One of the world’s most influential psychologists headlined a special event at the University of Bolton.

Sir Cary Cooper CBE was guest of honour at the first ever TEDxSalon in the North West of England.

The inaugural TEDxSalon event explored the theme ‘In the Psychologist’s Chair’.

It featured Professor Cooper joined by the university’s Professor of Psychology, Jerome Carson, who is one of the UK’s experts on mental health and wellbeing.

Prof Carson said that Sir Cary had links with Bolton, as his daughter completed her degree at the University of Bolton. He was also a governor of Bolton School for a time.

The audience was made up of a mix of professionals from across the UK, plus students and staff.

Prof Carson said: “It was a tremendous event. Sir Cary is a legend and being able to ask him questions was a privilege. We learned a lot more about him through an interview.

“He is 78 years old and shows no signs of slowing down – he is an incredibly positive person.

“The students present were inspired by him and many queued afterwards to get word – and a selfie – with him.

“It was a career highlight for me. We now hope to organise more of these events in the New Year.”

Prof Cooper was awarded a CBE in the 2001 Birthday Honours for his contribution to occupational/organisational health.

He was knighted in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to social science.

Bolu Oyesola, the President of Bolton Students’ Union gave a vote of thanks to Prof Cooper.

Ianis G. Matsoukas PhD, Assistant Teaching Professor in Biomedical Sciences and Curator of TEDxUniversityofBolton, who organised the event, welcomed the audience.

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks.

It began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.

Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

The global impact and success of the TEDxUniversityofBolton event year after year led to TEDxUniversityofBolton hosting the first TEDxSalon in the North West of England.

TEDxUniversityofBolton creates a unique experience where the world’s greatest thinkers congregate to share what they are most passionate about.

The TEDxUniversityofBolton team are from a wide range of backgrounds, interests and disciplines passionate about the issues facing young people today.

Their roles vary from production, to visual communications, to outreach to partnerships and sponsorship.

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