Loughborough University

W100 Representative

Sarah Bostock

Associate Director of Marketing & Advancement

Sarah Bostock leads on institutional marketing strategy at Loughborough with a specific focus on brand, demand generation and enhancing the University’s reputation in the UK and overseas for research and innovation. She works with senior leaders across key, high-profile projects and initiatives consulting on best practice, innovative approaches and identifying opportunities for growth, collaboration and optimisation. Prior to Loughborough, Sarah held a number of roles at the University of Bristol, most recently as Deputy Director of Marketing where she was instrumental in transforming the scope and visibility of marketing and led the team to a CASE Circle of Excellence Award in 2020. Before her career in Higher Education, Sarah worked in charity and corporate sectors and has over 18 years’ experience in marketing, communications and public relations. She’s a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, studied at the Institute of Direct Marketing and is a member of the Volunteer Executive Committee for the CASE Universities Marketing Forum.

Loughborough University is somewhere anyone can realise their full potential. The atmosphere and team spirit on campus inspire and empower people to achieve extraordinary things. This progressive and ambitious attitude is reflected in the success we achieve, as one of the top-performing universities in the country. Loughborough University is also a welcoming place where staff and students should feel they can be themselves. Across everything we do, we are working together to create a better future, for everyone.

We are proud to be one of the UK’s leading universities.

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The University of Nottingham

Alex Favier, The University of Nottingham

W100 Representative

Alex Favier
Director of Global Reputation and Relations

Alex is the University of Nottingham’s Director of Global Reputation and Relations. He has more than a decade of global and political affairs experience including the development of award-winning public affairs functions at both the University of Warwick and the University of Nottingham. He has co-founded sector groups such as the Russell Group Political Affairs Network, the UK Universities Overseas Campus Network and initiatives such as the UPP Civic University Commission, Nottingham in Parliament Day and the Universities for Nottingham Civic Partnership. He was Chair of the CASE Europe Annual Conference between 2018 – 2020 and currently serves on the CASE Global Commission as Europe’s Representative for Marketing and Communications.

During his time at the University of Nottingham, he has established the Institute for Policy and Engagement, served as the Director of Global and Political Affairs between 2018-2022 – where he led on international government relations in the UK, China and Malaysia, global reputation and campaigns, civic and international engagement.  He also led the University’s COVID-19 mutual aid programme and established the University of Nottingham’s Asymptomatic Testing Service in September 2020. During this time he Co-Chaired the UK Higher Education Testing Experts’ Forum in partnership with the Crick Institute and UK Government.

Most recently he has worked on secondment into the UK Government as the Director of International Relations at the Midlands Engine, where he launched the £33bn Midlands Investment Portfolio. He combines his time at the University of Nottingham with running his own Government Relations and Stakeholder Engagement consultancy  – Favier Ltd – and, most importantly, as the Dad of Ava Favier (2020-present).

The University of Nottingham is a public research university in the UK city of Nottingham.

The city’s first civil college opened in 1881 and its foundation stone was laid by the then Prime Minister, WE Gladstone. By 1928 it had outgrown its original building and moved to what is today the university’s main campus. It wasn’t until 1948 that the college was awarded the Royal Charter, allowing it to officially become the University of Nottingham and award degrees in its own name.

Worldwide, the university has a student cohort of over 40,000 who between them represent more than 150 countries. Through the university’s various study abroad programmes, most students have the opportunity to study overseas as part of their degree, in countries that include Sweden, Mexico, Japan, New Zealand and the US.

Today, the university is home to five faculties: Arts, Medicine and Health Sciences, Science, Engineering, and Social Sciences.

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Partners on every continent...

In 2012, The Times described Nottingham as “Britain’s first truly global university”. Since then, the University has consolidated this position and established overseas campuses, first in Malaysia and then China.

The University of Nottingham currently have over 46,000 students, including 11,500 at its international campuses, and over 9,000 international students in the UK.

The University of Nottingham works with stakeholders and partners around the world in a number of different ways. In the past five years, the university’s researchers have collaborated with over 6,500 other institutions around the world, with over half of all publication outputs featuring international collaboration. The University also works with foreign governments and industry to deliver training and expertise.

In education, Nottingham has exchange and study abroad agreements with over 400 universities around the world and has in-depth teaching partnerships with around 50 key partner universities, supporting hundreds of students each year to obtain uniquely international qualifications. Nottingham also works with a select group of partners to provide bespoke international summer schools.


  • Mission: We have inspiring campuses in three countries, energising us to be a globally engaged university that is also committed to making a difference in our cities and regions. We empower and support students and staff to collaborate in learning, scholarship and discovery across all realms of knowledge, solving problems and improving lives. We are stewards of a pioneering and entrepreneurial tradition of creativity and innovation
  • Vision: To be a university without borders, where we embrace the opportunities presented by a changing world, and where ambitious people and a creative culture will enable us to change the world for the better.

Solving Problems and
Improving Lives


Won in in research awards in 2021


in the UK for research power (REF2021)

The University of Nottingham are committed to addressing the key challenges of our age through collaborative research that brings together academics from across subject areas.

The university’s five interdisciplinary Global Research Themes and its flagship institutes draw upon the university’s strengths: the university’s ability to focus the depth and range of research, international and business partnerships and, not least, the inspirational people who are dedicated to driving innovation that will ultimately change lives.

The University of Nottingham are funding six new Beacons of Excellence committed to talking key global issues such as securing sustainable food supplies, ending slavery, developing greener transport, and reducing our reliance on fossil reserves. These beacons are:

  • Rights Lab (A community with a shared vision of ending slavery in our lifetime)
  • Precision imaging (Transforming healthcare with pioneering imagine)
  • Future Food (Addressing the challenge of feeding an ever-growing world population)
  • Propulsion futures Exploring the possibility and development of electrified propulsion as part of a revolution in greener transport)
  • Green chemicals (Securing the sustainable bio-economy of the future)
  • Smart Products (Technology research to make smarter and trusted products for everyone)

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University of London

Jo Pinson, University of London

W100 Representative

Jo Pinson
Director of Strategic Communications and Marketing

Jo Pinson is the Director of Strategic Communications and Marketing at the University of London, with responsibility for Marketing, Communications, Events, Digital and Brand. The University of London is a world-leading university with over 45,000 students studying digitally across 190 countries. As an academic federation, comprised of 17 member universities, it is one of the largest, most diverse universities in the UK. It is a leader in distance learning innovation and home to world-leading humanities research.

Prior to the University of London, Jo spent 8 years at the University of Surrey, where she lead on Marketing and Communications at the time of significant change in the sector. Jo came into Higher Education after many years in Retail Marketing and the luxury goods sector. She currently sits on two external boards; as a charity trustee and on an Enterprise board for commercial services.

The University of London are a federal University, consisting of 17 independent Member Institutions. As a world leader in higher education, the University has pioneered change since 1836.

The University of London is the UK’s leading provider of digital and blended distance education internationally, offering programmes to over 45,000 students in 190 countries around the world. Although proudly rooted in London, the university’s community and impact are global.

It is a national leader in the humanities, and promotes value to society and the economy through knowledge creation and exchange.

It is also a federation of 17 esteemed higher education institutions, with collaboration at the heart of its ethos. The University of London federation is a collective community of more than 240,000 learners and 50,000 staff, delivering world-leading research across all disciplines.

The university’s passion for increasing access to education and mobilising the collective power and expertise of the federation is central to its ability to transform lives around the world and address the global challenges of the future.

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Proudly rooted in London, but
our community and impact are global


  • To transform people’s lives through education, driven by a commitment to diversity, inclusion and access and a belief in their power to create new ways of knowing.
  • To deliver innovative training and postgraduate education for the new world of research and work.
  • To realise the benefits of the humanities and social sciences for society, to advocate for their importance, and to provide the intellectual infrastructure to enable new discoveries.
  • To draw on the expertise of our Member Institutions, leveraging our collective power and enabling us all to reach new constituencies and tackle new problems.
  • To strengthen bonds across regional, national, cultural, economic and political boundaries.

Delivering world-leading research
across all disciplines


Recognised Teaching Centres across the world


Years of the Institute of Historical Research

The University of London is a national leader in the humanities: our School of Advanced Study is the only UK institution that is nationally funded by Research England to promote and facilitate humanities research. We steer the national conversation through knowledge exchange and public engagement, contributing creativity and inspiration from across the world to a growing economy, a constructive civil discourse and a rich cultural infrastructure for the UK.

Research at the University of London is highly collaborative, carried out in partnership with its colleges, with national subject communities in the humanities and law and in combination with external partners in London’s knowledge quarter.

