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Associate Professorial Lecture Series 2022/23

Associate Professorial Lectures are an opportunity for Associate Professors to showcase their current research and/or learning and teaching priorities at the Institution.



Past Events

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Sarah Martin-Denham, Associate Professor of Care and Education

Thursday 29 June 2023, 4pm, Tom Cowie Lecture Theatre

Sarah will be sharing findings of participatory research with children and young people previously excluded from school and wider research with caregivers and professionals.

No recording available for this event.


Researching The Safety Of Students

Nicola Roberts, Associate Professor of Criminology

Wednesday 14 June 2023, 12:30pm, Prospect 007

In this presentation, Nicola will present the research she has carried out over the past decade on student populations about their perceptions and strategies of safety and their experiences of interpersonal violence and abuse, on and off campus, and evaluations of key interventions and practices, such as bystander and campus security. She will also talk about her new research projects in this area.


The Importance of Being Pharmacological 

Gavin Jarvis, Associate Professor of Analytical Pharmacology

Wednesday 10 May 2023, 12:30pm, Murray Lecture Theatre

Pharmacology, the study of drugs, stands at the interface between molecular biology – drugs are molecules after all – and clinical practice – drugs are used daily to treat patients. Perhaps because of this breadth of vision, pharmacology has suffered a crisis of identity in recent decades. 

At its heart, pharmacology is a quantitative and analytical discipline. Without this dimension, its claims are baseless and its utility severely curtailed.

In this lecture, Associate Professor Jarvis will make a case for the importance of pharmacology, in basic science, in clinical practice, and in the education of medical students. He will explain what pharmacology is and what it is not.  His lecture will be illustrated by his past work and future ambitions in drug discovery.


Participation and epistemic (in)justice

Sarah Lonbay, Associate Professor in Social Sciences and Engagement

Wednesday 26 April 2023, 12:30pm, Prospect 007

The production of knowledge is a core aspect of the academic role, but how knowledge is created and who is entitled to create it can be contested both within and outside of the academy. With increasing emphasis on participation in the construction of research – and within practice in the health and social care arena – it is important to understand how the ways in which we work can contribute, or take us away, from the democratisation of knowledge. In this lecture Dr. Lonbay will explore the concepts of participation and epistemic (in)justice and how they have shaped and influenced her research in health and social care. Drawing from a range of projects, Dr. Lonbay will share learning from her own approaches and draw on these experiences to illustrate how paying attention to epistemic justice can help us to centre social justice in our practice.


Combatting Antimicrobial Resistance

Mark Gray, Associate Professor, of Medicinal Chemistry (Research)

Wednesday 29 March 2023, 12:30pm, online

The emergence of superbugs such as MRSA through antimicrobial resistance is one of the most pressing health concerns of our time. This lecture will showcase work carried out at the University of Sunderland in partnership with the NHS and Industry in two key areas: the development of new antimicrobial agents, and materials that allow for the rapid and economical identification of pathogenic bacteria. 


How to Find Your Tomato and Feed Your Pig (or How to be a Social Scientist in the Neoliberal Academy)

Donna Peacock, Associate Professor of Social Science

Wednesday 8 March 2023, 5pm, Prospect 009

External metrics have become the drivers of Higher Education practice rather than the indicators of quality that they were intended to be. We measure the worth of staff, students, courses, and institutions in financial and transactional terms. This lecture examines the challenges for the social scientist in navigating neoliberal academia, and for the future of social sciences as a discipline in a marketised Higher Education landscape.

No recording available for this event.


Research Progress on Graphene Nanocomposites at the School of Engineering

Panagiotis Karagiannidis, Associate Professor in Advanced Materials

Wednesday 18 January 2023, 12:30pm, Prospect 009

In this talk, I will discuss the establishment of a lab on advanced polymeric materials research at the School of Engineering. I will cover examples of polymers reinforced with graphene and related materials, the research we have been doing with our PhD students, cases of funded projects and collaborations with other academic institutions and the industry.


Education as a Practice of Freedom

Gary Husband, Associate Professor of Further, Adult and Vocational Education

Thursday 2 February 2023, 12:30pm, Tom Cowie Lecture Theatre

This lecture aims to examine the purposes of education and critically explores the modern constructs that seemingly shape policy and provision. The lecture asks several probing questions of the focus of education (as a ‘provision’) and explores the wider purposes and value of engaging in learning.