|Back here on earth, the week has been a very mixed bag. I met with a lot of people – workshops in Tamworth, the launch of Future Fit to Tamworth industry partners, a catch up with the Boilerhouse project team and sponsors, various exploratory interviews to bring on board the required expertise to support major projects related to infrastructure and advancing the economic impact study to support our development of work in the region.
A good week from the point of view of catching up with staff and students; to hear their views and work through concerns largely grounded in the need to resolve and address communication issues. As ever I am grateful for the generosity of those who take time out to share, engage and offer feedback – even those who stop me in the supermarket or paddle up in the swimming pool.
Council Committee meetings kicked off this week (Audit & Risk and Finance & Infrastructure) so a big block of time was spent in the Immersive Suite with various Council cohorts and University officers; all very energised by the work programme ahead of us this year (and the cake we shared to celebrate the contributions of Mark Perry, given the passing of his final formal Council meeting). I also dipped into the briefing of new Academic Board members who will contribute to our quality assurance programme over the next couple of years. Again, great to see a diverse spectrum of staff putting their hands up to be University citizens.