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Chancellor's Message- Summer 2022

At the end of this busy and eventful year, I wanted to send you my congratulations on what you have achieved, both individually and collectively, and to wish you well for the summer and for the year ahead, whether you will be continuing at the University or moving on to pastures new. If it is the latter, do hold on to what you have gained from your Middlesex experience: these values will serve you well in what may lie ahead.

It was a great pleasure for me to be back on the London campus in July to take part in Graduation ceremonies. The atmosphere on the campus was, as ever, one of anticipation and excitement. Some of the cheers heard in the marquee at key points in the ceremonies are still resounding in my head when I recall the happiness of these days. I would like to reiterate my congratulations and my thanks to all those who worked so hard to ensure that the Graduation ceremonies this year maintained the standards that have been a hallmark of big occasions at Middlesex. After the hiatus caused by the pandemic this summer’s Graduation season will, I am sure, remain in our memories as a rather special year - memorable not only in terms of the numbers of students graduating in person but also of the sheer number of ceremonies taking place. As well as catching up with familiar faces whom I had hardly seen (unless online) for quite some time, I particularly enjoyed meeting students from some of the University’s partner institutions who had made the journey to Hendon in order to graduate in person.

The Research Students Conference in June was for me another high spot of the Summer Term. Although I was expecting to attend this in person as well, the announcement of several days of national rail strikes meant that the programme was deftly transferred online. I greatly admired the work that had been done by the Organising Committee organisers – and in particular its two Chairs - to arrange an engaging and inspiring conspectus of research being undertaken across the University. In this, researchers from across the whole Middlesex community were represented - researchers from our overseas campuses and some of our partner institutions as well as from all of the faculties associated with the London campus. Full of promise for the future, this conference was another of those occasions that make me feel so proud to be part of the Middlesex family.

I hope that after the challenging year that 2021/22 has been for most of you, you will now be able to enjoy a period of relaxation and refreshment during the summer, so that you feel re-energized when the time comes to pick up the reins in the autumn. I look forward to seeing many of you again then.

My best wishes to you all

Dame Janet Ritterman Chancellor

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