Out with the old job, in with the new job

by Stephen Tall on December 18, 2011

I’m typing this in my now-empty office in the University of Oxford’s Lubyanka-esque headquarters at Wellington Square. After 13 years, Friday was my last day working for Oxford.

My Oxford connection goes back still further: it was 17 years ago, December 1994, that I came to interview for a place to read History. Exactly half my lifetime ago. So I think it’s probably fair to say that it was time to move on, try something new.

That something new starts in January: Development Director for the Education Endowment Foundation.

I’m genuinely thrilled with the opportunity. The EEF is one of those rarest of creatures: a start-up with money behind it — £125 million of it to be precise — all of which has to be spent on new initiatives to raise the educational attainment of disadvantaged pupils at primary and secondary schools in England. My role is to work with philanthropists and other educational funders to ensure we can spend more than £200 million over the next 10-15 years.

I will be employee #6, I think — which will be something of a change from an office of 98 with three international offices.

But the bigger change will be my commute. I’m swapping a 35-minute daily cycle ride around Oxford for a 4.5 hour round-trip to Millbank Tower in London and back — which starts with the 6am bus from Oxford’s Thornhill park-and-ride.

I am, therefore, more than usually grateful for the leaving present my colleagues here in the University’s development office bought me: a digital coffee machine. I’ve a sneaky feeling caffeine is going to become an even more important part of my lifestyle for the next few years…

7 comments

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by Stephen Tall on December 18, 2011 at 4:41 pm. Reply #

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by Tim Thomas on December 18, 2011 at 4:43 pm. Reply #

RT @stephentall: Out with the old job, in with the new job http://t.co/nclClZh7 <Pessimistic colleagues would have given a pillow instead :)

by Mark Pack on December 18, 2011 at 6:33 pm. Reply #

Good luck, Stephen. You’ve achieved amazing things during your career in Oxford, but this new challenge is so worthy! It just has to be done. You’ll survive the commute: as a fellow sufferer, I recommend Thermos and Kindle. Work on the way in if you must, but always, always chill on the way home.

by Jo on December 18, 2011 at 9:03 pm. Reply #

Congrats to ex-Cllr Stephen Tall http://t.co/ah2SxThE

by Ruth Wilkinson on December 20, 2011 at 11:39 pm. Reply #

Congrats to ex-Cllr Stephen Tall http://t.co/ah2SxThE

by Headington News on December 21, 2011 at 8:01 am. Reply #

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by Googlyfish UK on December 27, 2011 at 12:32 pm. Reply #

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