First Minister to deliver Jimmy Reid lecture

Published: 27 October 2015

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP on campus to deliver the Jimmy Reid Memorial Lecture - ‘Workers’ Rights Are Human Rights’. 24 November.

Image of the late Jimmy ReidThird Annual Jimmy Reid Memorial Lecture
‘Workers’ Rights Are Human Rights’

Speaker: Rt. Hon. Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland
Chair: Grahame Smith, General Secretary, STUC

The Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Anton Muscatelli, is delighted to invite you to the third annual Jimmy Reid Memorial Lecture taking place on Tuesday 24 November in Bute Hall, University of Glasgow.

  • Date: Tuesday 24 November
  • Venue: Bute Hall, University of Glasgow
  • Time: 6.30pm
  • Register here

In honour of workers’ leader, Jimmy Reid, the First Minister will address the issue of why workers’ rights are human rights.

The First Minister and guests will be welcomed by Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Anton Muscatelli. Following the speech there will be a question and answer session. The Reid Foundation Director, Professor Gregor Gall, will then make a short contribution on the Foundation’s work programme to conclude the event.

Jimmy Reid was installed as elected Rector of the University in the Bute Hall in 1972 where he made his famous ‘The rat race is for rats. We're not rats. We're human beings’ speech. His archives are maintained by the University and some will be on display prior to the lecture. James Reid Rectorial Address.

Doors open from 5.30pm. Free entry by pre-registration only.

We expect this to be a very popular event – please register early to avoid disappointment.

There will be an academic procession taking place as part of the event. Academic colleagues interested in taking part can contact the events team at

First published: 27 October 2015

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