In this stressful modern life it is nice to have one less decision to make.

I’m no foodie, and I get no particular pleasure from cooking for myself. I do enjoy eating though, so I am very lucky to have found good friends who do enjoy  making menu decisions, cooking and eating, and to have lived for  while in the south of England where the  weather allows for occasional al fresco dining. This has been a perfect weekend.

I am also confident that I picked the right college at Oxford (and lucky that they picked me).

The food is really good at Kellogg, for lunch and dinner. The tradition and experience of dining in college are a key part of maintaining a community of research and teaching practice at Oxford.  College life is where the shared language,  shared information, shared history and shared experiences are embedded. Within the group  the members learn from each other, and have an opportunity to develop themselves personally and professionally. Knowledge is embedded within a community as we eat* and stories are told and retold.

The five years I have spent at Kellogg have been great fun. Knowing that I can turn up there anytime and they will feed me has been a great luxury. But there’s no such thing as a free lunch, I’ve been worked hard in various roles: Dean of Degrees, Chamberlaine, Web Fellow and IT Fellow.

My farewell Chamberlaine’s speech has been published online by the college, and my leaving lunch is tomorrow.

*Lave and Wenger (1991)

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