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

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

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

Andrew Simmons

W100 Representative

Andrew Simmons
Head of University Marketing


Andy Simmons is Head of University Marketing at The University of Manchester, by many measures the UK’s largest and most popular University. He is responsible for corporate marketing and brand management, and is a driving force in enhancing Manchester’s reputation for excellence.

Prior to joining the University in 2003, Andy spent five years in various marketing roles at Saga Holidays. He now leads the University Marketing Team with responsibility for marketing output across the institution’s range of corporate channels and campaigns.

Andy is a member of the University’s External Relations Strategy Group, which provides leadership, coordination and high-level focus to the Manchester’s external relations activities, as well as monitoring perceptions of the University among external stakeholder groups and ensuring progress on related strategic and operational priorities.

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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London School of Economics

London School of Economics and Political Science

W100 Representative

Fiona Metcalfe
Director of Communications


Fiona Metcalfe is the Director of Communications at LSE. She was appointed in 2019 following three years as Head of External Communications. Her role is to protect and promote the LSE brand and lead engaging and impactful communications locally, nationally and globally.

Prior to joining LSE, Fiona spent two years as Head of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office global network of 200 communicators and before that spent eight years working in media, events and strategic communications at No 10 Downing Street.

London School of Economics

LSE was founded in 1894 by four prominent Fabian Society members, Beatrice and Sidney Webb, George Bernard Shaw, and Graham Wallas, and has grown to become one of the foremost social science universities in the world, ranked alongside Harvard, UC Berkeley, and Stanford.

They are a social science university based in central London with a global reach. LSE help students prepare for bright futures in world-changing roles. A rigorous social science education is designed to stretch students intellectually through more than 200 specialist undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, executive education, distance learning, and summer school.

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Understand today
Influence tomorrow

LSE has established a global network with a small number of high-quality universities across the world. There are multi-faceted institutional partnerships with Columbia University (New York), Sciences Po (Paris), Peking University (Beijing), the National University of Singapore, and – since May 2010 – the University of Cape Town.

LSE has developed global, multi-faceted partnerships with a number of prestigious universities. These peer institutions are located in key cities/locations around the world, and each partnership is different.

We also have a number of other collaborative activities at the departmental level and further.

Mission and vision

  • Sustain excellence through an inclusive and diverse community
  • Extend our impact and reach
  • Ensure a sustainable future

Ranked in the top 1% of world universities

16

Research centres

50%

of research given 4* rating

Since 1895 The London School of Economics has been pioneering social science research, challenging existing ways of thinking, and seeking to understand the causes of things in order to transform them. In October 2020 they celebrate our 125th anniversary.

It is their ambition to be the leading social science university with the greatest global impact. Led by Director, LSE alumna Minouche Shafik, their strategy LSE 2030 lays out the guiding principles that they believe will help them achieve their goals and shape the world’s future.

LSE academics conduct social science research that makes a lasting impact on society. This means LSE students are taught by academics that regularly advise international bodies and governments, and who are also vocal in the media on current news.

The LSE COVID-19 resource centre demonstrates how the social sciences can support government policy responses to COVID-19.  The university has also just been involved in the launch of SHAPE – Social sciences, Humanities and the Arts for People and the Economy.

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework, a national evaluation exercise, ranked LSE as a top university for research quality and impact. With over 50 academic departments and research centres, the school are continuously expanding their research horizon to reflect and aid the changing society around us.


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King's College London

King's College London

W100 Representative


King's College London

King’s College London is one of the top 25 universities in the world (2016/17 QS World University Rankings) and among the oldest in England. King’s has more than 29,600 students (of whom 11,750 are postgraduate students) from 150 countries worldwide and nearly 8,000 staff members. The university is in the second phase of a £1 billion redevelopment programme which is transforming its estate.

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A nobel distinction

The highest distinction for academics of most disciplines is the award of a Nobel Prize, 12 people who have worked or studied at King’s and its constituent institutions have achieved this distinction. This includes; 2013 Nobel Prize for Chemistry jointly awarded to Professor Michael Levitt FRS, for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems. Michael Levitt studied physics at King’s and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1967 and the 2010.

