mrevans@hku.hk

Dean of Science

In memoriam

We held a celebration of the life of Brian Morton on Saturday this week. Brian started in HKU in the early 1970s and was the pioneer of marine science in Hong Kong. Among other things he founded what is now the Swire Institute of Marine Sciences. He spent his entire career at HKU, retiring in…
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Taking things down

A week ago I interviewed for a post at a university in the UK. The fact that I did not get the job in the end is not a huge surprise (after all most interviewees do not get a job offer). What was a surprise was that this website was given as the main reason…
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Disciplinaries

Unfortunately this is the time of year when there are a lot of disciplinary cases, almost all of students caught cheating or plagiarising. The move to online exams for so much of the last couple of years has made cheating easier for students who are determined to do so. A great shame, I am sure…
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SWIRE

In a small step towards normality, I had lunch with one of our most significant donors on Friday. Pre-covid this wouldn’t have been noteworthy but now it is memorable. Gray Williams and I met with Pat Healey who is now Chair of Cathay Pacific, which is part of the Swire Group. Swire are a huge…
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RAE results

Five years ago when I started at HKU there was great disappointment at the Faculty’s performance in the RAE of 2014. The President and Provost of the time had emphasised how they expected to see better results in 2020. Monday was the day of reckoning then. The results show that we have retained top spot…
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Presidential visit

The University President decided to make one of his occasional visits to the Faculty on Friday. It seems an odd time to do it as we have been reviewed extensively recently and are in the middle of the annual planning round. So both the backward and forward looking elements he required were covered in different…
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Buddha’s birthday

Today is a public holiday as it is the day that in Hong Kong Buddha’s birthday is celebrated. I cannot discover what is supposed to happen today, most people seem to be using it to take their children to the beach. The summer has really started in Hong Kong now and I suppose a trip…
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Senate

The event that I had been targeting for my return to Hong Kong was the presentation that I needed to make at Senate about the Faculty’s response to the review panel’s report. This occurred on Tuesday – so the six week (plus) journey was well timed in that regard at least. It does feel like…
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The end at last

As you know I have been in quarantine for the last three weeks. It has not been easy to be totally alone and confined in a single room. But it has come to an end and finally I can emerge into Hong Kong. I cannot recommend putting yourself through this! This is the collection of…
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Almost there!

I will have to admit that the last week was hard. The middle week of quarantine, and it has been two weeks since I last saw a person in three dimensions. But today the final countdown to some sort of freedom begins. In a week from today I will be free to walk in Hong…
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