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Lord Robert Winston to speak at Grimsby Institute

We are delighted to announce that we will be hosting a talk by renowned professor Lord Robert Winston this September.

Lord Winston, a highly-celebrated scientist, surgeon and television presenter, will be speaking about Innovation with Education at our Nuns Corner campus on September 16.

He will also officially open the new Humber Healthcare Academy at University Centre Grimsby, coinciding with the launch of our new BSc Nursing (Adult) degree in partnership with the University of Hull.

A Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College London, Lord Winston’s research led to the development of gynaecological microsurgery in the 1970s and improvements in reproductive medicine.

He is committed to scientific education and has presented landmark BBC series such as Your Life in Their Hands, Making Babies, The Secret Life of Twins, Child of Our Times and The Human Body, which won three BAFTA awards, an Emmy nomination and a Peabody award.

Speaking ahead of his visit, where he will give his perspective on child development and learning and the importance of experimenting in education, Lord Winston said: “Education is at a crossroads. The increasing intensity of GCSE and A Level syllabuses and the limitations of the curriculum need careful reappraisal. And the ability to grasp superficial information using various social media also risks limited education and a possibly illiterate generation.

“It is highly appropriate to think creatively about education in a modern democracy and this meeting is most timely.”

David Vickers, Associate Principal for Health, Wellbeing and Society, said the event aimed to motivate staff, students and industry professionals to experiment with innovative teaching and learning methods.

He added: “We are delighted to be welcoming such a high-profile speaker. This is just one of the many events that make University Centre Grimsby ‘no ordinary uni’, in every sense of the phrase.

“We are looking forward to what is anticipated to be a thought provoking and emotive key note talk that will challenge our thinking, beliefs and approaches.

“Lord Winston has a level of brilliance that is linked inherently to his lifelong dedication to research, medicine and understanding the development of children.

“As our own organisation begins its next step in the provision of healthcare qualifications by launching the BSc in Nursing, we will warmly invite Lord Winston to contribute to this process by officially opening the Humber LEP-funded Humber Healthcare Academy.”

If you are interested in attending the talk on September 16, please register your interest by emailing [email protected]