The Speaker for 7th March 2013
Dr. Lio Moscardini, of the University of Strathclyde's Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Lio’s initial career was as a professional orchestral musician; he requalified as a primary teacher and has taught in primary and secondary special and mainstream schools. Prior to joining the University in 2007 he was Depute Head Teacher of a school for pupils with moderate learning difficulties. Before joining the Faculty on a permanent basis in April 2007 Lio had been an Associate lecturer with the University since 2001.
Lio teaches on a range of undergraduate and post-graduate courses. He is Course co-ordinator for the MSc/Diploma/Certificate in Educational Support. His teaching interests include: Additional Support Needs, children’s mathematics – Cognitively Guided Instruction, constructivist pedagogy and research skills. He is an MSc, MEd, EdD and PhD supervisor. Lio’s research interests are in inclusive education and particularly policy and practice issues relating to pupils with learning difficulties. He has an interest in pedagogies informed by constructivist theory. He is currently carrying out a three-year longitudinal study investigating models of support for children with attachment issues in primary schools. He was a member of the UK team selected to undertake an EU commission that involved ten European states reporting on inclusion and education. He continues to hold an interest in music education particularly through his association with performance groups.
Lio is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Member of the General Teaching Council of Scotland, Member of Scottish Educational Research Association, British Educational Research Association; European Educational Research Association.
The Colloquium very much appreciates Lio taking time out of his very busy schedule to share his views and experience with us on this important matter.
The Speaker for 7th February 2013
Dr Cynthia McVey, Chartered Health Psychologist head of the division of psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University.
Dr Cynthia McVey was Head of the Division of Psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University and a Chartered Psychologist (Health). She is a committee member on BPS Scotland (Scottish Branch of the British Psychological Society) and Editor of their newsletter – the Bulletin. Cynthia is also a member of the British Society of Medical and Dental Hypnosis (Scotland).Cynthia’s PhD examined pain in very premature babies and distress in their mothers, and she has continued to research in a number of areas of Psychology including pain, stress, and erectile dysfunction.
More recently, she has been researching postnatal depression and ethics in the media. Cynthia also has an interest in spirituality.Cynthia has considerable experience of the media, taking part in a variety of radio programmes and writing for several newspapers. In addition, she has worked on television projects with the Scottish Media Group and was employed as the Psychology Consultant on a range of programmes, e.g. ‘Castaway 2000’, ‘Tonight with Trevor McDonald’, and ‘A child of our time’.
Her research includes work on pain in very premature babies and distress in their mothers, stress, ethics and the media, and more recently, post-natal depression. She has been a regular broadcaster on radio and television for the last decade.
The Colloquium very much appreciates Cynthia taking time out of her very busy schedule to share her views and experience with us on this important matter.
The Speaker for 6th December 2012
Bob Holman, Formerly Professor of Social Work, University of Glasgow and lifelong anti-poverty campaigner.
Subject: “F.A.R.E. Lessons From a Locally Run Community Project in Easterhouse”
Education Primary schooling interrupted by wartime evacuation. Passed 11-plus at second attempt and went to Beal grammar school, Ilford; then University College London and LSE.
Career 1961-6: childcare officer and childcare tutor, Hertfordshire county council; 1966-76: academic posts, culminating in professor of social policy at University of Bath; 1976: left to start community project on the Southdown estate, Bath; 1986: moved to Glasgow; 1989: founded,
with other residents, Family Action in Rogerfield and Easterhouse (Fare), where he was a worker, then committee member and full-time volunteer; 2004: retired.
Bob Holman is famous for setting up successful grassroots schemes in two neglected communities, from which he has waged a guerrilla war on official policy towards the poor. In a bold, reverse Cinderella act, he walked away from an agreeable professorship of social administration at the University of Bath to plunge his family into the dishevelment of that city's Southdown estate (for 11 years), and later, in 1987, into the then concrete gulag of Glasgow's Easterhouse, where he helped to establish F.A.R.E: Family Action in Rogerfield and Easterhouse.
Bob Holman's core theory, that the poor are best helped by people who live with them rather than lecture at them, has its roots in 19th-century Christian socialism, which was itself influenced by the theories of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Holman's own writings - 14 books and numerous polemics, articles, letters and reviews carried in publications ranging from the Guardian to the Daily Record - carry echoes of the bitter anthropological debate that raged throughout the early 20th century. If the primitive tribes that haunt our graffiti-ridden urban jungles appear less civilised than the rest of us, Holman argues, it is not because they are an "underclass" with a genetic disposition to criminality, immorality and sloth, but because, crudely, they have been cheated out of their share of the national wealth.
Holman has known hardship himself. Born into a working-class family in Ilford, east London, he watched his uncle eat rabbits' eyes, and saw a V2 rocket partly demolish the family home. His heroes include George Lansbury, the Labour party leader who refused to travel first class on the train, and (on a lesser plane) the Scottish socialist Tommy Sheridan, who takes only £24,767 of his £50,000 Scottish parliamentary salary, as that is the average wage of a skilled worker in Scotland.
Holman's own repertoire of restraint stretches from washing in two inches of water (a wartime habit) to demanding hefty rises in inheritance and income tax, the proceeds of which should be funnelled into thousands of self-governing neighbourhood projects.
