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University of Bristol

W100 Representative

Ellie Cook
International PR & Events Manager | Communications & Marketing


University of Bristol is ranked within the top 10 universities in the UK and 62nd in the world (QS World University Rankings 2022); it is also ranked among the top five institutions in the UK for its research, according to analysis of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014*; and is the 3rd most targeted university by top UK employers.

The University was founded in 1876 and was granted its Royal Charter in 1909.  It was the first university in England to admit women on the same basis as men.

University of Bristol is a major force in the economic, social and cultural life of Bristol and the region, but is also a significant player on the world stage. It has over 20,000 undergraduates and over 7,000 postgraduate students from more than 150 countries, and its research links span the globe.

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An international community

The University of Bristol support and encourage international partnerships with academics from around the globe, encompassing all disciplines and striving to drive forward cutting-edge, excellent research through our collaborations.

It is this collaboration that the university believes turns world-leading research into world-changing results. They therefore work hand-in-hand with their partners around the globe: improving health, alleviating poverty, preparing for natural hazards, uncovering the impacts of wars and migration, driving technological innovation, and much, much more.

The university’s International Research Partnerships team works to support and develop these international partnerships by providing opportunities for world-leading researchers to visit and work with their own accomplished academics, bringing together great minds and visionary ideas.

As of January 2020, over 450 Benjamin Meaker Distinguished Visiting Professors (BMDVPs) had visited the University of Bristol. Representing 49 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania and South America these eminent researchers partnered with University of Bristol hosts to explore a wide variety of topics.

The University of Bristol has 40 world-leading partner universities. Students from our partner universities across the globe are able to transfer their study to Bristol.

Mission

  • Our mission is to make a positive impact locally, nationally and globally by addressing society’s greatest challenges through our distinctive education, innovative research and the value we place on excellence, inclusivity and partnership

A top 10 UK university

£176.4M

won in research income from competitively won grants

8%

Growth in student numbers in 2020/2021

The University of Bristol is at the cutting edge of global research. They have made innovations in areas ranging from cot death prevention to nanotechnology.

The University’s reputation for innovation dates back to its founding in 1876. Their research tackles some of the world’s most pressing and important issues in areas as diverse as infection and immunity, human rights, climate change, and cryptography, and information security.

The University currently has 40 Fellows of the Royal Society and 13 of the British Academy.

According to the Research Excellence Framework, 36% of the University’s research received the top 4* rating, defined by HEFCE as ‘world leading’. This is six percent above the sector average and twice the level the University achieved in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008, placing Bristol 10th in the Russell Group.


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Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow Caledonian University

W100 Representative

Claire Hulsen
Director of Strategy and Planning


Claire Hulsen is the Director of Strategy and Planning at Glasgow Caledonian University, leading an integrated service covering planning, business intelligence and data analytics, student and graduate surveys, portfolio development and market insight functions for the University. In addition, she leads on key policy and accountability matters with the Scottish Funding Council and has contributed to national policy developments including in the area of health education planning and the OfS NSS Review.

With 20 years experience working in higher education, Claire has expertise in strategy development, implementation and monitoring, and has a clear focus on institutional profile, positioning and impact. Her team has had responsibility for submissions to the THE Impact Rankings since its establishment, resulting in an outstanding performance for the University in the UK and global context.

Claire was previously Executive Adviser to the Vice-Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University. Prior to joining GCU, she worked at Universities Scotland, the Scottish arm of Universities UK, and the National University of Ireland (UCD).

Glasgow Caledonian University is a distinctive, inclusive, and forward-looking university that is committed to its social mission to promote the common good. It has become an international centre of excellence in higher education, promoting employability and global citizenship in its graduates. The university won awards for its support and commitment to the student experience, whilst delivering innovation through its world-class research in key areas of strength. Glasgow Caledonian University has a tradition of widening access to higher education for talented individuals regardless of their backgrounds and leverage their intellectual and social capital for the benefit of the communities they serve in Scotland and internationally.

