Using an autobiographical approach, this chapter starts by describing the factors which influenced my upbringing, values and interests. It then describes my 37 years in academia. Here my early career followed a different path to that of many academics and I spent my working life in a constantly evolving institution which changed from a Teacher Training College to a university with research degree-awarding powers, rising from the role of lecturer to Pro-Vice-Chancellor. It ends by examining my transition to retirement and the impact of my previous life-influences on my current role as Emeritus Professor. This includes my ongoing connections with the university, my overseas connections and my volunteer work with charities where I discuss my contributions, building on my university experiences and the influences of people, incidents and institutions.