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  • 350

    One week into the survey about our search for a new Vice-Chancellor and we have 350 responses. 49% from students, 25% from Professional Service staff, 18% from academic staff and a range of others including alumni, partners and employers. What...

  • The Search for our New Vice-Chancellor

    The most common names for a Vice-Chancellor (or equivalent) in the UK are David and John; there are six of each. That isn’t a requirement for the role, but a rather dull fact. There are many less common names but...

  • Lamblog

    Ten of our Exmoor Horn ewes are in lamb, we hope - it was our first time with this ram. I won't try and use this blogpost as a way of drawing out lessons or metaphors for life as I...

  • Silence

    Poetry isn't about the words, its about the spaces between the words. This was an observation by my wife. It reflects the power of silence - either creating spaces to think or to allow others to contribute. Ernest Hemingway is...

  • Change

    Through gritted teeth, there is always someone who says that they love change. That is until a particular change comes along which causes them to worry. I suspect, a bit like Room 101 in George Orwell’s 1984 where people are...

  • Looking up

    So this blog could be a cry for optimism in the dystopian, post-truth, alternative factoid future being presented in most of the media. But its actually far more literal. As I walked across an icy car park this morning I...

  • 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...