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…
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?
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?