Vibrant programme of lectures open to all

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Shami Chakrabarti speaking with microphone

The new year sees another exciting programme of open lectures coming to Oxford Brookes.

The Open Lecture series brings thought-provoking, informative and entertaining topics to light, hosted by our academic staff and guest speakers.

All these events are open to the public and free to attend

Professor Elaine Fox asks whether our taking a ‘glass half full’ or ‘glass half empty’ approach is as entrenched as we tend to think. Based on research from her latest book, Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain, Professor Fox suggests we are able to modify our approach more, perhaps, than we ever thought.

From pessimism to optimism: can we really change? is at 6pm, Wednesday, 29 March 2014 in the Main Lecture Theatre, Headington Campus.

In March we welcome Max Mason, local entrepreneur and restaurateur. Max is well known in Oxford and as well as managing the popular Big Bang restaurant, writes a column for the Oxford Mail.

Max will be discussing his views on how we support the disadvantaged into work, highlighting practices from his restaurant in Oxford’s Castle Quarter. He will also draw on experiences from his time as a Royal Naval Officer to argue that more brave employers are needed to drive employment.

Max’s big bang theory is at 6pm on Wednesday 5 March in the Main Lecture Theatre, Headington Campus.

Later in the month, we welcome our Chancellor Shami Chakrabarti (pictured above) for the annual Chancellor’s Lecture.

The debate will address topical issues, and questions will be taken from the audience to inform a lively and stimulating conversation.

Chakrabarti is also the Director of national human rights organisation Liberty.

This year’s Chancellor’s Lecture is at 6pm on Wednesday 26 March in the Main Lecture Theatre, Headington Campus.

The full Open Lecture series can be found below and further information about all our events can be found on our Events page. All Open Lecture events take place in the Main Lecture Theatre, Headington Campus unless specified.



Wednesday 29, 6-7pm

From Pessimism to Optimism: Can we Really Change? – with Professor Elaine Fox


Wednesday 12, 6-7pm

Gendering caring? Transitions, intentions and first-time parenthood – with Professor Tina Miller

Wednesday 19, 6-7pm

Clinical Health Matters: Dementia - coping with caring – with Philip Wilkinson (Jane Ashley Lecture Theatre, Marston Road Site)


Wednesday 05, 6-7pm

Max’s Big Bang Theory – with Max Mason

Wednesday 19, 6-7pm

The Future of Higher Education: The role of Humanities & Philosophy in the contemporary academy – with Professor Bev Clack and Dr Mark Cain

Wednesday 26, 6-7pm

Chancellor’s Lecture – with Shami Chakrabarti


Wednesday 02, 6-7pm

Brookes Society Lecture: climbing and beyond – with Albert Eastham

Wednesday 09, 6-7pm

The societal impact of digital technology – with Chris Yapp

Wednesday 23, 6-7pm

Evaluating the performance of low carbon buildings and communities: how far, how much? – with Professor Rajat Gupta

Wednesday 30, 6-7pm

Clinical Health Matters: Productive care – delivering sustainable improvement – with Pam Treadwell, Joanna Atkins and Tessa Slater (Jane Ashley Lecture Theatre, Marston Road Site)


Wednesday 07, 6-7pm

Business and leadership: Where are the women? – with Professor Simonetta Manfredi

Wednesday 21, 6-7pm

Challenged by Writing: Stumbling over words – with Professor Vince Connelly


To book your place to attend any of these, please follow the links or contact Beth Hill, Head of University Events, on 01865 484864.