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, …

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 …

Changes to Senior Management

Unfortunately, University commitments followed by the seasonal break, have meant limited opportunities for making posts. My last was in November, on our change of Chancellor: on December 31st 2012 Professor Yang Fujia completed his twelve year tenure; on January 1st 2013 Sir Andrew Witty became our New Chancellor. That was not the only change to …

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 …

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 …

Sustainability Matters

Sustainability is very much at the heart of much of what we as a University do. It is increasingly embedded in many of our degree programmes, underpins several of our research priorities, and our day to day operational activities are managed with a keen eye on sustainability. One of our key research priorities is Global …

Visits to UNNC and UNMC

This month I have visited both the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) and the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC). The proximate reason was our quarterly Board Meetings, but as always the visits involved much more besides.  In Ningbo we have now passed 5,000 students and the programmes on offer (undergraduate and postgraduate) become …

‘On Location’ in China and Malaysia

Last month, I spent some time at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) and University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC). In one sense, this was a regular quarterly visit. There was however an additional dimension. For the second year running, I led a visit to the two Campuses for Council Members and friends of our …