Public Lectures, Research Seminars and More!

Throughout the year, Edge Hill University hosts a number of public lectures. These are can be in subjects such as my own, Biological Sciences, or others, such as Education or History.

Banded archerfish (Toxotes jaculatrix). Lithograph, published in 1884.

Recently, my personal tutor and department head of biology, Dr Paul Ashton, gave his inaugural lecture titled “Contemplate an Entangled Bank” after the opening to the final paragraph of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. Paul’s lecture was on the culmination of his work to date, from lime trees to sedges.

The Biosciences Department also hosts research seminars typically at lunchtime, as well as public lectures in the evening. Previous research seminars from this term were on biogeography (the origin of the Lusitanian flora), a rare genetic disease (Fanconi Anaemia), and how plant-atmosphere interactions shine a light on the origin of flowering plants. Although the schedule for 2018’s public lectures is not yet released, check back HERE for details! I attended Dr André Antunes’ talk, “Living on the Edge: Life in high salinity environments” last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. Also of note for the department is “ENTO’18: The Good The Bad and the Ugly” – an annual entomological conference which this year is being hosted at Edge Hill University during the 29th to the 31st of August.

The Geography department also holds public lectures in the Geosciences building, the most recent two being a lecture on coastal vulnerability to climate change and rising sea-levels, and perceptions of “Globalisation, Sustainability and Culture” in regard to “the Identities of old/new Empires and their colonies.”

Conferences and talks are held by the Faculty of Health and Social Care in their own building, as well as the Tech Hub and the Manchester campus – particularly for open days, where the Operating Department Practice programme is held. Conferences are also held by the faculty, such as the Digital Ecosystem event.

Education students have an interesting research seminar scheduled for early 2018 on January 11th – The Teaching and Learning of Britishness and Fundamental British Values, by Dr Sadia Habib, who has also published a book on the topic. Past seminars and lectures have included teaching in South Africa, lesson study, and educational responses for the future.

The Department of Performing Arts also has had many events throughout the year, two workshops of which were on Mindfulness and Butoh in Dance Movement Therapy. Another inaugural lecture was held by Professor Stephen Davismoon earlier this month.

Finally, students of English, History and Creative Writing have enjoyed lectures on The Politics of the Neo-Victorian Freak Show, how the illustrations of Sherlock Holmes affected the success of Doyle’s success, and “what it meant to be a girl in the late Victorian period and how women editors played a role in shaping the modern girl,” in a paper reading by Dr Beth Rodgers.

As you can see, Edge Hill University offers numerous lectures across the board of courses! I’ve found that attending these talks for my subject has allowed me to get an idea of which topics I find enjoyable both inside and outside the curriculum.

One for the Introverts…

‘There is zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas’ Susan Cain.

This is a quote that really stood out to me when reading GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso. (Which FYI is the best book I’ve read this year – if you’re a girl with big ideas and big career plans this is a great read and I’ve written a review about it here: GIRLBOSS Review

But seriously, when you think about it, the world has been set up for extroverts, and sometimes for the introverts out there, it can feel as if you’re being overlooked, but just because you’re not the loudest in the classroom or the one pushing their ideas, it doesn’t mean you don’t have the ability to be successful, and this was definitely something I worried about when starting University, especially a degree such as advertising!
At school and 6th form, I definitely wasn’t the most confident, I never liked putting my hand up to answer questions and I didn’t like taking the lead on group or class debates, and the thought of having to do this in a lecture theatre absolutely terrified me! I was worried that lecturers wouldn’t recognise I had talent if I didn’t speak up, and that I would inevitably get bad grades if I didn’t gain some confidence, or at least appear confident.

Now firstly, the whole process of going to university does help with the confidence thing, you meet so many new people all the time, that chatting to people and expressing your opinions and ideas in a group does just get easier and easier. The other thing I have noticed, is that the people that are really confident and expressive, don’t necessarily have the best ideas or get the best grades. To succeed at university is very different to school, you can’t just sail through on confidence alone, and the ones that thrive on hard work and determination are the ones that have the better ideas and are more likely to succeed. Basically what I’m trying to say is if you are shy, and are worried about not appearing confident, don’t be! Your lecturers will notice your hard work through the outcome of your work and essays and assignments. It’s something I worried about so much at the start but I really wish I hadn’t! If you put the effort in, go to all your lectures, do all your additional reading and get really stuck into any projects that are thrown your way, you will do absolutely amazingly and get the grades you want!


For extra motivation check out these introverts that have seriously kick ass careers! :


I don’t know about you, but I sometimes worry about getting old and grey. I used to worry that I’d skate through life and before I knew it, I’d be sat replaying my yesterdays wishing I had done things differently.

Before I came to EHU I was clueless about what to do after my Sociology degree. If I’m being honest, I’m still not 100% sure of my life plan, but I’m getting there. EHU has opened doors that I never even knew could be opened. I used to think I had limited options with my degree, but after talking to my lecturers and staff members I’m literally blown away with the range of choices I have. From working in the social sector such as in the police institute, social work or teaching, all the way to graduate jobs in retail, administration and charity organisations. I’ve been advised to take my time making decisions and not to jump head first into a job I’m not going to love.

Thankfully decisions don’t have to be made over night, so I have all summer to work things out… But I’m glad I have EHU to fall back on when I need help understanding my options and making decisions.

Until next time…:)