This is an brief entry written to express both sadness and congratulations at the departure from his role as Head of History and Archaeology at the University of Chester (aka my boss) of historian Dr Keith McLay. The department gathered together on Thursday evening to give speeches, present gifts, consume alcohol and gorge on good food in Keith’s honour. The speeches paid due attention to Keith’s academic qualities, his dedicated and long-term of service to the University of Chester (since 2001) as well as his undoubtedly exhausting stint as Head of Department since 2007.
The six speeches eloquently summed up the many dimensions of Keith’s phenomenal contribution. I have never before experienced such an efficient and supportive Head of Department and long may his legacy remain! Keith has helped me in innumerable ways in my job, first as Senior Lecturer and subsequently as Professor of Archaeology, and he has offered unswerving support for the archaeological and heritage teaching and research in our Department.
Keith is starting his new job as Dean of Arts and Humanities at Canterbury Christ Church University. I hope they realise how lucky they are to get Keith. I wish him all the very best in this role and for the future.