Welcome to the April Newsletter, I hope you are well.
In these challenging times, I would like to reaffirm our total commitment to supporting all those affected by war in Ukraine. We are looking at ways of offering a more substantive response to the refugee crisis and supporting our alumni, students and staff. We are reaching out to UK-based Bayes alumni and staff in support of our Ukrainian alumni who have had to flee from the war. If you can help, please join our initiative.
After the turbulence of the last two years, it was excellent to formally welcome so many of you into the Bayes alumni community at our January Graduation Ceremonies. I hope you will connect with fellow alumni and take advantage of the events and opportunities that are exclusively on offer to you.
One important date for the diary is Tuesday 28 June, when we will host an Alumni Day followed by a very special summer celebration here in the City of London. We are excited to be able to come together again, and a full invitation with further details will follow.
Staying on the theme, it was very pleasing to see two major events take place on the same day in February. The Mais Lecture, delivered by Rishi Sunak MP at Bunhill Row, and the Tacitus Lecture with Professor David Olusoga OBE at London’s Guildhall really brought a buzz of activity back to campus and made me extremely proud.
Since our last newsletter, we are also delighted to have appointed Professor Lilian de Menezes as our very first Associate Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Professor de Menezes has carried out excellent work as Co-Director for Racial Equity and Inclusion, and the new position will increase our focus on widening participation and underlining our commitment to changing more than a name.
I hope you will also join me in congratulating a number of colleagues who have earned academic promotions in recent weeks. These promotions are testament to the great work each of them has put in over many years, and are thoroughly deserved.
I would like to finish by offering sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Sabita Thanwani, a first-year Psychology student at City, University of London’s School of Health Sciences, who was tragically killed in her halls of residence in March. Many of you will have read about this in the national media, and as a University we are here for anybody who requires support.
Recent events are a real reminder to us all of just how precious life is.
I hope you and your loved ones remain in good health wherever you are in the world, and I look forward to seeing you again very soon.
Professor André Spicer
Dean, Bayes Business School