Until we meet again: President and Provost Michael Arthur prepares to step down

After seven successful years at the helm, UCL’s President & Provost, Professor Michael Arthur, is preparing to step down from the role

UCL President and Provost Professor Michael Arthur sitting in a chair smiling

This article first appeared in issue 7 of Portico magazine, published October 2020.

When I imagined my last year at UCL, I didn’t expect to be spending much time at home. Meeting alumni and supporters around the world has been a highlight of my seven years here, and travelling to say one last farewell was high on my list of priorities before I formally step down in January 2021.

As we know all too well, 2020 has turned out to be the year of cancelled plans. But there is some comfort in knowing that this is a global phenomenon and, as a global community, we have supported each other and continued to spend time together, albeit virtually.

We’ve all been touched by COVID-19 and its impacts, but my thoughts are particularly with the graduating class of 2020, who are going out into a world that has, hopefully temporarily, turned completely upside down. UCL graduates always have a competitive edge, but this cohort needs our support more than any other. UCL is ramping up the resources and advice it provides to help them develop skills and identify opportunities in this very difficult environment. I ask the alumni community to also make a particular effort to embrace them, and be a source of guidance and mentoring.

This article first appeared in issue 7 of Portico magazine, published October 2020.

When I imagined my last year at UCL, I didn’t expect to be spending much time at home. Meeting alumni and supporters around the world has been a highlight of my seven years here, and travelling to say one last farewell was high on my list of priorities before I formally step down in January 2021.

As we know all too well, 2020 has turned out to be the year of cancelled plans. But there is some comfort in knowing that this is a global phenomenon and, as a global community, we have supported each other and continued to spend time together, albeit virtually.

We’ve all been touched by COVID-19 and its impacts, but my thoughts are particularly with the graduating class of 2020, who are going out into a world that has, hopefully temporarily, turned completely upside down. UCL graduates always have a competitive edge, but this cohort needs our support more than any other. UCL is ramping up the resources and advice it provides to help them develop skills and identify opportunities in this very difficult environment. I ask the alumni community to also make a particular effort to embrace them, and be a source of guidance and mentoring.

This article first appeared in issue 7 of Portico magazine, published October 2020.

When I imagined my last year at UCL, I didn’t expect to be spending much time at home. Meeting alumni and supporters around the world has been a highlight of my seven years here, and travelling to say one last farewell was high on my list of priorities before I formally step down in January 2021.

As we know all too well, 2020 has turned out to be the year of cancelled plans. But there is some comfort in knowing that this is a global phenomenon and, as a global community, we have supported each other and continued to spend time together, albeit virtually.

We’ve all been touched by COVID-19 and its impacts, but my thoughts are particularly with the graduating class of 2020, who are going out into a world that has, hopefully temporarily, turned completely upside down. UCL graduates always have a competitive edge, but this cohort needs our support more than any other. UCL is ramping up the resources and advice it provides to help them develop skills and identify opportunities in this very difficult environment. I ask the alumni community to also make a particular effort to embrace them, and be a source of guidance and mentoring.

“My thoughts are particularly with the graduating class of 2020”
“My thoughts are particularly with the graduating class of 2020”
“My thoughts are particularly with the graduating class of 2020”

UCL’s great strength is its ability to bring together experts from different areas, at speed, to address real-world challenges. This enabled us to respond to COVID-19 quickly and effectively in a variety of ways, and this edition of Portico gives some exciting examples of what we’re doing. It is also this quality that will see us emerge from the crisis stronger, more in demand and more relevant than ever.

I want to end simply by saying a heartfelt thank you.

For welcoming me and making me feel at home wherever I’ve been. For organising and participating in alumni activities globally, and visiting campus when you can. For supporting each other, new students, UCL and me personally. For embracing the It’s All Academic Campaign so enthusiastically and helping us reach our targets a year early. And for your constructive criticism, which always comes from a positive place and helps me challenge my own thinking.

It has been an extraordinary opportunity and the most tremendous privilege to lead UCL. This is not goodbye, because I intend to follow your example and keep in touch, even though I will no longer be here day to day.

Until we meet again, thank you, good luck and stay safe.

Photography Dylan Collard

Read about UCL’s incoming Provost

This article first appeared in issue 7 of Portico magazine, published October 2020.

UCL’s great strength is its ability to bring together experts from different areas, at speed, to address real-world challenges. This enabled us to respond to COVID-19 quickly and effectively in a variety of ways, and this edition of Portico gives some exciting examples of what we’re doing. It is also this quality that will see us emerge from the crisis stronger, more in demand and more relevant than ever.

I want to end simply by saying a heartfelt thank you.

For welcoming me and making me feel at home wherever I’ve been. For organising and participating in alumni activities globally, and visiting campus when you can. For supporting each other, new students, UCL and me personally. For embracing the It’s All Academic Campaign so enthusiastically and helping us reach our targets a year early. And for your constructive criticism, which always comes from a positive place and helps me challenge my own thinking.

It has been an extraordinary opportunity and the most tremendous privilege to lead UCL. This is not goodbye, because I intend to follow your example and keep in touch, even though I will no longer be here day to day.

Until we meet again, thank you, good luck and stay safe.

Photography Dylan Collard

Read about UCL’s incoming Provost

This article first appeared in issue 7 of Portico magazine, published October 2020.

UCL’s great strength is its ability to bring together experts from different areas, at speed, to address real-world challenges. This enabled us to respond to COVID-19 quickly and effectively in a variety of ways, and this edition of Portico gives some exciting examples of what we’re doing. It is also this quality that will see us emerge from the crisis stronger, more in demand and more relevant than ever.

I want to end simply by saying a heartfelt thank you.

For welcoming me and making me feel at home wherever I’ve been. For organising and participating in alumni activities globally, and visiting campus when you can. For supporting each other, new students, UCL and me personally. For embracing the It’s All Academic Campaign so enthusiastically and helping us reach our targets a year early. And for your constructive criticism, which always comes from a positive place and helps me challenge my own thinking.

It has been an extraordinary opportunity and the most tremendous privilege to lead UCL. This is not goodbye, because I intend to follow your example and keep in touch, even though I will no longer be here day to day.

Until we meet again, thank you, good luck and stay safe.

Photography Dylan Collard

Read about UCL’s incoming Provost

This article first appeared in issue 7 of Portico magazine, published October 2020.