I have been watching the Facebook posts from chaplains in London, around the UK, from the US and other parts of Europe.
Here at Imperial we have five more days to go till the start of the new academic year.
Five days before the great whirlwind of welcome events, orientation sessions, BBQs and hall parties.
I look forward to the great wave of energy that comes crashing in with the start of a new year, from the arrival and return of thousands of students.
Out for a walk at lunchtime in the early Autumn sunshine I saw this great sign at the entrance to Imperial’s ‘secret garden’. It is a hidden patch of green space in the middle of the city.
I love the idea that our urban, globalized, hyper-active academic community has this officially sanctioned place for ‘quiet contemplation’.
Even if it comes with a warning exclamation mark!