Glasgow Caledonian University has become one of the largest universities in Scotland with nearly 17,000 students. The campus is self–contained and situated right in the heart of the lively city of Glasgow. The University is made up of three academic schools – School of Health and Life Sciences, Glasgow School for Business and Society, and School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment.

Glasgow Caledonian University has a well-established reputation for providing high-quality teaching, learning, and research which dates back throughout its founding institutions to 1875.

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Globally networked

Glasgow Caledonian’s excellent international reputation stems not only from its award-winning support for international students at the university but also from its work with its many partners around the world. The International Partnerships Office coordinates and facilitates the University’s work with international partners.

With campuses in Glasgow and London and New York, and partners in Oman, Bangladesh, and Africa, GCU is extending its global impact and engaging in new ways with learners and communities.

Mission and Vision

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is the University for the Common Good. Its mission as the University for the Common Good draws on its rich history and founding purpose for the Common Weal as incorporated in our Coat of Arms.

GCU’s ambitious Vision is that, by 2030, Glasgow Caledonian University will be recognized as a world-leading University for social innovation. The Sustainable Development Goals, a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity, provide the guiding framework for delivery of our Strategy 2030.

Innovating for social
and economic impact

£1B

worth of economic and social benefit generated for the UK economy every year

Top10

the UK for world-leading social work and social policy impact (REF 2014)

Glasgow Caledonian University’s world-leading and internationally excellent research address societal challenges to help people to build inclusive societies and lead healthy lives in sustainable environments.

Glasgow Caledonian University was the first university to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the framework for its research strategy. Research at GCU addresses the Goals via proposed three societal challenges (i) Inclusive Societies (ii) Healthy Lives (iii) Sustainable Environments- each underpinned by the University-approved research centres and a set of less-formal and fluid research groups.

To address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), GCU has approved a number of thematic inter-disciplinary research centres, underpinned by an inter-sectoral approach to addressing these challenges locally and internationally.


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University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

W100 Representative


University of Aberdeen

Since 1495, the University of Aberdeen has been open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others. We still have that purpose; it defines our actions and underpins our ethos. We have been at the forefront of teaching, learning, and discovery for over 500 years, sending out pioneers and ideas across the world. Established with international connections to serve the northeast of Scotland, our university is a global presence in higher education. We continue to pursue our foundational purpose through excellence in our core activities of education and research, which transform the world around us.

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A Scottish university with
international connections

The University of Aberdeen was founded with international connections and we remain open to people and ideas from around the world. We continue to extend our networks and partnerships globally and we’re proud to be part of the Aurora network of Universities, tackling societal challenges facing the world today. We are the first UK University to operate a dedicated campus in Qatar thanks to our unique partnership with AFG College.

We consistently rank highly for global outlook and the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2021 listed us in the top 60 universities in the world in terms of positive impact on society. These rankings recognise universities for their social and economic impact under the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and we feature in the global top 50 for 6 out of 17 goals.

Mission and vision

  • Inspiring career success for all through collaboration, innovation and professionalism
  • Exploring individuals’ career potential and enabling them to make informed career choices through flexible, approachable and effective careers education, information and guidance
  • Developing skills and attributes, confidence and experience through innovative co-curricular, work-related and educational activities
  • Connecting students, graduates and colleagues to regionally, nationally and globally  relevant organisations

Ranked in the top 20 of universities in the UK, and the top 180 in the World

10,000

journal articles from researchers in the past 5 years

35%+

growth in research grants in the four years

Throughout the centuries, our researchers have generated new insights in medicine, science and engineering, law, social sciences and arts and humanities. Their work has earned many honours and awards and has contributed to five Nobel prizes and over three-quarters of our research was classified ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the 2014 REF.

