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 …

Strategy 2020: Have Your Say

Last summer I asked our Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Karen Cox, to lead a major re-think and re-articulation of our Strategy. This ‘Strategy 2020’ work Professor Cox is leading is comprehensive and exhaustive, and continues to involve very extensive consultation and engagement. In one sense this is ‘zero based’ in that it starts with completely fresh …

Targeting Nottingham’s Graduates

The annual High Fliers report on graduate recruitment was published this week. Each year this independent research reports on results of a survey of the top 100 UK graduate recruiters across all sectors, and includes, for example, Boots, BP, GSK, Google, KPMG, Rolls Royce, Santander, Teach First and Unilever. The survey analyses vacancies, starting salaries …

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 …

The Global Financial Crisis and the Internationalisation of Higher Education

I am often asked about the impact of the global financial crisis on the internationalisation of higher education. Given Nottingham’s unique global footprint, that is not a surprise. As the sub-title of Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff’s outstanding book This Time is Different : Eight Centuries of Financial Folly suggests, financial crises are far from …