Dr Rosamund Thomas (1970-71)

Perhaps it was unusual but nevertheless at Birmingham University, in my time, I cross-read between several disciplines. At INLOGOV, my Master’s degree (1970-71) permitted me to study not only UK central and local government, but also administration in developing countries. In addition, I read aspects of social policy and social administration in another department.

Motivated by certain literature from Harvard University on my Birmingham Master’s syllabus, I applied for and won a Fulbright Travel Scholarship to Harvard (Department of Government) towards part of my Birmingham Ph.D. I returned later to Harvard on a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, awarded by the American Association of University Women (1977-78), where I continued to cross-read across public policy, public administration, business administration and law – all of which have held me in excellent stead in my ongoing academic career on the Faculty of the London School of Economic & Political Science (Department of Government) and Cambridge University (Faculty of Law).

In 1988, I founded, and continue to direct, the pioneering UK educational charity Centre for Business and Public Sector Ethics based in Cambridge, which collaborates with universities, governments, and businesses in both developed and developing countries (see www.ethicscentre.org). I shall be the Gourlay Visiting Professor in Business Ethics at Trinity College, The University of Melbourne, Australia, later in 2014. The University of Birmingham gave me a sound foundation in higher education.