In celebration and commemoration of their anniversaries, the University of Winchester and Cunard Line cordially invite you to the Realising Your Ambitions lecture.
The University of Winchester is world leading in values-driven higher education, priding itself in promoting degree courses to students who wouldn't otherwise consider higher education as their priority; Cunard Line has been bringing people together from around the world for generations. These two proud institutions are keen to celebrate their 175th anniversaries by promoting youth ambition as the cornerstone of future development.
Dr Stephen M. Payne OBE FRINA FREng presents a special illustrated lecture aimed at encouraging youth to think about their future careers and what they want to achieve – and how we can help them. Stephen recounts his own personal experience of wanting to design a prestigious ocean liner from a very early age, and the realisation of that dream with Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2.
175 years ago in 1840 – the same year that the University of Winchester was founded as the Winchester Diocesan Training College – the Cunard liner, Britannia, left British waters bound for America at the start of Cunard’s transatlantic crossings.
The Cunard Line was the first to fit ships with electric light (1880) and operated the first wireless transmission at sea (1901). During the First World War, 20 Cunard ships were lost in naval service. Most famously, the Lusitania sank after being hit by a torpedo off the coast of Ireland which ultimately prompted America to join the conflict. Cunard provided the first round the world cruise (1922), and its fleet has included the Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Elizabeth 2.
Dr Stephen M. Payne OBE FRINA FREng
Dr Payne – who was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for services to maritime industries by the University earlier this month – has worked on the design of many passenger ships for Carnival Corporation, including Cunard Line’s flagship Queen Mary 2. In 2004, Dr Payne was awarded an OBE for Services to Shipping and was President of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects from 2007-2010. Designated a Royal Designer for Industry, he has also been awarded the Merchant Navy Medal, the Admiral Land Medal and is a Freeman of the City of London. In January 2006, The Royal Academy of Engineering awarded him with the Academy’s first Special Achievement Award. He is now Principal Consultant of PFJ-Maritime Consulting Ltd.
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