With much amusement as I head into the final straight of pension membership, I read consistently on the Universities' Superannuation Scheme's website of 'how Brexit will effect my pension'. I look forward to an equal section on the risks of a hard-left Marxist chancellor in John McDonnell for equal share of fear too in coming weeks. Also, why are you charging me £225 for access my pension statement too? Some management that is!
As time presses for me, in getting ready to do my 'house keeping' in life and with my job, goodbye to my only form of social media. You were fun to have Twitter, but best now to say a fond farewell to you. Ultimately, at a point, this site will go the same way. Those who want to contact me, go back to simplicity to do so. If only everything could be solved by re-setting time...alas not.
Since the momentous decision of June 2016, the U.K. shows no sign of economic dispair and social discohesion as many projected. Indeed, with the lastest Office for National Statistics' figures showing more economic growth, I do hope soon the majority of (my approximate 95% colleague's in) UK academia realise the potential of a post-Brexit Britain; being that of prosperity and opportunity never forgetting the favourable and welcoming nature of the British people to immigration (said as a man with immigration very much in his family background). Here's to the next 500 days and a glass raised to our collective state of union: The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Last week, we received Dr Darren Budd, BASF Europe's commercial chemistry manager. One thing I picked out of Darren's excellent talk to our students was diversity within the chemical industry and news last week that the chemical giant Ineos is moving into the car industry after it's Mancunian founder Jim Ratcliffe announced it spied a gap in the 4x4 car industry by moving Ineos into creating the Land Rover Defender's successor is positive news for the British economy. In this post-Brexit 'doom and gloom' BBC inspired atmosphere, I did not spot this too much on news outets last week. Positive news sometimes is hard to find!
Last week on our L6 Science and Industry module we received a guest speaker from BASF Chemicals Ltd, Michael Boswell (EHS Process and Safety Uk and Ireland) who gave our students an insight into corporate responsibility in the chemical industry. An example used as still the biggest corporate 'pay-out' was the 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexicio from the Deepwatwer Horizon spill. Last week BP posted profits of £2.28bn - less than half of the 2015 figure of £4.7bn and it seems still that the company is adding to the £50bn bill faced so-far for the spill. It seems so much like a text-book lesson for all energy enterprises as to why you can't cut corners. Yes, the business is facing other factors with it's downgrading of profits, but one thing is true in all of this: human lives matter.
Today, myself and chemistry colleagues have started to work on the pages of Salford's new chemistry programme which will be hosted at www.salford.ac.uk/chemistry and www.hub.salford.ac.uk/chemistry
Today too marks the start of trying to put together the 4th Hans Suschitzky Symposium here at Salford in April 2017. Anyone wanting to sponsor the event, hey, get in-touch!