I have been Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) at Nottingham Trent University for almost three years. I studied economics at the University of Nottingham during the glory years of Nottingham Forest and I am a Nottinghamshire resident.
As Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) of Nottingham Trent University, I am responsible for the internationalisation of all aspects of the University, from faculty to students, exchanges to international corporate programmes. I am also a Council member of UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) and a Board member of UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) and so have a broader role in promoting and enhancing the Higher Education sector.
I am pleased to be involved in a range of initiatives to make Nottingham more attractive as an educational destination for international students. Each year, Nottingham’s two university host approximately 12,000 international students from around the world, which brings an estimated £190m of direct spending into the city, ‘generating a further £130m of spending via local multiplier effects. When these students graduate and return home, they join a global network of potential ambassadors and boosters for their adopted city. By working closely with the universities, colleges, city council and employers’ groups like Derbyshire-Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce and Invest in Nottingham, we are innovating new ways of engaging with this international student population for the benefit of our students, our businesses and our local community.
Professional Association Memberships:
- Institute of Directors in New Zealand (MInstD)
- Fellow, New Zealand Institute of Management (FNZIM)
- Fellow, Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
- Fellow, Chartered Management Institute (FCMI)
- Member, Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM)
- Member, European Association for International Education (EAIE)
I agreed to be an Ambassador because I spend a lot of my time meeting with international colleagues, either overseas or in Nottingham, and believe passionately that the combined offer Nottingham presents is hugely attractive. By working with fellow Ambassadors and other key stakeholders I hope to be able to shine a light on the many fantastic opportunities available in Nottingham to students, businesses and visitors.
I would encourage overseas institutions to partner with Nottingham-based Higher Education providers because of the breadth of intellectual talent and creativity in the city, as well as a positive and cooperative attitude which pervades throughout.
Nottingham is not only home to two excellent Higher Education Institutions but because of its central location, less than two hours from most other towns and cities in the UK, is also easily accessible to colleagues at a host of other Institutions, making it a perfect location for any academic event.