Bishop Grosseteste University is home to experts in a wide range of academic fields and to enhance your students learning and share expertise, they have put together a series of guest lectures on a range of subjects that can be delivered in your school or college at a time that suits you. Alternatively, at the bottom of this page, we have a wide variety of downloadable recorded lectures that can be watched at any time.

Guest Lectures from Leading Academics in your school and college

Browse a selection of guest lectures that can be delivered in your schools and college by leading academics who teach at BGU. The lectures are designed for post 16 students and will last 1 hour. Where applicable, each session has been aligned with content delivered on the A Level syllabus but is designed to give students an idea of how the subject would be taught at the university level. Please contact outreach@bishopg.ac.uk if you would like to book a session.

Lectures available

Programme TeamSession TitleSession Description

Primary Education

Training to TeachThere are many different routes into teaching, both as soon as you leave school or after you have completed an undergraduate degree. This talk will consider the routes you might take, why teaching is a fantastic career choice, and what teacher training at university would involve.
Early Childhood StudiesThe Construct of ChildhoodThis session will look at how aspects of childhood has changed over the years. The session will involve interactive activities exploring the concept of play and how this has evolved over the past five decades. It will also examine how childhood can be a socially and culturally defined construct
Education StudiesWhat's the purpose of education? The transmission of knowledge and beyondEducation is regarded as an important aspect of all human cultures. There is a desire to pass on ‘the best of what has been thought and said’ to the next generation in a society. How can this broad purpose of education be characterised and captured by academic theory? Is education simply the unproblematic ‘transmission of knowledge’ from teacher to learner or are there other ‘dimensions’ (perhaps ‘hidden dimensions’) to education that might challenge this unproblematic transmission from one generation to the next? Current cognitivist views of education (popular in the English education system) will be contrasted with alternative conceptions of the purpose(s) of education
Education StudiesSchooling England: have the last schools been built?What is the difference (if any) between schooling and education? How might schooling transform over the next decades in England? The perspective of ‘21st Century Skills’ will be explored in the context of the increasing digital enhancement of schools and classrooms. Is it possible to educate and ‘school’ learners at a distance? Is the promise of digitally enhanced education ultimately to abolish the need for school buildings? Can a school exist ‘in the cloud’? If the last schools have been built, what is the future of education
Special Education NeedsInequality or inequityA discussion of legislation, attitudes and opportunities which challenge or address experiences of discrimination with society. Students will be encouraged to reflect upon causes and challenges.
Special Education NeedsWhat's so special about education?The session will explore the concept of special educational needs and inclusion, focusing upon different syndromes and strategies to support.
Foundation YearExam SuccessExam Success is a must for students who struggle to perform in the stress of summative examinations. This course will discuss key approaches to examination, including revision, physical health and test techniques used by examiners. It will allow students to break down their subject content in order to create an effective plan for each paper they undertake. Participants will also be given tools to help them prepare for common issues, including anxiety, distraction and time management. 'Exam Success' is ideal for AS and A-Level students in any subject area and any level of ability.
CounsellingAvailable on request
Health and Social Care

Caring looks different to everybody

This session will explore what is meant by informal caring and consider who are carers. We explore how caring roles evolve and contemplate how we can all be carers at some point in our lives and what that means.

The session is designed to be interactive and includes a quiz which has been designed to think more broadly about the roles of carers and their responsibilities to those they care for but also to themselves.

We will then consider the wider health and social care sector and the role carers play across the sectors. This will stimulate discussion not only about the use of carers but the sector itself.

PsychologyEthics in PsychologyArguably the discipline of psychology is built upon research that has challenged standards of acceptable behaviour.
Can we develop phobias? Can we encourage people to change their behaviour? Should we be able to blame a person for their own actions?
This subject presentation will demonstrate how our understanding of ethical standards has developed over the years, what our current practices are, and how training and working ethically is a core component of research and practice in Psychology. This all starts with knowing how to collect data and undertake research ethically and with integrity.
PsychologyPsychopathyPopular culture has given everyone an idea about what it means to be a psychopath - usually the domain of serial killers and other grisly characters. But we also know that psychopaths inhabit the corporate world and do well, so how do they differ to those psychopaths who might be in prison? In this lecture we will define what psychopathic traits actually are and how they develop with reference to whether they can lead to "success" or not.
SociologyCrime in the MediaMore information available on request
SociologyMedia, television and the moving imageMore information available on request
SociologySurveillanceMore information available on request
ArchaeologyA battle from space: the archaeology of a Second World War North African battlefieldIn this session, students will learn about the Battle of Gazala and explore the archaeology of the battlefield by using satellite images. Students will also compare historical documents with the physical traces of the battle. By analysing the landscape of the Libyan desert, students will gain an understanding of the different tactics employed by the Allies and Axis.
ArchaeologyThe Archaeology of the Cold WarBetween 1945 and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the world was split between the political ideologies of capitalism and Soviet bloc communism. The military standoff between the United States of America and the Soviet Union shaped the history of the second half of the 20th century. Archaeology is the study of human history through objects and as such, the Cold War, with its bunkers, missile silos, airfields and other installations, has an archaeological footprint. In this session, we will explore some of the buildings and structures built during the Cold War.
ArchaeologyThe Archaeology of the ‘Friendly Invasion’, 1942-1945Over the course of the Second World War, the American strategic bombing campaign aimed at Western Europe was predominately based in East Anglia. Although only entering the war in December 1941, by May 1942, the United States Army Air Force had already been allocated 28 sites from which to operate in the east of England. In this session we will explore the archaeological legacy of the ‘Friendly Invasion’.
ArchaeologyOutposts of Empire: forts and fortifications throughout the British EmpireIn this session we will explore the forts and fortifications constructed by the British throughout the empire. Students will discover how fortifications changed over time and across the British Empire.
ArchaeologyThe Infrastructure of the Special Operations Executive, 1940-1946In 1940 the British Government established the Special Operations Executive (SOE) to ‘co-ordinate all action, by way of subversion and sabotage, against the enemy overseas’. From the time of its creation, SOE has been one of the most controversial of Britain’s secret services. The focus of this session, however, is SOE’s agent-facing ‘infrastructure’. In this session, we will explore the facilities required to run a secret service and what these can tell us about SOE.
History/Military HistoryWomen in British Intelligence, 1909 to the PresentThis lecture maps out a fresh and timely approach to the subject of women in intelligence from the founding of the Secret Service Bureau in 1909 through to the present day. During the early part of the Twentieth Century, the British state capitalized on the gendered notion of duty and loyalty, targeting women with good connections, a proper education, and a man of stature who could vouch for them. Women were in a paradoxical position: they were deemed not good enough to exercise the right to vote (only achieved after the First World War), yet they could be trusted to keep the government’s top secrets. It was only during the 1970s that change started to occur, with Stella Rimington finally tapping at the glass ceiling in 1992 when she became the first female Director General of MI5 – a marker we have yet to witness in MI6 and GCHQ.
History/Military HistoryUnderstanding the Atlantic Slave TradeThis session introduces the transatlantic slave trade with interactive individual/group exercises designed to get students to examine recent research on the total numbers involved and what this slave trade data can tell us about the wider histories of Africa, the Americas and Europe in the early modern period. The lecture will enable students to work practically with reliable data to answer big historical questions, such as: Why did slave trade happen? On what scale? Over what time period? Who was primarily involved? How did it change the world?
