Talk about starting early - Javier Iglesias-Leeming has made his first appearance as a guest lecturer and he is only 10 years old.
The Preston schoolboy made history when he presented his views on the use of palm oil and its impact on the rainforests during an International Business Communication lecture on Ethics and CSR.
Javier, a pupil at Queen’s Drive Primary school in Fulwood, shared the work he had done on a school project with more than 100 students at the University of Central Lancashire - all in their 20s and 30s.
The lecture came about after his dad, David Leeming, a senior lecturer and course leader was impressed with the youngsters’s project.
Javier said: “In class Miss Beresford was talking about palm oil and how it destroys the rain forests and I was especially upset to hear about the animals dying and the killings of the orangutans, so sad.”
He added: “At first my dad wanted to borrow a bit of work from me and then he said for me to come with him because he was talking about ethics and thought it might go down well.
At first I thought I would be a bit nervous but I felt very comfortable and just wanted to talk to people and help people’s futures.”Javier Iglesias-Leeming
“At first I thought I would be a bit nervous but I felt very comfortable and just wanted to talk to people and help people’s futures.”
David, the school of language, literature and international studies (SoLLIS employability lead and course leader in international business communication, said: “We have a lecture each Friday morning, for an hour on a different topic each time and a talk of ethics and social responsibility coincide with the project Javier had been doing.
“I have never done this before with schoolkids, we usually have guest speakers from industry but as it was half term I asked him to come in and did it off the top of his head. It was a great presentation.”
Javier added: “I felt special because it was something that a child hadn’t done before and they were all grown ups. I was very proud of myself.”
Year six class teacher Helen Beresford said: “ We are immensely proud of him.”