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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

VC Staff Forums — looking forward to seeing you there

Every year I host a series of open Staff Forums, at eight different locations across our Campuses. Their purpose is very simple: to engage with as many colleagues as possible, offering an opportunity for Q&A on the headline topic, or indeed any topic. My 2015 Forums will all run in the second half of March, …

Pop Art to Britart

The extension of the Djanogly Art Gallery at Lakeside in 2011 allowed us to raise our level of ambition in terms of the scale of exhibitions we count attract. The opening exhibition for the new Gallery was LOWRY; the largest retrospective on LS Lowry since the late 1970s (and notwithstanding the recent exhibition at the …

Staff and Student Engagement

In any large and complex organisation developing effective communication channels is important; striving constantly to improve them is essential. I have found that in assignments with other big organisations, for example when Chair of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body, and on various NHS assignments. It is also true of our University, which by any …