[Press and Public Relations] Historic Society to Mark University of Leicester's 80th Anniversary

                                                                                                                                                          January 2002

No 19

The Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society is to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the University of Leicester with a dedicated lecture on February 4.

The Society, which is itself marking its 160th season, will commemorate the admission of the first students in 1921.

Indeed, the idea of a local University College had been proposed in 1880 in a Presidential address at the Society -and was discussed regularly until the establishment of the University College.

Now Professor Emeritus of Social Work Studies at the University of Nottingham, Professor Olive Stevenson CBE, will deliver a lecture on an occasion that will bring together members of both organisations.

The lecture, Protection of Vulnerable People from Abuse: Moral and Professional Dilemmas, will take place at the Ken Edwards Building at 7.30pm.

The lecture will explore similarities and differences between the abuse of children and the abuse of adults, both in terms of the ethical issues that each raises and of the legal and social context within which professionals operate.

Dr Wendy Hickling, a graduate and honorary graduate of the University, is a member of the University's anniversary committee and helped to arrange the joint event. She said: "This is an opportunity for the city and the University to commemorate their origins together and for the

University to continue to foster ever stronger links with the city and county."

Professor Stevenson has been involved in child abuse enquiries over many years and on Area Child Protection Committees, five of which, including Leicester city and county, she chaired between 1993-2000.

The lecture is free and open to the public.


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