It has been another terrific year of success for us. Our Distance Learning MBA was rated first in the world for value for money by the Financial Times. In the latest Guardian University 2019 league tables we are now in the top ten in the UK for Chemical Engineering, and in the recent Complete University Guide 2019 five of our subjects ranked in the top 10 in the UK.
Our academics continue to undertake ground-breaking research and development. Already this year, research led by the University of Bradford has opened up understanding around treatment to blood vessel damage and in the field of dementia studies. This University is a world-leading technology university and one of the first universities in the UK to be awarded University of Sanctuary status, recognising our work to foster a culture of welcome and inclusion for asylum seekers and refugees.
The Bradford alumni community now stands at over 130,000 across more than 175 countries, demonstrating its global reach and influence. As you will read in this edition, our alumni are continuing to make names for themselves within the worlds of science and commerce. The University and the City are both making great strides and you are the University’s ambassadors with a global reach and influence.
I recently announced that I would be stepping down from being Vice-Chancellor at the end of this academic year, to take up an Emeritus Professorship at the University of Oxford. I will be working hard to see through some important changes in the University over the next year, to put us in a strong position for the future, and to allow for a smooth transition to a new Vice-Chancellor. It has been a great privilege to be the Vice-Chancellor at Bradford. I have had a wonderful time working with great colleagues, students and alumni. I will be sorry to leave, but I will always wish the University well and be happy to support it in any way I can.
I thank you sincerely for your help and support to the University and its activities. If you have ideas or questions about how to get involved, please contact the Alumni and Development team, who will be only too happy to help you. I hope you enjoy reading this edition of the Braduate magazine.