Manifesto for Change and Race Online 2012

Race Online

In September, Edge Hill will be hosting a debate on Britain’s Digital Future led by Professor Tanya Byron:

The role of the internet, safety online and digital inclusion are some of the topics that will be debated at an interactive panel discussion with some of the country’s most eminent leading voices on digital media.

Edge Hill Chancellor and Government Adviser on child internet safety Professor Tanya Byron will chair a discussion with Government Champion for digital inclusion Martha Lane Fox, Anthony Lilley, CEO of media production company Magic Lantern and Lord David Putnam, BAFTA-winning film producer, Chancellor of Open University and chairman of digital marketing agency Profero.

The audience will have the chance to put questions to the panel and can have their thoughts on the presentations represented through an interactive voting system in place on the evening.

As part of this event, Edge Hill has partnered with Race Online 2012 which aims to get as close to 100% of the population online by the time of the London Olympics.

June Events

Over the last month the Corporate Events team has been busy confirming the programme of 125 events. Here’s a few highlights from next month:

Camila Batmanghelidijh Lecture – 14th June

Betrayals or Solutions: What’s on Offer for the Vulnerable Children of Britain

Camila BatmanghelidijhCamila will be joined by Edge Hill Chancellor Professor Tanya Byron as she delivers a free lecture Betrayals or Solutions: What’s on offer for the vulnerable children of Britain?

With more than half a million children referred to the child protection register each year, Camila will identify a need for a new paradigm shift on intervention and safeguarding our children, exploring what a potential new model could offer in terms of solutions.

Camila Batmanghelidjhis a trained psychotherapist and high-profile social entrepreneur, founding the Kids Company – a charity she set up in 1996 that supports children with behavioral, emotional and social difficulties in inner-city London. She was awarded Woman of the Year in 2006 and is a prominent media and social commentator on the social, economic and psychological well-being of children and young people.

Child and Adolescent Conference – 15th June

Getting it Right from the Start

Tanya ByronThis conference will identity the challenges that face the children and young people’s workforce in promoting emotional and psychological wellbeing.

Keynote speakers will address some of the challenges providing an opportunity for questions and discussion. The afternoon will provide a range of workshops focused on innovative practice.

Throughout the day there will be table presentations for delegates to engage with key service representatives. The conference celebrates the collaboration between Edge Hill University and Alder Hey Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Speakers include Professor Tanya Byron, psychologist, government adviser and Edge Hill University Chancellor.

Early Years Conference – 16th June

Let Me Be Me: Conversations about the ‘Unique Child’

The 2010 Early Years Conference is taking place on Wednesday 16th June 2010 at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.

The theme of this year’s event is the ‘unique child’, following on from last year’s successful theme of ‘playfulness’. The spirit of ‘Let me be me’ is inspired by the poet Peter Dixon, focussing on the need for space and time for children to explore their own unique responses to the world. This, in turn, allows them to be nurtured as independent, imaginative and empowered thinkers and learners.

As well as keynote presentations, the conference will include a variety of practical and interactive workshops that delegates can choose to take part in to explore this theme further. Keynote speakers include Professor Pat Broadhead, from Leeds Metropolitan University and Sarah Argent a freelance theatre director specialising in theatre for young people.

“Goat” – Tony Evans

A new piece of art has been unveiled in Edge Hill University’s sculpture park as part of the institution’s 125th anniversary celebrations.

Liverpool-born artist Tony Evans has created the artwork which uses a skin of copper sheet over a skeleton of stainless steel. The new commission depicts an impressionistic representation of a goat and idea that came from the University’s semi-rural location.

Read the full story.

See the new sculpture outside the Business and Law building and a selection of Tony’s work in the building’s foyer until Friday 19th March.

Spot the difference

Yesterday, Roy commented on the postcard of the Courtyard:

One of ther least-changed views of the campus?

I decided to find out, so iPhone in hand went down to the courtyard to recreate the classic photo:


Pretty close but the lens angle isn’t quite wide enough to get the full vista. Of course it wouldn’t be authentic if I didn’t have a version in SEPIATYPE!

Courtyard Sepia

And for comparison, here’s the original postcard. Gone are a couple of chimneys and a few new plants have been added over the decades but otherwise it’s pretty similar – Roy could be right!

The Courtyard, Edge Hill Training College, Ormskirk

CONNECT Diversity Week

This week is CONNECT Diversity Week – a series of events and workshops including everything from language taster sessions to films. I went along to the launch event earlier today to find out more. First up, David Law introduces:

Edge Hill’s choir – Voices from the Edge – were up next to sing a set. Must remember to take a tripod next event I go to so I’ve just recorded a few of them:

I also managed to grab a chat with Pete O’Farrell, (SU Vice President Activities and Participation):

Check the timetable for other events going on this week.

Gary Younge Jesse Jackson Lecture

A couple of weeks ago I went to see Guardian writer Gary Younge present “Obama’s America; Dickensian Time – the best of times and the worst of times”, the first Jesse Jackson lecture (well, second if you include the one from Rev Jackson!) at the International Slavery Museum. It was a really interesting talk and now you can see it yourself.