‘People.’ Inaugural lecture by Professor Chris Littlewood
Awards, accolades, number of publications, amount of research grant income, path to patient impact; these are the common metrics upon which researchers are judged. But if we define impact as; ‘the good that researchers can do in the world’ then we could re-frame this narrative.
In this lecture I will reflect on ‘the importance of people’ and discuss the influence that family, friends and colleagues have had on my journey. I’ll then discuss why I value the opportunity to ‘return this favour’ and to say thank you and sorry to those I am closest to!
I qualified as a physiotherapist in 1998 and worked in the NHS and private sector for a number of years. I started working as Professor of Musculoskeletal Research at Edge Hill University in January 2022, having held a similar position at Manchester Metropolitan University before this. My research has largely focused on developing and then testing treatments for common aches and pains. I am now fortunate to be able to work with a number of colleagues as they develop their own clinical-academic careers. In May 2022, I ran 10 marathons in 10 consecutive days in aid of the Brathay Trust, a charity who support disadvantaged children and adolescents. This was the hardest thing I have ever done, but I felt very proud when I finished. It hurt so much that I decided to sign up for the 2023 event.
Programme/ running order
5.30pm – Registration and tea/ coffee
6pm – Welcome and introduction
6.05pm – Lecture
6.45pm – Thanks/ close
6.50pm – Drinks/ canapes reception and networking