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The tougher the target, the greater the gain?

In the latest of our New Year, New You blog mini series, Dr Amanda Avery, an expert in diet and nutrition in the School of Biosciences discusses how setting your sights high can be more successful in achieving the healthy lifestyle of your dreams. Healthcare professionals often encourage us to set realistic targets when it comes …

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Terrible Revision Advice

Absolutely the worst things you can do when you have exams and deadlines coming up (but we all do them anyway)… 1.Start a new show on Netflix It’s two days before your exam, you really need to make the most of the precious time and study hard to meet your maximum potential. So what do …

An interview with DHC Research Associate Paul Grossman

Our interview today is with Paul Grossman. He is the recipient of the DHC Studentship Award and is currently working in the DHC as the Research Associate. Would you like to introduce yourself? Hi I’m Paul, I’m a post-graduate student studying History MA. My specialisms at the moment are 18th Century British Empire looking at …

Looking for funding for a sustainability project? Apply now!

The deadline for the next round of funding from the Environment Initiative Fund is approaching, so we’re taking this opportunity to explain a bit more about the Fund. What is the Environment Initiative Fund? It’s a fund of £100,000 that the University’s Environment Committee awards to student or staff-led projects that promote, develop or enhance …

A little corner of China in GGL

From 16-24 January, in a quiet corner of George Green Library on A floor, Chinese brush artist Jiang (Jack) Hongsheng is offering students and staff the opportunity to take a break from work and exams. With Jack’s demonstration and encouragement, you can learn how to paint some of China’s most iconic flora, from plum blossom …

Why You Should Choose an Internship at a Start-Up

By Darren Choong (1) and Oliver Gee (2) It’s the time of year again when the Ingenuity Lab opens its doors to interns. Each opportunity is based at a start-up, offering you a unique insight into the world of work and enabling you to make a real impact toward the growth of a company. They’re also …

Call for papers: Anti-colonialism and the Spaces of Political Negotiation

Anti-Colonialism and the Spaces of Political Negotiation Dr. Jake Hodder and Prof. Stephen Legg, University of Nottingham Two sessions at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference (29 August – 1 September 2017): Chair’s theme “Decolonising geographical knowledges: opening geography out to the world” Co-sponsored by the Historical Geography Research Group and Political Geography Research Group One form of …

Advantage Award- PR Project Management module- apply now!

We are very pleased to announce that our popular Advantage Award PR Project Management module is now open for applications! This year the successful applicants will run a pilot project designed to help fellow students through the delivery of an event designed to impart useful information to students choosing to move off campus into the community. Your project management and PR skills will develop as …

Register for our Designing E-Learning for Health MOOC

The second run of the University of Nottingham’s Designing E-Learning for Health MOOC starts on Monday 13 February. The 5-week course, hosted on the UK’s multi-institutional FutureLearn platform, is open for registration now. In this free online course, students learn how to translate real-life experiences into effective e-learning. They will be introduced to a methodology …

Much more than learning a language: Why is OLLE so popular?

Marion Sadoux, Module Convenor What exactly is OLLE? OLLE is the short name for the Peer Supported Online Language Learning Exchange. At the Ningbo Campus it is a very special Nottingham Advantage Award module as it was the first Award module designed in partnership with students, and for the past two years has continued to …

Adult social care workers should have the opportunity to learn about theory and research relating to the needs of siblings and other family members

Adult social care workers should have the opportunity to learn about theory and research relating to the needs of siblings and other family members Author: Georgia Todd I am a PhD student in the school of Sociology, Social Work and Social Policy. My research is exploring the experiences of young people who have a sibling with …

A Busy Week

Well the first week back at university was definitely intense. After all of the Christmas festivities and feasting on food, getting back into a routine has been a shock to the system to say the least. However, it has also been a time of diving in at the deep end. This module is assessed through …

Just breathe – how to relieve stress around exam time

With exams taking place across campus we spoke to one of our Fitness Instructors at the David Ross Sports Village, Eric Williamson, to find out the best ways to relieve the stress often felt by students at this time of year, here’s what Eric’s tips; The key to staying in the peak performance zone – …

