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University of Essex

December 6, 2018

Celebrating Excellence at the Vice-Chancellor’s Christmas Reception 2018

The annual Christmas Reception is a chance for our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Anthony Forster, to say a personal thank you to everyone for their hard work and dedication throughout the year. Read his speech here and take a look at the photos on Flickr.

I just want to take a few moments to thank you all for your contribution to the success of the University over the last year.

People at the reception

The VC’s Christmas reception is a chance for celebration and recognition of everyone’s hard work throughout the year.

And what a year it has been! I think many of us are still reeling from the award last week of the wonderful title of University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards 2018. We knew in our heart of hearts, as we put together the submission, that we were worthy of the accolade but to actually be named ‘University of the Year’ and to have experienced the tremendous positive response that we’ve had from students, staff, friends and supporters across the sector and beyond, has been life-enhancing.

I am incredibly proud of our achievements and each of you is here today because you have been a part of this success. You have achieved excellence and through your actions, demonstrated the Essex spirit over the course of the last year. This event is about saying thank you and congratulations to you all.

I’m not intending to speak for long so will not be able to name check all the various teams and individuals from academic departments, professional services and the Students’ Union across our three campuses who are here today, but you’ll see that, as has become the tradition, we’ve tried to capture all your various contributions and successes on the powerpoint presentation running on the screens around us.

Some of you are here in recognition of the valuable contribution that you have made to the research mission of the University

  • by undertaking and publishing research of the highest quality
  • by continuing to apply for and secure significant external funding
  • by being recognised through fellowships and other professional recognition
  • by sharing your work through public lectures and events, and
  • by winning prestigious national and international awards.

I also want:

  • to congratulate those of you who have been promoted this year
  • to thank those who have been instrumental in the establishment of our 21st academic department The Edge Hotel School; and of the University of Essex International College
  • those of you who have been instrumental in the planning, building and successful operation of our fantastic new STEM building
  • those of you who have work tirelessly in planning and delivering open days and applicant visit days and in other marketing, student recruitment, admissions, and registrations roles resulting in another record year for us in terms of achieving our growth ambitions
  • Library colleagues who have continued to innovate in all sorts of different ways and who have made our 24/7 Library a reality
  • Staff and students from across the University who rallied round in all sorts of ways to support our University of the Year submission and ‘inspection visit’
  • And all our fabulous students who remind us each and every day why we’re all here.

Finally, I would like to thank our Students’ Union President, Tanki, and the superb team of sabbatical officers. And also the SU permanent staff for their energy and sustained commitment to supporting the sabbatical officers and providing the continuity that is essential in maintaining the sector-leading Students’ Union that we are so proud of.

So thank you all personally and on behalf of ‘the University of the Year’  – no less – for making our success possible through your hard work, dedication and commitment throughout another fantastic year.

I hope that you enjoy the evening and I wish you a very happy Christmas and New Year.

Thank you.

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