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Prof. Anson Jack’s Inaugural Lecture

Professor Anson Jack, Director of International Railway Benchmarking, Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE), University of Birmingham 

Date: Wednesday 24 October.

 Lecture Theatre 1 (LT1), Gisbert Kapp building (G8 on the campus map)

Join Professor Anson Jack as he discusses his interests and responsibilities for research which led him to fronting up the GB rail industry’s decision not to install seat belts on trains. The background to a campaign for the fitting of seat belts on trains, the industry exploring the options and determining what it should do, and the decisions that arose from the research are a case study in translating research into practical applications. Professor Jack will also explore how he managed the expectations of many important stakeholders involved in the process.


Professor Jack works within BCRRE to promote international railway benchmarking and other research, and to develop the extensive international relationships the University has already established across the globe.


Professor Jack began his career at British Rail where he joined as a graduate trainee in 1979. He also worked at Railtrack and Network Rail before joining RSSB in 2003 where he was Deputy Chief Executive until he joined the University in 2015. His credentials include membership of the Technical Advisory Board of the International High Speed Rail Association, based in Tokyo and being an advisor to the SNCF Board on safety. Previously, he has been on the Transportation Research Board Committee for the review of the Federal Railroad Administration research and development programme; the Organising Committee for the World Congress on Railway Research; and the UK rail industry’s Technical Strategy Leadership Group. He was a founder director of the European Infrastructure Managers (EIM).

imentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be served at the drinks reception following the event. Alcoholic drinks will be only be served to those who are aged 18 or over.


If you wish to attend this event, please complete the online registration form. For further information, please contact:

Date and Time: 20181024

Location: LT1, Gisbert Kapp, University of Birmingham

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