Press Release

12 September 2012

Canterbury Christ Church University has announced a new series of public lectures commencing in its newly refurbished St Gregory's Centre for Music on Tuesday 23 October 2012 and running into 2013.

The series opens with returning speaker, Mark Hammond, Chief Executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and Christ Church Visiting Professor of Public Administration, whose lecture is titled ‘Stopping at the Temple door: Religion and belief in equal society’.

The talk will be followed by a round table discussion with the Rt Rev James Langstaff, Bishop of Rochester and Richard Norman, Emeritus Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Kent and Vice President of the British Humanist Association, bringing a new dimension to the lecture series.

Nigel Douglas, tenor and writer will also lecture in the apt setting of St Gregory’s Centre for Music on Benjamin Britten, universally regarded as the greatest of British composers. Nigel Douglas’ lecture will refer extensively to Britten’s operas and will take place on Thursday 6 December 2012.

In 2013, Bernard Hogan-Howe QPM, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service will undertake a lecture on Wednesday 16 January. Ann Widdecombe, former MP and Shadow Home Secretary, will attend the University to host a lecture titled ‘NHS facing the future’ on Thursday 7 February 2013.

Anne Widdecombe’s lecture will focus on the need for a new NHS model, follow on from her claims in a speech at the Conservative Party Conference in 1998 urging for a new approach.

The final lecture in the series will welcome Christ Church Honorary Doctor, Admiral the Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE DL on Wednesday 24 April. The lecture titled ‘The United Kingdom – the importance and utility of maritime power’ will focus on the sea being instrumental to the UK’s survival over the centuries.

All public lectures throughout the series are free to attend and are open to the public. All lectures start at 6pm. Booking is required via


Notes to Editor

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 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 93% of our recent UK undergraduates are in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies
  • Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2010 UCAS).
  • We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).
  • 2012 is the University’s Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.

*2010/11 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey



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