Able and Aspiring Lectures

The More Able lectures are designed to further develop the knowledge and skills of our most able students. They are open to all year groups, including year 12 and 13 and are delivered by members of staff, individuals from outside agencies and the parents and carers of our school community.

These talks are conducted on a variety of different topics, inside and outside of the normal curriculum and are a fantastic opportunity for our students to broaden their knowledge whilst giving them an experience of what higher education will look like. Students are given a note book to take notes in, on their own accord, and are encouraged to participate and ask questions throughout.

Examples of talks we have had in the past include;

  • 'Counting and beyond' where Mr Elliot took students through degree level counting and being able to use a formula to speed this process up
  • 'Big Data' where Mr Surridge-Taylor introduced students to how computers and larger agencies use our data and what this means for the 21st century person
  • 'The Brain' where Dr Simon Paine showed students how to dissect a brain but also talked about how our brain works and how he, as a doctor, diagnoses brain diseases and problems
  • 'Metaphysics' where Miss Jones talked to students about the science behind existence

Our lectures are in The Concert Hall in the college building and are held on a Wednesday from 3.15 to 4.15pm.

Please note that our lectures take place across three half terms of the academic year 22/23 and are as follows:

Half term 2 - Monday 6th November - Friday 15th December

Half term 4 - Monday 19th February - Thursday 28th March

Half term 6 - Monday 3rd June - Thursday 25th July

The fourth half term talks are as follows:

Wednesday 12th June Dr Alec Machin (University of Nottingham, Product Design and Manufacturing) – Taking a product from concept to market

Venue: The Curve

Wednesday 19th June Dr Darren Walsh, Professor of Chemistry (University of Nottingham) – The Development of sustainable next generation batteries

Venue: The Curve

Wednesday 26th June Dr Murray Lark (Professor of Environmetrics, University of Nottingham) “On not fooling ourselves with numbers: statistics for real-world problems”

Venue: The Curve

Wednesday 3rd July Dr Stephen Ambrose and Kishen Rengaraj (Professor of Engineering, University of Nottingham) – “From Concepts to Creation: The Role of Computer Simulation and Design in Modern Engineering”

Venue: The Curve

Miss Coates

July 2024


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