Lunchtime Lectures

The Lunchtime Lecture series gives Researchers across the University of Leicester the opportunity to present their research to a public audience at the Leicester Adult Education College.


Lunchtime Lecture Series 2018-2019


Date Speaker Department Title
Friday, November 08, 2019 Emmanuel Bernard Chemistry Quantifying Total Non-Methane Volatile Organic Compounds in the University of Leicester Environment
Friday, November 15, 2019 Prisca Greenhow History, Politics & Int'l Relation Patterns of Migration of Agricultural Labourers in Norfolk
Friday, November 22, 2019 Paige Emerick History, Politics & Int'l Relation Royal Visits in Britain under George III
Friday, November 29, 2019 Michael Curtis Archaeology & Ancient History A trip to the seaside: the coastal settlements of Hellenistic and Roman Crete
Friday, December 06, 2019 Brandon Fathy Archaeology & Ancient History Medival Horses
Friday, January 10, 2019 Yogini Chudasama Health Sciences Leisure-time Physical Activity and Life Expectancy in people with Cardiometabolic Multimorbidity and Depression.
Friday, January 17, 2019 Laura Albertini Modern Languages Travel writing and 'landscape communities' development: the case of landscape ethics in Paolo Rumiz's Appia
Friday, January 24, 2019 Leonardo Feletto Molecular and Cell Biology To Be Confirmed
Friday, January 31, 2019 Luca Fenoglio History, Politics & Int'l Relation A tinpot regime? Antisemitism, Racism and Violence in Fascist Italy

Attending a Lecture

All of the Lunchtime Lectures are on Friday's and free and open to the public, with no need to book in advance. The lectures last approximately 20 minutes, starting at 12:30.

Lectures are held at the Leicester Adult Education College, on Friday lunchtimes during the College's academic term time.

Map from University campus to Adult Education College


Our sessions are always well received both from the speaker and the audience. Have a look at some of our wonderful feedback from all involved.

“I found the event useful to elicit some inspiring public views on my topic” – Lunchtime Lecture Speaker
“I think that it's an excellent opportunity for the University to engage with its local community. It brings 'gown to town' and produces shared understanding” – Lunchtime Lecture Speaker
"interesting and relevant" – Lunchtime Lecture Delegate
“It is not a bad challenge to have to emerge from academic specialism to explain yourself to a public audience..........” – Lunchtime Lecture Speaker
“The event was great, I really enjoyed getting the chance to share my research updates with the general public. They were very interactive, and had some interesting questions worth considering for the course of my project and the direction of the work.” – Lunchtime Lecture Speaker
“After my speech, there are over half an hour communication between me and audience” – Lunchtime Lecture Speaker
“Thank you very much for all the organisers of this event. This event was really great experience for me. I use to have fear to talk about my research. It helps me to gain confidence about my research, talk infront of people, and think about my research differently” – Lunchtime Lecture Speaker
“I had a lot of questions and good solid debate from a well informed audience. I really enjoyed it” – Lunchtime Lecture Speaker
The audience are always very friendly, engaged and well-informed, and ask really good questions - Lunchtime Lecture Speaker

Just to say I have done a few of these now and highly recommend them to colleagues! The audience are always very friendly, engaged and well-informed, and ask really good questions - Lunchtime Lecture Speaker


Delivering a Lecture

If you are interested in delivering a lecture, please email Kelly McCormack on

Each lecture should be approximately 20 minutes in length, aimed at an audience of the general public (i.e. with no specific academic background) and address both the aims and the rationale of your specific research topic.

Research Students may find training on delivering talks to non-specialist audiences useful and can find booking information for these workshops here: Research Student Training Programme.

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