The University of Aberdeen is a world-leading research institution renowned for innovation, collaboration and international reach. We continue to provide ground-breaking research with real impact on society in our five key interdisciplinary areas:

  • Energy Transition
  • Social Inclusion and Cultural Diversity
  • Environment and Biodiversity
  • Data and Artificial Intelligence
  • Health, Nutrition and Wellbeing

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University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Karen-Innis University of Leeds

W100 Representative

Karen Innis
Director of Marketing Services


Karen is responsible for marketing strategy and planning at the University of Leeds. She leads and manages the marketing team (c80 members) with responsibility for student recruitment marketing and marketing of research and innovation. Within student recruitment this includes a key role in pricing and portfolio development.

Karen is a marketing professional with over 30 years experience, with 20+ years in higher education and 15 years at a senior level.

She is the website development lead at Leeds, as well as the lead on the marketing elements of the development of an institution-wide CRM. Karen is also responsible for the market analysis and insight team which undertakes a broad range of projects across the total student journey and including understanding buyer behaviour, research for new course development and refinement of the portfolio, evaluation of marketing campaigns, events and activities.

University of Leeds

The University of Leeds (UoL), established in 1904, is one of the largest higher education institutions in the UK, and are renowned globally for the quality of their teaching and research.

The University’s origins go back to the nineteenth century with the founding of the Leeds School of Medicine in 1831 and then the Yorkshire College of Science in 1874. After Manchester and Liverpool had taken the decision to establish universities, Leeds also took the leap and in 1904, King Edward VII granted the University its own Charter as an independent institution.

The University strives to achieve academic excellence within an ethical framework informed by their values of integrity, equality and inclusion, community and professionalism.

The strength of our academic expertise combined with the breadth of disciplines we cover, provides a wealth of opportunities and has real impact on the world in cultural, economic and societal ways.

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Investing in knowledge and opportunity

Leeds has 70 partnerships with universities around the world, including many top-ranking institutions. Connections with countries including Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Israel Netherlands, Sweden and the US result in its high level of research quality and allows for students to study abroad in partnered universities through placement years.

Leeds is also in connection with WUN, the Worldwide Universities Network, which compromises 21 research-intensive institutions spanning five continents.

The University of Leeds have launched a joint with Southwest Jiatong University (SWJTU) to deliver world-class teaching and research. The SWJTU-Leeds Joint School, based in Chengdu, China, offers a unique UK-Chinese engineering curriculum and is the first overseas school to be set up by the University of Leeds.

Values and Responsibility

  • Making a difference to society
  • Building relationships
  • Equality and inclusion
  • Engaging with the community
  • Sustainability
  • Climate action
  • Research integrity

Pushing the frontiers of knowledge and discovery

3,500

Student volunteers

£100m

Invested in the last five years to recruit future academic leaders

The University of Leeds are a top 10 university for research power in the UK according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

A member of The Russell Group, a research-intensive collective of 24 leading UK universities committed to research excellence.

Leeds were ranked the UK top university for the environmental impact of our research according to Times Higher Education.

Our community of researchers brings together excellence and innovation, pushing the frontiers of knowledge and discovery to shape a better future.

This involves creating, nurturing and promoting an environment in which people work together across disciplines and with partners to solve complex problems.

The result is truly transformational fundamental and challenge-led research that advances knowledge and creates solutions to local, national and global challenges.


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Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast

W100 Representative

Peter McConkey
Strategic Marketing Manager


Peter is Strategic Marketing Manager at Queen’s University Belfast. He is responsible for Strategic Planning, Market Insight, Advertising and Marketing Campaigns to position Queen’s as a global leader in education and research, delivering a world class experience for our students and continuing to drive the future economic growth of Northern Ireland with impact on global society.

Queen's University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast is the UK’s ninth oldest university, originally founded as Queen’s College in 1845, but with roots tracing as far back as 1810. With more than 170 years of heritage, Queen’s combines an international reputation for academic excellence with a life-changing student experience and a culture of innovation.

The University is renowned for its world-class achievements in cancer research, environmental research, paleoecology, law, green chemistry and cyber security.

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A global and inclusive
university community

Queen’s University Belfast enjoys partnerships with a wide range of international institutions and organisations and host a large international community of researchers and students. Throughout the University, their leading research academics are collaborating across disciplines and with outsides agencies and institutions on projects of world significance.

