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Go York Events

We have a selection of exciting and inspirational speakers and a series of University celebrations for you to enjoy

Go York OfficialThe 'Go York Events' are a series of lectures which bring together York St John University’s eminent academics, high profile speakers and the local community for a series of events to be enjoyed by all.

Go York Events aim to welcome the local community onto our campus to learn about a range of interesting and stimulating themes. These events bring students and local community together to enjoy a wide range of speakers and welcome guests to York St John University and the city.

There will be a mixture of guest lectures local and international speakers covering many topics and later in the series events which celebrate the new Professorships here at York St John University.


Thursday 23 April 2015

Dr Attaullah SiddiquiDr Ataullah Siddiqui - Markfield Institute of Higher Education

Hazards of Dialogue: Assurance and Apprehension in Inter-Faith Relations

Dr Ataullah Siddiqui is a Visiting Professor at the University of Gloucestershire and a Reader in Religious Pluralism and Inter-Faith Relations at the Markfield Institute of Higher Education where he was also the Director of the Institute from 2001 to 2008. He is a Visiting Fellow at York St John University as well as in the School of Historical Studies at the University of Leicester. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World at the University of Edinburgh. He was founder President and Vice Chair of the ‘Christian Muslim Forum’, and a founder member of the Leicester Council of Faiths. His publications include: Beyond the Dysfunctional Family: Jews, Christians and Muslims in Dialogue with Each Other and With Britain (edited with others) London: The Manor House Abrahamic Group (2012); British Secularism and Religion: Islam, Society and the State (edited. with others) Markfield: Kube Publishing (2010), Christians and Muslims in the Commonwealth: A Dynamic Role in the Future [co-edited 2001]. He is also the author of a government report Islam at Universities in England: Meeting the Needs and Investing in the Future, 2007. He has contributed chapters and articles to several other books and journals.

Based on the speaker’s long experience of involvement at various levels of dialogue, the presentation will argue how bi-lateral engagement are important for the success of inter-faith dialogue. The presentation will highlight the challenges posed by mission in dialogue, impact of international politics, humanism and secularism. It will also highlight how, at times, dialogue participants inadvertently generate great ‘monologue’. It will also illustrate some of the success stories of dialogue in Britain especially in the areas of inter-faith chaplaincy.


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Thursday 30 April 2015

Julie MooreDame Julie Moore -  Chief Executive of University Hospitals Birmingham

Julie is a graduate nurse who worked in clinical practice before moving into management. After a variety of clinical, management and director posts, she was appointed as Chief Executive of University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) in 2006.




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Thursday 21 May 2015

Hannah Flint - Regional Development Executive, International Justice Mission UK

Modern Day Slavery

Hannah Flint is a Regional Development Executive for International Justice Mission (IJM) UK, a global organisation that protects people who live in poverty from violence, including forced labour slavery and sex trafficking. IJM partners with local authorities in 20 communities throughout the developing world to rescue victims of violence, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors to safety and strength, and help local law enforcement build a safe future that lasts. Hannah will present a global overview of modern day slavery and specific examples of how IJM's collaborative casework model is bringing lasting, positive change for millions of people. Hannah also partners with local police, Border Force and other NGO's to deliver training on Human Trafficking in the UK, is a CEOP ambassador and works in schools with young people to engage them on the issues of safe relationships, the grooming process, and Human Trafficking.

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Thursday 28 May 2015

Picture of Ruth HuntRuth Hunt - Chief Executive, Stonewall

Lecture Title: The Future of LGBT - Here and Abroad

Ruth Hunt is Chief Executive of Stonewall, having worked in senior positions at Stonewall since 2011. She has successfully led the development of the organisation’s ground breaking policy, campaigning and research outputs. These include Stonewall’s pioneering work to tackle homophobic bullying in schools, effective interventions to improve the health of lesbian, gay and bisexual people and, Stonewall’s acclaimed leadership development programmes. Ruth has spearheaded efforts on engaging people of faith in Stonewall’s work.

At Stonewall, Ruth has overseen the rapid growth of Stonewall’s public affairs and education teams as well developing the infrastructure of Stonewall Scotland and Stonewall Cymru. Specifically, she led Stonewall Scotland’s lobbying to secure the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill as well as giving evidence to the Scottish Parliament Equal Opportunities Committee on marriage equality. Ruth has also developed strategic partnerships with organisations such as the Ministry of Defence, the Department of Health, Accenture, McKinsey and UKBA. Ruth’s expertise has been recognised across the third sector, and has worked closely with a number of high profile charities to develop their campaigning functions.

Ruth attended St. Hilda’s College, Oxford where she studied English and was elected President of Oxford Student Union. Prior to Stonewall, Ruth worked at the Equality Challenge Unit where she led work advising Higher Education Institutions on sexual orientation and gender identity equality.

In 2013, Ruth was voted the fifth most influential LGBT person in Britain in The Independent’s Pink List. Ruth’s wife Kirsty is a doctor specialising in histopathology.

