"Following a tumultuous year both on and off-campus, all of us at the University of Nottingham are looking forward to a new academic year with far fewer restrictions on our teaching, research and support for students. I am incredibly proud and grateful to colleagues across the institution who have worked so hard to make this possible and to prepare for our return to a thriving life on campus again.
"I hope this latest edition of Connect also finds you, our Nottingham alumni, enjoying greater freedoms. Indeed, our focus in this edition is ‘thriving in a post-pandemic world’ where you can read accounts of how our teaching, research and alumni themselves are helping communities across the globe.
"With the world’s focus turning to the UN Climate Change Conference hosted in the UK this autumn, we feature our ground-breaking research into net zero aviation, part of the extensive contribution that Nottingham makes to tackling climate change and improving global sustainability. On the same theme, you can also enjoy an impressive bespoke piece of artwork by alumnus Tom Rook that gives expression to the university’s sustainability initiatives.
"While the risks of Covid-19 have not disappeared, we are beginning to navigate to a world beyond the pandemic with the same optimism, curiosity of spirit and intellectual rigour that remains the hallmark of a Nottingham education. I do hope you enjoy this edition and send you all my best wishes for your continued good health and happiness."
Written from the Vice-Chancellor's Office in late September 2021.