Public events

Saturday 2 November

University of Leicester Campus Architecture Tours 

Join us on a guided tour, and discover more about the University of Leicester’s fascinating campus architecture. The tour includes a history of the Fielding Johnson Building, information about the post-war expansion of the university, and a walk around the Engineering Building - described as one of the ten most inspiring buildings in Britain. See what you think of the Brutalist leanings of the Charles Wilson Building and the Attenborough Tower! 

Climate Change and the City

One of the most striking changes to have occurred on Earth is the expansion of cities and farmland at the expense of natural wilderness. Cities - within which most humans on Earth now live - have altered the very biosphere of this planet. As concrete buildings and asphalt roads have expanded into the countryside, what has happened to the tiny animals living within the soil - the enigmatic meiofauna? How do the microscopic worlds of worms and insects relate to the more obvious environments we can see – the urban trees, flowers, birds and butterflies? Join us on a walk through the arboretum where we will discuss these issues. 

Sunday 3 November

North Evington: A Leicester Suburb, 1890s to present 

Join University of Leicester historian, Dr Sally Horrocks and explore the development of Leicester before and after World War I. The guided tour will focus on North Evington, particularly the area around Spinney Hill Park, St Saviours and Gwendolen Roads. Our route builds on a town trail developed in the 1970s as part of Leicester’s contribution to the European Architectural Heritage Year of 1975. This trail showcased the work of architect Arthur Wakerley, who designed many buildings in this part of the city and elsewhere. The tour also includes buildings by other architects, and looks at the industrial buildings in the area. 

Monday 4 November

A Window on the World of Healthcare

This interactive workshop showcases how social scientists observe the hidden world of hospitals, GP surgeries and care homes in order to improve the quality and safety of healthcare. 

University of Leicester Campus Architecture Tours 

Join us on a guided tour, and discover more about the University of Leicester’s fascinating campus architecture. The tour includes a history of the Fielding Johnson Building, information about the post-war expansion of the university, and a walk around the Engineering Building - described as one of the ten most inspiring buildings in Britain. See what you think of the Brutalist leanings of the Charles Wilson Building and the Attenborough Tower! 

World Awareness for Children in Trauma (WACIT): Practice Tools

An increasing number of services provide support for children and young people who have suffered trauma. This event brings together NGOs operating in the UK and internationally, teachers, social workers and health professionals in order to discuss their perspectives on this issue, and develop tools and strategies for helping. Interactive presentations will allow practitioners to share their experiences, discuss interventions and training, and decide how to measure success. Examples of good practice and training materials will be presented as part of the World Awareness for Children in Trauma programme activities (WACIT: www.wacit.org).

Tuesday 5 November

Walnut Street Area: Change since the Second World War 

Explore social change and its impact on the built environment in this guided walk around the Walnut Street area. The tour will encompass what is now the De Montfort University campus, and the buildings running down to the cricket ground. Explore how a red brick terraced area has changed since the Second World War, and learn about the changing use of buildings and changes in urban life in this part of the city. 

Giving Prisoners 'A Second Chance' 

Can offenders be rehabilitated? Should we even try to rehabilitate offenders? What’s the role of employment in helping prisoners rebuild their lives? This free event, open to all, will explore these important questions via the screening of a ground-breaking new documentary called ‘A Second Chance’. A Second Chance tells the heart-breaking and uplifting stories of prisoners trying to transform their lives through employment. The screening will be followed by a Q&A/panel discussion with the award-winning producer Rex Bloomstein, expert researchers, and employers and practitioners who work with offending populations. 

Wednesday 6 November

From House of Care to Seat of Learning

Allow us to take you on a tour of the Fielding Johnson Building at the University of Leicester, which is normally closed to the general public. Our talks and guided tours will bring this building to life, and teach you about its history as a Victorian lunatic asylum, and a military hospital during World War I.

