Tag Archives: University of Manchester

Chimneys on the graduation marquee

Monday 9th December 2019, 10.55am (day 3,028)

Graduation tent chimneys, 9/12/19

I made it onto campus today, at least. I like this shot of the ventilation chimneys outside the tents set up to suppor this week’s graduation ceremonies; look at the top-right third of the shot and see how it is disorted by the heat coming out of the main stack.

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On campus (early, and wet)

Tuesday 12th November 2019, 8.10am (day 3,001)

Campus Greenhouse 12/11/19

I do still turn up on campus now and again but because of the increasingly painful train journey that it takes to get there — and, just as importantly, back — I am trying to do so less and less. Rainy mornings (which lead to me smelling damp all day) are no help either. But every so often I have little choice.

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Abstract, at the Learning Commons

Tuesday 5th November 2019, 2.00pm (day 2,994)

Learningcommons abstract, 5/11/19

First day on campus in 10. I just like this one as an abstract. Maybe I should make that a separate category for posts on the blog.

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Autumn comes to campus

Tuesday 15th October 2019, 3.00pm (day 2,973)

Campus, autumn colour, 15/10/19

Six days away from campus and in that time, everything seems to have turned gold. Is that a jacket in the branches at the top? Or the ubiquitous and planet-killing plastic bag? Guess we can find out for sure when the rest of the leaves are gone.

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The MECD (still) rises

Thursday 26th September 2019, 9.30am (day 2,954)

MECD, 26-9-19

A break in the moratorium on pictures of building sites in Manchester, but I was sat in my office all day and there isn’t otherwise a great deal to see in this city, a state of affairs which, as locals will know, has lasted years now. The Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD), vast in scale (this is just a small wing of it), grows up like an incipient volcano on Upper Brook Street: apparently it’s due to be finished at some point this century.

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Brunswick Park

Wednesday 25th September 2019, 4.10pm (day 2,953)

Brunswick Park, 25/9/19

When I started work in Manchester in 2005, Oxford Road, which runs down the centre of the main campus, was still a carbon monoxide-choked arterial road. Gradually, over the years, there’s been some decent (and much-needed) traffic management, and last year, Brunswick Street was finally closed off and turned into this walkway, “Brunswick Park”. It’s not a very green park, admittedly — but still, it’s a definite improvement. This was the one little burst of sunshine of the day.

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Last day of peace

Thursday 12th September 2019, 2.55pm (day 2,940)

Marquee rises, 12/9/19

This will be the last day for a while I see the Manchester campus in any form of peaceful state. The erection of this marquee today is just one sign that from the next time I’m there, on Tuesday, there will be people. Thousands upon thousands of them.

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First class of the year (42 people)

Wednesday 11th September 2019, 10.05am (day 2,939)

HNAP session, 11/9/19

The first class of the year, which as it usually is, is with newly appointed Manchester staff and not students. Which is why it was not quite so hard to get them talking to each other. I am pretty sure there are 42 people on this shot, fitting nicely with the (long-outdated) title of the blog… and that without too much cropping (OK, I did a bit).

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The panda waits

Wednesday 4th September 2019, 11.00am (day 2,932)

AGCAS conference, 4/9/19

The stuffed panda sits on a desk waiting to be helpful, while the two attendees wonder where everyone else has gone (answer: they’re in the lecture theatre listening to the keynote — unlike your humble photographer who bunked off that one too). It’s conference season.

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Finished building project

Wednesday 21st August 2019, 12.10pm (day 2,918)

Royce building, 21/8/19

I have tried to cut out pictures of building sites in Manchester to avoid sheer overload, but hey, here’s a rarity — a recently finished building project. Until about 18 months ago the new Henry Royce Building was just a grassy patch, but now it is there in all its bland majesty. Although I don’t think it’s yet finished inside.

Two shots in a row from Manchester… a sign it will start to creep back into my life on a more regular basis as the new year approaches. I’m not really going anywhere for three months now.

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