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Planning for The David Ross Sports Village is rejected

The University’s plans  to build a new £40m sports centre have been brought to a halt when a planning application was rejected by Nottingham City Council yesterday. The Registrar, Dr Paul Greatrix responds to the decision: “The decision smacks of hypocrisy. Given the number of mature trees, including 40 on University Boulevard, felled by the City …

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Top Cited Papers for 2011 and 2012 in Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy

by Denny Ng Kok Sum   Top Cited Papers for 2011 and 2012 in Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy Two papers from Centre of Excellence for Green Technologies (CEGT), University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus are among the top cited papers for years 2011 and 2012 in a Springer journal, i.e. Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy …

Why I decided to transfer from the UK Campus to China

By Louise Lasfer BA International Business Management When Louise Lasfer arrived at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) from the UK Campus it was meant to be a one-year exchange. So what motivated her to transfer her course and finish her degree here in China, rather than return to the UK? “If I’m honest, …

Food-ventures in Nottingham

Winter exams are over, now what? Second semester of course! However before I get to that.. Here’s what I’ve been up to since I was liberated from exams on Thursday. spoiler alert: it involves a lot of food, but you saw this coming didn’t you? First up was a good baking session. I made not …

Hottest year on record

Media reporting on climate change has heated up a little bit over the last ten days or so, after an announcement by NASA and NOAA which read like this:  “NASA, NOAA Find 2014 Warmest Year in Modern Record”. This was taken up by the media and, between 15 January and 25 January 2015, the phrases …

My experience at Medic West Africa

Six months ago, I received an email requesting if I am willing and would be in the right part of the country to represent The University of Nottingham (UoN) at a conference in Lagos. Instantly, despite living almost 12 hours away from Lagos, I knew this was an opportunity I could not refuse. First, I …

Charlie Hebdo editors double down on their principles in first issue since attacks

The latest edition of Charlie Hebdo is nothing out of the ordinary. Today’s response to the attack on its offices on January 7 is precisely what sets it apart from other newspapers. The front cover, a cartoon of a weeping prophet Muhammad holding a sign reading “Je suis Charlie” that was released in advance, is …

And the winner is… You?!

Now is the time to get involved and apply for this year’s employer -supported prizes! There are eight fantastic prizes up for grabs this year from a selection of top employers. These include Teach First, Experian, EY, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Accenture, BT, Coca-Cola Enterprises and last, but not least, GSK co-supporting the Vice-Chancellor’s Global Graduate Prize. …

Women and the Law in 14th-Century England

In November 1394 Robert Polidod and his wife Margery, both of Nottingham, complained in the city’s  borough court that Richard Hawkburn and his wife Alice owed them 22d for ale and a cash loan. Though Richard and Alice denied owing the money, an inquisition jury was summoned and reported that they did.  The couple were …

January food for thought

Nearing the end of January you are probably already wondering where the time disappeared to.  Was it really a month ago that you were saying a cheery Merry Christmas to your friends and colleagues as you made a mad dash to the door to begin your Christmas break? What happened after the festivities, did you …

Why I’m glad I’m doing the Advantage Award

By Mary Strickson, student blogger I’m studying art history and during my spare time I volunteer with museum and gallery youth programmes, as well as writing art-based articles. I was interested in the Part-time Jobs, Vacation Jobs and Volunteering Jobs  module on the Advantage Award but I wasn’t sure if I would be eligible. My …

President Xi’s Chinese dream means a more multi-polar world

Written by Anthony Saich. China begins 2015 as the world’s largest economy, in terms of purchasing power parity, a key milestone in the country’s rise. And one that likely will herald a change in how China engages with the rest of the world. For now, President Xi Jinping’s focus is domestic. He says he wants …

The Changeling (Shakespeare’s Globe) @ The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Note: This review is based on a preview performance. The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, as with its more established counterpart, works much better for comedy than tragedy, in my eyes at least. The one outstanding success of the theatre so far has been its side-splitting The Knight of the Burning Pestle, but even in its tragedies …

Leading the way on PhD workshops

One aspect of ICCSR activity that sometimes slips beneath the radar is our leadership in organising, developing, and chairing PhD workshops on sustainability topics. We’ve held an annual symposium that includes a PhD student development workshop for more than a decade now, and our work in this area is going from strength to strength. The …

Welcome to CANDALight, the new blog for CANDAL

  CANDAL aims to promote collaboration between researchers and our clinical partners into better ways of helping people with neurodevelopmental disorders. These disorders are conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Tourette’s Syndrome, and autism (including  Asperger’s Syndrome), all of which may continue into adulthood, and quite often overlap in the same person. Unlike …

Business Stories to Enhance Your Brand

Ingenuity Breakfast Event – Tuesday 20th January 2015 Speakers: Esther Eidinow and Katharina Lorenz, University of Nottingham Department of Classics and John Griffiths, CONNECT Venture Enterprises Ltd What’s your story? A key part of any organisation’s success is having a good story, knowing that story—and sharing it effectively. Our first speakers of the morning are Esther …

Are there lessons from Business for the CCP?

By Joseph Healy, MA student in Contemporary Chinese Studies, UNNC One of the intriguing leadership and management challenges anywhere in the world in 2015 is how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) manages the socioeconomic transition within China. It’s hard to think of a precedent in politics or business to equate to the scale of the …

On influence inside universities

A dozen thoughts about internal influence in universities. Comprises a bit of a random collection of thoughts on a subject about which the author can claim no special expertise.

Multimedia from ‘Circling the Square: research, politics, media and impact’

Below is a collection of multimedia items from a conference held at the University of Nottingham last year. The conference, titled ‘Circling the Square: research, politics, media and impact’, explored the role of knowledge in policy making, bringing together international scholars in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, practitioners at the science-policy interface, the public and the …

From high tower to ivory tower

Guest blog by Olu Amodeni. “We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at The University of Nottingham”. As I read through the letter, I could not hold back my deep sense of elation. I was finally going to become a Dr; a Dr of Business. Like a doting parent on the …

Great British Railway Journeys drops in on University

With his trusty Bradshaw’s Railway Companion in hand Michael Portillo dropped in on The University of Nottingham on his way from Derby to Grantham last summer in his quest to learn more about that well-known high street chemist John Boot and his son Jesse. The presenter of the popular BBC Two tavelogue series ‘Great British …

Digitisation – The Method, the Mantra!

The digital era is bringing in sweeping changes to the way Indians teach and the way Indians learn, from school classrooms to university lecture halls. Although there is still some way to go, this mode of education is fast permeating even first generation learners in Indian villages, who are increasingly using mobile phone apps and …

A Reign of Terror

As part of the Nottingham ‘Anniversaries through Coins’ project, Larissa Ransom describes how, on this day, 20th January 175AD, Commodus was enrolled into all sacred colleges as priest Commodus (Caesar Marcus Aurelius Commodus Antoninus Augustus) was born on 31st August 161AD to Marcus Aurelius and his wife, Faustina the Younger. He was the sole surviving …

Cold weather records: reflections from the bus stop

As I was waiting for the campus hopper this morning my fingers were steadily growing numb. The texts and emails I sent from my mobile were even more laden with errors and typos than normal, as button pressing became increasingly challenging. It was most definitely cold. There is no snow on the ground here in …

Badminton in the community

Community is defined by a group of people having a particular characteristic in common and Wednesday 14th January brought together over 200 local school children and performance badminton players to learn from the talented stars of the University of Nottingham National Badminton League team, achieving just that. The National Badminton League is a game-changing initiative …

Playing Around with Archives

Our first exhibition of the year opens today at the Weston Gallery, Lakeside Arts Centre. ‘Playing Around: Taking Theatre to Communities across the East Midlands‘ explores the history of two local theatre companies, New Perspectives Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse’s Theatre-in-Education company, Roundabout. Their extensive archives have recently been added to The University of Nottingham’s collections. This exhibition …

Many shades of responsibility: China’s Small Arms and Light Weapons Transfers to the Republic of Sudan since 2003

By Jade Hall, Winner of the 2014 Tomlinson MA Prize for the best dissertation on Asia. Small arms and light weapons (SALW) have increasingly become the weapon of choice in conflicts throughout the developing world, and are responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths annually. Recent studies have shown that SALW imports increase the probability …

Co-ordination Workshop Report by Emily Wyman

When individuals, groups, or even nations desire to act together to achieve something that none can achieve alone, they must often negotiate between multiple ways of accomplishing this.  Typically, this will require some form of shared knowledge of the situation, a degree of assurance between parties, or some complex reasoning about what others are likely …

What’s On: January and February 2015

We’ve gathered together some exciting goings on over the next few weeks – the perfect set of post-exam pick me ups! Event: The Gardens Come To Town Date: Throughout January Location: Floor 1 Exhibition Area, Nottingham Central Library Information: An installation of photographs taken at St Anns Allotments by international photographer Rankin is complemented by a range of events …

Amazing events for LGBT History Month

February is LGBT History Month, and we’re taking the opportunity to celebrate and explore LGBT culture. We’ve got public lectures, film screenings, music and poetry readings taken place on campus and beyond. Confirmed events are listed here and we’ll be adding more — let us know if you’re running a staff and student event which …

Aesthetics of Crisis: A Lecture and Seminar with Brian Holmes (23/01/15)

Continuing in The Centre for Critical Theory’s ongoing series on ‘Neoliberalism, Crisis and Criticism’, we are pleased to announce ‘Aesthetics of Crisis’, a seminar which will take place 2-5pm in the Meeting Room of the Nottingham Contemporary on the 23rd of January 2015. All are very welcome to attend, but for the purposes of participation, it is expected …

An educational weekend away!

Hi everyone, it’s Andrea again, hope you’re having a good 2015 so far! In this post, I am going to tell you about my experience at a medical conference. BMedSci research project At Nottingham, all medical students complete a research project during their third year in an area of their choice, this can vary from …

Geographies of UK flooding in 2013/4

A new paper published by Prof Colin Thorne (University of Nottingham) in The Geographical Journal looks at explaining the UK flooding in winter 2013-14 and implications for sustainable management of future flood risks. The paper focuses on the geography of flooding, and in particular, the physical geography (urban and rural), social geography, and political geography. Colin concludes …

Aero engine efficiency: how far can we really get?

Current aero engine manufacturers are feeling increasing pressure from customers and public institutions to reduce fuel consumption. The need of airline companies to minimise operational costs, coupled with a general pressure to have “greener” engines (as clearly outlined in EU’s ACARE and US’s FAA targets), requires the aero engines industry to be one of the …

Happy New Year from everyone at the University!

  We are now back at work, planning a series of global events for 2015 and want to share our plans for the next few months as we have some really exciting events in the diary. Internationally we have a range of events already scheduled. If you’re a UNNC graduate based in Hong Kong, then …

Get a global local education

One of the biggest innovations in international higher education in the past 15 years or so has been the growth in international branch campuses. That is not to suggest that branch campuses are new – on the contrary, there is quite a history of universities (mostly private) establishing a presence beyond their home countries. But …

Living the Dream

Every day I wake up with a smile as I think to myself, I’m here, I’m in France, I’m on my year abroad. As a student of French and English, I’m currently on my compulsory 3rd year abroad in Rennes, the capital of Brittany, and I am having the most fantastic time! I work as a …

An awful shame

Here is the sixth blog from our Emeritus Professor, Malcolm Stevens, FRS:  Nitrogen fixers   In 1967 the work of my small team at the Pharmacy Department, Heriot-Watt University, focussed on three related structures: triazines, which are six-membered rings containing three nitrogen and three carbon atoms; triazenes, which contain an array of three contiguous nitrogen atoms …

Some Reflections on 2014

2014 has been busy, very busy. So there is an awful lot to reflect on. Universities are first and foremost about people: students, staff, alumni, partners. The quality of what we do is fashioned by the quality of our people. We know our students are of a high calibre academically, but as always, they inspire …

Race and Rights: Part 8

Post by Zoe Trodd Below is the last of a multi-part series responding to events in Ferguson – the protests and civil disorder that began the day after the fatal shooting of an African American man, Michael Brown, by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9, 2014, and continued after the decision …

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 …

UNNC T&L newsletter Dec 2014

Prof. Julie Sanders: “Dear Colleagues, There is much activity to report in this latest T&L newsletter and it is a sign of just how lively T&L is at UNNC that so many good things from newly funded technology-enabled learning projects to the formation of the Peer Observation College are happening at the moment. We have …

Shale Gas Massive Open Online Course

On the 2nd February 2015 the University of Nottingham is launching it’s Shale Gas Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). The course is written by the Shale Gas Research team here at the University who have been publishing the Public Perceptions of Shale Gas UK Public Surveys for the last two years. In this Blog we …

Dietetic Students Present at BDA Research Symposia

Last week two dietetic students presented the projects they undertook as summer projects at the end of their second year at British Dietetic Association (BDA) Research Symposia in Birmingham. Catherine Anderson (above) presented her work which was a systematic review that investigated the effects of watching television on healthy food choices in children. Ravi Nagar …

Strategy 2020 update – December 2014

No institution can afford to stand still. Even a university like Nottingham, with all its strengths, has to keep evolving to ensure it remains the kind of place where students want to study and staff want to work. That’s why we’ve been working hard over the last year to develop Global Strategy 2020. We do …

Exams are coming…

Naturally, the best way to prepare for exams is to know the course content, however the mental preparation is equally as important. Personally, I find that the more prepared I am, the less stressed I get. The most important thing is to know when and where your exams are. If it’s in a room or a building …

Model Making: Part two by DHC Leonardo Fellow James E Smith.

In my previous post I wrote about the scanning and video element of my work ‘Model’. In this post I’m going to focus on my first experience with 3D modelling software and 3D printing. From the scanning session with Marta I was left with an STL file. This is a ‘point cloud’ or in other …

Bias, Awareness and Imperfect Cognitions

Are we aware of our implicit biases? If not, does this affect our responsibility for being biased and behaving in biased ways? The stakes here are pretty high, if implicit bias is, as recently argued, involved in the appallingly numerous cases of police shootings of African American males. In a recent paper, I argue that …

A Geographer, pretending to be an Engineer, in Zambia…

…actually, as a human geographer based in the Faculty of Engineering, I pretend to be an engineer most days. There is however, logic to this madness. I am a research fellow on the ‘Barriers’ project which is a School of Geography (Co-Investigator Dr Sarah Jewitt) and Faculty of Engineering (Co-Investigator Dr Mike Clifford) EPSRC funded …

Practice Makes Perfect

By Ewan Henry. Autumn term is always an exciting time for us in the Business School’s Postgraduate Careers team – new career stories and new aspirations that come with our new MBA, MSc and PhD students. It is equally exciting for students – returning to studies (perhaps after some years out), new friends, new lifestyle …

Student Engagement within Project Transform

Post written by Charlotte Owen. My role within Project Transform is Student Delivery Assurance Manager. I am responsible for gathering student input to the project, engaging students in discussions about their perspectives of their university experience and feeding this information into the project. So far I have been working closely with the Project Specialists to …

Underwater Archaeology in China

Last month I was in China as I was invited to present a paper at the First Ningbo Forum of Underwater Archaeology held to mark the opening of a new National Underwater Cultural Heritage Conservation Base in Ningbo and the official opening of the China Port Museum. As luck would have it Nottingham has a …

Bikes for hire

Louisa Barron shares first-hand experience of the University’s bike hire scheme. The Ucycle bike hire scheme has been running for several years, however as a student at the University and then a temporary employee, I had no idea it existed until this autumn when I started to help issue the hire bikes. But it really is …

A postgraduate perspective on the Faculty of Arts

So it’s mid-November, and my first term as a postgrad Arts student (English Lit MA, if you’re wondering) is speeding by. I was lucky enough to study at UoN as an undergrad, so I had a heads up on Nottingham life, but it’s still been a big change. Thankfully, a positive one! I’m doing more …

Looking back — video from the BHM events

So, Black History Month is over for another year… We’ve had a great range of events taking place — not just on campus but throughout the city as well. what was your favourite? Did you miss any? Well, the Department of American and Canadian Studies are very efficient. They videoed the majority of their events …

Shanghai 4 has started

We are the fourth cohort of PGCE I students to gather in Shanghai to do a four day face to face course to kick off out PCGEI- a masters-level qualification. There are 61 of us and we all work in International Schools across Asia- from Shanghai itself to Taiwan, Beijing and Korea. Some of us …

Skyscrapers, Mountains and Great Adventures; Studying Abroad at The University of Hong Kong

Sometimes being a little bit reckless has its benefits. When I first applied to study abroad for the autumn semester of my second year I didn’t really think it through. Entranced by glitzy images on the Lonely Planet website I applied to study abroad in Hong Kong. However, two months in I can safely say …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …