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Open lectures

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Every term the University organises a number of open lectures on a wide variety of topics. Organising, or being involved in, a series of open lectures may help to profile the research taking place in your department, or be a platform for a distinguished visitor to the department.

How to get involved

If you would like to discuss the possibility of running an open lecture, or open lectures series yourself, then please get in touch to discuss this. The Public Lectures Committee has limited funds to support departments, colleges and student societies who are inviting distinguished visitors to give open lectures at the University.

If you are organising a departmental, or other, lecture we strongly recommend that you contact us for advice on its organisation and publicity.

If you expect a large audience for your lecture because of the speaker or the topic, we strongly recommend that the event is ticketed. We may be able to help with this if required. 

Target audience

  • General public, University staff and students and potential students


  • Reputation
  • Promoting research themes
  • Supporting relationships with friends and alumni
  • Playing an active role in the city
  • Contributing to the educational, social and cultural development of York and Yorkshire
  • Supporting students in independent learning
  • Investing in activities that raise aspirations to HE

What we provide:

  • Help with promoting your open lecture to internal and external stakeholders
  • Help with ticketing your event, if required

What is required from you:

  • Audience figures for your events, which will be requested during the week after your event has taken place

Focus on York

Each term members of the University community give open lectures about their research. A list of York's recent speakers can be found here.  

Audience quotes

"Keep up your excellent work on these public lectures. You are a beacon in the cultural darkness of North Yorkshire!"

"The lectures I have attended have been really interesting and of an extremely high standard."

"As a distance student from another University I find these very useful."

"Wonderful series of lectures, looking forward to next term!"

"It's all really rather good. Keep it up!"

"I love having this facility and will be attending more, thanks to all of you!"

"Your lectures are excellent. I only wish I had time to attend more of them."

“It was very beneficial to hear the words of such an experienced academic researcher. The event itself was very warm and welcoming in the new Teaching Building which had many features that enabled a brilliant lecture.  From this I have been excited to conduct more research in this area for my AS EPQ: I contacted the speaker himself who was very kind and helpful in furthering my research, he even sent me lots of his papers.  I would really recommend these events to others as they are truly spectacular and inspiring.”

Who to contact

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Upcoming lectures


Religious accommodation on both sides of the pond: Different paths to a common norm?

This talk aims to provide a comprehensive comparison of how the law of religious accommodations and exemptions has developed in Britain and the US


Travelling east via Burlington House: Orientalist painting at the Royal Academy

This talk looks as the British artists who travelled east in the nineteenth century


Blurred lines: Bullying, friendship and the peer group in primary school

In this talk Dr Rachel Maunder will be talking about children’s peer relationships at school, and the role that both friendship and aggression play in the peer group

View all open lectures