History/Military HistoryImperial ideas and images of the British Empire in popular cultureFor students studying the British Empire in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Through a focus on the grand opening of docks and civic buildings, as well as royal visits to cities, this lecture will consider the adaptation and application of imperial ideas and images ‘at home’ in Britain. The lecturer will work with students to use primary material to tease out the impacts of ‘imperial culture’ on the lives of ordinary people away from the actual sites of colonisation and conquest. Students will be encouraged to think about both the immediate effects and longer-term legacies of empire in British towns and cities.
History/Military HistoryDemocracy and Nazism: The Radicalisation of the German National Electoral Camp, 1880s to 1930sResearch has demonstrated that the vote in favour of Adolf Hitler in the last 'free' elections in Weimar Germany was based on what historians’ term, the 'National Electoral Camp'. This lecture will review the history of this important group of voters and will discuss with students to what extent radical nationalist and antisemitic opinions were prominent among them even before the First World War.
History/ Military HistoryThe ‘National Electoral Camp’ in Germany and the rise of the ‘Modern German Popular Party’ from the 1920s to the 1970sElectoral History has made significant contributions to understanding both the overwhelming success of the NSDAP during the elections 1929-33 and the further choices of the 'Nazi Vote' after 1945. The 'German Modern Popular Party' is crucial to understanding the nature of the NSDAP but also the post-war West German democratic party system. As this system has now come to an end in the twenty-first century, it is time to look back at this very important component of German political history, the mass market 'Modern Popular Party'.
History/Military HistoryReformation and the Rule of Princes in German Lands, 1530s to 1630sFor students seeking to understand the Reformation in Europe. This lecture will put recent historical research on Reformation German states in context for students and introduce the idea that German princely rule rose to prominence during the Reformation, but never achieved the same levels of reputation or power as the English or French monarchs.
History/Military HistoryThe Magna Carta through timeFor students interested in medieval England, civil liberties, and historical interpretations through the ages. This lecture will examine the Magna Carta (Lincoln's copy) and how it has been used and abused over time. In this lecture, the document is put in its proper medieval context, before exploring how it was forgotten and resurrected in the Stuart period before becoming a beacon of liberty in the United States. The session will outline how later interpretations of the contents of the Magna Carta often bear little resemblance to the actual document King John agreed in 1215, offering the opportunity for history students to reflect upon the use and abuse of historical documents through time.
History/Military HistoryAn introduction to weird and wonderful medieval law and medicineA chance for students to learn more about some of the older beliefs and practices of people in medieval England and the chance to dispel some common misconceptions about this poorly understood period of history, including how trial by ordeal really worked; what to do if you swallow a fly; how to stop diarrhoea; how to stop getting nagged.
History/Military HistoryViking Lincolnshire – raiders and tradersA chance to learn about the Vikings who came to raid, but then stayed and built a life in Lincolnshire in the ninth century. Find out how they changed the landscape and townscape of Lincolnshire. Find out if they mixed with the locals or drove them out. Discover what evidence we have, and the links Viking Lincoln had with trading networks that spread as far as Africa and Asia.
History/Military History1066 – the year of three battlesIn 1066 there were three large scale battles, which was highly unusual. Any of these three could have gone the other way and radically changed the history of northwest Europe. Find out how the battles were fought, what decided the three battles, the tactics and weapons used, and how we know all of this.
History/Military HistoryAn Unwinnable War? US intervention in VietnamWith the threat of unleashing nuclear Armageddon always present during the Cold War, military and political strategists theorised approaches to keep warfare confined geographically, limited to certain objectives, and, above all, how to avoid escalating any conflict into World War Three. This lecture will introduce students to ‘limited war theory’, how it was developed by US strategists during the Korean War – the first ‘hot’ war of the Cold War -- and how it shaped US strategy in the Vietnam War. It will enrich understanding of the Vietnam War, highlighting how the North Vietnamese were fighting a very different war to the United States – one which the Americans were ultimately unable to match. This lecture will be of interest to students studying the Vietnam War and the broader Cold War era.
History/Military HistoryFenner Brockway’s conscientious objection during the First World War

