If variety is the spice of life then it was a spicy week. We finally had the feedback from the faculty review held in September. Some good commendations, including that the Faculty’s commitment to top-class research was impressive and demonstrated by the awards won by our staff. But naturally some work to do, especially in ironing out wrinkles in the relationship between the Divisions and Departments. Another one of our new Distinguished Lectures, with Richard Catlow speaking from London. I did two recorded presentations, although I confess to having done one rather poorly and will have to do it again! But in the background all week has been the thought that it is a year since the protests came to campus, much has changed since then, it is a poignant time.