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 …

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 …

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 …

Sir Peter Mansfield

On July 8th, Sir Peter Mansfield had the Freedom of the City of Nottingham conferred on him. What follows is the oration I delivered at his ceremony. Lord Mayor, ladies and gentlemen, it is an honour and a privilege for me to deliver this address for such a special person, on such a special day. …

Why Offer a MOOC (or a NOOC)?

The popularity of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) has boomed since their emergence in 2008. To date, the United States has been at the forefront of developments, with platforms such as edX, Udacity and Coursera rising to prominence over the last twelve months. The promise of access to free online courses, from an ever increasing …

Academic Promotions

We have two Committees for academic promotions, one for Level 6 (Associate Professor, Reader, Principal Research Fellow) and one for Level 7 (Professor). I am Chair of both Committees and involved in the process from start to finish. Typically our Promotions Committees begin their work in the autumn, with our Faculty Deans taking advice within …