Middlesex University has a long and proud history as a provider of high quality education in north London. The institution was granted University status in 1992, but through former constituent colleges has been delivering tertiary level education since the late 19th century. More recently Middlesex has expanded as a deliverer of international education and was the first British university to open, in 1995, a network of recruitment offices around the world. This move gave thousands of international students the opportunity to come to London to study at Middlesex. The University’s international status has been reinforced by the opening of international campuses around the world: Dubai (2005), Mauritius (2010) and Malta (2013).
Middlesex has around 40,000 students studying courses around the world, with around 23,000 based on campus in Hendon, North London. The university currently has 6 schools: Art & Design, Business, Health & Education, Law, Media and Performing Arts and Science and Technology, as well as a renowned Institute for Work-based learning, where we work with leading employers to deliver bespoke graduate and post graduate level courses in the workplace.
In the mid-1990’s Middlesex University established courses in Sport & Exercise science, and in 2004 formed the London Sport Institute, a recognised teaching and research establishment, specialising in sport sciences. The University has many famous alumni, and recent students have included Montell Douglass – multi Olympic athlete, still the current British record holder for 100m and winner of Commonwealth Gold as part of the 4 x 100m team in Delhi 2010. More recently student Lutalo Muhammad won a bronze medal in the London 2012 Olympic games in Taekwondo.
One of the things I like about working at Middlesex University is that it has a reputation for being innovative and pushing new boundaries. We are given the freedom and support to try new initiatives and to trailblaze new ideas. We try to be creative, to enhance the reputation of the sport service and the institution. This brings with it many new opportunities for different ways of working and undertaking new and exciting projects. There’s never a dull moment!
We joined ENAS to try something different. I knew that a few English institutions had joined up and extolled the benefits of membership. I was interested in the new opportunities that might become available for the students and for my staff and their development, through membership, and I’m very happy with the contacts I made at the conference and the initiatives we are delivering as a result of my attending. I thought the Limerick conference was wonderful. I met some great people, attended some excellent and inspiring keynotes and sessions, enjoyed the social interaction, and picked up some ideas which I’m taking forward. As an example, over 100 Middlesex University students will be participating in the University of Lille 1 sports tournament in April, which is something which wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t gone to the conference.