New leadership at The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China

22 Dec 2009 14:43:00.000

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A new Provost and CEO takes over at The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China (UNCC) in April 2010.

Professor Nick Miles will lead the campus — an award-winning initiative in international higher education — into its next phase of development. He succeeds Professor Roger Woods, who is stepping down after three highly successful years working at and for UNNC. Professor Woods will be returning to The University of Nottingham UK where he will continue to contribute to the University’s internationalisation strategy.

During his time at the helm, Professor Woods has overseen an expansion of the student body, developments in research capacity, in postgraduate opportunities and in the physical infrastructure of the campus in Ningbo.

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Professor Woods said: “I am delighted that Professor Miles will be taking on this key role at UNNC. He has vast experience of Nottingham UK, and he has already had a chance to get to know UNNC. I know that under his leadership UNNC will continue to flourish and develop to its full potential.”


Professor Miles, formerly Dean of Engineering at UNNC and Head of the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Nottingham UK, has extensive experience of senior academic management.


He is a mineral processing engineer with more than 20 years’ international experience in teaching, research and consultancy. He has extensive knowledge of, and research experience in fine particle processing, waste minimisation and recycling, bulk material transportation processes and coal preparation. Professor Miles has a research philosophy with collaboration at its core — working in interdisciplinary teams exploring fundamental scientific issues through to the exploitation and commercialisation of research.


As Provost and CEO, he will work with a senior management team comprising four Deans of Faculty, to lead UNNC during its next phase of development.


Professor Miles said: “This is an incredibly exciting opportunity and I am looking forward to leading the next phase of expansion in both our teaching and research activities.”


The University has a dynamic internationalisation strategy and has taken a pioneering role in China, as the first overseas academic institution granted permission to set up inside the People's Republic.


Since opening in 2005, The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China, has grown to more than 4,000 students and has received numerous awards and accolades, including The Queen's Award for Enterprise in the category of International Trade. The institution was also declared Outward Investor of the Year by the foremost China-Britain trade association, the 48 Group Club.


UNNC was also shortlisted this year in the British Business Awards, which are organised by the British Chamber of Commerce in China and are supported by UK Trade & Investment, the Confederation of British Industry, the British Embassy in Beijing and the British Council.


Professor Chris Ennew, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation at The University of Nottingham, said: “On behalf of the University I’d like to offer a heartfelt thank you to Roger Woods, whose expertise and experience have been very important to the development of UNNC over the last three years. We are very lucky to have an academic of the calibre of Nick Miles to step into his shoes and lead the next phase of expansion.”


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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 the Times Higher Education-QS 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 ( 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.


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