Armitstead Lecture Trust
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Lecture CVs
Lecture CVs

Dr Vivienne Wild

A Whistle-stop Tour of the Universe - from Planet Formation to the Big Bang

Friday 7 October 2016 

Started my career as an undergraduate in physics at the University of Edinburgh, before moving to Cambridge to complete a PhD in Astrophysics in 2005. Completed a number of post-doc positions in Munich, Paris and back in Edinburgh before starting a lectureship in St Andrews in September 2012. Currently hold a research grant from the European Research Council that employs myself and 4 other post-docs to study the question of “galaxy bimodality” - why some galaxies are blue spirals, and others are red ellipticals. 

Dr Chris Murray

Dundee - One City, Many, Many Comics!

Friday 14 October 2016

Dr Chris Murray is Senior Lecturer in Comics Studies, and Associate Dean for Knowledge Exchange, Impact, Employability and Enterprise, at the University of Dundee, where his is one of the leaders of their world-leading Comics Studies programme. He is Director of the Scottish Centre for Comics Studies and Dundee Comics Creative Space, and editor of the academic journal 'Studies in Comics'. Dr Murray has published widely on comics, with an emphasis on British comics. His new book, 'The British Superhero', is due out early next year.


Professor Niamh Nic Daeid

Developing Forensic Science at Dundee, New Directions and New Horizons

Friday 21October 2016

Professor Niamh Nic Daeid graduated in 1989 from Dublin Institute of Technology and Trinity College, Dublin with a joint honours BSc degree in chemistry and mathematics. She completed her PhD at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in bio-inorganic chemistry in 1993 and subsequently she obtained a BA in Psychology at the Open University. 

She came to Scotland in 1994 as a lecturer in forensic science at Strathclyde University in Glasgow.  She was promoted to Professor in 2011, the first female professor in the natural sciences at Strathclyde since its foundation in 1796. She holds or has held leadership roles and responsibilities for a range of National and International organisations including the Chartered Society for Forensic Science, INTERPOL, the UN and the International Criminal Court.  In October 2014, she was appointed Professor of Forensic Science and Director of Research of the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID), University of Dundee.  in 2015 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and  in 2016 together with Professor Sue Black she launched the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Dundee, a £10million 10 year project and the largest single research grant ever awarded to forensic science in the UK.

Niamh also undertakes independent casework in fire scene investigation, terrorist events and the investigation of clandestine drug production. She has been involved in over a hundred forensic cases including high profile terrorist and murder investigations and has presented evidence in court as an expert witness both in Scotland and in England and Wales.


Eric Summers

1858 Connections: Dundee, Dickens and Drink

Friday 28 October 2016

Eric is a Falkirk Bairn, an Edinburgh University History graduate, an inhabitant of Kirriemuir and a season ticket holder at Tannadice. He have worked in education for more than 40 years, including 18 years as a secondary rector, and have co-authored three books on study skills.  He is a founder member and secretary of the Aberdeen Branch of the 114 years old, world-wide,  Dickens Fellowship.  Aberdeen is the sole branch in Scotland and in July this year it was honoured to host the Fellowship’s annual conference, only the third time this distinguished gathering of Dickens scholars and enthusiasts has been held in Scotland.  Married (to Alison), father and grandfather.


Professor Jim Tomlinson

“Juteopolis” and the Empire: Dundee c. 1850 - 1939

Friday 4 November 2016 

Jim Tomlinson was educated at the London School of Economics, and is an economic historian who has been a Professor at Brunel and Dundee universities, and since 2013 Professor of Economic and Social History at Glasgow University. He has published widely on the political economy of modern Britain and Scotland, most recently ‘Dundee and the Empire: “juteopolis” 1850-1939’ (Edinburgh University Press, 2014), and is currently finishing a book on the management of the British economy since 1945 for Oxford University Press. He hopes soon to start on a book tentatively entitled ‘Defeating Churchill: the First World War and the decline of liberal political economy’.


Professor Steve Parkes

Dundee and the Final Frontier

Friday 11 November 2016 

Steve Parkes is Professor of Spacecraft Electronic System at the University of Dundee, CEO of STAR-Dundee Ltd, and Director of the Satellite Receiving Station at Dundee. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Fellow of the British Computer Society.