Press Release

01 February 2011

John MacGregor CVO
John MacGregor CVO

Canterbury Christ Church University is delighted to announce its February public lectures with Professor John MacGregor CVO, formerly British Ambassador in Warsaw and Vienna and UK Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency and Andrew Higson, Greg Dyke Professor of film and TV at the University of York.

The first talk is the Nick Burton Memorial lecture: Culturally English filmmaking in the 2000s, by Andrew Higson and will take place on Tuesday 8 February at the University’s main campus in Canterbury. This is the fourth annual Nick Burton Memorial Lecture given in honour of the former Head of the Department of Media.

Dr. Ken Fox, Principal Lecturer in the Department of Media said:
“We are delighted to welcome Professor Andrew Higson to give the fourth Nick Burton Memorial Lecture. Professor Higson is an internationally renowned cinema and television scholar whose most recent publication, Film England: Culturally English Filmmaking Since the 1990s ( I.B. Tauris, 2010), forms the basis for his lecture entitled “Culturally English filmmaking in the 2000s”. The lecture should provide a lively and authoritative presentation on a topic accessible to the general public and students and teachers of film, television and cultural studies.”

The second lecture this February is the controversial ‘Linked conundrum of nuclear weapons and nuclear power’ by Professor John MacGregor CVO, which will take place on Thursday 10 February, also at the Canterbury Campus.

Professor MacGregor will look at how modern nuclear reactors work, the prospects for a new generation of nuclear power stations in Britain and worldwide, and how, if built, to make them as safe and secure as possible. 

He will also be discussing how the potential link between the parts of the nuclear fuel cycle and the production of nuclear weapons can be internationally policed and controlled.
All lectures begin at 6pm, are open to members of the public and free to attend. For the full programme of public lectures or to book a place, please visit:


Notes to Editor

Andrew Higson
Professor Andrew Higson joined the University of York in January 2009, when he took up the Greg Dyke Chair in Film and Television Studies. He was previously Professor of Film Studies at the University of East Anglia, where he taught for 22 years.

He has published widely on British cinema, from the silent period to the present, and from contemporary drama to heritage film. His books include Waving the Flag: Constructing a National Cinema in Britain (1995) and English Heritage, English Cinema: The Costume Drama Since 1980 (2003; both Oxford University Press). He has also edited two general surveys of British cinema history, which cover the period from the late 1920s to the late 1990s: Dissolving Views: Key Writings on British Cinema (Cassell, 1996), and British Cinema, Past and Present (co-edited with Justine Ashby; Routledge, 2000).

He is currently working on three exciting projects, editing the Routledge Encyclopedia of Film History, a history of Anglia Television and a book on English cinema in 1990s and 2000s.

Professor John MacGregor CVO

John was educated at Kibworth Beauchamp Comprehensive School in Leicestershire, and at Balliol College Oxford. He trained as a teacher at Birmingham University.  He later studied Hindi at the School of Oriental and African Studies of London University, and speaks four other languages. Apart from his university work in Mexico, he has recently trained as a Mediator, and is a member of ADRg ambassadors, a group specialising in international mediation. He is a Board Member of the Shannon Trust, which promotes one to one teaching of reading between inmates of British prisons. 

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 18,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.
• As a leading provider of teaching and health care courses we have produced nearly 3,500 health and social care professionals and 7,000 teachers in the last five years.
• Over 90 per cent of our graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating.
• Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
• Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.


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