Deans’ Seasonal Message 2021

Dear all,Christmas tree in the Bayes Business School reception

It is always a special time of the year when the Bayes Christmas tree goes up in the foyer at Bunhill Row. Our students stand in front of it and take selfies. Our staff walk by with a smile. Our tree is a reminder of all the good things which the holiday season brings: hot drinks, festive foods, and – Covid allowing – gatherings of family and friends.

The end of the year is time for reflection as well as celebration. This year has been another difficult year for many of us. The pandemic has affected the health of many in our community and continued to make our work and lives much harder. But we have continued to come together to help each other through the challenges which each of us have faced.

2021 has also been a year of new beginnings. In “Bayes Business School,” we have a great new name with lots of potential. We have also made great strides in our journey of changing more than just a name, for example with the recent launch of our new undergraduate scholarship programme. Students, staff, alumni and partners alike, we have all continued to do the best we can in our daily work and have shown amazing resilience. We would like to thank each and every one of you for your dedication, effort and care. We could not have got through this year without you.

The end of this year marks a passing of the torch from Professor Paolo Volpin to Professor Andre Spicer. With Paolo heading to pastures new in the USA, Andre has been named as Interim Dean until a new permanent Dean is appointed next year.

Wherever you are spending your winter break, we hope you stay safe and look after yourself and those you love.

Seasonal greetings and a very happy New Year to All!

Paolo and Andre