North West MEP Jane Brophy pictured inside the European Parliament building.
North West MEP Jane Brophy will be Edge Hill University’s special guest at the launch of the Institute for Social Responsibility

The launch of Edge Hill University’s new Institute for Social Responsibility (ISR) is being celebrated with a visit from North West MEP Jane Brophy.

The Member of European Parliament for the North West will speak at the special ‘Afternoon Tea with an MEP’ event taking place at the University’s Ormskirk campus on Friday 27 September.

Jane, who was elected to the European Parliament in 2019, will discuss her views on social responsibility, including the impact of Brexit on climate change, public health, and what it’s like to be an MEP.

Jo Crotty, ISR director, said: “We are thrilled that Jane will be launching the Institute for Social Responsibility here at Edge Hill.
“Her talk will no doubt provide a fascinating insight into the role of an MEP and her interest in social responsibility.”

The Institute for Social Responsibility is Edge Hill University’s cross-disciplinary research and knowledge exchange initiative.

Originally established in 2013 as the Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice (I4P) its remit has grown to critically examine broad conceptualisations of social responsibility across the social sciences, arts and humanities.

The hub co-ordinates and supports research, bringing together academics, practitioners and the wider public through a range of seminars, workshops and lectures.

Explaining the ISR’s change of name, Jo added: “The Institute’s name no longer reflected what it does.
“Social responsibility better expresses the range of research we are involved in and is much more inclusive and external-facing. It makes more sense to people.
“Rather than just communicating the research we’re generating at Edge Hill, our focus now is on enabling co-production and exchange of knowledge between academics and practitioners that will contribute to debates on social responsibility and inform policy-making.
“We are all living and working in a time of transition and change; ISR provides a home to those who want to reflect and to think strategically and differently about conceptualisations of social responsibility in our changing world.”

Jane Brophy continues to be an elected member of Trafford Metropolitan Council and, prior to her election to the European Parliament, she was an NHS Allied Health Professional working in the field of dietetics, specialising in diabetes treatment.

She is a member of the British Dietetic Association board and holds a degree in biochemistry.

Jane was also the Liberal Democrat Greater Manchester metro mayoral candidate in 2017 and has spent all her political life promoting policies to tackle public health and climate change.

The free event will take place at the Tech Hub lecture theatre on the University’s Ormskirk campus at 2pm on Friday 27 September; booking is required.