UWS Press Release: Honorary Professors to deliver inaugural lectures at Paisley Campus
11 Nov 2014
Recently appointed UWS Honorary Professors Gerry McCartney and Katherine Trebeck will deliver their inaugural lectures at University of the West of Scotland’s Paisley Campus on Tuesday 18 November 2014 at 1pm as part of a broader event entitled ‘Realising Social Justice’.
Professors McCartney and Trebeck, will deliver lectures entitled ‘Fairness in life and death: what causes (health) inequality and what can we do about it?’ and ‘Realising Social Justice in a World of Multiple Crises: Lesson from Near and Far’, respectively.
The lectures will see Professors McCartney and Trebeck each address, based on their own extensive research and professional practice, key aspects of the challenge of realising social justice in contemporary Scotland.
Both professors have strong links with UWS; Professor Trebeck played a significant role in the creation of the successful UWS-Oxfam Partnership which was formally initiated in October 2012, whilst Professor McCartney has taken part in research collaboratively with the University and has been a key participant in the UWS-Oxfam Partnership Policy Forum.
Professor McCartney said: “I am delighted to have been offered and to accept an Honorary Professorship at the University of the West of Scotland, and to join with academics and students here who are working to understand the problems and challenges facing people, not just in the West of Scotland, but also in the world much more widely. This includes the deep problems of health and mortality which affect the lives of so many in the West of Scotland, and the growing problem of health inequalities more widely. It is great to be able to work with people who are so committed to building knowledge and understanding in the pursuit of real and deep social transformations”
Professor McCartney has, since 2010, been Head of the Public Health Observatory at NHS Health Scotland, where he leads the scientific efforts to describe, understand and reverse the wide and growing inequalities in health seen across Scotland. He was previously a general practitioner in Paisley and a public health doctor for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
Professor Trebeck said: “It has been a real delight to work with people from University of the West of Scotland over several years now, and fantastic to have a University which has been prepared to put serious energy and resources into working with Oxfam and its community partners to help to bring about a more equitable and sustainable Scotland. Scotland is just one part, though, of a much bigger global picture in which ordinary people are struggling to achieve greater social justice. And we are finding that this involves looking closely at how we organise our economies and at how we make them work to create better, healthier and more fulfilling lives, in which relationships and sharing are more important than economic growth and consumption for their own sake.”
Professor Trebeck is Global Research Policy Adviser in Oxfam’s research team where she is exploring an economy that delivers social justice, good lives, vibrant communities and which protects the planet. In doing so she is particularly interested in steps towards a ‘new economic paradigm’ – and how countries such as the UK, Brazil, South Africa and India might move towards this. Professor Trebeck will be drawing on her extensive experience working with Oxfam, but will be speaking in her capacity as Honorary Professor at UWS,
Dr Chik Collins, Reader in Applied Social Science, who leads on the UWS-Oxfam Partnership on behalf of the University, said: “We are delighted to have Gerry and Katherine actively contributing in these professorial roles. They represent so well what UWS is as a University – young, energetic, with great experience and past achievements, and an even better future focused on positive social transformations and much greater social justice. Their lectures will be important contributions to the key debates at this vital time in Scotland’s history.”