Update from the President

Greetings from Richmond! I hope you have had an enjoyable summer. This latest edition of the University’s e-newsletter for alumni, friends, students and supporters of the University aims to bring you some of the most exciting developments, updates and voices from around the University community. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

First of all, please join me in welcoming the Class of 2014 to the University’s global alumni network – 33,000 strong, you are now part of a powerful network of support and advocacy which you can use to further your career and social contacts.

As the new semester is about to start and first-year students are settling into their accommodation and life at Richmond, I’m delighted to report that Richmond continues to perform strongly. More than 1,200 enrolled students will be taking up their studies in the fall semester. Richmond’s student recruitment has doubled since 2012. With these growth rates, Richmond is significantly outpacing the sector, now showing a 28% increase on last year to date, compared to 4% for the sector overall.

Drawing on our strengths, the make-up of the student body remains as international as ever with 48% of students coming from the UK and Europe, 32% from North America and the Caribbean and 20% from other regions of the world. This means that we are consistently attracting more UK and European students while US and international student numbers are on the increase as well. We’re continuing to expand the range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses to firmly position Richmond at the forefront of meeting the needs of current and future generations of students seeking successful lives and careers in an increasingly interdependent world.

A highlight of the past months was of course the graduation ceremony in the delightful environment of Cadogan Hall. Together with families and friends present on the day, the faculty and staff at Richmond were very proud to celebrate this momentous occasion with the Class of 2014. I was privileged to confer an Honorary Degree on William Gertz, President and CEO of the American Institute for Foreign Study, and a posthumous degree on Nazia Hassan (BA Business Administration and Economics 1985), whose ground-breaking success in the music industry and her dedication to international charitable and social causes touched many lives.

One of the fascinating facets of my role as President and Vice-Chancellor of Richmond University is to meet with many of our former students. Be it at alumni events or personal visits to campus, conversations with alumni never fail to impress and inspire me. Earlier this year, I was delighted to meet with over 200 alumni in the UAE and the US. I enjoyed most interesting conversations and was grateful for the warm welcome and offers of support we received. The University’s Supporter and Alumni Relations team are working to consolidate and extend the programme of UK and international alumni events, networking opportunities and other services for you, so please do visit the Alumni and Supporters website from time to time or follow us on our social media sites.

In the autumn, I look forward to meeting many of you at Richmond events in London, Istanbul, Ankara and Madrid. Please check the events calendar for details and join us if you can.

Yours sincerely,

Professor John Annette
President and Vice-Chancellor

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