing to inequality and environmental destruction. The lecture begins by reading between the lines of everyday texts to reveal harmful hidden stories, and then turns to literary texts in the hope of discovering ways to reimagine the society we live in.

About Arran Stibbe: Focusing on how language shapes who we are, Arran’s teaching and research looks at the role of language in building the kind of society we live in. His work involves linguistic analysis of a wide range of discourses, from advertising which encourages people to buy ecologically damaging products, to the inspirational language of nature writing.

Refreshments will be available from 5:15pm at Elwes Reception, and the lecture starts at 6pm.

Tickets are free but booking is required.

Download the 2018 Public Lecture Series programme.