Inaugural Lecture of Professor Victoria Burns

Sport and Exercise Sciences LT1
Tuesday 19 July 2022 (16:30-18:00)

Contact Lorna Moxon

This is an in-person event in the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

The lecture will also be streamed live via Zoom Webinar. Registration for the webinar is here. 

It's a full-on Monet: Embracing the messiness of interdisciplinary teaching and research

"We live in a world with huge, complex challenges that don’t fit into neat, subject-specific boxes. The School of Sport, Exercise, and Rehabilitation Sciences has always been proudly interdisciplinary in its approach to understanding and addressing these issues. Even within this context, though, I think my colleagues would agree that I have taken a particularly wide-ranging (some might say chaotic) path through both my teaching and research. In my inaugural lecture, I will discuss why, and how, we all need to “embrace the messiness” and share how interdisciplinary approaches can help us understand the world, and ourselves, a little better."

Victoria Burns received her undergraduate degree and PhD here in Sportex. She was appointed as a post-doctoral research and teaching fellow in the School in 2002, became a Roberts Research Fellow in 2004, a Lecturer in 2009, Senior Lecturer in 2011, Reader in 2015, and Professor in 2020. Her early work explored the effects of psychological factors and exercise on immune function and health.  Over time though, Victoria developed her interests in teaching excellence and student development and is now Head of Education for the School. 

She is a National Teaching Fellow and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  Her pedagogical scholarship focuses on how we can support students to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes that they need to be effective citizens, through experiential learning, innovative assessments, and extracurricular activities.  She is a member of the Universitas 21 Health Sciences Special Interest Group for the Sustainable Development Goals, and has published an updated version of "53 Interesting Ways to Assess Your Students".  She is a Distinguished Fellow of the Higher Education Futures Institute

Culture and collections

Schools, institutes and departments

Services and facilities