NTU appointment good for students, employers and the economy

Mike Carr has been appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor for Employer and Economic Engagement, reflecting the importance of this key area of growth for the University. He will be leading on a substantial new business innovation support programme.

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Mike Carr

Nottingham Trent University appointed Mike Carr earlier this year as Pro Vice-Chancellor for Employer and Economic Engagement. This newly created position reflects the importance of this key area of growth for the University, as outlined in the five-year strategic plan for ‘Creating the University of the Future’.

Mike has over 25 years’ experience in commercial, economic development and university-focused roles. He joins the University from the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, where as Director he was responsible for overseeing the delivery of their strategic economic plan. His career has also included roles such as Managing Director of Parema, Chief Executive of Medilink East Midlands, Executive Director for Business Services at the East Midlands Development Agency and Director of Business Engagement and Innovation Services at the University of Nottingham.

A pivotal aspect of Mike’s role is to implement the ‘Creating Opportunity’ theme of the University’s strategic plan and, in particular, the ambition to provide all students with relevant professional attributes gained through meaningful work placements or experiences. Integral to this is supporting academics to lead programmes which actively engage employers. Employers will be involved in course design and delivery and in providing students with projects, work experience and ultimately a graduate-level job.

Supporting our alumni after graduation is a high priority for Mike. With over 125,000 live contacts, the University provides a range of opportunities to stay in touch. There are ambitious plans to grow the Alumni Fellowship Scheme. Both staff and students benefit from this valuable programme, which allows alumni to raise their profile, develop their skills and experience and give something back by providing practical advice and guidance to the University and our students. Alumni can also contribute financially to support the University’s work, most notably in areas such as the John van Geest centre, whose research is developing ground-breaking improvements in cancer treatment.

Nottingham Trent University plays an important role in the region’s economy and has helped over 1,000 Midlands organisations over the past two years. Building upon this success, Mike will lead the development of broader relationships with business and other external stakeholders, and this includes developing strategic partnerships with those looking to prioritise engagement with the University. By working with NTU, organisations can improve their performance, including training their staff, undertaking degree apprenticeships and gaining access to academic and technical expertise and facilities. NTU can also help develop products, services, processes and ways of working that boost profitability and efficiency and address recruitment and talent needs with a pipeline to work-ready students and graduates.

The University’s external engagement capability is about to be boosted further through a substantial new innovation support programme. Enabling Innovation is a collaborative programme run in partnership with the University of Nottingham and the University of Derby designed to help 2,500 businesses boost their innovation activities. NTU is receiving £3.8m of external funding which, combined with match-funding, means it will spend £7.6m on helping businesses to innovate through a range of schemes. Find out more about the new programme.

Mike said: “I am delighted to have joined Nottingham Trent University. It’s an exciting time, with the changing roles between universities and employers emerging. One of my key aims is to make the University’s expertise and facilities more accessible.

"Working with NTU can help organisations to innovate their products, services and processes - essential for growth and development. We can also match their talent recruitment and development requirements as an integral part of this. We will provide an engagement agenda that opens up opportunities for collaborative working which can have a real impact business development.”

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NTU appointment good for students, employers and the economy

Published on 25 May 2016
  • Category: Business

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