Final Graduations

Graduations are always special occasions, very meaningful manifestations of why our University exists. This summer’s ceremonies have been extra meaningful as they were my last at Nottingham. For me they began at the start of July, at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) with four ceremonies over a weekend. This was the first occasion …

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 …

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, …

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 …

A Week in China

I spent last week in China, four cities in six days. In a country of this size, that is not quite like ticking off cities in the East Midlands. But we have a very significant presence in China in one way or another, so most visits span a range of activities and range of geographies. …

Nottingham Alumni

Our Nottingham alumni community is now more than a quarter of a million strong. That is an extraordinary total, and an extraordinary asset. In one way or another I spend a lot of time with our alumni. This can take the form of: formal engagement events; employer visits; private dinners hosted by our Chancellor Sir …

Some Reflections on 2014

2014 has been busy, very busy. So there is an awful lot to reflect on. Universities are first and foremost about people: students, staff, alumni, partners. The quality of what we do is fashioned by the quality of our people. We know our students are of a high calibre academically, but as always, they inspire …

Not exactly a ‘Letter from America’

I spent last week in the United States, mainly meeting alumni, but also visiting a partner University. We have 3,500 alumni that we know of in the United States. If you add in Junior Year Abroad students, the number is probably double that. I try and get to the US once a year to engage …

Ron Haylock, 1944-2013

Ron Haylock passed away unexpectedly in May of this year. This week we held a Memorial Service at the University to celebrate his life in general, and his immense contribution to our University in particular. Ron joined the University as an undergraduate student in Chemical Engineering in 1963 and graduated in 1968. He was elected …