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Ideas Exchange Talks



December 17, 2018
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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The Exchange
Twickenham, London + Google Map

St Mary’s are delighted to launch the “Ideas Exchange”, a series of ten quick-fire lectures from a range of top academics. Each thought-provoking talk is only eight minutes long (or short) and will cover a cornucopia of topics from media to sport!


Date: Monday 17th December

Time: 1pm – 3.30pm

Venue: The Exchange, Twickenham


Talks include:

Amy Price

Programme Director Physical and Sport Education

Amy will discuss ideas around digital video game design and its relationship to sports coaching and teaching. She will pose questions such as “how can coaches design training practices that look and feel like a video game experience, without players physically using video games?”


Dr Jon Hackett

Programme Director – Film and Communications

Jon will look at the rise of mobile communication and its importance in everyday life. One feature of digital media is convergence: the process by which media and telecommunications increasingly come together; and different types of media become available on multiple platforms. Jon will explore some of the social and cultural consequences of the rise of mobile media – and some ways in which our consumption of media is changing as a result.


Dr Phil Price

Programme Director – Strength and Conditioning

“Finding your genius”

Learning at university is difficult. There is so much information to process that it can become overwhelming, leaving students to feel like they are not good enough and can’t do it. Phil believes there is a genius in each of us, which we can only discover once we’ve found our passion and our own way of learning. Phil will provide a philosophical approach to life and principles to follow which have helped him find his style of learning, hoping to inspire everyone to find their genius within.


Professor Merlin Stone

Marketing and Strategy

Merlin will review the difference the giants of digital marketing (Google and their subsidiary YouTube, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and their subsidiary Instagram, Microsoft and their subsidiaries such as Skype and LinkedIn) have made to our lives, and how they have changed what is taught in business and marketing.


Yiannis Mavrommatis

Programme Director, Nutrition and Genetics

Genetics is currently the most rapidly evolving aspect of science. Yiannis will explain how genetics has infiltrated all aspects of medicine and nutrition, and will also talk about the applied aspect of genetics since it is strongly related with employability.


Dan Ford

Programme Director, Drama

Dan will be discussing Contemporary Actor Training in the Age of Transmedia, looking at what the job title Actor means. Dan looks at what training means in a university context, and how that training adapts to different 21st century platforms.


Michael Ayres

Programme Director – Chelsea Football Club Foundation Coaching Degree

Michael will discuss the first steps to explore the meaning of understanding in sports coaching and physical education. He will consider conceptual underpinnings and practical application of coaching for understanding.


Stewart McCain

Programme Director, History

Stewart will discuss the relationship between populism, politics and social grievance in the French Revolution. Stewart will explore the ways in which politics became ‘popular’ during this period in ways that are reminiscent of populist political rhetoric today.



Adults: £5

Concessions: £3

St Mary’s Staff and Students/School/College Entry: Free – to book a free ticket please call 0208 240 2399 between the hours of 12pm-5pm