Over the past 10 years, Queen’s University has invested over $10m in China-related research in areas such as sustainable energy, information technology, food security and cancer research.

The University is in collaboration with Dubai Healthcare City, with the aim to develop the Mohammed bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, and recently established a major new partnership in China with the China Medical College – Queen’s University Joint College (CQC). This joint venture will deliver cutting-edge education in Pharmaceutical Sciences, based in Shenyang.

Mission, Vision and Values

  • To equip leaders to transform local and global business and society through education and research
  • To be an internationally engaged, recognised, and accredited management school that interacts with and influences business and society
  • Integrity - leaders who hold themselves and others to account, and are mindful of their ethical, social and environmental responsibilities.
  • Connected - leaders who play an active role in global society whilst embracing the unique history and culture of the region.
  • Ambition - leaders who pursue personal development, face challenges and seek opportunities as a means to develop robust and dynamic business and society.
  • Respect - leaders who act with humility, recognise personal contribution, and have the ability to inspire others as a means to create positive change in society.
  • Excellence - leaders who will be known for the pursuit of excellence and will draw on the region’s rich industrial and entrepreneurial heritage to pursue cutting-edge solutions to business and societal problems.

Ranked 8th in the UK for Research Intensity

2,000

Active researchers

£101.6m

value of new research grants and contracts

Besides being a member of the prestigious Russell Group, a collaboration of the UK’s 24 leading research-intensive universities, the University has received many awards and rankings for its research excellence.

According to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Queen’s produces internationally leading research, receiving joint 8th place in the UK for its research intensity. Over 75% of research activity at Queen’s, particularly within the fields of food security, education, pharmacy, health, modern languages, astrophysics, engineering, cybersecurity, English, and history, was judged to be internationally-excellent or world-leading.

14 of the individual areas of research assessed were ranked in the top 20 within the UK, with six of these in the top ten, and two in the top five.


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University of Exeter

University of Exeter

jane chafer - University of Exeter

W100 Representative

Jane Chafer
Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs


Jane has had a marketing and communications career that has taken her from mining, through chocolate to telecoms and now higher education. Starting her career in 1985 with a marketing sponsorship for ECC Limited, based in St Austell, and completed a BSc in Business Studies at Bradford University, with a six-month spell in Milan. This was followed by a move to Mars confectionery and subsequently BT, where she held various senior marketing and communication roles with responsibility for integrated customer-facing campaigns.

Jane joined the world of higher education in 2004, firstly as Director of Marketing at the University of Sheffield before the lure of the South West proved irresistible and in 2009 Jane joined Plymouth University as Director of Marketing and Communications.

In February 2014 Jane joined the Executive team at the University of Exeter as its inaugural Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs. Leading a team of over 90 staff focusing on communications, marketing, digital, and stakeholder engagement she has initiated a number of projects to put Exeter firmly on the map as a world-class university.

University of Exeter

The University of Exeter (UOE) is a public research university founded in 1955, with institutional roots stemming back to 1851 where schools for Art and Science were established as part of a radical vision for the city. With over 4,600 staff members, four campuses between Exeter and Cornwall, and international links with hundreds of institutes around the world, the university is at the forefront of global collaboration.

Exeter’s strong, driving vision is to be a global 100 research leader and create graduates of distinction within a community of the most talented and creative minds.

Exeter have been a member of the World 100 Reputation Network since 2017.

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Graduates who are global citizens

The University of Exeter has connections to hundreds of institutional bodies globally and works to engage with partners overseas in order to widen academic talents and extend their research portfolio. Exeter participates in student exchanges and double degrees in connection with universities in France, Germany and China.

It is a member of The Russell Group, a research-intensive collective of 24 leading UK universities, including Cambridge and Oxford, committed to maintaining the very best research.

Values

  • Ambition
  • Challenge
  • Collaboration
  • Community
  • Impact
  • Rigour

Challenging opposition and driven by ambition

98%

Of research was rated as of international quality

£3.8m

awarded for Research following REF2014

98% of University of Exeter’s research has been rated as being international quality in REF (Research Excellence Framework) in 2014.

The University has three times been awarded a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize. The most recent award was made to a team of scientists who have transformed the lives of hundreds of diabetes sufferers. This is the second Queen’s prize won by a member of staff at the Peninsula Medical School. The Dean, Professor John Tooke, won a Queen’s Prize in 1996 also for work on diabetes. It is the third Prize won by the University.


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University of Dundee

University of Dundee

Rebecca Trengove 2021 University of Dundee

W100 Representative

Rebecca Trengove
Director of External Relations


Rebecca leads External Relations to support and enhance the University’s reputation by managing a range of activities in order to attract students, staff and funding to the University. These activities include Student Recruitment and Admissions, Marketing, Communications, Public affairs, Web and Creative Services, Alumni relations and fundraising.

The University of Dundee is an international institution with distinctly Scottish roots, home to over 16,000 students and 3500 staff, drawn from over 140 countries around the world.

Dundee has considerable strengths in teaching, research and innovation, a `triple-intensive’ university.

They are among the best in the world at ensuring their research has real impact in society, including on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. They rank top in the UK and 5th in the world for climate action, measuring universities’ research on climate change, their use of energy and their preparations for dealing with the consequences of climate change (Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2021)

Dundee’s economic impact has been measured as contributing around £750 million every year to the Scottish economy. The university ranked 6th in UK and 1st in Scotland for the total value of spinout companies over the last two decades (GovGrant University Spinout Report 2021)

They are a founding partner of V&A Dundee and are actively engaged in the plans to establish a new Eden Project in the city.

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Bring the world to Dundee.
Take Dundee to the world.

The University of Dundee has over 200 active agreements with international partners from over 15 countries globally. These encompass a wide range of activity from international student exchange, Joint PhDs to articulation agreements and dual degree arrangements. Among these is a smaller number of Strategic Partners where the university has built relationships which cover a range of activities in different academic disciplines or are complex in nature.

The University’s partnerships can be summaries as: working with existing partners to deepen and develop partnership arrangement into Strategic Partnerships leading to increased benefits for both partners, particularly focusing on partnerships within China, MENA, Malaysia, Singapore and North America.

Mission and vision

  • To transform lives, working locally and globally, through the creation, sharing, and application of knowledge
  • To be recognised as Scotland’s leading university
  • Valuing People: Treat everyone with equal respect, valuing their contribution to the University
  • Working Together: One Dundee: seek what is best for the wider University community as well as your team
  • Integrity: Behave ethically and professionally, with the best interests of the University at heart
  • Making a Difference: Remember that the university's common purpose is to transform lives locally and globally
  • Excellence: Aim to be leading in what you do as Dundee strive's to be Scotland’s leading University

Research with impact

76%

Of the university's research is achieving 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' standards

30%

Of the University's total income comes from research

The University’s core purpose is ‘to transform lives locally and globally’. They focus their collective energy across four interdisciplinary challenge-led themes, which enables thier research to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals and make a positive contribution to tackle challenges ranging from health, climate change, food security to poverty and social justice.

The University of Dundee received several Athena SWAN Bronze Departmental Awards for Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing, Life Sciences and the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHiD) facilities.

In 2015 the University of Dundee’s work in advancing gender equality across the institution was recognised with two more Athena SWAN Brozne Awards for its work in Engineering, Physics and Mathematics and in Computing. These awards recognise commitment and success in developing practices to support the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in academia.


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Newcastle University

Newcastle University

Louella-Houldcroft Newcastle University

W100 Representative

Louella Houldcroft
Acting Director of Corporate Communications


Newcastle University

Newcastle University is a public research university in the North-East of England. The university aims to be a world-class civic university with a global reputation for academic excellence.

Newcastle University’s origins can be traced back to two colleges; the School of Medicine and Surgery, established in 1834, and Armstrong College, founded in 1871. After time spent as part of several different establishments, such as a faction of the federal University of Durham, Kings College, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, the university finally became known as Newcastle University in 2006.

