Vice Chancellor to receive his knighthood at Buckingham Palace

04 Nov 2014 15:59:26.247

Professor Sir David Greenaway, the Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham, is to receive his knighthood at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 11 November.

The investiture ceremony follows the announcement of Sir David’s knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2014.

Sir David received the honour in recognition of his wide-ranging achievements in higher education and public service.

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The ceremony is due to be conducted by Her Majesty the Queen.

Sir David will be accompanied by his wife, Susan, sons, Stuart and Dan, and daughters-in-law, Caroline and Georgina.

He said: “This will be a special day and I am thrilled at the prospect of sharing the whole experience with my family. While my family and I are of course immensely proud of this award, it is also inspiring and humbling. I have spent most of my working life at The University of Nottingham and a constant has been the inspirational qualities of the many colleagues and students I meet and work with. 

 “It is an enormous privilege to lead the University and my day at Buckingham Palace is just as much an honour for Nottingham as it is for me.”

International reputation

Professor Sir David Greenaway is a renowned economist, researcher, teacher and academic leader with an international reputation.

He has led the University as Vice-Chancellor since 2008 and made a significant contribution on the national and international stage, both within the education sector and in broader public life.

He was appointed to the University as a Professor of Economics in 1987 and was subsequently a Dean, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, and founding Director of the Leverhulme Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy. He is a Member of the Government’s Asia Task Force and Higher Education Task Force, Chair of the CASE Europe Board of Trustees and a Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire.

As an academic, he continues to lecture on Current Economic Issues to first-year undergraduates in the School of Economics. He is the editor of a leading journal and continues to publish research widely in the fields of exporting and productivity, cross-border investment, international trade and economic development.

As the Vice-Chancellor, he leads an institution with more than 46,000 students worldwide, 8,000 staff and a turnover of £570m. The University is a trailblazer in global higher education, as the first foreign university in the world to establish a Sino-Foreign campus in China (2004) and the first British institution to open a fully operational overseas campus, The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, in 2000. Both Universities have gone from strength to strength since their establishment, and now have a combined total of more than 12,000 students. The University’s international footprint gives it a unique position in global higher education.

Professor Greenaway’s international profile — particularly in China — was confirmed when he was awarded Honorary Citizenship of Ningbo, a prosperous city of 8m people home of The University of Nottingham Ningbo China which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

Public service

Sir David’s public service has encompassed a wide range of roles.

As a Chairman and member of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body between 1998 and 2010, he played a key part in advising the Prime Minister and Cabinet on levels of pay, benefits and charges for members of the UK’s armed forces.

The position took him on fact-finding visits to many countries where service personnel were stationed, so he could see first-hand the conditions under which they work from day to day.

He recently completed the Shape of Training Review, a national independent review of the training and professional development of doctors in the four countries of the UK.

Sir David was also a member of the UK Senior Salaries Review Body (2004-10) and has served as a consultant to the World Bank, the European Commission, the United Nations, the Department for Transport and the UK Treasury.

Fundraising campaign

Professor Greenaway, 62, has played a personal role in the University’s biggest-ever fundraising campaign — cycling more than 4,500 miles over the last four years to raise more than £1.5m.

This summer he led the Life Cycle 4 team on a 1,400-mile ride across Great Britain to raise money for the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre.

This follows three other Life Cycle rides: in 2011, Sir David led a team of University colleagues over 1,030 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End, raising £232,000 for research on palliative and end of life care. The following year they took on a longer route — from Cape Wrath to Dover — to raise funds to help improve access to further and higher education for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, raising £258,000.

In 2013, he led the Life Cycle 3 team on a route of more than 1,100 miles covering the capital cities of the UK and Republic of Ireland, raising £270,000 for stroke rehabilitation research.

2014’s Life Cycle 4 — the biggest yet — has so far raised more than £725,000 to help fight the leading cause of cancer deaths in children.

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 43,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with campuses in China and Malaysia modelled on a headquarters that is among the most attractive in Britain’ (Times Good University Guide 2014). It is also the most popular university in the UK among graduate employers, in the top 10 for student experience according to the Times Higher Education and one of the world’s greenest universities. It is ranked in the world’s top 1% of universities by the QS World University Rankings.

Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, its biggest ever fundraising campaign, will deliver the University’s vision to change lives, tackle global issues and shape the future. More news…






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