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INSIGHTS Public Lecture: Levelling up – national mission and global challenge by The Rt Hon Justine Greening

The Rt Hon Justine Greening, former Minister for Women and Equalities

Date/Time: Tuesday 17 May 2022, 5.30pm

Venue: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University

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Hosted by Dr Martin Farr, Co-Chair of the Public Lectures Committee 

Levelling up was a longstanding challenge for Britain before Covid-19, but the pandemic has now made it both more acute and urgent to address. Yet achieving equality of opportunity is more than simply a social imperative. This lecture will set out how levelling up is also an economic and political necessity and how this presents a chance to fundamentally redefine the UK, not only to ourselves, but also to a wider world.


A long-time campaigner for equality of opportunity, Rt Hon Justine Greening is the founder of the Social Mobility Pledge campaign and the Levelling Up Goals architecture, through which she is working with leaders across the private and public sectors, including universities to develop levelling up strategies that deliver change on the ground for communities. Between 2011 and 2018, Justine served as a UK Cabinet Minister, as Secretary of State for Education, International Development and Transport and prior to that from 2010-11 as Economic Secretary to the Treasury.

This event will be held in-person in the Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, NE1 7RYAll our events remain free and open to all, but pre-booking is now required. Bookings for lectures will open at 10.00am one week before the event, via the link below.

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