Academic guest lecture series

The University of Manchester is home to world-class experts in a wide range of academic fields. In order to share our expertise and enrich your curriculum, we offer subject-specific lectures to students in local schools and colleges in a range of academic disciplines.

Where: Most lectures take place in your school or college.

When: You can arrange a date and time that are mutually convenient for you and our academic.

Duration: The guest lecture is approximately one hour.

Cost: All lectures are free of charge.

Location: Schools and colleges must be based approximately one hour’s travelling distance of The University of Manchester. We will try our best to meet your request.

Group size: Minimum 20 students.

Online lectures

During 2020, some of our academic staff have contributed to an online lecture series in collaboration with Scarisbrick Hall School. You can view the recordings of these lectures by following the links below. You don't need to have a Microsoft teams account to view the links. We recommend using Internet Explorer or Google Chrome to watch.

Human Rights in the United Kingdom: Significance and protection at national and international level

(Lecture by Dr Javier Garcia Oliva). 

Human Rights are a non-negotiable element of our democracies, and they must be enjoyed by men and women irrespective of their race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. The UK domestic mechanism of protection is the 1998 Human Rights Act.

In the course of the last four years, there has been ongoing confusion about our position with regard to human rights as a result of our departure from the European Union. The aim of this presentation is to analyse the different international mechanisms of protection of human rights which have an impact on the UK, particularly the European Convention on Human Rights, and also the United Nation Declaration on Human Rights. In light of this, a very helpful distinction between the European Union and the Council of Europe will be made, and it will be stressed that irrespective of our EU withdrawal, our commitment to the European Convention on Human Rights remains unchanged. 

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Linguistic stereotyping in society

(Lecture by Dr Alex Baratta)

In society, it is common to stereotype people - for good or bad - based on the language they use. This can refer to actual languages (e.g. English, Spanish, Swahili, and so on), dialects of languages (e.g. Ebonics, Yorkshire dialect) or accents. The judgements we make are not based on language sounds necessarily, but based on the attitudes we have toward others, based on their race, ethnicity and class, for example. Such judgements are then passed on to the speakers' language and ultimately, the speakers themselves. Approaching this from a purely linguistic perspective, however, and we can come to realise that no language or variety within, can ever be good or bad, or 'better' or 'worse' than another.

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Using human stem cells to make kidneys and model genetic disease

(Lecture by Professor Adrian Woolf, Chair in Paediatric Science and Honorary Consultant in Nephrology)

Adrian gives an overview of kidney disease and research taking place at the University in this area. Adrian also discusses how stem cell technology can be used to model kidney diseases to help explore potential future treatments. This talk will is primarily aimed at Key Stage 4 students.

A bit about the author:

In 2010 Adrian took up a new Chair in Paediatric Science at The University of Manchester. He is also an Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Nephrology in the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. Previously, in 1998, Adrian established an academic centre for Nephrology and Urology at the UCL Institute of Child Health, London, which he headed until the end of 2009.

A main research aim is to find out why people are sometimes born with abnormal kidneys, ureters and bladders. These are the key causes of children needing long-term renal dialysis and kidney transplantation. Adrian is also working on translational therapies, including those based on growth factors and precursor cells, for kidney, bladder and, more recently, neural disease. His research successes include: discovery of mutations in kidney and urinary tract malformations, and showing that the encoded molecules regulate epithelial, smooth muscle and neural differentiation; elucidating and ameliorating pathological mesenchymal-epithelial growth factor signalling in the renal tract and also the peritoneal lining; testing preclinical growth factor therapies for polycystic kidney diseases and renal agenesis; and using human pluripotent stem cell models to model normal and abnormal renal tract development.

His research and development work unites speciality clinical services with new perspectives from Developmental, Cell Biology and Genomic sciences. Adrian has published 165 original research publications, with 'h' and 'g' factors of 63 and 101 (Google Scholar).

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Coronavirus notice

We're carefully reviewing all of our recruitment and outreach events in light of the coronavirus outbreak. View the latest updates on measures we're taking. As a result, our academic guest lecture series has been suspended.

In the meantime, you may be interested in the Lockdown Lectures, a series of informal lectures from some of the University’s most high-profile researchers.