'Inspire Lecture Series' launches with Nathan Lake

27 Sep

The team at Cheltenham Bournside School were delighted to launch a new Inspire Lecture Series last week, which kick starts a programme of 10 inspirational lectures already planned for this academic year.

Our first guest in the series, Nathan Lake, a professional squash player currently representing England on the PSA World Tour, delivered his lecture online from his current base in Chicago, Illinois. A former East Glos Club member and winner of the European Junior Championships when he was just 18, Nathan is proud Bournside and University of Gloucestershire alumni, and is now ranked #35 in the world. 

Mr Taylor said, "The Inspire Lecture series builds upon our already successful external speaker programme at Cheltenham Bournside School, bringing it together under one umbrella to help our students identify the speakers they'd most like to see. Each speaker brings their own expertise and experience into the school, sparking curiosity and inspiring ambition among our students. Thank you to Nathan for kicking the programme off from nearly 4,000 miles away, and thank you to everyone who is supporting this year's fantastic series."  

Many of the upcoming talks will be delivered in partnership with experts from University of Gloucestershire. Alice Vellender, Student Recruitment and Outreach Manager, said: "We're delighted to be working closely with the team at Bournside to deliver a varied and vibrant series of subject lectures. Academic colleagues from a range of areas have volunteered their time to share their passion for their subject specialism and they are excited to kick start some interesting conversations with students. We pride ourselves on working with local young people to explore their futures. Who knows, maybe this could be the start of a new interest?"

Inspire Lecture Series 2022/23

Please note: Inspire Lectures will usually take place in the main hall after school, 3.15 - 4.15pm, but timings will vary. Please check details for individual events.

A Life in Sport Thursday 28th September (online) Nathan Lake, Professional Squash Player
Interior Design Wednesday 5 October Natasha Johnston, Lecturer in Interior Design, University of Gloucestershire
Your Journey into Journalism Thursday 20 October Sophie Flowers, Lecturer in Journalism, University of Gloucestershire and NCTJ Media Law Board member
A Life in Fashion: Studying Fashion at University and Beyond Wednesday 7 December Jason Johns, Senior Lecturer in Fashion Design, University of Gloucestershire
Medicine Unboxed Tuesday 13 December Dr Samir Guglani, NHS Oncologist, Author and Director of Medicine Unboxed
Your Journey into Film Production Thursday 6th January Adam Batchelor, Senior Lecturer in Film Production, University of Gloucestershire
Your Journey into Law Tuesday 24 January Ryan O'Donnell, University of Gloucestershire
How to get involved in the landscaping industry Thursday 2nd February Curstain Keltie of Keltie & Clark 
Working in International Relations Thursday 23 March Rachel Bennett, Senior Lecturer and Academic Course Leader for International Relations, University of Gloucestershire
Understanding the Opportunities in ACE (Architecture and the Constructed Environments) Thursday 27 April Speaker TBC

If you would be interested in delivering a future Inspire Lecture in the series, please contact glt@bournside.gloucs.sch.uk.

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