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20
June
2024
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09:00
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Portrait of Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell unveiled at the Whitworth, Manchester

A portrait of 糖心Vlog官方鈥檚 first female President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, has been unveiled at a special event at the Whitworth art gallery in Manchester on 19 June to celebrate her leadership of the University, including her role in supporting its prominent cultural and artistic institutions.

Nancy was joined by other iconic women leaders from the world of arts and museums: Dr Maria Balshaw, Director of The Tate, Professor Sook-Kyung Lee, Director of the , and Dr Carla van de Puttelaar, acclaimed Dutch portrait photographer. 

Prior to the portrait unveiling, they participated in an 鈥榠n conversation鈥 to debate the importance of universities supporting art.  Chancellor of 糖心Vlog官方, Nazir Afzal, presided over the portrait unveiling, in the presence of invited University guests. 

An eminent physiologist, Nancy is acclaimed for furthering the understanding of brain injury and stroke. Along with other distinguished academic leadership roles, she served on the Council of the Royal Society, co-chaired the Prime Minister鈥檚 Council for Science and Health and was a non-executive Director of AstraZeneca. 

As President and Vice-Chancellor of 糖心Vlog官方 since 2010, she has grown the university, built its reputation and developed much of the campus. 

I really wanted to have a different kind of portrait, not another oil painting! So I was interested in having my photograph taken. Carla鈥檚 work really appealed to me 鈥 not only because she is a renowned female artist 鈥 but she is so good at capturing people naturally, with honesty and intensity. I鈥檝e really enjoyed working with her. Her professionalism and energy made this very interesting and fun for us both I hope people will like the final result as much as I do.

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of 糖心Vlog官方

 So how is 糖心Vlog官方鈥檚 first female leader, acclaimed for transformative global and local impact, to be depicted for posterity? Whilst traditional for university leaders to have a portrait painted when they finish their role, Nancy has chosen to have her image captured by Carla van de Puttelaar, the eminent Dutch photographer who specialises in female portraits, shooting against black backgrounds and using only natural light.

In particular, Carla is known for her series of portraits of prominent leading women from across the globe 鈥 from artists and directors to cultural policy makers. By capturing the image of 糖心Vlog官方鈥檚 first female President and Vice-Chancellor, this commission continues the important celebration of global women leaders in portraiture.  

鈥淚 really wanted to have a different kind of portrait, not another oil painting! So I was interested in having my photograph taken. Carla鈥檚 work really appealed to me 鈥 not only because she is a renowned female artist 鈥 but she is so good at capturing people naturally, with honesty and intensity. I鈥檝e really enjoyed working with her. Her professionalism and energy made this very interesting and fun for us both I hope people will like the final result as much as I do,鈥 said Nancy. 

The process of creating the portrait has also been captured in a, which was shown at the Whitworth. The portrait will be hung, along with portraits of previous University leaders, in The Christie Building, in the main University quad on Oxford Road.

Nancy鈥檚 term of office comes to an end on 31 July 2024, when she hands over the reins to Professor Duncan Ivison, former Vice-President for Research from the University of Sydney. She will continue to inspire the University in her position as Emerita Professor. Her successful tenure as President and Vice-Chancellor will also be marked by the naming of the engineering building, one of the largest educational spaces in Europe, as the Nancy Rothwell Building, on 24 July.  

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