As most colleagues know, I’m shortly to retire and have made a pact with myself, that in the meantime, on the way to and from meetings on campus, I’ll try to walk down a street I’ve never been down before. It’s proving surprisingly easy. I guess I have my favourite routes and have rarely deviated from them. The second part of the pact is to look up and appreciate the University’s architecture. It’s amazing how we can take our environment for granted, and only a few days into this I am being surprised and delighted by what I find.
So, as a personal recommendation from me, take a long look at this wonderful, diverse campus and prepare to be amazed. You’ll find architectural features, artworks, tree-lined streets, cobblestones, plaques, and buildings with real personality. And as you walk around, you’ll find yourself rubbing shoulders with people from every culture and ethnicity across the globe. Just take a look; what other place of work has this kind of variety and diversity and how lucky are we to work amongst it?