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Dame Nancy visits South East Asia

04 Jan 2013

The President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, has begun a five-day visit to Singapore and Malaysia.

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell
Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell

During her time in the region, Professor Rothwell will meet with key stakeholders in Malaysia and Singapore including government officials, research and industry leaders, alumni and representatives from the British High Commission.

In Singapore, the President will attend a dinner with many prominent Manchester alumni.  During the visit, Professor Rothwell will visit National University Singapore and Nanyang Technological University and hold meetings with various key research bodies including A*STAR.  She will also meet with University of Manchester students studying abroad in Singapore.

Professor Rothwell will deliver a talk on “Universities in the Modern Society” as part of the British High Commission’s Distinguished Visitor Lecture series in conjunction with Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society and holder of an honorary degree from the University of Manchester.

In Kuala Lumpur, Professor Rothwell will hold a formal dinner attended by many distinguished alumni and will meet with various key stakeholders.

Dame Nancy said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to visit South East Asia in the new year.  The University of Manchester prides itself on being a truly international university. We have a long history of welcoming students from the region and this visit presents an invaluable opportunity to consolidate our links and to celebrate the success of our esteemed alumni."

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Contact: Jon Keighren, Media Relations Manager, The University of Manchester 0161 275 8384

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, FRS, President & Vice-Chancellor, leads by example. Her own research in the field of neuroscience has contributed towards major advances in the understanding and treatment of brain damage in stroke and head injury. 

She joined the Victoria University of Manchester in 1987, became Professor of Physiology in 1994 and held an MRC Research Chair from 1998 to 2010. Concurrent with her Faculty posts she has also held University roles as Vice-President for Research (2004-2007) and as Deputy President & Deputy Vice-Chancellor (2007-2010).

She was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in June 2004 and made Dame Commander of the order of the British Empire in June 2005, in recognition of her services to science.

Professor Rothwell took up the post of President  & Vice-Chancellor of the University in July 2010. She is the first woman to lead The University of Manchester or either of its two predecessor institutions. She is President of the Society of Biology, a non-executive Director of AstraZeneca, co-Chair of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater Manchester and a member of the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Board. Professor Rothwell takes a strong and active interest in public communication of science and regularly gives talks to schools and the public and contributes to television, radio and press, particular on sensitive issues in science.

2. In Singapore the University has 3,400 alumni and in Malaysia there are 4,637