Manchester Statistical Society
A forum for the discussion of social and economic issues.
Are you interested in social and economic issues? In listening to expert speakers and having the opportunity to question them?
If so, the Manchester Statistical Society could suit you! We hold regular meetings, from autumn through to spring, on topical issues of concern to contemporary society and addressed by experts in the field. We cover a range of subjects, including health, education, transport, the economy, industry and finance, discussed free from party politics. Our meetings are not of a technical statistical nature but are designed for a generalist audience. New members are very welcome.
The meetings take place at 5.30pm in the Cathedral Visitors Centre, 10 Cateaton Street, Manchester M3 1SQ.
Members can, if they wish, stay for dinner with the speaker, which provides a further opportunity for informal discussion.
We publish written versions of the talks in the Society's Transactions, which are issued free to members.
The Society was founded in 1833 by a group of Mancunians concerned about the state of society as urbanization and industrialization developed, and they carried out research with a view to influencing government policy. It is one of the oldest statistical societies in the world. Find out more about our history here. Our meetings today continue the theme of discussing social and economic issues.
We also operate the Campion Fund, which has funding available to support small research projects.
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Our next meeting
The next meeting of the Society is the annual general meeting at 5.30pm on Tuesday 9 June, followed at 6.45pm by dinner, after which our speaker is Felicity Goodey, CBE, DL.
Felicity Goodey shaped and led the project which has relocated a major part of the BBC from London to Salford and the North of England. She headed the team which won a fiercely contested bid for the BBC and created ‘MediaCityUK’, the biggest purpose built digital media centre in the UK.
She led the team which designed, built and ran The Lowry, an international theatre and arts complex which contributes more than £29 million to Greater Manchester annually. She set up and chaired the UK’s largest urban regeneration company, Central Salford, which secured a further £2.5 billion of private sector investment in 5 years; she subsequently advised Government on regional economic development. She was a founder director of the Northwest Development Agency, chairing the Tourism team which helped turn the region into a £14.5 billion tourism destination; founded and chaired the successful Cultural Consortium for the Northwest and was awarded a CBE for services to regeneration and the arts.
Her career began with the BBC. Experience as a senior correspondent specialising in industry and politics, together with a business career in media and education services, provided the foundations for developing and leading major public/private projects.
Until recently she held the chairmanship of the South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust.
Her current projects include: Chairing the internationally acclaimed Buxton Festival, ‘A happy marriage of Opera, Music and Books’, says the Telegraph; ‘An un-missable small European Opera Festival’, says the house magazine of the Metropolitan Opera, New York!
The meeting will be held at the Manchester Cathedral Visitor Centre, 10 Cateaton Street, Manchester, M3 1SQ.
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