Fire on Jubilee Campus

I spent last week on leave, with my family at a cottage in Tawstock, North Devon. Remote and rural, with lots of space for two young grandchildren to roam, and with very intermittent connectivity; perfect for a break, unless there is a problem, as I discovered on Friday evening. At around 10pm, for the first …

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 …

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 …

Opening of The Institute for Mental Health

Last week we opened the new Institute for Mental Health on the Jubilee Campus, with Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer, as our Guest of Honour. The incidence of mental ill health is growing. According to NHS data, the proportion of the English population meeting the criteria for one common mental disorder has increased …