Below is a selection of the Vice-Chancellor's recent speeches and statements, including conference appearances and University events.
28 January 2018
Professor Tim Blackman reflects on rifts in society, human morality and the power of words in his speech for Holocaust Memorial Day in the Quad.
21 November 2017
As guest lecturer at Ruskin College, Professor Tim Blackman outlines his arguments for a comprehensive university model to increase the diversity of UK universities and address social stratification.
15 November 2017
Professor Tim Blackman speaks about the changing nature of what is taught in universities, from knowledge to skills, how Middlesex assists social mobility and how scholarships are particularly important in giving confidence to students.
8 November 2017
Professor Tim Blackman speaks at the official opening of Middlesex University’s Mauritius campus, describing the University as a symbol of the island’s transformation and a driver of new opportunities.
31 October 2017
Professor Tim Blackman describes the pressures on the social work profession, the importance of social work as an area of study at Middlesex and the University's commitment to practice-based learning, at a conference bringing together academics, local authority representatives and care charity Norwood.
17 October 2017
Professor Tim Blackman makes the welcome address at Middlesex University’s five-year strategy launch at London City Hall, setting out Middlesex’s stall as a University for Skills which transforms potential into success.
20 September 2017
A warm welcome speech to international students from Professor Tim Blackman, outlining Middlesex's achievements and commitment to diversity, and urging students to be helpful to each other.
28 June 2017
Professor Tim Blackman critiques global university rankings as being detached from social and economic realities, arguing universities should be valued for their individual strengths, and seen in their geographical and demographic context.
28 June 2017
Professor Tim Blackman talks about breaking down disciplinary divides, the importance of applied rather than "discovery" research and presenting knowledge in an accessible format, to demonstrate the social value of universities and to effect change.
23 June 2017
Professor Tim Blackman heralds Middlesex's applied and collaboration-focused research, and supports calls for more women going into science and improved public science education in his address to the conference.
21 June 2017
An outline of feminist scholarship at Middlesex, both theoretical and practical aspects, and of the University's embrace of diversity, in Professor Tim Blackman's welcome address to conference delegates.
7 June 2017
Professor Tim Blackman describes Middlesex's educational strategy and calls for broad-based collaboration and partnership with further education colleges to create a major tertiary cluster.
12 May 2017
As the Keynote speaker for the symposium, Professor Tim Blackman states that credits can impede innovation and argues for competency-based learning and assessment, with the belief that universities should be mixed environments of both cognitive ability and diversity.
9 March 2017
Professor Tim Blackman expresses his pride and celebration of the 'Made in Middlesex' campaign which celebrates the University’s exceptional staff, students and alumni, and recognises their many, many achievements and successes.
8 February 2017
Professor Tim Blackman welcomes fellow teachers and advisors, and reflects on the importance and value that a university degree and experience can provide.
6 February 2017
Following President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning entry to the US from seven Muslim-majority countries, Professor Tim Blackman urges the US President to think again about travel restrictions to the US.
2 February 2017
Professor Tim Blackman welcomes colleagues and friends of Middlesex University to the opening of Ritterman Building, a 21st century building which seeks to combine craft, design, research, creativity, science, technology with the rich diversity of our students.
1 February 2017
Leading the dedication to Sean Greer-Perry, Professor Tim Blackman remembers our colleague and highlights the importance of the arts and creativity in today's world.
29 January 2017
Professor Tim Blackman opens the Holocaust Memorial Day service and reflects on how we must learn from the lessons of the past through basic human goodness, systems of justice and hope.
23 January 2017
Professor Tim Blackman congratulates those colleagues who have contributed to the CBI report and looks toward the opportunities that lay ahead for the UK and India in higher education.
7 December 2016
Opening the Inaugural Annual Conference of the International Place Branding Association, Professor Tim Blackman considers some of the successes of place branding, how they were triggered, and the challenge of diversity as a brand.
1 December 2016
Professor Tim Blackman welcomed colleagues, students, and almost 40 visitors from 17 countries and 27 universities at the University’s Erasmus+ conference by reflecting on the importance of mobility and diversity in study and work.
20 November 2016
In an invited presentation to Barnet Labour Group, Professor Tim Blackman talks about Middlesex University, recent policy developments and his concerns about social mobility.
17 November 2016
Professor Tim Blackman joined Alan Rusbridger and dinner guests at a HEPI-UPP Foundation debate on access to universities. This is his opening talk, arguing that we need to consider adopting the comprehensive principle in higher education.
16 November 2016
Professor Tim Blackman welcomes students, staff and guests, and celebrates the achievements of Middlesex’s students.
13 November 2016
Professor Tim Blackman’s speech celebrates what London and Hong Kong share, and the importance of knowledge and cultural exchange.
11 October 2016
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.
28 July 2016
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.
21 July 2016
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.
18 July 2016
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.
16 July 2016
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.
11 July 2016
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.
21 June 2016
Professor Tim Blackman recognises how every function of Middlesex University works to co-create the student experience and graduates by working together.
9 June 2016
Education for employment is fundamental to people flourishing, argues Professor Tim Blackman at a Middlesex University higher education special interest group seminar.
18 May 2016
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.
17 May 2016
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.
27 April 2016
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.
14 April 2016
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.
12 April 2016
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.
15 March 2016
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.
10 February 2016
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.
12 January 2016
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.
9 July 2015
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.
6 July 2015
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.