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Long serving staff received Lord Dearing Award for service excellence


Patrick Joseph, Director of Academic Services received the Lord Dearing Award for his contribution in supporting student learning experience at The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) during the graduation ceremony held on 25 July 2015.

The Lord Dearing Award is conferred to staff of the University who makes a world-class contribution towards creating a student learning environment which is nurturing as well as challenging, creative and innovative.

“Today I am very proud to present the Lord Dearing Award to a very dear colleague, who has been dedicated to delivering the high standards which is synonymous with the University of Nottingham, said Professor Christine Ennew, CEO and Provost of UNMC.

“Patrick was among the pioneer staff at UNMC, having joined us in 2000, in the early days when we were setting up. 15 years on, he has achieved one of the most prestigious awards at the University due to his phenomenal and unwavering support of the student learning experience.

“Earning the ranks to his current position as UNMC’s Director of Academic Services, he continues to engage with students, responding to their feedback personally. He also directs the campus strategy relating to Admissions and Students Administration, Wellbeing & Learning Support, Careers Advisory Services, Student Association, Alumni and Donor Relations, Sports and Community Engagement. Some of these functions are nation-leading provisions,” Professor Ennew said.

“I am immensely touched to be nominated for this prestigious award by a member of staff, it is truly a very special milestone in my career and I would like to thank the management of the University of Nottingham for conferring me with this honour as well as the many colleagues who have been part of my career,” said Patrick Joseph.

Patrick was one of the first member of staff to joined UNMC when the University started off by offering courses in business, engineering and computer studies. Today, UNMC offers more than 70 courses and has more than 5,000 students. In the past 15 years, he has served in several roles in the University including student recruitment, examination and teaching facility management, student registry and now Academic Services.

“The University has grown in students and staff numbers and in the many achievements and awards we have received, as well as the depth and breadth of research and courses we offer. We have made transformational progress yet the biggest achievement remains the opportunity we have as educators to build highly skilled human capital for global employers,” Patrick said.

“Personally I have always believed that student’s well-being should be at the centre of our operations and we are indeed in the business of serving the future generation of leaders of companies and even countries,” Patrick shares.

UNMC graduation witnessed the honorary degree being conferred to Tan Sri Zakri Abdul Hamid, Science Adviser to Government of Malaysia and graduation of almost 900 undergraduate and postgraduate students from The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences; Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Science. The event was hosted by Professor Karen Cox, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham and Professor Christine Ennew

UNMC's 15th Anniversary

One of the world's truly global universities, with campuses in Malaysia,the UK and China, 2015 marks the 15th year since setting up as UK's first full-fledged international campus in Malaysia and all three campuses continue to enrich the lives of students across the world through global education,ground-breaking research and community engagement.



Notes to editors:  The  University of Nottingham  has 43,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with campuses in  China and  Malaysia  modelled on a headquarters that is among the most attractive in Britain’ (Times Good University Guide 2014). It is also one of the most popular universities in the UK among  graduate employers  and the winner of ‘Research Project of the Year’ at the  THE  Awards 2014. It is ranked in the world’s top one per cent of universities by the QS World University Rankings, and  8th in the UK  by research power according to REF 2014.


The  University of Nottingham in Malaysia  (UNMC)is holding events throughout 2015 to celebrate 15 years as a pioneer of transnational education. Based in Semenyih, UNMC was established as the UK's first overseas campus in Malaysia and one of the first world-wide.

Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, its biggest-ever fundraising campaign, is delivering the University’s vision to change lives, tackle global issues and shape the future.   

Posted on 27th July 2015

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