Welcome to the first newsletter of the 2022/23 academic year, and I hope you are well.
It was with the deepest regret we recorded the death of Her Majesty The Queen. Her Majesty was this country’s longest reigning monarch, serving as Head of State for over 70 years with a life that was characterised by exemplary public service and she will be mourned throughout this country, the Commonwealth and around the world.
Some of you will remember Her Majesty and The Duke of Edinburgh visiting the School in May 2003, when we were honoured by their opening of our Bunhill Row campus.
Our deepest condolences go out to the Royal Family.
Moving on to more cheerful news, at the start of the month we celebrated the first anniversary of Bayes Business School, having formally changed our name in September 2021.
It is hard to believe that it’s been a whole year, but at the same time we have achieved so much. We have consolidated our position in many global rankings, recorded an excellent Research Excellence Framework (REF2021) result, introduced a range of new scholarships and initiatives to widen participation among students and welcomed esteemed guest speakers as we were able to bring in-person events back on to campus. Not forgetting, of course, our fantastic Summer Celebration in London in June.
So much of this success is down to the dedication and continuous support of our alumni community, so thank you once again for your cooperation in the naming process, your support of Bayes events, your generous donations and initiatives that make such a difference to the lives of our students, and your energy and enterprise in flying the flag for Bayes Business School.
In the next couple of weeks, we will be welcoming new and returning students back on to campus for a new term. I’m sure you have your own special memories of arriving at the business school for the very first time, and can relate to the mix of excitement and nerves our new students will be feeling!
I am also pleased to announce the creation a new role to better serve our alumni community. In early October, we will be joined by our new Head of Bayes Alumni Relations and you will hear more about this appointment in due course.
We have some fantastic upcoming events taking place at Bayes across the next few weeks as well, and I am planning to travel to our main international hubs this year to reengage with our alumni community. Please stay tuned for further announcements and I look forward to seeing you soon.
Professor André Spicer
Bayes Business School