The University of Nottingham has continued to excel in its core missions of research, teaching and supporting students this year. In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework, we improved position in each of the headline measures, with our Research Power ranked as 7th in the UK. This is a testament to the quality and determination of our researchers to make a fundamental difference to people’s lives and reflects the talent, imagination, and dedication of our community.
This year also saw the acquisition of the Castle Meadow Campus site, which will prove to be a significant investment in our staff and students, and an expression of confidence in the future of both the university and the city of Nottingham, enabling us to deliver on our ambitions to support jobs, investment and growth across the city and deliver greater opportunities for collaboration with local business, industry and SMEs.
The new Power Electronics and Machines Centre, officially opened this year, will drive advances in powerful, clean electrification technology and pave the way towards a new generation of low-carbon, sustainable electric vehicles, power and propulsion. The building lies at the heart of our plans to develop research and innovation clusters over the next five years which will generate significant regional economic benefit while addressing strategic challenges faced by the UK.
I am confident that the quality of our staff, the excellence of our research and the determination of our community demonstrated this year will ensure that we can meet the challenges and embrace the opportunities in our rapidly changing world.
Professor Shearer West CBE
President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham