Shearer West CBE and Professor Peter Høj AC - Nov 2022

Universities of Nottingham and Adelaide celebrate major funding boost as part of new alliance

Tuesday, 06 December 2022

The University of Nottingham and the University of Adelaide have formally launched the Adelaide-Nottingham Alliance and are celebrating significant funding awards as part of their ongoing partnership.

The Adelaide-Nottingham Alliance is an opportunity to develop broader and deeper collaboration in strategic areas of focus and capability at both institutions.

Together, the two universities will advance research, education, and governance in three core areas: global food systems, intelligent health, and a sustainable future.

Professor Shearer West
The University of Adelaide has long been an important partner to the University of Nottingham, and in recent years our partnership has grown significantly to become a strategic partnership that will provide new opportunities for our staff and students to engage in joint teaching, learning, and research initiatives.
Professor Shearer West CBE, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Nottingham

Professor West continued: “It was a pleasure to host Professor Peter Høj AC, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Adelaide and colleagues from Adelaide recently. Together we become more than the sum our parts, delivering world changing impact through our research and education, and I look forward to seeing our collaboration grow further and to visiting Adelaide in 2023 to launch a number of key partnership initiatives."

Building on years of collaboration in many areas, the two universities launched a collaborative PhD programme that has comprised more than 30 students since 2016 and has seen the graduation of eight doctors so far.

I want to express my thanks to University of Nottingham’s Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Shearer West CBE and her team, for hosting our delegation and formalising the Adelaide-Nottingham Alliance. With the signing of the Engagement Plan, we can together make a significant local and global impact.
Professor Peter Høj AC, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Adelaide

The two partners have collaborated on multiple funding awards including a £2.8m BBSRC Responsive Mode Link grant led by the University of Nottingham and the recently announced AU$90 million University of Adelaide-led Centre for Excellence in Plants for Space in which Nottingham researchers will play a key role.

Through the Alliance, Adelaide and Nottingham will expand collaboration on:

Global Food Systems: A multi-disciplinary approach will be pursued to develop global food systems to support a growing world population with healthy food in a constantly changing environment. This incorporates current engagement via the Global Agrifood Hub and support by the collaborative PhD programme

Intelligent Health: New tools, innovative technologies and approaches to health and health systems will be developed.

Sustainable Futures: Experts will work together on securing a sustainable environment for the future by addressing key issues around climate change, renewable energy and resources and sustainable cities.

The Adelaide-Nottingham Alliance Engagement Plan was formally signed into action by both universities’ Vice-Chancellors at the University of Nottingham on 18 November.

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Ranked 32 in Europe and 16th in the UK by the QS World University Rankings: Europe 2024, the University of Nottingham is a founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities. Studying at the University of Nottingham is a life-changing experience, and we pride ourselves on unlocking the potential of our students. We have a pioneering spirit, expressed in the vision of our founder Sir Jesse Boot, which has seen us lead the way in establishing campuses in China and Malaysia - part of a globally connected network of education, research and industrial engagement.

Nottingham was crowned Sports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024 – the third time it has been given the honour since 2018 – and by the Daily Mail University Guide 2024.

The university is among the best universities in the UK for the strength of our research, positioned seventh for research power in the UK according to REF 2021. The birthplace of discoveries such as MRI and ibuprofen, our innovations transform lives and tackle global problems such as sustainable food supplies, ending modern slavery, developing greener transport, and reducing reliance on fossil fuels.

The university is a major employer and industry partner - locally and globally - and our graduates are the second most targeted by the UK's top employers, according to The Graduate Market in 2022 report by High Fliers Research.

We lead the Universities for Nottingham initiative, in partnership with Nottingham Trent University, a pioneering collaboration between the city’s two world-class institutions to improve levels of prosperity, opportunity, sustainability, health and wellbeing for residents in the city and region we are proud to call home.

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