Lunchtime Talks

Programme 2019/2020


We are pleased to announce the programme for this year’s Lunchtime Talks.

Q700 – Climate Emergency – what the University is doing to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

The University’s Climate Change and Social Responsibility Policy sets out four aims with actions and outcomes that signal the University’s approach to climate change and sustainable development.  This talk will describe a number of initiatives and large and small scale projects around the University Campus that seek to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change. Future challenges will be described such as the need to build collaborative and joined up approaches at city and region level that achieve a carbon ‘net zero’ position during a period of University growth and expansion.

Roddy Yarr, Assistant Director, Sustainability Team, University of Strathclyde 

Monday 7 October 2019


Q701 – Scotland: The World Capital of Humanism?

Scotland has a long history of rational Humanistic thought, particularly during the Scottish Enlightenment period. In the 20th & 21st Century, movements to change the law on social issues have seen a fundamental shift in the way we see ourselves, others and even the meaning of life. This talk will examine how a country that was a bastion of Presbyterianism has now become a nation of “non-believers”.

What does this mean for public life? Is there a conflict between Scotland’s cultural and religious legacies and the growing population of ‘heathens’? Detailing evidence from legal changes, public polling, national statistics and the way in which people in Scotland mark key life events, this talk will also examine Scotland’s unique place in the wider world of Humanism.

Fraser Sutherland, Chief Executive, Humanist Society Scotland

Monday 25 November 2019

Q702 – Poverty and Children’s Educational Outcomes

This presentation will discuss what we know so far about the relationship between poverty and children’s educational outcomes. Specifically, Dr Sosu will attempt to explore why poverty has a detrimental effect on children’s educational attainment and what we can do to improve educational outcomes for all children.

Dr Edward Sosu was lead author of a study commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation “Closing the attainment gap in Scottish Education”, published in 2014 to wide acclaim. This report was highly influential in shaping current Scottish Government education policy with regards to “closing the gap” and the introduction of the Scottish Attainment Challenge and the Pupil Equity Fund.

Dr Edward Sosu, Senior Lecturer, School of Education, University of Strathclyde

Monday 10 February 2020

Q703 – Picture Book Philosophy

Picture books allow us to suspend our disbelief and imagine ourselves and the world differently. That is why they make great jumping off points for philosophical conversations. Children often wonder about the same big questions that have engaged philosophers for thousands of years.

Doing philosophy with children is about engaging children in these big questions: What is beauty? What makes a good friend?  Is there something beyond the universe? Alison Murray will guide the audience through some of the best picture books available to inspire philosophical thinking with children.

Alison Murray, Award-winning Children’s Author, Illustrator and Designer

Monday 16 March 2020


All talks take place in the Insight Institute, Collins Building, University of Strathclyde,
22 Richmond Street, Glasgow G1 1XQ  and run from 12.30 – 1.30pm.

FREE to 3Ls members, £2 for non-members.

Advanced booking required.  Call 0141 548 2116 or book online at MyCLL.