Former Vice-Chancellor receives East Midlands Chamber Business Person of the Year Award

Nottingham Trent University is celebrating after its former Vice-Chancellor, Professor Neil Gorman, was jointly awarded the East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) Award for Business Person of the Year.

Nottingham Trent University is celebrating after its former Vice-Chancellor, Professor Neil Gorman, was jointly awarded the East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) Award for Business Person of the Year.

The Award was presented to Professor Gorman at the Annual Dinner of the Chamber, which was held at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham on Thursday 26 March 2015. Professor Neil Gorman jointly received the award along with Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor of University of Derby and Professor Sir Robert Burgess, former Vice-Chancellor of University of Leicester.

The Award was made to Professor Gorman by the East Midlands Chamber in recognition of his leadership in the role universities play in helping businesses.

Chamber President, Liz Fothergill CBE, said: "Here in the East Midlands and in our three cities and counties in particular, we are blessed with a number of world class universities and it was from the world of academia that the recipients of the Chambers special award were drawn.

"Professor Gorman has made a significant contribution not just to higher education, but to local business, by overseeing an outstanding organisation which helps to equip tomorrow's business leaders with the specialist skills and knowledge they need to succeed."

Professor Gorman said: "I am truly delighted to be recognised by the East Midlands Chamber in this way, along with my colleagues, Professor John Coyne and Professor Sir Bob Burgess.

"It is a great honour to receive the award and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the chamber on the excellent work it has undertaken, which has clearly contributed to the economic growth in the region.

"Our three universities have enjoyed a strong working relationship with the chamber along with businesses in the region."

Professor Gorman became Vice-Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University in 2003. He stepped down at the end of the 2013-14 academic year and was succeeded by Professor Edward Peck.

Professor Gorman added: "Whilst I was Vice-Chancellor of the University we renewed our curriculum to match the aspirations of students and employers alike. We also strengthened our business partnerships to deliver immeasurable mutual benefits and reinforced our enviable track record for graduate employability. We pioneered radical new ways to widen participation in higher education and we prioritised real-world research with genuine international stature.

"We were proud to play a pivotal role in our city and county but we also increased our global influence thanks to a far-reaching internationalisation strategy."

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    Within his first year, Professor Gorman led the design and implementation of a radical new strategy for Nottingham Trent University. The strategy drew on Professor Gorman's background in international business management in the private sector; academic leadership in research-intensive universities and leadership of the veterinary profession at national and international level.

    The University achieved a step change in performance. A research grant from the Higher Education Funding Council for England increased by over 72% as a result of the university’s performance in the Research Assessment Exercise of 2008.

    In 2008, Nottingham Trent University also achieved the largest increase in demand for its undergraduate degree courses of any UK university and, between 2008 and 2010, achieved growth in undergraduate demand of nearly 36%. The University has transformed its estate through an ambitious regeneration programme.

Former Vice-Chancellor receives East Midlands Chamber Business Person of the Year Award

Published on 27 March 2015
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