Fenner Brockway energetically campaigned for peace in a variety of ways during the First World War: through his journalism, political activity, work for the No-Conscription Fellowship, and being imprisoned for 28 months as a conscientious objector. This lecture, based on original archival research, explores these varied experiences along with the socialist and spiritual convictions which underpinned them.

MathsTrigonometry From Many AnglesAt A level, trigonometry moves from being mainly about ratios of side lengths to being about functions. There are lots of ways to think about these functions and we will explore a few in this session, including approaches that extend into undergraduate mathematics.
MathsMathematical concepts of Black HolesBy working on mathematical problems related to black holes, you will enhance your understanding of several mathematical concepts such as graphical representation, function evaluation and ratios.
MathsA functional approachWhat functions are your ‘go to’ examples? What’s the same and what’s different about them? Thinking about functions and their graphs can help to make sense of algebra, so you can test out ideas and answer your own questions.
MathsUnderlying ideas in A Level MathematicsWe will discuss mathematical problems from a viewpoint of the pervasive ideas from Underground Mathematics
TheologyReligious IdentityWhat does it mean to be a Christian, Muslim, Hindu, etc.in Britain today?
In this session we will explore the rituals and actions identified in GCE and GCSE specifications for this topic, but also ask deeper questions about living from a religious perspective in today’s society, comparing religious viewpoints with the norms and assumptions of contemporary secular adults and young people.
By attempting to stand in their shoes, we’ll try to see what it feels like to be a practicing religious believer today.
TheologyImplicit ReligionMore information available on request
DramaHow is Drama and Theatre used in society?These sessions are designed to offer an insight into the wider impact of theatre and drama on society. We question whether theatre is simply a reflection of society or can it influence it more directly. Sessions can be tailored to specific plays and playwrights for example
Sarah Kane’s Blasted and the explosion of In-Yer-Face Theatre in the 1990s
Ibsen’s A Doll’s House in the 1880s
or current theatre as it explores Climate Change, Brexit, Covid and other issues of identity and social change.
DramaWould your students benefit from a workshop and discussion with young practitioners and undergraduates?Sessions can be delivered on topic- based theatre which consider the research, creative performance, creation of workshops and ethical considerations of issue based theatre.
EnglishEnglish Subject Enhancement SessionsDesigned to offer your students an enhanced understanding of literary texts or key concepts, these sessions supplement their close textual analysis with a broader exploration of historical, cultural, literary and performance contexts. They can be specifically tailored to your curriculum choices. Recent visits have included sessions on Othello, The Handmaid’s Tale, Charles Dickens, Tennyson, Frankenstein, The Great Gatsby, Love Through the Ages, Nineteenth Century Poetry, The Gothic, The Victorian Novel, First World War Literature, Travel Writing, and Modern Literature and Identity.
EnglishEnglish Skills Enhancement SessionsThese sessions are designed to help students
understand the practice of Literary Study and sharpen their literary-critical skills. We can offer sessions on ‘Critical Evaluation Skills’ and 'Academic Research Skills’ as well as a broader introduction to ‘Studying English at University’.
These sessions can be provided separately or
combined into a single skills overview.
MusicImprove your Performance Skills

Performing is an important part of many musicians’ lives. Here we discuss possible issues in performance and how we can overcome them.

MusicRecordings of the past to inform the futureWe will discuss how, by listening to recordings of the past we can inform our performances today.
MusicMusic in the Community

Community music plays an important part in wellbeing and amateur music making. You will be introduced to some of the key concepts and roles within community music.

English Language and TesolCareers in English Language Teaching

A career in English language teaching can be one of both adventure and reward, it will allow you to travel the world or work from the comfort of your own home. Join senior lecturer Cain Barriskill as relays his experience of being an English language teacher, from teaching orphans in Mozambique to pop-stars in South Korea, powerful businessmen in Moscow to refugees in the UK. Cain will outline the different career options that English language teaching can provide and importance of the role in today’s global society.

English Language and TesolIntroduction to Academic Writing: Making the jump to university

Do you know the rules of academic style? Can you reference a journal article? Do you know how to write critically? The type of writing that is expected of a student at university is quite different to what they may have previously experienced, and this can present a barrier to success. In this practical session, students will be introduced to the fundamental aspects of academic writing and be provided with valuable advice on how to prepare to make the jump to university.

