Inaugural Professorial Lectures

The University of South Wales is delighted to showcase its inaugural lecture series. 

The aim of the public lectures is to celebrate the conferment of the title of Professorship for outstanding research, innovation, teaching and professional practices with colleagues, friends and family. Professorial recognition is made across all disciplinary boundaries following external peer review and evaluation.


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the Inaugural Professorial Lectures will not take place in their usual format of an onsite celebratory event. The University are looking into alternative delivery options for these lectures and any updates will be posted here, so please keep checking this web page for more information.

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Forthcoming lectures

Date Speaker Location
20th April 2021 Mark Llewellyn TBC

Professorial lectures 2019-20

Professor Lisa Lewis

Postcolonial performance and small nations

Professor Lisa Lewis, November 2019

This lecture shared the findings of performance research into the cultural exchange between Wales and north-east India. The discussion emphasised the significance of performance for revealing contemporary postcolonial identities in small nations. Excerpts of 'Performing Journeys', a performance that formed part of the research project, were shown and discussed.

Watch the lecture below:

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On the fringe for 40 years!

Professor David Byfield, October 2019

David’s lecture explored the development of the chiropractic profession in the UK and Europe from both a clinical and educational perspective, covering some of the reputational and cultural authority issues for a small profession positioned outside the wider healthcare community.

He reviewed the contribution that the chiropractic profession can make in the management of a number of common disabling conditions related to the musculoskeletal system and how the education of chiropractors prepares them for this role. Furthermore, David also discussed his contribution to the educational literature and his approach to psychomotor skill acquisition. In addition, details about his current research interests and future plans in this field of study were expanded.

Professorial lectures 2018-19

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The changing landscape of spirituality in healthcare: time travel across three decades 

Professor Linda Ross, July 2019

This lecture offered reflections on a professional, but also deeply personal journey that has seen the place of spirituality within healthcare shift from being barely recognised three decades ago, through to today, where is it a core element within healthcare policy and a legitimate area of nursing practice, underpinned by research and education.

Linda invited the audience to time travel with her as she reflected on this journey: on the principles and people that have shaped it; on the bugbears that still exist; and on what needs to happen next, to ensure that what’s important to the people nurses care for remains at the heart of what they do. 

Paul Carr

Rock Music Pedagogy in the US; Ignorance or Elitism?

Professor Paul Carr, May 2019

This lecture considered some of the pedagogical issues when rock music first emerged in the UK and US, exploring concerns facing academics and institutions teaching the subject today.

Paul's talk attested that a lack of understanding of the genre (and popular music more broadly) can not only result in critics, government bodies and examination boards using misjudged evaluative criteria, but also elitist subliminal messages regarding its value.

You can read the full details of Paul's lecture here.

Dr Bela Arora

If you think modern slavery doesn't exist, think again

Professor Bela Arora, April 2019

Slavery is alive, well and thriving, right on our doorstep. Tens of thousands of people are trapped in modern slavery in the UK today, with British nationals making up the highest number of cases, followed by people from Albania and Vietnam. The criminals who prey on vulnerable individuals do not discriminate.

Slavery is a global phenomenon with a strong local dimension. This form of criminality and exploitation is taking place in plain sight and if we look closely we can spot the signs. We all need to be part of the anti-slavery movement.

Alice Entwistle

Take Five: Mathematics, mechanics and the matter of form

Professor Alice Entwistle, January 2019

This lecture weaved various strands of a literary critical career into a meditation on the literature it has been most concerned with: poetry. In a wide-angled treatment of the five-lined stanza, or ‘quintain’, Alice considered the suggestive interplay between a poem’s mechanisms and its languages, a dialogue which has always compelled her as reader and on which her own writing invariably comes to rest. She used her specialist expertise in reading textual forms as cultural-political signifiers to reflect, in conclusion, on the place and function of the arts and humanities in today’s Academy.

Professor Bev John

The said, the unsaid and the unsayable: A tale of 25 years of addiction research

Professor Bev John, January 2019

What is addiction? Can we prevent it? Who is at risk? What treatments work? How do we develop evidence? In her inaugural lecture, Bev John reflected on her research career and contribution to the knowledge base of addiction psychology. Bev discussed some of her work in developing screening and treatment interventions, and the challenges involved in researching the UK’s ‘favourite drug’. She concluded with an overview of her more recent research in gambling related harm and the parallels with alcohol addiction.

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Everything is shiny: Being a magpie in elite sports research

Professor David Shearer, November 2018

This lecture was a reflection on David’s research career to date. Starting with a nostalgic perspective on “How the hell did I get here?”, he then provided insight into how an applied-driven approach to sport psychology research directly informs his practice of elite sport psychology consultancy. David finished his talk by looking at the future of sport psychology and some of the wider benefits for society.

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Reflections of a thoughtful collaborator

Professor Karen Fitzgibbon, October 2018

The lecture offered a series of reflections from early career experiences through to Karen’s current role as Head of Learning, Teaching and Student Experience in the Faculty of Business and Society. The focus on collaboration as a structure for the lecture included collaboration which supported development of Karen’s own learning and teaching practice as a new lecturer, then into small collaborations within the business subjects she taught and finally into leading institutional and national collaborations. The lecture ended with a reflection of how collaboration is currently being viewed across the HE sector.