Staffordshire University boosts community contribution with new visiting professor

"I am very excited to be joining Staffordshire University, which is clearly hugely committed to improving the quality of life for people in the local area and beyond. I am looking forward to working with colleagues across the University, partners and community groups to ensure we deliver real, tangible social value."

Jeremy Nicholls, Professor of Social Value and Impact

Staffordshire University has underlined its commitment as the 'Connected University' to working with local people to deliver real benefits for local communities by appointing its first Professor of Social Value and Impact.

The role, one of the first of its kind in the country, will be occupied by Jeremy Nicholls who was Chief Executive of Social Value UK and Social Value International until June 2018.

Jeremy, who initially trained as a chartered accountant, has worked across the world and currently occupies roles as a Board member for the Social Capital Coalition and is a Director of the FRC Group which works to eradicate furniture poverty.

The appointment will support the establishment of the University's Connected Communities Framework, which will steer the engagement of students, staff and graduates with local, regional, national and global communities. By working in connected partnerships, the University will enhance its central role in reducing social inequality and boosting economic growth in Staffordshire and beyond.

Professor Nicholls welcomed his appointment by saying: "I am very excited to be joining Staffordshire University, which is clearly hugely committed to improving the quality of life for people in the local area and beyond. I am looking forward to working with colleagues across the University, partners and community groups to ensure we deliver real, tangible social value."

Professor Ieuan Ellis, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Partnerships and Region) said; "Jeremy‚Äôs appointment as a Visiting Professor is a great result for Staffordshire University.  He brings immense understanding and expertise in social value and in supporting institutions to deliver real impact working with and for their local communities. This role is a key part of our Connected Communities Framework and supports our commitment to adding social value as a Civic, Regional anchor institution."

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