MP to give Hugh Gaitskell lecture

26 Oct 2009 10:38:00.000

The Secretary of State for International Development, the Rt Hon Douglas Alexander MP, is to deliver the annual Hugh Gaitskell Memorial Lecture at The University of Nottingham.


The lecture, entitled The Future of Aid, will be chaired by the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Greenaway. It takes place in the Exchange Building, Jubilee Campus, on Thursday October 29 at 6pm.

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Douglas Alexander’s previous roles include Secretary of State for Transport, Secretary of State for Scotland, Minister of State for Europe, Minister for Trade, Investment and Foreign Affairs and Minister for e-Commerce and Competitiveness.


The Hugh Gaitskell Memorial Lecture is an annual event held in memory of the former leader of the Labour Party, who taught at University College, Nottingham, in the 1920s. Hugh Gaitskell, party leader from 1955 until his death in 1963, joined the Department of Adult Education at University College in 1927 and lectured on economics to local miners, as part of courses organised jointly by the University and the Workers Educational Association. The event is free and open to the public.


The lecture will be hosted by the UNESCO Centre for Comparative Education, of the University's School of Education, which promotes research, scholarship, postgraduate education and advanced training in comparative and international education policy.


Director of the Centre Professor W John Morgan said: “The Future of Aid is a crucially important topic given the current economic and financial crisis and the way it is affecting public spending. It is an economic question, but it is also a moral and a political one, which concerns us all as British and as global citizens.”


For more information on the event contact Sue Davis on 0115 951 4393 or


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More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.


The University provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's “only truly global university”, it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation — School of Pharmacy), and was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.


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