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‘People.’ Inaugural lecture by Professor Chris Littlewood


Tuesday 4 October 2022

5.30pm - 8pm




Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine

Headshot of Professor Chris Littlewood. He is smiling to camera.

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


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