The role of universities to be explored in Public Lecture Series

11 February 2015

Canterbury Christ Church University's Public Lecture Series will continue on Thursday, February 26 with guest speaker, Sir Richard Sykes, giving a lecture entitled: The Role of Universities in Social and Economic Development.

Sir Richard Sykes is the Chairman of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Chairman of the Royal Institute of Great Britain and Chairman of the UK Stem Cell Foundation and was appointed Chancellor of Brunel University in 2013.

The lecture will look at the role of a university and how this role has developed over the years, including topics such as commercialisation; the change in research base practice and social development.

In his talk Sir Richard Sykes will explore the history of the university dating back to the late 1980s when Margaret Thatcher made it clear that universities would need to go out and earn money, particularly through relationships with Industry. From the early 1990s, renewed attention was paid to the potential use of the research base for economic and social development.

More recent changes over the past 25 years will then be explored and Sir Richard Sykes will relate his own personal experiences from working in both industry and academia and make his predictions for the future.

Sir Richard Sykes is also a Fellow of Imperial College London and the Imperial College School of Medicine, King’s College London and Honorary Fellow of the Universities of Wales and Central Lancashire.

The lecture will take place in the Old Sessions House Building on the North Holmes Campus at 6pm. The lecture is free and open to everyone.

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With almost 18,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 97% of our UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2013 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2012/13 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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