24 hour Glastonbury of Lecturing marathon to take place today

A 24-hour “Glastonbury of Lecturing” charity lecture marathon is set to take place, as the event celebrates its fifth anniversary.

Starting at 5pm this afternoon, the event is held in memory of University of Sheffield lecturer’s Dr Tim Richardson and Dr Victoria Henshaw.

The event is open to the public and will provide a unique experience by some of the world’s leading academics tackling life’s biggest questions.

The marathon will feature lectures on art, science, music and poetry ranging from a variety of topics. The extensive programme of lectures is made up of 45 back to back lectures.

After being diagnosed with cancer in 2012, Dr Richardson set up the Inspiration for Life charity to help raise funds for cancer charities.

Catherine Annabel, chair of the Inspiration for Life charity, said: “The talks as well as the live acts brings an exciting element to the event and to have so many performancers on a variety of topics just adds a real buzz to the whole experience.”

Dr Richardson joined the University of Sheffield in 1991 as a lecturer in the Physics and Astronomy Department and undertook a solo 24-hour lecture marathon in aid of Children in Need back in 2011.

He raised over £8000 in 2011 and his achievement is the inspiration for the event today.

Dr Richardson passed away in 2013 aged just 48 but the format of the 24-hour lecture marathon continues in his memory.

The event will be held at Lecture Theatre 1 at Hicks Building on Hounsfield Road. All proceeds from the event will go to Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity and Teenage Cancer Trust.

Cake and coffee will be available for those determined enough to attempt to stay awake for the whole 24 hours.

There is a £7 minimum donation for 24-hour access to the lectures and £2 minimum donation for a single lecture.

You can also donate to Inspiration for Life by texting INSP24 followed by £ and your donation to 70070.

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