A Short History of a Long Collaboration

We started to work together in 1974 when Bob came to Manchester University to do graduate work. In 1981  John Hughes joined our collaboration. From then until 1989 when Bob joined Xerox, we worked on a range of research projects as well as producing a number of introductions to Ethnomethodology and Sociology. From 1992, Bob became more involved in management tasks and our collaboration was put on hold, though we did still manage to meet regularly. Bob retired from management in 2010 and our work together re-started.

Wes was born in Billinge hospital in 1943 and grew up in the most rural bit of Upholland (which was identified as Nr. Wigan). School was Crawford Primary followed by Upholland Grammar School (which was not one of those  grammar schools people get nostalgic about) Wigan Technical College (which  provided an exceptional  social science education), Leicester University (which was 1962-5  a wonderful place to study sociology), then Manchester University for a PhD.  A lectureship at Manchester, followed by movement up the rungs to a Professorship kept me here  until  the present, though I will be ending that happy and rewarding time  with retirement in later Summer of 2017.

Bob was brought up near Staines in what is now Surrey, went to school in Chertsey and did his undergraduate degree at Southampton University. After period teaching in schools, Bob did postgraduate work at Manchester with Wes as his supervisor. In 1974, he joined Manchester Polytechnic (now Manchester Metropolitan University where he remained until 1989 when he moved to what was then Xerox EuroPARC. In 1991, he became Director of Eurparc, a post he held untill 1999. From then until his retirement in 2010, he was first Pro Vice Chancellor for Research at Sheffield Hallam Universrsity and then CEO of University Campus Suffolk.