AECC University College Launches Professorial Inaugural Lecture Series

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

On Thursday 23rd May, AECC University College will be inviting students, staff, alumni and members of the public to attend an evening lecture by Professor Richard Brown. The lecture will be held at AECC University College, Parkwood Campus, Parkwood Road, Bournemouth, BH5 2DF. The event will begin at 6.30pm with refreshments. Professor Brown’s lecture will begin at 7pm and last for an hour. There will be an opportunity for Q&A/discussion after the lecture. 

This lecture will launch the University College’s Professorial Inaugural Lecture Series. The series will provide an opportunity both for AECC UC’s professors to inspire audiences with their career insights and/or research and for audiences to influence future research and professional developments. 

Professor Richard Brown is a Visiting Professor at AECC University College (AECC UC) and Secretary-General of the World Federation of Chiropractic.  

His lecture will explore the benefits of evidence-based, people-centred, interprofessional and collaborative health care to patients – particularly within the context of treating low back pain, frequently cited as the greatest cause of years lived with disability globally.  

At AECC UC, we are committed to contributing to society through our public engagement activities in which we share our knowledge, resources and skills with the public and listen and learn from the different communities with which we engage. Therefore, during the event, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of AECC UC, Professor Kevin McGhee will formally sign the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) Manifesto for Public Engagement. This will publicly affirm, celebrate and support AECC UC’s public engagement activities and commitment. 

Professor Lesley Haig said: “We are delighted to be launching our Professorial Inaugural Lecture Series here at AECC University College and Professor Richard Brown is the ideal person to deliver our first lecture. The session promises to be thought-provoking and will no doubt be of interest to members of the public, as well as staff and students of AECC UC.  

“As a specialist health sciences university, we are eager to develop and nurture our relationships within the local community. We are proud to be situated in Boscombe and we are committed to making educational opportunities and high-quality public talks accessible to our local community. Signing the NCCPE Manifesto is an important milestone in this commitment.”  

Professor Brown said: “I am honoured to be the inaugural speaker at this series of professorial lectures. AECC University College is an institution that is dear to my heart and it’s always a pleasure to return.” 

Those interested in attending can register for this event via Eventbrite here: .  

More public lectures will follow Professor Brown’s and details will be shared on the AECC University College website.  

About Professor Brown’s Lecture  
Committing to an EPIC Future 

Healthcare is constantly evolving. Advances in technology, enhanced diagnostic capability and improvements in the way that killer diseases are tackled through vaccination, antibiotics and other public health measures, have led to a drop in child and maternal mortality and an increase in life expectancy in almost every nation on the planet.  


Despite people living longer, there is evidence that people are not experiencing a corresponding increase in healthy life years. Low back pain alone is the greatest cause of years lived with disability on the planet. Social isolation and loneliness are driving surges in mental health issues. Frailty and balance problems give rise to falls and fractures. 


In the midst of the global health crisis in the UK and beyond, ever more informed patients are demanding non-drug, non-surgical healthcare. They are seeking natural approaches that incorporate nutrition, lifestyle and manual medicine. They demand shared decision making and care delivered in their communities.  


The public is after care that is evidence-based, people-centred, interprofessional and collaborative - or EPIC for short. This professorial lecture will describe how a commitment to the EPIC pillars will see chiropractors flourish and be key contributors to happier, healthier and more active lives.  


About Professor Brown 

Professor Brown has long been an influential and well-respected member of the global chiropractic community, and has been serving as Secretary-General of the World Chiropractic Federation since 2015.  

Professor Brown also served as President of the British Chiropractic Association between 2009 and 2013. Between 2009 and 2015, he held roles within the European Chiropractors’ Union, becoming its first Secretary-General in 2013. He was awarded a fellowship by AECC University College in 2017. 

Professor Brown graduated from AECC UC (then known as the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic) in 1990 and worked in private practice as a chiropractor for 25 years. Since taking up the office of WFC Secretary-General, he has split his time between the UK and the WFC’s head office in Toronto, Canada.  

As a clinician, Professor Brown was the owner and Clinic Director of a large interdisciplinary clinic in Stroud, Gloucestershire. During his time in practice, he worked extensively in professional sport, including the English Premier League, elite athletics and Moto-GP motor sport, and was part of the London 2012 Olympic medical services team. With a Master of Laws degree from Cardiff University, Professor Brown has extensive experience as an expert witness and speaks nationally and internationally on matters relating to professional standards.