New chapter at The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China

01 Feb 2009 23:00:00.000


A new chapter has opened at The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China, with the appointment of a new Provost and CEO to lead the campus into its next phase of development.


Professor Peter Buttery’s highly successful term as Provost and Chief Executive Officer came to an end on February 1, 2009, after two years which have seen rapid growth and development at The University of Nottingham Ningbo.


He is succeeded by Professor Roger Woods, who has extensive experience of both senior academic management and of working in China.

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Professor Buttery took over management of The University of Nottingham Ningbo in January 2007 and has overseen significant successes including the growth in student numbers to more than 3,600 from over 25 countries. He has led the campus during a major expansion of research activity, with the opening of the Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies, the Centre for Global Finance, the Research Centre in International Finance, the Centre for Applied Linguistics and the China branch of the Leverhulme Globalisation and Economic Policy Centre.


Professor Buttery is Professor of Applied Biochemistry and a former Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Science at The University of Nottingham. On his return to Nottingham he will continue to contribute to the development of the University’s internationalisation strategy.


Professor Buttery said: “Being able to lead this campus during a crucial stage in its development has been a hugely rewarding opportunity – I’m very proud of what has been achieved here, and grateful for all the hard work of my colleagues over the last two years. Seeing our students graduate and being very successful in obtaining employment or further study has made us all very proud.”


Professor Woods assumed the title of Provost and CEO of The University of Nottingham Ningbo on February 1. He has been CEO-elect since January 2007, and has spent a over a year in Ningbo, as Vice-President, to prepare for the planned hand-over of senior management responsibility in February 2009, at the conclusion of Professor Buttery’s two-year term.


Professor Woods is a former Head of The School of Modern Languages, and is Professor of German in an internationally renowned School. He has been Chair of the University Council of Modern Languages, and he has undertaken a review of research in modern languages on behalf of the Arts and Humanities Research Council. He also led a successful bid to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) which resulted in the Routes into Languages programme, a scheme to stimulate interest in foreign languages in England.


Professor Woods said: “The concept behind the University – matching Nottingham’s expertise in teaching and research to China’s needs – has turned out to be exactly right. I’m very much looking forward to the challenge of leading The University of Nottingham Ningbo into its next phase of development, and of working with the team there to ensure the campus goes from strength to strength in the years to come.”


As Provost and CEO, Professor Woods will lead The University of Nottingham Ningbo into its next exciting phase of development, which will see an expansion in student numbers and facilities, a growth in postgraduate opportunities and further developments in research activity.


Professor Christine Ennew, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation, said: “The University owes a great debt of gratitude to Peter Buttery for the way in which he has led major developments at the University of Nottingham Ningbo, China. We could not have asked for a better replacement than Roger Woods whose experience and expertise mean that he is ideally placed to lead the next phase of expansion.”


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 3,600 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.


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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.

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