Celebrating and sharing the expertise and achievements of our new and established Professors.
These lectures showcase the breadth and quality of the research being conducted at the University.
The following Professorial lectures took place in the academic year 2016/17.
In this lecture, Professor Angela Smith, formerly Faculty of Education & Society (now Faculty of Arts & Creative Industries) also mentioned Paddington Bear and how he actually linked these seemingly disparate themes. More recently, her research had expanded into a project with other members of the English team at Sunderland to explore the city's literary and cultural history, and was something that fed into the City of Culture 2021 bid.
In this lecture, Professor Yonghong Peng, Faculty of Computer Science introduced the new discipline of data science, the challenges and opportunities to both new sciences and the new technologies. He presented the ecosystem for big data analytics that stimulated the generation of new knowledge and value from the complex digital world.
In this lecture, Professor Tim Paget, Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing talked about the global challenge of infection control in an era where poverty, war and political change was on the increase. In particular, what were the issues surrounding the development of a concerted approach by governments, industry and bodies such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) to combat infection, also what part could we as individuals play? Professor Paget also talked about ‘forgotten’ parasitic diseases that ravaged many parts of the world and what additional problems these presented.
In this lecture, Professor Donna Chambers, Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism drew on critical perspectives, including postcolonial and decolonial theory, to interrogate a range of representations from gay travel in Jamaica, to ‘Third World’ women in Spare Rib magazine. In so doing she demonstrated that tourism was not simply an apolitical, ludic phenomenon, but rather has immense power to privilege certain discourses and practices while denying legitimacy to others.
In this lecture, Professor Alastair Irons, Faculty of Computer Science examined the evolution of cybersecurity, the growth in demand for cybersecurity graduates and discussed the processes required to address the cybersecurity skills gap. The lecture reflected on the personal experiences in research and learning and teaching in digital forensics and cybersecurity, it considered the effectiveness of addressing the skills gap in cybersecurity and postulated on the educational requirements for the future of cybersecurity.