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50th Anniversary Inaugural Lectures

The Open University is pleased to announce the annual series of inaugural professorial lectures for 2019-20.

All new professors are given the opportunity to give an inaugural lecture.

The series provides an opportunity to celebrate these achievements with each lecture representing a significant milestone in an academic's career. This year, there is a particular emphasis on the University’s 50th anniversary. 

The normal format is for a lecture of approximately an hour, followed by a celebratory wine reception.

Lectures are open to all University staff and students as well as to members of the public. Please see below for upcoming lectures and for details of how to obtain a ticket. All lectures will be livestreamed and links will be added closer to each event.

Forthcoming lectures

A schedule of forthcoming lectures for 2020 will be published shortly.

Previous lectures

David Rothery and Carole Haswell

Discovering new planets

Professor David Rothery and Professor Carole Haswell, delivered a joint inaugural lecture event on the theme of Discovering new planets.

14th November 2019
Paul Lawrence

What’s the point of criminal justice history?

As The Open University celebrates its 50th anniversary, Paul Lawrence, Asa Briggs Professor of History, delivered his inaugural lecture on how a historical approach to criminal justice contributes to contemporary understandings of crime and justice.

15th October 2019
Gordon Liu

Cause-related marketing

As The Open University celebrates its 50th anniversary, Gordon Liu, Professor of Marketing Strategy, delivered his inaugural lecture on how effective corporate social responsibility strategies enhance a firm’s reputation with its key stakeholders.

9th September 2019
Mark Brandon

The polar oceans and global climate

As The Open University celebrates its 50th anniversary, Mark Brandon, Professor in Polar Oceanography, delivered his inaugural lecture on the polar oceans and global climate and looked ahead to what could happen during the next 50 years.

15th July 2019
Peter Twining giving his lecture

If school is the problem, what is the solution?

As The Open University celebrates its 50th anniversary, Peter Twining, Professor of Education (Futures), delivered his inaugural lecture on what the future holds for schools.

25th June 2019
Theo Papaioannou

The idea of social justice in innovation

As The Open University celebrates its 50th anniversary, Theo Papaioannou, Professor of Politics, Innovation and Development, delivered his inaugural lecture to explore the idea of social justice in innovation.

5th June 2019
Jo Phoenix

Youth crime and justice: Does age matter?

As The Open University celebrates its 50th anniversary, Jo Phoenix, Professor of Criminology, delivered her inaugural lecture on youth crime and justice.

21st May 2019
Rick Holliman

Fairness in knowing': How should we engage with the sciences?

To celebrate The Open University at 50, Richard Holliman, Professor of Engaged Research, explored selected examples from the OU’s curriculum, research and knowledge exchange portfolios in this inaugural lecture.

13th March 2019
Jo Brewis

Menopause and the workplace

During The Open University’s 50th anniversary celebrations, Jo Brewis, Professor of People and Organisations in The Faculty of Business and Law, delivered her inaugural on the effects of menopause in the workplace.

5th March 2019
Martin Weller

Aspects of the Open: The evolution of the meaning of open education

As The Open University celebrated its 50th anniversary and its mission of openness, Martin Weller, Professor of Educational Technology at the OU, examined what the term ‘open’ means and considered what an ‘Open University’ would look like if we were to invent it now.

20th February 2019

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