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 10 and 11 girls wanting to find out more about a subject they are considering.

These lectures which run from 4-5pm and are not just open to Queen's students but to pupils of local secondary schools.

Upcoming lectures 2021

Tues 26 January
'The role of business in society: sustainability and purpose' (Dr Sarah Ivory, Lecturer in Climate Change and Business Strategy, University of Edinburgh Business School)

Tues 2 February
'The Psychology of Children's Humour Styles' (Dr Lucy James, Department of Psychology, Univeristy of Keele)

Tue 9 February
Sensing the World with Sound’ (Dr Art Gower, Lecturer in Dynamics, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Sheffield)

Tue 23 February
Exploiting Chemical Ecology to Feed the World’ (Dr Joe Roberts, Lecturer in Entomology and Integrated Pest Management, Harper Adams University)

Tue 2 March
 'Epidemics and Pandemics - from Cholera to Covid-19.' (Rebecca Baritt, Edge Hill University)

Tue 20 April 
(TBC) ‘Ultrasound in Phonetic Research’ (Dr Claire Nance, Senior Lecturer in Phonetics and Phonology, Lancaster University)

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Previous lectures have included

  • 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.