International Men's Day

Published: 13 November 2023

22 November. Join us for a panel discussion in the new Adam Smith Business School building

Wednesday 18th October. 5:30pm -8:00pm
The Hot House, Adam Smith Business School, 2 Discovery Place, Glasgow, G11 6EY

Join us as we welcome you to the brand new Adam Smith Business School to discuss men's mental health as part of a one-off event. The event is held as part of International Men's Day which is a global awareness day for many issues that men face, including parental alienation, abuse, homelessness, suicide, and violence, celebrated annually. This event is open to all who wish to attend.

This event is open to all who wish to attend. The event is free and refreshments will be provided. 

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Panel Biographies

Dr Rami Al-Sharif is a Lecturer in Human Resource Management at Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow where he also gained his Ph.D. in Management. His research involves organisational trust, perceived fairness, identity threat, stereotype threat, identity work, young people and work, young people and crime, and the role of Human Resource Management policies and practices in providing a trustworthy, fair and safe identity-work environment for stigmatised groups to work and produce, and for their talent to flourish. Rami teaches MSc IHRMD and UG Business Management students in the areas of Human Resource Management and Leadership. Prior to becoming an academic Rami worked for over four years in the banking sector.

Paul Hunter is a Senior Fellow, Deputy Programme Director, and Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour at Adam Smith Business School. Paul also engages with several organisations out with the University. Previously, he worked as a management consultant for a number of years in the areas of Employee Relations, Organisational Development and Socio-Technical Systems. In this capacity he has worked with a number of organisations. Paul teaches on the School's MBA programme and is the course coordinator of two Human Resource Management courses in the Professional Pathways programme. Paul also coordinates several Research Methods courses across Adam Smith Business School."

John Slater is self employed , after 37 years in the energy industry. He has spent the last 20 years in senior roles including technical director, regional ESG management of operations and strategy, as well as board positions. He has been fortunate enough to work across multiple countries and continents and for both big and medium sized energy companies and managed teams in excess of 100 people and steered businesses through 9/11, COVID, the rise of extremist terrorism and wars. He is a cancer survivor and passionate about LIFE.​ He has seen the rise of importance of ESG in industry, as a unifying factor between investors and companies and has been party to the increasing regulatory reporting requirements of companies.​ He has had his own severe struggles with high performing depression and anxiety throughout his adult life and in 2019 and then again in 2021 he hit rock bottom with depression. In 2019 he made a promise to himself and others to work to crush the unjust stigma around mental illness in life, but more so in the work place, with his understanding that to talk is to show strength. He has written two book and spoken on the subject of his own struggles and has shown through his adult life that mental illness does not define a person, nor limit them, and that coping and recovery is very possible.

Margaret Thomson works as a Wellbeing Lead for the Health and Wellbeing team, a part of the People and OD Directorate. She has been employed at the University for 18 years, initially as an HR Business Partner capacity, however Following the launch of the Colleague Wellbeing Strategy in 2022 she was delighted to take on a new role as Wellbeing lead. This role provides Margaret with the opportunity to make an effective contribution to the delivery of the objectives of the University’s Colleague Wellbeing Strategy as a central theme to the Word Changers Together People and OD strategy. Her position allows her to make positive change for colleagues across our community ensuring our well-being offering is prevention-focused and that it reflects a holistic approach to wellbeing, encompassing the physical, mental, social, spiritual and financial 5 ways of wellbeing model, as visualised in our wellbeing wheel. 

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First published: 13 November 2023

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