The case against a career plan

This week Hilary Jones, our PPN Research Associate, shares her reflections on ‘career plans’. When I was at college struggling to decide which degree to study, one of my teachers said to me ‘just do something you love, and you’ll do well’.  His advice has stayed with me, and I’ve noticed that the flipside is …

Sir Peter Mansfield attends MRI anniversary celebrations

MRI experts past, present and those destined to be the MRI researchers of the future gathered at The University of Nottingham on Friday to mark 25 years of the MRI centre and 40 years of MRI research in Nottingham. Among the guests was Sir Peter Mansfield, the Nottingham physicist who won the Nobel Prize for …

You May Now Turn Over Your Papers

Term begins this week and many students will be plunged straight into exams. We’ve had a look through the University Archives to find out what the students of yesteryear faced when they turned over their papers. Music, 1939 Prior to 1948, University College Nottingham had no power to confer degrees. All qualifications (and therefore, examinations) were …

Urban Flood Resilience Project blog launches!

The Urban Flood Resilience Research Project (2016-2019) officially kicked off with the release of our Inception Report in January 2017. The project aims to enable the coordinated planning, design and operation of coupled urban water systems necessary to achieve transformative change in urban flood risk and water management. Research focuses on three key themes, divided …

‘An Inconvenient Truth’: Exploring the dynamics of making climate change public

Warren Pearce and I wrote a guest post for And Then There is Physics. I am reposting it here with permission. *** In 2006, Al Gore’s climate change documentary ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ (AIT) was released, garnering substantial public attention. In a forthcoming chapter of a book on Science and the Politics of Openness (part of …

Introducing The Enquire Blog

Welcome to the newly-established Enquire Blog, a place for postgraduate social science researchers to share ideas, research findings and reflections. This first post, written collectively by the first editorial team (Macarena Orchard, James Pattison, Emmanuele Lazzara and Ed Wright) explains what Enquire is, how the organisation started and where it is heading, starting in 2017. …

The Tempest (RSC/Live from Stratford) @ The Broadway, Nottingham

Much has been made about the technical innovations of the RSC’s current production of The Tempest. Taking the (somewhat tenuous) premise that the play was designed as Shakespeare’s greatest experiment with the cutting-edge technologies of his own time, the RSC has partnered with Intel and Andy Serkis’s Imaginarium studio to create a series of avatars …

Meet the team behind The Ingenuity Lab

“It takes two flints to make a fire” – Louisa May Alcott We have had an incredibly exciting few months at The Ingenuity Lab. We established The Ingenuity Competition as the biggest entrepreneurship competition in the UK. The Ingenuity Lab Internship Scheme began helping a range of students gain work experience, and are now beginning to recruit …

How Nottingham Celebrated the Battle of Waterloo, or Didn’t, 1815

On hearing news of Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo on 18th June 1815 (commemorated in Wilkie’s famous picture of the Chelsea Pensioners reading the Waterloo dispatch, right) locals in the Lake District lit a bonfire on top of Skiddaw and gathered there to celebrate, feasting on patriotic fare such as roast beef and plum pudding.  The …

On this day in AD503 a group of monks got drunk

Stuart McCunn writes about the consequences of this particular booze-up…

Showcasing the work of Ousmane Sembène

During Black History Month 2016, The University of Nottingham partnered with the Broadway Cinema to present the works of Ousmane Sembène. Sophia Ramcharan, Audience Development, Diversity and Engagement Co-ordinator at the Broadway Cinema, talks about the programme here.  As we move into 2017, I reflect back to the last season in 2016 of programming here …

Berger, Boundaries, Buddhism: looking at a Greek coin

John Berger wrote that “the way we see things is affected by what we know or what we believe”; let’s consider particular ancient Greek coin in this light.

