Professorial inaugural lectures at the University of Leicester announced from November 2018

Pioneering research from the University of Leicester’s new Professors will be shared with the public at the upcoming Professorial Inaugural Lecture series.

Each lecture provides an opportunity for academics to share their achievements in research, innovation, engagement and teaching activities with a broad audience, including members of the public, in the presence of family, invited friends and colleagues.

President and Vice-Chancellor Paul Boyle said: "Each year, the University of Leicester appoints a group of brilliant new professors who give a public lecture as part of their promotion. Each lecture represents a significant milestone in an academic's career. Inaugural lectures represent an essential component of the University’s public events programme. They provide an opportunity to engage with academics researching at the cutting edge of their disciplines, and give an insight into the impacts they are having locally and across the world.”

Inaugural lectures are free and open to the public. Anyone is welcome to attend. You can find out more about the Professorial Inaugural Lectures here:

Autumn Term 2018

  • Tuesday 27 November 2018, 5.30pm: Professor Roger Dickinson, Department of Media and Communication 'Teaching the Media at Leicester - a Short History of a Long Revolution' and Professor Paul Baines, School of Business 'Hypnotising or off-putting? What role for fear and guilt as persuasive devices in marketing communications?'
  • Tuesday 4 December 2018: Professor Tom Yates, Department of Health Sciences. 'Physical activity: nature’s greatest medicine?'

Spring Term 2019

  • Tuesday 15 January 2019: Professor Umesh Kadam, Department of Health Sciences. 'From a trickle to a gold rush: will the ‘well of data’ save healthcare?'
  • Tuesday 29 January 2019: Professor Elaine Boyle, Department of Health Sciences. 'Not quite ready for the big, wide world: the challenges of moderate-late prematurity'
  • Tuesday 5 February 2018: Professor Eugene Zhang, Department of Informatics
  • Tuesday 12 February 2019: Professor Laura Gray, Department of Health Sciences. ''Hide and seek: Finding those at risk of Type 2 diabetes'
  • Tuesday 19 February 2019: Professor Jonathon Chambers, Department of Engineering 'A Guided Tour of Signal Processing and its Applications'
  • Tuesday 5 March 2019: Professor Ross Parry, School of Museum Studies 'Building digitally confident museums – one by one' and Professor Jocelyn Dodd, School of Museum Studies
  • Tuesday 12 March 2019: Professor Haito Ye, Department of Engineering and Professor Ivan Tyukin, Department of Mathematics
  • Tuesday 19 March 2019: Professor Lisa Smith, Department of Criminology 'CSI: Criminology, Science, and Interdisciplinarity' and Professor Dawn Watkins, School of Law
  • Monday 25 March 2019: Professor Jayne Marshall, School of Healthcare
  • Tuesday 26 March 2018: Professor Graham Wynn, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Summer Term 2019

  • Monday 8 April 2019: Professor David Clarke, School of Healthcare
  • Tuesday 30 April: Professor Andrew Hugill, Department of Informatics 'Transdisciplinarity: navigating the borderlands between Art and Science' and Professor Hongji Yang, Department of Informatics
  • Tuesday 7 May: Professor Martin Phillips, School of Geography, Geology and the Environment and Professor Gavin Brown, School of Geography, Geology and the Environment 'The everyday geopolitics of sexuality, solidarity and protest'
  • Tuesday 14 May: Professor Anne-Marie Greene, School of Business 'Don’t Go Breaking My Heart! The Dangers and Delights of Loving Your Work' and Professor Chris Wilkins, School of Education 'Why educational values matter more than value: maintaining moral purpose in an age of accountability'
  • Tuesday 21 May 2019: Professor Samantha Johnson, Department of Health Sciences. 'From the cradle to the classroom: Supporting the development of babies born preterm'
  • Tuesday 28 May 2019: Professor George Lewis, School of History, Politics and International Relations 'Un-Americans: A Historian in Search of an Idea'
  • Tuesday 4 June: Professor Andrew Hopper, School of History, Politics and International Relations 'The Human Costs of the British Civil Wars' and Professor Mohamed Shaban, School of Business
  • Tuesday 11 June 2019: Professor Noelle Robertson, Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour.
  • Tuesday 25 June 2019: Professor Bee Tan, Department of Cardiovascular Sciences.