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Vice Chancellor’s Christmas message celebrates student success

Middlesex University's Vice-Chancellor Professor Tim Blackman reflects on the successes of 2016

Middlesex University's Vice-Chancellor Professor Tim Blackman has celebrated the many impressive student successes of the past year in his annual Christmas message.

The Vice-Chancellor highlighted the University’s big jumps in league table positions and the recognition Middlesex has received as one of the world’s most international universities.

He went on to acknowledge some of the prestigious awards and prizes won by students including the Royal Television Society award picked up by television production students, Maths Student of the Year at the national Sigma-Network awards and the team of mechatronics students who won the Institute of Mechanical Engineers’ National Design Challenge.

It has been a great year for sport at Middlesex - the Vice-Chancellor spoke about women’s rugby being boosted by a new RFU partnership and six of our current and former students competing for Team GB in Rio.

“Our students are an inspiration to me. They’re so full of potential and we can transform their lives. To do that, our teaching needs to be first class but above all driven by innovation.”

Discussing the Student Union’s continued work with Syrian refugees and the collaborative work taking place with local schools, the Vice-Chancellor also used his annual message to reflect on some of the University’s impact in the community.

Professor Blackman spoke proudly about the cutting-edge research published by Middlesex academics throughout the year, from research on fighting online sexual abuse to preventing infant deaths to tackling dementia and obesity.

“Our research doesn’t just enrich the curriculum but makes a profound difference to some huge challenges we face.”

It’s also been a year of important landmarks, the Vice-Chancellor noted, with the Ritterman building completed, a new Wellbeing Services Centre opened, new student accommodation in Wembley , and work starting on a new campus in Mauritius.

The Vice-Chancellor ended his annual message by reflecting on the opportunities that 2017 may bring.

“I know that if we stay true to our priority of putting students first we will not only make a difference in the world that we all care about, but also ensure that our University is a rewarding and happy place to work and study.”

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