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Video clip: Kristina is a member of a college, which brings certain responsibilities as well as welcome opportunities to meet people from different disciplines.

And this is where I actually think Oxford is very interesting because of the College system where you are, because in most Universities you do not interact with people outside your own field. So being in a Business School, you already have issues being between finance versus organisational behaviour versus, what else do we have, accounting or strategy and so on because they have different flavours and people think about different things, are concerned with different things but you have a shared goal at the same time. And then you have the Business School and everyone's so busy what they're doing there and then you have the Engineering school and you know you're concerned about getting your expensive equipment, you're running labs, you're a manager here as a scholar here often. You're thinking about how to get the break for innovation, you're testing, you have to have the right metric, I mean, it's, it's you have very different, similar but still different ways to think about things. You're in linguistics or you're in languages.

I just talked to an art preserver, woman who's working in the Ashmolean looking at Art preservation yesterday and what I think one of the great things with the College system is that I sit and have lunch and I talk to etiologists and a composer and then I talk to finance guys, you know. So, I get to understand, and a neurologist yesterday and I saw some similarities in her research on memory, elasticity in brain cells as we learn things as adults and that's similar to some of the organisational learning stuff I study on organisational level, you know.

So you understand, you learnt how to understand their concerns much better. So, I think actually Faculty gets more, intelligence is a bad word, more insightful and more broadminded. So, I was at a governing council meeting for the first time at my College yesterday and just being forced to share and forced to come to common agreement on things when you're from different disciplines. You see the commonalities better and I think you, you appreciate the differences as well.

So, this, I didn't expect this when I came, and this is, I get a real kick out of this, it's, I think it's a wonderful thing with this system actually and I this is, I think a little bit what I always wanted in academia and now I'm getting it. When I was a PhD student I got it as well at the University I was, it was physically small enough, so you interacted with other departments. I hang with the Computer Science guys, you know, Philosophy guys and Engineering and so on. But it's quite rare. There's not that many Universities in the world that truly have people consistently talking to scholars in other fields and that's very sad isn't it?