Newcastle University has been a member of the World 100 Reputation Network since 2016.

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From Newcastle.
For the world.

Newcastle University has a high focus on international partnerships, creating strategic research relationships with Australia’s Monash University and the Netherlands Groningen University. They also have connections globally; India, America, Malaysia, China, Japan and Brazil.

All our partnerships help us to further joint research, provide a way of developing our students and high-quality staff and give us an international profile in key parts of the world.

Professor Richard Davies, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global)

Strategy and Values

Advancing knowledge, providing creative solutions
and solving global problems

84%

Student satisfaction rating

£108.7m

Income from research grants and contracts

Newcastle has a world-class reputation for research excellence. As a member of the Russell Group, the association of leading research-intensive UK universities, they strive for excellence with impact; with their Neuroscience, English Language and Literature and Computer Science research being rated as amongst the leading departments in the UK.

Newcastle University has one of the largest European Union research portfolios within the UK, and the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 puts Newcastle at no. 16 in the UK for research power.


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University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Jo-Kite University of Birmingham

W100 Representative

Jo Kite
Director of Communications and Marketing


Jo leads a department within the University which includes communications, stakeholder relations, public affairs, brand reputation and events.

Jo has over sixteen years’ experience working in a range of marketing and communications roles in the public and private sector working for organizations in the UK and internationally. She has spent the last five years working in higher education.

University of Birmingham have been a member of the World 100 Reputation Network since 2016

University of Birmingham

Birmingham has been challenging and developing great minds for more than a century. Characterised by a tradition of innovation, research at the University has broken new ground, pushed forward the boundaries of knowledge, and made an impact on people’s lives. We continue this tradition today and have ambitions for a future that will embed our work and recognition of the Birmingham name on the international stage.

The University grew out of the radical vision of our first Chancellor, Joseph Chamberlain. Founded in 1900, Birmingham represented a new model for higher education. This was England’s first civic university, where students from all religions and backgrounds were accepted on an equal basis.

Birmingham has continued to be a university unafraid to do things a little differently and in response to the challenges of the day. It was a founder member of the National Union of Students.

The University of Birmingham was established by Queen Victoria by Royal Charter in 1900 and was the UK’s first civic or ‘redbrick’ university.

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A global top 100 university

University of Birmingham bring together the people and resources to tackle the major challenges of our time. The university have a global network of partnerships. 

Although our partnerships are wide-ranging and span all continents, we have identified China, India, Brazil and North America as key strategic regions in which we wish to develop more focused engagement.

The university have also established networks which promote excellence in global engagement via centres such as the China Institute and Africa Hub.

We draw on and give back to the region through our research, our education and our global reach and reputation.

Mission and vision

  • Excellence: We have the highest standards, knowing we can always be better
  • Leadership: We shape our own future and support others’ success
  • Pioneering spirit: We are the first to do things and we take calculated risks
  • Purposefulness: We know our strengths, focus on our goals and persist in adversity
  • Pragmatism: We are well-grounded and practical, tackling and solving problems

A research environment in which academic rigour, innovation and delivery are made possible

81%+

of Research is excellent or world leading

60+

Research fellows recruited since 2011

By investing in, and cultivating, intellectual talent and ideas, and delivering world-class research and education, we will unlock value, make important things happen, and continue to thrive.

Research that takes place at Birmingham impacts on the lives of people regionally, nationally and globally. The University is home to leading academics focusing on global sustainability research and the Sustainable Development Goals. The university’s Birmingham Heroes campaign brings together the academics who are part of a large teaching and research community dedicated to enquiry, debate and change in transforming health, environment and society.

Key research being conducted includes:

  • Rail decarbonisation
  • Liver transplantation
  • Hydrogen-powered train
  • Birmingham Plastics Network: Shaping the Fate and Sustainable Future of Plastics
  • and much much more!


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University of Southampton

University of Southampton

W100 Representative

Simon Peatfield
Director of Communications and Marketing


Simon is the Director of Communications and Marketing at the University of Southampton. Communications and Marketing manages the University’s reputation and brand and they communicate its aims and achievements to stakeholders around the world.

University of Southampton

The University of Southampton is a top 20 UK university and a top 100 university globally. The university is an exceptional place whose people achieve remarkable things. They are a world-leading, research intensive university, with a strong educational offering, renowned for innovation and enterprise.

The ambition at the University of Southampton is to change the world. This is a grand statement, but it is an achievable one with the support of the more than 200,000 hardworking people who make up the students, staff, alumni, and community of the institution.

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From humble beginnings
to world-renowned status

The University of Southampton has built up strong relationships with partner organisations all over the world, including business, industry and other leading higher education institutions. The university has a campus in Malaysia, with a high focus on Engineering courses. Following the first two years in Malaysia our students continue their studies in the UK with access to our world-class research facilities. UoS also has strategic partnerships with Dalian Polytechnic University and universities within China and Singapore.

The university is a founding member of Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) for international research collaboration and addressing issues of global significance.

Core Principles

  • Collegiality: one team working, planning, and delivering together, toward our shared vision
  • Quality: always striving to achieve the highest quality in everything we do
  • Internationalisation: delivering across global markets and building strong partnerships with other leading organisations
  • Sustainability: ensuring our actions lead to financial, social, and environmental sustainability

A top 20 UK university

22,000

Enrolled students

£137m

Annual research income (16/17)

The University of Southampton is a world-class research-intensive Russell Group university. Over 96 percent of our research has been assessed as world-leading and internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

The university groups its groundbreaking work being carried out by world-leading researchers into the eight research themes, through which they are addressing some of the most challenging issues facing society today. These eight research themes are: Energy, Environment, Global economy and culture, Health and healthcare, Population, migration and mobility, Security, Technology, and Transport.


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The University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield

Steve Thompson The University of Sheffield

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Steve Thompson
Interim Deputy Director of Corporate Communications and Head of Digital


Steve Thompson is the Interim Deputy Director of Corporate Communications and Head of Digital at the University of Sheffield, with a focus on digital communications and showcasing research and its impact. He and his team are behind the re-launched University-wide campaign #WeAreInternational which aims to ensure International students and staff are welcome in the UK post-Brexit.

Since joining the University of Sheffield, his team has won several CASE and Heist awards such as the Best Use of Social Media and the CASE European District Circle of Excellence award for Best Practices in Communication and Marketing.

Previous roles include eBay Enterprise where he led the implementation of the digital communications for the Times newspaper paywall launch and delivered global email marketing communications for British Airways.

The University of Sheffield

Founded in 1905, the University of Sheffield has grown in reputation and size to become one of the UK’s leading universities with a global reputation for teaching and research. As part of the UK Russell Group, the University is a premier-league, research-led institution with over 26,000 students including more than 7,000 international students from 121 countries and over 7,000 members of staff.

The University of Sheffield was voted number one in the UK for accommodation, social life, and community atmosphere in the 2015 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey. Its Students’ Union was also voted number one in the UK for the seventh year running. The University is renowned for its friendliness and sense of community; an experience which students enjoy so much that many settle in Sheffield after they graduate.

The University has produced a number of leading figures in the area of research including six Nobel Prize winners, 12 fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and 18 fellows of the Royal Society, and many of our alumni have gone on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence around the world.

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Ranked in top 50 most international universities in the world

The University’s research partners and clients include: Boeing, Rolls Royce, Unilever, Boots, AstraZeneca, GSK, ICI, Slazenger, and many more household names, as well as UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.

We work with partners that are recognised as excellent in their regions, and who recognise educational values and systems operating in those regions without compromising the values of our guiding principles. The expertise of our partners complements our own knowledge, creates increased value and strengthens our collaboration. These strategic partnerships will help us to develop teaching and research activities at a scale that could not happen otherwise, by adding value to our own knowledge through the collaboration and thereby extending our global reach and reputation.

