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Nottingham Life Cycle 5: The Vice Chancellor’s Blog

The LC5 Community Day The timing of this year’s Nottingham Life Cycle Community Day was different, coming between challenges, rather than at the end of one, but the core ingredients were not. That started with a huge number of riders. More than 500 embarked on one of four challenges: 10, 25, 50 or 75 miles; …

Nottingham Life Cycle 5: The Vice Chancellor’s Blog

Way of the Roses: Bridlington to Morecambe This will be a different kind of Life Cycle blog, because this is a different kind of Life Cycle. Despite the plan for only one Nottingham Life Cycle, we have now completed four, and for four different causes. Together they have raised £1.5 million. All of us associated …

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 …

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 …

Progress with Impact

Philanthropy has had a role to play throughout our University’s history, often at decisive moments. For instance, we would not be located on University Park, but for the vision and munificence of Sir Jesse Boot in the 1920s. That changed the direction of the University forever. More recently, our Lakeside Arts complex was only made …

Life Cycle 2

‘So, what’s next then?’ That was my most frequently asked question after riding 1,030 miles from John O’Groats to Lands End (JoGLE). In truth, I had already begun thinking about another challenge the day we completed Life Cycle 1. That was last September. I did not approach the other riders until November! So, here we …

Impact : The Nottingham Campaign

After over a year of careful planning and preparation we launched Impact : The Nottingham Campaign over the week of October 17th. This will raise £150 million in philanthropic support over the next five years. In press interviews over the week I was repeatedly asked: is this to make up for Government cuts? Is this …

John O’Groats to Land’s End

After all the planning, preparation and training, it is all over. The whole team of eleven riders cycled from John O’Groats to Land’s End.  The total distance was 1,030 miles and the cumulative climb, 58,000 feet. I posted a daily blog on our journey, which can be accessed here: http://blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/lifecycle/ For me this was a …