Thomas Ashton Institute Annual Lecture 2023

Earlier this month, we were in attendance at the Thomas Ashton Institute for Risk and Regulatory Research (TAI) Annual Lecture at the University of Manchester, UK.

The guest speaker, Professor Dame Carol Black DBE, FRCP, FMedSci discussed post pandemic health, in particular – where we were, where we are now and what the future of work might look like.

Work, Health and Wellbeing post pandemic

Taking inspiration from a piece that author Richard Donkin wrote in 2010, “the history of the way we live and work is more evolutionary than revolutionary in nature”, Professor Dame Carol Black delivered a talk that focussed on where we were, where we are now, and what the future of work and the workplace might look like, post-COVID.

You can access a copy of the Annual Lecture presentation here and you can also watch a recording of the Annual Lecture below…

About the TAI

The TAI is a unique strategic partnership spanning faculties within The University of Manchester (UoM) and the Science Hubs of Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The HSE are an Associate Member of the Hazards Forum, so it was fantastic to support the Annual Lecture again this year.

The partnership between UoM and HSE enables the co-production of world-leading research in regulatory science by encouraging genuinely cross-disciplinary research. The Institute tackle complex research questions that lie at the intersections of the physical, engineering, medical and social sciences and use technical strengths, expertise and reputation to support transformational change in policy making through active engagement across their networks in government, industry and academia.

About Professor Dame Carol Mary Black

Carol Black built an outstanding medical career, as both clinician and scientist. The Centre she established at the Royal Free Hospital in London became internationally renowned for research and treatment of scleroderma (rare but frequently fatal) and other connective tissue diseases. She became President of the Royal College of Physicians of London in 2002 and Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges in 2006, raising the public profile of both institutions.

Throughout her career, Carol has striven to obtain proper evidence – on wider social and welfare issues as well as in the medical setting – enabling government policy and action to have a firmer basis in knowledge and science, emphasising the importance of high-quality evidence and evaluation.

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