Edge Hill University’s Festival of Ideas will return for its third outing in May and June 2018, this year exploring a theme of Equalities.

The Festival of Ideas is a series of talks, exhibitions and performances to engage academics, students and members of the public in conversations upon a common theme.

The 2018 festival will, alongside the University’s Wonder Women programme, mark the 100th anniversary of some women getting the vote, as well as responding to other current topics in society.

Join the discussion on:

  • Animal agriculture and climate change
  • Young people’s voices in healthcare and as young offenders
  • Health inequalities in society
  • The dark side of exercise nobody wants you to know
  • Gender, Sexuality and Christianity
  • Working class white male culture
  • Refugees and social justice
  • Suffragettes and modern feminism
  • Individual equalities

Click here to see the full programme and to book a place at any event

A Vegan Weekend and a Film Festival will also run as part of Festival of Ideas, with programmes to be announced soon.

The festival is programmed by Edge Hill’s three research institutes, The Postgraduate Medical Institute (PGMI), The Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice (I4P), and The Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE).

Academics from the University will present their most current and innovative research to a public audience, in an accessible and interactive environment. The festival invites special guest speakers and performers to join the discussion to entertain and inspire. It aims to open up interdisciplinary debate about past injustices and what can be done to work together to formulate an equitable future society.

George Talbot

George Talbot, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Edge Hill’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences said: “Edge Hill University’s third annual Festival of Ideas will focus on the theme of Equalities which is very appropriate for the centenary of women’s suffrage in this country, a cause which is particularly dear to this University’s history. Our three research institutes have been working hard on assembling a really exciting programme which will mix serious debate with more light-hearted and family-friendly activities at the weekends. It provides an opportunity to showcase some of our research and to invite in a wider audience so that we may discuss findings and hear what people have to say about them. I’m looking forward to the opening event which will feature the University’s Big Band and I expect the circus performance will be a hit, especially with younger visitors. Edge Hill University is an important resource for the local and regional community. We look forward to welcoming as many as possible across the threshold for this year’s Festival of Ideas.”