Past Inaugural Lectures

Since 2020, Coventry University's leading professors have delivered an extensive range of Inaugural Lectures to the University community and the general public. All of our Inaugural Lectures provide our professors with the opportunity to share their achievements and showcase the difference their research, innovation, engagement and teaching is making to society.

Inaugural lectures in 2020

Professor Mel Jordan

Professor of Post Digital Cultures

Date: Tuesday 20 October 2020

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Professor Siraj Shaikh

Professor of Systems Security

Date: Thursday 29 October 2020

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Siraj Shaikh


Professor Patricia Phillippy

Professor of Material and Cultural Memories

Date: Tuesday 3 November 2020

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Patricia Phillippy

Professor Sukanlaya Sawang

Professor of Entrepreneurship

Date: Thursday 19 November 2020

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Sukanlaya


Professor Xiang Zhang

Professor of Structural Integrity

Date: Tuesday 1 December 2020

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Xiang Zhang

Inaugural lectures in 2021

Professor John Devane

Professor of Painting

Date: Thursday 28 January 2021

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John Devane

Professor Sylvester Arnab

Professor of Game Science

Date: Wednesday 24 February 2021

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Sylvester Arnab


Professor Damien Foster

Professor of Statistical Physics

Date: Tuesday 9 March 2021

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Damien Foster

Nathan Lael Joseph

Professor of Accounting and Finance

Date: Thursday 18 March 2021

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Nathan Joseph


Professor James Brusey

Professor of Computer Science

Date: Tuesday 30 March 2021

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James Brusey

Benny Tjahjono

Professor of Sustainability and Supply Chain Management

Date: Thursday 15 April 2021

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Benny Tjahjono


Scott deLahunta

Professor of Dance

Date: Thursday 29 April 2021

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Scott Delahunta

Juliet Simpson

Professor of Art History

Date: Thursday 13 May 2021

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Juliet Simpson


Carolina Rito

Professor of Creative Practice Research

Date: Tuesday 18 May 2021

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Carolina Rito

Deborah Lycett

Professor of Behaviour and Implementation Science

Date: Tuesday 8 June 2021

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Deborah Lycett


John Allen

Professor of Biosensor and Bioinstrumentation

Date: Tuesday 29 June 2021

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John Allen

Ahmed ElMasry

Professor of Corporate Finance and Governance

Date: Thursday 1 July 2021

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Ahmed ElMasry


Djordje Jakovljevic

Professor of Cardiovascular and Lifestyle Medicine

Date: Tuesday 5 October 2021

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Djordje Jakovljevic

Yilmaz Guney

Professor of Finance

Date: Tuesday 19 October 2021

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Yilmaz Guney


Sir Ciarán Devane

Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor for International Relations

Date: Tuesday 9 November 2021

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Sir Ciaran Devane

David Broom

Professor of Physical Activity, Exercise and Health

Date: Tuesday 7 December 2021

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David Broom

Inaugural lectures in 2022

Christopher Reynolds

Professor of Therapeutics and Disease Prevention

Date: Tuesday 1 February 2022

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Shea Palmer

Professor of Allied Health

Date: Tuesday 15 February 2022 

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Shea Palmer


Marina Orsini-Jones

Professor of Global Higher Education Practice (Applied Linguistics)

Date: Tuesday 8 March 2022

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Marina-Orsini-Jones

Alexeis Garcia-Perez

Professor in Management Information Systems

Date: Wednesday 16 March 2022

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Alexeis Garcia-Perez

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