Back to the Future Part 1 or Part 2? Research and Higher Learning in the Mid-Twenty-First Century
The Percival Lecture — Members only
The notion of Industry 4.0 is permeating all aspects of the global economy, creating a narrative rooted in more intensive automation of work and globalisation. Yet, recent years have witnessed a return to the nation state as the primary actor of socio-economic change. This challenges the notions of ‘megatrends’ and the associated assumptions that have underpinned much thought on the future of our societies, including research and higher education. In this talk Prof Karl Dayson, PVC Research and Innovation at the University of Salford, critically explores how research and higher education will have to navigate these tensions and the future outcomes that could result.
Every year the Lit & Phil holds a ‘Percival Lecture’ hosted in turn, very kindly, by the University of Manchester, the University of Salford, and Manchester Metropolitan University. It is an arrangement which started in 1947, with the aim of ‘bridging the gap’ between academics and the general population of Manchester, and to allow both established and new professors the opportunity to reach out to a wider audience within the community. Thomas Percival himself was a founder member of the Lit & Phil back in 1781, and a key figure in medical science and specifically medical ethics, much of which still lies at the heart of the profession today. You can find out more about Thomas Percival on our website.
About the speaker
Having previously been Associate Dean (Research and Innovation) in the School of Arts and Media, Karl was promoted to Dean of Research in May 2017. Karl’s role incorporates the strategic direction of research at Salford, the Research Excellence Framework submission, and development of a successful and vibrant postgraduate research community. He also manages the Research and Knowledge Exchange team.
An economic sociologist, Karl’s research has focused on alternative forms of finance and issues related to financial inclusion. His PhD was on the paradox of the simultaneous demutualisation of building societies and mutualisation of financial inclusion, which led to the creation of Community Finance Solutions (CFS), a research and development unit within the university. Much of his early work was around community owned finance bodies and the creation of a dozen Community Development Finance Institutions in England.
In 2008, with Pål Vik, he won the European Microfinance Networks, Research Paper of the Year for their research on sustainability of microfinance institutions. This led to work for the European Commission on the future of microcredit across the continent and the production of the ‘European Code of Conduct for Microcredit Providers in Europe’ in 2011 and subsequent work on the methodology and implementation of the Code. Today, Karl sits on the Code’s Steering Committee along with colleagues from the European Commission and the European Investment Bank.
Karl’s current research focuses on the role of technology in address financial inclusion and the creation of Fintech community finance institutions.
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Photographic portrait of Prof. Karl Dayson courtesy of the University of Salford
Event image: collage of two images - The Peel Building (L) and Ebergy House (R)