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Date & Time

Thursday 11th February
6:30pm – 7:30pm


Complimentary. Please note that places for this event are limited. We therefore encourage you to register as soon as possible.

Deadline and link

Please register by Tuesday 9 February 2021. The link to the session will be sent via email a couple of days prior to the event.


You’ll be given a link to the event and members of your household are welcome to join the call (this means these guests will be with you on camera and using the same device/Zoom account).

General information

For further information or if you have any enquiries, please contact the Development Office on 01223 338700 or at

Let’s Talk Academia with Professor Usha Goswami CBE

Reading development and dyslexia

The first session of the series of online conversations titled ‘Let’s Talk Academia’ was hosted back in April last year. Since then, Professor Tim Whitmarsh, Dr Martin Worthington, Dr Joana Meier, Dr Helen McCarthy, Professor Eric Miska and Professor Richard Samworth have hosted well-attended and engaging talks for Johnians.

Following the success of these events, we’re delighted to announce that St John’s academics will continue to host virtual talks for alumni this year. Grab a drink and join Professor Usha Goswami to learn more about her areas of expertise and research!

The programme will be updated regularly, so please keep an eye on the events programme, your email and Johnian Hub for speaker announcements.

Usha Goswami

Professor Usha Goswami is the Director of the Centre for Neuroscience in Education. The Centre uses EEG and fNIRS to explore the developing brain. Professor Goswami is a global leader in literacy research and her research focuses on children’s cognitive development, particularly the development of language and literacy, and led to the discovery that young people with dyslexia hear language differently, showing it to be a language disorder and not a visual disorder as previously thought. This significant finding is enabling the development of transformative new educational interventions, which will benefit millions of children with dyslexia worldwide. Professor Usha Goswami was made a CBE for services to educational research in the 2021 honours.

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Make the most of virtual events

Find a quiet, private space

It’s important to find a quiet space to listen to the talk in order not to be disruptive to others while your microphone is on.

Always mute your microphone if you’re not speaking

This ensures you enter the talk quietly and that any background noises that could be distracting to the speaker and other participants are now inaudible. To ‘mute’ yourself, click the ‘Mute’ button (a microphone symbol). A red slash will appear over the microphone icon indicating that your audio is now off.

Raise your hand

During the Q&A session, click on the icon labelled ‘Participants’ at the bottom centre of your PC or Mac screen. At the bottom of the window on the right side of the screen, click the button labelled ‘Raise Hand’. Your digital hand is now raised, and the moderator will tell you when it’s your turn to ask your question.

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