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Nick Miles

Pro Vice Chancellor for Global Engagement, Faculty of Engineering



Nick Miles is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement with the responsibility for the University's Advancement portfolio in promoting philanthropy and alumni development. He is also responsible for the University's global engagement strategy and works closely with the Provosts of the international campuses in Malaysia and China, the Office of Global Engagement and all academic units to develop and sustain purposeful global partnerships that will enrich student experience and enhance research excellence.

Prior to this, Nick was the Provost of the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) between 2010 and 2015 and led the University through a period of substantive growth from 2,000 to 6,500 students and 300 to 800 staff achieving a turnover in excess of £50 million. During his time in China he was involved in establishing the Shanghai Nottingham Advanced Academy with East China University of Science & Technology in Shanghai (2012) and the Guangdong Nottingham Advanced Finance Institute with Guangdong University of Finance (2014); the former a high value research partnership, whilst the latter focuses on delivering executive education to the financial services sector. He was part of the UKTI's Global High Value Opportunity in Healthcare mission to Zhejiang Province (2013) and has been on outward missions with the Ningbo Government to build educational links between Hong Kong and mainland China (2011, 2013). He has advised Chinese, Australian, UK, Irish, US and Canadian universities/governments on establishing international campuses; the Ethiopian government on postgraduate capacity building across engineering and technology; and was a member of a review team for an international university in Uzbekistan (2015, 2017). He received the Camilla Award from the City of Ningbo (2013) in recognition of developing international education, the Zhejiang Province Friendship award (2014) and an OBE for services to UK/China educational interests in Her Majesty The Queen's 2013 Birthday Honours list.

Expertise Summary

Professor Miles is a mineral processing engineer with research experience in particle processing, waste minimisation and recycling, mineral processing and coal preparation. He has an extensive research portfolio (over 40 PhD supervisions) supported through UK Research Councils, European, UK government, Zhejiang Provincial Government, Ningbo Municipal Government and industry funding and a strong record of inter-disciplinary research with colleagues in the physical sciences, including Chemistry and Physics. He has been a member of assessment panels for EPSRC (chair and panel member), NERC, Defra, DTI, ECSC and EU; and has over 120 publications.

Professor Miles has extensive experience of knowledge exchange and was founding member of a technology transfer unit delivering business support to SMEs in the old coalfield region of the East Midlands (1996-2000); a member of the Environmental Technology Centre - a resource centre delivering technology transfer, environmental and business support to SMEs (2000-2009); the external board member on the Hanson Environmental Fund which dispersed around £3m annually for community based environmental projects (2002-2008) and has attracted over £6m from European Regional Development Fund, East Midlands Development Agency and industry. He is a director of Nottingham Technology Asia and has acted as a consultant to numerous companies in the minerals, coal and nuclear industries including BP, DeBeers, Rio Tinto and RWE Npower.

Research Summary

Professor Nick Miles current areas of research activity are in the vibration of fine particle mixtures (granular dynamics) and super-conducting magnetic separation in collaboration with physicists,… read more

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Current Research

Professor Nick Miles current areas of research activity are in the vibration of fine particle mixtures (granular dynamics) and super-conducting magnetic separation in collaboration with physicists, gravity separation of fine particles, application of swirling flows in slurry transportation, dry cleaning of coal and the development of low cost sensors. Increasingly he is exploring the application of the application of mineral processing technology to the recovery and recycling of materials.

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