The University of Nottingham is to pay tribute to its distinguished former Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Colin Campbell, with a landmark new building named in his honour.
Sir Colin"™s contribution to the global success of the University over the last two decades will be marked with the official naming of what is currently known as the Gateway Building, on the Jubilee Campus later this autumn.
Sir Colin, who was the longest-serving Vice-Chancellor in British higher education when he retired in September 2008, will also receive an honorary doctorate from the University at this winter"™s degree ceremonies.
As Vice-Chancellor from 1988 to 2008, Sir Colin's leadership saw the University break new ground with the opening of overseas campuses in both Malaysia and China â€“ Nottingham becoming the first foreign higher education institution in the world to establish a university inside The People's Republic. The Times recently described The University of Nottingham as Britain's â€˜only truly global university'.
Sir Colin"™s drive and vision were instrumental in making the University a top five choice for undergraduate applicants, and in its elevation into the ranks of the global higher education elite. Under his leadership the University also played a significant role in supporting key Nottingham regeneration initiatives including the creation of the Jubilee campus, the redevelopment of the City"™s Lace Market area, Britain in Bloom and Nottingham Science City.
Sir Colin was knighted in 1994 and was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire in 1996. He has held a number of significant public and private sector roles including as Her Majesty's First Commissioner for Judicial Appointments from 2001-2006, Chairman of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority from 1990-1994 and Chairman of the Food Advisory Committee from 1994-2001.
Professor David Greenaway, who succeeded Sir Colin as Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham on October 1, said: "œI am delighted that Sir Colin has accepted our wish to grant him an honorary degree.
"œHis influence on the University, the city and the region cannot be overestimated. I am also delighted we will be re-naming The Gateway Building in his honour. It will represent and reflect the innovation and drive he brought to Nottingham, which helped to make the University the global success it now is."
The Gateway Building is part of Jubilee Phase Two "” an ambitious programme of growth on a regenerated brownfield site adjacent to the award-winning Jubilee Campus. Opened in the summer of 2008, the building is a spectacular architectural statement of the institution"™s success as one of the world"™s Top 100 universities and of its aspirations for the future.
By incorporating a bridge into its design, the building forges a physical link between the two parts of Jubilee campus "” academic schools on the western side connected to the business and enterprise zones on the eastern side. It is home to the University of Nottingham Institute of Enterprise and Innovation, the University"™s Technology Transfer Division and offers space to new University spin-out companies aiming to transfer innovative technologies and processes to the marketplace.
Sir Colin said: "œI am honoured that the University has chosen to name this iconic building after me. The building represents "” both in its architecture and the staff housed there "” the innovative and forward-looking nature of the University. I am also delighted to be offered an honorary degree from Nottingham, and look forward to joining a very special community of alumni."
Sir Colin will receive an honorary doctorate at the University"™s winter graduation ceremonies, due to be held at University Park on December 11th 2008.
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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THE) World University Rankings.
It provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's "only truly global university", it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation School of Pharmacy), and was named "˜Entrepreneurial University of the Year"™ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.
Its students are much in demand from 'blue-chip' employers. Winners of Students in Free Enterprise for four years in succession, and current holder of UK Graduate of the Year, they are accomplished artists, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, innovators and fundraisers. Nottingham graduates consistently excel in business, the media, the arts and sport. Undergraduate and postgraduate degree completion rates are amongst the highest in the United Kingdom.