I strongly encourage all newly appointed Professors to consider giving an inaugural lecture. It is an unprecedented opportunity to showcase and summarise your research and career and to acknowledge the work of your close colleagues and mentors.
Giving your inaugural lecture is an unmissable rite of passage and a fantastic occasion to bring together family and friends, past and present colleagues, students, and members of the public.
It was a way of giving something back to the university that had appointed me as a professor and to the research centre of which I was head. I realised later how important it was to me too. A place to share ideas and a time to reflect.
For me it was a great opportunity to thank my current research team and the wider group of academics that I have collaborated with over the years and to celebrate our shared successes.
Each lecture provides an opportunity for academics to share their achievements in research, innovation, engagement and teaching activities before an audience of members of the University community and the general public.
Some of the benefits of giving an inaugural lecture are:
All new professors, both internal promotions and external appointments, are offered the opportunity to give an inaugural lecture. For further details on the format of the lecture and support offered, please see our guidelines for inaugurals.
Audio recordings of many of the previous inaugural lectures are now available
Lectures for the Autumn Term will be available shortly