The students and staff on the Sicily trip are currently on Mt Etna, hopefully seeing evidence of volcanic activity at a safe distance! I have already received plenty of photos showing happy students in a very sunny location. Trips are wonderful ways of seeing much of what we teach 'in action', although plate tectonics are very high on the risk assessment checklists. On a similar risk factor scale, the skiers departed this morning for Italy. Many last minute hitches with E111 cards, missing coats and teddy bears were all rectified and hopefully they should now be well on the way to the boot and ski hire shop. 

This week I have also met with all the Heads of Faculty to discuss progress and plans for the summer term. It is a point to take stock and look at developing our strategic views, as there is still much to be accomplished. On Monday I will be tackling budgets and much of the break will involve crunching numbers and looking at ways to become even more cost effective- without compromising on quality.

We have come along way this term and I know that both students and staff are very tired and looking forward to a break. Have a great Easter.