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It’s good to talk


Well that’s what we think at Leeds Beckett, which is why we organise many varied guest lecture series throughout the year. From sporting stars to human rights activists and the Chief Executive of Leeds City Council – we have a guest lecture to suit all students’ tastes.

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Here is just a small selection from 2016:


Carnegie Conversations

Rugby legends in conversation at Leeds Beckett

Kevin Sinfield, former Leeds Rhinos and England rugby league captain, and Bryan Redpath, Head Coach at Yorkshire Carnegie and former rugby union captain of Scotland, talked about the highs and lows of their careers, the people that have inspired them, their hopes for promotion and the pranks that rugby teams play whilst on tour!  Full story: http://bit.ly/294PyDC.



The role of women as sports coaches on the agenda at Leeds Beckett event

Marieanne Spacey, Assistant Manager of the England Women's Football Team; Paula Dunn, Head Coach of the Great Britain Paralympic Team; and Salma Bi, award-winning cricketer and founder of a coaching organisation that promotes the women's game, were in conversation with Shelley Alexander, BBC Editor for Women's Sport.  Full story: http://bit.ly/28ZP1jf.



Leeds Cultural Conversations

A series of monthly lunchtime talks organised by the Centre for Culture & the Arts at Leeds Beckett University in partnership with Leeds City Council.


Same-sex love and gender crossing as part of British heritage

Alison Oram, Professor of Social and Cultural History at Leeds Beckett and lead academic of a team exploring the relationship between lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ*) history and the country’s buildings and spaces discussed same-sex love and gender crossing in some of Britain’s historic houses and heritage sites.  Full story: http://bit.ly/291fEqy.



(Re)Writing Yorkshire

Academic researchers, established writers and creative practitioners examined new representations of Yorkshire in Literature, Television, Film, Music and Art.


Shortlisted Man Booker Prize author to give free Leeds talk

Man Booker Prize shortlisted author and Leeds Beckett’s Writer in Residence discussed the representation of the North of England in British fiction.  Full story: http://bit.ly/1N371pK.



Faculty of Business and Law Guest Lecture Series

Talking anything but cobblers - Timpson's owner to give free talk at Leeds Beckett

John Timpson CBE, owner of Timpson’s Shoe Repairs and other UK-based, multi-million pound businesses, discussed ‘upside down management’.  Full story: http://bit.ly/29bYy9j.




Law in Practice


Human rights fighter speaks at Leeds Beckett

Director of the UK’s leading civil rights organisation, Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti, delivered a free public lecture on freedom and security.  Full story: http://bit.ly/290spDB.



For further information about all guest lectures and events at Leeds Beckett University go to http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/#events.

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