Professorial Inaugural Lectures

The President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Boyle is delighted to announce that we are resuming our Professorial Inaugural Lecture series in all of our Colleges. This will allow all of our new professors an opportunity to share their research with a broad audience, including members of the public, in the presence of family, invited friends and colleagues.

All these lectures are open to the public and free to attend. Each lecture is followed by a reception.

Forthcoming lectures

Autumn Term 2017

  • Tuesday 21 November 2017: Professor Zoe Radnor, School of Business 'We don’t make cars, do we?: Understanding how manufacturing techniques are (not) relevant to public services'
  • Tuesday 28 November 2017: Professor Sarah Gabbott, Department of Geology 'The weird and the wonderful: interpreting the evolution of life through fossils'
  • Monday 4 December 2017: Professor Shaun Cowley, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, 'Gene regulation: 25 years spent trying to understand the on/off switch'.
  • Tuesday 12 December 2017: Professor Sarah Knight, School of English, ‘"Be frequent in exercising your stile, & invention": Learning and Performance at the Early Modern Universities'

Spring Term 2018

  • Tuesday 23 January 2018: Professor Neil Christie, School of Archaeology and Ancient History
  • Thursday 18 January 2018: Professor Richard Holland, Leicester Medical School, ‘From Homer to Heroin…a public health journey’.
  • Tuesday 30 January 2018: Professor Rodger Charlton, Leicester Medical School, ‘Illness, as opposed to disease, is immeasurable and requires compassion’.
  • Tuesday 6 February 2018: Professor Clive Marsh, Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning, 'God and the Modern University: Religion, Radicalisation and the Future of Human Flourishing'
  • Tuesday 13 February 2018: Professor Carlo Rivolta, Genetics and Genome Biology, ‘Medical genetics in the digital age’.
  • Tuesday 20 February 2018: Professor Gawen Jenkin, Department of Geology
  • Tuesday 27 February 2018: Professor Rose Griffiths, School of Education and Professor Wasyl Cajkler, School of Education
  • Monday 26 February 2018: Professor John Maltby, Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour, ‘The Psychology of Everyday Resilience’.
  • Tuesday 6 March 2018: Professor Suzanne MacLeod, School of Museum Studies
  • Tuesday 13 March 2018: Professor Martin Phillips, Department of Geography.
  • Thursday 15 March, 2018: Professor Bob Norman, Leicester Medical School.
  • Tuesday 20 March 2018: Professor Hartmut Boesch, Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • Tuesday 27 March 2018: Professor Jon Barratt, Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, ‘IgA nephropathy-50 years on, where do we go next?’

Summer Term 2018

  • Thursday 3 May 2018: Professor Frank Dudbridge, Department of Health Sciences
  • Tuesday 8 May 2018: Professor Clare Madge, Department of Geography
  • Tuesday 15 May 2018: Professor Graham Wynn, Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • Tuesday 22 May 2018: Professor Effie Law, Department of Computer Science
  • Tuesday 5 June 2018: Professor Bibek Gooptu, Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation

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