mrevans@hku.hk

Dean of Science

Another week of quarantine and some old stories

It has been a week of quarantine, I arrived in Hong Kong a week ago and negotiated the immigration hurdles at the airport. I counted over 20 separate stations to fill in some form, provide some piece information or perform some duty. Everything from providing the samples to be tested, to having your phone number…
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Under Mount Kenya

Now two weeks into the trip back to Hong Kong, I have taken up residence in the house of one of my oldest friends. I am lucky that this sits just below Mount Kenya and everyday I can see the mountain sitting splendid not far off. As Kenya has now gone into its own lockdown…
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The odyssey continues

After a week working in Nairobi I have taken 2 weeks leave for the remainder of my 21 days in Kenya. This has meant that I could travel out of Nairobi to the area near Mount Kenya and can stay with one of my oldest friends. George is one of a tiny number of Kenyans…
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Trekking back to Hong Kong

With the latest cancellation of my ticket back to Hong Kong and the need to be in Hong Kong in early May to present the response to the Faculty review to Senate, I decided that some alternative action was needed. Hong Kong requires UK travellers to spend 3 weeks away from the UK before entering…
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Covid hits Faculty

It had to happen eventually. The Faculty has had two confirmed cases of Covid-19 both assistant professors, several other people in quarantine waiting further tests. These are all connected with the latest cluster of cases among people who used a gym in Sai Ying Pun. We have cleaned the buildings and just now have to…
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Response to the review

HKU can be amazingly bureaucratic. The Faculty was reviewed last year, which is a good thing. Getting some external insights into the Faculty is very helpful indeed. And so we have the report from the review panel with recommendations. To which we have to write a response, and an action plan which will both be…
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Early starts and shortlists

Working in Hong Kong but being located in London can be very trying. The worst aspect for me are the early starts, generally speaking I am an early riser but getting up at 12:30 for a meeting starting at 1am is very tough. I had three such meetings this week, and ended Friday feeling like…
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Ecology and Conservation Soc

It is always nice to do things for students, and so even though I am in London I was happy to give a short speech to the Ecology and Conservation Society of HKU on Friday. Spoke about my life as an ecologist and conservation in Hong Kong. From the other speaker I also discovered that…
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Chinese New Year

The Year of the Ox begins, and let’s all hope its better than the Year of the Rat! I am still working from London with no real idea about when I will be able to return. At the moment I have a flight booked for early April, after the one in early March was cancelled…
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AI interviews

An unexpected benefit of in person interviews is that the interview panel brings all the candidates into the university and can talk to the candidates on Hong Kong time (even if the candidates are jet-lagged). Now that everything is being done using video links the candidates remain in their time zone, the panel in theirs,…
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