A WORLD renowned professor delivered a lecture to Sedbergh School pupils.

Professor Anthony Clifford Grayling, Master of New College of the Humanities and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford, spoke about ’The Value of Studying the Humanities’ last Thursday.

Forty-five sixth form pupils attended the lecture in which the professor spoke about how inspiring the humanities can be. 
Paul Fairclough, head of sixth form at Sedbergh, said: "It was a fantastic opportunity for pupils to deepen their understanding of what the humanities have to offer, and one visit among many high profile sixth form guest lectures this year."

Professor Grayling added: "I enjoyed sharing and exchanging ideas with the students of Sedbergh."

Upper sixth pupil Phoebe Hollings, 18, said: "Professor Grayling’s belief in being a thoughtful, attentive reader and observer, allowing us to be a fly on the wall and view life through someone else’s ‘spectacles' as he put it, was most striking."

Until 2011 Professor Grayling was Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London.

He has written and edited over thirty books on philosophy and other subjects; among his most recent are 'The Good Book', 'Ideas That Matter', 'Liberty in the Age of Terror' and 'To Set Prometheus Free'.

The New College of the Humanities offers rolling applications, independent of UCAS, and applications can be made in addition to the five UCAS choices, even for entry in 2014.