Sigma Sixth Lecture Series
As part of a partnership between Sigma Sixth and the University of Essex, we are delighted to give our students a taste of University style lectures through a special series of lectures entitled – ‘How to think like a….’
Professor Wayne Martin, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Essex, helped launch the series with a lecture to the whole of Year 12 titled ‘How to think like a…Philosopher’; introducing some key principles in philosophical thinking through exploration of a medieval painting.
The opportunity to just stop and think about thinking, with the help of a fascinating painting, was a refreshing opportunity for all. All the students displayed excellent engagement with the intellectually demanding content of this lecture, reflected in the high quality of their contributions and questions to Professor Martin.
Our Sigma Scholars also attended a bespoke seminar which introduced ideas around the ethics of triage, linked to the University’s work with local health authorities during the COVID pandemic. This was an eye-opening opportunity to think objectively about an emotive and complex issue.
Professor Martin took time to speak individually to students from across the college, helping to break down perceived barriers around access to the world of academia.
We were very proud of our students' confidence in asking questions and expressing opinions; individuals told us they found the experience ‘amazing’ and the opportunity to ‘talk to a real professor’ very motivating.
Afterwards, Professor Martin commented “On a personal note, I have to say that I found the visit to be enormously stimulating — inspiring even. It is an extraordinary cohort of students at Sigma Sixth and the staff are doing amazing work with them.”
The series continues throughout this year, with visiting academics from the University of Essex, delivering specially designed lectures including:
• How to think like an…Art Historian
• How to think like an…Environmentalist
• How to think like a…Human Rights Advocate
Students who have expressed an interest in exploring philosophical thinking in more detail will also have the opportunity to visit the University of Essex campus.