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Alan Kinder

Alan Kinder

Chief Executive, Geographical Association

The position and power of geography

Alan Kinder is Chief Executive of the Geographical Association. He has worked in geographical education for more than twenty years, as a geography teacher, curriculum leader, field studies officer, adviser, PGCE tutor and consultant. His work has taken him all over the world and has allowed him to work with hundreds of schools across the UK and further afield. Key achievements include his work on the national curriculum, as an assessment project co-ordinator for the QCDA and as a regional subject adviser for the CfBT project to support the implementation of a new KS3 curriculum in England. He is a long-standing GA member, author and volunteer, his most recent role being Chair of the Education Committee from 2009-12.

Dr Ted Vallance

Dr Ted Vallance

Professor of Early Modern Political Culture, University of Roehampton

The continuity of 19th century British radicalism

Dr Ted Vallance studied history at Balliol College, Oxford where he completed a doctorate on oaths of allegiance in seventeenth-century England. In 2000 he was appointed De Velling Willis Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield. Since then Dr Vallance has taught at the Universities of Manchester and Liverpool. In September 2009 he took up his post as Reader in Early Modern History at Roehampton. Dr Vallance is interested in the political and religious history of seventeenth-century England, especially during its two revolutions. Specific areas of interest include political and religious radicalism, questions of allegiance/obedience/loyalty, the role of the conscience and the use of casuistry in political debates, and the emergence of the public and public opinion.

Dr Nick Bampos

Dr Nick Bampos

Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge

Periodicity and elements: Making sense of the periodic table

Dr Nick Bampos has been a member of the department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge for over 20 years, ten of which he was also Senior Tutor of one of the Cambridge colleges. In addition to his research interests in organic and inorganic synthesis (especially molecular recognition, supramolecular assemblies and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy), he has taught courses at undergraduate and graduate level and has extensive experience with school engagement and university admissions.

Dr Gregory Dart

Dr Gregory Dart

Senior Lecturer in English Literature, University of Cambridge

Romantic poetry and the suburbs

Dr Gregory Dart is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature. He spent his undergraduate and graduate years (from 1986 to 1993) at the University of Cambridge. From 1993 he was a lecturer at the University of York, and has been at UCL since 2000. His first book, the book of his Ph.D, was a monograph on the influence of the French Revolution on the Romantics, Rousseau, Robespierre and English Romanticism, which was published by Cambridge University Press in 1999, and paperbacked in 2005. His teaching range at UCL focuses on the Romantics and Victorians but also includes twentieth-century literature and film, London literature, the eighteenth century, and Shakespeare.

Dr Dart has held several administrative posts, including Chair of the Board of Studies and Chair of Examiners. He is also currently Chair of the Hazlitt Society, a member of the Charles Lamb Society, and on the editorial board of The Hazlitt Review. Gregory Dart’s research, both current and prospective, is centrally concerned with Romanticism, the City, and the history and development of the essay form from Montaigne to the modern period.

Garrod Musto

Garrod Musto

Mathematician

Descartes: Father of x, y, and zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Garrod Musto is a Chartered Mathematics Teacher and Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. He is also Director of Professional Development at Kingswood School in Bath. He gained a Master of Philosophy from Exeter University in 2000, examining the effective use of sporting contexts in the Mathematics classroom.

Dr Martin Ruehl (German)

Dr Martin Ruehl (German)

German

"Berlin and the Cold War"

​Dr Martin Ruehl is Lecturer in German Thought at the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge. He completed his BA at Cambridge and his PhD from Princeton. After a research fellowship at Queens’ College, he joined Sidney Sussex as College Lecturer and Director of Studies in History. Since 2007, he has been University Lecturer in the German Department and Director of Studies in MML at Trinity Hall. He continues to teach for the History Faculty at the undergraduate as well as graduate level and is an active member of the teaching staff for the MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History. Dr Ruehl’s research to date has focussed on the ideas and ideologies that shaped German society and culture in the Wilhelmine and Weimar period, in particular the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche and its reception since the 1890s.

