The Glanville Lectures

  • people clapping above their heads at a concert. Full of motivation

The Glanville Lectures are public lectures held annually, that bring truly motivational speakers to Lincoln.


Glanville Lecture 2019


  • Kate Russell from BBC's Click
  • Kate Russell from BBC's Click

Kate Russell: Why aren't more girls taking up STEMM subjects? 

It is a sad fact of life today that while women make up around 46% of the UK workforce, they are extremely poorly represented in the STEM professions – in other words science, technology, engineering and mathematics. According to recent Government figures, if you exclude medical professions just 15.5% of UK STEM jobs are filled by women, and that figure drops to 8% when you look at engineering jobs.

Journalist, reporter and author, Kate has been writing about technology and the Internet since 1995. She’s been a regular on the BBC technology programme Click for over a decade and writes for the National Geographic Traveller magazine. She also speaks at conferences and digital strategy and policy meetings, as well as lecturing in schools and universities, to inspire the next generation of technologists. Her website has won multiple awards for best technology blog and she has been featured as one of the top 50 most influential women in UK IT by Computer Weekly magazine for the last two years. She also writes sci-fi and fantasy, with two published novels now available.


Glanville Lecture 2018


  • Mandy Hickson

Mandy Hickson: Cleared for take-off

Finding a love of flying early in life, Mandy fought hard to achieve her ambition to be a Royal Air Force pilot. She was only the second woman to fly a Tornado GR4 on the front line, completing three tours of duty and 45 missions over Iraq. When life is on the line, pilots must be rigorously trained and exercises carefully planned and evaluated. There is much we can share with business from such careful strategy, training, planning and debriefing. She became the Squadron’s Combat Survival and Rescue Officer, working closely with the US, instructing Squadron members on Escape and Evasion tactics.