One of the stars of an award-winning Channel 4 documentary series will be coming to campus next month to give a motivational talk based on his experiences as a school teacher.
Matthew Burton, or Mr Burton, rose to fame in Educating Yorkshire, a programme that looked at the challenges faced by Thornhill Academy near Dewsbury, as the school tried to change its fortunes.
Serving as the Assistant Head and English teacher, he memorably helped one pupil, Musharaf Asghar, to overcome his acute stammer and recite a poem in front of his entire year group as part of his GCSEs. Influenced by the acclaimed-film The King's Speech, Matthew encouraged his student to listen to music, which greatly assisted his delivery.
This free event will be the start of ‘SU Talks’, a new venture held in conjunction with Changemaker Hub that will feature speakers from all walks of life throughout the year.
Ryan Bradshaw, the Union's Vice President: Union Development, has helped to launch SU Talks. He said: “We are delighted that Matthew will be coming to Waterside Campus. In Educating Yorkshire, he was an inspirational figure who worked hard to improve his students. In particular, the scenes with Musharaf were remarkable, and you could see the pride that Matthew had in his student as his confidence at speaking grew.
“Matthew's talk will be part of the University's Changemaker Week that will empower our students to become the best they can be. Going forward, SU Talks will also focus on hard-hitting topics, such as diversity, mental health and LGBT inclusion. As a result, we hope that attendees will gain a better understanding of the issues and be able to discuss potential solutions.”
You can listen to the talk on Tuesday 13 November in the Engine Shed from 5pm. Open to students and staff, there will also be a Q&A session with Matthew. For more information, please check out our Facebook event.