The University occupies a unique position in the UK’s research landscape through the exceptional research collections of its libraries, through its School of Advanced Study, which serves as a national centre for the promotion and facilitation of research in the humanities, and through the wide communities of scholars across the world who take part in delivering the international online programmes.

Our research concentrates on the human dimensions to societal challenges. To confront climate change, global mobility, social injustice, human rights, poverty, we will need to understand the human world and to appreciate the critical importance of cultures

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The campus of UCL

UCL (University College London)

Ali Parker UCL

W100 Representative

Alison (Ali) Parker
Director of Marketing

Alison (Ali) Parker is Director of Marketing at UCL, London’s Global University, where she leads the brand, marketing, and communications on behalf of the Vice President External Engagement working across UCL and its eleven Faculties.

Ali is an award-winning chartered marketing professional with senior leadership roles across International Higher Education at Swansea University, University California Berkeley and Regents University London complimented by commercial account and brand management for Pepsi and Northern Foods.

Founded in 1826 in the heart of London, UCL is London’s leading multidisciplinary university, with more than 16,000 staff and 50,000 students from 150 different countries.

We are a diverse community with the freedom and courage to challenge, to question, and to think differently.

Consistently ranked as one of the top ten universities in the world*, our world-leading academics, curious students and outstanding staff continually pursue excellence, break boundaries and make an impact on real-world problems.

* QS World University Rankings 2010-2023

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Continually making an
impact on the world

UCL Global Engagement helps put UCL’s knowledge and ideas to work in the world. We use our expertise to facilitate and strengthen new and existing collaborations, driven by the belief that with the right mix of minds, anything is possible.

The Global Engagement (GE) team supports UCL’s academic and student communities in collaborating across borders and boundaries, enabling international impact for the greater good.

Working globally requires regional knowledge, expertise, and advice. To provide this effectively, GE structures its support based on seven regions: Africa and the Middle East, East Asia, Europe, Latin America, South Asia, North America, and South East Asia and Australasia.

In 2018 UCL launched its Cities Partnerships Programme; a cross-UCL initiative that supports, funds and promotes the work that UCL academics carry out with partners in global cities. The programme aims to develop sustainable, multidisciplinary research and teaching partnerships.

Vision and Mission

Vision: Our distinctive approach to research, education and innovation will further inspire our community of staff, students and partners to transform how the world is understood, how knowledge is created and shared and the way that global problems are solved.
Mission: London’s Global University: a diverse intellectual community, engaged with the wider world and committed to changing it for the better; recognised for our radical and critical thinking and its widespread influence; with an outstanding ability to integrate our education, research, innovation and enterprise for the long-term benefit of humanity.

Disruptive thinking
since 1826


won in research grants and contracts (2021)


invested in transforming UCL facilities

Insights from UCL research address the great challenges facing the world – bringing benefits in health, culture, policy, business and beyond.

Individually and in collaboration, UCL experts develop insights relevant to humanity’s major problems. Society reaps many benefits from their excellent research, some of which occur immediately, while others develop over years or generations.

In the latest Research Excellence Framework assessment, REF 2021, UCL came second in research power only to Oxford (1st) and maintained the position as top in the UK for research power in medicine, health and life sciences as well as social sciences. Read over 170 research impact case studies about how UCL is transforming lives.

Through its interdisciplinary work, UCL researchers have been collaborating with local and international partners on a range of issues – from tackling inequalities and climate change and addressing health challenges including COVID-19, HIV and cancer. They have helped preserve ancient heritage for future generations, transformed social care policy and practice, and worked with industry to supply cutting-edge technology for international space missions.

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University of Bath

University of Bath

Corinne Evans

W100 Representative

Corinne Evans
Vice-President (External Relations)

Corinne is Vice-President (External Relations) and is responsible for marketing, communications and external engagement with key stakeholders in the local community and beyond.

She works with her team to support the University’s strategy through enhancing the University’s reputation for world-class research, generating compelling coverage on media and social media, supporting the University’s student recruitment efforts and building stronger staff and student engagement through effective internal communications.

Before she joined the University of Bath in 2016, Corinne was Head of Media and External Relations at the British Red Cross following a 15-year career in the third sector working for humanitarian, environmental and conservation charities. Having started her career in government relations, she has a particular interest in bringing together disciplines to create strategic, integrated campaigns.

The University of Bath was founded in 1966 in what is commonly regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the UK.

