Friday, 17 May 2013
The 2013 Annual Mayor’s Lecture held at the Guildhall saw the Vice Chancellor of the University of Worcester deliver a thought-provoking lecture, exploring the economic future of the City.
From Austerity to Prosperity was the title of a talk given by Professor David Green, who is a Professor of Economics.
During the Lecture, Professor Green presented his vision for a prosperous future for Worcester and the dynamic action needed to secure it. His talk included the impact of the University upon the City and wider region, developing new skills, enhancing the workforce and generating new income.
The Lecture is organised by Worcester Civic Society for the Mayor and is part of a tradition going back many years. It gives an opportunity to hear someone with a message to give – preferably one which is important to Worcester – develop a theme and encourage some debate. It is free and open to all members of the public.
The occasion was also made especial this year by the announcement that the University had signed up to become a corporate member of the Civic Society – the first since the re-launch of the scheme this year.
In exchange the Civic Society purchased a brick inscribed with its name for the new University of Worcester Arena under the “Buy a Brick” scheme to show support for this outstanding sports facility which will bring money to the city in a way that Professor Green described in his lecture.
Professor Green is marking his decade as the head of the University this year, during which time the institution has changed beyond all recognition. It now has more than 10,000 students, more than 1,000 members of staff, and an income of over £70m a year. Applications have more than trebled and the University now contributes more than £200m a year to the regional economy.
The University has just launched its third Strategic Plan under his leadership, which is possibly the most ambitious yet. The new plan sets out four key objectives; to be an outstanding university at which to be a student; to be an outstanding university at which to be a member of staff; to be an outstanding university at which to study any particular subject; and to make an outstanding contribution to the community.