Vice-Chancellor visits key research partners and senior alumni in USA

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Our Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Keith Burnett is visiting the USA this week as part of ongoing work with key research partners and to meet senior alumni.

Professor Sir Keith Burnett will meet leading academics and policy makers at the University of Pennsylvania and the Brookings Institute in Washington to discuss our pioneering work to establish the first Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District in the UK.

The US visit will also include the annual meeting of the University of Sheffield in America Board, which is led by Sheffield Chemistry graduate and Nobel Prize-winner Professor Sir Richard Roberts.

The University of Sheffield in America charity provides significant grants to the Sheffield Institute of Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) which is pioneering new treatments for Motor Neurone Disease and related neurological conditions. The charity also helped establish the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures, set up thanks to a £2.6 million donation from alumnus Jeremy Grantham and his wife Hanne.

The charity was set up in 2004 to help former students in the USA stay connected with Sheffield, make new links and connections with each other, and support the University.

In addition to its work with leading research in key areas of challenge it has offered scholarships for students and fellowships for early career researchers. Last year the University of Sheffield in America raised and awarded around $625,000.

We have 3,500 alumni in the USA, including American citizens who came to study in Sheffield and expatriate British graduates who went on to build their careers and lives in the USA. Currently, more than 100 students from the US are studying here and Sir Keith will be accompanied on the visit by Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Shearer West, who is herself originally from the US.

During his visit, Sir Keith will meet Jonathan Stone, a founder of SITraN, whose father Hyman Stone was an alumnus (LLB, 1923) and the first elected president of our Students’ Union and Professor Louise Harpman the architect and academic who visited in February to deliver a lecture to the School of Architecture.

The Vice-Chancellor will also have discussions with law graduate Jim Grant, better known by his pseudonym Lee Child, the worldwide bestselling crime author behind the Jack Reacher novels. Jim has visited us on several occasions including to award 50 ‘Jack Reacher Scholarships’.

Jim will be the guest of honour and speaker at a 2016 American Alumni Reunion in New York on Saturday 21 May 2016, which will kick of a series of events around the world celebrating Charter Day – marking 111 years since our University was founded by Royal Charter in 1905.