Dr Francisco Romero Salvadó (Spanish)

Dr Francisco Romero Salvadó (Spanish)

Spanish

"La Guerra Civil Española: Crepúsculo de una era"

Dr Francisco Romero Salvadó is a Reader in Modern Spanish History at the Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies in the University of Bristol. He has previously taught at Queen Mary College, London Metropolitan University and the London School of Economics. Dr Salvadó’s main research interest is the analysis of the social and political origins of the Spanish Civil War. He has written extensively on the transition from elite to mass politics, the post First World War crisis of the Liberal Monarchy, popular protest and praetorian intervention in political society.

Jacqueline Mirtelli (French)

Jacqueline Mirtelli (French)

French

"La France et le tourisme: Why so popular?"

​Jacqueline Mirtelli is the former Head of Public Relations for Atout France Great Britain. Before that Jacqueline was Head of Promotion and Communications at Sophia Antipolis Science Park. She was born in Nice, and graduated with a degree in Economics.

Dr Jonathan Darling

Dr Jonathan Darling

Geographer

"Migration and mobility:Contemporary concerns"

​Dr Jonathan Darling is a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Manchester. He holds a BA, MA and PhD in Geography from Durham University and has worked extensively on the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in British cities. His research focuses on the spatial politics of migration, asylum and sanctuary, the role of ethics within geography and the changing nature of cities. He is currently working on a three year ESRC funded project exploring the impact of the UK’s refugee dispersal policy on four cities. Dr Darling teaches courses on urban politics, borders and migration and geographies of mobility at Manchester and has previously taught at Durham University and the University of St Andrews.

Professor Christopher Read

Professor Christopher Read

Historian

"Continuity and change in Russian history"

Professor Christopher Read is Professor in Twentieth-Century European History at the University of Warwick. Professor Read’s research activity has followed two closely related themes, the first on the intellectual history of the Russian intelligentsia in the crucial years between 1900 and 1925 and the second an interest in the social history of the Russian Revolution. His publications include From Tsar to Soviets: the Russian People and their Revolution (UCL Press, 1996) and The Stalin Years: A Reader (Palgrave, 2002).

Jacob Sam-La Rose

Jacob Sam-La Rose

English

"Alternative voices"

Jacob Sam-La Rose’s poetry has been characterised as vivid, masterly and carefully structured. He is widely recognised as an indefatigable facilitator, mentor and supporter of young and emerging poets, and as an advocate for the positive impact of new technology on literary and artistic practice and collaboration. He lives in London, England. Widely published, Sam-La Rose has been featured in a range of journals and anthologies, including Out of Bounds: British Black and Asian Poets (2012); Identity State: New British and Irish Poets (2010); Penguin’s Poems for Love (2009); and Michael Rosen’s A-Z: The Best Children’s Poetry from Agard to Zephaniah (2009). His debut pamphlet, Communion (2006), was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice and his collection Breaking Silence (2012) has been shortlisted for a Forward Poetry Prize (the Felix Dennis Award).

Dr Michael de Podesta (Physics)

Dr Michael de Podesta (Physics)

Physicist

"How do we really know what the temperature is?"

Michael de Podesta is currently employed as a Principal Research Scientist at the National Physical Laboratory where he specialises in the measurement of temperature. He has just completed the most accurate temperature measurements in human history, relating the temperature as measured by a conventional thermometer to the speed of motion of atoms. He writes a blog at blog.protonsforbreakfast.org.

Professor John Spicer (Biology)

Professor John Spicer (Biology)

Biologist

"Biodiversity: What has it ever done for us?"

Professor John Spicer is currently professor of Marine Biology at Plymouth University. He is author of the best-selling popular book ‘Biodiversity- a beginner’s guide’ as well as a number of influential biodiversity text books. He has published over 150 scientific papers in the international literature, including some on science education, and is heavily involved in the public understanding of science as well as providing interactive talks/discussion groups for secondary schools.

Dr Peter Wothers (Chemistry)

Dr Peter Wothers (Chemistry)

Chemistry

"Atoms, Brains and Galaxies: An introduction to Spectroscopy"

Dr Peter Wothers is a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge, and Director of Studies at St Catharine’s College. He has authored a number of text-books, including “Why Chemical Reactions Happen” with colleague Dr James Keeler. Dr Wothers is also on the committee for the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge, and for the RSC’s Chemistry Olympiad.

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