How can we make the digital world accessible to older people?

Join a panel of experts on Friday, 17 September to discuss what can be done to make sure everyone has the opportunity to access the digital world.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to move much of our lives online. But as we have moved into a digital world some people have been left behind. One such group is older people, with 77% of those aged 70 and above having low levels of digital engagement. Our panel will discuss the causes of differing levels of accessibility and engagement, and what we can do to make sure everyone has the opportunity to access the digital world.


  • Francesca Gains, Professor of Public Policy and Academic Co-Director of Policy@Manchester (Chair)
  • Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester
  • Adam Micklethwaite, Director of Partnerships and Fundraising at Good Things Foundation
  • Chris Todd, Professor of Primary Care and Community Health at The University of Manchester
  • Sophie Yarker, Research Associate at The University of Manchester

We have the pleasure of bringing you this event in person.

Venue: Radisson Edwardian Manchester, Free Trade Hall, Peter Street, Manchester M2 5GP
Date: Friday, 17 September
Time: 1.30-2.30pm

Following the panel discussion there will be an opportunity for networking.

We will also be live streaming the event for those who cannot attend in person.

Please email to register your interest, including information about whether you would like to attend in person or watch the live stream.