than that it is a fairly solitary running experience. If going to the pub counts as a hobby then I do that too! I love real ale; another great attraction of Suffolk is the beer on offer and there are lots of great pubs. We are proud, as the University, to be working in partnership with Coddenham based brewery Calvors. We have brought out our own beer, Suffolk Graduate, to mark the first year of being an independent university. Is there anywhere you like to eat out? I tend to go for pubs that do food. A favourite is the Butley Oyster and the Cherry Tree in Woodbridge. If I am looking for a more formal, sit down place then I tend to go to Pea Porridge in Bury, the food is outstanding. I also like the Galley in Woodbridge. What’s your favourite walk? The Fynn Valley has so many lovely walks and plenty of good pubs at the end of them! Otherwise Ickworth Park is lovely and I go as often as possible; it really is spectacular especially so in the spring. It feels very hilly and there are often sheep and lambs so you can almost convince yourself you are in the Yorkshire Dales. It just feels a bit different.
Richard Lister OBE is the Vice Chancellor of the University of Suffolk, he tells us about his life in Suffolk How did you come to live in Suffolk? I started working at the University of Essex in 1993. When I knew I would be working there I started looking for places to live in this part of the world, I was moving from East Yorkshire. I really liked Ipswich and Suffolk as a whole. I enjoyed the pace of life here and the communities seem well established. I felt quite at home almost immediately, very comfortable and assured it was the right place to be. What do you love about the county? I love the settled nature to the county, it feels like change happens relatively slowly but when it does the changes are, by and large, for the good. You can accommodate the need for change when there is a stable environment. I like how most people seem to be happy with where they live, the communities seem to work well. It is also a balanced place to live; close enough to London, to the coast and the beautiful countryside. Do you have any hobbies? I don’t get a lot of time for hobbies but I do like to keep fit through running, my target is 1,000 miles a year which can be difficult with the intense nature of this job but it gives me a focus. I compete in events like the recent Great East Run and do a range of half marathons and 10k runs but other
What difference has the university made to Ipswich? We have made a massive difference. Suffolk used to be one of only four counties in the country not to have its own university. We are here supporting the county to prosper and enabling our graduates to be employed in some of the essential services such as healthcare. We encourage new business and creativity. In the simplest terms we already bring in around £50m a year to the local economy and as we grow that figure will grow too. Where would you take newcomers to Suffolk? I would want to show the sheer variety of Suffolk. I would start with the Ipswich Waterfront and I would then go on to show the smaller market towns of Woodbridge, Beccles and Halesworth. To finish it would have to be a pint of Adnams at Southwold. Do you support the arts in Suffolk? I have been the Chair of the Board of Directors of the New Wolsey Theatre for many years. The New Wolsey really is a gem of Suffolk. It is a brilliant and exciting theatre and pushes the boundaries. They have quality productions and a friendly ambience. The theatre itself brings you close to the action and it really is a place for the community. It has a massive national reputation for the work it does and I am hugely proud to be involved. I enjoy attending productions at DanceEast and other theatres as well as live music, whether it be classical or pop. We are a county of festivals from the world renowned Aldeburgh Music Festival to Latitude to the smaller more intimate festivals that come and go, l like to support whenever I can. Have you got one picture that sums up the county? Any of the Ipswich Waterfront, it reminds people that Suffolk is full of surprises, is beautiful, is constantly evolving and changing.
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