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The UK and Europe have a persistent challenge in developing a national capacity to understand and effectively engage with China. Noble Endeavours exists to help research institutions across the UK and EU to meet that challenge.

Helping to Solve
Global Challenges

At Noble Endeavours my vision is to enable research institutions that are informed, confident, and fully able to manage the risks associated with engagement with China, enabling them to pursue secure, sustainable partnerships that will help us to collectively solve the global challenges facing us all.

Invaluable Insight
in Research Collaboration

The consultancy builds on my wealth of experience, with deep-rooted connections in both the UK, EU, and China’s academic spheres. Having spent considerable time living and working in China, I have gained invaluable insight into international research collaboration. I provide up-to-date information about the Chinese research environment, analysis of the current policy context, advice on how to best manage risks and build strong, secure and mutually beneficial partnerships.

At Noble Endeavours I am here to be your expert guide, facilitator and critical friend in navigating this complex environment. Offering tailored solutions to meet your specific needs, I’ll help you to develop strategic partnerships, initiate joint research projects, and expand your network of collaborators in China.

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About Glen Noble

Throughout my career I have specialised in facilitating dialogue across cultural, disciplinary and national boundaries. At the Economic and Social Research Council I was the UK’s National Representative to the Joint Programming Initiative for Urban Europe, and the ESRC lead delivering the Newton Fund.

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Previous Experience

Deputy Director for UKRI China

While Deputy Director for UKRI China (previously RCUK China), I led negotiations with Chinese partners to deliver programmes totalling £80 million. I advised UK universities and academics on their engagement with China, brokered partnerships, and solved problems that emerged during collaboration. As UKRI’s representative in China I worked closely with colleagues across the British Embassy to coordinate science diplomacy and policy efforts.

Director of Research for University of Nottingham Ningbo China

As Director of Research for University of Nottingham Ningbo China I coordinated a new university research strategy, restructured research and knowledge exchange support services across the institution and introduced a major new IT platform to manage research administration.

Bringing My Expertise to You

With over a decade of experience in research strategy, policy, and operations leadership, I have had the privilege of working with prestigious universities and research institutions in the UK, Europe, and China. I’m now excited to bring my expertise back to the UK. I build on my experience in national funding agencies, science diplomacy, international partnerships and leadership of university research services to help individuals, teams and institutions to build capacity and to understand and collaborate effectively with China, developing informed strategies to enable sustainable and secure partnerships.

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