Being new for the University means that we can absorb the best traditions in higher education and align them, in an innovative way, for a twenty-first century audience and a modern world of employment and entrepreneurship. As a new University, we don’t just rely on a heritage but focus on making history every day. Our growing numbers and high graduate employability demonstrate that we are a real force in the higher education sector.
I am proud to lead this University as the new Vice Chancellor. Here you are part of a community that will always strive to go further and help you achieve more. Employers are actively involved in course design and delivery, and our emphasis on employability and transferable skills means our graduates gain good jobs quickly after graduating. Joining forces with employers, businesses, and research organisations, we give them access to the kind of people they are looking for: people like you.
Gaining the knowledge you need to succeed in your career is just the start. Here you will receive an exceptional education, richer and more rounded than many, and acquire skills and insights that will always be relevant, no matter how things change further down the road. Wherever you want to go in life, we will help you get there. We know you are one of a kind and we are here to help you make the most of your time.
So enjoy this new phase of your life, get involved with your course, with the wider student experiences such as sports and societies, and with the wider community so that you not only develop your subject knowledge but also develop yourself ready for wherever your career takes you. Be open to new experiences and learning and in a world where nothing stays the same be prepared to change, evolve and succeed.
So a very warm welcome from me and team here and please do stop me and say hello. Hearing your experiences is important to me. I am sure that this time next year we will all be looking back on a successful year and looking forward to more to come.
Professor Helen Langton, Vice-Chancellor