The University of Nottingham has appointed a new Director to develop its global communications and marketing strategy.
Emma Leech, who will join the University on September 1st, will build the University’s brand and provide strategic leadership on the development of its reputation and image, nationally and internationally.
Ms Leech was formerly the Director of Marketing, Communications and Development at Manchester Metropolitan University. During five years in this role she developed and implemented a new corporate identity, oversaw the creation of multi-award winning web and new media projects, established a reputation management strategy and developed an alumni and development office from scratch.
She has more than 20 years of experience in the sector, including senior roles in marketing and communications at the University of Salford, the University of Bradford and Leeds Metropolitan University. Ms Leech gained an MBA from Bradford University School of Management in 2003.
As Director of Communications & Marketing at The University of Nottingham, she will lead a 25-strong multidisciplinary team based at the University’s King’s Meadow Campus, reporting to the Registrar. The role encompasses internal and external communications, marketing, media relations, web provision, brand management, public relations and corporate communications.
Ms Leech said: “The University of Nottingham is an outstanding institution with an exceptionally strong international profile. I am looking forward to working with colleagues to strengthen further that reputation and to ensure that Nottingham is recognised as a global leader.”
The appointment follows a merger of Communications and Marketing at The University of Nottingham in February 2009.
Dr Paul Greatrix, Registrar of The University of Nottingham, said: “I am delighted that Emma will be joining the University to lead our first class Communications and Marketing team. This is a key role for us and with the substantial experience and professional expertise which Emma brings I am confident that we will make significant progress in developing and implementing our global communications and marketing strategy.”
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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.
More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.
The University 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.
Nottingham was designated as a Science City in 2005 in recognition of its rich scientific heritage, industrial base and role as a leading research centre. Nottingham has since embarked on a wide range of business, property, knowledge transfer and educational initiatives (www.science-city.co.uk) in order to build on its growing reputation as an international centre of scientific excellence. The University of Nottingham is a partner in Nottingham: the Science City.