To celebrate 10 years of the IDEA Centre, we held a two-day Applied Ethics conference. Topics included Media Ethics, Big Data, Climate Change, Ethics and Economic Sanctions and many more.
Some of the presentations from the event included:
- Applying Applied Philosophy - Professor Roger Crisp, University of Oxford
- Climate Change, Ethics and Responsibilities - Dr Rob Lawlor and Dr Helen Morley, IDEA Centre, University of Leeds
- Lessons from the Second World War - Dr Henry Irving, Leeds Beckett University
- Codes of Ethics - Professor Chris Megone & Jim Baxter, IDEA Centre, University of Leeds
- Engineering and Climate Change - Andrew Chilvers, RAE
- Engineering Education as a Professional Formation - Dr Helen Morley, IDEA Centre, University of Leeds
- Engineering Ethics - Dr Rob Lawlor
- Teaching Professional Ethics Online - Dr Megan Kime and Dr Elizabeth Ellis
- Ethics & Big Data - Dr Kevin Macnish & Mick Yates
- Getting Ethics - Professor Ruth Chadwick, University of Cardiff
- Journalism, Offence and Free Speech - Dr Carl Fox, IDEA Centre, University of Leeds
- Leadership Ethics - Professor Jackie Ford, University of Bradford
- Privacy - Control or Access - Dr Kevin Macnish & Dr Tom Simpson
- Psychiatric Ethics - Professor Rachel Cooper, Lancaster University
- The Ethics of Economic Sanctions - Dr Elizabeth Ellis, IDEA Centre, University of Leeds
As Guest of Honour at the celebration dinner, the Vice Chancellor, Sir Alan Langlands, spoke of the value of rigorous teaching in ethical decision making, as well as the importance of the aim of the Centre: to equip students and professionals with the ability to identify, analyse and respond effectively to ethical issues. The Vice Chancellor also commended the Centre’s efforts to embed ethics across programmes of study at the University, and the growing numbers of professionals taking the Centre’s online Masters courses and benefiting from its training and consultancy.
Amongst the guests were senior members of the University, as well as partners in distinguished professional, academic and public bodies including the Chartered Banking Institute, Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, Institute for Accountants in England and Wales, Royal Academy of Engineering, British Academy, and Commonwealth Secretariat.
Our unique approach is heavily reliant on partnership for its success – students and professionals want to consider ethical issues in their discipline and within the context of their profession. Through partnership we can ensure that ethics is grounded in practice and enable individuals to apply it within their own context.
Looking ahead to the next 10 years, the IDEA Centre wishes to fulfil its aspiration for all students at Leeds to graduate with confidence in ethical decision making. Through its training, consultancy and online programmes it will continue to enable professional bodies and public policy, as well as students at Leeds, to benefit from its high-quality research in areas such as responsibility and climate change, leadership and integrity, and ethics in big data.