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Alumni gather to celebrate Professor Keith Gull’s tenure as Principal

Monday, 9 July 2018

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Principal Professor Keith Gull with Sir Jon Shortridge and Dr Faith Wainwright MBE
Principal Professor Keith Gull with Sir Jon Shortridge and Dr Faith Wainwright MBE

Last Saturday we welcomed over 100 alumni and guests to the Hall. Aularians gathered to thank Principal Professor Keith Gull and Dr Dianne Gull for all their hard work and accomplishments over the past nine years. 

Several boards around the room highlighted a few of the key achievements during Keith’s Principalship. Keith has overseen a great variety of initiatives, events, and projects that reflect his passion for developing the Hall. These include the redevelopment of the Front Quad, presenting over 200 Masterclass Awards (which support students by funding advanced coaching in their extra-curricular interests) and visiting thousands of alumni throughout the world at over 250 events. 

Boards depicting key achievements during Keith's Principalship
Boards depicting key achievements during Keith's Principalship

Speeches were heard from Aularians Sir Jon Shortridge (1966, PPE) and Dr Faith Wainwright MBE (1980, Engineering Science) who have both worked closely with Keith and Dianne in the past. After talking about his experiences of serving with Keith on various committees at the Hall, Jon unveiled Keith’s portrait to the Aularian community, alongside a poem written by Darrell Barnes (1963, Modern Languages).

We were also fortunate to hear from a variety of talented Hall musicians, including harpist Rachel Carver (2015, History), pianist Keyron Hickman-Lewis (2011, Earth Sciences) and cellist Eve Hopkins (2012, Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry).

This was a special occasion for everyone at the Hall as we say goodbye to Keith and Dianne in September. Keith has made a huge impact on many students and alumni during his time at the College and the quotes below really show this.

I am extremely fortunate to have been a student at the Hall while Keith was Principal. During my year as MCR President, I experienced first-hand how dedicated and passionate Keith was about growing and developing the MCR community. Keith created a community that embodies the Hall Spirit and that spirit will remain with me and guide me for the rest of my life. For that, I am truly grateful.” Current student Pip Coore (2014, MSt Legal Research and DPhil Law)

Keith’s work in his department at the University is, I understand, involved in tackling the problem of ‘human sleeping sickness’. While this is a serious problem in Africa, there has been no risk of it in Teddy Hall under his Principalship! He has poured prodigious energy and enthusiasm into every aspect of college life. The Hall was always a good place to be, but never better than now. Thank you, Keith.” Alumnus Michael Cansdale (1956, Jurisprudence)

The afternoon was a great celebration of Keith and Dianne's enormous contribution to the Hall.

Aularians chat to Keith during the celebrations
Aularians chat to Keith during the celebrations

Thanks to Vance Tan for the photographs