This celebratory event toasted our past and present event holders, who showcased some of their events during the evening.
Our events related to the theme Pirates, Entrepreneurs and Visionaries: Social Sciences in the 21st Century. Ranging from the piracy of Drake, the concoctions of Cookworthy and the imagination of Christie, there is a long tradition of opportunity seeking and discovery in the South West. This year’s theme evokes this spirit of change and invites a conversation between social scientists and residents in the South West as to how ongoing research in social sciences is changing the future of the region.
The Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Festival of Social Science offers a fascinating insight into some of the country's leading social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives - both now and in the future. The University has hosted a festival as part of the ESRC’s annual programme since 2014.
Proceedings were launched by Professor Judith Petts CBE, our Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, providing an overview of social sciences at the University. Professor Nikolaos Tzokas, Dean of the Faculty of Business provided an insight into the impact of social sciences. This was followed by a short talk from an entrepreneur with links to the University who provided an insight into the impact of social science in their career.
There was an opportunity to enjoy canapés, good company and displays of past and present events, including film and virtual reality!