Chancellor Yunus to address 2015 UK & Ireland PRME Conference at GCU

24 June 2015

GCU Chancellor Muhammad Yunus

GCU Chancellor Muhammad Yunus

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) Chancellor Professor Muhammad Yunus will deliver a keynote address at the 2015 UK & Ireland Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Conference, which will be held at the University on Monday, June 29 and Tuesday, June 30.

The two-day conference aims to create a forum to bring together advocates of responsible citizenship, management and leadership from universities and institutions across the UK and Ireland.

Chancellor Yunus, Nobel Laureate and world thought leader in social business, will address delegates in a keynote address entitled ‘Reflections on Social Business’, which will be chaired by GCU Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE.

The programme will include sessions on social innovation, led by GCU’s Professor Simon Teasdale and Professor Olinga Ta’eed of the University of Northampton, and on ‘Business as a Force for Good’, led by Jane Wood, CEO of Scottish Business in the Community; Richard Taylor, Director of Communications at Scottish Power; and Sefton Laing, Head of Sustainability Services at the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Developed in 2007, PRME is a United Nations (UN) Global Compact-backed initiative to promote and inspire responsible management education and research in academic institutions around the world. The global reach of the initiative now includes 500 leading business schools and academic institutions from over 80 countries.

GCU became a signatory to PRME in January 2012. The University’s participation, led by Glasgow School for Business and Society, demonstrates its commitment to ensure that the PRME principles are central to teaching, learning, and research across all disciplines.

GCU is a founding member of the UK & Ireland PRME Chapter, which was established in 2014, and now has 56 members. The Chapter’s remit is to work with higher education institutions and related bodies to support the integration of PRME in the UK and Ireland.

Dr Alec Wersun, Senior Lecturer in Glasgow School for Business and Society, is Vice-Chair of the UK & Ireland Chapter of PRME. 

He said: “The 2015 UK & Ireland PRME Conference comes straight after the PRME Global Forum in New York and just months before the UN General Assembly announces its plans to address further the structural drivers of poverty, inequality and unsustainable development by 2030.

“The potential of higher education institutions to make significant contributions to this UN agenda is widely acknowledged, be that through research, community engagement and education, to produce the responsible citizens and leaders of tomorrow.

“Hosting the conference is further recognition of the leading role that GCU is playing in this area and of its commitment to deliver economic and social benefits at home and across the world. It is important that higher education institutions and business come together to discuss such matters of importance and GCU is delighted to create a space where these important conversations can take place.”

The conference is open to academic and non-academic audiences and is not limited to members of the PRME Chapter UK & Ireland or signatories of PRME. It will take place in the University’s Centre for Executive Education (CEE).