GCU and Magna Charta host international university values conference

21 December 2016

GCU and Magna Charta host international university values conference

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is to co-host an event with the prestigious Magna Charta Observatory of Fundamental Values and Rights, focusing on the importance of institutional values in higher education.

During the two-day workshop, Vice-Chancellors and other senior representatives of universities across the world will share experiences of embedding their institutional values, as well as the fundamental Magna Charta principles of openness, academic freedom, institutional autonomy and civic responsibility.

The Magna Charta Universitatum – a document containing those principles, as guidelines for good governance – was established on 18 September 1988: the 900th anniversary of the University of Bologna, the world’s first university. To date, the Magna Charta Universitatum has been signed by 805 universities from 85 countries.

As the advisory body, the Magna Charta Observatory works to promote the principles and provides guidance to the community of signatories to assist them in operating in accordance with those principles.

Principal and Vice-Chancellor of GCU, Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE, will welcome attendees to the event in Glasgow, before handing over to keynote speaker Richard Sermon MBE, Chairman of the City Values Forum, who will discuss lessons learned around the role of values within the financial sector. Deputy First Minister John Swinney will address delegates at an evening reception.

Speaking about GCU’s experience will be Professor Caroline Parker, Academic Lead for the University’s Values project.

Professor Parker said: “The event is a fantastic opportunity for Magna Charta signatories to share experiences and explore research findings with a view to identifying ways in which values could have more impact in their own institutions.

“Evidence shows that where employees and management share the same values, and live them visibly, the organisation is more productive and resilient, and employees more positive. At GCU, we are working hard to put our values at the heart of everything we do."

Fundamental and Institutional Values in Practice will take place at GCU from January 18 to 20.