Academic pomp: the main building of the main campus of Bangor University
I knew my office was on the top floor, and I knew the name of the lecturer I would share with. And that was enough, as when I walked into the building I bumped into a chap with a bicycle, who was waiting for the elevator. I could have guessed he was Dutch, but I didn't, so In English I asked if he knew where the said lecturer's office was. Straight opposite his! So I followed him and ended up where I belonged. Or rather; in front of the closed door of where I belonged. But he knew who could be able to open the door for me. I was in! That was a start.
The view from my office window! You have to crouch to see this, but still. And notice the dirt on the pane...
I started to assemble the new computer on my new desk. And I started to empty out my car. But I didn't get far; James showed up, and went around trying to get my computer set up, introducing me to people, showing me how things worked, and all that. And then dragged me to a poster session of the students. And once we got there, he plonked a sheet and a pen into my hand. Did I feel like marking them? Well, yes! So before my car was half unpacked I was already on teaching duty. After the marking I managed to quickly empty the car, after which it was lunchtime. James took me and Paul, my new office mate, who turned out to be a friend of Emma's, to a nearby pub for a nice pub lunch. Nice! After lunch, though, it became clear that that day, I wouldn't have a working computer, so I went home to pick up my laptop, and worked on that for now.
My new desk! all set up.
The lady doing the introduction...
...and the chap to whom I was actually listening!
After the induction I went to HR to have my passport and PhD diploma copied, and then to the library for a swipe card. That went all rather smooth! And by the time I was back on Anglesey in my own office, some IT chap had set up my PC. So I could start working properly! And things were not entirely sorted out yet; by now, me and Paul occupied the only network cable sockets. But we would get two more office mates... the first of which showing up the next day. But by Friday afternoon we had technicians in our office, making a start at installing two more. Before we'd know it, we'd have a fully functioning office for four!
One of the lecturing theatres in the main building - they have a good taste for pomp indeed!