“Before I arrived at the University of York in January 2014 I was fully aware of York’s vibrant and engaged community of academics and students. Following a year of meeting alumni and friends I have come to appreciate how active and engaged our graduates and friends remain – in some cases long after they have left campus.
“The community of friends and alumni who give to or volunteer their time to support our major developments and research, our staff and our students are a constant, solid and an encompassing group. It has been my enormous pleasure to get to know so many of our departmental advisory board members, donors and mentors of our current students. This extended community really does make York all the stronger.
“One of our closest friends, supporter and alumnus, Greg Dyke, will step down as Chancellor in July this year. I would like to pay tribute to Greg for the support he has given to us over the last year. But I should also thank him on behalf of the many thousands of students whose hands he has shaken at their graduation. Greg words have also provided a great source of inspiration.
“Some of you may be aware that Greg is also a supporter of the Achieving Excellence Bursary programme at the University. So far, through Greg’s matching challenge – under the Think York banner – he has encouraged more than 600 new supporters to give to York for the first time. Greg has also pledged his support to the redevelopment of the Vanbrugh Piazza. This project will enable the transformation of the space into a vibrant hub for theatre, performance, employer days, Graduation, and a calendar of public events.
“The coming 12 months have a huge amount in store during which we fully hope our community of alumni and friends will come together with our staff and students to enjoy the reunions and celebrations planned. If you haven’t thought about us for a while then I would advise that now is the time to think about York and the ways in which you might get involved. And I do hope that we get to meet very soon.”