Gresham College Free Public Lectures

Gresham College’s free public lectures (running since 1597) are delivered by world-class experts in fields ranging across the arts and sciences.  For students they are a resource for careers advice, EPQ projects and UCAS statements. They are currently held online, and they have a searchable back catalogue of 2,500 free digital lectures on their website (ordered by school subject at

2020-21 LECTURES:

A series called Cosmic VisionCosmic Vision by Astronomy Professor Katherine Blundell, and another by Visiting Professor Roberto Trotta, The Unexpected UniverseThe Unexpected Universe.

A series on The Psychology of FinanceThe Psychology of Finance by Business Professor Alex Edmans; a series on Intergenerational JusticeIntergenerational Justice by Visiting Professor Martin Daunton.

A three part series on Great ThinkersGreat Thinkers by Visiting Professor Edith Hall.

The Powers of the NovelPowers of the Novel by Visiting Professor John Mullan, a one-off lecture on Offensive ShakespeareOffensive Shakespeare, a series on ‘classic’ film, Exploding the Film CanonExploding the Film Canon by Visiting Professor Ian Christie.

Two short series about the environment, Our Connected WorldOur Connected World, and How to Build a Just and Prosperous PlanetHow to Build a Just and Prosperous Planet, by Professor Jacqueline McGlade.

A fascinating series on Evil WomenEvil Women in history by Professor Joanna Bourke; a series on England’s ReformationsEngland’s Reformations by Professor Alec Ryrie; a Black History MonthBlack History Month series; a series about DarwinDarwin and his impact by Visiting Professor Jim Endersby and lots of one-off lecturesone-off lectures.

Great Ideas From Computer ScienceGreat Ideas From Computer Science by Professor Richard Harvey, which includes algorithms, data, programs and networks; a lecture on AI and HumourAI and Humour by Visiting Professor Yorick Wilks.

Death, the State and Human RightsDeath, the State and Human Rights by Professor Leslie Thomas QC will discuss police restraint and inquests into deaths in custody (Black Lives Matter); The Politics of the CourtroomThe Politics of the Courtroom by Visiting Professor Thomas Grant will weigh the balance between politicians and the courts.

Gresham Professor Sarah Hart will look at Mathematics in Music and WritingMathematics in Music and Writing, Professor Kevin Buzzard will ask Will Computers Outsmart MathematiciansWill Computers Outsmart Mathematicians, Dr Kit Yates discusses The Maths of Life and DeathThe Maths of Life and Death.

Major Debates in Public HealthMajor Debates in Public Health by the Chief Medical Officer for England Professor Chris Whitty, and Performing MedicinePerforming Medicine by Visiting Professor Roger Kneebone includes a lecture on knife crime.

Russian Piano MasterpiecesRussian Piano Masterpieces by Music Professor Marina Frolova-Walker; 100 years of BBC Radio100 years of BBC Radio by Visiting Professor Jeremy Summerly; Dr Xenia Pestova-Bennett will look at Toy and Cyborg PianosToy and Cyborg Pianos.



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Scottish Government along with SQA, SDS, Education Scotland, and SCQF, have been working with employers, employer networks and business organisations (such as FSB, CBI and Scottish Chambers of Commerce) to ensure employer understanding of Curriculum for Excellence and the National Qualifications.

On a number of occasions feedback has been received that employers would like to have information on qualifications ready to hand when it comes time for them to recruit. As a result it was agreed that it might be helpful to provide web links to explanatory materials for employers, which young people could include in their CVs or Job Applications. 

For information on the National Qualifications, and how they compare with each other and over time, please follow these web links to a summary table from SCQF or a short leaflet for employers from SQA

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