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Life in the athletes’ village

Economics student and England hockey international Harry Martin provides an update from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth village. We’ve now moved into the village — I forgot how cool these places are! We’re all living in one big house; the majority of rooms are pairs with one three and one five on the top floor. I’m in the 3 …

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Medicine and the work-work balance

The vast majority of students have been supported above and beyond their needs up until university and many are fortunate to have monetary assistance during their degrees – often interpreted as “fun money”. For those whose income doesn’t seem to meet their outgoings and wish not to stay afloat by way of overdraft, there is …

Graduation Address at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China

The following is my address given at the graduation ceremonies, University of Nottingham Ningbo China, July 2014. President Yang Fujia, Your Excellency Sir Sebastian Wood, Provost Nick Miles, Mme Xu Yafen, Graduands, Guests; welcome to graduation for the class of 2014 at UNNC. It is a pleasure for me to be here in Ningbo to …

文艺青年 – China’s Emerging Hipsters

By Aimee Strang, Student at Nottingham University Ningbo Summer School. Wenyi Qingnian – aka the Chinese expression used to describe a hipster. The term hipster has become increasingly popular over the past decade to describe those who belong to a certain subculture and are predominantly from Generation Y. The idea of hipster has primarily been …

The German perspective on the First World War

The final lunchtime talk held in connection with our current exhibition ‘All Quiet in the Weston Gallery’ takes place tomorrow. With the nation gearing up to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the First World War, through exhibitions, tv and radio programmes, books and articles, debate is, unsurprisingly, focused on British involvement in the war. …

‘þe best mylke is womman milke’: Does Breast Milk Heal? – Guest post by Erin Connelly

On a recent episode of GPs: Behind Closed Doors (Channel 5), a reality show that examines doctor-patient relationships, a young mother told her GP that she had been treating her infant’s conjunctivitis with breast milk. The GP was surprised by this treatment and advised against it, stating that it was both ineffective and unpleasant. However, …

Video game scholarships

League of Legends becomes a varsity sport Inside Higher Ed has a story about an Illinois university which has decided to make ‘League of Legends’ a varsity sport and award a number of scholarships to boot: In the latest blow to the nerd-jock distinction, an Illinois university has added video games to its varsity sports …

Redefining Hong Kong SAR

Written by Daniel Garrett. While undeniably the most extensive authoritarian and arguably violent crackdown by the SAR government since  the Handover, the local regime’s actions on July 2nd are best understood at this early point as a case of “killing a few chickens” to dissuade participation in OCLP and to dispel demands for civil nomination …

Making a great connection: tips for Skype and telephone interview success

In a competitive and global job market, the amount of employers using telephone and Skype interviews in their recruitment processes is increasing.  They are used as an interview method to reach candidates who are applying from overseas and are a useful way to screen applicants before inviting them to a longer interview in person or …

FRGS Resarch Proposal Training

Over the past year or so, the Research Suport Office has held a number of training events to enable researchers to learn how to write research proosals, develop networks, be open to a peer review process etc. Hopefully, this has led, along with the fantastic work being done in the faculties, in improving our success …

Don’t horse about! Give your skills a check-up and moo-ve up the career ladder

This week we have passed the blog reins over to veterinary science student Tom Large. Tom explains how the Skills for Employability module has helped him to develop his skills and prepare for the journey into the world of work. What motivated you to take part in the Skills for Employability module? I always knew that …

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

A message from Dr Paul Greatrix, Registrar, The University of Nottingham: ‘On behalf of The University of Nottingham, I would like to offer deepest condolences to the families and friends of all the passengers and crew of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. ‘While more details are still emerging, it is clear that this tragedy will have …

Upcycling all the rage?

Two of the course team for our current FutureLearn MOOC, Sustainability, Society and You, course leader Sarah Speight and engineer Mike Clifford, have been busy reusing unwanted pallets. Mike’s gone for a cerebral solution and has turned his into a bookcase (could do with a bit of sanding down and a wax Mike), while Sarah’s …

D2N2 Growth Deal and Better Business for All

Speakers: Peter Richardson, Chairman of the D2N2 LEP and Karen Edmonds, lead for Better Business for All across D2N2. The D2N2 Growth Deal Peter Richardson was welcomed to the floor to give an overview of the recently announced Growth Deal and what this will mean for small businesses across the cities and counties of Nottingham, …

Falling in love with the UK

One of the best things about life as a student at The University of Nottingham is the surprising variety of societies, clubs and volunteering opportunities it has to offer. You can find all the common sports and hobbies, but you can also be amazed by finding groups such as the Magic Society, the Massage Society, …

