Over the past year it has been my great privilege to meet many of you face-to-face – both here and in far-flung corners of the globe, and I look forward to meeting a great many more of you in the years to come.
Although we must never forget where we have come from, we cannot stand still. Over the last 12 months we have channelled our energies into securing our future, and into positioning York among the top-performing universities in the world. In so doing, we have developed our new University vision, and our teaching and research strategies, and begun to roll them out to an enthusiastic reception.
We have also continued to develop York’s international profile through the growth of our global programmes and collaborations with international partner institutions. We have thought hard about how we build a truly dynamic and international alumni network. We want to help you to connect with, mentor and support one another, wherever you are on the globe, from Shanghai to Sao Paolo.
The city of York and its region have also been the focus of our attention. We want to be able to support the economic strength of both. Together with our partners in the city, we are creating opportunities to retain our talented graduates in the region and, thereby, to support enterprise and the growth of the regional economy. We are, of course, eager to encourage alumni to return to Yorkshire. I hope this issue of yu magazine will convey some of the opportunities available across our city and region.
In October we welcomed Professor Sir Malcolm Grant as sixth Chancellor of the University of York. In that time Sir Malcolm has become the figurehead for our Equal Access Fund, which is seeking to provide financial support to students seeking asylum. Sir Malcolm has also established the Chancellor’s Leadership Awards, which recognise students with great leadership potential. The first award will be made at Graduation in 2016.
So what of our focus over the next 12 months? We will continue to help our students to stand out from their peers and develop the leadership qualities sought by employers. In these endeavours, we will ask you to connect with the University and encourage you to give gifts of your time and expertise through our growing volunteer programme. We will also ask you to consider making a gift to one of our priority programmes which are seeking to develop our research, enhance our campus, and to support our students.
Your support really has never been so important in helping the University of York to advance and in nurturing talent. Thank you very much indeed for your continued interest and commitment.