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Professor Tim Blackman’s message

To be a Vice-Chancellor is one of the most rewarding jobs there is. To be Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex, where so much has been achieved yet so much more is possible, is certainly the most rewarding job I can imagine.

We are a University with a rich North London history that today is a modern and progressive 21st century institution. We have become truly global but our sense of community is still very important. So I am very pleased that this inauguration event is being shared with our wider community of many different partners locally, nationally and internationally.

Partnerships are part of our DNA. We believe that more can be done by working together than by working apart – with our students, our academic partners, and the many businesses, public services and voluntary and community organisations with which we work.

The University is part of its community and is proud of what we do to help make London a great city by providing an excellent education and undertaking ground-breaking research. We bring the world to London, with students from over 130 countries, but also take London to the world with our overseas campuses and academic partners. We especially value our relationships with the London Borough of Barnet and with the many schools, colleges and NHS services with which we collaborate daily. We generate nearly £300m a year for the local economy, supporting nearly 4,000 jobs.

“As an ambitious University, with a global, creative and enterprising spirit, my key value is putting students first.”

Our academic collaborations extend across the globe in teaching and research. Our research is grounded in solving real world problems and our teaching is close to the worlds of professional practice and business.

I joined Middlesex in July 2015 from The Open University (OU), where I was a Pro Vice-Chancellor and subsequently Acting Vice-Chancellor. Prior to the OU, I was a Dean at Durham University. At both these institutions I worked to widen access to higher education and engage the university with its communities. At Middlesex we have a long record of doing both extremely well, but we also achieve something very special by bringing together students from many different walks of life to mix and learn together, which is a strength we will build on.

As an ambitious University, with a global, creative and enterprising spirit, my key value is putting students first. Providing expert teaching informed by inspiring research transforms our students’ lives by providing them with the best possible skills and opportunities to become the professionals and entrepreneurs of the future.

This inauguration celebrates the work of our vibrant and diverse institution. Diversity is one of our signature strengths with more than 42,000 students from a wide range of backgrounds studying in Hendon, at our overseas campuses and with academic partners around the world. Through knowledge and understanding, and our

high academic standards, our goal is to continue what our founding institutions set out to do by pioneering excellent teaching, lifelong learning and adventurous thinking.

For over 130 years we have been home to innovators and change-makers. It is an enormous honour to inherit such an amazing legacy and to take it forward as the third Vice-Chancellor. Our future success, however, will not just be down to us but also to the many people with whom we collaborate, sharing a common purpose to make tomorrow better. That is why this evening is a celebration of our ‘one Middlesex’ community.

I am privileged to become Middlesex’s new Vice-Chancellor and to be part of this great London institution.

Professor Tim Blackman
Middlesex University

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