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Chris Sims

Deputy Director, Institute for Policy and Engagement. View website

University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham is a pioneering university providing an exceptional research-led education and an outstanding student experience for its 45,000 students.

Built on the ethos that education can unlock potential and transform lives, we are committed to excellence in teaching and learning, securing Gold in the recent Teaching Excellence Framework. A place of opportunity and possibility, we are the university of choice for the very best students. Students that are ambitious, entrepreneurial and not afraid to take risks.

We feature in the top 20 of all three major UK university rankings, and our graduates are among the most sought-after in the UK, consistently targeted by leading graduate employers.

A member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of leading universities, we are ranked eighth in the UK for research power with 97% of our research recognised internationally (REF 2014). A world-leading research portfolio worth £600m, brings together talented, passionate and dedicated people who strive to make discoveries that have a real impact on lives and societies across the world. We are investing significantly in six Beacons of Excellence to champion world-leading responses to today’s global challenges to: feed the world; end slavery; transforms healthcare; revolutionise transport; produce sustainably; digitalise production.

The University is one of the UK’s most successful institutions in the fields of innovation entrepreneurship and commercialisation, and is a major industry partner both locally and globally, contributing more than £1bn each year to the national economy. We are also a large employer with over 9,000 staff across three countries.

Founded in 1948, with a history stretching back to 1881, we have over 120 years of heritage and success to be proud of, and to build on. Consistently ranked among the world’s top 100 universities (QS), our pioneering spirit has seen us lead the way in establishing campuses in Malaysia (2000) and China (2004), to form a globally connected network of education, research and industrial engagement. We recently won International Strategy of the Year at the 2017 Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards (THELMAs) for our approach to internationalisation, and we encourage student mobility with study abroad and exchange agreements with 250 universities in over 40 countries.

We have over 270,000 alumni in 190 countries, many of whom hold positions of influence all over the world and make significant contributions. We recently raised £242m through the Impact Campaign, our most ambitious fundraising campaign ever. This campaign transformed lives in breast cancer; children’s brain tumour and dementia research; and supported disadvantaged communities, funded scholarships for talented students and supported volunteering projects.

Continual investment in a world-class estate both in the UK and Asia, delivers award-winning campuses, building and facilities which are unrivalled in providing inspiring places and places for our staff and students to research, teach and study. To keep pace with our staff and student expectations, we’ve embarked on our biggest transformation project yet, our Digital Futures, which will transform the way in which we connect, communicate, engage and collaborate to create the digital university of the future.

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