In a year past that has been characterised by a high degree of gloom and anxiety, there is something specially luminous and optimistic about Linacre and its work. For the Institute exists to light lamps in the mind which flicker then flare and are never extinguished — the flame of what Albert Einstein once called a “holy curiosity".
Its lustre illuminates both teachers and taught alike in a community of scholars united in the thrill of following the intellect wherever it may lead.
Long may Linacre flourish; I am confident it will.
Happy New Year.
(Professor the Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield)