Monthly Archives: May 2015

BBC Sky At Night presenter Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock to come to UCLan

Maggie_Pocock_main_rdax_500x500UCLan will welcome BBC Sky at Night presenter Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE for a free public event looking at her life experiences of being a woman in science and presenting the world’s longest running television series.

Maggie will share how, against the odds, she became a space scientist, a leading science communicator to UK schoolchildren and a “go to” science pundit for the media. She will talk about what’s it like to be put on the spot by Jeremy Paxman, why she had an apology from a national newspaper this year and consider if there is a question that has left her speechless.

The event has been organised by Athena Swan Officer Claire Meadows-Haworth who promotes UCLan’s commitment to advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine. She said: “We are delighted to welcome Maggie to the University to share her incredible and inspiring journey that has led to her presenting the iconic BBC Sky at Night programme.

“Maggie is a fantastic example of a woman who has carved a successful career in science and I hope students, staff and members of the public will come along to hear all about it.”

The Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE Public Lecture will take place at 6.30pm on Wednesday 10 June with doors opening at 6pm. It will take place in Darwin Lecture Theatre with free parking on Foster Car Park. The event is free to all but visitors need to book online beforehand.

For more information email: or call 01772 894559.


UCLan Distinguished Visitor Programme Public Lecture Series:

Best practices for offering development assistance to people with disabilities in economically disadvantaged countries: Using transformative mixed method research with Deaf communities

Amy Wilson

The lecture will be followed-up by a one hour workshop Deaf/Hearing Researcher Collaboration Working in Economically Poor Countries:  Orientating your employer, stakeholders and yourself.

By Professor Amy Wilson, Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C. USA

18 June, Thursday, 2-5 pm 

Brook Building 008


Professor Wilson has been the Programme Director for the MA International Development course in the Department of Education at Gallaudet University. She is an expert on research in evaluation and programme management, designing many curricula on training teachers of the deaf, cultural diversity and disability studies, and she has worked internationally in collaboration with many organisations, researching how to empower deaf people and those with disabilities in Africa, the Caribbean, Asia and South America. She has written and published many academic journal articles and book chapters, and a significant book in collaboration with Donna Mertens called “Program Evaluation Theory and Practice: A comprehensive guide” which was published in 2012.

RAEng 3D Future: Case Studies Needed with Free Training Available

demodayWould you like to inspire the next generation of engineers?

We’re looking for engineers to film and create short videos with which we can use to show young people the varied and interesting career paths in the field. As part of a Royal Academy of Engineering funded project, we’ll be running workshops about 3D-printing and engineering with young people aged 11-14 years.

Your video will be shown during the workshops and they will also be uploaded onto Youtube to act as an online resource. We’re looking for contributions from all fields engineering, not just 3D printing.

We will provide free public and engagement and science communication training for all those who would like to be involved. In the communication training we will focus on how to communicate each individual engineer’s area of work in an interesting way to a non-specialist audience, so you will be fully prepared to be filmed.

The training and filming dates are:

Monday 13th July 1-5pm

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Friday 24th July 9-1pm

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Lunch will be provided and we can cover reasonable travel expenses.

For more information on the project and how to get involved please contact Liz Granger on 01772 89 4286 or

Feast-ival Launch Dinner at Heathcotes

Join us for a taste of the festival and a cookery demonstration at our launch dinner, delivered in partnership with Heathcotes Brasserie, Preston.

Experience an evening of culinary excellence from Heathcotes’ head chefs, with a live cookery demonstration, showcasing the technique of Sous Vide cookery and exploring the role of temperature in creating the perfect dish.

The event will take place on Wednesday 24 June, 6.30pm.

Tickets cost £35.00 (including booking fee.)

Your evening will include

1 Glass of House wine on arrival – Red, White or Rose

A three course set meal:

”On the table”
Radish and carrots in mushroom soil and breads

52° ”Mi Cuit”
Clarification cucumber and squid ink pearls

Sous Vide Goosnargh Duck, apple foam, cider fondants, cauliflower puree, broad beans, peas and bacon

Strawberries and cream ”revisited”

Vegetarian Menu:
Wild mushroom risotto with a parmesan foam and sherry vinegar jelly.

Directions on how to get to Heathcotes can be found here.