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, …

Centenary of the Students Union

2014 is the centenary year of our Students Union. What a marvellous landmark. So first of all, warmest congratulations. I could not find a picture of the Executive from 100 years ago, but did find one from 1923-24. As you can see, they set a high bar in terms of dress standards. The Union plays …

What Are You Most Proud of in 2013?

I was asked that question this week in a Q&A session whilst on a visit to Marketing, Communications and Recruitment. It caught me short, so I bought some time by responding ‘personally or professionally?’ since I knew the answer to the ‘personally’. But, it is still a really tough question. In an organisation as big, …

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. …

Long Service Awards

Just before the winter break I presented the 2012 Long Service awards. This is always an outstanding occasion and this year was no exception. As well as being an opportunity to formally thank colleagues for so many years of dedication and commitment, this is also a wonderful celebration with family members and other colleagues from …

Graduation 2012

Graduations are very special occasions, especially for our graduates, their parents, families and friends. I normally begin in China, where the ceremonies are always the weekend before we start in Nottingham; and end in Malaysia, where they are generally held the weekend after we finish. This year however, because of the timing of Ramadan, both …

Alumni Achievements

Each year we call for nominations for Alumni Achievement Awards to recognise outstanding accomplishments of our graduates. A specially appointed Panel evaluates the cases submitted and typically selects around ten to receive this recognition. The 2012 Awards celebration was held last week. Our MC for the evening was Edgar Wallner, a Pharmacy graduate of 1958, who …

May Fest 2012

Our first May Fest was four years ago. It began as an experiment, to see whether we could bring the broader community on to our Campuses and find ways of interesting and stimulating them. Our first experience was a good one. Staff and students gave up time over a weekend to present a range of …

WinSET – Women in Science, Engineering and Technology

Last week I gave the opening address at a day-long conference ‘Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine’ on Jubilee Campus. This was the second such event organised by our ‘Women in Science, Engineering and Technology Group’ (WinSET). It had more than 100 participants, ranging from PhD students through to senior Professors. There …

Farewells, Awards and Celebrations

Last week was dominated by a series of events which involved welcoming colleagues back, saying farewell to others and rewarding long service. On Tuesday, the University Council met for the final time this calendar year. It was the last meeting Chaired by its outgoing President, Keith Hamill. Keith is a Politics graduate of our University and …