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20 July 2012
Vice-Chancellor honoured for outstanding contribution to Higher Education

Professor David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham, has received an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Higher Education from his alma mater Liverpool John Moores University.

Presenting the citation to Professor Greenaway as part of the annual summer graduation ceremony at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, Pro-Vice Chancellor Alison Wild said: “Each July during Graduation Week, the University’s highest honour - an Honorary Fellowship - is bestowed on a select band of individuals outside the University, in recognition of their outstanding achievement in a given field or profession, and who personify and inspire others to 'dream, plan, and achieve'.

We propose David today for his outstanding contribution to Higher Education, following a meritorious academic career, a continuing commitment to opportunity for all, and a distinguished public service contribution to many aspects of UK public life.”

Pro-Vice Chancellor Wild reviewed some of the highlights of Professor Greenaway’s career including:

  • Teaching roles at Leicester Polytechnic, the University of Buckingham and the University of Nottingham where he continues to lecture in economics.
  • An outstanding and active research portfolio including the publication of numerous academic papers and books, Editorial Board membership of several major international academic journals and the founding of the Leverhulme Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy.
  • Commitment to public service as Chairman of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body, board membership of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education and the Government's Asia Task Force, and non-executive positions in the National Health Service.
  • Economic Advisor and Consultant to major international agencies such as The World Bank, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, World Trade Organisation and the United Nations.
  • Providing inspirational leadership throughout his tenure at Nottingham, where prior to becoming Vice-Chancellor he also served as Dean of the Faculty of Law and Social Science and two terms as Pro-Vice-Chancellor.
   David Greenaway

She also spoke of Professor Greenaway’s extraordinary passion for widening participation in higher education for young people from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds, underlining this by describing his upbringing in a working class district of Glasgow and being the first member of his family to go to university.

Pro-Vice Chancellor Wild went on to explain how Professor Greenaway and eleven colleagues will embark on ‘Life Cycle 2’ in September, a gruelling 1,100 mile bike ride from Scotland to the south coast of England aimed at raising awareness and funding to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Reacting to the Honorary Fellowship, Professor Greenaway said: “I am deeply touched. I look back very fondly on my time at Liverpool Polytechnic, as it was known then. It kindled a lifelong interest in global economics and gave me a tremendous head start in my career. Education is one of the fundamental cornerstones of our society, it has the power to open doors and transform lives and I passionately believe that we have a responsibility to identify and nurture talented young people to fulfil their potential, whatever their backgrounds.”

Professor Greenaway’s second Life Cycle ride is to raise money for Nottingham Potential - a key project within the University’s new appeal, Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, which is delivering the University’s vision to change lives, tackle global issues and shape the future. Find out more about the campaign and how you can support us at

You can support Professor Greenaway and his team as they ride the length of the country on Life Cycle 2 in a number of ways. Why not get involved on Sunday September 2 2012 when there will be three, free community events to mark the riders’ arrival in Nottingham. To find out more or for entry details, please visit:

More information about Life Cycle 2 can now be found about:

• Life Cycle —  
• Life Cycle on Twitter —  
• The Life Cycle Team —  

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