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WELCOME TO THE OPEN LECTURE AUTUMN BROCHURE The University has, for many years, provided a wide range of popular Open Lectures maintaining the University’s high profile at a local, national and international level. Our programme includes a variety of interesting speakers covering diverse subject matters. Open Lectures are free to all and no booking is required. From time to time, Open Lecture details change after advertising material has been printed. We therefore strongly advise you to check the website for any last-minute changes: We look forward to welcoming you.

OPEN LECTURES ARE FREE AND OPEN TO ALL, NO BOOKING REQUIRED. For a comprehensive guide to public events at the University of Kent, please visit:

Wednesday 5 October Open Lecture

Simon Smith

Nuclear non-proliferation – challenges and prospects: a view from Vienna Simon Smith is the British Ambassador in Vienna, where he is also the UK’s Governor on the Board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). He has worked for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for 25 years, with spells in the British Embassies in Tokyo and Moscow, as well as a range of jobs in the FCO’s London headquarters, in work that that has taken him from Port Moresby to Pyongyang, from Cyprus to Sakhalin, and to many other parts of the world. Nuclear power – and its implications for global security and prosperity – has been a recurring theme in a career which has latterly put a special emphasis on multilateral diplomacy: getting results in the UN, and through international organisations and agreements.

No booking required Woolf College, Lecture Theatre, Canterbury campus / 6pm Contact: Katie Parrett / T: 01227 827829 / E:

Wednesday 12 October Kent Law Society Lecture

Martin Brackpool

The Olympic Velodrome story from procurement to handover Martin is an experienced Business Development Professional who has performed at Director Level since 1999. ISG is a £1.2Billion turnover global construction company providing New Build, Refurbishment and Fit out services to Public and Private sector clients. Martin played a key part in securing the multi-million pound Velodrome project for ISG plc (which also included the BMX Facility) which was the first of the Olympic Venues to be completed. The project was also handed over to the Olympic Authorities early and under budget. He is also the Key Account Director for a number of ISG’s major UK and European clients including Network Rail, Thomson Reuters and HM Prison Service. No booking required Woolf College, Lecture Theatre, Canterbury campus / 6pm Contact: Katie Parrett / T: 01227 827829 / E:

Wednesday 19 October Open Lecture

Lord Moynihan

What lies in store for the Olympic Movement in the 21st Century? Colin Moynihan is Chairman of the British Olympic Association, a member of the Olympic Board and a non-executive Director of The London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and The Paralympic Games Limited. He was a member of the International Olympic Committee’s 2009 Congress Editorial Committee, its 2016 Working Group and is currently a member of the IOC International Relations Commission. He was a Rowing Silver Medallist in the 1980 Olympic Games, a Gold Medallist in the Lightweight Rowing World Championships in 1978 and a Silver Medallist at the 1982 World Championships. He was the first Patron of the British Wind Energy Association and a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs: Energy and Environment Programme Steering Committee. He is an active member of the House of Lords. No booking required Pilkington, Lecture Theatre, Medway Campus / 6pm Contact: Katie Parrett / T: 01227 827829 / E:

Wednesday 26 October Vice-Chancellor’s Lecture

Sir Tim Hunt

The cell cycle and cancer Sir Tim Hunt won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2001 with Lee Hartwell and Paul Nurse. He discovered cyclins, key regulators of the cell cycle. Sir Tim Hunt is a Principal Scientist at Cancer Research UK’s Clare Hall Laboratories in South Mimms, Hertfordshire. Sir Hunt was born in 1943 and grew up in Oxford until he was 18 years old, when he moved to Cambridge to read Natural Sciences. He did his PhD in the Department of Biochemistry on “The Synthesis of Haemoglobin”. He spent almost 30 years in Cambridge, mostly working on the control of protein synthesis, with spells in the USA. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1968-70 and spent summers at the Marine Biological Laboratory: Woods Hole from 1977 until 1985 both teaching and doing research. No booking required Rutherford, Lecture Theatre 1, Canterbury campus / 6pm Contact: Katie Parrett / T: 01227 827829 / E:

Wednesday 2 November Open Lecture

Professor Frank Furedi Why are we afraid of tolerance?

Dr Frank Furedi, author and broadcaster is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent. Since the late 1990s he has been widely cited about his views on why western societies find it so difficult to engage with risk and uncertainty. He has published widely about controversies relating to issues such as health, parenting children, food and new technology. His, Invitation to Terror; Expanding the Empire of the Unknown (2007) explores the way in which the threat of terrorism has become amplified through the ascendancy of precautionary thinking. It develops the arguments contained in two previous books The Culture of Fear (2003) and Paranoid Parenting (2001). His most recent book, Wasted: Why Education Is Not Educating deals with the influence of the erosion of adult authority on schooling. His On Tolerance; A Defence of Moral Independence (Continuum Press) will be published in August 2011. No booking required Woolf College, Lecture Theatre, Canterbury campus / 6pm Contact: Katie Parrett / T: 01227 827829 / E:

