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RICS President at University 10 December: The President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Michael Newey, will be visiting the University on Wednesday 11 December. He will spend time with students, academics and local RICS members and will deliver a public lecture in the evening. The lecture will focus on purpose, world changes, the importance of international standards and Michael’s thoughts on educating future surveyors. Michael graduated from what was then Portsmouth Polytechnic in 1986 with a degree in Urban Land Administration.
An evening with the stars December 5: The University and the Historic Dockyard are joining forces with BBC Learning to host an evening of stargazing on 7 January 2014. Visitors will get the chance to see amazing science demos and stunning images from the world’s best telescopes. The event is one of three national live events tied to the BBC Stargazing LIVE programme on BBC Two. Tickets are available via a lottery which is open until 11.55pm Tuesday 10 December. Visit www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours
The Borgias in Portsmouth November 20: (event date November 27)
The Borgia family were one of the most infamous in European history, celebrated for their ruthlessness and cruelty (Cesare); their sexual wantonness (Lucrezia) and their corruption of the Church (Rodrigo, who became Pope Alexander VI). Professor Enrique García Hernán, the world's leading authority on the family, will deliver a public lecture on the realities that lie behind the myths. The ‘Ramón Pérez de Ayala Biennial Lecture’ is supported by the Cultural Office of the Spanish Embassy and honours the life and work of Ramón Pérez de Ayala (1881-1952), a distinguished novelist, poet and critic who was Ambassador to the Court of St James in the years 1931-6. Lecture: Wednesday 27 November 2013, 6.00-7.00pm, followed by a drinks reception, Park Building, King Henry I Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ. Admission to The Borgias: Myth and Reality is free but by ticket only from HERE.