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Previous events

Thursday 23 October 2014

Professor Alyson Tobin- Deputy Vice Chancellor, York St John University

Inaugural Lecture 

Seeing the invisible: understanding the physiology of plant cells

Professor Alyson Tobin joined York St John University as the Deputy Vice Chancellor in September 2013. She has held academic posts at the Universities of York, Sussex, Manchester and St Andrews where she was Dean of the Faculty of Science, Professor of Biology and Acting Vice Principal (Learning and Teaching). She has been responsible for academic quality, new programme development and approval, collaborative degrees, international research collaborations and undergraduate research internships.

The lecture will cover examples from Professor Tobin’s research career, demonstrating how our understanding of the workings of plants and plant cells has progressed through advances in technology from microscopy through to genetic modification. 


Wednesday 5 November 2014

Dr Ken Hodge - Professor in sport and exercise psychology, University of Otago, New Zealand

Motivational Climate for Elite Performance: Lessons from the World Cup Winning 2011 All Blacks Rugby Team

Dr Hodge is a Professor in sport and exercise psychology at the School of Physical Education, University of Otago, New Zealand (NZ). He joined the School in 1988, after completing his PhD at the University of Illinois (USA). His research focuses primarily on the psycho-social effects of participation in sport. In particular, he has investigated issues such as motivational orientations in sport, prosocial and antisocial behaviour in sport, effectiveness of Sport Psychology Consultants, athlete burnout and athlete engagement, and lifeskill development through sport.

Ken has extensive experience working with elite NZ athletes as a Mental Skills Trainer (e.g., 1990, 1994, 1998 Commonwealth Games; 1992 Summer Olympics; 2006 Winter Olympics; NZ Colts Rugby, 2002-2005; Highlanders Super 14 Rugby Team, 2010; Silver Ferns Netball, 2006-2007; NZ Academy of Sport athletes, 2002-2010; IRB Sevens Referees, 2014). 


Thursday 29 January 2015

Professor Jacqueline Akhurst - Professor of Community Psychology, York St John University, Inaugural Lecture, Community Psychology: action and research in the real world

Professor Akhurst was appointed Principal Lecturer in Psychology at York St John University in 2008. Before her university lecturing career, she taught in primary and secondary schools in South Africa; and following professional psychology training, worked as a School Psychologist. She then held various posts at the University of Natal, and coordinated a Masters in Education Psychology.

After moving to the UK in 2004, she worked for two years in the Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Psychology, then moving to YSJU as a Senior Lecturer. Her research focuses on community-based interventions, often utilising Action Research and Activity Theory.

Until very recently, Community Psychology was not well known in the UK. Through reflecting on experiences of work in Community Psychology in South Africa and then in the UK, this lecture will illustrate the potential of the sub-discipline to offer participatory and ‘bottom-up’ approaches to some examples of 21st century societal challenges.


Thursday 12 February 2015

Gary Verity - Chief Executive, Welcome to Yorkshire, How Yorkshire wowed the Tour de France

Since his appointment as Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire in October 2008 he has successfully raised the profile of Yorkshire at a regional, national and international level.

Gary led the winning bid to bring the Grand Départ of the Tour de France to Yorkshire in 2014 and was instrumental in the entire process from start to finish. He helped galvanise the county’s public and private sectors to stand together to back the ultimately successful bid to bring the Tour – the world’s largest annual sporting event – to Yorkshire ahead of other bidders like Florence, Barcelona, Utrecht, Berlin and Scotland.

Against all odds, Yorkshire won the right to host the Tour de France and set about creating history by hosting the grandest Grand Départ in the history of the race, wowing the riders, the teams and the world that tuned into the opening two stages.

Gary Verity was the man who made it all happen, leading the bid and delivering one of the greatest sporting events ever to have taken place in the UK.


Thursday 26 February 2015

Rikki Arundel - Professional Speaker, coach and Diversity expert specialising in Sex, Gender and Equality.

Why is My Gender Identity so Important?

Rikki Arundel is a motivational speaker, consultant and diversity trainer and was the founder and first president of the UK Professional Speaking Association.  Her previous career in financial services came to an end as a result of discrimination following her decision to change gender in 2002. Faced with considerable discrimination, she changed her field of expertise, completing a masters degree in Gender Research at Hull University and establishing herself as a diversity expert.  She has spent the past decade delivering transgender awareness and other gender related training to mostly public sector organisations, and developing her web site at http://www.genderspeaker.com/.  

Think for a moment about how you might describe someone.  Now - what if you didn’t know their gender?   How would that change your description?  How would it change their identity? Rikki will be taking us on a journey into the world between genders to explore her life experiences, the critical role sex and gender have played throughout history and how we can break free from the prison of gender identity.


Thursday 19 March 2015

Professor Matthew Reason - Professor of Theatre and Performance, York St John University

Researching the Audience Experience

Matthew Reason’s work engages with audiences, theatre for children, liveness, performance documentation and reflective practice. He has a particular specialism in developing research methodology for qualitative audience research, including the use of creative (for example drawing or writing) based research techniques.

Duchamp famously declared that the ‘spectator makes the picture’. Similarly with theatre it is often said that the audience completes the work. Yet audiences are often neglected with academic research, typically spoken for rather than speaking. Drawing on his research with both adults and children – using methodologies that have included visual arts, creative writing and movement – Matthew Reason will present insights about the audience experience and discuss how the manner in which we go about our research reveals a something about our understanding of the world around us.