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Sixth Form Lecture Series

The weekly Sixth Form Lecture Series is designed to compliment the existing range of activities and opportunities offered to Sixth Form and to further enrich the overall Sixth Form experience.

This series of lectures aims to provide opportunities for broadening students’ minds, inspiring and provoking our students and to give them the chance to listen and discuss some of the key issues of the day with some of the most inspiring speakers around.

Friday 30  Welcome and Introduction to Sixth Form Lecture Series - Kenneth Robertson (Senior Deputy Rector)
Friday 7 My Life as a Sports Journalist - Hazel Irvine (BBC Sport)
Friday 14 Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Sport - Ryan Carenduff and Euan Bell (FPs)
Wednesday 19 The Value of a GAP Year - Claire Jennings (Project Trust)
Wednesday 26 Human Trafficking - Reading The Signs - Hilary Alba
Friday 28 Jamieson Lecture – Chris Brookmyre - Scottish Novelist
Friday 5 Time out to Volunteer – Médecins Sans Frontière – Dr Struan Gray (FP) 
Wednesday 10 Interview Skills Workshop - Lorraine Gordon (Inspiring Futures)
Friday 26 Annual Fraser Lecture – Dr Lena Wilson CBE
Friday 2 Lees Lecture – Tom Kerr (FP) Kerry Foods Ltd
Friday 9 My Life in the Arts – Harry the Piano
Friday 16 Remembering Srebrenica – The Very Rev Lorna Hood OBE
Friday 23 The Story of Shelter – Graeme Brown – Director of Shelter Scotland
Friday 30 “Cut It Out” Driver Awareness (Fire Scotland)
Friday 7 Harle Lecture – Cloudy with a chance of penguins – Alison Davies (FP)
Friday 14 No Lecture - St Andrew's Night Celebrations
  SQA Preliminary Examinations
Friday 2 Easton Lecture – Tom Gaunt (FP)
Friday 8 The History of Tropical Medicine – Professor Mike Barrett (University of Glasgow)
Friday 22 Creative Steam – Neil Forrest (FP)
Friday 1 Mair Lecture – Sports Psychology - Steven Gilmour (FP)
Friday 8 Science and Religion – Dr Alastair Noble (FP) 
Friday 15 The portrayal of early Roman women in Livy's History of Rome - Books 1 & 3 - Prof Costas Panayotakis (University of Glasgow)
Friday 22 Irn-Bru – The Story of the Brand – Stephen Taylor (FP)
Friday 29 No Lecture - Early closure

Friday 8 March 2019


Once again we are delighted to welcome Dr Alastair Noble at the start of HSOG Science Week to talk about Science and Religion.



Friday 1 March 2019

We were delighted to welcome FP, Steven Gilmour, to deliver the Mair Lecture on Managing your Mind for Peak Performance.


Friday 22 February 2019

We were delighted to welcome back FP, Neil Forrest, to talk about his journey from Music to IT to being involved in a FINstart-up.


Friday 8 February 2019

Professor Mike Barrett from the University of Glasgow delivered a fascinating lecture on Neglected Tropical Diseases.


Friday 1 February 2019

The Lecture Series began again after the SQA Preliminary exams when we welcomed back FP, Tom Gaunt to deliver the Easton Lecture.  Tom talked about leadership and shared some of his journey since leaving the High School.


Friday 7 December 2018

We welcomed FP, Alison Davies to deliver the Harle Lecture.  Alison was part of an all female expedition to the South Pole and will relay some of her experiences of that trip as well as a little bit about what she has been doing since leaving the School.


Friday 30 November

We were once again delighted to welcome back FP, Struan Gray, to talk about Medicine, Malawi and MSF to the Sixth Year.  His informative talk once again highlighting how lucky we are in the UK with our health provision.


Friday 23 November

We welcomed Graeme Brown, Director of Shelter Scotland.  Shelter Scotland helps over half a million people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services.  They campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to them for help.


Friday 16 November

The Very Rev Dr Lorna Hood joined us once again to give the Sixth Year an insight into her work as part of the Remembering Srebrenica organisation.  As always the audience were moved by the stories of the atrocities which took place in the Balkans at that time.


Friday 9 November

We were once again very grateful to the musical genius, Harry the Piano, for joining us and entertaining us all on a dark and damp November day about his time in the Arts and as a self-employed person.  His advice of "just be nice" resonated well with the audience!


Friday 2 November

It was a great pleasure to welcome back to the School, FP Tom Kerr, who shared with the Sixth Year his journey from School, through University to the job he now does at Kerry Foods Ltd. - a quite different path from his original plan to study medicine.


Friday 26 October 2018

The 2018 Annual Fraser Lecture was delivered this year by Dr Lena Wilson CBE, former head of Scottish Enterprise. 


Friday 28 September 2018

As Bookfest Week drew to a close we were delighted to welcome well-known Scottish Novelist, Chris Brookmyre, to share with us some of the thinking behind his books and writings.


Wednesday 26 September 2018

We welcomed current parent, Hilary Alba, who gave a fascinating if slightly disturbing presentation about human trafficking in Scotland.  Certainly gave everyone something to think about.


Wednesday 19 September 2018

We welcomed Claire Jennings from Project Trust.

Project Trust is the oldest educational charity specialising in overseas volunteering placements for school-leavers. Since 1967 they have been organising long term voluntary placements in Africa, Asia and the Americas for young people aged 17-19.


Friday 14 September 2018

We were delighted to welcome back former pupils, Ryan Carenduff (Class of 2006) and Euan Bell (Class of 2011), to talk to the Sixth Year about Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Sport.


Friday 7 September 2018

In the first lecture of the series we were very grateful to BBC Sports journalist, Hazel Irvine, for coming along to share the story of her 30 years in Sports Journalism.