42 days: The aeronautical engineer, Oscar Wilde and a BAFTA nomination.

This blog covers 42 days from Sept 6th October 18th and includes the one year landmark since my installation as Chancellor of University of Manchester.  From The Institute of Directors on the roof tops of Pall Mall in London to  The Bishops Palace,  from Alula Pankhurst in Toronto to aeronautical engineer, politician, and diplomat the executive director of Oxfam Chief Winnie Byanyima, the people and places I've been to  this month conspire  to inspire me.  We begin on  September 6th  at  Read more [...]

Two hundred and forty two days.

More of the above later. It's two weeks since 228 days. I begin in beautiful Cornwall at The Charles Causeley Festival. I love reading poems on stage . It doesn't matter where I am or if it's a big event or a small one. This is the hotel in Truro:  My room is the one with the open window. Meanwhile in Washington DC the video made by University of Manchester to mark my installation as chancellor  was presented with  a Grand Gold Award at the international Council for Advancement and Support Read more [...]

University of Manchester. My first 100 days as Chancellor.

On stage at the launch of the the film Suffragette alongside Helen Pankhurst. Speaking at  the student Union at University of Manchester. Speaking to 600 trainee teachers at University Place at University of  Manchester With BBC Philarmonic in Salford for  ten pieces live lessons:  The  BBC's best ever music education initiative. Keynote at Digital Manchester conference Speaking with students and arts workers at Islington Arts and media College Speaking at North West Schools Led Conference Read more [...]