Nottingham Life Cycle 6

Nottingham Life Cycle 6 is now well underway.  My fellow Nottingham Life Cycle 6 riders and I have embarked on our most challenging Life Cycle ride yet – pedalling over 1,400 miles to the four compass points of mainland Britain over two weeks (Lizard Point, Lowestoft Ness, Ardnamurchan Point and Dunnet Head) to help raise …

Brexit and Higher Education

Once upon a time I was a jobbing economist; among other things I worked on the European Union. As long ago as 1996, I wrote about what a terrible idea it would be for the UK to join the Eurozone. I have also worked on the positive impact of the European Union on inward investment …

Life Cycle 6: Lochs and Glens

The Nottingham Life Cycle 6 takes place in the second half of August; 1,400 miles around the four points of the compass of Great Britain (Lizard Point, Lowestoft Ness, Ardnamurchan Point, Dunnet Head). We will support Breast Cancer Research and I have set an overall target of £1 million (and a personal target of £100,000). …

Universitas 21

Nottingham was one of the founder Members of Universitas 21 (U21) in 1997. U21 is the oldest global network of research intensive universities. It now has 25 Members with every continent in the world represented. Each year the Presidents / Vice-Chancellors and network managers (Senior Leaders) convene for a summit, which a couple of weeks …

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 …