Nobel Prize for Literature awarded to Mario Vargas Llosa who was Spanish American Literature in the Department of Spanish & Spanish-American Studies at King’s in 1969-70, and became a Fellow of King’s in 2005.

Mission and vision

  • To educate
  • To challenge
  • To change
  • Our vision is to educate responsible leaders who create positive, sustainable change in business and wider society

Ranked in the top 10 of UK universities

31,000

King's Students

£778m

Annual income

King’s has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings.
King’s has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.


King’s is a world-leading institution with a truly global perspective. It has:

  • Over 200 partnerships and innovative collaborations with leading universities and institutions across the globe, including key relationships with the University of California, San Francisco; the University of Hong Kong and the National University of Singapore.
  • Joint PhD programmes, involving more than 20 academic departments across King’s, with institution including the University of Hong Kong and the National University of Singapore.
  • Offices in Brazil, China, India, and the USA: part of a global network that will develop deeper relationships with local research, commercial, student and alumni communities in these key countries and regions.
  • A School of Global Affairs comprising a network of Global Institutes to promote understanding of fast-changing parts of the world and encourage engagement with 21st-century powers. These include King’s Brazil Institute; the Lau China Institute; King’s India Institute; the Institute of North American Studies; King’s Russia Institute; King’s African Leadership Centre, and King’s International Development Institute.

Cultural competency & a global problem-solving mindset.


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University of Glasgow

University of Glasgow

W100 Representative

Rachel Sandison
Executive Director and Vice Principal, External Relations


Rachel Sandison is the Executive Director of External Relations at the University of Glasgow, UK, where she has responsibility for leading an integrated service covering Marketing, Recruitment & Admissions, International Affairs and Development & Alumni Relations. Rachel is also the University’s Universitas 21 network Senior Leader.

Rachel is a Chartered Marketer and Chair of the Glasgow Economic Leadership HE/FE Marketing group and a member of CASE’s US Commission in addition to sitting on a number of sector advisory boards. She is also a member of Faculty at the CASE Europe Strategic Marketing Institute and a current School Governor.

Previously, Rachel was the Director of Marketing, Student Recruitment and Alumni Relations at the University of Aberdeen, UK.

University of Glasgow

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow has been inspiring great minds for over 560 years. Our alumni include world changers from economist Adam Smith and engineer James Watt to the inventor of television, John Logie Baird and the writer and producer of Doctor Who and Sherlock, Steven Moffat. In addition, the University has fostered the talents of one Prime Minister, seven Nobel Laureates and Scotland’s current First Minister. We have a diverse and growing student population with more than 27,000 students from almost 140 different countries.

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Our roots are in Glasgow,
our reach is worldwide

As a globally connected university with deep civic roots, for over 560 years Glasgow has established creative and vibrant partnerships with communities, colleagues and students across the world. We have over 300 formal agreements with universities overseas covering a wide range of activities from research collaborations through to joint degrees and international student mobility arrangements. As well as developing innovative international partnerships, we have developed a significant overseas presence, building on well-established links in Asia to achieve a range of transnational education provision in Singapore (Engineering and Computing Studies), and with two top-ranked ‘985’ Universities in China – UESTC in Chengdu (Engineering) and with Nankai University in Tianjin.

Mission and vision

  • To be a world-class, world-changing university.
  • To bring inspiring people together and create a world-class environment for learning and research, empowering staff and students alike to discover and share knowledge that can change the world.

Ranked in the top 1% of world universities

2,000

Active researchers

£180m

Annual research income

The University is ranked in the top 1% of world universities and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive UK universities. It enjoys a long-standing reputation as a research powerhouse with a focus on research excellence. It is one of the UK’s top 10 earners of research income with total earnings over £180m per year and has a base of over 2000 active researchers. Our priority themes and multidisciplinary research networks bring these researchers together with practitioners, policy makers and NGOs to create academic communities which focus on key issues and challenges, including: precision medicine; quantum technologies; nanotechnology; sensor systems; space; future cities; water; digital humanities; global security; international development; refugee, asylum and migration; human rights and sustainable development. Find out more at www.glasgow.ac.uk/research/infocus


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