Inaugural lectures

Each year new professors in the School of Social Sciences deliver an inaugural lecture. These lectures give new professors the opportunity to inform their colleagues and the wider community about their research, achievements and their future research plans. Such events are a special occasion within the School calendar and are an opportunity for colleagues to come together and celebrate the exciting research going on within the School. 

Inaugural lectures are free to attend and are open to the public. If you would like to find out about upcoming inaugural lectures in the School of Social Sciences, please visit our events page.

Previous events

Better Sleep! Better Sleep?

Professor John Groeger
Wednesday 28 March 2018

John Groeger is Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. Before coming to Nottingham, in over 20 years as a professor, he has held chairs in Surrey, Hull, as well as in his native Cork- where he was also Head of the School Applied Psychology. Before that he spent most of his post doctoral career as a researcher at the MRC Applied Psychology Unit, Cambridge.

John’s main research contributions are to: Cognition - having published numerous papers on attention, consciousness, memory and a book (Memory and Remembering: Everyday memory in context); Driving - publishing academic papers, reports, and book chapters, as well as a book (Understanding Driving: Applying cognitive psychology to a complex everyday task); and Sleep - which he has actively researched for over a decade, publishing some highly influential papers in relation to the genetics of sleep loss vulnerability, the electrophysiology of sleep structure and subjective assessments of sleep quality and its antagonists.

John has published over 200 academic papers, reports and book chapters and attracted in excess of £14m in research grants as Principal or Co-investigator from research councils, government and industry, in Britain and abroad. He has served as an advisor/expert witness to government, courts and Public Inquiries, here and abroad, as well as acting as a consultant to Amazon, Vodafone, Manchester United and Continental. In addition, John has served as Honorary General Secretary of the British Psychological Society, President of the International Association of Applied Psychology’s Traffic and Transport Division, as well as founding and editing Elsevier’s world leading Traffic Psychology journal. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Chartered Psychologist, and is an honorary professor of psychology in both Cork and Surrey.

Lecture synopsis

Sleep is essential for our health, safety, wellbeing and development. In this lecture, John will review his work, and that of others, documenting the effects of different types of sleep loss, on cognition, mood, health, safety and mortality - why, in other words we had better sleep!

Having discussed his recent research on what makes a good night’s sleep, he will then consider the scientific basis of a range of advice given about how we can improve our sleep - how, as it were, can we go about having better sleep?

Slots of fun: behavioural addiction in the 21st Century

Professor Mark Griffiths
Wednesday 18 April 2018

Dr Mark Griffiths is Distinguished Professor of Behavioural Addiction at NTU and Director of the International Gaming Research Unit.

He is internationally known for his work into gambling and gaming addictions.

At NTU, Mark teaches on various undergraduate and postgraduate psychology programmes. His main teaching and research interests are the areas of abnormal, social and health psychology with particular emphasis on behavioural addictions, such as to gambling, video games, the Internet, sex, exercise, and work.

Mark has published over 650 research papers, five books, over 150 book chapters and more than 1,500 other articles. He is a freelance journalist, frequently contributing to a variety of media, and has appeared on over 3,000 radio and television programmes since 1988. 

Mark is also a gaming consultant and has worked with various international government bodies and the gaming industry to promote responsible gambling, social responsibility, harm minimisation, and player protection worldwide.

Mark is a fellow of the British Psychological Society, the Royal Society of Arts and the Academy of Social Sciences.

He has won 18 national and international awards for his research, including the British Psychological Society Fellowship Award for exceptional contributions to psychology and a North American Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his dedication, leadership, and pioneering contributions to the field of youth gambling. In 2013, Mark was the first ever recipient of a Lifetime Research Award from the US National Council on Problem Gambling.

Lecture synopsis

This lecture will reflect on 30 years of research on behavioural addictions into such activities as gambling, video gaming, work, sex, and social networking.