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Professor Brian Cox

Star Lecture Series

Our Star Lecture Series has been developed to allow teachers and pupils access to exciting curriculum resources, delivered by some of our leading academic staff.

Filmed and recorded at the University, these lectures cover topic areas on the national curriculum and exam syllabuses. They link school and college work to current research and offer an insight into university study.

The series aims to cover a variety of different subject areas and age ranges, from Year 9 to sixth form students. As well as booking your place for upcoming Star Lectures, you can watch videos of previous Star Lectures and see accompanying information, such as suggested further reading. See the left-hand menu for a list of previous lectures.

Humanities Star Lectures for 2014/15 

Not the death of hero: heroism and national identity in the Great War

29 January 2015 (please note the changed date)
For years 11, 12, and 13
Places available: 250

The British hero died in the trenches of the First World War, or so the story goes. A generation of young men rushed to volunteer inspired by tales of heroic sacrifice. The popular view is that this romantic ideal perished with the 20,000 soldiers who lost their lives on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

This lecture will challenge this view to show how British heroes proved remarkably resilient. The government promoted heroes for propaganda purposes, while the public celebrated the bravery of figures such as Nurse Edith Cavell, merchant seaman Charles Fryatt and former boy scout Jack Cornwell, victims of German brutality.

Dr Max Jones is a senior lecturer in Modern History at The University of Manchester and a recent winner of our teacher of the year award. He specialises in the cultural history of war and heroism and has lectured widely to public audiences around Britain with the Royal Geographical Society and other institutions.

This lecture is part of the School of Arts, Languages and Culture’s The Different Faces of WWI lecture series.

Understanding the US civil rights movement

6 November 2014
For years 12, and 13
Places available: 100

The lecture will be aimed at sixth form and college History and Politics students studying the civil rights era in the USA and will focus on key curriculum areas.

Professor Emeritus Louis Kushnick will provide attendees with an overview of the realities of the civil rights movement in 1960s America and its impact on race relations after centuries of slavery and poverty for the nation’s African-American population.

The lecture is also open to any students with an interest in this huge social and political event, including sociology students.

For more information on humanities Star Lectures, please contact:

Emma Britain
tel 0161 275 8924

STEM and life sciences Star Lectures

We will make provide information on STEM and Life Sciences lectures for 2014/15 later on in the academic year. 

YouTube channel

Our YouTube channel has a number of videos about The University of Manchester. Edited versions of the Star Lectures by Professor Brian Cox and others are also available there for use by learners and teachers.


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