Article 50

As you will have seen in the news recently, the government is preparing to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – the formal two-year mechanism by which we will leave the EU. What does that mean for us, as a university? What does it mean for our staff and students, for our international partnerships, …

Brexit and Higher Education

Once upon a time I was a jobbing economist; among other things I worked on the European Union. As long ago as 1996, I wrote about what a terrible idea it would be for the UK to join the Eurozone. I have also worked on the positive impact of the European Union on inward investment …

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 …

Looking Forward to the Year Ahead

I have not posted a blog since October last year, an unusually long gap between posts, but for good reason. November was something of a wipe-out. Between visits to UNNC and UNMC we had to pack in everything possible because of what was coming in December. And what was coming for me was my first …

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, …

New Leadership for Strategy 2020

During this academic year we have undertaken a comprehensive review of senior management arrangements, partly to ensure we have appropriate resource in place to meet the University’s needs, partly to ensure we have clarity on accountabilities, and partly to improve the connectivity between ‘the centre’ and Schools / Professional Services. The review benefitted from some …

Connected Campuses

Recent weeks have seen a series of ‘Tri-Campus’ events at our University. First there was the inaugural Tri-Campus Arts Festival, masterminded by Director of Nottingham Lakeside Arts, Shona Powell, working with colleagues at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) and University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC). The 10-day programme featured music, theatre, visual and …

Aspects of a Global University

The following is my foreword to Aspects of a Global University, a book I commissioned from local architectural photographer, Martine Hamilton-Knight.  The book is available at a number of locations throughout the University. Technology is changing everything, including higher education. Nowadays students arrive at University with very different visual literacy skills than a generation ago, and with more technology …

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 …