Lockdown Lectures from The University of Manchester

Are you looking for something more than your next Netflix box-set binge or Spotify ‘top 100’ playlist to help you through the lockdown? Then why not join some of the nation’s foremost scientists, thinkers, historians and social commentators for some informal lectures from the comfort of your own home.

Over the next few weeks we will be introducing you to some of The University of Manchester’s amazing researchers. From physicist Brian Cox to historian David Olusoga, our celebrated experts will be going online to tell you about what inspired them to help change the world.

The interviews are conducted by Megan Ritchie, a third-year Politics and International Relations student at Manchester. You can join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #lockdownlectures.

We will add each lecture below – click on the link to watch, or view our schedule of upcoming lectures.


Full schedule of lectures

All lectures will be available on the dates stated from 12 noon BST.

Monday, 18 May Brian Cox, Professor of Particle Physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy, broadcaster, and author
Wednesday, 20 May Nancy Rothwell, Professor of Physiology and President and Vice-Chancellor of the University
Friday, 22 May Cary Cooper, 50th Anniversary Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health at Alliance Manchester Business School
Wednesday, 27 May Kostya Novoselov, winner of the Nobel Prize for his work isolating the properties of graphene with Andre Geim at Manchester in 2004
Friday, 29 May Nicky Cullum, Professor of Nursing in the Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work in the School of Health Sciences and Director of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration for Greater Manchester
Monday, 1 June Danielle George, Professor of Radio Frequency Engineering and Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Science and Engineering
Wednesday, 3 June Gary Younge, Professor of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences and award-winning journalist
Friday, 5 June Claire Alexander, Professor of Sociology and Director of Research for the School of Social Sciences, and Associate Director of the Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity
Monday, 8 June Perdita Barran, Chair of Mass Spectrometry in the School of Chemistry and Director of the Michael Barber Centre for Collaborative Mass Spectrometry
Wednesday, 10 June David Olusoga, Professor of Public History in the School of Arts, Languages and Culture, broadcaster, and author
Monday, 15 June Dan Davis, Professor of Immunology, Director of Research in the Manchester Collaborative Centre for Inflammation Research, and author
Wednesday, 17 June Michael Wood, Professor of Public History in the School of Arts, Languages and Culture, broadcaster, and author