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, …

What Are You Most Proud of in 2013?

I was asked that question this week in a Q&A session whilst on a visit to Marketing, Communications and Recruitment. It caught me short, so I bought some time by responding ‘personally or professionally?’ since I knew the answer to the ‘personally’. But, it is still a really tough question. In an organisation as big, …

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 …

Academic Promotions

We have two Committees for academic promotions, one for Level 6 (Associate Professor, Reader, Principal Research Fellow) and one for Level 7 (Professor). I am Chair of both Committees and involved in the process from start to finish. Typically our Promotions Committees begin their work in the autumn, with our Faculty Deans taking advice within …

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 …