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library Lecture Programme

Our Library Lecture Programme is different to our Termly Insights talks, these lectures will be held in the library on a Tuesday during Period 7. they are designed to provide an opportunity for students to extend and deepen their knowledge within their chosen subject areas as well as exposure to topical issues.

Tuesday 5th March-  Animal Research at The Pirbright Institute - Bev Aldred, Senior Supervisor.

Bev joined The Pirbright Institute, or Institute for Animal Health as they were known then, 19 years ago as an Animal Technician working with cattle, sheep, goats and pigs. After a year, she was promoted to a Unit Supervisor post with line management responsibilities for a team. During this time she assisted with studies on Rinderpest which is a highly contagious viral disease that primarily affects large cloven hooved animals, especially cattle and buffalo. However in June 2011 the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) formally declared the disease to be eradicated, a process in which The Pirbright Institute played a key role. She is proud to have played a part in this work.

During her time at the Institute, she has seen the facilities progress and the company are now working within a world leading environment in high containment research. Bev is passionate about animal welfare and now hold the responsibility of being a Named Animal Care and Welfare Officer (NACWO). If you want to see a little more about what Bev does, take a look at

More information about The Pirbright Institute can be found on their website


Tuesday 19th March- "Perspectives from South Sudan" - Naomi Pendle

Naomi is currently a researcher at the London School of Economics.  She lived and worked in South Sudan from 2009 until 2015.  There, she taught at a school and university, as well as starting her own research.  Her research continues to focus on conflict, displacement and authority in South Sudan.  She has advised the the UN, and US and UK government in relation to this work.  Prior to working in South Sudan, Naomi taught History and Politics at Wellington College.