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 Time Speaker Department Title
Friday, January 24, 2019 12.30pm-1.00pm Vimbai Mamombe Health Sciences What is breastfeeding for Research?
Friday, January 31, 2019 12.30pm-1.00pm Luca Fenoglio History, Politics and International Relations A tinpot regime? Antisemitism, Racism and Violence in Fascist Italy'
Friday, February 7, 2020 12.30pm-1.00pm Rachel Belben Geology Understanding pterosaur anatomy using patterns of limb association and decay (taphonomy)
Friday, February 14, 2020 12.30pm-1.00pm Nathan M. Gubbins Archaeology and Ancient History Assembling the Finglenny Hoard
Friday, February 21, 2020 12.30pm-1.00pm Rachael Holmes Geography, Geology and the Environment Biogeography and Biostratigraphy; how the Introduction of Alien Species is Reshaping the Environment.
Friday, February 28, 2020 12.30pm-1.00pm Christian R. Cooper Genetics and Genome Biology Comet Assay Measures of DNA Damage
Friday, March 6, 2020 12.30pm-1.00pm Richard Ilett Politics and International Relation Reduction of the use of force by and against the Police in the UK for the period 1832 - 2011
Friday, March 13, 2020 12.30pm-1.00pm Philip J.D. Peterson Physics and Astronomy Measuring nitrogen dioxide using small, cheap pollution sensors
Friday, March 20, 2020 12.30pm-1.00pm Martha Papadopoulou Geography, Geology and the Environment Intraplate Cenozoic magmatism in Mongolia: a present-day feature or a legacy from the past?
Friday, March 27, 2020 12.30pm-1.00pm Matthew Bayly History The base born child: illegitimacy on the Lincoln Heath, 1812-1851
Friday, April 3, 2020 12.30pm-1.00pm Milena Rizzotti Media, Communication and Sociology Ask them: exploring motivations and life paths of low level traffickers into human trade
Friday, April 10, 2020 12.30pm-1.00pm Easter Break Easter Break Easter Break
Friday, April 17, 2020 12.30pm-1.00pm Easter Break Easter Break Easter Break
Friday, April 24, 2020 12.30pm-1.00pm Alice Wood Cardiovascular Science Spontaneous coronary artery dissection- a rare cause of heart attacks in young people
Friday, May 1, 2020 12.30pm-1.00pm Ellen Smith History With kisses on both your cheeks
Friday, May 8, 2020 12.30pm-1.00pm No Lecture No Lecture No Lecture
Friday, May 15, 2020 12.30pm-1.00pm Leonardo Feletto Molecular and Cell Biology Molecular crosstalks over genes: how gene expression is controled
Friday, May 22, 2020 12.30pm-1.00pm Robert Newbould Geography Plastic litter transport in rivers in and around Leicester
Friday May 29, 2020 12.30pm-1.00pm No Lecture No Lecture No Lecture
Friday, June 5, 2020 12.30pm-1.00pm Milly Currall Geography A 200kyr Fire History from the Neotropical Andes
Friday, June 12, 2020 12.30pm-1.00pm Noor M.S. Bajuwaiber Media, Communication and Sociology Islamophobia and the negative representations of Arabs and Muslims in Hollywood and Egyptian onscreen texts
Friday, June 19, 2020 12.30pm-1.00pm Zoe L. Morgan Social and Epidemiological Psychiatry Group The association between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other psychiatric conditions, in the adult general population and the association of adult ADHD with possible risk and protective factors such as good parental support in earlier years.
Friday, June 26, 2020 12.30pm-1.00pm Shama Junejo Politics and International Relation Who Governs Pakistan?



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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