Booking free student places at our lectures

If you are from a UK school and want to bring a school group to one of our free lectures, please get in touch (email enquiries@gresham.ac.uk) as we can usually reserve some places for school parties (most of our lectures are first-come, first-served).

At most lectures we can reserve up to 20 spaces, but occasionally we can do more. You can also sign up for updates about lectures here: gres.hm/schools.

We also live-stream all our lectures and leave them online so you can show them again in the classroom or students can watch them in their own time.

Suggested lectures for Sixth Form students

We are currently going through next year’s lecture series and last year’s series to identify lectures that might be useful to sixth formers making career and study decisions, for their personal statements, for ‘stretch and challenge’ and to those planning to do Extended Project Qualifications (EPQs).

You can search on our archive, or see the links below to pages about particular subjects (work in progress). Lectures more than 5 years old may have poor video quality, though the transcripts may be a good substitute.

This year's new lecture series that could be of interest to schools:

Business:
Professor Alex Edmans gives practical tips on choosing a career, public speaking time management, and other key business skills.

Classics: Eminent classicist Professor Edith Hall will talk about Science in Ancient Greece

English Literature: Three lectures on Dickens, and one on George Eliot’s relationships

Geography/ Environment: Environment Professor Jacqueline McGlade discusses key issues including how to avert a climate catastrophe, and how to promote sustainable development

History: Professor Joanna Bourke will speak about the history of the body, Jim Endersby will examine garden history, and a Black History Month series features Professor David Olusoga (on post-war migration policy) and Professor Olivette Otele (Slavery, Memory and Reparations). 

IT: Professor Richard Harvey will be speaking about the IT innovations changing our lives in The Digital State, and Professor Yorick Wilks will discuss AI, War, Ethics and Religion.

Law: Family law specialist Jo Delahunty QC's series will include an insider's guide to becoming a barrister, a look at legal aid, and will celebrate 100 years of women in Law and in the Professions

Maths: Professor Chris Budd will be speaking about the applications of Maths in the 21st Century, from voting to curing cancer and saving the whales. Check out his lecture on the Mathematics of Climate Change from last year. 

Music/ Russian Culture: Professor Marina Frolova-Walker explores Diaghilev’s famous Ballets Russes, which pushed the boundaries across music, dance and art; Jeremy Summerly looks at Making Music: how to start and how to finish a piece; and at famously unfinished works. 

Religion: Professor Alec Ryrie will be speaking about Religious Atrocities in European history, after a superb series on atheism in 2018-19. 

Science (Astronomy, Medicine): Astrophysics Professor Katherine Blundell and Cosmology Professor Roberto Trotta will both be speaking about the wonders of the Universe, and there's a guest lecture by Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock. Chief Medical Officer of England Professor Chris Whitty will cover Cancer, and Medical Education expert Professor Roger Kneebone will consider what doctors can learn from artists and craftsmen, including jazz musicians. 

Want to hear a speaker we don’t currently have?

Please do email us (enquiries@gresham.ac.uk) if there are particular speakers you’d like to see cover topics on the syllabus that would be useful for students in your subject at the moment – we are already planning the programme for 2020-21!

Want a speaker to come to your school?

Some of our Professors are signed up with the charity Speakers For Schools and give free talks in a few schools a year; others have their own initiatives.

Most are doing something so while we can pass your details on to them, we can’t guarantee they will be available.

Professors who want to do more work in schools, particularly state schools in London, include Maths Professor Chris Budd and Environment Professor Jacqueline McGlade. 

Email us on enquiries@gresham.ac.uk.