Broadcaster, writer and presenter Clare Balding will give the 2015 Chancellor’s Lecture at Edge Hill University on 13 November.

The annual Chancellor’s Lecture is one of the major events in the University’s calendar. Chancellor Professor Tanya Byron, a chartered clinical psychologist, journalist, author and broadcaster will introduce the lecture and chair a Q&A session.

Clare Balding is one of Britain’s leading broadcasters, having won the BAFTA Special Award and RTS Presenter of the Year Award for her expert coverage of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Clare has worked in radio since she left university in 1994, and has been presenting sports on television since becoming the face of the BBC’s racing output in 1998. Since then, she has worked on five Olympic Games, four Paralympics and three Winter Olympics, and has presented racing for the BBC and Channel 4.

Clare has been part of BAFTA Award-winning programmes, named RTS Sports Presenter of the Year, Sports Presenter of the Year at the TRIC Awards, Racing Journalist of the Year, awarded the special achievement award at the Women in Film and Television awards for her work on the Olympics and Paralympics and been praised for “perfect presentation” by the judges of the Broadcast Awards.

Clare has hosted walking series Ramblings on Radio 4 since 1999, and in 2010 she also presented Britain By Bike on BBC4 and Crufts for the BBC and More4. She has worked on Britain’s Hidden Heritage and Countryfile and in December 2012, Clare hosted BBC1’s Britain’s Brightest. Since 2013, Clare has presented The Clare Balding Show on BT Sport and BBC Two, featuring some of the most famous names in sport.

A bestselling author, Clare’s first book, My Animals and Other Family was published by Penguin in 2012. Based on her childhood growing up in an unusual household, it was published to critical acclaim and went on to win biography of the year at the National Book Awards. Her second book, Walking Home was published in 2014.

Tanya03Professor Tanya Byron said: “I am delighted that Clare Balding, a hugely accomplished journalist and broadcaster, will be delivering this years’ Chancellors’ Lecture at Edge Hill. The University has a long history of Sport and Physical Activity education and with new multi-million pound sports facilities opening this September, the timing of her lecture this Autumn couldn’t be better. I’m very much looking forward to hearing about Clare’s varied career and the experiences that have led to her becoming one of Britain’s leading broadcasters in this, the year we at Edge Hill celebrate being University of the Year.”

Previous speakers at the Chancellor’s Lecture have included the Reverend Jesse Jackson, neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore and journalist Giles Fraser.

Information about how to book can be found here: www.edgehill.ac.uk/events