Holman recently migrated with his wife, Annette, from Easterhouse to a modest former council dwelling on the south side of the city. "I'm with the people I want to be with, though there have been a couple of murders in the local pub recently."
Faith and humanistic philosophy sustain him as he picks his way through the wreckage of so many human hopes. "It is in adversity that some of the best things in life are revealed,"
The Colloquium very much appreciates Bob taking time out of his very busy schedule to share his views and experience with us on this important matter.
The Speaker for 1st November 2012
Carol Craig, Chief Executive, Centre for Confidence and Well-being
Subject: “The Influence of Market Culture and Materialism on Young People”
The Centre was founded by Carol Craig after the success of her first book The Scots' Crisis of Confidence and the well received Tipping Point Event in 2004. Carol is the driving force of the Centre and is constantly seeking new and innovative ideas to ensure that it maintains its unique and successful role as a leading organisation in the field of Positive Psychology. She speaks regularly at various external events and workshops all over Scotland and beyond as well as speaking at Centre events. Carol has recently written a second book entitled,
Creating Confidence: a handbook for professionals working with young people that has already generated a great deal of interest and publicity. Her most recent publication (2010) is The Tears that Made the Clyde: Well-being in Glasgow. Carol’s Books
Prior to setting up the Centre, Carol ran her own training and development business specialising in personal and team development. Carol has a B.A. in politics from the University of Strathclyde and a Ph.D. in politics from the University of Edinburgh. In July 2006 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Abertay.
In the first few years of operation the Centre’s work was particularly centred on Positive Psychology. Now the Centre, under Carol's leadership, is broadening its agenda and forging new ways to think about confidence and well-being.
The Colloquium very much appreciates Carol taking time out of her very busy schedule to share her views and experience with us on this important matter.
The Speaker for 4th October 2012
Donny O’Rourke, Poet and Author; Hon Teaching Fellow, University of Glasgow
Subject: “Learning to be Scottish”
Graduate and honorary teaching fellow at Glasgow University and a Graduate of Cambridge University. Poet, songwriter, film maker, critic, editor, teacher and translator, Donny O'Rourke was born, brought up and educated in Renfrewshire and has degrees from the University of Glasgow and from Cambridge. Many fellowships and awards have come his way including the Hermann Kesten Stipendium which took him as Glasgow's representative to its twin city,
Nürnberg, in May 2004. After several years (and very senior positions) in television Donny went freelance. He still broadcasts regularly and is the author or editor of more than a dozen books, CDs and works for the theatre including translations, mostly from French.His collections include The Waistband and other poems (Polygon, 1997) and On a Roll: a Jena notebook (Mariscat, 2001), and with Richard Price he published a pamphlet of versions of modern French lyrics, Eftirs/Afters (Au Quai, 1996). He has spent some time in Nuremberg, having received the Hermann Kesten Stipendium, and a dual language collection of poems resulting from his time there was published in 2005, Aus dem Wartesaal der Poesie/From Poetry's Waiting Room (Spätlese Verlag, Nürnberg). Donny’s Books
Donny claims he can't sing and breaks into a song the way a vandal breaks into a church.
The Colloquium very much appreciates Donny taking time out of his very busy schedule to share his views and experience with us on this important matter.
The Speaker for the Opening Dinner 20th September 2012
Detective Chief Superintendent John Carnochan QPM FFPH
Co-Director of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit
John is a Detective Chief Superintendent with Strathclyde Police, a force of over 10,000 officers and staff covering central Scotland including the city of Glasgow. He has been a police officer for over 38 years working mostly as a Detective. He was until 2004, deputy head of the Criminal Investigation Department (Operations) with direct responsibility for the force Serious Crime Squad and Fraud Squad.
He was a Licensed Hostage Negotiator and was responsible within the force for all matters relating to abduction. In 1997 he spent time as a police advisor to the Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands in the West Indies. Together with Karyn McCluskey, John established the Violence Reduction Unit in January 2005 with the aim of developing a strategy that would bring about sustainable reduction in violence within Strathclyde. In April 2006 the VRU assumed a Scotland wide role and are now supported by the Scottish Government. Their fundamental tenet is that “violence is preventable - not inevitable.”
John was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in 2007 and in 2010 was made a Fellow by Distinction of the Faculty of Public Health. He is a member of several groups and organisations including: Association of Chief Police Officers (Scotland) (ACPOS), leading officer for Violence Reduction, Member - ACPOS Crime Business Area, Chair - Tactical Violence Reduction Group, Member - Nation Community Safety Strategic Group, Member - Executive Board of Alcohol Focus Scotland, Member - World Health Organisation (WHO) Violence Prevention Alliance, Lead - World Health Organisation Criminal Justice Liaison Group, Member - of the Independent Enquiry into Maximising the Recovery from Dependent Drug use in Scotland, Member - of the Scottish Government’s Early Years Task Force. John is a regular lecturer at the Scottish Police College and presents on the work of the VRU at conferences, seminars and universities throughout the UK and internationally. He acts as a technical adviser for the World Health Organisation, Violence Prevention Alliance and he is the lead officer on their Criminal Justice Liaison Group.
John recently presented to the Home Secretary’s Inter Ministerial Group and was part of the expert group which was formed to develop an effective strategy for reducing gang related violence in England and Wales.
The Colloquium very much appreciates John taking time out of his very busy schedule to share his views and experience with us on this important matter.