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My homestay in Tianjin, China

By Jóhanna Magnusardóttir from the Faroe Islands, studying BA International Studies and Chinese. Moving abroad to study is always a big step. Moving to China to take your whole degree is a full-on man-on-the-moon giant leap – or so I thought before actually putting on my figurative space suit and starting my three-year- educational journey. …

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Television dramas have increasingly reinforced a picture of British politics as ‘sleazy’

Posted in British Politics   On the evening of 28th February 2007, 4.5 million ITV viewers saw Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott receive a blowjob. Thankfully, they did not see the real Prescott on the screen but instead actor John Henshaw who played him in Confessions of a Diary Secretary. Moreover, the scene was executed with some discretion: …

UNMC featured in Asia Research News 2014

We have been fortunate enough to have three pieces in the 2014 isse of Asia Rsearch News. The featured articles are: Page 6: Natural protections for tropical fruits prolong shelf life Page 29: Crossing continents: Where we drive affects how we drive Page 50: Exposing the secret life of endangered elephants An interactive version of …

Ski Trip 2014

The phrase “BEST WEEK EVAAA” was said a lot by students to describe the recent Uni Ski Trip to Val Thorens. Indeed, I was one of those because it really was one of the best weeks of my life. Since our return we have flooded Facebook with pictures from the trip, so I thought I …

On being a Science Public

POST BY STEVIENNA DE SAILLE I’m currently engaged in researching Responsible Research and Innovation, in particular its mandate for ‘inclusive engagement’. And so, a couple of weeks ago, I took advantage of an opportunity to do some ad-hoc ethnographic field research and went to attend two public engagement events which were part of my local …

Getting into the Archive – The Hingham Town Book (part 1)

A trip to Norfolk Record Office A few weeks ago I began exploring the collections of Norfolk Record Office (NRO), looking for information on extreme weather events experienced in the East Anglia region, another of our case study areas. I went equipped with a list of material of interest, generated with the help of searches …

Asia research news 2014 now live

Asia Research News 2014 is now live and features three research projects from The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. ResearchSEA – Asia Research News promotes news and expertise from Asia. The latest round up of the year’s top research stories includes: Page six – Natural protections for tropical fruits prolong shelf life. Page 26 – Crossing …

It’s not about the money: real international impact

Genuinely international- Going Global 2014 Universities have had an international outlook since the beginning. Whilst some aspects of internationalisation have moved on since the middle ages some principles remain clear. Including the need to look beyond income generation as a motive. As part of Going Global 2014, the British Council’s international HE conference, I’m involved …

Can you learn entrepreneurship?

Guest blog by MSc Entrepreneurship student, Daniel Wallis. This blog follows on from Liz Radice’s blog posted on 14th April 2014. When asked about my degree and I respond with “Entrepreneurship”, people are often confused and say “Is that a thing? Can you even learn it? Surely you’re born with it?” or “Oh, so like …

First in the family

Hi, I’m Amy and I’m a third-year medical student here at the University of Nottingham. I’m not only the first person in my family to go to university, but also the first to move out of the village my family lives in in North Wales! Even though it may sound like a big step, I’d …

Could your social media posts be jeopardizing your job hunt?

By Chris James Carter, PhD Researcher Whether you’re in your final year and applying for positions or in your first year and researching internships for 2015, consider the prospect of employers searching for you online to assess whether you’re the type of person they want in their company. How likely is this to happen to …

Organizing Corporate Social Responsibility

The organizing of corporate social responsibility is sometimes rather taken for granted.  Greater attention is usually given to the CSR commitments of companies or multi-actor CSR initiatives (e.g. the policies and the principles), to the CSR outputs of companies (e.g. the programmes for community, environmental, workplace or market responsibility), the business benefits of CSR (e.g. …

3rd EU IAHR Congress: Porto, Portugal (April 2014)

Blog post by Deonie Allen (Heriot-Watt University). The 3rd EU IAHR (International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research) conference was recently held in Porto, the beautiful river city of North West Portugal. This city is best known for its discovery of Port, the aged red wine originating from this area and as a UNESCO world heritage …

The ‘United Front’ Unveiled: Through The Looking Glass on Cross-Strait Relations

Written by Ben Goren. In a ground-breaking paper in the Journal Of Current Chinese Affairs entitled The KMT–CCP Forum: Securing Consent for Cross-Strait Rapprochement, André Beckershoff examines the close relationship between the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The relationship between the two political parties has previously been the subject of debate …

A mature international student’s experience at Nottingham

This blog post by Felix Abrahams Obi, a recent Nottingham graduate, is adapted from an article in Africa Health, Volume 36, Number 3 (March 2014), entitled “Studying abroad: a mature student’s experience”. A rare opportunity came my way in April 2012 when a representative of The University of Nottingham visited Nigeria to hold counselling sections …

Creativity and Optimism in Business

Speakers:  Dr Andrew Greenman, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Small Business, Nottingham University Business School and Tony Brooks, Leadership Specialist at The Leadership Training Workshop. Driving small business growth through learning Andrew began today’s seminar with the question: How often do we sit back and think about what drives economic growth? It isn’t a simple question to …

Director’s thoughts

It’s been a great few months with IAPS.  We’ve had some fantastic speakers at our seminar series, from issues as diverse as ‘extraordinary rendition’, the ‘developmental state in east Asia’ to ‘nation building in Vietnam’.  Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to come and speak, but also to the audience who have asked …

My Guide to starting your own business – Part 10

Support Written by: R L (Bob) Hall (BSc, PhD; University of Nottingham) Owner and MD of Top and Jeffries Limited; Co – owner & Chairman of Fuel Additive Science Technologies Limited, Shropshire, UK Business support professionals such as accountants and lawyers are critical to support a business of any size including start-ups. They can only …

Why I love conferences

Hannah Murray explains how academic networking helps her PhD. Since starting my PhD last October, I’ve been part of a great research community of postgraduate students. We meet once a week to discuss a chapter of someone’s thesis and then attend a guest lecture usually followed by a trip to the pub. One of the …

Friction Registration!

Registration for Friction will close in just over a week (on the 28th April). If you would like to come along, or read more about the event, then please take a look at our conference website, here: http://frictionconference.wordpress.com/

SB Cakeoff: The Movie

The Sutton Bonington Science Cake Competition is an event we’ve particularly looked forward to this year after the resounding success and shockingly awesome cakes entered last year. Iain and Izzy took the journey over to SB to document the happenings this time around, and a particularly epic time was had by all by the looks …

Vocational education, why we need it for China’s higher education reform?

By Dr. Youqing Fan, Assistant Professor at the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, The University of Nottingham Ningbo China. China’s higher education system has long been directed towards cultivating academic talents, whilst the value of technique and skill-oriented vocational education has been downplayed. This tendency is reflected in the way that high school students are …

Sustainability – 2020 Vision

The University is currently developing its strategic plan, looking ahead to the period 2015 – 2020, so it’s right that we refresh the University’s environment strategy and consider the wider sustainability issues we face in 2014. The University published its current Environment Strategy in 2010 and has been acknowledged as broad, ambitious and setting out an …

Address at UNNC 10th Anniversary Launch

The following is my address given at the launch of 10th year anniversary celebrations at UNNC on Sunday 13th April 2014. President Jiang, Vice-Mayor Zhang, Deputy Consul General Forbes, Mme Xu, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, it is a pleasure to be here in Ningbo to celebrate ten years of innovation, ten years of partnership, ten …

Guest Blog: Malena Wong tells us about her experiences on the Save the Children scheme

My First Fundraising Project As a student taking an English degree, I get asked a lot of questions about my future career. Many times, people have asked me, ‘so, you want to be a teacher?’ The unbelievable number of times I have felt embarrassed by questions like this prompted me to explore my career options. …

Academy Enrichment: ICT ‘Wow’ Day

On 20 March 2014 the university ran an ICT ‘Wow’ Day for pupils at our sponsored school, Firbeck Academy. The aim of the day was to help the pupils see computers in different contexts and all areas of life – from helicopters to musical instruments.  The workshops were brilliantly organised by Andy French and colleagues from …

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 …

Being Sensible

Some recent Arts Matters posts might have perpetuated the myth of the five bodily senses. Of course there are many more even if we restrict ourselves to human beings. And if we include animals, we find others besides. Bats make their way around using echolocation, as every philosopher knows because of Thomas Nagel’s paper ‘What …

Thinking about Thinking about Ancient Religion

In July 2013, the Ancient Religions and Cognition (ARCog) project held its first workshop. Esther Eidinow tells us how, over the course of two days, participants explored the theme of religious authority, using cognitive theorizing to think about ancient evidence, and vice versa. You can find out more about the project and the workshop, and …

Academic promotions 2013/14

The latest round of research and teaching promotions at The University of Nottingham have now been announced, effective from August 1st 2014 - congratulations to all concerned. Promotions to Professor (25)  Dr NJ McLelland, School of Cultures, Languages & Area Studies (German Studies) – Professor of German and History of Linguistics Dr RC Adlington, School of …

Rethinking Ravenna: review

A guest post by Maroula Perisanidi, postgraduate student in History ‘Our royalty is an imitation of yours, modelled on your good purpose, a copy of the only empire, in so far as we follow you we excel all other nations’ These are the terms used by Cassiodorus on behalf of King Theoderic (493–526) to express …

Rock ‘n’ Roll at the Students’ Union

Originally posted October 14th, 2011 Manuscripts and Special Collections have recently finished digitising a series of Nottingham Students’ Union posters advertising gigs and events in the 1970s. The posters were carefully preserved for posterity by alumni John Bailey (Agriculture/Horticulture 1972) and Richard Stark (Chemical Engineering 1971), who were involved in booking bands for the Students Union.   …

Love Where You Live: Food For Thought

Clearing everything out at the end of term can seem like a hassle, but it can be a great opportunity to make a difference to the local community. Don’t just throw away your leftover food. You can donate unopened food to a food bank. Food banks help individuals and families in immediate need and always …

Who said that doing a PhD course is a completely individual study?

What kind of image appears in your mind when you think of a PhD student? I experienced the first 6 months of a PhD course in Italy before moving here to join the INNOVATE project (a multi-disciplinary team of 13 early career researchers studying for their PhD). When I was in Italy and I said …

Why I chose to study in China

By Emmie Studencki. I knew I wanted to do a masters abroad and I wanted to study in an up-and-coming place, but somewhere with a highly-ranked, English-speaking university. Coming from Sweden where my study is all funded, I knew that if I was going to pay a tuition fee I wanted to have good value …

Was Oscar Wilde Fairly Tried?

On 25 May 1895 Oscar Wilde and his co-defendant Alfred Taylor were convicted of gross indecency and sentenced to two years imprisonment with hard labour.  The key evidence against them came from their former associates – “renters” Charles Parker, Fred Atkins and Alfred Wood who testified that Wilde had committed “indecent acts” with them and …

‘Teaching the teachers of tomorrow in Malaysia’

This blog was written by Dr Len Newton, Director of UG programmes, PGCEi Tutor, School of Education PGCEi KL5   I’m excited! Over the last few weeks I have been reconnecting with the School of Ed’s PGCE International course (PGCEi), which I last taught in Lagos, Nigeria, in early 2009. Since then, this course, which …

Twelfth Night @ Liverpool Everyman

There was an awful moment in the closing night of the new Liverpool Everyman’s inaugural production of Twelfth Night, as Malvolio’s yellow stockings emerged, feet uppermost, through a trapdoor for an inverted prison sequence. The mechanism lifting the actor was misdirected, meaning that his feet pushed at the stage, which cracked and splintered before the …

Learner reactions to the MOOC: Sustainability, Society and You

Sarah Speight has been reflecting on the first run of  Sustainability, Society and You (starting for its second time on 16 June). She writes: over 37,000 comments were posted by learners and tutors during the 8 weeks of Sustainability, Society and You. We had our contentious debates:  for example over the contribution of the arts …

Beyond Global Citizenship: Reflections on the U21/KWBN Global Citizenship Workshop

‘Global Citizenship’ is a term we come across more and more in relation to university missions or graduate attributes and outcomes, but one which most of us would struggle to define in anything but the broadest terms. If pushed, we would probably describe a Global Citizen as someone with particular qualities of ethical awareness, perhaps …

The ‘Bias’ in Implicit Bias

What is is about some implicit associations that should lead us to characterise them as ‘biases’? The idea of ‘bias’ has been unpacked in other philosophical debates, notably, by feminist philosophers concerned with bias in scientific methodology. For example, a candidate understanding of bias is offered by Louise Antony (1993) as an interest or perspective …

Blessed are the Translators: An Evening of Slovene Poetry

Final-year students Katie Harrison (English and Russian) and Christopher O’Rourke (Russian and Serbian/Croatian) were part of a translation workshop in Russian and Slavonic Studies this semester. Here are their thoughts on translating works by the award-winning Slovene poet Katja Perat. Anyone who has ever been faced with the task of translating a piece of writing …

What is a dietitian?

Part of what we deliver in the Division of Nutritional Sciences is the Master of Nutrition, an undergraduate masters programme which trains students to be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council as Dietitians. The title dietitian (along with dietician) is a legally protected title in the UK. Here at Nottingham we …

The Viking Berserker

This blog post was written by PhD student Ruarigh Dale, who has just submitted his PhD theory on this topic.  The meaning of berserkr Publicity for the current Viking exhbition at the British Museum invites potential visitors to ‘go berserk’. The meaning of modern English ‘berserk(er)’ can be traced to the thirteenth-century Icelander Snorri Sturluson, …

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 …

The TWEED Project

Roger Kerry and Natasa Lackovic: “The TWEED (Twitter in Education) project ran between 28th August 2012 and 16th December 2013 and used a mixed methods approach to explore the educational value and utility of using the social micro-blogging site Twitter in higher education. We believed that peer-level social interaction would develop deep and sustained meaningful …

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 …

Bollywood, Hollywood — Tollywood?

By Michele Hilmes, University of Wisconsin About the author: Michele Hilmes is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies in the Department of Communications Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Prof. Hilmes is a major scholar of US television and radio broadcasting, best known for her pioneering work Only Connect: A Cultural History of Broadcasting in the United …

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 …

Stop revising

STOP REVISING! Yes, you there; I said stop. You’ve been working hard; buried under a mound of post-its, highlighters, folders and pressure, yet continuing to trudge along. Deep down, you knew the days of exams would be here again, but did it really have to be so soon? Revision is unfortunately a rather important (albeit …

What is ISAC?

  This week’s blog is provided by Dr Matthew Piggott, the Business Manager from ISAC: What is ISAC? ISAC is the Interface and Surface Analysis Centre. Its role is to market and coordinate access to the combined surface analytical facilities and expertise across the University of Nottingham (UoN) and at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL). …

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 …

Black History Month 2013

Well, that’s it… Black History Month is over for another year. Looking back over the last month’s posts, I’m really pleased with the range of material we’ve shared. It’s gone from the fun stuff — like the salsa and street dancing — to the weighty academic stuff. My personal favourites have been the staff profiles …

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 …