Human beings are creative, social and communicative by nature. This is the bedrock of development and progress. There is no point in making or building things which fail adequately to take into account the creative, social and communication needs of people, and that means the Arts and Humanities, as these are the aspects which give meaning to everything we do.

Professor Adrian Hadland is the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Stirling. He was a professional journalist for more than 15 years based mainly in South Africa but also covering events in Africa, Asia, the US and in Europe. He has published 20 books including biographies/memoirs of Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Kader Asmal and Napoleon Bonaparte along with a number of scholarly texts on and about journalism. He has worked in the policy environment in South Africa and in the UK and has consulted for both the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme. He joined Stirling after spending a few years teaching in mainland China where he was Head of the International Communications Division at the University of Nottingham Ningbo. His current research interests are democracy, the media and photojournalism.