The blog roll…

So, it has been a busy old few weeks living the high life that comes with Vice-President territory, from underwhelming buffets, to meetings where one learns to sleep with their eyes open, to cups of tea with lovely Edge Hill students to hosting SPEAK: A Student-Led Lecture Series to playing table football with the new Bishop of Liverpool.

On Thursday, Edge Hill University was visited by the new Bishop of Liverpool, The Right Reverend Paul Bayes. Along with the lovely chaplaincy team, I had the pleasure to deliver a campus tour for the Bishop in difficult weather conditions. Put it this way, I haven’t experienced that much wind since I had that Jalfrezzi from Terry’s Balti House in Blackpool. Bishop Paul Bayes was a real treat to chat to and spend some time with and it was a pleasure to be entirely defeated by him in a game of table football in your Students’ Union Bar, even if such a harrowing loss was not listed on the tour agenda.

Later that evening, Edge Hill University played host to SPEAK, its first ever student-led lecture series. I had this idea a little while ago and thought it would be the perfect opportunity for students to essentially come together and share their unique research, ideas and perspectives on life, society and a variety of subjects in front of an audience, inclusive of academic staff, family, friends and peers.

There were three speakers on the night, the tremendously articulate Alex Prestage who talked about drag culture, the fabulously bespoke Codie Austin who discussed irritable bowel syndrome and my mildly competent self who lectured on mental health amongst stand-up comedians. Professor Mark Schofield, Dean of Learning and Teaching was in attendance and delivered a warm welcome and encouraging opening speech and a concluding plenary, eloquently tying all the ideas discussed together and rounding it off with his own perspectives.

This event was a treat to organise and host for such a supportive and friendly audience. The next lecture in the series will be held on the 29th January 2015 and we already have one speaker lined up, if you wish to fulfil the remaining two slots then feel free to contact myself at

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Thomas X

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