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The Ideas Exchange Talks



April 29, 2019
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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The Exchange
Twickenham, London + Google Map


St Mary’s are delighted to announce the line-up for the “Ideas Exchange”, a series of 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!

Our speakers include His Honour Judge Peter Lodder QC who will be talking about the changing face of our Courts.  This will be an examination of how the courts and those who work in them have changed in recent years: to more accurately reflect the diversity of our society and to make better use of modern technology.

Fiona Wilson will explore how emotions impact on learning identity. She will identify strategies to create positive learning identities and create a culture of possibility to ensure progress.

Dr Carla Meijen’s talk is entitledMy mind is making me think my legs are tired’: Psychological strategies for endurance performance.” She will be discussing how endurance athletes from all levels may recognise the impact of psychological factors such as motivation, feeling nervous before a race, worries about sticking to a pacing strategy, or having the urge to slow down or quit. Carla will draw on examples related to these psychological factors to help explain how endurance athletes can use psychological strategies to help them get and keep their head in the ‘race’.

Mark Griffin, Head of Drama, will be discussing how every society, every culture at every period of history has relied on some form a theatre to tell stories, resolve disputes and rehearse the future. In this presentation Mark suggests that theatre not just informs our social and cultural understandings but also enables us to understand our own humanity in all its limitation and potential.

Other speakers include Dr Judith Bourne, Programme Director for Law and her talk on Helena Normanton and the opening of the legal profession to women.  Did you know that women have only been able to become barristers in England and Wales since 1922?  Find out about determined pioneer Helena Normanton, the first ever woman to practise as a barrister, and how her struggle led the way in opening the legal profession to women

Dr Chris Steer will be discussing cosmic rays which are a naturally-occuring background radiation that has fascinated many since they were first identified in 1912; hold your hand out and around 1 cosmic ray particle per second is passing through it. In this talk, Chris will introduce what cosmic rays are, then outline the areas that cosmic rays influence – from their role in the early Earth and long-distance space travel effects, to their science and engineering applications.

Bruce Rigal, Head of Department for Business, Law and Society is talking about “The illusion of control“.

We are delighted that Glynn Brailsford, Creative Director for the Institute of Economic Affairs will be compering the event. Glynn was formerly CEO of Los Angeles-based PROMAX&BDA, a not-for-profit association for marketing and design executives in television. Before that, he was a multi-award winning Creative Director for Channel 5, Discovery, Nickelodeon and Yorkshire Television, where he launched some of Britain’s most successful programmes.

Date: Monday 29th April

Time: 1pm – 2.30pm

Venue: The Exchange, Twickenham



St Mary’s Staff and Students/School/College Entry: Free

General Admission: £5