School of Social Sciences welcomes Matthew Taylor to NTU

On Thursday 30 April, the School of Social Sciences was delighted to welcome Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) to Nottingham Trent University.

Matthew Taylor visits NTU
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Matthew Taylor (second from right) talks with members of the Sociology team

On Thursday 30 April, the School of Social Sciences was delighted to welcome Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) to Nottingham Trent University.

Matthew Taylor, who is a Visiting Professor in the School, gave a guest lecture on The RSA’s new world view – The Power to Create, which identifies opportunities for a step change in human flourishing and the barriers that stand in the way of progress.

Over 60 people attended the event, with an audience composed of academics, fellows of the RSA and individuals from local charities and organisations.

In his speech, Matthew used three distinct dichotomies to outline a framework which combines the idea of individual and collective efficacy with an analysis of why it is so hard to achieve and sustain progress. He argued that to make the greatest contribution social science needs to combine idealism with objective analysis.

The lecture was followed by questions from the floor, which initiated further discussion on the role of social science and academia.

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School of Social Sciences welcomes Matthew Taylor to NTU

Published on 8 May 2015
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