At lunch in the Bishop’s Bar last week, one colleague in the Lords asked how long I have been at Hull. It is not something I had thought about recently (or indeed for some time), so it was in answer to his query that I realised that this autumn will mark the 35th anniversary of my appointment to the Politics Department at Hull.
I did mention that throughout the time I have been at Hull, I have had people ask me ‘Are you still at Hull?’ sometimes with a slightly surprised tone. My response is ‘why shouldn’t I be?’ I presume they ask because they assume I should have moved or on retired. Neither makes much sense to me. Once I find something I really like, I tend to stick with it. I have never seen the point of moving for the sake of it. Hull very kindly kept promoting me and very few other universities could offer more than it does in terms of an attractive working environment. I like new challenges, but these tend to be in addition to what I am doing and not in place of it. And, as for retirement, do I look the retiring sort?
I might just mention that my appointment at Hull 35 years ago almost didn’t happen. I think I may make that the topic of my next post….