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Sixth Form

Nightingale Lecture Series 2018/19

Our Nightingale Lectures are termly black-tie events for our Sixth Form students. They will introduce you to the type of formal dining experience that you will encounter at university and in the business world. You will hear from interesting, experienced and charismatic guest speakers over a three-course dinner and learn to confidently engage in discussion about the pertinent issues raised by the speaker.

Previous speakers include the Technical Director of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, a double amputee war veteran and an Oxford University research fellow specialising in refugee and forced migration.

We are delighted to present our programme of guest speakers for the 2018/19 Nightingale Lecture Series: 

David Millar – former professional cyclist and anti-doping campaigner 

Autumn Lecture – Thursday 22nd November 2018

David has won four stages of the Tour de France, five of the Vuelta a España and one stage of the Giro d’Italia. He was the British national road champion and the national time trial champion in 2007. David is the only British rider to have worn all Tour de France jerseys and one of nine to have worn the yellow jersey as leader of the general classification.

David was banned for two years in 2004 after he admitted taking banned performance-enhancing drugs. Upon his return from his ban, David became a prominent anti-doping campaigner, a stance which eventually resulted in some describing him as an ‘elder statesman’ of cycling.

Dr Suzie Imber – associate professor of planetary science and winner of the BBC 2 series ‘Astronauts’

Spring Lecture – Wednesday 30th January 2019

Suzie specialises in the study of space. She is an associate professor of planetary science at the University of Leicester and is a co-investigator on the x-ray spectrometer on board the joint ESA/JAXA BepiColombo spacecraft which launched in Autumn 2018 and will arrive at Mercury in 2025. Suzie won the BBC 2 series entitled ‘Astronauts: Do You Have What it Takes?’ during which 12 candidates were put through astronaut training with NASA astronaut Chris Hadfield.

Suzie was also an England U21 lacrosse player, an elite rower, and is now a high altitude mountaineer. Suzie has written computer code to automatically identify mountains in South America and found hundreds of mountains that didn’t exist on previous lists.

Alex Hibbert – polar explorer

Summer Lecture – Wednesday 1st May 2019

Alex is the world record-holding polar traveller who has skied further on an unsupported Arctic journey than anyone in history. In July 2008, Alex completed his 1374 mile, 113-day ‘Long Haul’ return crossing of a new ice sheet route along with team-mate George Bullard. The team received no re-supplies or physical support and completed the final week on almost no food.

Highly active in the polar and cold regions, Alex has led independent projects every year since 2006. Journeys since the Long Haul have included a high speed ice cap crossing (330 miles in less than 12 days), an on-going Dark Ice Project (North Pole in winter) and nearly half a year living with the Polar Eskimos.