When I applied for my new job as PVC (Research, Enterprise, Internationalisation) I set out my stall around the need for there to be a strong Academic Champion for Research within BU. Someone who would fight the corner of ordinary academics engaged in research and enterprise. As an active researcher I understand many of the challenges and barriers that exist within the system, but to stay an effective champion I need to stay in touch with the rank and file. I need to know what concerns you, what the obstacles and challenges are. I have spent a lot of time in the first few months listening to individuals around BU, visiting our Research Centres and talking to anybody who wants to talk about research. This is an enlightening process not least because of the wonderful work which is taking place and the committed, energetic staff around the organisation that make it such a great place to work; a place that I am fiercely proud off. There is nothing better than hearing about someone’s research first hand and it makes this job worth doing. So please keep letting me have your news, ideas and information on the challenges you face to getting things done. I want to know what concerns you, what needs to be fixed, how we can improve our collective research performance as I begin to think about a new research and enterprise strategy for BU over the next few months. Just stop me on campus, drop me an e-mail, add a comment to this post, or book an appointment to talk research!
PS I thought this post needed a picture since I like pictures; so here is one from December of tea in the Namibian Desert!