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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Sometime in the last fortnight, the start of Christmas arrived. Monty the Penguin graced our tellies and sold out too quick for me to buy and Starbucks and Costa released their Christmas cups. (Costa totally beat Starbucks this year… snowmen are definitely more festive than red lines!) Not one to miss any Christmas fun, I …

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The Power of (Moving) Pictures

Esther Eidinow reports on the first seminar of the Teaching and Learning Ancient Religion Network (TLAR), and the power of Panoply… Sonya Nevin is working magic. It’s a cold, wet evening, and 15 people, seated around a table in a room in Senate House, London (kindly sponsored by the ICS), are staring up at a …

Doc & Chips

Today I learnt the proper way to euthanise a fish. It’s fine, I’m not a psychopath. I just have an odd housemate. He runs a fish hospital in our living room. It’s as crazy as it sounds, he has everything: quarantine procedures, treatment routines and books comprised entirely of Latin words that translate to ‘something’s …

Signs of nationalist realignment in the race for Taipei

Written by Ek-hong Ljavakaw Sia. The race for Taipei mayor has attracted the most attention among voters both inside and outside of the capital. A crucial but often hidden reason is that the election for Taipei City mayor has become a key battleground in the fight between Chinese and Taiwanese nationalisms. Unlike most Western democracies, the …

RRI and impact: An ‘impossiblist’ agenda for research?

Richard Jones has written a long, profound and thought-provoking blog post on (ir)responsible innovation (stagnation). I read his post alongside a recent post on the social impact of research, its challenges and opportunities. This made me think that we are witnessing a confluence of agendas which are generally only looked at separately but that should …

There’s no time like the present…here are six ways to kickstart your career

There’s so much opportunity at Nottingham to get involved, so we thought we’d make it easy for you. We’ve put together six unique ways to boost your career and make the most of your time at University. What will you do? Get experience The more you learn about your chosen career, the better. You have …

Hockey team stick it to homophobia

So, I bet you didn’t think there was an obvious link between sport, naked men and The University of Nottingham? Well, normally there wouldn’t be but that may have just changed forever. The Men’s Hockey club recently threw their weight behind a campaign to fight homophobia in sport by stripping down to their birthday suits for a one-off game. …

Chloe’s Autumn in Nottingham – pancakes, pumpkins and pampering

As the weather starts getting bone-chilling, the night arrives sooner than later, I realize October has passed secretly and it’s already mid November! (which also means Christmas is coming soon!) Reviewing the previous month, it’s fulfilling and blissful as I have done quite a lot of things. Most of all, I have been trying to …

GeogSoc on Geog Blog…

Thanks to Kieran Phelan and his GeogSoc committee for their post below… It’s an extremely busy time of year for all at University! Whilst it’s wonderful to see the vacation period, with all its very exciting festivities, appearing on the horizon, it’s still a very stressful period, filled with coursework, internship and graduate scheme deadlines! …

Thinking about a career in the third sector, marketing or event management?

This spring, the Nottingham Advantage Award will be teaming up with Save the Children to deliver a hands-on module that gives students direct experience in third sector marketing, fundraising and event management. We interviewed Jane Piggott from Save the Children to find out about what students can expect from the module. Here’s what she had …

National Community Conference 2014

The Off Campus Student Affairs team here at the University of Nottingham have been lucky enough to spend the last couple of days up in Manchester at the 2014 National Community Conference, and we wanted to share some of what we heard about and talked about with our blog readers. The conference was the second …

Tomorrow – Woman’s Hour talks to Professor Laurie Cohen

From the ’90s to now: shedding light on women’s careers Professor Laurie Cohen from the Nottingham University Business School will be on BBC Radio 4′s Woman’s Hour programme tomorrow about her new book Imagining Women’s Careers.   It is the story of 17 self-employed women and their journey from the recession-hit Britain of the ’90s …

Revision, revision, revision!

