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Launch of Talk 200: Our bicentenary lecture and podcast series

08 Feb 2024

Professor Sir Chris Whitty will deliver a lecture on health inequalities to launch The University of Manchester’s new Talk 200 series on Tuesday, 13 February at 5pm

Professor Chris Whitty Talk 200

‘Health inequalities past, present and future’ will see Professor Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England, the UK government’s Chief Medical Adviser and head of the public health profession, consider the main drivers of inequalities and disparities in health, how these have changed over time and why addressing them remains a major public health priority.

Following his talk, Professor Whitty will be joined for a discussion by a panel of health inequality experts, including Professor of Nursing Dame Nicky Cullum and Jane Pilkington, Director of Population Health NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care, before taking part in an audience Q&A led by the University’s President and Vice-Chancellor Nancy Rothwell.

Further to the Talk 200 event, an honorary degree will be conferred on Professor Sir Chris Whitty, in recognition of his services to public health. 

The lecture is available to watch live on the University’s bicentenary website on Tuesday, 13 February from 5pm to 6.30pm, with an opportunity for viewers to submit their questions during the Q&A using Slido and the code Talk200ChrisWhitty (please note, the page will not be active until 13 February).

This lecture is the first in our Talk 200 series: a mix of in-person and live-streamed lectures and recorded podcast episodes to be released throughout 2024 to mark our bicentenary. Through each event in our series we’ll be reflecting on our past, celebrating our present and looking to the future.

Our podcast host, Manchester aficionado, cultural commentator, author and University of Manchester alumnus Andy Spinoza, will be joined by a diverse line-up of guests from our community – pioneering academics and notable figures, inspiring staff, alumni and students.

Andy, his guests and our lecture speakers will be looking at a range of issues, spanning cutting-edge developments in digital and AI through to inequalities in accessing justice in legal systems, with our Chancellor Nazir Afzal delivering a talk on the latter as part of Universally Manchester Festival on 7 June.

All Talk 200 lectures and podcasts will be made available on our bicentenary website and all major podcast channels.

Watch ‘Health inequalities past, present and future’

Join our launch lecture with Chris Whitty live from 5pm to 6.30pm on 13 February on