More than 50 years on, the University has grown in both size and reputation, highly ranked in all three main national league tables. Awarded triple Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2023, with an excellent track record on student experience and employability, the university attracts some of the best and brightest students in the world. Engagement with employers remains fundamental to ensuring that its students are prepared for their future careers. University of Bath’s reputation for applied research, with real-world impact, is prized by its partners and highlighted by the numerous prestigious awards won by the university’s academic faculty. In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework, more than 90% of Bath research submitted was ranked as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

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Our roots are in Bath,
Our reach is global.

The University of Bath cultivate purposeful international partnerships to enable the university to maximise global opportunities, reach and reputation.

The university offers its students opportunities within most courses to undertake a study period abroad. The university has excellent partners in a variety of countries across the globe,  including Europe, Australia, Asia, Latin America, Canada, and the USA.

They also host the Global Chair scheme, inviting distinguished international visiting professors and building high-profile research and practice partnerships. The University’s Global Chairs contribute to environmental sustainability, climate action, and water security, with research on new materials and technologies, biodiversity, governance, and policy.

Mission and vision

  • Mission

Our Mission endures: to deliver world-class research and teaching, educating our students to become future leaders and innovators, and benefiting the wider population through our research, enterprise and influence.

  • Vision

Our Vision is to be an outstanding and inclusive University community, characterised by excellence in education, research, and innovation, working in partnership with others for the advancement of knowledge, in support of the global common good.

Ranked in the top 10 UK universities


Research grants and contracts portfolio value


of research defined as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2021)

In 2021 the University of Bath launched its Bath Beacons initiative supporting a culture of grant capture for large-scale funding to tackle major research challenges, aligned to the University’s priority research themes of Digital; Sustainability; and Health and Wellbeing. Five Beacons have now been approved for the one-year pilot and two early-career researchers have been supported to develop towards a future Beacon. These beacons were:

  • Sustainable and automated transport research
  • Living well now and by 2050
  • Future fuels: hydrogen and its carriers
  • Augmented human
  • 21st century public health

University of Bath performed strongly in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The REF is the UK’s system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. Ninety-two per cent (92%) of University of Bath research submitted to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 achieved the two highest classifications of ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

In addition, 90% of the University’s research outputs (e.g. journal articles, books, and patents) was rated ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ for its reach and significance. In terms of having an environment that supports research, 98% of submitted research activity was graded as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

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Balloons over University of Bristol

University of Bristol

Ellie Cook University of Bristol

W100 Representative

Ellie Cook
International PR & Events Manager | Communications & Marketing

Ellie is the International PR and Events Manager at the University of Bristol, in the Directorate of Marketing & Communications. Working closely with colleagues across External Relations and beyond, she is responsible for raising Bristol’s brand globally, focusing particularly on increasing its profile with academics and the media overseas.  

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) 2021*; 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 over 40 world-leading partner universities. Students from our partner universities across the globe are able to transfer their study to Bristol.


  • 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


won in research income from competitively won grants


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.

In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 94% of the University’s research was assessed as either ‘world-leading’ (4*) or ‘internationally excellent’ (3*). 57% of the University’s research achieved the top ‘world-leading’ 4* rating, compared to a sector average of 41%, placing the University 5th  in the UK, a rise of 6 places since the last REF in 2014.

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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


journal articles from researchers in the past 5 years


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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Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast

W100 Representative

Peter McConkey
Head of Strategic Marketing and Communications

Peter is Head of Strategic Marketing and Communications 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


Active researchers


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

Louise Brown University of Exeter

W100 Representative

Louise Brown,
Assistant Director, Strategic Marketing and College Delivery

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.


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

Challenging opposition and driven by ambition


Of research was rated as of international quality


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 Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Jo Kite University of Birmingham

W100 Representative

Jo Kite
Deputy Director of External Relations

Jo is Deputy Director of External Relations at the University of Birmingham and leads on the University’s reputation and engagement activities.

She is responsible for three directorates within the External Relations Division: Birmingham Global; Public and Cultural Engagement; and Communications and Reputation. She was previously Director of Communications and Reputation at Birmingham and has also held communications and marketing roles in the public and private sector.

As well as being a member of the World 100 Committee, she is active in other senior communications and engagement networks and has previously been Co-Chair of the Russell Group Communications Directors network.

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


of Research is excellent or world leading


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


Enrolled students


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

W100 Representative

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


Research staff


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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