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

Friday March 1 2019 Jennifer Carter Dept. of Physics and Astronomy SMILE! Imaging Earth's magnetosphere and aurora from space
Friday March 8 2019 Mrunmayee Satam Centre for Urban History Bombay City and the Influenza Pandemic of 1918
Friday March 15 2019 Sima Biba Psychology and Behaviour To Be Confirmed
Friday March 22 2019 No Lunchtime Lecture as #dcweek!  Find out about our events here
Friday March 29 2019 Katherine Wade Leicester Law School “Why we need to Reform the Current Legal Framework for Surrogacy in the UK from the perspective of the child”.
Friday April 5 2019 Luke John Murphy Department of English Exploring the Easter E.g. - How the Easter Bunny Can Help Us Understand what It Means to Be Human?
Friday April 12 2019 Daniel Fernandez Garcia Leicester Cancer Research Centre Detection of new cancer biomarkers
Friday May 3 2019 Chris Martin School of Geography Flying phones over fences: playful fieldworking encounters
Friday May 10 2019 Francesca White Centre for American Studies ‘Blázne’ ‘kreutzer’ and ‘handwerkers’: The Value of Foreign Words in Willa Cather’s American-English Fiction.
Friday May 17 2019 Janet Couloute History Visual Images of Insanity and Madness from the early modern period to the 18th century
Friday May 24 2019 Chiara Di Dio Department of Genetics & Genome Biology Food Security and Science
Friday June 7 2019 Prisca Grenhow History Politics and International Relations Voices of the Poor
Friday June 14 2019 Lyndsay Poore Department of Health Sciences Athena SWAN: Promoting women in science.
Friday June 21 2019 Joanne Purves Genetics and Genome Biology department Developing a new model to study the effect of air pollution on bacterial infection in the lung
Friday June 28 2019 Stephanie Bowry School of Museum Studies

Exploring a Miniature Garden from the Seventeenth Century


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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