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, …

Visit to UNNC

I spent last week in China. Although I travel there every three months or so, I often only get a couple of days at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) because of University commitments in Beijing, Shanghai and elsewhere. Unusually, I had the whole week at UNNC. During my stay, I spoke at two …

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 …

‘Inside Out of Mind’

One of the biggest challenges we face is our ageing population. Modern medicine and general improvements in health have resulted in many more of us living longer. There are now 1.7 million more people over the age of 65 than 25 years ago, and the number of people over the age of 85 has doubled …

May Fest 2013

On Saturday 18th May, University Park felt at least as busy as any ‘normal’ day during term. It was May Fest and that meant many thousands of visitors of all ages were with us. Every year this community open day gets bigger and better: partly because year on year the number of visitors increases; partly because year …

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 …

Student Fund Raising and Volunteering

Having been in the University for almost 25 years, I think I have a good sense of the ‘Nottingham DNA’. One strand which runs through it is our students’ commitment to community service in one form or another. Their fund raising and volunteering initiatives are pretty amazing. Despite the fact that ‘student generations’ are of …