Give Me Inspiration! The Paradigm Shift

A series of conversations with distinguished academics, hosted by the Master of Churchill College, Professor Dame Athene Donald.

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Give Me Inspiration! The Paradigm Shift

A series of conversations with distinguished academics, hosted by the Master of Churchill College, Professor Dame Athene Donald.

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About the series

What do academics actually do?

What motivates them to get out of bed each morning and to deliver what is — or in many cases what isn't expected of them?

For a student setting out, the life of senior academics may seem very mysterious, particularly as many may end up taking on responsibilities and activities far removed from where an individual started.

The trajectory from student to senior academic is rarely a straight line, with twists, setbacks, time out and/or opportunities (taken or declined) all to be combined with a personal life.  

This series of conversations aims to explore the individual paths of some eminent academics who have made it to the top in their own particular ways. How have they found their own solutions to 'life', what tips do they wish they'd been given earlier on, and what might they view, retrospectively, with most pleasure or regret? 

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New series for 2016–17

Professor Alice Roberts — 16 February 2017

Alics Roberts is an anatomist, anthropologist, broadcaster and Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham. 

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Professor Dame Sally Davies — 6 June 2017

Sally Davies is currently the Chief Medical Officer for England — the first woman to hold this post — and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department of Health. 

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Catch up on previous conversations

2 November 2016

Political journalist, broadcaster and President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge.

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12 October 2015

Professor Dame Carol Robinson, DBE FRS, Dr Lee's Professor of Chemistry, Oxford University and Honorary Fellow of Churchill College.

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13 January 2016

Professor Mary Beard, OBE FBA FSA, Professor of Classics, University of Cambridge and Fellow of Newnham College.

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5 May 2016

Professor Uta Frith, DBE (hon), FRS, FBA, F Med Sci, Professor Emerita at the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience.

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