60 seconds with…John Cater

Hi there,

The Hi site is getting somewhat of a makeover at the moment – lots of current features being updated and new fresh features being added.

My blog will act as a space for the hotly anticipated 60 seconds with… feature in which, you guessed it, I spend 60 seconds talking to a member of staff here at Edge Hill to find out a little bit more about them.

This week, we’ve got none other than Vice Chancellor John Cater, who reveals a heroic side from his youth, and a disdain for boredom…



60 seconds with…John Cater

CT: What is your role at Edge Hill and how long have you worked here?

JC: Vice-Chancellor; since childhood (almost 29 years). 

CT: Describe a typical working day

JC: There isn’t one. The job divides in three – externality (I’m in London at least 4-5 days a month); internal leadership (in case you’ve not noticed!); and interfacing with governance. The one constant is 140 emails – even with a good spam filter.

CT: What do you do in your spare time?

JC: Apart from emails? Mediocre cricket, geriatric squash, appalling golf – all diminished by age and a detaching deltoid. I also get to the gym regularly (once in May, once in June, once in July…). I’m also congenitally required to read a newspaper every day.

CT: What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

JC: Be yourself. Don’t let your job be you.

CT: What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?

JC: Where’s the pillow?

CT: Who would you like to see playing you if a film was made of your life and why?

JC: Penelope Cruz – unless you have a better idea for arranging an introduction.

CT: What scares you most?

JC: Death.

CT: What’s your favourite memory?

JC: If I answer that, you can’t print it!

CT: What music would you choose as the theme tune to your life?

JC: No theme tunes, but some lyrics live long in the mind.

CT: If you could only eat one type of food for the rest of your life what would it be?

JC: Italian – with a light red and the right company.

CT: When you were a child what did you want to be when you grew up?

JC: A professional cricketer – though my bubble was soon burst at county nets as a junior. And I probably still enjoy being a University academic and teacher more than an administrator or a manager.

CT: If you were stranded on a desert island who would you most like to be stranded with?

JC: Hopefully someone somewhere knows the answer to this!

CT: What frustrates you most in life?

JC: Bureaucracy, dishonesty, boredom, constant negativity.

CT: What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?

JC: Don’t know – you just react to a situation. From teenage years, I can still picture dragging a man through the window and out of an upturned car. I just hope he wanted to go.

CT: Who do you most admire and why?

JC: Not sure I do admiration – and if I do the answers are predictable.

CT: Which football team do you support?

JC: This is sad. I believe your sporting allegiances emerge from the womb. I was born in Northampton and spend my life teetering on the edge of the Vauxhall Conference. Or shouting for the rugby union side (appearances one – on a Sunday, in a friendly, opening a clubhouse. End of career.).

CT: What is your favourite TV programme?

JC: Any sport – particularly rugby union.

CT: Do you have ay pets? If so, what?

JC: Does Steve Igoe (Pro-Vice Chancellor) count?

CT: Where did you last go on holiday?

JC: I spent twelve days in the States in February.

CT: If the world were to end tomorrow, what would you do today?

JC: Try Mars? Answer emails? Or spend the day with the people that matter?

3 thoughts on “60 seconds with…John Cater

  1. Hey 🙂
    I was wondering when Hi would be made available for 2009 applicants to register (it’s not friendly to my 10-digit UCAS number =[ ). Now I’ve got my offer I’m pretty eager to get involved.

    ta 🙂

  2. Hi there,

    We’re just updating the Hi site so that it accepts the 10 digit numbers – you should hopefully be able to sign up in the next couple of days.

    Brilliant that you’re so keen to get involved – watch this space for news about this year’s Applicant Visit Days.

    Best wishes,
    Charlotte Tobin

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