Lecture Series

Lecture Series

Lecture Series

Lecture Series

As a school, we believe in extending the sixth formers through super-curricular activities, enriching and deepening academic development through the two year A level course. One of the ways we do this is through many speakers visiting throughout the year, organised with a departmental as well as a whole school focus.

2019 speakers and guest lecturers include: Professor Clare Turnbull; Dr Nadia Valman, speaking about Jane Eyre; Conrad Feather, on policies surrounding forest people; and Ece Ozdemiroglu, an economist speaking on the future of economic policy.

Lily Collins, a year 12 Biology student, had this to say about the lecture from Professor Clare Turnbull; "Dr Clare Turnbull uses genetic sequencing technologies to identify and characterize genetic predispositions to vary types of cancers. She talked about the importance of analysing and comparing genetics for the future of medicine. A new technique known as ‘next – generation sequencing’ has been developed, which has hugely increased the speed at which DNA and RNA can be sequenced. This is a huge advancement in the prevention of inherited diseases; as it allows those at risk to be notified much quicker in order to take preventative methods (such as the removal of ovaries if you are at a high risk of ovarian cancer.) We also learned about the possible benefits of ‘next – generation sequencing,’ including the potential of reducing treatment costs for the NHS. We all enjoyed this stimulating and intellectually demanding lecture, and felt that we really engaged with some interesting ideas about the future of Science"