Death Controversy Exacerbated by Institutional Failure

By Dr. Zhengxu Wang, Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham Ningbo China. On Friday (23 December 2016), Beijing’s Procuratorate of the Fengtai District announced that, after a thorough investigation, it came to the conclusion that police officers involved in the death of a man in May would not be charged. The decision was a perplexing …

Let’s talk about oracy

Literacy and numeracy are part of daily life for primary teachers, but in this post Rupert Knight explores what we mean by oracy and considers its possible impact. Put simply, oracy refers to skills related to talk and learning through talk.  Between 1987 and 1993 the work of the National Oracy Project in England led …

Reading at Malchin Testament Launch

Prior to last Friday’s launch of Malchin Testament, Professor Malachi invited my coursemates and I to read works of late Malaysian poets Hilary Tham, Ee Tiang Hong and Omar Mohd. Nor. Since Michelle Beth and I have been studying the works of Malaysian poets closely as part of our course, we were elated and honoured …

Tread carefully when reporting operational losses

How a company’s announcement of its operational losses is reported by the media can affect the market value of the business, with a study showing more negative stories about such losses led to more dramatic declines in value. The study by researchers at the University of Plymouth Business School and Nottingham University Business School analyzed …

24 December 2016 – what’s the story behind door number 24?

There are at least two trillion galaxies in the universe, ten times more than previously thought. When the three wise men saw the star over Bethlehem little did they know that there were many more galaxies to be found. Astronomers have long sought to determine how many galaxies there are in the universe. It was approximated that …

Merry Christmas – however you are celebrating!

With the autumn term over and Christmas just a few days away, our international students and staff are taking a well-earned break from their work and studies. Many are returning home to celebrate Christmas, New Year and other traditional December holidays with their families and friends, while others stay in Nottingham to celebrate in the UK or take …

2016: A blog of blogs

As ever members of the School of Geography have been busy in 2016 and here we have collated, in no particular order, some of the many blogs relating to research from the School this year to give an idea of what we do. Do stay tuned to The Geog Blog for more news and updates in 2017. …

Tips for managing work over the Christmas holidays

This blog post was written by second year English student, Rhiannon Morris. To a lot of people Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, so the last thing you want to be doing is sapping the enjoyment out of the holidays by spending copious amounts of time doing coursework and revising. However, as …

Introducing UoN BOX Cloud Storage for Research Data

UoN BOX now available The University recommends BOX cloud storage for data generated, processed, analysed and stored as part of your research. In order to manage research data well, you need a flexible solution for data storage, sharing and collaboration. Information Services, along with researchers, have been piloting the BOX cloud storage solution for research …

Weather Extremes: Making and Breaking Records in Nottinghamshire

Over the last few months Georgina and I have been working closely with staff at the Department of Manuscripts, University of Nottingham, to curate a public exhibition for the Weston Gallery, Lakeside Arts, on the University campus. It opens today. Last night we held a private view that was opened by BBC meteorologist Helen Willetts, …

So you want a hospital pharmacy pre-reg?

This blog has been written by Robert Oakley, who is in his final year, about applying for a hospital pre-registration place. And so it begins… The most dreaded and equally anticipated event of the beginning of your career is nigh. Pre-registration. Where do I go? How do I stand out? Will I be accepted? Three …

I chose to study at the University of Nottingham because…

I chose the University of Nottingham for my undergraduate degree for a number of reasons. Academic reputation I was looking to study Law, so it was important to me that the Law School had a good reputation and was well-liked by students at the University. When I attended the Open Day and spoke to current …

Britain’s “Tippex” Spies

Britain’s intelligence services have a diversity problem. That was the stark message delivered in a recent interview by Robert Hannigan, the Director of GCHQ, the UK intelligence agency responsible for intercepting and analysing electronic communications. In GCHQ’s case, less than 3% of its workforce has an ethnic minority background. To make Britain’s intelligence services truly …

Eye Movements in Choice

They say the eyes are the window to the soul. Here at NIBS we’ve been using the eyes – or at least the way people move their eyes – as a route to understanding what happens when people make decisions.  We invited people to the laboratory and recorded their eye movements.  We worked on people …

India-UK Tech Summit November 2016

Sam Woolley-Principal Knowledge Exchange India The University is developing exciting partnerships with India, and as part of its engagement activities I was delighted to participate in the India-UK Tech summit 07-09 November in Delhi. The summit brought together industry, academics and governments with a focus on forging the future of India-UK collaboration with the smartest …

Where to find study abroad information and how to apply

By Leon Man, Study Abroad Senior Peer Adviser Reading Time: 5 minutes Where can I find more information on studying abroad? Have you decided where you want to study abroad yet? If you had the chance to come along to the Study Abroad Fair, hopefully it has given you a flavour for all you different …

Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM)

What: It’s a shortened four-year medicine course for graduates. It gives people from different ages and backgrounds another route to come into medicine Advantages… Shorter course! Allows a different route into medicine to people who might not have been able to access it at 18 More independent learning NHS funding from years 2-4 to help …

Dr John Turner on personalising learning using QR codes

This post sees us with John Turner, who is an assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering. He encountered particular challenges when introducing the concept of material balances to two first year modules, which cover the topic of process engineering and separation process fundamentals. John tells us “I teach this complex topic …

IAPS Blog Assistant Paid Internships

Salary: Approx. £10 per hour (plus holiday pay) Location: Residence in Nottingham is not required Hours: 10-15 hours per month About The Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies is seeking applications for four paid internships to work with the Editor of the Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies’ soon-to-be-launched new blog platform – IAPS Dialogue …

Counselling for Depression Gathering

We were delighted to welcome Professor Robert Elliott who joined us for the first Counselling for Depression (CfD) Gathering held in Dearing Building at the University of Nottingham on September 17th . Robert was a key contributor and researcher in the development of CfD and is an originator of Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) which is …

The Rise and Rise of Central Europe’s Demagogues

Written by Alex Forsyth. With the West gripped by the outcome of the US presidential election, it is easy to be distracted from the emerging demagoguery much closer to our own shores. While the focus of debate on the EU has centred recently on the disastrous stumble towards Brexit and what it means for both …

Remember Remember the Fifth of November!

Searching for Hidden Spaces in Catholic Houses A team of researchers from The University of Nottingham has recently been doing new work at one of the most important places associated with the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Following the English Reformation, English Catholics were forced to make difficult choices between their loyalty to the crown and …

Nottingham in Parliament Day

I stood looking over the House of Commons Terrace at 2200 on Tuesday evening after the final event of Nottingham in Parliament Day feeling enormous pride in what had just unfolded, and wondering, ‘how on earth did we pull that off’? The day had started the day before, with a radio interview when I was …

Success for Nottingham in Parliament Day

Nottingham has blazed a trail for others to follow, according to the Speaker of the House of Commons. John Bercow MP was full of praise for Nottingham in Parliament Day, a one-day takeover of Westminster by more than 100 organisations from Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. “Nottingham has shown itself to be a leader,” Mr Bercow said …

Introducing new Transition Director, Ian Leitch

Following the departure of Transformation Director, Andrew Kemp, in August 2016, the University appointed a new Transition Director to lead Project Transform. Ian Leitch began his role on 15 August and, after working alongside Andrew Kemp, has now taken leadership of the development and implementation of the new systems and processes. Ian joins the project …

Introduction to Agrics Society

With over 200 societies to choose from at the University of Nottingham you can find a society for pretty much anything! With so much choice available to you it’s important to get involved, whether it’s going on a Farm Walk with Agrics (which stands for agriculture by the way) or celebrating St. Davids day with …

Register for the Centre for Critical Theory’s End of Summer School Now!

You won’t want to miss this! The Centre for Critical Theory, in conjunction with the public programme at the Nottingham Contemporary, has organised a second ‘End of Summer School’ to follow on from the success of last year’s events. With these workshops over two days, we continue to invite participation in collaborative explorations of the …

Gold medal for table tennis superstar student

An English student at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) has won his second paralympic gold medal. Zhao Shuai won the men’s single Table Tennis last night (Tuesday) at the Rio Paralympic Games. Zhao beat Andras Csonka 3-0, defending his London 2012 title. He won every match in his competition class, sweeping aside opponents from …

Conference: Funding Research on a Changing Landscape (24-25 Aug Aug 2016)

On the 24-25 Aug 2016, in conjunction with MIDA (Malaysian Investment Development Authority), the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) held the inaugural “Funding Research on a Changing Landscape” conference. We were very fortunate to have an excellent line up of speakers, led by Prof Tan Sri Zakri, the Chief Scientific Advisor to the Prime …

Nottingham Life Cycle 6 – Day 16 Latheronwheel to Dunnet Head

1200, September 3rd 2106, mission accomplished. We arrived at Dunnet Head, the most northerly point of mainland Great Britain, after more than 1,300 miles in the saddle. Job done. Our day started with a splendid breakfast laid on by Fiona at the Craiglea Guest House (including a traditional, very salty Scottish porridge). I had posted …

