Welcome from Lord Kerslake, Our Chair
Reflections from Professor Sir Chris Husbands
I have loved my job as Sheffield Hallam’s Vice-Chancellor. It has been an enormous privilege to lead a university with so clear a mission, so important to its city and region, and with so powerful a sense of community. One of the UK’s largest universities, its strength is that it is also one of the most diverse. This is a big university, with a commensurate capacity to make a big difference.
Over the last few years, the university has made enormous progress in maximising its impact and influence. Hallam has re-articulated its mission, with a clear goal to become a world-leading applied university and a set of underpinning shared values which drive its success. Student outcomes are outstanding. Research has been significantly strengthened. Hallam has led the way in shaping ideas about how universities interact with the communities. It has adopted a rigorous climate action plan. It has shaped national policy thinking. And it has won a series of awards which reflect its priorities: teaching quality, enterprise and entrepreneurship, social mobility and community engagement.
There is more to do – much more; the world is changing and Hallam must continue to change if it is to thrive. Leading this university is a big job. It will stretch you and stimulate you. It will make demands on you and your leadership. But the rewards are huge. I’ll miss the University and its people more than I can say. If you care about the power of higher education to transform lives and shape communities, there is not a more rewarding, engaging or inspiring role than leading Sheffield Hallam University to its next achievements.