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  • Some personal reflections on inclusivity

    We were in Georgia recently (the one near Russia, not the one where Randy Crawford got wet) and, on a Friday afternoon were surprised to find a noisy protest march heading down Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi. The patriotic flags hid...

  • Pay and rations

    If you have joined the University in the last few years, you will have been invited to an event called Introduction to the University of Bath (IUB). In the earlier days in my career, I was invited to an induction...

  • Learn to Love Leadership

    If you type “Leadership” into Amazon, it says “1-16 of over 100,000 results”. In 2015, it was calculated that books on leadership were being published at over four per day. And that’s just those in the English language. It has...

  • Result!

    We used to have a small cast brass plaque which we bought in America which said "In 1837, at this place, nothing happened". Well, at the University of Bath, on 3 Sep 2018, something happened - we appointed a new...

  • Krypton factor

    Earlier in the recruitment process I suggested that "not affected by kryptonite" might be worth adding to the person specification given the expectations of our next Vice-Chancellor. In actuality, our candidates probably feel that the process has been more like...

  • A Day in the Life.....

    ...of a Vice-Chancellor. This is how one of our plucky candidates described their day with us on the 26th July. I'm not sure that stressing our candidates by running this on the hottest day of the year is in the...

  • Are we nearly there yet?

    Do you, like me, remember those seemingly endless car journeys as a child? "Are we nearly there yet?". Hopefully, the answer to our search for our next Vice-Chancellor is "just round the next corner" (another of my parents' favourites). This...

  • I would like to invite a member of the audience....

    For many people, the very idea of audience participation is a nightmare. A friend of mine went to a show at the Edinburgh Fringe where the she sat in the back of a car on stage, and the 'comedians' sat...

  • 155

    In my last job, 155 always referred to artillery (being the calibre of a NATO standard artillery shell in millimetres). In this last week, the same number has resonated with the Committee on the Office of Vice-Chancellor, for that is...

  • Salary: Competitive

    Why would someone want to come and do this job? At the top of our list, and hopefully high on the list of the type of people we wish to attract, is the opportunity to lead a high performing, ambitious...