UWTSD hosts guest lecture by former Sustainable Futures Commissioner and Harmony Professor of Practice


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was delighted to welcome Harmony Professor of Practice Peter Davies to the Swansea Business Campus this morning to deliver a special guest lecture entitled ‘Health, Wellbeing, and Sustainable Development.’

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The lecture gave an overview of Peter’s involvement in the field of sustainability in Wales and his time as Sustainable Futures Commissioner which focussed particularly on the development of the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.  The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 is a key piece of legislation for Wales, which seeks to improve the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of the country. The actions arising from the Act will see a number of public bodies, such as local authorities, health boards and other organisations working together, and with the wider community, to put long-term sustainability at the forefront of their thinking.

The lecture was attended by students who are enrolled on the university’s BSc Health and Social Care and BSc Health Management courses BA Health Management course, who were given the opportunity to learn more about the ways in which the Act places an obligation on public bodies in Wales to commit to sustainable development, and how this is integral to health and well-being throughout the country. Following the lecture UWTSD’s Harmony Professor of Practice and former Sustainable Futures Commissioner, Peter Davies, said:

“It was wonderful to be back at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David today and to have the opportunity to talk about my time as Sustainable Futures Commissioner and in particular the introduction of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.  In Wales, the principle of sustainable development was set at the heart of the first Government of Wales Act making it one of the few administrations in the world with such a legal duty.  The Act emphasises the involvement of communities in shaping their future and although it is very early in its implementation, there are encouraging signs that the legislation is a catalyst for changing mindsets and enabling new ways of operating that focus on long-term preventative action and wider participation in decision making.  

It’s a great honour for me to be awarded a Harmony Professor of Practice role at the University and I have great admiration for the work of this university and I am so pleased to be playing a supporting role in its development.  It was extremely pleasing to have the opportunity to present to an audience that was so engaged with the topic, and we certainly had a positive and interesting discussion.  I very much look forward to visiting the University again in my Harmony Professor of Practice role.”

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The lecture was organised by Tania Davies, one of UWTSD’s Health Portfolio Programme Director at Swansea Business Campus. Tania, who has a background in substance misuse counselling and working with young disabled children, is the academic lead on the BA Health Management course as well as conducting research into the intersections between health, wellbeing, and legislation for sustainability in Wales.  Tania Davies commented: 

“It was wonderful to have Peter Davies visit the Swansea Business School today.  Peter has so much experience and knowledge and it was fascinating to hear more about his role in the development of the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act, particularly through leading Wales’s biggest national conversation on the “Wales we Want”.   It was a fantastic opportunity for our students and guests to hear more about Peter’s important work in the field over the years and of course to offer their own views on the subject.   We’d like to thank Peter for his contribution and I know that our students have benefited greatly from hearing his ideas and vision here today.”

Opening the event and introducing the guest lecturer was Professor Nick Campion, Director of the Sophia Centre at UWTSD Lampeter. Dr Campion spoke briefly about Peter’s role with the university’s INPSIRE initiative, his influence in its inception and his continued support throughout its development.  Dr Nick Campion added:

“Honorary Professors of Practice are a relatively new innovation for the university, to work with partners with specific expertise related to our strategic aims who do not come through the traditional academic route. With them, we can enhance our access to a range of defined skills to support academy delivery and build upon our rapidly improving reputation for delivering graduate skills in the context of employability, sustainability and work-related education and training.  We’d like to thank Peter for taking the time to visit us here today and for his continuous contribution and support as Harmony Professor of Practice.”

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