Graduation Address at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China

The following is my address given at the graduation ceremonies, University of Nottingham Ningbo China, July 2014. President Yang Fujia, Your Excellency Sir Sebastian Wood, Provost Nick Miles, Mme Xu Yafen, Graduands, Guests; welcome to graduation for the class of 2014 at UNNC. It is a pleasure for me to be here in Ningbo to …

Address at UNNC 10th Anniversary Launch

The following is my address given at the launch of 10th¬†year anniversary celebrations at UNNC on Sunday 13th April 2014. President Jiang, Vice-Mayor Zhang, Deputy Consul General Forbes, Mme Xu, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, it is a pleasure to be here in Ningbo to celebrate ten years of innovation, ten years of partnership, ten …

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 …

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 …

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 …