Engage with our events

Engage with our events

Engage with our studentsThe Adam Smith Business School not only delivers high quality learning experiences for students and embarks on world-leading and cutting-edge research, we also play an increasingly significant role in working with industry professionals and government officials both in the UK and internationally.  These relationships provide benefits to our staff, students and to the organisations that we work with.

The Adam Smith Business School prides itself on nurturing and developing our students to become the academics and industry leaders of the future.  Exchanges between academics, students and industry should be without barriers and inspiring for all concerned, and our mission is to encourage the exchange of business knowledge and innovation within the UK and abroad, to ensure that our graduates have the necessary skills and most up-to-date knowledge of the sector in which they are entering.

There are a number of benefits for businesses and organisations contributing to our lectures, seminars and talks.  Most notably you will have the opportunity to raise the profile of your organisation, explore additional avenues of collaboration with the Business School and have the opportunity to hear the thoughts, reactions and ideas of an international audience.  We currently offer the following events within the Business School:

Practitioner Seminars

Each academic year we welcome a number of external high-profile speakers, drawn from a diverse range of organisations, as part of our Practitioner Seminars.  The aim of these seminars is to connect prominent professionals with our highly motivated international group of students.  These seminars offer you the opportunity to share your insights and bring your own industrial perspective into the lecture theatre to motivate and inspire our students.

Speakers have included:

  • Mr Paul McNamee, First Editor the Big Issue;
  • Mr Neil Doncaster, Chief Executive of the Scottish Professional Football League;
  • Mr Lee Slonimsky, Managing Member Ocean Capital Partners LLC (New York);
  • Mr Lida Liu, CEO Galaxy Asset Management China; and
  • Dr Thorarinn G.Petursson, Chief Economist, Central Bank of Iceland.

The seminars aim to introduce students to current practice in organisations relevant to their degree programmes. 

For more information on our Pracitioner seminars please visit: Practitioner Seminars

Glasgow Talks

Glasgow Talks is a 12-month sponsorship between the Adam Smith Business School and the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce.  The Glasgow Talks series takes the format of a networking session prior to the event followed by a keynote presentation from the guest speaker or panel of speakers.  There is also the opportunity for attendees to talk directly to the speakers through a Q&A session immediately after the presentation.

Previous speakers have included:

  • Willie Walsh, Chief Executive of British Airways;
  • Charles Berry, Chairman of the Weir Group;
  • Jim McColl OBE, Chairman of Clyde Blowers;
  • Rt. Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland;
  • David Grevemberg, Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation;
  • Will Whitehorn, Chairman of SECC and SSE Hydro; Phil Verster, Managing Director of ScotRail Alliance; and
  • Amanda McMillan, Chief Executive of Glasgow Airport.

For a full list of Glasgow Talks events please visit: Glasgow Talks

Adam Smith Business School Specialist Guest Lectures

The Adam Smith Business School Specialist Guest Lectures are high-profile events aimed at a specialist business/policy/professional market.

Previous speakers have included:

  • The Rt Hon. the Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale;
  • Antonio Horta-Osorio, Group Chief Executive of Lloyds Banking Group;
  • Dame Frances Cairncross, British economist and journalist; and
  • Iain Martin, political commentator and author.

Leadership Forum

The Leadership Forum has a membership of top level managers and executives from the public and private sector and meets approximately three times a year.  It is intended to be both participative and interactive, bringing CEOs and Directors in the private, public and voluntary sectors together with senior academics in the field of leadership to discuss current issues and challenges, and to share their experience, knowledge and ideas.

Previous discussion topics have included ‘Toxic Leadership’, and ‘Leadership and Followership’.

Scottish Chair Workshop Dinner

The Scottish Chair Workshop Dinner is jointly organised between the Adam Smith Business School and Grant Thornton UK LLP and is held twice a year.  The dinner was established in 2009 with the aim of creating an exclusive forum for Company Chairs to meet and discuss topical issues and build on their networks.

There are usually 12 guests invited with a guest chair speaker to give a 30-minute presentation prior to the dinner.  Discussion follows the meal, with the intimate nature of the dinner allowing everyone the opportunity to contribute to the discussion.

Previous speakers have included:

  • John Swinney, Deputy First Minister of Scotland;
  • Bill Gammell, Non-Executive Chairman of Cairn Energy;
  • Rob Woodward, Chief Executive of STV Group plc; and
  • Fiona McBain, Chief Executive of Scottish Friendly Assurance Society.