An Eye on Reading

If you are interested in reading, education or language, come along to The Belmont Hotel on Wednesday 6th November and learn more about the fascinating skill of reading. We will have a series of interactive demonstrations encompassing a variety of topics, including how we learn to read, the impact of vision disorders on reading, reading in different languages, reading across the lifespan, and what happens in the brain when we read. We will also hold a series of short lectures and discussion sessions providing more in-depth information on reading research conducted at the University of Leicester.

Prescribing Cannabis: Breaking Down Myths in Medicine 

This event aims to engage primarily with healthcare professionals in order to explore the potential challenges that the new cannabis law may pose for medical practice in the UK. We will explore your views on the use of cannabis in medical care, and your understanding of the new legal regime in this area. We are interested in exploring whether there are fears or myths surrounding the use of cannabis in medical care, and how you as healthcare professionals perceive your legal duty of care and ethical obligations to your patients in this context.

Standing Together: Tackling Religiously Motivated Hate Crime 

Religiously motivated hate crime is a prominent issue within the UK, and constitutes one of the biggest global challenges of our time, blighting the lives of millions of people across the world. This event is designed to offer authentic insights into the challenges associated with tackling hate at both a local and national level. Audience members will be invited to share their own ideas for change, and discuss how Leicester can work together to effectively challenge religiously motivated hate. 

Thursday 7 November

Evaluating the Impact of Museum Activism 

This event has been cancelled, sorry.

North Evington: A Leicester Suburb, 1890s to present 

Join University of Leicester historian, Dr Sally Horrocks and explore the development of Leicester before and after World War I. The guided tour will focus on North Evington, particularly the area around Spinney Hill Park, St Saviours and Gwendolen Roads. Our route builds on a town trail developed in the 1970s as part of Leicester’s contribution to the European Architectural Heritage Year of 1975. This trail showcased the work of architect Arthur Wakerley, who designed many buildings in this part of the city and elsewhere. The tour also includes buildings by other architects, and looks at the industrial buildings in the area. 

The Challenges of Contemporary Rural Living

Rural life is often presented as idyllic and unchanging, but contemporary UK countryside is actually a place of significant change. This event at the University of Leicester focuses on research and policies addressing the challenges of contemporary rural living, including the impacts of rural gentrification, changing demographics, housing policies, rural service decline, digitalisation and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Speakers will include leading academic researchers, policy makers and representatives from rural advocacy groups and communities. 

Time Travel Treatment Room

Take a step back into the peculiar past, enter the Victorian Era to meet the Doctor, Matron and nurse for a side splitting show exploring the historical diagnosis and treatments for Mental Health

Reproductive Health in Disasters: Raising Awareness and Visibility

We know that having access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services and family planning increase women’s chances of surviving pregnancy and birth. However, natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes can disrupt access to these lifesaving treatments, especially for people who are displaced. Drawing on research undertaken by the University of Leicester, the Government of Bangladesh and others, this event will raise visibility and awareness of the reproductive health challenges affecting people living in low-and middle-income countries affected by natural disasters. This event will showcase our research through an interactive QI-style quiz, a panel discussion, a poster exhibition and a film screening. 

Friday 8 November

Female founders of the University of Leicester 

The University of Leicester owes its existence to the generosity of local people who gave their time, money and energy to support the establishment of a higher education college in Leicester as a memorial to the First World War. This guided history walk will tell the story of some of the prominent women who played leading roles in our foundation. Along the way we will pass houses and other landmarks associated with key figures, including philanthropist Annie Clephan and scientist and schoolmistress Mary Florence Rich. 

Saturday 9 November

Do I have Ableist Privelege? An Interactive Experience

What if non-disabled people could experience first-hand the effect that ableist privilege has on disabled people? In this interactive event, we invite you to experience how the ‘invisible’ privilege of ableism affects the careers of disabled creative workers. You will be challenged to navigate the hurdles presented by ableism, and progress as far as you can in a creative career: all in an hour and a half. The session, facilitated by disabled artists along with researchers from CAMEo, will challenge your perceptions of disability and highlight how we can all be part of lasting positive social change.