Sheffield in Europe

In 1975, the United Kingdom voted on whether to remain a member of the European Economic Community. There was an article, I recall, in The Sunday Times┬áby the then very influential left-wing historian E. P. Thompson arguing passionately against membership. Thompson excoriated the values of the common market. He argued that markets were all about…

The value of apprenticeships

In the year 1088, the Commune of Bologna ran into one of its periodic rows with the Catholic Church. It opted (never a cheap solution) to invite a group of leading lawyers to Bologna to provide commentaries on the ancient Codices of Roman Law for the commune (consultancy). Their work provided the basis for the…

Vlog – revisiting our Strategy

My update this week takes the form of a short video blog, rather than a written post. No spoilers here, but it’s me answering five questions about refreshing the University Strategy and my ambitions for us as a University: