Midlands Innovation

Nottingham is one of the UK’s largest Universities, with a revenue budget of £600 million, and 34,000 students. And of course we also have the University of Nottingham Ningbo China, and University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, with another 12,000 students. However, for some purposes we are not big enough. That is why we often have …

Shanghai Jiaotong University Grand Assembly

This month Shanghai Jiaotong University celebrated its 120th Anniversary. I was one of around 30 speakers from Universities around the world at a ‘President’s Forum’ focused on ‘Innovative Strategies for Research Intensive  Universities’. In addition, I was invited to be the sole foreign speaker at the ‘Grand Assembly’ which followed, a gathering of more than …

Looking Forward to the Year Ahead

I have not posted a blog since October last year, an unusually long gap between posts, but for good reason. November was something of a wipe-out. Between visits to UNNC and UNMC we had to pack in everything possible because of what was coming in December. And what was coming for me was my first …

15th Anniversary of The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

2015 marks the 15th Anniversary of The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. At the 15th Anniversary Dinner, held in Kuala Lumpur in September 2015, I gave the following address celebrating this significant milestone in the University’s history. Your Royal Highnesses, distinguished guests, colleagues and friends: a very warm welcome to this evening’s celebration of accomplishment, …

Life Cycle 5 – From Lochs and Glens to Cathedrals and Minsters

Our final challenge of Life Cycle 5 was meant to be ‘Lochs and Glens’, a 205 mile route from Inverness to Glasgow, through challenging, but scenic terrain. But it was not for me. The night before heading to Inverness, my wife Susan was admitted to QMC with acute appendicitis, which turned out to be rather …

HeForShe

HeForShe is a United Nations initiative, to secure male advocacy for discrimination against females, and to promote equality. It was launched in 2014 by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson. HeForShe is breath-taking in its ambition: to reach one billion men and boys globally and secure their public commitment to …

Going Global Since 1881

That is the title of a new exhibition of the history of our University, currently showing at the Weston Gallery at Nottingham Lakeside Arts. As in one’s personal life, it is important from time to time to reflect on the past: where we have been, how we have developed, what has shaped our DNA. That …

Nottingham Life Cycle 5: The Vice Chancellor’s Blog

The LC5 Community Day The timing of this year’s Nottingham Life Cycle Community Day was different, coming between challenges, rather than at the end of one, but the core ingredients were not. That started with a huge number of riders. More than 500 embarked on one of four challenges: 10, 25, 50 or 75 miles; …

New Leadership for Strategy 2020

During this academic year we have undertaken a comprehensive review of senior management arrangements, partly to ensure we have appropriate resource in place to meet the University’s needs, partly to ensure we have clarity on accountabilities, and partly to improve the connectivity between ‘the centre’ and Schools / Professional Services. The review benefitted from some …

Connected Campuses

Recent weeks have seen a series of ‘Tri-Campus’ events at our University. First there was the inaugural Tri-Campus Arts Festival, masterminded by Director of Nottingham Lakeside Arts, Shona Powell, working with colleagues at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) and University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC). The 10-day programme featured music, theatre, visual and …