Richard Brooks

  • Books

    I am reading a book I was given for Christmas called The New Philanthropists by Charles Handy. He has developed a whole series of short studies of modern, often smaller scale philanthropists in contrast to the picture we often envisage...

  • Thoughts

    The summer season has arrived and the nature of the University has changed for a couple of months – another new experience for me. While the media rejuvenates their ‘silly season’ stories, here’s a few thoughts, none of which really...

  • Referendum

    To: all staff at the University of Bath It is inevitable that, in what may be a prolonged period of uncertainty following the referendum result, you will have many questions about your own personal circumstances and the future of our...

  • Strike

    Yesterday I visited the National Composites Centre, an R&D centre owned by Bristol University. On the way over there, an American Professor was on the radio pushing her new book in which she claims that ‘grit’ is the key success factor...

  • University culture

    1980s                     Courier 1990s                     Times New Roman or Arial 2000s                    More Arial...

  • First lectures

    My thanks to Chris Archer-Brown for inviting me to one of his lectures on digital marketing this week. I learned about the 'Paid Owned Earned' model of content marketing and how social media has blurred the lines. Also got to...

  • A different type of diversity

    Diversity, in the legal sense, tends to revolve around what are known as protected characteristics (gender, religion, sexuality etc.) and in my opinion society is now much healthier for this recognition. However, one of the nice things about being HR...

  • Living Wage

    I spent over an hour last night completing a VAT return, the net result of which is that HMRC owe me £7.20. By complete coincidence that is the hourly rate of National Living Wage set by the Government for those over 25...

  • 9.4mm

    In my last blog I was railing against the volume of paper I was presented with for the Academic Staff Committee. Well, we have a breakthrough. Thanks to the hard work of Fiona Blackmore and Deborah Griffin in HR we...

  • Welcome to Academia

    The day after Valentine's Day I started a new life here at Bath. I have done a number of HR and operational leadership roles in Government, but this is my first time in academia. And it's very different. With this blog...