Inspire Lecture Series

The Inspire Lecture Series at Cheltenham Bournside School invites speakers from all corners of industry and higher education to deliver inspirational lectures to students at the school.

Previous guests have included Dr Samir Guglani, NHS Oncologist, Author and Director of Medicine Unboxed, Curstain Keltie, Garden Designer and and Horticultural Consultant, and Nathan Lake, professional squash player.

"The Inspire Lecture series builds upon our already successful external speaker programme, 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 everyone who is supporting this year's fantastic series."

- Mr Taylor, Assistant Associate Headteacher

Many of our Inspire Lectures are delivered in partnership with experts from University of Gloucestershire. Guest lecturers have joined us to cover specialisms including Journalism, Fashion, Film Production and Law, with more planned over the coming terms.

"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?" 

- Alice Vellender, Student Recruitment and Outreach Manager


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.

Term 1
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
Term 2
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
Term 3
Your Journey into Film Production Thursday 6 January Adam Batchelor, Senior Lecturer in Film Production, University of Gloucestershire
Your Journey into Law Tuesday 24 January Ryan O'Donnell, University of Gloucestershire
Studying Sport at University Wednesday 25 January  
How to get involved in the Landscaping Industry Thursday 2nd February Curstain KeltieKeltie & Clark 
Term 4
Studying Religion, Philosophy and Ethics at University Wednesday 8 March Speaker TBC
An introduction to Crypto-Currency (What is Block Chain? Distributed Ledgers and Smart Contracts. How is it different from money and how can Crypto be applied in a real-world context?) Wednesday 22 March John Christian, Management Accountant
Climate and Sustainability Careers - Working to overcome the challenges facing our local environment Tuesday 28 March Planet Cheltenham Team
Understanding the Opportunities in ACE (Architecture and the Constructed Environments) Thursday 27 April Speaker TBC
Studying International Relations at University NEW DATE: Thursday 4 May Rachel Bennett, Senior Lecturer and Academic Course Leader for International Relations, University of Gloucestershire

If you would be interested in delivering a future Inspire Lecture in the series, please contact Mr Taylor at

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