Staff Spotlight on...Dr Yasin Rofcanin

Name: Dr Yasin Rofcanin

Position: Reader and Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour & Human Resource Management.

Yasin started in August 2017 and taught for the September term alongside publishing several papers. This term he will mainly be focusing on research...

What would you most like to achieve while at the University?

I would like to have a group of PhD students with whom I can publish, attend conferences and socialise with.

What piece of advice would you like to give to a student?

Enjoy the beauty of Bath. I’ve seen lots of freshers looking very stressed so I told them that they don’t need to be stressed at this age. They just need to balance their work with life and have some personal hobbies. All students here are very competitive so I think they should be less stressed and more social.

Name one thing that makes you feel proud to work at the University of Bath?

I’m very proud of the success we’ve had with the Research Excellence Framework. We came out at number 3 and it shows what a high quality university this is. We also received the Gold award for teaching last year which makes me very proud to work here.

Who was your most influential teacher/educator, and why?

He’s from Istanbul in Turkey and his name is Aykut Berber. He was influential because he encouraged me to leave Istanbul, realise my potential and complete my PhD outside of Turkey. He was a great teacher, so full of life and energy.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be medical doctor but I turned out to be a different kind of doctor. I still regret not doing it because I think I’d have been a good doctor. The purpose and mission of medical doctors is very important to me.

What was your first job?

I was working for the finance department in JP Morgan Chase as an analyst. I couldn’t stand it for more than five months, it was very dull. I was always stressed and exhausted.

What’s your favourite book or album and why?

My favourite book is Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder. It’s about a very young girl who is trying to decide which path to take in life. It brought in ideas of Kantian philosophy and the the ideas of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and I read it when I was eleven years old. Reading that book at that age got me into the habit of reading a book every month or week.

If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and why?

I would have liked to meet Ataturk to understand how he did all the good things he did for The Republic of Turkey.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I’m a social person but I like to be introverted at times. I do like being extrovert but sometimes I just need time to be by myself. Usually when I’m writing and reading. I also like taking long walks by myself to order my thoughts.

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