Why Talking To Other Human Beings Is Good For Your Career

By Ewan Henry, Employer Relations Consultant We’ve all heard the expression ‘your network is your net worth’ and whilst it holds true in many business settings does the same apply for postgraduate students at the beginning of their careers? The answer remains a definite yes but with some important differences. For a business professional of …

Conference presentation

Eliza-Jane Corson, Forensic Psychologist in Training (final year) was selected by the British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Forensic Psychology (DFP) annual conference to present her poster on mentalising and personality disorder in young offenders, which is now being written up for her academic thesis. Jayne is supervised by Associate Professor Vincent Egan of the Centre for Forensic …

Health Claims and the ASA

As I have previously discussed, non-specific health claims are a challenge to marketing professionals. Such claims, for example saying a food is “healthy” or “good for you,” must be accompanied by a specific health claim which forms part of an approved EU list (see article 9(3) of the Nutition and Health Claims Regulation). The Advertising …

The Death of Jo Cox and Our Shared Future

By Dr Nick Stevenson Remain lost the vote. It was of course going to be difficult to over turn the impact of the popular press and the nationalist Right. The layers of cultural meaning and resentment that have been implanted over decades were always going to be hard to dislodge. At first I did think …

Welcome to the International Research Network for Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art (ReNet MoCoCA)

About the network The International Research Network for Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art (ReNet MoCoCA) – launched in March 2015 – is conceived to address the needs of the growing, divers, and globally scattered academic community in this field. It helps to bridge communicational and informational gaps that result from local institutional confines of projects, …

Interpreting urban heritage tourism in China: the case of the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall

Written by Rui Su. Urban heritage tourism in China reflects the major changes in recent decades in the country’s economy, society, politics and governance. There has been a gradual but substantial transformation from a centrally planned economy to a more market-oriented economy “with Chinese characteristics” (Sofield & Li, 2011).  There are continuities as well as …

PGR Teaching Awards 2016

The Postgraduate Teaching Award is an annual award to recognise and celebrate examples of innovative teaching and support of learning. In 2016 there were five winners who each received a certificate and a £100 voucher at the Tri-Campus awards. Due to the high calibre of applicants, an additional four received a ‘Highly Commended’ certificate. The …

2016 Season Off To A Fantastic Start

The 2016 MotoE Series is off to a flying start for the University of Nottingham Electric Superbike Team. On June 8th, the team came third in the Isle of Man TT Zero Race, achieving a podium finish and being given an award for the Best Team  at the TT for 2016. The team’s rider, Daley Mathison, …

Nottingham MBA students make it to final of Nespresso MBA Challenge

Four MBA students from Nottingham University Business School recently made it to the final of a global competition searching for suggestions on how to improve sustainability at the Nespresso coffee company. The quartet were finalists at the 2016 Nespresso MBA Challenge, one of only three teams – from a field of 86 MBA schools across …

Will Planes Be Pilotless? The Future of Commercial Aviation

News related to driverless cars is becoming increasingly popular in recent years, and these self-driving vehicles may be on the market as early as next year. Several large companies such as Google, Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Apple, Microsoft and many more, are investing in the driverless technologies that will soon provide us with our ground transportation, …

Transnational education – growth at the expense of quality? A @uniworldnews webinar, 24 May 2016

On 24 May, I had the opportunity to participate in a highly interactive webinar session hosted by University World News in partnership with DrEducation, LLC. The successful webinar attracted 950 higher education professionals globally. The aim of the webinar is to accomplish three things, which I felt the hosts did. They are to create an …

Celebrating Teaching – developing ideas about teaching and learning

As part of our secondary ITE routes our beginning teachers have to develop their own personal theories of teaching and learning and, as the courses come to a close, they present their ideas as part of their PGCE assessment. A teacher training year is an incredibly intensive one and for our beginning teachers to organise …

Rogues and Villains

In honour of May the Fourth, Dr Nathan Waddell from our School of English shares some thoughts on the upcoming film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Do rogues win? They usually do in the Star Wars universe. They certainly will in Rogue One, the first of the Star Wars anthology movies. Due for release in …

True Crime on Campus §48: Easter frolics

It’s a strange time of year It’s nearly Easter and, as these latest extracts from university security reports show, this seems to have prompted some surprising behaviour on campus. As ever our extremely capable Security staff are on hand to deal with every eventuality: 0928 Report of a Dog in Law and Social Science, Security …

What emails reveal about your interactional style

Writing emails can be a tricky business. Are you guilty of unwittingly pressing a ‘send’ button before realising that the message that you’ve just sent is ambiguous or might be taken the wrong way? On the other side of the spectrum, there’s spending precious hours of your working week re-reading and re-writing emails and agonising …

Film Stars For The Day! Student Nurses And Staff From The University of Nottingham and Birmingham City University Filming Together

On February 26th 2016 following months of preparation, student nurses and staff from The University of Nottingham and Birmingham City University became film stars for the day.    The film is about public expectations of professional behaviour.   The Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Code of Conduct formed the basis for the film script.    The film …

Introducing the “in my shoes” campaign at the annual CANDAL conference

The annual conference for the Centre for ADHD and Neurodevelopmental Disorders across the Lifespan was held Friday 5th of February 2016 at the Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham.  The theme of this year’s conference was enhancing understand of ADHD. Due to the kind support of Shire the audience were introduced to their ‘in …

Implicit Cognition at the Aristotelian Society

Last month I gave a talk at the Aristotelian Society, in which I asked ‘What do we want from a model of implicit cognition?’ Here’s the abstract for the paper: In this paper, I set out some desiderata for a model of implicit cognition. I present test cases and suggest that, when considered in light …

Reflecting on LGBT History Month 2016

Hannah-Rose Murray, PhD Student in the Department of American and Canadian Studies and LGBT History Month Director, Research Priority Area in Rights and Justice, reflects on events organised by the RPA during February 2016. Over the last few weeks, the Rights and Justice Research Priority Area at The University of Nottingham has supported the University’s …

Britain in the EU: Research and Technology, Aerospace and the Supply Chain

So, this is it. We know that Britain will be voting on staying or leaving the EU on the 23rd June this year. The debate has rapidly ramped up this weekend as a consequence of this date being set. However, to date the debate seems to have focused primarily on the incidental – for example on which politician was going to join …

Managing Engagement: Enhancing the Customer Experience

The first Ingenuity KnowledgeXchange breakfast event of 2016 brought Dr Liz Evans and Ben Smithwell together to outline their experiences around ‘engagement’ and enhancing the customer experience.  With over 70 local business leaders in the room it was a lively and interesting session. Dr Liz Evans (Faculty of Arts: Department of Culture, Film & Media) …

A Part of Me Forever

  It has now been a month since I returned from my semester abroad studying music at The University of Hong Kong. I’ve left it this long before writing a blog about my time there as it’s hard to find the words that can truly sum up how incredible an experience it was. I know …

Veterinary Medicine CPD reviews

Alumna, Jo Henstock, has written about the Veterinary Medicine CPD courses that she has attended at the University of Nottingham. Over 60 one and two day courses covering a range of topics for small, farm, equine and exotic animals are being delivered in 2016. Here are her comments: Introduction to Small Animal Ultrasound This was a …

RSC NEWS

In this month’s RSC news magazine, four familiar names were mentioned. Those 4 names are Paul Anastas, Nigist Asfaw, Richard Wheatley and Julie Beth Zimmerman. All four have been admitted to RSC as fellows in this month’s edition of RSC news, which also features 175 Faces leading the way in Chemistry. The Royal Society of …

Black History Month 2015 – thank you!

Val Watson, Chair of the BME Staff Network, Claire Henson, Equality and Diversity Co-ordinator and Vincent Wilson, Associate Professor and Reader in Autonomic Pharmacology, reflect on a fantastic Black History Month programme for 2015. As October draws to a close, so too does our programme for Black History Month 2015, which we are proud to say …

1965 Golden Reunion – 10 October 2015, Nottingham University

Philip Watson (Economics, 1965) writes: I arose at 6.30am on this day – some 2 hours earlier than normal! I travelled from SE London and caught the 8.29am train from St Pancreas to Nottingham. On the journey there, I met Dorothy (Social Admin.) and her friend from Canada (her name escapes me), when I was …

Finding Atlantis

I’m just about to give a lecture to the first year on the subject of Atlantis and it reminded me of something that happened a few years ago when I appeared as a guest on the BBC Breakfast sofa. I did three live five minute interviews in the studio each hour in the ten minute …

Ben Hunte: 3 Ways UNMC Has Changed My Life (So Far!)

