New Age Friendly Academy Initiative Launches

On Tuesday 2nd May, the University of Strathclyde Age-Friendly Academy (AFA) was officially launched at part of Engage with Strathclyde week at the Technology and Innovation Centre.

The launch event for the AFA, which is a University wide initiative lead by the Centre for Lifelong Learning, was opened by Principal and Vice Chancellor Professor Sir Jim McDonald. Sir Jim praised the AFA for demonstrating the University’s status as an Age-Friendly University and focusing on the positive aspects of ageing and the contribution which older people make to the workplace and society. 

Alix McDonald, Head of the Centre for Lifelong Learning, hosted the event and introduced a variety of both internal and external speakers. Brian Sloan, Managing Director of Age Scotland Commercial Enterprises, focused on employability and supporting an ageing workforce, while Christine O’Kelly from Dublin City University (DCU) discussed the global Age-Friendly University initiative and DCU’s role as the founding member. Dr Marie Boyd from Strathclyde Institute for Biomedical Science gave attendees an overview of Health and Wellbeing as a new Strategic Theme at Strathclyde and Dr Louise Brown from the School of Psychological Sciences and Health discussed her role as Director of the Strathclyde Ageing Network and presented an overview an overview of some of the current research projects that are underway at the University that are linked to ageing and will be showcased through the AFA. 

Attendees were also given an exclusive look of the AFA website which is now live and aims to consolidate and showcase the breadth of innovative work which is ongoing at the University of Strathclyde related to positive ageing and demographic change. 

Following the presentations, the speakers took part in an engaging panel discussion when the audience, which consisted of both internal and external stakeholders with an interest in positive ageing, had the chance to ask a range of relevant questions. 

The event closed with a reception to give speakers and delegates the opportunity to network and find out more about how they could get involved in the Academy’s activities. 

For more information please visit the Age-Friendly Academy here  or contact Gemma.Gilliland@strath.ac.uk  if you would like to get involved.