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Annual Higginson Lecture


The Higginson Lecture is a prestigious annual event organised by the Department of Engineering at Durham University. The series was set up in recognition of Sir Gordon Higginson's major contribution to the Department. The lecture provides an opportunity for leading engineers to present their perspective on a topical issue within the broad field of engineering.

Professor Sir Gordon Higginson, one of the two Professors who founded the Department of Engineering in Durham following the formation of Newcastle University, sadly passed away on the 5th November 2011. Sir Gordon was Professor in Durham from 1965 until 1985 when he became Vice-Chancellor at Southampton University. Whilst in Durham he served periods as Dean of Science and Head of the Department of Engineering and was knighted in 1990 for services to education. Professor Higginson was awarded the Durham degree of DSc honoris causa in 1991.


2024 Lecture

This year’s lecture will be announced later...

Annual Higginson Lecture

Previous Years of Lectures

The 2023 lecture was delivered by Phil Peel, the 2022/23 President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Phil Peel