Halloween, with all its wonderful fancy dress, has passed, and the Christmas music has begun to play in all the shops. It only means one thing to students – exam time is approaching! The feeling of dread begins to grow around this time of year, as students realise, it’s time to start revising. Here are …

Piloting Bayesian Networks as a technique for the participatory modelling of flood risk in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire: Part II

Part II: Using the model – the final three workshops A project has been underway in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire to develop and pilot a methodology to involve stakeholders in modelling flood risk to their local catchment, and embed their local knowledge and understanding into flood risk management. The project, which is now coming to …

The Remarkable Collaboration between UNMC, Eureka Synergy Sdn Bhd, Havys Oil Mill Sdn Bhd & Cenergi SEA Sdn Bhd

by CHONG MEI FONG <MeiFong.Chong@nottingham.edu.my> and DENNY NG KOK SUM <Denny.Ng@nottingham.edu.my>   With a view to contributing to the sustainable development of the nation’s biomass sector, a signing ceremony took place on 11 November 2014 to commemorate a successful triple-helix collaboration across academia, industry and Government agency. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between The …

Widening participation in the news

Hi, it’s Rob again. For my final post as president of WAMS I thought I would reflect a bit on the report published this week by the Medical Schools Council on the back of their Selecting for Excellence audit. They have been looking for examples from around the country for novel approaches to widening access …

‘Foaming rivers of snow’ and lost sovereigns: sampling William Parsons’ diaries

In the previous blog post, Lucy highlighted the value of diaries in our extreme weather research and pointed to the richness of these sources, whether they were produced specifically as weather diaries or as more general records of everyday events and activities in which weather features. In both cases, compilation demanded quite a particular kind …

How to be a Champion (an RPS Student Champion)- My Experience

Last year, I took the opportunity to get involved in an exciting pilot scheme being run by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS). This scheme was named the RPS student champion programme and it’s aims were simple; to reach out to students and inform them what the RPS can offer them. The programme was trialed out at …

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 …

Welcome

Vital Theory is an annual symposium organised by postgraduate students at the University of Nottingham’s Centre for Critical Theory. Now in its fourth year, participants will present on ideas of memory and commemoration. In contrast to reflections on the past, speakers also look to the future and consider how the digital age might affect our right …

My experience of the Growth 100 programme

Guest blog by Aaron Dicks, MD of Impression Digital. When I launched Impression in November 2012 I knew just two things for certain; Nottingham was in need of a high-quality, good value digital marketing agency and that myself and my co-founder Tom Craig were the two people to bring it to market. Beyond that, starting a …

Youtube Link for Stuart Elden’s Talk at the Nottingham Contemporary

For those of you who couldn’t make it, or for those of you who simply want to see it again, the Youtube link for Professor Stuart Elden’s talk at the Nottingham Contemporary last week is here: Happy Viewing! Best, Colin Wright

Nü Zhi Qing: the Wilted Flowers of the Country

By Flair Shi, Currently Studying Comparative Literature (MA) at University College London, Graduate of the School of English University of Nottingham Ningbo, BA in English Language and Literature. For the young college students enjoying China’s unprecedented expansion of urban wealth and education in the 21th century, it is very hard to imagine with what kind …

Panel 5: Is it robust knowledge or make believe? – Evidence, uncertainty and the role of values (A. Cassidy, T. Johnson, S. Parkinson)

The below video features contributions from Dr Angela Cassidy (Department of History, King’s College London), Dr Timothy Johnson (Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics, Heriot-Watt University), Dr Stuart Parkinson (Executive Director, Scientists for Global Responsibility). The session includes presentations on the ongoing UK controversy over culling wild badgers, exploring how public and policy debates have turned upon multiple …

Effective Business Communication

Speakers: Dr Louise Mullany, Associate Professor in Sociolinguistics, Faculty of Arts and Jane Box, Managing Director of Interactive People Development. Becoming reflective language users Louise explained that today’s breakfast session will ask the audience to reflect on their current communicative styles and assess the ways in which their interaction with people can be enhanced. The …

ICCSR scholars receive top awards for CSR-linked papers

Two ICCSR scholars have won prestigious awards from the Academy of Management for producing the best student papers on management topics. Lauren McCarthy and Sarah Glozer received their prizes in the US at this year’s annual conference of the Academy of Management, a global professional association for scholars of management. Lauren, who is studying for …

More wizard ideas for our Greatest Sporting Heroes

Nominations for The University of Nottingham’s Greatest Sporting Heroes continue to pour in but you only have three days left to tell us your choices. Last week, we highlighted some of the sporting heroes from yesteryear, including a lovely nomination for one rifle marksman, a student at University College Nottingham in the early 1930s. This …

