David Hayman is an honorary graduate of GCU
Leading actor and humanitarian David Hayman will deliver a lecture in memory of Scottish trade unionist Bill Speirs at Glasgow Caledonian University.
Mr Hayman, an honorary graduate of GCU, will deliver the Bill Speirs Annual Memorial Lecture on the subject of ‘Activate your Humanity and Change the World’.
The event is held to further the interests championed by Bill Speirs and to celebrate his strengths.
Mr Hayman, who played a hard-nosed Scottish detective in the ITV drama Trial and Retribution said: “Bill Speirs lived his life dedicated to improving the lives of everyone, whether in Scotland or anywhere else in this world.
“He had a belief in the power of culture to change people’s lives and to lift their aspirations.
“He used his wit, intellect, energy and enthusiasm to develop an incredible knowledge and appetite for life based on socialist values of democracy, both at home in Scotland and throughout the world.”
Mr Hayman has appeared in more than 40 films, including the soon-to-be-released Screwed, Domino and Jack Ryan. He recently played Jonus Franks in the BBC series The Paradise.
In 2001, David founded the humanitarian charity Spirit Aid which is dedicated to children of the world whose lives have been devastated by war, genocide, poverty, abuse or lack of opportunity at home and abroad.
David has four Honorary Doctorates and a Fellowship for services to the Arts and Humanity. He was awarded the Institute of Contemporary Scotland’s Alistair Hetherington Gold Medal for Services to Humanity and was commended by the Beacon Trust for Bravery in Afghanistan. In 1991 he was given the City of Glasgow’s Gold Medal for Services to the Arts.
The Bil Speirs Annual Memorial Lecture is hosted by GCU and takes place in the Deeprose Theatre on Thursday 29 November at 5.30pm followed at 6.45pm by light refreshments in the Govan Mbeki Garden Café.
The event is free, but the Bill Speirs Foundation is asking for a donation on the night. Register for free tickets here. Visit the Bill Spiers website for more information about the Foundation.
Source: Glasgow Caledonian University