In my last message of 2017, I reflected on the successes of the calendar year and how much we had achieved as a community. I believe 2018 offers at least as many opportunities for us strengthen our reputation and progress our growth ambitions.
We will join in Vote100, the national celebration of the 100 year anniversary of the Representation of the People Act with events including the 2018 Fawcett Lecture
in March. This lecture and Royal Holloway in Concert on 31 January
reflect our desire to increase our profile in London in anticipation of our plans to offer programmes from Senate House in the new academic year.
During 2018 Professor Katie Normington, Senior Vice Principal (Academic), will continue to develop our academic strategy. Katie is also consulting with colleagues around the shape of the academic year.
Across our estate, we’re listening to students and adjusting how the Davison Building meets their needs and supports them to succeed in their goals. Work will soon begin to repurpose the Bedford Building which, in time, will become home to colleagues from Mathematics, Information Security and Computer Science as well as to facilities for the Department of Physics. Later this term we will consult with you and students to determine who the new science building will be named after. We expect the building to be completed in the summer term.
As always, a new year brings with it challenges as well as opportunities. However, I am confident that our sense of purpose and our strength as a community will ensure that we adapt and respond positively to internal change as well as change within the higher education sector. Thank you in advance for your contribution.Professor Paul LayzellPrincipal