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Dean shares Public Value vision at Public Uni event

29 June 2016

Cardiff Business School’s Postgraduate Teaching Centre hosted the 11th Public Uni event on Thursday 23 June 2016.

Held as part of Cardiff Business School’s Research Fair, this free event welcomed an academic and non-academic audience to hear from five members of the University’s academic community.

The School was well represented at the latest gathering with Professor Martin Kitchener, Dean and Head of School, leading the way.

Professor Kitchener spoke about the bold vision he outlined in late 2015 for the School to become the world’s first Public Value Business School. The Dean introduced and explained the strategy and illustrated how it has been embedded in to the School’s teaching and research and begun addressing the grand challenges of our time and delivering improvements in economic and social conditions.

Speaking alongside Professor Kitchener were two Cardiff Business School colleagues, Professor Dirk Lindebaum and Professor Melanie Jones.

Professor Lindebaum spoke about the use of anger at work, arguing that while workplace anger often gets a bad press, all anger is not created equal and how ‘moral anger’ can often be crucial to the health of individuals and institutions.

Professor Jones discussed whether the well-established fact that women earn less on average than men reflects employer discrimination within the labour market.

Colleagues from other areas of the University rounded out the line-up. Professor Philip Davies, from the School of Chemistry, spoke about how the chemistry of just a few atoms effectively makes modern society possible, where many products owe their existence to those atoms.

Dr Maddy Young, from the European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute, gave a talk entitled, Cancer: A game of chance, which explored the ideas of chance and risk in the genetic mutations which cause cancer.

The Public Uni was established as an opportunity for Cardiff University academics and researchers to share their socially, politically and culturally relevant research in an informal and fun setting. Each speaker is given 10 minutes to present their research in bite-size, digestible chunks, with questions, comment and debate actively encouraged.

Find out more about the Public Uni series and future events.