After more than 30 years at the University of Bath, Jane Millar will retire as Professor of Social Policy, and continue as Emeritus Professor. To celebrate, we asked her to reflect on her time at the University of Bath.
I have so many memories! There have been lots of highlights. But I will certainly have lasting memories of my enjoyable daily travel to and from the University, the cycle ride from Bathwick along the canal towpath and then up Claverton Hill past the American Museum – good exercise but also a great time to think and reflect.
Belonging to a community
My favourite part about belonging to the University is the people. I was in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences for 17 years (1988 to 2005) where I worked with some wonderful and stimulating colleagues; taught excellent undergraduates; and worked with many outstanding postgraduates - lots of them now professors themselves.
Then I was in the Vice-Chancellor’s Office for 10 years (2005 to 2015), where I got to meet people from across the University and learn about so many interesting areas of research.
Finally, the past six years (2015 to now) have been in the Institute for Policy Research (IPR), where my colleagues have created a real research community - supportive and focused, friendly and open.
Working at the University has also meant opportunities to link up with people around the world, with colleagues across Europe, Australia, the USA, Tunisia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, and other places. It has always been a pleasure to get to know such a wide range of people.
I don’t think there will be much change in the coming year. My role as Chair of the Social Sciences Panel in REF2021 continues through to early next year. I will also continue to work with the research team on our ESRC-funded research on couples receiving Universal Credit - including doctoral supervision - with lots of interesting material still to get into the public domain. I also have some conferences to attend, although probably still virtually.
Outside of the University, I will continue in my role as Trustee of the British Academy and of the Child Poverty Action Group. And beyond that, who can tell? I am sure other opportunities and interests will emerge!