University Centre Reaseheath is proud to launch its first Public Lecture Series.
These events are free and open to everyone.
Whichever of our Public Lectures is of interest to you, we look forward to welcoming you to the University Centre.
The Mammals of Cheshire
Tony Parker, Assistant Curator of Vertebrate Zoology at World Museum Liverpool, County Mammal Recorder for Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire and Greater Manchester
Thursday 2nd May 2019, 7.30 – 9pm
An exploration of the terrestrial and marine mammals which are regularly seen in the Cheshire region, focusing on identification, conservation issues, observation and recording. Tony has been studying mammals in the region for over 30 years is currently the County Recorder for mammals in North West England. Tony runs regular survey training sessions for both Cheshire and Lancashire Wildlife Trusts and has contributed to two publications on local mammal fauna.
Starting an Organic Farm from scratch
Ian Madej, Farm Owner
Thursday 6th June 2019, 7.30 – 9pm
Mere Brow is a 13.5 acre smallholding that has a primary crop of fruit and nut trees. The farm is currently going through organic conversion and aims to follow permaculture principles in its day to day practices. The farm has 3 full time employees and is supported by up to 20 regular volunteers. The farm is aiming to open up to local community members, schools, and groups who have an interest in working in a natural environment. Ian will talk about how the farm was started from scratch, why they chose organic and permaculture methods, how they assessed and mapped the land, creating a design for the farm. The lecture will also cover edible forests and forest gardening, including implementation, and how the farm is now supported by the local community.
Our Seas: Past, Present and Future
Dr Gemma Fenwick, Lecturer at Blackpool and the Fylde College
Thursday 10th October 2019, 7.30 – 9pm
Dr Gemma Fenwick of Blackpool and The Fylde College will be talking about UK seas and their wild inhabitants. Humans have a variety of impacts on the sea and this talk will go into aspects of marine biology, ocean pollution, current marine conservation strategies and incentives to look after our seas.
Dr Gemma Fenwick graduated from the University of Essex with a first class honours degree in Marine and Freshwater Biology. Gemma has since lectured on Coral Reef Ecology in Egypt, worked for Cefas as a Fisheries Biologist, earned a PhD with the University of London based at their Marine Biological Station in Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae in Scotland, and taught students from Kings College London, University of Glasgow and Queen Marys London.
Gemma’s career has seen her act as a researcher and lecturer in Indonesia, Egypt, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Curaçao, Tobago, Zanzibar and Mexico, among other places. Gemma has worked at international organisations such as Chumbe Island Coral Park in Tanzania and ZMT Bremen. Gemma has been at Blackpool & Fylde College since 2014. Gemma is an expert in marine biology and coral reef ecology, a STEM ambassador, Member of the Royal Society of Biology and a PADI professional. During the summer months Gemma leads marine science research expeditions in Akumal, Mexico, supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students from across the globe.
How do Companion Animals Help People?
An intro to animal assisted interventions.
Forrest Taylor, Lecturer at University Centre Reaseheath
Monday 25th November 2019, 7.30 – 9pm
University Centre Reaseheath Lecturer Forrest Taylor will tell us what animal assisted interventions are and how she became interested and involved in the industry. Forrest will present research about the efficacy of animal assisted interventions, and how it can help a variety of populations by including animals in the rehabilitation or social care of humans.
Forrest completed BSc Behavioural Science and MSc Family and Child Psychology. Since then she has continued to work towards improving her professional understanding of the Animal Assisted Intervention industry through voluntary and paid work experience. After working as a foster carer for 6 years, an assistant psychologist for 2 years and working with groups on the autistic spectrum, ex-military, PTSD, sexual abuse victims and perpetrators and other mental and physical difficulties, Forrest became a University lecturer.
Forrest’s experience of growing up in rural Australia as a natural horsewoman and farmer cemented her love of animals and belief that they could support people in a variety of ways, not just as agricultural livestock. Forrest has been working with others to recognise this importance and has been rescuing animals in order to rehabilitate them. Some animals Forrest has worked with include domestic cats and dogs, invertebrates, reptiles, aquatic species, birds, livestock and horses.
The Physiology of Youth Dressage Riders, and the Passage to the Next Level
Simon Cushman, Lecturer at University Centre Reaseheath
Thursday 27th February 2020, 7.30 – 9pm
University Centre Reaseheath Lecturer Simon Cushman will inform you about what he has learnt from the last 4 years of profiling youth dressage athletes and how he has come from a completely different background into the sport.
Simon will outline some of the difficulties he has faced, as well as the resolutions he found while testing in the field. Simon’s data is backed up by relevant research and conversations in the field with equine physios and coaches. Simon will talk about what might happen in an ideal world and where he will be developing his future research as well as developing his own testing methods and practices.
Simon is currently a lecturer in Sports and Public Services at Reaseheath, having previously worked in the Sport and Exercise Science department at the University of Chester, where he also studied.
Simon has been working as an applied sport scientist, specialising in strength and conditioning for 10 years, in which time he has worked with professional and amateur athletes from rugby league, rugby union, hockey, athletics, triathlons, football, netball, boxing and rowing. Most recently Simon has been working with the youth and development teams for British Dressage horse and pony squads.
Regional Food Economies – Changing the Food System to be Better, Not Bigger
Lucy Antal, Regional Food Economy Project Manager at Feedback Global
Monday 9th March 2020, 7.30 – 9pm
To move towards a food system that nourishes both people and our planet requires significant changes to our food culture, the food economy and its governance. Lucy posits that the food system needs to be better not bigger, and this can be achieved via circular food economies that revalue food, reduce waste and surplus production and reuse as much as possible.
Feedback Global is a charity seeking to bring about this through a unique combination of campaigning and advocacy, citizen engagement and pilot programmes. This includes feedback work on campaigns around food citizenship, food commons and new food economies as well as piloting alternatives to the globalised, financialised food system.
Lucy is currently creating The Alchemic Kitchen, a project that repurposes surplus edibles into new products. She is a research associate at the University of Liverpool, and member of the International Commission on the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition.
She is an active participant in the Sustainable Food Cities Network, co-founder of the Knowledge Quarter Sustainability Network and held the post of Sustainable Food City Liverpool Coordinator for the Liverpool Food People project for 4 years. She previously spent 10 years working in food and hospitality in London. Lucy co-founded The Food Domain in 2017, a network that provides better access to fresh food for everyone in Liverpool.
Raptor Aid – Helping Save the World’s Birds of Prey
Jimmi Hill, Founder of Raptor Aid
Thursday 23rd April 2020, 7.30 – 9pm
An insight into the work of Raptor Aid and the conservation projects they are involved in from monitoring birds of prey in the UK to helping protect one of the largest and rarest eagles in the world. Jimmi will also explain how you can make a difference and highlight some of the ways you can help bird of prey conservation.
Jimmi has worked with birds of prey since he was a teenager, both in captivity and the wild. He is licensed to monitor many bird of prey species in the UK and is an active member of three UK based raptor monitoring groups covering species such as barn owls, goshawks and golden eagles.
Jimmi’s work involves him abseiling and climbing to some amazing nest sites to gather data and has also involved several film and television shoots using his knowledge and experience. Jimmi founded Raptor Aid in the hope he can share his experiences and encourage more people to learn and conserve birds of prey around the world.
Connecting Head, Hands and Heart Using Lego Serious Play
Martin Peterson, Senior Training Consultant at Successfactory Ltd
Thursday 4th June 2020, 7.30 – 9pm
This lecture will look at how inclusive collaboration helps create an environment where success is inevitable. In this interactive session we will first explore the consequences of a lack of collaboration and accountability through stories and examples from the industry and link this to theory which demonstrates the results gained when applied effectively.
The final part of the session will explain and demonstrate one of many tools and processes which guarantee 100% of the people in a team contribute to 100% of their meetings and collaborations. The results gained, such as better decisions and increased accountability, are what makes success inevitable.
A fantastic session for anyone working in or leading teams.
As a Senior Training Consultant with Successfactory, based in Cheshire, Martin designs and delivers experiential development sessions and programmes for organisations which are cross sector.
Qualified as a LEGO Serious Play (LSP) facilitator in early 2017, the process and methodology has been used by Martin in Siemens, Amey, HM Armed Forces and in youth development programmes such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Martin also has many years’ experience in leading outdoor experiential activities.
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