2015 2nd PRME Chapter Meeting UK & Ireland
Date: 29-30 June 2015
Venue: Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), Glasgow, Scotland
The 2nd UK & Ireland PRME Conference brought together over 50 delegates from the region and combined a conference on PRME in the region with the PRME Chapter UK & Ireland’s Annual General Meeting (AGM).
At the PRME Chapter UK & Ireland Annual General Meeting (AGM), Chaired by Chair Carole Parkes and Vice Chair Alec Wersun, the Chapter updated attendees on the almost 60 institutional members and the new active website for the Chapter: http://www.unprme.org.uk. Projects run by members include:
- A series of 8 workshops over the next three years, to take place in different parts of the United Kingdom, focusing on the Sustainable Development Goals, organised by Kathryn Haynes (Newcastle University) and Alan Murray (Winchester University), and sponsored buy Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
- Development of a competence-based framework to assess the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for responsible managers and leaders, led by Dirk Moosmayer (Nottingham University) and Oliver Lasch (Manchester University)
- A number of fascinating doctoral research dissertations well underway in UK & Ireland PRME Chapter institutions
Find background and further information on the PRME Chapter UK & Ireland here.
During the conference, keynote speaker Professor Muhammad Yunus, GCU Chancellor and Nobel Laureate, addressed delegates in a keynote address entitled “Reflections on Social Business,” in which he discussed his experience of alleviating complex social problems through social business, rather than a traditional for-profit business model. He highlighted successful examples, such as the Grameen Bank, which he started in Bangladesh in 1976 and which has been instrumental in lifting millions of people out of poverty. He also spoke of his desire to create “a world of three zeros – zero poverty, zero unemployment and zero net carbon emissions.” For a link to the GCU newsroom with conference proceedings and photographs, see the link to the conference website.
In total, there were twenty-four presentations by delegates, including doctoral students, on a range of issues related to implementation of PRME in the UK and Ireland: institutionalising PRME; curricular development; pedagogy for PRME; engaging students with the PRME agenda; social innovation and PRME; and measuring social value. See the full news item on the Conference and Chapter Meeting here.
The 1st PRME Chapter Forum UK and Ireland took place 8-9 April 2014, where participants discussed experiences of responsible management education from universities across the UK and Ireland.