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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 …

Commonwealths – Days 5 & 6

There was little action for the University athletes on Monday. Only the University NBL (National Badminton League) player Chris Adcock was in action as he took on Malaysia, the number one seeds, as part of the mixed team final. He won his mixed doubles fixture to give England a 1-0 lead, but narrowly lost his …

Adventurous extracurriculars!

Hi I’m Alice and I’m just starting my fourth year. I’m going to be talking about the great range of sporting activities to get stuck into at university especially for someone who doesn’t have a particular interest in sport. As a medic, your day is always filled with lectures or time on the wards and …

Landmark Post – The Very Best of True Crime on Campus

Paul: Holiday reading from the archive – it’s some of the best of #TrueCrimeOnCampus Originally posted on Registrarism: For the 500th Registrarism Post: The Very Best of True Crime on Campus Following the utterly objective poll to determine the topic for the landmark 500th Registrarism blog post I’ve used my own skill and judgement to …

PhD student, Wilson Ho Wei Sheng, triumphs Best Poster in Engineering Research Showcase 2014 in UK campus

This post was contributed by Ong Sze Pheng Wilson Ho Wei Sheng, a final year PhD student from the Faculty of Engineering, wowed the panels of the Engineering Research Showcase 2014 in UK campus with his outstanding poster and won the 1st runner-up of best poster prize under the category of ‘Best Poster: Research Quality’. …

Lost in translation: what not to say in a UK covering letter

Thinking of looking for a job in the UK now you’ve graduated? Not only will you have to take into account visas and how many hours you can work (contact the International Office for more advice about this), you’ll also need to be aware of UK conventions when applying for jobs.  Things that may impress …

Shooting to Success: Video and Photography in the DHC by student volunteer alumnus Tom Travis

I’ve had a keen interest in film and photography for about ten years, so when I received an email asking for volunteers to help with video production in the Digital Humanities Centre I leapt at the opportunity. I was really impressed to find such an Aladdin’s cave of high performance kit tucked away in the …

£450,000 building improvements for Firbeck Academy

This year we have run provided a whole range of enrichment for Firbeck Academy and we are looking forward to running even more next year. But even as this academic year ends and the summer holiday begins there is good news for Firbeck Academy‘s 200 pupils as funding for extensive renovation has been secured from the Education Funding …

The Tempest (Gloucestershire Youth Players) @ The Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Gloucestershire Youth Players has been touring productions of Shakespeare for nine years, and its 2014 production of The Tempest marks the first time the ensemble has used a professional theatre, concluding its tour (which also took in the Dell in Stratford-upon-Avon) with two performances in Bristol’s Tobacco Factory. It’s a pleasure to see a youth …

Pharmacy – A cyborg era of stimulating research

This week’s blog is from Dr Frankie Rawson, who is the Leverhulme Research Fellow at the Pharmacy School in Nottingham.  Here is his Blog: For those of you that are “Trekkie” fans you will be aware of a collection of alien races known as the “Borg”. My embarrassing confession is that I am a little …

Lib Dem incumbent MP retirements could cost the party four seats in 2015 before any votes are cast.

Posted in British Politics,Uncategorized Incumbency matters in elections. This is especially true for the Liberal Democrats whose ability to hold on against the national tide is well known. With poll ratings ranging from 8 to just 12%, this tendency to cling on could be more vital than it has been at any election since 1979 …

China in Latin America: A Deepening Friendship

Written by Ariel Armony. What did Beijing hope to gain from President Xi Jinping’s visit to Latin America?  As we know, the Chinese leader had an intense agenda planned for the region: the BRICS summit in Brazil (and corresponding talks with leaders from UNASUR – the Union of South American Nations), a meeting with the “Quartet” …

Technicians rule

We’ve got a lot of love for the University of Nottingham technicians, you know that. Elsewhere on this blog you can read about how the University’s Technical Focus group is promoting professional registration, or how one of our ranks is the HEA Technician of the Year. Well, we’ll have even more news on them and …

Thinking with animals: The microbe

This is a GUEST POST by Richard Helliwell, a PhD student at the Institute for Science and Society, who participated in a workshop on Thinking with Animals at the University of Nottingham on 20th June 2014. What does it mean to think with animals, in particular to think with microbes, my ‘animal’ companion of thought? …

Celebrating our studies at the Sheriff of Nottingham’s Summer Garden Party

The Sheriff of Nottingham’s Summer Garden Party for Nottingham’s International Students, organised by Experience Nottinghamshire, took place at Nottingham Castle on 15 July 2014. Diana Guzmán Barraza, a Mexican student studying MSc Sustainable Energy Engineering, shares some comments and photos from the occasion. One of the best things about studying at The University of Nottingham …

How to create new ideas for business from the old

Article by Paul Kirkham, researcher in the field of entrepreneurial creativity at Nottingham University Business School. Successful businesses know what they’re doing, and they do it well; their products and services match the needs of their customers. But circumstances change, the market alters, new technologies appear; growing businesses face crucial challenges. At various times the …

Summer Graduation 2014 – The Second Week

After two wonderful weeks, Summer Graduation is over for another year.  The sun continued to shine and the Alumni Relations team enjoyed meeting many of our graduates, finding out about their next steps and letting them know how they can continue to be engaged and a part of the Nottingham community. In week 2 we …

Extreme weather events in focus: “Hail as hazard”

Hailstorms as extreme weather events Although last weekend’s storms didn’t include any hail (at least not in Nottingham), they did get me thinking more about the impacts of extreme storm events in the UK. This post is the first of a series that will focus on different types of extreme weather event, their impacts, and …

Graduation Address at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China

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

文艺青年 – China’s Emerging Hipsters

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

The German perspective on the First World War

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

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

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

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

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

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

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

Upcycling all the rage?

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

D2N2 Growth Deal and Better Business for All

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

Rewilding: the Natural History of Wild Boar in Northern Italy

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

Research and policy making: Professor Ian Boyd

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

Update – 14 July

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

A new beginning

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

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

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

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 …

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

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

Workshop on Implicit Cognitions, Nottingham

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

TTP: an introduction

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

An International welcome

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

Physsoc goes to CERN

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

Down but not out

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

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

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

What’s On? – July 2014

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

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 …

Postgraduate Placements and SMEs

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

The Evolution of Responsible Leadership

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

Thinking with Animals Workshop

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

Just have to look around to see educational values….

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

Graduate Profile – Luke Daley

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

English at May Fest

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

An unexpected result? The Indian Election of 2014

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

The End is Nigh

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

Soderbergh Goes Legit

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

Study and explore

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

INNOVATE Launch Event

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

Up Close and Personal!

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

Can a Title Really Sum This Up…. ?

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

Exploring images of snow and winter past

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

Industry Insight: AGP Technology Showcase

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

An end and a beginning

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

Consulting – using your watch to tell you the time

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

Food sovereignty in the UK

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

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

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

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

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

Perdana Fellows: the unofficial government spokesmen

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

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

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

Malaysia plans to be the first Islamic financial superpower

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

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

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

News from a BESTS Scholar in Toronto

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

Can the Chinese Workers Eat Apple?

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

Success, but not the top jobs – not yet anyway

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

The Last Battle of the Vikings

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

Are you inspired by London 2012?

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

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

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

Representing and communicating uncertainty: climate change and risk

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

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

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