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Hadyn Ellis Distinguished Lecture Series

Hadyn Ellis

Established in 2008 by the Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Grant, the Hadyn Ellis Distinguished Lecture Series brings speakers of international distinction to Cardiff University to deliver prestigious public lectures.

To honour the memory of the former Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University Professor Hadyn Ellis CBE DSc (1945-2006), eminent thinkers and world leaders are invited by the Vice-Chancellor to speak on topical issues regarding intellectual challenges facing the world’s people and nations in the twenty-first century.

Held annually, these stimulating, entertaining and informative lectures are a highlight in Cardiff University’s calendar. More information on lectures held to date is available below.

Professor Hadyn Ellis

Professor Ellis was an internationally acknowledged psychologist who carried out pioneering work on face recognition, making a significant contribution towards establishing the discipline of cognitive neuropsychiatry.

He undertook many leadership roles at the University, including Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research. Professor Ellis also served as Head of the School of Psychology for 13 years, during which time he guided the School to successive five star ratings in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

For more than two decades, Professor Ellis helped to establish Cardiff as one of the leading research universities in the UK and, in 2004, was awarded a CBE for his contributions to higher education.

Read full tribute to Professor Ellis

The Lectures

2013 - Sir David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough, whose work has spanned more than 60 years, inspired an audience of more than 1,000 people with his personal insights into some of the most mysterious, exquisite and colourful families of birds. The well-known natural history film-maker and broadcaster was celebrating the work of Welsh naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace. He took the audience on a journey to uncover Wallace’s ocean voyage to the Malay Archipelago and his pioneering observations of the bird of paradise.


2012 – Lord David Puttnam of Queensgate CBE, FRSA

Lord David Puttnam

Lord David Puttnam, the award-winning film producer and commentator on public policy as it relates to education, the environment, and the creative and communications industries, delivered the fifth Hadyn Ellis Distinguished Lecture on Wednesday 21 November 2012 in the Julian Hodge Lecture Theatre.


2011 – Baroness Helena Kennedy of The Shaws QC FRSA

Baroness Helena Kennedy

Baroness Helena Kennedy, an expert in human rights law, civil liberties and constitutional issues, delivered the fourth Hadyn Ellis Distinguished Lecture on Tuesday 22 November 2011 in the Julian Hodge Lecture Theatre.


2010 – Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE

Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE

Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE delivered the third Hadyn Ellis Distinguished Lecture on Tuesday 15 June 2010 at the Julian Hodge Lecture Theatre.


2009 – Jonathon Porritt

Jonathon Porritt

Jonathon Porritt, Founder Director of Forum for the Future, delivered the second Hadyn Ellis Distinguished Lecture on Monday 16 November at the Julian Hodge Lecture Theatre.


2008 – Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and founder of the Ethical Globalization Initiative, delivered the first Hadyn Ellis Distinguished Lecture on Friday 7 November 2008.