Prof Gray delivers Inaugural Lecture

Issued: Fri, 25 Oct 2019 14:53:00 BST

Professor Simon Guild shakes hands with Professor Joe Gray to congratulate him after his inaugural lecture

On the afternoon of Thursday 24 October, the School of Life Sciences hosted newly-appointed Professor of Bioscience Education Joseph Gray's inaugural lecture, the art of science and assessment.

Held in the Davidson Building lecture theatre and attended by colleagues, friends, and family, Professor Gray peppered his discussion of grading in higher education with biographical details and images as well as moments of genuine emotion and humour.

The very well-received lecture was followed by a question and answer session involving the audience and then a celebratory reception in the Wolfson Link Courtyard.

Head of School Professor Simon Guild, who introduced Prof Gray, said: "I arrived here four years ago, and one of the first things I was asked was to look at assessment.

"I met Joe when I was going around introducing myself to everyone, and it was at that point I picked up on his key interest in being involved in assessment and a change in direction from the purely academic.

"One of the things you always look for when you are looking to get something done is to find an enthusiastic person, find someone who is your champion for change who can inspire people and bring them along.

"It was very clear to me that Joe was that champion for change. I thought: 'He's the one I need; he gets it, understands what we need to do and where we need to be going.'

"Since then, we have been able to make transformations and change a lot of things. I certainly appreciate what he does and he's one of my right-hand people in running the school.

"So I was really pleased to be able to make a case for Joe to be promoted to professor based on that academic leadership, his contribution to genetics, and his contribution to learning, teaching, and scholarship, and offer him my warmest congratulations."