It was with much pleasure that I accepted the invitation to become President of the Imperial College Union Rugby Football Club. The year was 2007, the year I retired having spent forty-six years at the College.
I was an undergraduate at Imperial College and played on the wing for the 1st XV (1961-64) during which time the College won the Gutteridge Cup. I also played in the Bottle Match three times.
After graduating I stayed on at Imperial to carry out postgraduate research and was appointed onto the academic staff in 1966. During my time as an academic I held many posts that involved interacting with students, finishing with eight years as Pro Rector (Education). Although the main objective of a student is to obtain a good degree, I believe that this should not be at the expense of participating in extra mural activities. Consequently throughout my academic career I have promoted sport and other leisure activities. Activities, as exemplified by rugby, enhance transferable skills such as leadership and team-working, and by requiring reliability and commitment are also character-building.
I have enjoyed my time as President and try to watch as many games as possible, whether it be the 1st XV, 2nd XV or the 3rd XV playing, as all teams and players make an important contribution to the Club and should be encouraged. As always I am looking forward to the coming season and wish the Officers and all members of the Club a most enjoyable and successful season.
Imperial College Union R.F.C. President