I am delighted to send a very warm season’s greetings to all staff, students, alumni, partners and collaborators as we come to the end of 2022.
This is typically the time of the year when we are prompted to take time to reflect on the personal achievements, opportunities and successes that have come our way over the last 12 months. It’s a valuable thing to do, because for many of us it’s only in retrospect we can actually see how much we’ve accomplished and how far we’ve come.
This is no less true for us as a faculty. The year started off under COVID restrictions, and included difficulties such as storms, rail strikes and even power outages. Underlying all this was our return to campus and that, for me, was probably the highlight of my year: seeing our staff and students together again. It wasn’t without its challenges, but I can safely say it wouldn’t have happened without the support, care and kindness we have shown to each other as a community.
Below you will find our 2022 advent calendar. Throughout December, we’ll reveal 24 stories and moments (some big, some small, but all important) that have made up our year. I am awed – but not surprised – by the breadth and depth of the things we’ve done here, and I know these 24 stories are only a snapshot.
I’m excited to see what we do next year, but in the meantime, have a restful, happy and peaceful holiday period and I look forward to seeing you all in 2023.
Professor Michael Escudier
Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences