Star Lecture Series
The Star Lecture Series has been developed by the University 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, link students' studies 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.
On the panel to the left you can find links to all of the Star Lectures that have already been filmed, along with accompanying information such as suggested further reading.
Upcoming Star Lectures
Organs, dead or alive? The ethics of organ donation Tuesday, 11 March 2014 (12.30pm to 2.30pm)
With Professor John Harris
This lecture directly confronts the challenges posed by a dire shortage of donor organs and tissue for transplantation, both in the UK and globally. Without donor organs, many people who could otherwise go on to lead full lives die each year. Every year in the UK 1,000 patients die while on the waiting list for organs – that’s about three deaths each day of the year. Professor Harris will talk participants through a range of questions – and possible actions – that this fact raises:
- Should we donate organs after death – or even while we are alive?
- Would it be ethical to refuse?
- Should (and could) society compel donation?
- Should we allow people to sell organs, dead or alive?
In the process participants will develop some of the thinking tools needed to navigate such difficult debates.
About Professor Harris
Philosopher John Harris is Lord Alliance Professor of Bioethics at the University of Manchester’s Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation. As the author or editor of 20 books and over 300 papers, he has many years’ experience as an innovator in debate about the moral and legal issues involved in health and healthcare. He has been cited as one of the most globally influential philosophers in bioethical matters, and this influence spans both academia and the public sphere. Professor Harris’s wide-ranging interests in bioethics include: human enhancement, ageing, rights to use of biomaterials, and a longstanding commitment to transforming policy and practice in organ donation.
Organs, Dead or Alive? will be of interest and accessible to Year 12 and 13 students studying a range of subjects, including philosophy, law, religious studies, biology, and to those investigating related topics in Extended Project Qualifications. It will also be of direct relevance to those interested in pursuing careers in medicine, nursing or other healthcare professions.
Please note that this event takes place on the same day as Day 1 of the UCAS Higher Education Convention at Manchester Central. The venue for the lecture is easily reached on foot from Manchester Central, and is a 15 to 20-minute walk. Once you have booked your place, we will send you information about walking routes between Manchester Central and the event venue in case you are attending both events on the same day.
The event is aimed at Year 12 and 13 students. For further information please email Amy.Foster@manchester.ac.uk or call 0161 2751520.
- Teachers: book places for accompanied groups of students to attend this event
- Students: book your own place for this event
- Download a poster with full information about this event (PDF document, 450KB)
British propaganda and the first world war: imagining a united nation – Wednesday, 8 January 2014
With Dr Chris Godden
Dr Godden will consider the ways in which British men and women understood the war while it was being fought, as well as analysing the role played by British government propagandists. Through an examination of several first world war propaganda posters, students will work towards answering the following questions:
- What did war mean in the summer of 1914?
- What had it come to mean by 1917?
- What were British citizens told to think about the war?
The event is aimed at post-16 students. For further information call 0161 275 8924.
Our YouTube channel has a number of videos about The University of Manchester. Edited versions of the Star Lecture by Professor Brian Cox and future lectures from the Star Lecture Series will be available there for use by learners and teachers.
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