FOUNDATION DAY Since the University of Kent received its Royal Charter in 1965, there have been only occasional celebrations of the founding of the University, typically around significant anniversaries. To introduce a more regular celebration, from this year the day before one of the November degree congregations has been designated Foundation Day. Foundation Day celebrates several aspects of the University’s life. First, the history of the University (and the higher education system within the UK) and its many achievements. Secondly, an opportunity to look forward to the higher education system of the future and the University’s distinctive place within it. It is also an opportunity to engage our graduates, particularly our honorary graduates, in a University celebration that we hope will evolve over the next few years as we approach the University’s 50th anniversary in 2015. The University is delighted that the inaugural Foundation Day Lecture will be given by Dame Jenny Abramsky who is to receive an Honorary Degree from the University of Kent in a ceremony in Canterbury Cathedral on Friday 18 November.

Thursday 17 November

Dame Jenny Abramsky Foundation Day Lecture

Dame Jenny Abramsky joined the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund as Chair in October 2008. She was previously Director of BBC Audio & Music, with responsibility for all BBC national radio networks, for the BBC’s digital radio services, and for music across television, radio, online and live events. She was also a member of the BBC Executive Board, responsible for the delivery of BBC services and day-to-day operations across the organisation. She is Chair of the University of London’s Board of Trustees, Chair of the Hampstead Theatre, a Trustee of the Central School of Ballet and of the Shakespeare Schools Festival and an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music. Previously she served as Governor of the British Film Institute and on the Economic Social and Research Council. She was awarded the CBE in 2001 for services to Broadcasting, and was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours list. No booking required Woolf College, Lecture Theatre, Canterbury campus / 6pm Contact: Katie Parrett / T: 01227 827829 / E:

Wednesday 23rd November Vice-Chancellor’s Lecture

Dr Graham Spittle

Vice-President of IBM Software Group

A business and its ideas: re-inventing the modern corporation

Throughout their centennial year of 2011, IBM is hosting a series of lectures with leading universities exploring how the world has changed in the past 100 years – and how it will change in the decades ahead Through rich narratives of the discoveries, struggles and insights that have shaped the company’s 100-year history, the IBM Centennial Lecture Series will identify underlying patterns that are continuing to shape the present and the future.

No booking required Woolf College, Lecture Theatre, Canterbury campus / 6pm Contact: Katie Parrett / T: 01227 827829 / E:

Wednesday 7 December Open Lecture

Andrew Baillie QC

Can England and Wales afford both justice and the Ministry of Justice? Andrew Baillie studied Law at the University from 1966-69 and was called to the Bar in 1970. In 2007-08 he acted for the prosecution in Southwark Crown Court and the Court of Appeal in the case of Bright and Others arising out of the collapse of Independent Insurance. In 2000-03 he acted in the prosecution in the Central Criminal Court and the Court of Appeal in the two high-profile cases of Stephen Hinchcliffe & Others involving conspiracies to defraud and the corruption of senior bank employees. He has tackled cases ranging from the Blair Peach Inquest and other public inquiries, through many large criminal cases, personal injuries actions including fatal accident claims, to professional negligence and a Chancery Division action for the rectification of a lease. No booking required Woolf College, Lecture Theatre, Canterbury campus / 6pm Contact: Katie Parrett / T: 01227 827829 / E:

Wednesday 14 December

Rutherford Annual Lecture in conjunction with the ESU

Professor Sir Arnold Wolfendale The Search for Intelligent Life

Sir Arnold is Emeritus Professor of Physics at Durham University where he has been working since 1956. He led Durham back into astronomical research, beginning in the 1970s. He was the 14th Astronomer Royal, the first being John Hamsteed in 1675. He has been President of a number of bodies, including the Royal Astronomical Society and the European Physical Society. Sir Arnold’s research has mainly concerned cosmic radiation and its origin, but he has also worked on climate change.

No booking required Rutherford, Lecture Theatre 1, Canterbury campus / 6pm Contact: Katie Parrett / T: 01227 827829 / E:

HIGH TABLE DINNERS Booking Information

As always, you are very welcome to attend any/all of the High Table dinners:

Wednesday 12 October 2011 Kent Law Society Lecture and High Table Dinner

Wednesday 14 December 2011 Rutherford Annual Lecture and High Table Dinner The price of a three-course dinner with wine is ÂŁ35.00 per person.

If you would like make a booking to attend one or more of the High Table Dinners, please contact: Katie Parrett, Events Assistant either by phone 01227 827829 or email:

EVENTS Music events The University Music department promotes a range of music events throughout the year including lunchtime concerts, workshops with visiting professional musicians, concerts in Canterbury Cathedral and various other venues. For more information visit Gulbenkian Theatre and Cinema The Gulbenkian Theatre has a diverse programme including drama, comedy, dance and music. The Cinema is an independent film theatre which shows mainstream, alternative and foreign films. For more information visit Sports events The University of Kent’s Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation department runs a varied programme of sporting events. For more information visit

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University of Kent Open lectures autumn 2011  
University of Kent Open lectures autumn 2011  

Calendar of lectures at the University of Kent, autumn 2011.