Inclusive economic growth the topic of panel event at GCU

01 December 2016

The Lantern at GCU will host the event

The Lantern at GCU will host the event

A public panel event at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) next week will consider how to ensure Scottish economic growth leaves no-one behind.

Recent research by the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) Inclusive Growth Commission highlighted current UK economic policy is creating a major inclusivity gap, estimated at £192billion annually.

Scotland-specific solutions to redress this will be discussed at the panel event on Tuesday 6 December, co-hosted by GCU and the RSA’s Building Inclusive Growth network.

Professor James Miller, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Strategy, will welcome guests to the University, before handing over to the panel, featuring RSA and GCU representatives.

They will consider the Commission’s findings and emerging themes including: the roles of smaller cities and towns; citizen participation; social and economic devolution; new ways of measuring economic growth; and innovation in funding social and capital projects.

Attendees will also hear more about the evolving Building Inclusive Growth (BIG) Scottish Network and look at current projects and initiatives overcoming barriers to inclusive growth.

Dr Alec Wersun, Senior Lecturer in the Glasgow School for Business and Society, will chair the panel. He said: “The search for ways to ensure inclusive growth in Scotland, and ensuring no-one gets left behind, resonates strongly with GCU as the University for the Common Good. GCU researchers do a lot of work in this area so we are delighted to be co-hosting this event with the RSA in Scotland, at the start of what we hope will be a lasting relationship.”

Panel member Jamie Cooke, Head of RSA Scotland, said: “I am delighted that the RSA is partnering with Glasgow Caledonian University for this flagship event in Scotland. This important agenda is everyone's concern and we want to draw on as many perspectives as possible to inform the Commission's final report.”

Register your attendance at RSA Building Inclusive Growth: the Scottish Perspective which takes place in the Lantern, Hamish Wood Building on Tuesday, December 6, from 6pm-8pm.