Spotlight on sustainable working life and well-being at Birkbeck’s Business Week

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Business challenges, including the legacy of the recession, will be addressed during public lectures at Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck's Business Week logo

Birkbeck's Business Week logo

Business Week is an exciting opportunity to find out about the challenges facing the economy and possible solutions.

High-profile speakers from academia and industry will discuss workplace dilemmas, employee engagement and explore new business models during Business Week at Birkbeck, University of London, from 24-27 June.

The new Centre for Sustainable Working Life at Birkbeck will also be launched as part of the annual series of free events. Research at the Centre will focus on health and safety at work, cancer survival and working life, retail culture and pharmaco-safety.

Keynote presentations include:

  •     Willie Walsh, Chief Executive of the International Airlines Group: Business in a changing world
  •     Ken Olisa OBE, Chairman and Founder of Restoration Partners: Rich or right? The technologist’s dilemma
  •     David MacLeod, Government Advisor: Engage for success: putting people at the heart of our approach
  •     Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive of NESTA: How can we make the economy more innovative and creative – and reduce the risks of monopoly, predation and harm?

Birkbeck academics, including Professor Tom Cox CBE, Professor Ron Smith and Professor John Driffill, will talk about their latest research on sustainable working life, happiness and the link with economic growth.

Entrepreneurs, business people, prospective students and Birkbeck alumni are welcome to attend the talks organised by Birkbeck’s School of Business, Economics and Informatics (BEI).

There will also be a number of stands which link to our theme of sustainable working life and well-being and you will have the opportunity to chat to practitioners.

Professor Philip Powell, Executive Dean of the School of BEI, said: “Business Week is an exciting opportunity to find out about the challenges facing the economy and possible solutions. Workplace change is probably the only element of working life that can be guaranteed at present, but with constant change comes the need to increase engagement and resilience. All are welcome to attend and the events offer a great opportunity for networking with the business community too.”

Birkbeck is a world-class research and teaching institution, a vibrant centre of academic excellence and London’s only specialist provider of evening higher education. The College is ranked among the top one per cent of universities in the world in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012.

The full programme of events and details about free registration are available at http://www.bbk.ac.uk/bizweek .

Notes to editors

  •     To interview any of the Business Week speakers or find out more, contact Guy Collender g.collender(at)bbk(dot)ac(dot)uk , 020 7380 3108.
  •     Birkbeck is a world-class research and teaching institution, a vibrant centre of academic excellence and London’s only specialist provider of evening higher education.
  •     Birkbeck is ranked among the top one per cent of universities in the world in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012.
  •     We encourage applications from students without traditional qualifications and we have a wide range of programmes to suit every entry level.
  •     18,000 students study with us every year. They join a community that is as diverse and cosmopolitan as London’s population.
  •     For more information visit http://www.bbk.ac.uk .

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