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Free lecture by University leader on economic development

Economic development and the challenges for Shrewsbury in the 21st century will be the subject of a free lecture at University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS) this month.

Professor Tim Wheeler, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chester, will present the address at Guildhall, UCS’s learning and research base, on Wednesday 27th July, from 7pm to 8.30pm.

A pre-lecture reception is also being held from 6pm for Shropshire-based alumni of the University of Chester.

Prof Wheeler said: “It will be a pleasure to welcome guests to the reception and lecture.

“The reception will provide the opportunity for former students to meet with other alumni, members of staff and the University for Shropshire Advisory Board. They will also be able to see what is available at the University Centre, while the lecture will explore the impact of local, national and global trends for the economy of Shrewsbury and the county over the short-term.” 

Prof Wheeler will look at the challenges and opportunities in a post-Brexit economy and to what extent these can be understood, predicted and controlled.

Prof Wheeler was appointed Principal of University College Chester in 1998 and became the first Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chester in 2005.  He has published more than 120 articles, books and research reports in a diverse range of areas including psychopharmacology, dyslexia, communications and safety.

He was formerly Deputy Chair of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), was an executive member of the North West Regional Assembly and Chair of the North West Universities’ Association.

UCS has been established by the University of Chester and Shropshire Council to create a range of educational, social, cultural and economic benefits.

The ‘Economic Development in the 21st Century - Challenges for Shrewsbury: Reconciling Continuity with Change’ address is part of the Baxter Lecture Series at UCS by higher education leaders.

The series is dedicated to Puritan Minister Richard Baxter who put forward the idea of a university in Shrewsbury in 1646 and recognises that UCS is catching up on what could have been almost four centuries ago.

The final lecture in the series will be presented by UCS Deputy Provost, Paul Kirkbright, on Wednesday 7th December.  The lecture titled ‘Ambitious Economies, Ambitious Universities’ will also be held at Guildhall from 7pm.

The lectures are open to everyone.  To book places for the lectures, or if you are a former University of Chester student and would like to find out more about the reception, email[email protected] or call 01743 297185.