Below is a selection of the Vice-Chancellor's recent speeches and statements, including conference appearances and University events. Click on a title to read the full speech in PDF format.
In a talk at a dinner hosted by WorldSkills with business and college leaders, Professor Tim Blackman argues that universities need to change if they are to rise to the challenge of improving UK productivity.
In a speech delivered to the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Professor Tim Blackman argues that research intensity, like academic selection, are measures which discourage diversity and disregard what modern employers require from graduates.
Professor Tim Blackman outlines the need for more women in leadership roles within science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) industries explaining that diverse workforces perform better. Professor Blackman says that Africa has the opportunity to leapfrog the developed world by developing diverse scientific communities.
Professor Tim Blackman stresses the importance of higher education to sustainable and equitable development, citing evidence that if the higher education gap widens between countries then economic and civic development will diverge.
Professor Tim Blackman deliberates on the impact of Brexit. He discusses the threat to the UK’s position as a global leader in higher education, science and innovation and talks about how the Brexit vote reflects a deeper disparity in educational opportunities and outcomes.
In a congratulatory speech at Whitefield School’s achievement evening Professor Tim Blackman talks about the history of the University, its brand and how Middlesex gives students the skills to succeed in professional and business life. He describes his personal journey from his school days to Vice-Chancellor and explains the importance of having a personal brand.
Following Britain’s decision to leave the EU, Professor Tim Blackman talks to research students about connectivity and how we need to value how the world is seen and understood differently by others.
Professor Tim Blackman recognises how every function of Middlesex University works to co-create the student experience and graduates by working together.
Education for employment is fundamental to people flourishing, argues Professor Tim Blackman at a Middlesex University higher education special interest group seminar.
Professor Tim Blackman’s keynote speech addresses the social diversity of students and staff at Middlesex University, and how recognising diversity as a resource creates opportunities to co-create learning.
Professor Tim Blackman thanks Santander for its valuable support that has changed the lives of more than 150 Middlesex University students through scholarships, internship schemes and other initiatives that have helped students transition from study into work.
Returning to deliver a speech at his former university, Professor Tim Blackman talks about higher education and social class, contending that British universities are part of the structure that creates the class system.
Professor Tim Blackman reasons that research and learning are basically the same thing: learning. He states that teaching will come first at Middlesex because he wants the University to have the best teaching of any university in the world but emphasises that research is a crucial part of teaching. The key ingredients of good teaching and benefits of a university education are also outlined.
In a talk to creative arts students, Professor Tim Blackman offers advice on the world of work and encourages students to change the downward trend of participation in the arts.
The research-led, academically selective university is considered the gold standard, and this is out of step with 21st century conditions, argues Professor Tim Blackman, as he weighs up the pros and cons of professional doctorates versus PhDs.
Professor Tim Blackman applauds the EU Erasmus+ higher education exchange scheme and talks about how working and studying with different people offers opportunity and possibility.
In his inauguration speech Professor Tim Blackman talks about his personal journey to becoming Vice-Chancellor and the major events which have influenced him in his life such as working as a deckhand. He mixes his biography with that of the University and the local area and says that it is a privilege to be the Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University in the company of such distinguished guests.
Professor Tim Blackman’s highlights in this welcome addresses his one priority which is students first. He outlines the key pillars of the University to be creative, enterprising and global as well as outlining the importance of being ambitious and innovative, quoting Eric Robinson’s The New Polytechnics which criticises the academic focus of the old universities on discovery rather than creativity.
Professor Tim Blackman sets out his stall to the Middlesex University Board of Governors at his first meeting as the university’s new Vice-Chancellor.