Going for gold in Glasgow

Hi, my name is Harry Martin and I’ll be going into the third year of my Economics degree this September. I’m also a member of the England and Great Britain hockey teams and have been asked to give an insight to our preparations for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow along with life as a student-athlete. …

Rewilding: the Natural History of Wild Boar in Northern Italy

Can a landscape be taken “back in time” to a state before agriculture in which natural species of flora and fauna re-emerge spontaneously?  This process of “rewilding,” in which animal and plant populations specific to some pre-human past manage themselves through predation and death, has been tried most famously in the unlikely location of the …

Research and policy making: Professor Ian Boyd

The below video features a keynote speech from Professor Ian Boyd FSB FRSE, Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Professor in Biology at the University of St Andrews. Professor Boyd discussed the intractability (or ‘wickedness’) of many problems the government faces, best practice in science advice, the …

Party party party

If you were anywhere near the science and engineering section of University Park yesterday lunchtime/afternoon you might have heard the sounds of the School of Chemistry summer party. If you didn’t know it before, you know it now. Chemists do not party quietly. They like to throw down. I popped along for the tug of …

Evidence-based policy: data has its limits

This post was originally published on the blog of the Alliance for Useful Evidence, an open–access network of more than 1,800 individuals that champions the use of evidence in social policy and practice. “Aaarghhh! Politics and policy-making is so frustrating! We spend so much time conducting careful scientific analysis in all kinds of fields of enquiry. The results are published …

Update – 14 July

Strategy 2020 Following an extensive process of development and consultation, Strategy 2020 was discussed and approved by University Council at its most recent meeting. It is being shared with University staff on the Strategy 2020 website. Next steps are to move the strategy forward through the creation of an implementation plan, which will be developed …

A new beginning

This is it. My final post. It has been two full years since I started blogging and so much has happened in that time – good and bad. But I made it (Praise God!) and now have photos like this:     Graduation Graduation was definitely an experience. We stayed in the Uni hotel (ooh …

Clean Water for All research in Newcastle March 2014; What Multi-Disciplinary Work Looks Like

Guest blogger Maya Jarrad‘s (Reed College, Oregon) take on Clean Water for All and Blue-Green Cities research experienced as part of co-location working in Newcastle and an exciting site visit. “For me, the strongest take-away from the intensive week-long collaboration period in Newcastle was watching the many researchers explore the SuDS (Sustainable Drainage Systems), human-made …

Joining the Dots: the DHC during conference season

The academic conference season is in full bloom and the DHC had its fair share of conference exposure, including our very own Urban Mapping event, followed by presentations at the Mobile Spectator: Viewing on the Move conference and, the grand finale, DH2014. Here are some musings, joining up the dots between these events which, on …

Extreme weather at the WCEH, Guimaraes, Portugal

World Congress on Environmental History (WCEH) This week Georgina and I were lucky enough to be able to attend the 2nd World Congress on Environmental History (WCEH) in Guimaraes, Portugal. Although this trip wasn’t an official part of the Weather Extremes project, the conference included lots of talks on extreme weather events from a variety …

Black History Month 2014 — we need you

We’ve woken up! Black History Month 2014 isn’t that far off, so we’re starting to gather news, profiles and events to feature on this blog in October. Are you arranging an event to celebrate Black History Month — a public lecture, conference, dance-off, workshop or food fayre? Are you a BME researcher or member of …

Hamlet (Yohangza Theatre) @ The Peacock Theatre, London

A raised platform thrust upwards from a bed of fine gravel, while towering tapestries on three sides of the stage depicted ancient Korean men and women in formal postures and brightly coloured clothes. Onto this stage stepped a man in black, reading a Penguin edition of Hamlet, who began speaking words whose cadences, even if …

Classics and the First World War: ‘Stand in the trench, Achilles’

A hundred years since the summer of 1914: people’s minds are turning to the First World War. I thought it might be of interest to spend a little time here drawing attention to some of the various ways in which this war was experienced, described and commemorated in connection with Classics. This poem was composed …

Workshop on Implicit Cognitions, Nottingham

Some of our work will be presented at a workshop on implicit cognitions, which is part of a program of events put on by the Equality and Diversity committee of the Philosophy Department, University of Nottingham. Details are below. We’ll be presenting the experimental design we’ve been developing as part of the project, and presenting …

Summer Graduation 2014

It’s the first week of Summer Graduation and the University Park Campus is electric and busy with excited graduates and very proud parents, attending awards ceremonies, visiting old haunts and celebrating becoming the Class of 2014. This week, the University will congratulate students from the following faculties: Department of Civil Engineering School of Veterinary Medicine …

TTP: an introduction

Video >> Wyn Morgan introduces the Teaching Transformation Programme and describes the activities so far:  The Teaching Transformation Programme web pages include full details of  TTP activities, reports, contacts etc.

An International welcome

Hello/Assalamu Alaikum/Ni Hao/ Namaste/Bonjour/Selamat pagi/ Bom dia/ Ei Je/ Zdravstvuite/Hola (Forgive me if I missed your language) If you are reading this I am guessing you would be joining Nottingham very soon, a big congratulations from me! Possibly one of the best choices you have made as a young adult. I have never blogged before …

Physsoc goes to CERN

Dylan’s been off on travels with Physsoc – the University’s physics society. This society annual trip to Geneva, Switzerland, has won awards at the University, and Dylan has captured a science themed snapshot in this video. Maybe this one should have been called ‘Off Campus Cam’!     Although I have no idea what any …

Down but not out

When an ancient beech tree atop The Downs finally succumbed to disease and decay, the Estate Office was determined that the centuries-old landmark should not be forgotten. The tree is a link to the landscape’s past long before it became a University campus. Indeed Lenton Close, the last private house to be built on University …

Bloodthirsty Urges, Papier-Mâché Pigs and More: Behind the Scenes of Golyi Korol’

Last week we published a review of the recent Russian play. Now, one of the actors, Year Two student Bryony Lingard, gives us her insider’s perspective on the production… This year I made a more concentrated effort to get involved in pretty much everything I could at university, and one of the things I decided …

What’s On? – July 2014

There’s loads going on in Nottingham in July, and we’ve helpfully gathered together some highlights in this blog to whet your appetite. So for anyone spending their summer in Nottingham, there’s plenty to keep you busy over the next few weeks. Event: Boating on the lakeDate: All summerLocation: Highfields Park, by University ParkInformation: There’s nothing quite like messing …

China’s next age

Article by Paul Kirkham, researcher in the field of entrepreneurial creativity at Nottingham University Business School. The discoveries that emerged during the Age of Exploration finally put to rest the idea that all wisdom came from the “ancients”. The realisation that knowledge could be found elsewhere or even created – and therefore that progress could …

Landladies and Laboratory Classes

Blog 2: Landladies and Laboratory Classes In 1957 it was frowned upon by the University for students to rent and share houses and flats in the private sector: Nottingham’s finest, and there were fewer than 1000 at that time, had to be cosseted in halls of residence aping the Oxbridge tradition, or looked after by …

Classics

This week I had cause to look again at Descartes’ Meditations on First Philosophy, a book from which I used to teach but had not read for around 20 years. Wanting to lay hands on a copy in the middle of town, I went along to the book shop in the near certain knowledge that …

What is a Proxy War?

Posted in Conflict & Security,International Relations   Storming out of Syria and taking control of key cities in a matter of days, the Islamic state of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has shown that Iraq’s stability could be very easily measured on the Richter scale. But state fragility, democratic deficits and measures of success in democracy …

Postgraduate Placements and SMEs

I started working with Postgraduate Placements at the University of Nottingham at the beginning of May.  The main aim of the project is to place Postgraduate Students in small or medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the East Midlands. Therefore a large part of my role is to find SMEs who have a project that a …

The Evolution of Responsible Leadership

Following a public lecture by Sir Mark Moody-Stuart at ICCSR, Nottingham University Business School on 2nd May 2014, the following essay reflects on the qualities of responsible leadership and how such values evolve in leaders and organisations. Framing responsible leadership Since the Global Financial Crisis there have been increased calls for more responsible business leadership. Many …

Thinking with Animals Workshop

Tracey Potts and Eva Giraud are doing a workshop around Animal Studies this Friday (20th June, Trent B38a, 1:30-5pm). If you do want to attend, email Eva (Eva.Giraud@nottingham.ac.uk) and she will reply with some short readings. Here’s the description … Lions and Tigers and Bears! Oh my! : Thinking with Animals The idea of thinking …

Just have to look around to see educational values….

As we go to Shanghai schools, we only have to look around us to see how different the education here is from at home. The everyday things tell us about different priorities- culturally and educationally. We can’t help noticing the cultural paradox of a more collective society in which education is fiercely, individually competitive. We …

Graduate Profile – Luke Daley

  BSc Nutrition Luke Daley studied Nutrition (BSc) at Nottingham University 5 years ago and then went on to complete a masters degree.  This led to employment as a Public Health Nutritionist with NHS Nottinghamshire County Health Partnerships which involved co-ordinating 3 areas of Nottinghamshire (Mansfield, Gedling and Rushcliffe) to run specific intervention programs such …

English at May Fest

  Mayfest, the University’s community open day, is always a highlight of the spring semester, and this year was no exception.  With thousands of people from the local area enjoying the chance to explore campus, the School of English had prepared a few activities. Visitors could try their luck at matching Shakespeare quotations to the plays they …

An unexpected result? The Indian Election of 2014

IAPS will host (made possible by generous support from the Political Studies Association) an event to assess the Indian election of 2014.  This will be held on the 3rd July 2014 from 9.30am.  Several of the contributors to the #Indiavotes2014 blog, as well as many others, will give their considered analysis of the campaign and …

The End is Nigh

By Peggy Hennery, BA International Studies. Just a heads up, this will be, without a doubt, the cheesiest and most cliché filled blog post I’ve ever written. All year I have raved about the wonderful aspects of studying abroad, but now my year is coming to an end and I must admit, I’m pretty down about it. I am writing …

Soderbergh Goes Legit

By Mark Gallagher, Associate Professor, Dept. of Culture, Film and Media, University of Nottingham New York City recently hosted the 12th edition of its homegrown Tribeca Film Festival.  Surely this would be a good time to visit the city and catch the newest offering from Steven Soderbergh (whose work and career I explore in my recent monograph, …

Study and explore

Gael Bateman: student and explorer.  I am one of those people with multiple interests that change from season to season; I don’t have a thing, like so many people appear to have in this modern world, which helps to define them. But I do love exploring. Exploring ideas, places, people, cultures, identities, foods and experiences – …

INNOVATE Launch Event

After almost 6 months since the INNOVATE adventure began, it was finally time to launch the project. As each individual INNOVATE team member is aligned to an industrial partner, with which we will spend 6 months on an industrial placement, it was decided that a good way to launch the project would be to invite …

Up Close and Personal!

This post is a longer version of an interview with KWBN’s Sean Matthews for the British Council’s ‘Up Close and Personal’ column in the Education Intelligence newsletter. The full interview can be accessed here. EI: What is your favorite conference and why? SM: I realize it’s a bit of a cliché, but I’d say either the last …

Can a Title Really Sum This Up…. ?

It was my last day of work placement today at Boosey and Hawkes Music Publishers, and wow… I’m feeling much sadder than I thought I would be! It feels very strange to think that I won’t be going back next week because, despite going for the purpose of working, every Friday has actually felt like …

Exploring images of snow and winter past

Previously I posted about the collection of digital composite images that I’ve created as part of the Snow Scenes project. The images, all created from photographs held in the archives at the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry merged with their modern day locations, are now available for online viewing in the gallery below. Currently …

Industry Insight: AGP Technology Showcase

This week (February 25th-26th) the Aerospace Growth Partnership (AGP) held its first ever Technology Showcase – “a unique event to articulate the plan to grow both the UK economy, and the UK share of the global aerospace market through investment in technology” (www.theengineer.co.uk). The University of Nottingham’s Institute for Aerospace Technology (IAT) was well represented …

Getting used to the Spanish rhythm of life

Extremadura was a region about which I knew very little. This was one of the main reasons I chose to come here. Being taught Spanish language and experiencing the country first-hand are obviously very different, but until arriving here I did not realise just how much. Firstly, there is the rhythm of life, especially in …

An end and a beginning

This is a farewell post.  I am retiring from my University position at the end of this week, having joined the staff in 1974 (not 1947, as was said in the blurb of one of my books!) and served for 14,368 days; simultaneously, this blog is being absorbed into the Classics Department’s new teaching and …

Consulting – using your watch to tell you the time

Consulting can mean many things to different people depending on whom you might be asking. Despite its variety, in its most general sense, it is the provision of external advice to an organisation or individual that is either looking for specialist advice or for insight from a third party. We recently held an event in …

Food sovereignty in the UK

Food security has become the dominant framing of agri-food policy and research in the UK. However, it is not the only framing. In this post we take a look at one of the alternatives, food sovereignty. We look for food sovereignty in policy, in research, and in the media. We also explore the emerging food …

From John Pearson … The Transport of the Future: selling UK vehicle expertise to Mexico

Mexico is now the eighth largest vehicle producer in the world. It is getting a lot of attention as more companies set up production facilities here. Just last month, the Mexican media was full of plans for Audi to build its first production plant in Mexico, in Puebla.  This will be the first “premium brand” …

Bias and Blame – New Leverhulme Trust project for Department of Philosophy

By Jules Holroyd. The Leverhulme Trust has awarded a 36 month grant to the University of Nottingham, for a project led by Dr Jules Holroyd (Department of Philosophy, Nottingham), in collaboration with Dr Tom Stafford (Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield) titled “Bias and Blame: Do Moral Interactions Modulate the Expression of Implicit Bias?”. The …

Perdana Fellows: the unofficial government spokesmen

“How would you maintain your professionalism if you were selected as a Perdana Fellow?” “And by professionalism, I am referring to the fact that you may not necessarily be a supporter of the current government.” That was a flavour of the sort of questions you would encounter in the interview for Malaysia’s most prestigious internship …

Some notes from a lecture on the shortness of the short story

In my day job as a writer in residence at the University of Nottingham’s School of English, I sometimes have the pleasure of standing in front of a crowd of students and telling them some things I think I know about reading and writing. Today I gave a talk about short stories, and in particular …

Malaysia plans to be the first Islamic financial superpower

Could a new upstart be about the join the likes of London, New York and Tokyo as a global financial superpower? The Malaysian government would like to think so, at least. Recently it announced bold plans to transform the country’s capital Kuala Lumpur into a major financial centre in a bid to raise its profile …

The VC’s Life Cycle 3 Blog: Day 14 – Nevill Holt to Nottingham

What a wonderful day. We knew finishing in Nottingham would be something special, but none of us anticipated just how special. It was a cold start, overcast with northerly winds. Those of us staying in various places in Medbourne had a one and a half mile climb to Nevill Holt, our start point for the …

News from a BESTS Scholar in Toronto

This post, by Sarah Glozer, was originally published in Better Business.  I had read their work. I had written about their contributions. I had even admired them from afar. Now it was time to spend some quality academic time with some of the most established CSR and Marketing scholars at Schulich School of Business (York University, Toronto) …

Can the Chinese Workers Eat Apple?

On 24 September, the iPhone 5 was launched in the first nine countries/areas, America, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada, Singapore, Japan, Australia, Hong Kong. It was then launched in 22 more countries in the week beginning 1 October. The first weekend’s sales were very impressive, reaching 5 million. This number already broke Apple’s previous record …

Success, but not the top jobs – not yet anyway

The 8th March was International Women’s Day and the celebrations ranged from respect for, and appreciation of women, to a celebration for women’s political, economic and social achievements. The Guardian, as expected, enthusiastically celebrated International Women’s Day; I particularly liked the top 25 African women, but there were many more. National Geographic also celebrated by …

The Last Battle of the Vikings

Over the summer I got the chance to work on a BBC documentary looking at the events around the Battle of Largs in 1263. It’s a subject that’s close to my heart as I grew up near Largs and although I was always aware that the battle had taken place there (thanks in no small …

Are you inspired by London 2012?

As the Paralympic closing ceremony brought the curtain down on a spectacular summer of sport, thoughts quickly turned to the legacy of the Games. The impact that the Olympics and Paralympics will have on the country has long been used when justifying the cost of hosting ‘the greatest show on earth’. Whether it was The …

Celebrating Teaching successes in the Humanities. The Postgraduate Teaching Awards 2012

In the latest round of the Postgraduate Teaching Awards, two of the students recognised for their outstanding contributions to Teaching and Learning within the School of Humanities are Helen Wainwright and Peter Watts, both of them doctoral candidates within the School of Humanities. The Postgraduate Teaching Assistant Award recognises and celebrates examples of innovative teaching …

Representing and communicating uncertainty: climate change and risk

As part of its Science in Culture theme, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has funded an exploratory project at the University of Nottingham called Representing and communicating uncertainty: climate change and risk.  This interdisciplinary project brings together academics from across the University in the Schools of Geography, Sociology and Social policy, Mathematical Sciences …

25 December: Season’s Greetings from the Vice-Chancellor

I hope you have enjoyed the daily blog posts from the e-Advent Calendar over the last 25 days. The daily posts have been an excellent way to showcase the richness and diversity of material within the University’s Manuscripts and Special Collections.  From our extensive DH Lawrence collections through to old recipes and beautiful illustrations, there …