Inaugural Lecture Series

An inaugural lecture is a key milestone in any academic's career, signifying their promotion to 'Professor'.  It is an opportunity for our new professorial colleagues to present their innovative research first-hand.  All of these events are free of charge and attendance is open to all, and we look forward to sharing the experience with you.   

Upcoming Inaugural Lectures

Developing Excellence in Autism Research and Practice

Appropriate education and support plays a vital role in making a difference to the lives of autistic children and young people. In this talk, Professor Guldberg presents a framework for good autism practice in education.
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In this talk Professor Hudson discusses the results from surveys and experiments in Indonesia and the UK about public perceptions of leadership and what citizens want in a leader when it comes to driving developmental change.


Professor Cheeseman discusses the limitations of national elections as a means of promoting democratisation, revealing the six essential strategies that dictators use to undermine the electoral process in order to guarantee victory.

Who to trust? Forming policy beliefs in a polarised world

Professor Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay explores the political implications of modern information comsumption.

Trusting Enemies: Interpersonal Relationships in International Conflict

The issue of trust can make or break a relationship, and this is also true at a global scale. Find out more in Professor Wheeler's book, 'Trusting Enemies'. 

Latest News

Posted 26 February 2019

Who to trust? Inaugural Lecture report

Taking place on Monday 25 February this Inaugural Lecture saw over 140 staff, students and members of the community join Professor Bandyopadhyay on campus to discuss 'forming policy beliefs in a polarised society'.

Posted 24 October 2018

How to rig an election without getting caught

The College of Social Sciences was delighted to present the inaugural lecture of Professor Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy and International Development