April 11, 2018, by Kevin Shakesheff

Kayaking and long flights

This blog covers a couple of weeks over Easter period. On a personal note I took place in the Devizes to Westminster Kayak Race over Easter weekend. We got halfway (56 miles) and then the race was cancelled due to dangerously high flow on the Thames (picture shows the early stages on the gentle canal).

I visit the international campuses twice per year to help with collaborations. On this trip I’m lecturing at UNMC and in Tianjin before visiting Ningbo. Schools are doing a great job in supporting new and old partnerships in China and across South-East Asia. Good feedback from UNMC about the support all UK Schools are providing. Off to China over the weekend and then back in the UK in 5 days.

Tech Tip: TripIt

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Monday 26th March

Regular catch-up call with VC

REF steering group meeting – reviewed results of readiness reviews

RIS roadshow – UP Campus

Race Equality Charter meeting to discuss next steps


Tuesday 27th March

UK Regenerative Medicine Platform Hub management meeting – London


Wednesday 28th March

PDPR Steering Group meeting to catch up on next steps in revising the process.

PDPR meetings

SDF catch up meeting for Carbon Neutral Lab


29th March to Monday 2nd April



Tuesday 3rd April

Skype call for University spin-out company

Fly to Malaysia via Amsterdam (Economy)


Wednesday 4th April

Arrive in KL


Thursday 5th April

Gave 4 lectures on Bacterial and Fungal Infection for first year Pharmacy students at UNMC

Meeting with UNMC Provost


Friday 6th April

UNMC meeting with Dean of Science

Accreditation practice session with Pharmacy staff

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