The city double decker that will broaden your horizons

Professor Vanessa Toulmin
Professor Vanessa Toulmin

There’s a lot to be learned from the top deck of a bus - and that will certainly be the case in Sheffield.

World class research will be on the timetable in September as the University of Sheffield turns a vintage double decker into a mobile lecture theatre.

It’s a follow-up to the successful Festival of the Mind, which was held last year in and around the city centre and is due to return in 2014.

To fill the gap, ‘Uni on the buses: The mobile university tour’ will run from September 27 to 29 this year, parking in Barkers Pool, The Moor and Devonshire Street to give free mini-lectures to passers-by.

Passengers can sit on the top deck and learn about everything from astrophysics to ornithology in a series of 20 minute slots. On the last night, the bus will become a live acoustic music venue for The Harley pub.

It’s the idea of Prof Vanessa Toulmin, head of the University’s cultural engagement and director of the National Fairground Archive.

She said: “We were really keen to keep the momentum of Festival of the Mind going this year.

“It takes two years to put together, so while we’re working for September 2014’s festival we decided to do a more intimate, boutique version this year. We want people with a thirst for knowledge to come on board for the chance to learn about world-class research from leading academics in an accessible way.”

The line-up will be announced early September.