Mission and vision

  • To educate others and ourselves and to learn through doing so, thereby improving the world.
  • That research, teaching, and learning together create a positive culture of higher education.

Ranked in the top 1% of world universities

1,476+

Research staff

£197.5m

Income from research grants and contracts (17/18)

Researchers at the University of Sheffield are passionate about tackling the great global challenges of our time.

The key issues facing humanity are embedded within complex systems, which cross the boundaries of academic disciplines. They recognise that effectively addressing these challenges means working together across the traditional boundaries of our research fields.

Tackling complex issues requires interdisciplinary and translational research – taking academic research and turning it into real-world solutions.

Our researchers are making life-changing discoveries and solving problems that have a global impact.

From developing treatments for neurodegenerative diseases and making our energy sources sustainable, to addressing the challenges of food security and an ageing population, we’re finding ways to improve our world.


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The University of Manchester

The University of Manchester

Alan Ferns

W100 Representative

Alan Ferns
Associate Vice-President for External Relations and Reputation


Alan Ferns is Associate Vice-President for External Relations and Reputation at The University of Manchester, the UK’s biggest and most popular university. He is responsible for providing co-ordination, leadership and strategic direction for a wide range of external relations and reputation building activities and functions.

Prior to taking up his current role in January 2017, Alan was Director of Communication and Marketing at The University of Manchester where he managed the award-winning central communications and marketing team. He also provided the strategy and leadership for a wider community of communication and marketing professional across the University responsible for delivering communications and engagement activity for 40,000 students, 11,000 staff and 350,000 alumni.

Alan and his team delivered all of the communications surrounding the successful Manchester “merger” of 2004 and built the brand that has transformed the global reputation of The University of Manchester since then, He has worked in the field of University communications since 1983 at the Universities of Lancaster, Salford and Manchester.

University of Manchester

The University has an exceptional record of generating and sharing new ideas and the quality, breadth and volume of its research activity is unparalleled in the UK.

The University is built on the shoulders of academic giants and can lay claim to 23 Nobel Prize winners amongst its former staff and students.

We are committed to providing a dynamic working and learning environment, where every member of our community is valued for their contribution and individuality.

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Virtuosity for the enduring
benefit of mankind

The University of Manchester is a truly global institution, with a reputation for education and innovation that resonates across the world.

The university has strategic partnerships and collaborations worldwide. We bring innovation to businesses, insight to institutions and create an unforgettable experience to those who study with us.

The University of Manchester forges pioneering collaborations with organisations and institutions around the world.

We work with businesses, universities, policymakers and more to bring the benefits of our expertise to industry and society.

The University of Manchester has signed agreements with the following top, research-led, universities:

  • Tsinghua University , China
  • Fudan University , China
  • Seoul National University , Korea
  • Kyoto University , Japan
  • National University of Singapore
  • Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India

Mission and vision

  • A people-centred institution
  • A research-led institution
  • An innovative institution
  • A learning institution
  • A meritocratic institution
  • A socially responsible institution
  • A Manchester institution

Ranked in the top 1% of world universities

500,000

Alumni

£391m

Annual research income

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 65% of research activity, amounting to 1,193 full-time equivalent staff at The University of Manchester, is judged to be ‘world-leading’ (4*) or ‘internationally excellent’ (3*), putting us among only a handful of universities with an internationally significant research profile over a wide range of subject areas. The University of Manchester is one of the top universities for biomedical research, and our international centres exploring cancer research, world poverty, environmental sustainability and social change are producing world-changing answers to global problems.

Most significant research breakthrough

The discovery of graphene by Prof Andre Geim FRS. This super-thin two-dimensional material (consisting of a single layer of individual, densely packed carbon atoms woven into one stable layer like a wire mesh) has the potential to replace silicon transistors in the not too distant future.

Prof Geim and Manchester researcher Dr Kostya Novoselov have received the prestigious Europhysics Prize, and Prof Geim was recently awarded the 2009 Körber European Science Award, worth 750,000 Euros.


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