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Professor Chris Higgins A metaphor - Durham as the ‘Princeton of Europe PrincetonUniversity Princeton – or Durham? As a research university, it seeks to achieve the highest levels of distinction in the discovery and transmission of knowledge and understanding, and in the education of graduate students. At the same time, it is distinctive among research universities in its commitment to undergraduate teaching. The University provides its students with academic, extracurricular and other resources -- in a residential community committed to diversity in its student body, faculty and staff -- that help them achieve at the highest scholarly levels and prepare them for positions of leadership and lives of service in many fields of human endeavor. PrincetonUniversity “…. to instill in each graduate those qualities of mind and character necessary for good citizenship and wise leadership. They include a broad intellectual curiosity that embraces open- mindedness coupled with critical thinking; respect for our moral and cultural inheritance coupled with a capacity for innovation and change; an appreciation of the shared destiny and common humanity of all peoples; and core principles of responsibility, integrity and courage.” “ …what is most distinctive is the emphasis on providing students with ample opportunity to explore and then deepen their academic interests. It is not uncommon to hear students talk about "finding their passion" as a student – and this passion later informs choices about what to do after graduation”. PrincetonUniversity Student experience Sports and Arts PrincetonUniversity Student Experience Colleges as Communities PrincetonUniversity Geography and History Old foundations Located in small, historic town PrincetonUniversity “If you have never been to Durham, go there at once. Take my car. It’s wonderful” Bill Bryson, PrincetonUniversity Academic Activities Relatively Small and punch well above weight Princeton: 850 faculty; 2295 Graduates; 4850 undergraduates Durham: 1500 faculty; 3000 graduates; 12000 undergraduates eg. Earth Sciences Research Arthur Holmes (Durham, 1928) - theory of sea floor spreading with Mantle convection currents Harry Hess (Princeton, 1950s) developed idea and eventually incorporated in the theory of plate tectonics Cosmology Research Citations per paper 1996-2006 1 -Durham 33.7 2 Carnegie Institute 32.9 3 -Princeton 32.00 PrincetonUniversity Academic Activities Strengths across sciences, arts and social science Historic/Influential collections and museums Interdisciplinary Research IAS PrincetonUniversity Funding £6.33B endowment or £47.3M endowment No annual funding or 40% of funds guaranteed annually Endowment interest £300M or £200M turnover No Constraints or Government Constraints Why aspire? Landscape is changing around us….. Globalisation of Research Globalisation of Education Changes in ways of paying for education ……can’t rest on laurels. If we stand still we will go backwards We have the fundamental underpinning to aspire …..staff, students, ethos, history and place Research True international research excellence must underpin all Departments Many Departments in top 5 in UK equivalent to Oxbridge English (1); History (2); Chemistry (3); Geography (3); Physics (4); Engineering (4). Aim for all Departments in top 5 (5* in RAE terms) Ensure world-class ‘units’ remain so - don’t spread too thin Nurture individual research stars Undertake research which makes a difference Deliver Interdisciplinarity and Big Ideas World class Facilities/Libraries to use and to attract visitors Learning/Student Experience •Cradle to Grave •Undergraduates Excellence in research-led teaching Recruit ‘Best and Brightest’ - from wherever Develop Future Leaders – people who make a difference • Postgraduates Increase proportion of PGR – from wherever Provide Scholarships/Facilities • Experience Excellence in Distinctive College communities, arts, sports International, multicultural communities Community Sense of Place – County Durham/Teeside •Enhance as place to live and work •Enhance Economy/Education •Enhance Architecture/Events/Facilities/Public Art Princeton 700,000 visitors $1.6B to economy Durham 60,000 visitors Communications Identify what is ‘distinct’ about Durham and let everyone know – be proud of what Durham achieves International university, national impact, regional location Participate regionally, nationally and internationally – make a difference Identify activities with Durham – let people know what the University does (inside and out) Use alumni – extremely loyal Operations From the Duke of Wellington to the British Foreign Office in London Gentlemen: Whilst marching from Portugal to a position which commands the approach to the French forces, my officers have been diligently complying with your requests which have been sent by H.M. Ship from London to Lisbon and thence by dispatch rider to our headquarters. We have enumerated our saddles, bridles, tents and tent poles, and all manner of sundry items for which His Majesty’s Government holds me accountable. I have dispatched reports on the character, wit and spleen of every officer. Each item and every farthing has been accounted for, with two regrettable exceptions for which I beg your indulgence. Unfortunately, the sum of one shilling and ninepence remains unaccounted for in one infantry battalion’s petty cash and there has been a hideous confusion as to the number of jars of raspberry jam issued to one cavalry regiment during a sandstorm in western Spain. The reprehensible carelessness may be related to the pressure of circumstance, since we are at war with France, a fact which may come as a bit of a surprise to you gentlemen in Whitehall. This brings me to my present purpose, which is to request elucidation of my instructions from His Majesty’s Government so that I may better understand why I am dragging an army over these barren plains. I construe that perforce it must be one of two alternative duties as given below. I shall pursue either one with the best of my ability but I cannot do both: - To train an army of uniformed British clerks in Spain for the benefit of the accountants and copy-boys in London. Or, perchance - To see to it that the forces of Napoleon are driven out of Spain. Your most obedient servant, Funding – Social Enterprise Main difference from Princeton Government vs Endowment Government constraints Entrepreneurial - Maximise and diversify income Ensure maximum income comes into University Be efficient and effective – ie: in administration Business engagement Region Alumni – 2020 campaign Thesis… Pinceton is a wonderful model with same ethos as Durham More than any other UK University, Durham has the basis to be an equivalent to Princeton We have been lulled into ‘comfortableness’, partly instilled by secure but limited Government funding/constraints But, really can deliver…over time (and with money!) What we need to do: •A focus on true international excellence in research, learning, student experience •Make a difference in all we do – lead; be at the forefront •Enhance ‘place’ and environment – an International University, with National Influence, and Regional Location How to do this: •Plan long term, but be proactive in many areas in short term •A Team. University as a community of communities – Departments, Colleges, Support Services, Alumni • Acquire funds to do what we need to do • Communicate the difference we make • Be more entrepreneurial • Aspire and proud of The University and what it achieves
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