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29th October 2014, 8:55am
Mr Speaker and Red 1 at the University
Mr Speaker and Red 1 at the University The Speaker of the House of Commons and the leader of the UK’s top aerobatic display team will talk about their work and experiences in the latest instalments of the University of Lincoln’s Great Minds guest lecture series.

The Rt Hon John Bercow and team leader of the world famous Red Arrows team, Squadron Leader David Montenegro, will deliver their talks on 7th November 2014.

Mr Speaker will discuss how the use of technology could help make Parliament relevant and accessible to young people. His address is part of his ongoing outreach programme designed to promote and explain the work of the House of Commons to people around the UK.

His talk is at 1.15pm in the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) adjacent to the Engine Shed on the University’s main Brayford Pool Campus.

Sqn Ldr Montenegro, known by his call sign Red 1, will examine the roles of teamwork, leadership and trust, and describe how and why the Red Arrows – the official aerobatic team of the RAF – perform on a global scale. The pilot, who flew with the RAF Scampton-based team between 2009 and 2011 before taking the role of team leader this September, will deliver his lecture at 1.15pm at the Engine Shed.

Both lectures will be followed by a Q&A session from members of the audience.

Elly Sample, Director of Communications, Development and Marketing at the University of Lincoln, said: “We welcome high profile individuals from all over the world to speak at our prestigious Great Minds lecture series, alongside our own acclaimed academics.

“As well as showcasing the speed, agility and precision of the Royal Air Force, the Red Arrows serve as ambassadors for the UK, and Sqn Ldr Montenegro’s talk will be inspiring and engaging.

“The Rt Hon John Bercow’s lecture will be an opportunity for people to learn about British politics from someone who works in the heart of Parliament.

“We are delighted that two such distinguished guest speakers will participate in our Great Minds series.”

The University of Lincoln’s Great Minds guest lecture series aims to provide inspirational insights into different aspects of society – from the entertainment world to elite sport - for school and college students in Years 11, 12 and 13. A limited number of places are also available to the public.

Previous Great Minds speakers include the Astronomer Royal, Professor Lord Martin Rees, award-winning actor John Hurt, and naturalist and broadcaster Chris Packham.

Mr Speaker’s talk is now fully booked, but a limited number of spaces are available for Red 1’s talk. Admission is free but booking is essential. To find out more about the upcoming series, click on the Great Minds tab on the homepage at

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