Social Responsibility


The Lord Morris of Manchester Memorial Lecture

The inaugural Lord Morris of Manchester Memorial Lecture will be held on Thursday 3 November 2016 from 6.30pm at The University of Manchester, with Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson as our special guest speaker

This is our first public lecture focussing on the rights and equality of disabled people

18:30 - 21:00, Thursday 3 November 2016, Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama, The University of Manchester

Special guest MC: Victoria McDonald, Health and Social Care Correspondent at Channel 4 News

18:30-19:00 Registration with an Arts Exhibition and Videos by Venture Arts and DaDaFest
Café Arts open for attendees to purchase refreshments

19:00 Choral Performance by Ad Solem Chamber Choir and Seashell Trust Signing Choir

19:10 Official Welcome by Prof Clive Agnew, Vice President for Teaching, Learning & Students

19:15 Inaugural Lecture by The Rt Hon The Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE DL

19:55 Interactive Q&A session with a Panel of Distinguished Guests:

20:30 Reflections by Lemn Sissay MBE, Chancellor of The University of Manchester

20:35 Vote of Thanks by Mike Kane MP

Lord Morris

Alf Morris was born and brought up in Manchester and served as the Labour Co-op MP for Wythenshawe, Manchester, between 1964 and 1997.

He campaigned tirelessly to challenge the barriers that disabled people face in everyday life. In 1970 Alf successfully brought in the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act, a ground-breaking piece of legislation - the first in the world to recognise the rights of disabled people and set down specific requirements for access and support.

In 1974 he became the world’s first Minister for Disabled People and introduced a Civil Rights (Disabled Persons) Bill in 1991. He also went on to establish the Motability Scheme which transformed the lives of so many people. In 1997, Alf was elevated to the Peerage as the Baron Morris of Manchester. He continued to scrutinise the government and campaign for the rights of disabled people in the House of Lords. The Victoria University of Manchester conferred an honorary doctorate degree on Alf in 1998. He died on 12 August 2012, survived by his wife Irene (Lady Morris) and four children.

The University’s Disabled Staff Network is working closely with Alf’s family (Lady Morris and Gill Morris), Mike Kane MP, Manchester Trades Union Council, North West TUC Disability Forum, Manchester City Councillors and our Students’ Union to organise this ground-breaking event in commemoration and celebration of Alf’s life and work.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson - our special guest speaker

Tanni Grey-Thompson graduated from Loughborough University in 1991 with a BA (Hons) in Politics and Social Administration and went on to pursue a famous and decorated career in para-sports as a wheelchair racer. Tanni entered the House of Lords in 2010 as an active Crossbench Peer. Tanni was installed as Chancellor of Northumbria University in July 2015 and was named Number 1 on the Power 100 list of Britain’s most influential disabled people in 2016.

Tanni is currently Patron of the Snowdon Trust, which supports disabled students to access further and higher education and training. Tanni has spent summer 2016 in Rio de Janeiro to coach and support the latest generation of Paralympics GB competitors! Tanni is a renowned public speaker. We are thrilled that Tanni accepted Gill Morris’s invitation to deliver the inaugural lecture in Alf’s memory.

For further information see the Disabled Staff Network website.

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