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University and Brighton Chamber of Commerce to debate future of work

Members of the local business community and the University of Sussex will come together on Wednesday 2 May for a debate on the future of work.

The Big Debate, organised by Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce, will feature an expert panel of business owners, education leaders and futurists. They will explore topics such as training for the jobs of the future, the opportunities and pitfalls of the gig economy, the role of schools and universities, as well as looking at new ways of working and the role of technology.

The event will be an opportunity for the University to share expertise, engage with local businesses and input into Brighton & Hove City Council’s 2030 Vision. It is sponsored by the University and Brighton & Hove City Council, and is part of the University’s engagement with local businesses.

On the panel will be Jacqueline O'Reilly, Professor of Comparative Human Resource Management at the University. Professor O’Reilly is currently research coordinator of STYLE, a large-scale EU-funded project on Youth Employment in Europe.

Other panellists will include Nick Juba (Chief Executive Officer at Greater Brighton Metropolitan College) and Matt Parkinson (Managing Director at Gene Commerce). The discussion will chaired by Richard Freeman, founder of Always Possible, and the event will be introduced by Michelle Gordon, the University's Director of External Relations.

The Big Debate is on 2 May (5pm-7pm) at Brighton Metropolitan College. Tickets are free and can be booked through Eventbrite. Staff and students are encouraged to attend.

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By: Daniel Chard
Last updated: Friday, 13 April 2018