Key appointments made to bolster research and knowledge exchange at UNNC

03 November 2021

University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) is delighted to announce two appointments to support the University's vision to create a community without borders.

Glen Noble – Deputy Director for Research

Glen Noble joins UNNC after almost a decade working for the UK research funding system, first in the Economic and Social Research Council and then six years in Beijing as Deputy Director and later Acting Director for UK Research and Innovation China. Glen's extensive relationships with national research funding agencies across the world and deep experience of research funding strategy and delivery will be of great benefit across the institution. Glen will lead on upgrading UNNC's research strategy, policies and management systems to deliver the University's ambitions as a research-led institution.

Glen Noble said of his appointment: "After years negotiating bilateral research partnerships between the UK and China, I'm excited to join UNNC at the start of a new research strategy cycle. The launch of the China Beacons Institute demonstrates the huge opportunities for research at UNNC and I'm honoured to be able to contribute to its development and a step-change in research activity across the whole university."


Min Rose – Deputy Director for Knowledge Exchange

Min Rose brings to her secondment as Deputy Director for Knowledge Exchange two decades of extensive experience supporting international trade, inward investment, civic partnerships, cultural and educational links between the East Midlands in the UK and China. This includes considerable experience of working with the Foreign Affairs Office of Sichuan Provincial People's Government and a decade of delivering knowledge exchange in Asia working within Research and Innovation at the UK campus. She will lead on delivering UNNC's knowledge exchange strategy, IP commercialisation and innovation entrepreneurship programmes, whilst connecting with global campuses to maximise the opportunities.

Excited at her appointment, Min Rose said: "I am honoured to join UNNC as it embarks on ambitious plans in its new phase of development. Having worked in both China and the UK across the government, business and higher education sectors, I want to use my experience to support UNNC in delivering knowledge exchange impact locally, regionally and globally. Universities are major contributors to society and the economy, and we must empower staff and students to deliver these commercial, environmental, cultural and societal benefits. I hope some of the good practice that have been developed at the UK campus will be a useful catalyst for work at UNNC, and I look forward to contributing to its continued development."

UNNC VP RKE Patrick Chau expressed his delight at the appointments: "The appointments of Glen and Min demonstrate our ambition of delivering impactful research and knowledge exchange activities through an enhanced research management system, aligning UNNC's goal to make a difference to the community. They bring with them a wealth of leadership and RKE-related experiences that will prove invaluable to us and I look forward to working closely with them."