Published June 2018

Foreword: Professor Rama Thirunamachandran


Professor Rama Thirunamachandran

Welcome to the Summer 2018 issue of Inspire, where we take time to explore Canterbury’s rich and fertile history. We also focus on some significant developments at Christ Church, including an exciting partnership to promote STEM subjects and inspire the next generation of engineers, new trends in digital humanities and the creative economy, and an innovative collaboration in education

It is thirty years since three of Canterbury’s most historic religious buildings were collectively designated as one of UNESCO 's World Heritage Sites. To celebrate this anniversary, we invited historians at Christ Church and beyond to write portraits of their favourite aspects of Canterbury's rich heritage.

The Bloodhound Super Sonic Car (SSC) is a British-developed, high-tech vehicle, which is part jet fighter, part Formula 1 racing car and part space rocket. It has been developed to break the world land speed record. To showcase this engineering phenomenon, the University is delighted to partner with the Bloodhound Project on a number of exciting initiatives this year, including STEM-based summer school activities for schoolchildren and a public lecture by Project Director, Richard Noble OBE.

We are also pleased to welcome Gillian Youngs as Professor of Creative and Digital Economy and the new Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Christ Church. Gillian has considerable experience in academia, business, consulting, management and technology. She outlines her transformational vision for digital humanities and her innovative plans to develop creativity, entrepreneurialism and high-quality interdisciplinary teaching and research.

Finally, Christ Church is proud to have led the way on a new programme, in collaboration with five other teacher training providers, which will promote teaching as a career and also increase recruitment and retention rates within the profession. William Stow, Head of the School of Teacher Education and Development, who was the driving force behind this project, reflects on the benefits of institutional co-operation and how to address the current challenges facing the profession.

I very much hope that you enjoy reading this latest issue of Inspire and would, as always, welcome you to tell us what you think.

Professor Rama Thirunamachandran
Vice-Chancellor and Principal


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