Students with Dr Gippert at latest Academic lecture

Our Academic Lecture Programme brings in experts in a range of fields to give girls experience of academic discussion at the highest level. 

When applying to the top universities and competitive courses, candidates need to stand out from the crowd. Background reading and inspirational learning from experts and peers is key, as is hearing from academics already working in Higher Education.

The school holds four lectures per term relevant to the current cohort of Year 12 university applicants but also suitable to Year 11 girls wanting to find out more about a subject they are considering. Students at local secondary schools are also very welcome and can register here.

We have two remaining lectures this term: 

  • Thursday 1 March: The Myth of Eve, Dr Holly Morse, Lecturer in Bible, Gender and Culture at the University of Manchester
  • Thursday 15 March: How bacteria talk to each other. Dr Neil Pickles, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Chester

Just before half term we heard about the momentous impact of warfare in the modern world from one of the UK's leading experts in conflicts and their aftermaths.

Dr Birte Gippert reminded the audience about the ongoing conflicts that are tearing apart countries such as Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

"The effects of these conflicts are massive in human terms with around 65 million people displaced from their homes," said Dr Gippert, lecturer in International Relations at the University of Liverpool.

"This is a figure that has nearly doubled in just the last 20 years."

Dr Gippert went on to explain how the nature of war has changed in recent history.

"We rarely see international wars of the type that characterised the 20th century now. Countries nowadays do not tend to go to war with each other but instead the conflict takes place within a country but then becomes internationalised with other states getting involved."

Dr Gippert drew on her huge experience in conflict zones, having undertaken research work in previous flashpoint areas such as Kosovo.

"The end of the cold war meant that dictators could rely much less on support from the USSR and USA to repress their own populations.  Now these countries are less effective at suppressing their own countries so these kind of civil war situations are much more common," Dr Gippert added. 

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Post date: 26th February 2018