English Language and TesolUnderstanding plagiarism & how to avoid it

The Oxford English Dictionary defines plagiarism as “the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own”. However, plagiarism is actually a very complex issue, and this is one of the reasons why many students plagiarise unintentionally in their early academic journey. This session will help students understand the many different types of plagiarism, the reasons why students may plagiarise, how plagiarism is detected, and ultimately how to avoid this academic offence. Understanding how to avoid plagiarism is vital for academic success.

English Language and TesolTravel, challenge and anime: What makes students want to learn a language?

Lots of people have very personal reasons for wanting to learn a new language. Maybe they will need it for their careers, or perhaps they want to live in a particular country in the future. In this talk, we will explore some of the reasons students give for choosing to take a language, and how those reasons can affect motivation and grades. We'll also think about what that means for future language teachers.

English Language and TesolDoes your accent make you sound smarter? Attitudes to language

Does your accent make your sound smarter? Accents always get people talking, whether it's whose accent sounds most attractive (Scottish accents have been voted top this year), how convincing actors' accents are in films, or when someone changes the way they speak (think your telephone voice, or the changing accents of the Beckhams). Has anyone ever made assumptions about you, based on the way you speak? Attitudes to accents can also affect how intelligent, authoritative, or friendly someone is perceived as being and this linguistic bias can affect education and job opportunities. This session will explore attitudes to accents, the impact this can have, and how to carry out accent research.

SportThe Physiological Cost of ExergamingExploration of young people's inherent desire to play - a tactical game approach to teaching and coaching.
SportTeaching Games for UnderstandingExploration of the benefits of exergaming among a variety of populations, ranging from healthy adolescents to those with chronic conditions.
BusinessWorkplace health & wellbeing – Why it’s important and how to embed it into your organisationThis lecture is aim at educating the next generation of entrepreneurs to understand the value of having a healthy workforce & how it positively impacts on the bottom line of an organisation
BusinessPositive workplace culture – creating a happy, healthy, and engaged workforceThis lecture is aimed as celebrating employees as individuals and the value they bring to an organisation if they are engaged and enjoy being at work
BusinessHow to create a creative thinking workplace cultureThis lecture is aimed at showing that creative thinking works within any organisation and how to harness the potential of employees.
BusinessFood and it’s impact on mental healthThis lecture is aimed as educating how what we eat may impact on our mental health and how we can make choices around food to support our long-term mental health.
BusinessPolitical and Economic Risk

The world is increasingly volatile and uncertain. A key aspect of business strategy is the ability to identify risk and opportunities through environmental scanning. One aspect of environmental scanning is the ability to spot risks and opportunities emerging from the world of politics and economics. This lecture introduces students to the political and economic world and techniques for spotting the risks and opportunities that emerge from them.

BusinessAn Introduction to Business StrategyThe difference between success and failure in any area of performance might be whether an individual/organisation has an appropriate strategy. This lecture introduces students to theories and concepts related to business strategy taking students on a journey that begins with identification of what we mean by strategy all the way to exploring what makes a good strategy through examination of successful case studies.
BusinessFood and how it impacts on productivity in the workplaceThis lecture shows the impact of food choices during the day and the impact they can have on productivity and why business leaders should take an interest in what their employees eat during the working day.
BusinessFood and its impact on health & wellbeingThis lecture is aimed to educate about the impact food and lifestyle choices on a employees long-term health and wellbeing and why business leaders should take an interest in what their employees eat during the working day.
BusinessLeadership StylesExploring the difference between leadership and management in an organisational perspective.
BusinessUnderstanding Organisational EnvironmentsUsing environmental scanning tools to better understanding the environment in which organisations operate within.
BusinessHR Management, creating an engaged workforce

How to create a workforce that’s engaged through culture, wellbeing and values.

BusinessMarketing in a digital ageLooking at the power of social media and the use of influencers in marketing.

If you have questions or would like to book a session please contact outreach@bishopg.ac.uk.

Recorded Guest lectures

Struggling to find the time or space for an in-person lecture? Or would like to encourage students to watch a lecture in their own time?

We have a number of recorded presentations delivered by our academics which can be requested using the form below: