mrevans@hku.hk

Author: mre201

More good news

I am pleased to be leaving the Faculty in such good shape. Further evidence of this has come from the THE Global University rankings. The University was ranked at 30th, which is a solid improvement. But more relevant for the Faculty Science was its move to 53rd in the world for Physical Science and 42nd…
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Seven weeks

I am down to seven weeks left in Hong Kong before leaving for new pastures. I have discovered that there is a giant pile of bureaucracy to get through before I can go. I was unaware that HKU is obliged to withhold my last month’s pay until I can prove that I paid my taxes…
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Time passing

As anyone who reads this blog will know I shall be moving on from Hong Kong. I have now formally resigned from HKU and will be leaving here in late October. I will be sad to go, I have met some truly excellent people here. I think that I can honestly say that more than…
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More positive news

The NSFC Excellent Young Scientist Fund has been operating in Hong Kong for three years. The Faculty has been very successful in this scheme and this year gained another five awardees. This brings the Faculty of Science’s total to ten, this is out of 75 in Hong Kong and Macau and 23 in the whole…
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A short break

This is my first post for a few weeks. After ending my five years as Dean I took a short break, partly to have a rest but mainly to investigate a job opportunity. I am not going to say here what or where that opportunity might be. I remain concerned that there are some people…
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The final curtain

I have referred to the fact that I am coming to the end of my time as Dean at HKU, and this is it. Today is my final day. It has been quite a ride, tumultuous especially in the last two years. I am pleased to say that this evening I will be flying out…
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Farewell Lunch

Down to a week to go before the end of my Deanship. The Faculty Office gave me a great farewell lunch. They have been a great team and I will be genuinely sorry to leave them. A wonderful surprise was the beautiful book that they have made of memories from the last five years. A…
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Senate

There is a tendency for university senior management teams to try and impose their will on the faculty. I would agree that there are some occasions on which this might be necessary, in the event of financial stringency for example. But a university does not function well if it is dictated to, academics are generally…
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Disappointment

For anyone who has looked at this page over the last year it will have been obvious that I am in the last year of my Deanship. It has been an interesting five years, although perhaps that should be ‘interesting’. Hong Kong and its oldest university have changed a lot in those five years and…
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Hong Kong SAR Establishment Day

Thursday this week was a public holiday because it was HKSAR Establishment Day, the 24th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong from UK to China. The picture shows part of the procession of fishing boats that goes into Victoria Harbour every year on this day. Possibly more momentously it was also the 100th anniversary…
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