The impact of universities on the UK & East Midlands economies

A big impact indeed This Universities UK report from earlier in the year on the impact of universities on the UK economy really is a very interesting piece of work which covers the sector’s increasing impact in terms of output, contribution to GDP, job creation, and overseas investment. It also looks at the knock-on effects …

DHC Personnel and Projects 2014-15

There is a lot going on in DHC at the moment and now that the new Research Associate and Student Volunteer team are in place, and the projects well underway, I thought it time to provide an update. Research Assistant. History Post Graduate Harriet Davis is this year’s DHC’s Research Associate. Previously the role primarily …

TTP- The second phase

Video >> Wyn Morgan describes next steps in the Teaching Transformation Programme: The Teaching Transformation Programme web pages include full details of TTP activities, reports, contacts etc.

South Asia’s hydrological moment with China

Written by Uttam Kumar Sinha. The countries of South Asia face, with alarming regularity, the twin blights of drought and floods. The management of hydro resources is a critical challenge for South Asia, one that requires a different political outlook and a focus on water. This change of aspect clearly brings into attention the Himalayan and …

The “Remarkable Trials” at Lancaster 1806, in Song

On 13 September 1806 three men from Warrington (which was then in Lancashire), Samuel Stockton, John Powell and Joseph Holland, were hanged on the scaffold outside Lancaster castle.  They were part of a group of twenty-four men who had been arrested for sodomy and other homosexual offences the previous May, of whom nine were eventually …

Environmental Sustainability Project Management NAA Module – is it for you?

Environmental sustainability is becoming more prevalent and gaining importance within the workplace. Do you want to gain some vital experience in this area and prepare yourself for your next step? The University of Nottingham is one of the “greenest” universities in the world, and so are in a perfect position to help provide an excellent advantage …

Update – 4 November

IS Renew Programme Mary Visser, Chief Information Officer, and Andrew Unitt, Chief Financial Officer, presented a paper to UEB on the Information Services Renew programme. The paper included an update on phase 1 of the programme, which has seen new structures and governance procedures put in place to provide comprehensive support for staff and students …

An Evening of Print Culture

Hannah Murray is a PhD student in American & Canadian Studies, where she is writing a thesis on liminal whiteness in nineteenth-century American literature. In this post, she looks forward to welcoming Dr. Hester Blum, a leading scholar in nineteenth-century print culture studies. When we read a novel or short story we may not think …

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 …

Full approval from University Council

On behalf of Professor Karen Cox, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Dear Colleagues, I am pleased to announce that funding for Project Transform has been approved by University Council.  Project Transform is the University’s global programme to change the way staff work together by redesigning current academic administration processes. Following this approval, a contract has been signed with …

Recently at Sutton Bonington – Nutrition Society Postgraduate Conference 2014!

Attending a conference can be an exciting experience as a researcher; it’s a great opportunity to get your name heard in your field, a chance to refine your presentation skills, and one of the rare environments in which you’ll find people to talk to who are as excited about the details of research as you …

Rapping At My Chamber Door

Happy Hallowe’en! Whether or not you love all things ghostly and ghoulish, I hope you’ll enjoy this report of a poltergeist that we came across in the Nottingham Journal dated 7 March 1883: “Mysterious Affair At Worksop. Spirit Rapping Extraordinary. The town of Worksop was in uproar on Saturday, consequent on the circulation of a …

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 …

How to have a happy year abroad

By Shivali Mistry, MSci Accounting and Finance for Contemporary China As I embarked upon my journey to Asia last August, I felt highly unprepared. The idea of a year away from home still felt so surreal. Naively, I had dealt with the entire situation in a very relaxed manner. I began my voyage with a …

The Witch of Edmonton (RSC) @ The Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

(note – this review is of a preview performance) The Roaring Girls season, discussed in previous posts on this blog, ended with an entirely untypical coda. Directed by a man (Gregory Doran), given an early modern setting and appearing divorced from the statements about feminism and gender roles within the RSC that had characterised the …

At the Heart of Volunteering and Community

On Tuesday 14 October 2014 I attended the Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service’s (NCVS) Annual Event at their offices on Mansfield Road. What a great way to meet with people from various organisations across Nottingham.  The theme of the event was ‘At the Heart of the City’ and it is true that the NCVS has …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …