Reception held in honour of Professor Douglas Tallack’s retirement

Posted by pt91 at Jun 12, 2013 11:22 AM |
Students and colleagues had the opportunity to bid farewell to Professor Douglas Tallack on 30 May at a reception in his honour
Reception held in honour of Professor Douglas Tallack’s retirement

Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Robert Burgess and Professor Douglas Tallack.

The event was very well attended by students and staff from across the Colleges and central University services, reflecting the impact Professor Tallack has made in his four years at the University as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) and Head of the College of Arts, Humanities and Law. His many contributions to the University were warmly celebrated in the Vice-Chancellor’s speech.

Professor David Mattingly (School of Archaeology and Ancient History) gave a second speech recording the transformative influence of Douglas on the College, offering an appreciation of his relaxed but highly effective style of management.

Douglas Tallack and colleagues
Colleagues of Professor Tallack gathered at the reception to wish him well for the future.
In his speech, Professor Mattingly said: “Douglas is that rare type of manager who gets the best out of people by trusting them to do their jobs and making sure they feel that trust. The results achieved by this style of leadership speak for themselves. The College of Arts, Humanities and Law has been a huge success, with a massive increase in grant income and postgraduate numbers, but most importantly we have become a much more integrated community across our disciplinary bases.

“That for me is the greatest difference the College has made – we now act in a genuinely much more collegial way. That is a key legacy Douglas will leave behind.”

Both speakers also drew attention to the fact that Douglas had remained an active and acclaimed researcher and teacher throughout his time in Leicester – something that enhanced his relationship with academic staff.

Professor Tallack joined Leicester from the University of Nottingham, with huge experience there as a Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Dean and Head of Department. He has been part of senior university management teams at the highest levels for 12 years and his academic career is embellished with extraordinary distinction – including prize-winning publications and responsibility for a top-performing RAE department of American Studies.  At Leicester, he has continued to publish at a high level with a full suite of REF returnable outputs (one nominated for a prize) and has one of the largest rosters of PhD students in the College.

Professor Tallack stressed how much he had enjoyed working in Leicester and, despite his many years in Nottingham, said he felt that it was Leicester that he was retiring from. He followed with some hilarious stories about the great historical accidents that had shaped his career, and was then presented with a book of personal messages, reminiscences and photos compiled by his Leicester colleagues, which many present also signed.

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