Respected Oxford academic set to speak to youngsters in Hartlepool

Marcus du Sautoy will be High Tunstall's guest speaker next month.
Marcus du Sautoy will be High Tunstall's guest speaker next month.

One of the country’s most respected academics is coming to Hartlepool next month to speak to youngsters.

Marcus du Sautoy, who is the Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, will be High Tunstall College of Science’s guest speaker on Tuesday, October 3.

High Tunstall headteacher Mark Tilling says the school is proud to have been asked to lead on STEM in schools across Hartlepool.

High Tunstall headteacher Mark Tilling says the school is proud to have been asked to lead on STEM in schools across Hartlepool.

Mr du Sautoy, who is also a Fellow of New College, will be appearing at the school’s third annual Stem lecture. It is open to all schools, colleges, universities and businesses in the North East.

High Tunstall headteacher Mark Tilling said: “This is another opportunity for young people from Tees Valley to hear from an internationally-renowned speaker.

“We are proud of being asked to lead on Stem in schools across Hartlepool.”

Mr du Sautoy was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2016, and is in high demand as a keynote conference speaker in the corporate and public sector.

This is another opportunity for young people from Tees Valley to hear from an internationally-renowned speaker

Mark Tilling

He is also the author of numerous academic articles and books on mathematics, including mathematics book The Music of the Primes and his most recent book, What We Cannot Know.

The lecture will take place at the Borough Hall on Tuesday, October 3, between 4.30pm and 6pm. Tickets are available at £5 per person, and can be bought by calling 01429 261446.

Mr du Sautoy has presented numerous radio and TV series, including a four-part TV series for the BBC called The Story of Maths.

In 2004, he was chosen by Esquire magazine as one of the 100 most influential people aged under 40 in Britain.

He was awarded the Royal Society’s Faraday Prize, the UK’s premier award for excellence in communicating science, in 2009, and received an OBE for services to science in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List.

High Tunstall is the first 11-16 school in the UK to gain the Stem Assured Award for its commitment to science, technology, engineering and maths.