Environment is the key to quality

Prof Saul Tendler, PVC for Research

 Prof Saul Tendler is the University’s new Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, responsible for the institution’s research policy and ensuring that it remains relevant on a global scale.

“The University invests in research infrastructure and capabilities to address current and future global challenges,” he said. “A key component of our approach is to nurture individual research talent at all stages of development. We train PhD students to become future research leaders through our innovative PhD programmes, including a growing portfolio of doctoral training centres. These centres have strong engagement with industry and provide international placements and enterprise training.

“We have an extensive programme of Fellowships with funds for the brightest and the best researchers to develop independent research programmes in the University, working with industry and other partners from around the world.

“We support our world-class research leaders with a first-class research environment and to lead major national and international research programmes. Our research develops in collaboration with industry and contributes to economic growth and societal well-being. Our comprehensive commitment to nurturing research talent lays the foundations for discoveries and developments which will transform lives.”

 Prof Bob Webb is the University’s outgoing PVC for Research. He has been responsible for the institution’s research portfolio for the last ?? years But how does a University spanning three continents and a large number of research streams manage to achieve this? It’s all down to development and application, says Prof Webb.

“When one thinks about Nottingham, we have a whole range of cutting-edge discoveries that are developed into applications. People around the world are aware of MRI technology – this was developed from basic research at Nottingham. Prof Peter Mansfield was awarded the Nobel Prize for his work. And that just shows the way basic research can be taken right through application and have an impact worldwide.

“So it’s about creating an environment where researchers are free to choose the path of their research, but also where they have the resources to develop their findings into real-world applications — whether that be in drug discovery, technology or integrating global society.”

Prof Webb studied at Nottingham both as an undergraduate and for his PhD. His expertise is in how nutrition can affect animal reproduction. In April he joined the Scottish Agricultural Authority as its new Chief Executive and Principal.

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