Article 50

As you will have seen in the news recently, the government is preparing to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – the formal two-year mechanism by which we will leave the EU. What does that mean for us, as a university? What does it mean for our staff and students, for our international partnerships, …

Sir Peter Mansfield 1933 -2017

Last week we saw the passing of Sir Peter Mansfield; the loss of a great scientist, a visionary leader, and a very fine person. Sir Peter is what these days we would describe as a WP student: born in Camberwell; brought up in a family of modest means; left school at 15 (with the advice …

Nottingham in Parliament Day

I stood looking over the House of Commons Terrace at 2200 on Tuesday evening after the final event of Nottingham in Parliament Day feeling enormous pride in what had just unfolded, and wondering, ‘how on earth did we pull that off’? The day had started the day before, with a radio interview when I was …

Enterprise and Innovation at Nottingham

Today the Universities Minister, Rt Hon Jo Johnson MP opened our new Ingenuity Centre on Jubilee Campus. This new signature building, designed to echo the industrial heritage of the site, became possible when we were selected as one of four University Enterprise Zones, by the then Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (now BEIS). That …

Five Killer Facts About International Students

International Students are in the news. Should we have more? Or fewer? Should they be counted in the net migration target? Should we care? We live in a sound bite world. So here are my five killer facts about International Students. First, diversity. Diversity is good, be it social, cultural, ethnic, demographic. It promotes creativity, …

Brexit and Higher Education …. Again

Earlier this year the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee conducted an inquiry into the potential impact of Brexit on science and higher education. Its report was published before the referendum. Given the outcome, the Committee decided to conduct a follow up investigation. Last week I was invited to appear as a witness in …

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 …