Happy 15th Birthday, UNMC! I remember arriving at the campus for the first time, standing at the back of the Students’ Association building, and looking at the insane view – jungle as far as the eye could see. Just a few days earlier, I was packing up my room in London, preparing to move to …

Interview with Robert Watson (by Reiner Grundmann)

Back in 1995, while researching for my book Transnational Environmental Policy, I interviewed Bob Watson who was at the time Associate Director for Environment in the Office of the President of the United States in the White House. I am grateful to him for granting permission to publish the whole transcript of the interview (I had …

Fare Well

Back in April there was a Twitter hashtag where you had to complete the sentence #Iamaphilosopherbecause. My contribution was “science cannot tell me what is a number, what is good, what is knowledge or what is causation. And I’ve kids to feed”. With that light-hearted ending, I was pretty surprised how much anger the tweet …

Sources of finance for SMEs

In May 2015 the Conservatives were elected into government with a manifesto that largely focused on improving the economy. The party reiterated its commitments to the range of funding options available to SMEs, including the Enterprise Finance Guarantee, the Business Finance Partnership and the National Loan Guarantee Scheme. In the May 2015 Business Barometer survey …

Another First at Filey Brigg

Catching chitons. Marine field trips are always an exercise in keeping one eye on the wildlife and the other on the tide.mfiley Brigg is absolutely brilliant for the rock pool dippers and each year we find species that we have not encountered before. In previous forays we have caught a poorly named ‘sea snail’ (quite …

My Visit to the UK and the PGR Engineering Celebration Event 2015

On 23 September 2014, the annual Postgraduate research showcase was held at the University of Nottingham Malaysia campus. I was delighted to be awarded the grand prize for my poster amongst 43 postgraduate research students. The exciting award was a travel fund to the UK, which granted me the opportunity to take part in the …

University’s marine economy academy raises £2.3m in first year

Over the last twelve months, a partnership between The University of Nottingham, Wanli Education Group (WEG) and Ningbo Municipal Government has successfully raised over £2.3 million for research into areas related to the marine economy industry. The marine economy is one of China’s key strategic development areas. It will be the next key economic growth …

I found my job in China in an Irish bar

Torben Segelken is originally from Germany and studied MSc International Management at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC). After graduating in 2013 he stayed in Ningbo and is now working for trading company TECCO Ltd. Why did you decide to come and study at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC)/in China? What motivated you? I’d done an internship in Shanghai during …

Early Modern Medievalism: The End or Creation of the Middle Ages?

Post by Dr Mike Rodman Jones, School of English Albrecht Durer’s St Jerome in his Study (1513) is a seminal work in Renaissance art history. It is also one that, in its subject, execution, and reception, divides cultural time in a way that both omits and contains the Middle Ages. St Jerome (d. 420) appears …

Update – 12 March

Framework for capital project proposals UEB agreed a new framework for consideration of capital projects between £250,000 and £2m. This will be an annual process, managed through the Space Strategy Board, timed to align with the University Strategic Framework process and annual budgeting activity. Proposals will be required to demonstrate fit to Global Strategy 2020 …

RCN Participant Information

University of Nottingham, School of Biosciences. Sutton Bonington Campus, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE12 5RD. United Kingdom HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS IN OBESITY MANAGEMENT Investigators: Dr. Judy A. Swift (Associate Professor of Behavioural Nutrition) and Dr. Duane Mellor (Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics) Healthy Volunteer’s Information Sheet You are being invited to participate in a research study. …

Vital Theory 2014: Acknowledgements and Recap

December is never the best time to try to catch up with too many things at the same time. So, firstly, accept my apologies for the delay in writing some words about this year’s Vital Theory: The Meanings of Memory. Even though a couple of weeks have passed by since the symposium took place at …

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 …

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 – …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …