Academic Lecture Programme

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

Queen’s holds four academic lectures per term delivered by expert speakers in particular academic disciplines. The lectures are organised to be relevant for our current cohort of Year 12 university applicants but would equally be suitable to Year 11 girls wanting to find out more about a subject they are considering.

The lectures run from 4 pm - 5 pm, and are also open to girls from local secondary schools.

Previous lectures have included

  • Ysabel Gerrard, University of Sheffield - The Modern Day “Mean Girls”: Experiencing Anonymous Apps in Schools.
  • Rachel Owen - AstraZeneca Pharmaceutical Technology and Development Group - ‘Clinical Trials: From Molecule to Medicine’
  • Dr Chloe Vitry and Professor Bogdan Costea, Lancaster University Mangagement School: ‘Organisation, Work and Technology’
  • Dr Helen Mason, (Online Lecture), University of Newcastle, Faculty of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Sciences:"Biomedical Sciences from the perspective of nutrition and health".
  • Dr Amrish Patel, (Online Lecture), University of East Anglia, School of Economics: ‘Behavioural Economics and Government Policy’
  • Dr Qiong Li, Nu Instruments, Wrexham: 'Mass Spectrometry' 
  • Dr Joe Roberts, University of Keele: ‘Exploiting Chemical Ecology to Feed the World’ 
  • Rebecca Davnall, University of Liverpool: ‘Your Mountain is Waiting: being a woman in philosophy, technology and the future'
  • Kirsty Marshall (Assistant Director of Health, School of Health and Society, University of Salford): 'How Healthy is the Health Service? The current state of health and social care in Greater Manchester'
  • Dr Anuradha Ranasinghe (Lecturer in Robotics, Liverpool Hope University): ‘Robotics in the 21st Century’ 
  • Dr. Kim Plomp (Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Archaeology, Classics, and Egyptology, University of Liverpool): ‘The Archaeology of Disease.’
  • Deirdre McKay (Reader in Social Geography and Environmental Politics, University of Keele): ‘The Human Geography of waste plastics.’
  • Melissa Bowerman (Lecturer in Bioscience at the School of Medicine, University of Keele): ‘Successes and limitations of gene therapy for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy’.
  • Dr Marco Pellicia (Lecturer in Economics, University of Bangor) Economics and the science of decisions.
  • Dr Sarah Ivory (Lecturer in Climate Change and Business Strategy, University of Edinburgh Business School) 'The role of business in society: sustainability and purpose'
  • Dr Lucy James (Department of Psychology, Univeristy of Keele) 'The Psychology of Children's Humour Styles'
  • Dr Art Gower (Lecturer in Dynamics, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Sheffield) ‘Sensing the World with Sound
  • Dr Joe Roberts (Lecturer in Entomology and Integrated Pest Management, Harper Adams University) Exploiting Chemical Ecology to Feed the World’
  • Rebecca Baritt (Edge Hill University) 'Epidemics and Pandemics - from Cholera to Covid-19.' 
  • Dr Claire Nance (Senior Lecturer in Phonetics and Phonology, Lancaster University)'Ultrasound in Phonetic Research’
  • Kiran Momi - London Interdisciplinary School - ‘A New Radical Undergraduate Degree’
  • Alex Williams – University of Cambridge - ‘Public health and working as a nutritionist’
  • Michael Durrant – University College of North Wales - Not Dead Things: The Material Lives and Afterlives of Early Modern Printed Books'
  • Dr Helen Milward - Teaching Fellow in Marketing & PG Programme Director in Management for Keele Business School - 'Marketing Analysis & Decisions: Products, Services, Segmentation & Targeting'.