Nottingham Uni unveils PA chief

Nottingham University has taken on Jonathan Ray as director of public affairs to replace Philip Dalling, who has retired after 22 years.

Ray's brief is to forge stronger links with the local community and help boost international student applications. He joins from the East Midlands Development Agency, where he was head of comms for less than a year. It is hunting his replacement.

He leads a seven-strong team at Nottingham's King's Meadow campus. Ray will promote the university's reputation internationally, lobby EU policy makers, nurture relationships with authorities in China and Malaysia and expand its portfolio of international journalist contacts.

Outside its home territory, 7,000 places are available at campuses near Kuala Lumpa in Malaysia and Ningbo in China.

Locally, he will need to assure community groups and civil servants that any adverse effects of expansion and commercial spin-offs will be minimal.

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