History of SALCTG

SALCTG 1985 to date

Chris Pinder, Eileen Ulas, David Ball, Margaret Lobban and Ivor Lloyd
University of Abertay, SALCTG 21st Anniversary 2006

The first meeting of SALCTG, called at the instigation of David Ball, was at the University of Strathclyde on 14th November, 1985. Those attending set out the aims, composition, and funding policy (self-financing) of the group. A working party convened to survey potential members to find out what training was required included both David Ball and Ivor Lloyd.

At the second meeting in February 1986, these two were elected to the committee as Convener and Treasurer respectively, along with Hilary Duggua as Secretary. A membership fee of £10 per annum was agreed, and the first course planned. This was on the Data Protection Act and took place on 13th March 1986 for a fee of £3 (members) and £4 (non-members), even including tea and biscuits.

David continued as Convener until March 1988 and played a huge part in establishing and motivating such a successful and active group. This has been built on over the years by a succession of Conveners. The second was Stuart James (1988 to 1992) and the third, Chris Pinder. Chris was associated with the group from the beginning. He first featured largely in the minutes when he organised a seminar on networking in 1987/8 and he also served as Treasurer after Ivor resigned in December 1988. He was succeeded as Convener by Eileen Ulas, who took office in November 1997 and is still an active member of the group, and Margaret Lobban from November 2003. Our current Convenor, Karen McAulay,  took over in 2012. The fact that there have only been six conveners in the best part of 3 decades highlights the commitment people feel to the group.

Another notable feature of SALCTG is that the membership fee is still only £10, a matter of some pride after 27 years, and a credit to the financial acumen of its treasurers from Ivor and Chris on.

SALCTG has kept going successfully because of its co-operative and egalitarian style. Course topics are proposed by members, and through feedback from those who attend our courses, and the work is then shared out. This is much as it was set up in the beginning and the group remains true to its original aim of identifying common training needs and organising courses to address them.

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