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Research in Colleges

Inaugural Lecture Series

We are launching a new public Inaugural Lecture Series (ILS) to be given by recently appointed or promoted Chairs, and proposed by their faculties. Academic departments may hold their own inaugural lectures for colleagues who would prefer to address a purely academic audience.

The lectures will vary in content areas as speakers will be from the entire range of subject areas across the University, however they will aim to showcase the world-leading research taking place here in Durham. The series will be a great opportunity for the Chairs to extend the reach of their research to the wider community as the widely-advertised lectures will be open to staff, students and members of the public.

The series includes up to four lectures per term which generally take place on a Thursday at 6pm and are hosted by one of the University’s 16 colleges. A drinks reception usually follows each lecture.

The lectures are all filmed and available to view from this web page shortly after the event.

All inaugural lectures are free and open to everyone, though anyone wishing to attend should reserve a place via the online system (links can be found next to individual events listed below).

To find out more information, to reserve a place at a lecture or to watch a film after an event, please click here.