Trades House Annual Lecture

Lecture2016_GEO_0002 Deacon Convener Ruth Maltman with William Roe CBE and Professor Pamela Gillies

The 2016 annual Lecture was hosted by Glasgow Caledonian University and delivered by William 'Willy' Roe on Monday 4th July at 6pm in the Deeprose Lecture Theatre. Willy took up his role as Chair of the Board of Grameen Scotland Foundation in November 2015. Since April 2015 he has held the role of Chair of the British Council Scotland Advisory Committee, leading the organisation's work in Scotland on international cultural relations and educational opportunities.

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The Lecture was followed by a drinks reception in the University Garden Café.

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A little bit of History
The Trades House Lecture is a prestigious annual event   hosted in rotation by the three universities; Caledonian, Strathclyde and Glasgow. Following the lecture, the Deacon Convener of the Trades of Glasgow hosts a dinner  within Trades Hall for the speaker, members of the House and University. 

The first Lecture took place on 2 May 1989 at the University of Strathclyde entitled 'Scottish Business - The Challenges' by speaker William Hughes. The Deacon Convener in office was Peter Crichton and the University Principal, Graeme Hills. 

Two years later at the University of Glasgow, the second Lecture, 'An historical perspective on the development and state of British Universities' by Roy Jenkins was attended by Deacon Convener Roy Johnson, welcomed by Principal Sir William Fraser.

Finally, in 1998, the Caledonian University hosted its first Trades House Lecture when Her Excellency the High Commissioner of South Africa - Ms Cheryl Carolus was the guest speaker.