University Events

Attending a Lecture

Attending a Lecture

The following guidance is designed to help keep you and those around you safe when attending a lecture. We respectfully ask you to follow this guidance if you can.

We have an exciting programme of INSIGHTS Public Lectures to enjoy this Autumn and we're looking forward to seeing you soon. 

Whilst we are very happy that we can invite you back to the Newcastle University campus again, the wellbeing of our staff, students and supporters continues to be our main priority, and safety measures will remain in place during your visit.

Our event stewards will be on hand to answer any questions that you might have.

Before you arrive

Registering for tickets

All our events remain free and open to all, but pre-booking is now required. Bookings for lectures will open at 10.00am one week before the event.

To reserve your place visit Upcoming Lectures and click on 'Book a Place'. This will take you to the Eventbrite page to complete your booking. If you have previously registered for tickets, you can log in to your account on the Eventbrite website. You can also sign up as a new user.

If you are unable to use the online booking system please email with your full name, contact information and the details of the lecture you would like to book tickets for or leave a message on our booking voicemail line 0191 208 6136.

For school or group bookings, please contact the Public Lectures Team at

When you arrive

Arrival Time

All INSIGHTS Public Lectures take place in the Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, NE1 7RY. For information on how to find us see Visiting Us.

To avoid crowding, audience members are asked to arrive for events no earlier than 5.15pm. If you arrive before 5.15pm you may be asked to wait outside the building.

Covid Measures

We will still have some measures in place for our guests’ comfort: the use of face coverings is encouraged when moving around the building and Curtis Auditorium, along with regular hand washing/sanitising. Face coverings and sanitisation stations will be available at the event. 


Our event stewards will greet you at a distance. Please have a printed or digital copy of your Eventbrite ticket ready.

During the lecture


The Curtis Auditorium is mechanically ventilated (fresh air is both supplied and extracted from the space). Our ventilation systems have been recently checked and serviced to ensure they are performing efficiently and sytems are switched on two hours before the start of the teaching day and continue to run two hours after teaching ends. Doors to the auditorium will be left open to allow for air circulation.


We have increased cleaning in all public areas of the building and especially in areas of high contact. 

Watching Lectures Online

We are proud to have been able bring you INSIGHTS Virtual Lectures on YouTube since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic in April 2020 and we are very happy that we can invite you back to the Newcastle University campus again. Although it will not be possible to watch INSIGHTS Public Lectures live, a recording of most events will be available to watch on the Past Lectures page. Recordings will be available one week after the lecture has taken place and will remain on our website for you to enjoy at your leisure.


The University will make all reasonable efforts to deliver INSIGHTS events. However, it may be necessary to make changes in response to significant disruption.