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Oscar Pistorius sentenced to five years in jail for culpable homicide – Bill Dixon, Professor of Criminology

Oscar Pistorius has finally been sentenced, to what his judge described as “a sentence that is fair and just, both to society and to the accused”: for the culpable homicide of Reeva Steenkamp, he will serve a prison term of five years. For a firearms offence of which he was also found guilty, he received …

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Brighten Up

It’s been a great year for cycling in Nottingham. The clocks are going back on Sunday 26 October and your journeys are going to get darker – but this doesn’t have to put you off cycling. You just have to be prepared! Top tips for safe winter cycling from Sustrans: 1)   The more visible you …

Talking ’bout a revolution — race and class oppression in Haiti

Get an insight into the Haitian Revolution of 1791-1804 at a screening of Talking History — a conversation between two giants of early 20th century political history. Filmed in 1983, Talking History places two of the twentieth century’s most influential historians, political and cultural commentators in conversation with each other.  Their discussion offers insights into the political context of …

Hammer of Defiance

By Andy Barrett, Excavate We have started rehearsals on our re-working of The Hammer of Defiance, which tells of an early Luddite attack, in Sutton in Ashfield in 1811, and the subsequent trial in 1812, of Benjamin Hancock and six others. The original performances of this community play, as all of the shows that Excavate …

How to Read Your Boss – join us for 27 Oct!

Would you like to read your boss better and enhance your own workplace communication at the same time? There’s still time to sign up for ‘How to Read Your Boss’, the University of Nottingham’s next MOOC, starting on 27th October on FutureLearn. Dr. Louise Mullany from the School of English has devised this two-week course …

China in Space: Carrying Forward the Spirit of Two Bombs and One Satellite

Written by James A. Lewis. Manned spaceflight is not economically rewarding. Nor does it provide military advantage, which is best gained from unmanned craft. The scientific benefits of manned spaceflight have long been exhausted since most programs only repeat things done decades ago. But manned spaceflight is not without profit when measured by its political and …

It’s a two way street: find the right person for you with our eMentoring scheme

There are countless reasons to join the career-focused eMentoring scheme, and you’re actively encouraged to do so as a student. It’s your chance to be personable and familiar with an alumna/alumnus who can offer you their experience of your chosen industry as well as giving you an opportunity to potentially widen your professional network. Starting …

Future Vision: Stem cells and tissue engineering

Today’s blog is a copy of a blog  which Kevin Shakesheff wrote for the National Centre for the Replacement Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs).  They have kindly allowed us to reproduce it here: We caught up with one of the speakers at our Ten Year Vision launch event, Professor Kevin Shakesheff, Director of the …

It’s started – the Nottingham professional services NOOC

The Changing University: Inside Nottingham is underway   The University of Nottingham professional services NOOC (Nottingham Open Online Course) is underway. Thanks to a great deal of work by many colleagues a first four week course is now open and over 400 members of staff have signed up. The NOOC has been designed especially for …

A message from the Registrar: Week One incident

A message from Dr Paul Greatrix, Registrar, The University of Nottingham: From conversations and correspondence over the last week, I know that most of you will have read media reports and many of you seen video footage of Students’ Union Week One Reps leading groups of our new students in offensive and ‘tribal’ chanting at …

All Royal Society content is currently free to access (20 – 26 Oct 2014)

To celebrate Open Access Week all Royal Society content will be free to access from Monday 20 October until Sunday 26 October. Access all their journal content here

Nas at Lovebox: 20 years of Illmatic

To mark Black History Month, Nottingham MRes student Jasmine Gothelf (American & Canadian Studies) reviews a recent performance by the African American artist Nas in Britain, and discusses the ongoing political relevance of hip hop to contemporary African American life. Please join the American & Canadian Studies department for its Black History Events this month: …

How to discover your team personality

The chances are you’ve been a in a team before and that you have developed some excellent transferable skills that you can talk about at an interview. But employers increasingly want to know what kind of persona you usually adopt in a group context and what kind of team role suits you the best. Have …

The Fascinating SOEs

By Joseph Healy, MA student in Contemporary Chinese Studies, At the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. There are many issues in contemporary China that are fascinating, none more so for me than the role and status of the SOEs The World Bank report on China (2012) argues that if China is to continue its impressive …

Research and values: Professor Steve Rayner

The below video features a keynote speech from Professor Steve Rayner, the James Martin Professor of Science and Civilization at Oxford University’s School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography and Director of the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, where he also co-directs the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities and the Oxford Geoengineering Programme. …

The Prediction Machine

Last week the Environment and Society research group in the School of Geography was treated to a seminar by artist and researcher Rachel Jacobs. Rachel mainly talked about her most recent commission that came from Radar Loughborough University Arts with support from the Geography Department at Loughborough University – ‘The Prediction Machine’. Rachel was one of …

Tig, You’re It

Lynn Fotheringham, Director of the Centre for Ancient Drama and its Reception (based in the Classics Dept at Nottingham University), reviews Pilot Theatre’s current production of Antigone. Pilot Theatre’s production of Sophocles’ Antigone (in a new version by Roy Williams) came to the Lakeside in the same week that we were covering screen-versions of Greek …

Project Transform and the Student Experience

Within the Project Transform team we have four recent graduates of The University of Nottingham whose role it is to make sure the student voice guides the project and that they remain at the heart of everything the project does. The three Change and Engagement Managers wrote the below student case for the project. This …

Effie, Lady Eastlake, and the evidence in the archives

Last night some of the staff from Manuscripts and Special Collections went to see the film ‘Effie’, in order to compare the evidence in the archives held at the University of Nottingham with the latest interpretation of the scandal that was the annulment of the marriage of Euphemia Gray and art critic John Ruskin, and her subsequent marriage to …

Giving back to Nottingham

Lucy Dalgress, from the Student Volunteer Centre, reports on a wealth of volunteering opportunities. The Student Volunteer Centre is part of your Students’ Union, and we offer lots of different ways to get involved in volunteering projects across Nottingham and throughout our external campuses Derby and Sutton Bonington. Volunteering plays a huge part of sustainability at …

Athena SWAN award for Malaysia campus faculty

The University is the first institution to hold an international Athena SWAN award — recognising its commitment to supporting women and advancing their careers across all campuses. Congratulations to the Faculty of Science at our Malaysia campus — amazing work. The Malaysia press release is below. It’s also on the Malasia campus website here. The …

Hydroinfomatics Conference (HIC 2014) in the Big Apple ~ New York

Sangaralingam Ahilan took part in the 11th Hydroinfomatics conference (HIC2014) hosted by New York City College, USA on 17th-21st August 2014. The biennial conference theme focused on ‘Informatics and the Environment: Data and Model Integration in a Heterogeneous Hydro World’, and brought together 300 scientists from the all over the world to the Big Apple to …

‘Lest we forget’: Life Lines’ World War I digitisation workshop in DHC.

Life Lines is a public engagement initiative by the University of Nottingham’s Lakeside Arts Centre and the Manuscripts and Special Collections (MSC) Department. It began in April 2014, and is funded by Innovations in Museum Displays  whose mantra is ‘participation over interaction’. The aim of the Life Lines project is to engage Lakeside visitors by …

Top 10 things to do in the First Year

1. Make use of your amazing medic family! The medic parent’s scheme is one that’s been running for ages and there’s a reason for that; it truly is so successful. Whether you need someone to grab a coffee with you and take you through the hell that is MBM, you fancy a chat about everything …

Paddling in the shallow end of knowledge

This post was prompted by two things. I, a social scientist of sorts, recently tried to read two books, Smashing Physics by Jon Butterworth and Synthetic Biology: A Primer by Paul Freemont and Richard Kitney. I also listened in to some conversations where people spoke about how problematic they find it to understand social science …

A Christian Turn’d Turk (Read Not Dead) @ The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Back in May, four teams of paired scholars and directors took the stage at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse to pitch for the return of a classic Read Not Dead production. We could have had Middleton’s Your Five Gallants. We could have had Lyly’s Sappho and Phao (though perhaps Lyly needs have been better met recently …

Communicating Nutrition

Our guest blog is written by Tamsin Stanger who is a 3rd year Nutritional Biochemistry student based at the Sutton Bonington Campus. Tamsin took part in a Nottingham Advantage Award Module, Communicating Nutrition, in the Spring of 2014. The module is jointly run by Community Partnerships and the Careers & Employability Service and involved Tamsin …

China and the Future of Global Governance

Written by Dr Miwa Hirono (IAPS Seminar Coordinator) The IAPS Seminar Series for the academic year 2014-2015 began with a fantastic seminar yesterday, delivered by Dr Katherine Morton, Associate Professor at the Australian National University and a Senior Associate Member of St Antony’s College, Oxford University. This seminar was a special event jointly organised by …

Update – 3 October

Strategy 2020 Professor Karen Cox, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, gave an update to UEB on the development of plans for the implementation of Strategy 2020. Professor Cox outlined the principles of the approach, activity so far, and governance. The approach taken would be integrated and portfolio driven, with clarity around the interdependencies. Further work and discussion is …

A Ghanaian Engineer in Nottingham

Nana Awere Damoah, who studied MSc Chemical Engineering at Nottingham in 2005-06 with funding from Chevening Scholarships and our Developing Solutions Scholarship scheme, recalls his studies at Nottingham and how this has boosted his career. I joined Unilever Ghana Limited in 2000 as the Quality Audit Manager, after graduating in 1999 with a degree in Chemical Engineering and …

Byron in Venice

Lord Byron’s reputation as the quintessential romantic hero – brilliant, seductive, cosmopolitan, ironically humorous, and a little dangerous – is well established.  In a new article (see link below), David Laven of Nottingham History argues that this persona was very much his own creation.  During his stay in Venice between November 1816 and December 1819, …

Two new papers on ‘virtual bargaining’ as a foundation for social interaction, culture, and society

In social interactions people often act jointly: they take turns in conversations, coordinate their actions in rowing, football or improvised dance, perform complementary tasks in cooking, assembling furniture, or, perhaps, even in elementary economic transactions. But how do such joint actions work? And how, in particular, do people successfully coordinate with each other, without explicit …

Future Gazing and Future Shaping

The event began with a presentation delivered by Christopher Barnatt, a futurist, author, videographer and Associate Professor of Strategy and Future Studies here at the Nottingham University Business School.  Presenting to a room of 84 guests the presentation went on as follows: Future Gazing and Future Shaping Nobody can predict the future. However, we all …

Let’s get Goosey!

The Goose Fair is a Nottingham institution and dates back more than 700 years. It happens every year during the first week of October at the Forest Recreation Ground, Radford. It gets its name from the thousands of geese who used to be driven from Lincoln to Nottingham to be sold. Last year I went …

It’s Good to Be Back

  Goodbye rainforest paradise, hello Nottingham! (not that Nottingham isn’t nice) I am back after a lovely 6-week summer in Malaysia. Scorching weather without book in sight, non-stop flow of conversation and good company pretty much sums up my trip home. The heat was what prompted my family to go up into the highlands where it was …

Indian Higher Education – Some Truth, Some Speculation

These are exciting times for India; the new Government is in place, there have been controversies about the educational qualification of the newly appointed Minister of Human Resource Development, and far reaching educational reforms have been announced during the Prime Minister NarendraModi’sIndependence Day speech! Full text of the speech is available at http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/narendra-modi-independence-day-speech-full-text-red-fort/1/377299.html The roller …

China’s emerging hipsters

By Aimee Strang, UNNC summer school student “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 associated with Western …

A Bird’s eye view: climbing the University of Nottingham Trent Building Clock Tower

This week’s blog comes to you from Gaby Neher, Assistant Professor of Art History here at The University of Nottingham. Gaby originally posted this on her blog, but we thought it was such an interesting perspective of The University that we’d re-post it. So here it is:  View over Highfields Park It is possible to become …

Welcome new freshers and returning students

Today in the Division of Nutritional Sciences we will be welcoming a new intake of undergraduate students. Stdentsstudying a course in nutrition or dietetics at the University of Nottingham make up about a third of all students studying in the School of Biosciences, so you are not alone! Would also like to welcome back all …

UNNC T&L newsletter 11

UNNC Teaching and Learning Newsletter (Special Teacher’s Day Edition 2014). Welcome to the newsletter relating to Teaching and Learning issues, Quality Assurance requirements and the Student Learning Experience. Welcome from Vice Provost Teaching and Learning. September 10th is Teachers Day in China and we would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …