‘The Big Skills Debate’

The National Maritime Big Skills Debate was held on the 8th November 2017 at the University of Greenwich’s Old Royal Naval College campus.

We are very grateful to National Maritime for making available a recording of the event and are proud to share it with you here. Please don’t forget to subscribe to National Maritime’s channel to make sure you see similar events in the future.

The debate explored how the maritime sector currently collaborates to deliver maritime training that best supports business succession planning and challenged existing UK maritime training provision and funding streams. It also considered how the national ‘skills gap’ discussion could be simplified to encourage wider participation and collaboration from across the UK maritime cluster.

Representations were made from an expert panel from across the UK maritime cluster.

  • Andrew Bull, Headmaster – The London Nautical School (Chair)
  • Andrew Bowen, Head of Technical – Engineering and IT Department, DP World London Gateway
  • Tony Graham, Chairman – The UK Naval Engineering Science and Technology Forum (UKNEST)
  • Peter Aylott, Chairman, Education and Training – The Honourable Company of Master Mariners (HCMM)
  • Sezen Zeki, Managing Director, Jobs in Maritime
  • James Burr, Head of Human Resources – MBNA Thames Clippers
  • Dr Christopher Ware, MA Programme lead International Maritime Policy, Greenwich Maritime Centre
  • Ewan Shinton, Operations Director – UKSA

This event was delivered in partnership with Jobs in Maritime, the Greenwich Maritime Centre (GMC), Lloyds Maritime Academy and the National Maritime Training Centre.

“From Stem to Stern: Celebrating the ‘Wonder’ of Maritime History”

Greenwich Maritime Centre and Coastal and Marine Research Group Seminar Series 

Wednesday 21st February 2018

6pm – 8.30pm

“From Stem to Stern: Celebrating the ‘Wonder’ of Maritime History”

Dr Cathryn Pearce

In her online magazine Brain Pickings, Maria Popova observed that some people were so concerned with labelling themselves and each other, that they had lost a sense of their whole self, as well as of the many layers making up their identity. They had, she said, quoting Walt Whitman, lost the sense of ‘”wonder that comes from discovering each other’s multitudes afresh’.” This perception has some resonance. Maritime history, too, has seen such fractured identities, driven from both inside and outside of the discipline. In tonight’s session, Cathryn Pearce will consider the ways we can rediscover and celebrate ‘each other’s multitudes afresh’—academics, public historians, independent scholars and enthusiasts alike, and explore the means to join forces to face the economic and environmental rough seas ahead.


Venue: University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College, 30 Park Row, London SE10 9LS

Lecture Theatre QA180.


Tickets are free but spaces are limited so we do ask people to book their seat on our Eventbrite page. You can complete the form here:


If you have any questions about the event please email gmc@greenwich.ac.uk

Society and the Sea 2018 – Call for Papers

After the Greenwich Maritime Centre’s successful first conference, Society and the Sea (in September 2016) we are now preparing for our second conference to run in September 2018. The aim of the conference will be on bringing together a wide range of perspectives and stakeholders (for instance academia, industry, charities) dealing with society and maritime issues. If you would like to learn more about the opportunities (including promotional and sponsorship) and would like to discuss things further please email us at gmc@greenwich.ac.uk


The call-for-papers is now live and we are welcoming submissions:

please visit: http://www.gre.ac.uk/society-and-the-sea/home/call-for-papers

or: http://bit.ly/2zLacWQ


Thursday 6th and Friday 7th September 2018 in your diaries!

and visit: http://www.gre.ac.uk/society-and-the-sea for more information!