Trades House Annual Lecture

Trades House Lecture 2017

L-R:John Gilchrist CEO and Clerk of Trades House of Glasgow, Deacon Convener Keith Brown OBE and Mrs Rita Brown, Guest speaker Graeme Roy, Lady Eileen Macdonald and Sir Jim Macdonald


On Tuesday evening (23 May 2017) Professor Graeme Roy, Director of the Fraser of Allander Institute, University of Strathclyde, gave the 2017 Trades House Lecture.    The lecture is an annual event hosted in rotation by the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Glasgow. 

Professor Roy urged the capacity audience to look further afield than the big political questions that currently dominate our news feeds (such as Brexit and IndyRef2),   and   look   instead   to the wider global environment and the opportunities it presents. 

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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.