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Best of Bristol Lecturers selected

1 February 2012

In a November news item last year, alumni were asked to vote for their favourite lecturers by going to The votes have been collated and the lectures chosen. The first of five 50 minute talks, which alumni are invited to attend, will take place in the Victoria Rooms on Thursday 2 February when Professor Andy Levy looks at the quest to stay younger for longer and examines whether the philosopher’s stone could one day become a reality.
  • Thursday, 2 February - 'Medical Innovation and the Philosopher's stone - why you don't have to get old,' Professor Andy Levy, Neuroscience
  • Thursday, 9 February - 'Philosophy - why bother?' Professor James Ladyman, Philosophy
  • Thursday, 23 February - Teaching Fellow Gervas Huxley, Economics (lecture title to be confirmed)
  • Thursday, 1 March – Professor Jutta Weldes, International Relations (lecture title to be confirmed)
  • Thursday, 8 March - 'Drugs of abuse - what do they do to the brain?' Professor Graeme Henderson, Physiology and Pharmacology

The lectures are free and no booking is required. They are held in the Victoria Rooms, starting at 1.10pm and finishing at 2pm.

The Best of Bristol Lectures are organised by students to give fellow students, university staff and members of the public a chance to experience the best teaching Bristol University has to offer. Students and alumni, voted online for their favourite lecturer, or for other lecturers they would like to hear.

More than 2,000 people attended the first lecture series, which proved so popular that it won the 2011 University of Bristol Union’s 'Impact and Innovation Award’ for providing members of the University and wider community with the chance to experience some of the University’s great teaching. Best of Bristol’s previous coordinator George Cave also won the 'Vice-Chancellor's Activities Award' for demonstrating outstanding commitment.

For regular updates, including a full lecture schedule, titles and lecture summaries, please visit