Top Speakers announced for Great Minds Lecture Series

The University of Lincoln has announced an exciting line-up of high-profile speakers for the 2015/16 season of its prestigious Great Minds series of free public guest lectures.

The bill includes one of the most recognisable British politicians of the modern era, an award-winning crime writer and the current Poet Laureate.

Speaker of the House of Commons, the Right Honourable John Bercow MP, will offer audiences his unique insights into Westminster politics in an event on 27th November.

Art critic, journalist and TV presenter Andrew Graham-Dixon will talk about building a career in the art sector and offer advice to those hoping to follow suit on 10th November.

Andrew has presented numerous landmark series on art for the BBC, including the acclaimed A History of British Art, Renaissance, and Art of Eternity, as well as individual documentaries on art and artists. For more than 20 years he has published a weekly column on art, first in the Independent and more recently in the Sunday Telegraph. 

Andrew is also an author, having penned books on subjects ranging from medieval painting and sculpture to the art of the present. He also lends his expert eye to public service in the field of the visual arts, having judged the Turner Prize, the BP National Portrait Prize and the Annual British Animation Awards. He has served on the Government Art Collection Committee, the Hayward Advisory Committee, and is currently a member of the board of the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead.


Right Honourable John Bercow MP

Looking to 2016, the series will welcome Poet Laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy; award-winning British crime writer Ann Cleeves; archaeologist Carenza Lewis; former Director-General of the National Trust, Dame Fiona Reynolds; ExoMars Rover mission spacecraft engineer Abbie Hutty; the art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon; and science broadcaster and presenter of the BBC’s Bang Goes the Theory, Dallas Campbell. 

The University of Lincoln’s Great Minds series aims to provide opportunities for young people to hear inspiring stories from successful individuals from a variety of backgrounds, professions and specialisms. Past speakers have included the scientist and broadcaster Professor Lord Robert Winston, multi-award-winning actor Sir John Hurt and the barrister and human rights campaigner Baroness Helena Kennedy QC.

Elly Sample, Director of Communications, Development & Marketing at the University of Lincoln, said:  “We have enjoyed some wonderful speakers in our Great Minds series over recent years and we are very excited by the line-up for our 2015/16 season.

The aim of these free public events is not simply to entertain, but also to educate and inspire – particularly for our younger audience members. Inspiration can come in many forms and it is the variety of different voices we bring to our Great Minds series that has made it such a success to date.”Great Minds lectures are free to attend (though booking is essential) and take place throughout the academic year at venues on the University’s main Brayford Pool Campus.

Places are limited and priority is given to school and college groups. For more information and booking details click here.  

Schools and colleges wishing to book places for larger groups can contact the University’s Events Office by phone on 01522 837100 or email


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