Yesterday – November 26th 2008 – it was a joy to finally get to meet the researchers who I have facilitated for three years, but never actually met, but most of who I felt I knew. It was a very strange feeling being in a room of ‘friends’ and not knowing which one was which, some of course I recognised from their pictures, or even from pictures of their families which have been shared along the way. Every award was deserved and in chatting to people through the day it seems the hardest challenges were  balancing the work, family and study. Seeing the researchers graduate makes the last three years of my working life feel absolutely purposeful and totally rewarding. And I hope colleagues past, who built the ‘machine’ of UV,  will feel the same. It was also wonderful to put a lid on my own studies alongside the people who have largely been at the heart of my own research.