Chaplain's Conversations 2019-2020
Discover more about the people of the University of St Andrews. In conversation with the Chaplain, Donald MacEwan, these key figures will explore their path to the university, what inspires them in their research and their thoughts about the future of education. Each event will take place in the Byre Theatre Main Auditorium. Obtain your FREE Ticket directly from the Byre Theatre either online at the link provided, or at the Byre Box Office.
Monday 23 September 2019
The first of this year’s series of events to discover more about the people of the University of St Andrews will be with the School of Divinity’s Professor NT Wright.
Before moving to St Andrews, Professor Wright held a number of posts in universities and the Church of England, latterly as Bishop of
Durham. Tom Wright’s research specialty is the New Testament and Early Christianity, especially Paul and his letters, and Jesus and the Gospels in their first-century Jewish and Graeco-Roman contexts.
Tuesday 8 October 2019
The second of this year’s series of events to discover more about the people of the University of St Andrews will be with Professor Sir Ian Boyd, School of Biology.
Professor Sir Ian Boyd is Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), advising on
climate, the future of the seas and a range of scientific matters. He remains a Professor in the University’s School of Biology, having
established the Scottish Oceans Institute as a multidisciplinary research centre at St Andrews, and is a former Director of the NERC Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU). His research speciality is behavioural dynamics of marine predators, the management of marine
ecosystems, and ecological economics. His knighthood was announced in the Queen’s Birthday Honours this year.
Monday 3 February 2020
The third of this year’s series of events to discover more about the people of the University of St Andrews will be with Professor Sarah Broadie, School of Philosophy.
Professor Broadie taught at the Universities of Edinburgh, Texas at Austin, Yale, Rutgers, and Princeton, before coming to St Andrews in 2001. She focusses on ethics, metaphysics and in particular classical philosophy, with a particular expertise in Aristotle. Professor Broadie served as Vice President of the British Academy, and she has also been President of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association. The quality of her scholarship and commitment to teaching were recognised with the award of an OBE in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Monday 30 March 2020
The last of this year’s series of events to discover more about the people of the University of St Andrews will be with Dr Dharini Balasubramaniam, School of Computer Science.
Dr Balasubramaniam is Senior Lecturer and Director of Teaching in the School of Computer Science. Her research interests include software architecture, software development methodologies, design and implementation of domain-specific languages, and the learning and teaching of Computer Science.