Students Staff

21 January 2009

The Credit Crunch: Myth, Reality & Implications

Colchester Campus

Members of the public and the business community are invited to attend a seminar in Colchester to explore the impact of the credit crunch and consider the economic and social implications.

Organised by the University of Essex in association with the Essex Chambers of Commerce, the seminar, entitled The Credit Crunch: Myth, Reality and Implications takes place in the Moot Hall in Colchester Town Hall on Thursday 5 February from 12-2pm. The seminar is free and includes lunch, but places are limited so participants must reserve a place.

Leading academic experts from the fields of economics, accounting and human rights will be joined by the President of the Essex Chambers of Commerce to discuss the causes of the crisis, possible remedies, human rights implications and the protective measures local businesses can take.

The event follows a successful panel discussion on the financial crisis held at the University in October, which attracted an audience of nearly 100 people from the University and the community. There are plans for a similar event to be held in Southend, where the University also has a campus.

Professor John Packer, Director of the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex, who will chair the event, said: ‘The effects of the financial crisis are being felt at a personal, local, national and global level, affecting people’s lives in wealthy and poorer countries. This seminar will consider both the local and global perspective.’

To reserve a place, please contact the Research and Enterprise Office at the University on 01206 872925, or e-mail:

Notes to Editors

Speakers at the Seminar are:
Economist Professor Sheri Markose
Accounting and corporate governance expert Professor Prem Sikka
Business, law and human rights expert Professor Sheldon Leader
President of the Essex Chambers of Commerce Robert Leng.

For further information please contact the University of Essex communications office on 01206 874377 or e-mail

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