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Dear Freshers: stop worrying!

Stop. Worrying. That is what I would repeat over and over again to myself that was doing nothing but worrying about starting university. Nothing will be as bad as you think it might be, so here is some advice I would give myself to stop the pre-university panic! FRIENDS The thoughts rushing around my head …

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Times and Sunday Times 2015 University League Table Top Placings

The Times and Sunday Times League Table 2015 A quick look at the top 25 in the all new Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide ranking for 2015. Full details can be found on the Sunday Times website (£). (Last year’s position in brackets.) 1= (1) Cambridge 1= (2) Oxford 3 (4) St Andrews 4 (5) Imperial …

New to the UK? Here’s some useful tips on applying for jobs

We’d like to say a big friendly welcome to all of our international students. We’ve gathered together tips to keep in mind when applying for jobs – whether they’re part-time, graduate roles or internships in the UK, it all counts. We appreciate the initial challenges of moving country and settling into a new culture. We’re …

Problems with Bargh’s definition of unconscious

I have a new paper out in Frontiers in Psychology: The perspectival shift: how experiments on unconscious processing don’t justify the claims made for them. There has been ongoing consternation about the reliability of some psychology research, particularly studies which make claims about unconscious (social) priming. However, even if we assume that the empirical results …

Why should you study a language as part of the Nottingham Advantage Award?

If you’re unable to study a language as part of your main university degree, taking an evening language class as part of the Nottingham Advantage Award could be just what you need! You can gain 10 Award credits for your participation in a 20-week long class and benefit from the following advantages: Recognition for taking …

Pakistan and Beijing’s Xinjiang Problem

Written by Rizwan Zeb Xinjiang holds immense strategic significance for Beijing. It is also increasingly vulnerable as the East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) continues its armed resistance against Beijing and seeks the establishment of a Muslim caliphate in East Turkistan as they call it. Some people believe that ETIM was responsible for a series of bomb blasts …

Update – 12 September

PGT Review Members of UEB approved a review of Postgraduate Taught (PGT) provision following a presentation by Professor Saul Tendler, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, and Professor Jerry Roberts, Assistant PVC for Research. The PGT Review will include consideration of the recent PG Teaching Excellence Survey (PTES) results. It will focus on course delivery, financial aspects of …

The Morning After the Nay Before

For anyone who has somehow missed the extensive – and sometimes heated – campaign, this morning the results of the Scottish Independence Referendum were announced. The Union between Scotland and England has been in force since May 1707, after both the Scottish and English Parliaments had passed their own separate Acts ratifying the Treaty of Union. …

Moving day is here!

After all the build up – days, weeks, months – moving in day is finally here. It’s one of the most exciting and nerve-wracking days of your university life. But, as cliche as it sounds, it really isn’t as bad as you may think it will be. My moving in day was relatively stress free. After …

The top 5 places to buy everyday student essentials

If there are no pillows and duvet when you are sleepy, no cutlery when you are hungry, and no desk lamp when you study, it’s easy to feel at a loss. It took a week for my flat to be fully equipped. However, some items did not last long; for example, I used my first …

International Family Link

Would you be willing to support our International Students? Earlier this year the International Family Link celebrated its 10th year.  The scheme has been deemed a great success and over the years has been beneficial not only to international students, but to local Nottingham residents. The aim of the programme is to… Provide unique opportunities …

Polling Observatory Scottish referendum special: who is ahead, and how close is it?

Posted in Polling Observatory,Uncategorized   This is a Scottish independence special of our regular series of posts that reports on the state of support for the parties in Westminster as measured by opinion polls. By pooling together all the available polling evidence we can reduce the impact of the random variation each individual survey inevitably …

Interesting Times

September sees the commencement of a new academic year and many of our volunteering projects get underway once more. One long-standing scheme, the Undergraduate Community Internship Programme, starts in the first week of term and I’m busy tying up all the loose ends and preparing for the induction which is supported by the Careers and …

Follow our tweets on twitter

As we have been reporting, we have slightly changed the way that this blog is being disseminated. Instead of sending out a weekly email, we plan to let those that want to get an email subscribe to the feed, and we will also tweet content from this blog. To make it a little easier to …

Fire on Jubilee Campus

I spent last week on leave, with my family at a cottage in Tawstock, North Devon. Remote and rural, with lots of space for two young grandchildren to roam, and with very intermittent connectivity; perfect for a break, unless there is a problem, as I discovered on Friday evening. At around 10pm, for the first …

Latest update on the fire at Jubilee Campus

The University of Nottingham’s Registrar Dr Paul Greatrix said: “We are terribly saddened by the major fire at our Jubilee Campus on the evening of Friday September 12, which completely destroyed our new GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry which was still under construction. “We are incredibly grateful to our staff and students for their fantastic …

Holiday photos: late antiquity on the Adriatic (2)

In my last post, I shared some photos of the late antique basilica at Poreč, in Istria. Here, without much comment or introduction, are some more from the same part of the world, but across a few borders. Aquileia, close to the coast of Friuli Venezia Giulia in NE Italy, is an amazing place. It …

Situating China

By Jessica Brown, Studying History and Politics at the University of Nottingham, UK. A Western-centric notion is often applied when considering China’s role on the world stage. As the Asian giant grows internationally through its economic liberalization and consequent development, questions loom over what role it will play in international relations today. Will it develop …

Do changes in aggregate GDP influence business decisions made by SMEs?

Gross domestic product (GDP) figures show that the economy is now 0.2% ahead of its pre-crisis peak. The figures, from the Office for National Statistics showed that the economy grew by 0.8% in the second quarter of 2014. In the August 2014 Business Barometer survey, our panel of UK small business owners and business advisers …

A day in paediatrics

Hi everyone, it’s TJ again. Paediatrics is one of the specialities that future medical students get very excited about and also one of the ones that they enjoy the most so I’m going to tell you about what I’ve been up to in one of my busier days! 9am Cardiology tutorial- Today, one of the …

A Welcome From The Divisional Commander

As the new term approaches, we’re delighted to welcome Chief Superintendent Steven Cooper, Divisional Commander for the City of Nottingham for Nottinghamshire Police, to the blog to welcome students back to the city and share a few handy pieces of advice. Nottingham is a great city for people to live and study in. As the …

Event explores academic and industrial collaborations with Australia

Over 50 staff and students at the University recently attended an event which focused on developing collaborative engagements between Nottingham and Australia. Held at the University’s own Innovation Park, those with a shared interest for Australia came together to discuss the ways in which university staff and students can partner with higher education institutions in …

Getting into the archive – Weather and the Great Estate: the recording of rainfall at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, 1760 to the Present

Agricultural societies, farmers clubs and contemporary literature in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, agriculturalists, landowners and farmers in Britain were increasingly literate and open to new ideas, leading to the growth in the number of farming books and the establishment of agricultural periodicals. Literature concerning agriculture and rural life …

My Malaysian Experience – Connie Claire

After a hectic day of travel; a grueling long-haul flight, 3 airports and over 10,600km later, the group of weary bioscience students arrived in Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Happily greeted by two friendly staff faces, Sue and Lisa, we hopped onboard the minibus to embark on our next adventure to the University of Nottingham, Malaysia …

The Two Gentlemen of Verona (RSC/Live from Stratford) @ The Broadway, Nottingham

Much was made during last night’s live broadcast of the RSC’s Two Gentlemen of Verona of the fact that it has been in the region of forty-five years since the play last made it onto the main stage at Stratford. One of the great things about the current trundle through the canon is that it …

Sitting on Environment Committee: Dr Mandy Roshier

Dr Mandy Roshier answers our questions in the first of a series of posts profiling members of the University’s Environment Committee in the UK. 1.  What does being on Environment Committee entail? Being part of a team that brings together members from across the University to harness their expertise and experiences to embrace all things environmental …

A day trip to the University’s Manuscripts and Special Collections dept by DHC alumnus Sam Rigby.

One of the projects that DHC volunteers worked on in 2013-14 was the digitisation of sections of the extensive slide collection which is housed within the space. DHC hopes to one day have a database of selected images from the collection, which could range from classical sculpture to twentieth century architecture, and would be available …

Summer research in Boulder and Portland

1. Uncertainty in climate change research Lan Hoang from the Blue-Green Cities team recently attended a workshop on “Uncertainty in climate change research: an integrated approach”, organised by the National Centre for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, USA (NCAR). The workshop gathered various notable speakers from across the field of climate change research, as well as participants from …

Staying Connected

As management project and dissertation deadlines now draw closer you could be forgiven for thinking that it is OK to take a break from networking whilst you make that last push towards completion. Think again. Don’t neglect your network. Your network should continue to be integral to your career building activities. Let us just be …

The VC’s Life Cycle 4 Blog: Day 17 – The LC4 Community Day

An unusual start to the day: a blog to finish as always, but no breakfast cramming, no mad dash to get kitted up and get off, no route planning; some riders were even reading newspapers after breakfast. A minibus collected us at 0830 to go from Perth to Edinburgh Airport, and after check in, first …

Airpower and War in the 21st Century

Contributed by Dr Bettina Renz. On 13th June 2014 a one-day cross-disciplinary workshop on airpower and war in the 21st century was held on the University of Nottingham’s Jubilee Campus. It was co-organised by the School of Politics and IR’s Centre for Security, Conflict and Terrorism (CST) and the University’s Institute for Aerospace Technology (IAT) …

A Summer of Adventure; Working on the BNF

At the end of each academic year at university, my fellow students and I face the beautiful prospect of 3 months of ‘me-time’. Although on paper this looks like 3 months off timetable where exciting plans can be made and you can be on a new adventure every week, it has its drawbacks as well. …

How Do Aeroplanes Stay Stable in the Sky?

Many years of testing and implementing advanced technologies have passed, but most people still wonder how an airplane flies despite air travel representing such a popular mode of transport in the 21st century. In 1895 Lord Kelvin stated that ‘heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible’. It is safe to say that he has been proved definitively …

Conference: The Subject of Addiction (8-9th September)

Dear All, I am delighted to be able to alert you to The Centre for Critical Theory’s upcoming conference entitled The Subject of Addiction: Culture and Clinic which is taking place in Highfields House on the 8th and 9th of September. This interdisciplinary event brings together critical and cultural theorists with clinical practitioners in order to interrogate …

Staff sports day

The World Cup and Commonwealth Games have been and gone leaving a sporting void for many. If you’re still feeling the need for some sporting action, come along to the staff sports day on Wednesday 13 August. Twenty two teams from across the University will come together to fight it out over ten events for …

The Home Stretch

The last time I blogged was about a month ago. In case you were wondering where I have been, I am now on the other side of the world; back home in Malaysia. Sweet, sunny, and unfortunately hazy Malaysia. Before returning home I was in Norwich on my Boots Summer Placement as I mentioned in my …

Energy performance study – can you help?

Do you wish your home was more energy efficient? Would you like to be part of a European study which will help us to do that in the future? Then do we have the opportunity for you. See the message below from the Department of Architecture and the Built Environment The University’s Energy and Sustainability …

Panel 3: Taking a stance or calming the waters- challenging established science (D. Dyer, R. Pielke Jr, J. A. Smith, S. Turner)

The below video features contributions from Dominic Dyer (Chief Executive of the Badger Trust), Professor Roger Pielke Jr (Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Colorado Boulder), Dr Jane A. Smith (writer and researcher) and Professor Stephen Turner (Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy, University of South Florida). The session included statements of vehement …

Placement student helps craft brewery to launch new pub

“As soon as I saw the project title, Marketing Officer for a craft brewery, I knew it was the ideal role for me. Not only was the placement in an industry which I’m interested in (it goes beyond the consumption of the product), the placement gave me a chance to wear a lot of different …

Why we need behavioural economics

‘It took decades for behavioural economics to break into the mainstream. Now, after just a few years of “bias”, “anchoring” and “nudge”, some critics are already questioning whether it has anything left to offer.’ Chris Starmer, Director of NIBS and CeDEX discusses why we need behavioural economics in ‘The Conversation‘ (published online 28 July 2014)

Encontrar novas pessoas num lugar desconhecido já não é nada exótico para mim

Realmente não sabia o que escrever no blog este mês. Ainda tendo a oportunidade de encontrar muitas pessoas que valoro muito durante o meu ano no estrangeiro,  tanto pessoalmente que profissionalmente, não era a minha prioridade.  De fato, faz mais o menos 4 anos que não moro no meu país, e para ser muito honesta …

‘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, …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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.

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 – …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …