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The Graduate School’s 1000th postgraduate placement: a landmark for students and business

To mark the 1000th placement offered by Postgraduate Placements Nottingham (PPN) we spoke with some of those involved, including: Abbie Tomes (Life Sciences postgraduate), Paul Rice (PPN Placements Delivery Manager), and Jo Hay, Sales and Business Development Director at Albumedix). “I think it’s that ‘eye-opening’ dimension of the placement, as I said before, that’s so …

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Adjusting to life in a city

Having moved to Nottingham from a small village near Newcastle, I enjoyed the first few years of my University life in halls and then in the wholesome community of Dunkirk. I didn’t find these moves too difficult as I was still close enough to the city to be able to wander and explore it whenever …

A quick (pond) dip in the Djanogly pond

Guest blog by Dr. Tom Hartman, School of Life Sciences, on a brief survey of one of the ponds on University Park. The pond by the Djanogly arts centre has been in existence for many decades until the tram line was installed in 2014 when it was completely destroyed. A smaller pond was then excavated …

University of Nottingham Staff show off their skills at Annual Staff Sports Events

University of Nottingham Sport offers a wide range of opportunities for members of staff to keep fit, have fun and meet new people. Staff can join staff sports clubs or participate in our annual events. Catch up with what happened at our staff sports day and staff golf day below: Staff Sports Day On Wednesday …

Screening The Royal Shakespeare Company: A Critical History, by John Wyver (Bloomsbury, 2019)

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s relationship with film stretches back to the very earliest days of that medium, with Frank Benson’s two-reel film of Richard III­ – now a staple of university Shakespeare On Film courses – shot on stage at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon; meanwhile, the company’s ongoing commitment to broadcasting its main …

Innovation collaboration with China’s top University

The University of Nottingham and Tsinghua University has signed an agreement to strengthen research and innovation collaboration. Ranked No. 1 in China and Asia, Tsinghua University also tops the list with the budget of nearly RMB 30bn (circa £3bn) for 2019, of which RMB 590m (over £60m) is being invested in science and technology. The …

How to Deal With Career FOMO. Yes, It’s A Thing.

By Valentina Corrao, Employability Officer I am sure you are all familiar with the acronym FOMO. For those of you who are not, it means Fear Of Missing Out, the apprehension linked to missing out on opportunities, events, and social interactions that are happening elsewhere. Well, it looks like career FOMO is also a thing. …

Instagrammable Nottingham

We asked our student ambassadors Lupin, Vivian and Yulia to share their favourite photogenic spots of Nottingham with us. Here are their top picks of places to take yourself (and your camera) when you arrive in Nottingham: 1.) Nottingham sign – Yulia and Vivian What better way to show off that you study here than …

Enhancing Graduate Success Via Facebook

Staff of the UoN Vet School recognised the great support students receive during their academic program was being sorely missed by recent graduates, so sought a way to keep the support going with minimal overhead – the solution was to try out a Facebook group for those entering the professional arena. This has been a …

Maayan Niezna-Labour, Law, Control: Migrant Workers and Unfree Labour

My research project interrogates different legal frameworks addressing ‘unfree labour’ of migrant workers; it asks whether a ‘labour approach’ can better explain, and then help us to resolve, this phenomenon of economic exploitation. I address two aspects of this question – the conceptual and the contextual. By ‘unfree labour’ I refer to practices of exploitative, …

When is a metaphor not a metaphor?

A few weeks ago Daniel Nicholson posted an article on twitter entitled “Are cells really machines?” This made me think, and I wrote a blog post pondering the relations between science, metaphors and technology. In this post I want to reflect on another aspect of the relation between science and metaphors, namely on when metaphors …

Mapping Modules

This is a guest post by Sasha Gardner, undergraduate student undertaking a placement to identify rare books and archives useful for students taking modules in Classics and English. As a first-year English student, discovering the vast array of books and journals available at Hallward and other libraries on campus was an exciting moment. But many …

MEG UK 2019: Hannah’s first conference

Guest post by regular contributor Hannah Coleman, who has just completed her second year as a BSc Physics student. Over the Easter Break I had the opportunity to attend my first academic conference in Cardiff. It is unusual for undergraduates to attend conferences, but not unheard of. As I am very keen to embark on …

Tips for getting into medical school – Habeeb Muhammad-Kamal

From my work in Widening Participation with the university, organizations and in a personal capacity, it is clear to me that many students are deterred from studying Medicine on a regular basis. Being told to “be realistic” is a common phrase heard by these students, especially if they come from a non-medical background, do not …

Future Food Collaborators: Luisa’s Vegan Chocolates

Luisa Vicinanza-Bedi is a chocolate maker based in Sneinton Market in Nottingham. Her company, Luisa’s Vegan Chocolates, makes bean to bar chocolates using cocoa beans sourced directly from farmer’s around the world. Luisa is collaborating with the Future Food Beacon on an Innovate UK project in Colombia. Luisa spoke to Lexi Earl about her company, …

My BPSA journey as the BPSA 77th Annual Conference Organiser

This blog has been written by 4th year undergraduate student, Chloe Lim Xiu Yu. Until now, I couldn’t believe the fact that more than 2 months have passed since my conference. I started university as an ordinary pharmacy student, just like everyone else. Moreover, being an international student, I could never imagine myself becoming the …

Jeux avec frontières: a map of the historic borders of France prepared for the Paris Peace Conference in 1919

Cross-posted on the UoN Map of the Month blog. While preparing for a recent visit to the School’s map collection by members of the Charles Close Society, an unusual map of north-eastern France was uncovered in drawer B109 in a miscellany of war-related material that includes a Napoleonic map of central Europe, several World War …

In Pursuit of Nightingale – by Katharine McMahon

Katharine McMahon is the latest guest contributor to our blog. Katharine’s novel The Rose of Sebastopol follows a thwarted disciple of Nightingale, Rosa, through her trials in the Crimea. It was selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club in 2008 and went on to become an international bestseller.  In this post, Katharine recalls her …

Lung health and cookstoves in Nepal

A blog by Sarah Jewitt During the past semester, I spent time investigating connections between the use of cookstoves fuelled with biomass (wood, charcoal, agricultural residue, dung etc.) and lung health in Nepal. This work was funded by an Institutional GCRF grant entitled Improving Respiratory Health in Nepal led by Ian Hall and Charlotte Bolton …

The Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) Attainment Gap: learning from the student experience

“The Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME)Attainment Gap: learning from the student experience” School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London, June 2019 On 5thJune 2019 I attended the Universities UK (UUK)/National Union of Students (NUS) BAMEAttainment Gap conference at SOAS University of London, encouragingly along with 3 other University of Nottingham colleagues: …

Jeux avec frontières: a map of the historic borders of France prepared for the Paris Peace Conference in 1919

A blog by Professor Mike Heffernan While preparing for a recent visit to the School’s map collection by members of the Charles Close Society, an unusual map of north-eastern France was uncovered in drawer B109 in a miscellany of war-related material that includes a Napoleonic map of central Europe, several World War One trench maps, …

Assessing subconscious (implicit) perceptions of Blue-Green infrastructure

Behaviour has been shown to be predicted by a combination of implicit (subconscious) and explicit (conscious) attitudes and perceptions. Explicit perceptions can be captured through techniques such as questionnaires, interviews, and stated preference tests, that ask respondents to report their attitudes and beliefs. But how can we measure our implicit perceptions, those that are rooted …

Proodle’s Story: Our last six months

“The road to success is always under construction” – Lily Tomlin It’s no hidden secret that building a business is incredibly hard work, and no one knows this more so than the businesses that tirelessly create, build and develop their innovations at the Ingenuity Lab. We’ve had some great news from one of our Ingenuity …

Leningrad! – a play written, directed and performed by students of Russian

Every academic year, students of Russian are lucky enough to get involved with the tradition of the Russian Play, an entirely student-led initiative. Although we agree that Chekhov and Bulgakov must be celebrated, we decided to do something a bit different this year and write our own play from scratch. It was a challenge but …

Brewing up new sources of energy

This week we hear from Phil Daykin, Sales and Operations Manager at Lincoln Green Brewery about his experience of hosting a Postgraduate Placements Nottingham (PPN) student.

Life on the ‘tricky table’

  In this month’s primary blog post, Catherine Gripton explores ‘ability’ grouping from a child’s perspective and asks whether children experience ‘ability’ grouping in the way we think they do. To ‘ability’ group or not to ‘ability’ group? There is much debate about ‘ability’ grouping with questions raised about effectiveness and concerns that it widens …

Entrepreneur in Residence to help foster culture of enterprise and innovation within Faculty of Engineering

The Royal Society has appointed its first Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Nottingham to accelerate work by the Faculty of Engineering in building stronger links with business, and increasing the impact of their world-class discoveries. Peter Winton is a mechanical engineer whose 23-year career with Rolls-Royce included a long association with the faculty. …

Silvia Federici: Public Lecture at Nottingham Contemporary (Saturday June 29th, 5-7pm)

Feminist writer, thinker and activist Silvia Federici will talk about housework as a critical terrain in the class struggle against capitalism, as well as social and institutional violence against women, including the new witch-hunts. This surge of violence has occurred as an expansion of capitalist accumulation through enclosure and land dispossession from women, indigenous and …

Liberal Arts in a Global Context: A Tri-Campus Conference

Over the past twelve months, colleagues in the UK, China and Malaysia have been working on developing Liberal Arts degrees and pedagogical approaches. The experiences of faculty, ideas for future developments and the work of students were shared and discussed during a tri-campus conference in Ningbo held on May 23rd and 24th. The meeting brought …

Global Learning Partnership – reflection

In this week’s blog post, nursing student, Annette, reflects on her participation in the Global Learning Partnership in Nepal. I’ve recently returned from a month in Nepal, working with local Nepalese students collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team. We set out to achieve our aims and outcomes set around healthcare, these were implemented in …

The Hennessy Digitisation Project by Emily Parker

This week DTH Student Volunteer and History undergraduate Emily Parker tells us about her experiences working on our Hennessy Digitisation project. This project will be running again 2019 – 20, along with several new projects. If you are a Faculty of Arts student at the University of Nottingham and would like to find out more …

Dottorini does data: introducing our Green Chemicals research team

Tania Dottorini is an Assistant Professor in Bioinformatics and an Associate Director for the Green Chemicals Beacon. Tania leads a team of scientists working across computational science, machine learning, bioinformatics and systems biology, and leads the computational chemistry research programme for the Green Chemicals Beacon. In this interview, Tania talks to Jo Gregory about her …

Poster Day for our 3rd year MPT students

          Well done to all of our Final Year MPT students who presented their Hons project posters on the 5th June 2019. The standard was very high indeed and all should be congratulated for the professional displays and manner in which they spoke about their research findings.  Special mention should be …

Teaching and Learning Conference 2019

In the May meeting of PLATE, we discussed papers and ideas from the recent University Teaching and Learning Conference (#UoNTLC2019).   However, before that got underway we were tasked by Emma B to use a browser-based mind mapping tool, bubbl.us   For free, users can create up to three mind maps, with payment needed for creating more. As a tool to use on a one-off occasion in lectures, the …

Joint staff well-being conference (University of Nottingham and University of Birmingham) – ‘Thriving in HE: what works?’

Where? Teaching & Learning Building, (UP) When? Wednesday 3rd July 9:30-16:15. With a welcome address from UoN’s Vice-Chancellor and key note from Professor Katherine Weare (World Health Organisation & government advisor on education). We will be joined by over 30 HR practitioners and researchers from across the Midlands to look at how well-being initiatives work. …

Inspiring young people for 10 years with the Advantage Award

This year the Nottingham Advantage Award will be celebrating 10 years of boosting your employability. We rely heavily on the support of our module convenors. The majority of them voluntarily commit their time to help us and you. As we celebrate this landmark we have invited Pete Bruce, convenor of the Inspiring Young People module, …

Understanding Delve with David Valentine-Hagart

In the same way that the tea is probably the most important aspect of the great British institution known as ‘a cup of tea’, the containers in which we choose to hold our information are mostly secondary – it’s information, or tea in this analogy, that ultimately matters most.   If we consider how our organisational systems hold …

On trial: Caribbean Newspapers, 1718 -1876

Our latest trial is to Caribbean Newspapers, 1718 -1876. A full-text collection of 18th- and 19th-century Caribbean newspapers providing a comprehensive primary resource for studying the development of Western society and international relations within the Caribbean Islands. The collection features over 140 newspapers from 22 islands covering topics such as the Atlantic slave trade, colonial …

Reflections of a Conference Attendee

BALEAP 2019 Conference, Leeds, UK Following the recent BALEAP conference in Leeds – a key appointment in the EAP calendar – CELE’s pressessional Course Leader, John Hall, reflects on themes for CELE to consider. Specifically, John considers the need to ‘humanise’ the curriculum. He reports on the importance of critical engagement to enhance student agency; …

Must Read (non-academic) Books This Summer

This blog post was written by final year English student, Hannah Smart.  Whilst most students on most other courses will give a collective sigh of relief at the thought of not having to read anything particularly exhaustive until next semester, here in the School of English, we cannot wait to get our heads into another …

Individual 1, who at that point had become the President of the United States

Anonymisation and research   Human data are among the richest and most complex available to researchers. With such data comes great responsibility, however, not least that of protecting the safety and privacy of subjects. Recent changes in the legal landscape, most prominently the General Data Protection Regulation, have enshrined in law the obligation to safeguard …

Government’s latest review of sustainable drainage: a box-ticking exercise reinforcing a suboptimal state of affairs?

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) review of current planning policy for sustainable drainage (SuDS) was published in August 2018. Could this exercise have more to do with validating the Government’s current policy approach, rather than an accurate review of the application and effectiveness of planning policy for sustainable drainage systems? Tudor …

Mathematical Sciences Egg Hunt

This Easter, one of our students Katie Severn decided to create an egg hunt promoting mental health awareness.   What was it? Hidden all around the department were small chocolate eggs each with a fact or information about mental health. A lot of the eggs provided useful information such as links to websites with advice …

KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS AND WEB-BASED EXERCISES

“Helping research is not only about helping yourself but about helping the generations to come. And it does not stop there, as the research, in which you helped, may facilitate or initiate many other studies. It is like a chain reaction and credit go to all the volunteers helping with these studies.” Sameer Gohir   …

Joining a society

Hi I’m Sarvi and this blog is about why you should join a society and the benefits you can gain from joining societies during your studies at the University of Nottingham. I study pharmacy and during the 4 years that I’ve been at Nottingham I’ve participated in numerous societies here. These include, IMPACT magazine, dodgeball, …

We are all in it together

It’s a small world. Far from taking 80 days to circumnavigate the globe it can now be done in less than 80 hours, at least if you are Steve Fossett and have the support of Richard Branson! Increase in global travel is just one of the factors that can lead to the emergence of new …

How exercise can help overcome stress

Written by Lucy Tyler   According to mental health charity Mind, it is estimated that there will be approximately 2 million more adults experiencing poor mental health by 2030, compared to 2013 in the UK1. According to the Mental Health Foundation, around 45% of adults in the UK report having poor mental health and medication …

Welcome to the Nottingham Health Humanities Early Bird Researcher Group Blog!

We will be using this blog to post news and updates relating to all the exciting events and opportunities available to the EBR group! Introducing your co-leaders! We are delighted to introduce ourselves as co-leaders of the Early Bird Researcher group: Frances Cadd (School of Humanities), Emma Putland (School of English), Mathilde Vialard (School of …

University builds links with Japanese universities

The University of Nottingham welcomed a delegation from nine Japanese universities as part of a British Council initiative to promote international collaboration. The visit was designed to develop global partnerships and to showcase Nottingham’s excellence in internationalisation and mobility. The schedule included discussions on corporate international strategy, international research collaborations and the development of overseas …

Valentine’s day and sexual assault- the Forensic Psychologist as an expert commentator

This post was authored by staff at the Centre for Forensic and Family Psychology, University of Nottingham. An experienced psychologist discusses his thoughts of being asked to provide an expert opinion on the relationship between Valentine’s day and sexual assault. Valentine’s day and sexual assault As your career develops as a Forensic Psychologist you may …

“Hello” from your Community Protection team for Lenton, Dunkirk, Radford and Wollaton

  Hello! My name is Tom Lynk and I am employed by Nottingham City Council as the Senior Community Protection Officer (SCPO) with the Community Protection Central West Team. I have been in this role since May 2018 and mange a small team of dedicated Community Protection Officers (CPOs) that work in neighbourhoods close the …

The Rights Lab Modern Slavery Evidence Unit (MSEU)- research in the service of ending slavery  

  By Sarah Kerr, Rights Lab Deputy Director and Modern Slavery Evidence Unit (MSEU) Director, Tuesday 29th January 2019 The Rights Lab Modern Slavery Evidence Unit (MSEU) is the interface between the Lab’s research base and modern slavery change agents in government, business and civil society in the UK and internationally. Domain specialists from each of the Rights Lab’s four research …

招聘 | 诺丁汉大学上海办公室工作机会

Job Title: International Relations and Digital Officer Location: Shanghai, China Contract status: Full-Time Closing date: 2019/02/26 Salary: 141703 RMB to 176135 RMB per annum, depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance. Job Outline: This role is based in Shanghai Office. The University of Nottingham’s International Recruitment Teams play …

Deserters from the British Civil Wars

Historians have long been interested in the huge numbers of vagrants who trod the roads of early modern England, David Appleby writes, and whether the ‘rogue’ literature of the time genuinely reflected (or incited) a widespread panic about such travellers. Their enquiries have fed into a wider debate which seeks to understand how communities grappled …

12 Postgraduate Careers Facts for Christmas!

In the countdown to the festive period we’d like to share our 12 Postgraduate Careers Facts for Christmas. You might just find there’s more to us than you think!……..   1) 18 years and still going strong The Postgraduate Careers Team provides a specialist careers service for MSc, MBA and PhD Business School students and …

Sarah O’Hara’s blog: Implementation of Campus Solutions

From this week, we are starting to implement Campus Solutions as the University’s new central student records system. I wanted to take this opportunity to look at what we have achieved so far, review the lessons learned, and go over the steps involved in preparing the University for the vital rollout of this new system. …

Patient-centred care

Welcome to the November issue of the Hearing Matters blog by the Mild to Moderate Hearing Loss Group at the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre. This month, Rachel Gomez explores patient-centred care in audiology and the research we are doing on this. What is patient-centred care? Patient-centred care in audiology is a journey that includes …

Skydiving for brain tumours

Andie Shaw, PhD student writes……. Everyone says life is short and you only live once, but an article written by a girl my age, who had sadly recently lost her fight with cancer, really hit home for me. She wrote about making the most of every opportunity put in front of her and never saying …

Sun, Sangria and Suspicious Supervisors

On this blustery autumnal afternoon in Nottingham, we’ve been looking back on a busy summer of conference travels. In this post, two students from the CMMB write about their experiences at conferences in Portugal and France.  The ECMTB and adventures around Lisbon, by Michael Forrester: Hello, my name is Michael, a PhD student at the …

Student Life Hacks: UoN Edition

Starting Uni (even one as pretty as Notts) can be slightly scary. So, I thought I’d list some Student Hacks, all tried and tested by yours truly, that make life now that you’re an officially a UoN student even easier! 4 Hacks for Saving Money While your student loan may seem like a lot, you’ll …

Re-launch for the Faculty of Science Blog

After a break over the summer the blog returns to give a weekly update on activities within the Faculty and our interactions with the University Executive Board. For this academic year we are going to broaden the blog to include guest bloggers from across the Faculty leadership team. Over the summer student recruitment into the …

How to choose a university

You’ve just about decided on a course, and you’re relieved that the big, life-changing decisions are over. Think again – they’ve only just begun. Everyone is different, but luckily, so is every university. No university is better than the other, really, it’s all about which is the best fit for YOU. Here are the top things to look …

How does the past explain the present?

Why does the past matter today? What is the significance of photographs as historical artefacts? How does the language of history determine how we view our world? Do you want to find out the answers to these historical questions and more? Then Learning from the Past: A Guide for the Curious Researcher is the right …

On the Community of Advantage, by Bob Sugden

This week sees the publication of Bob’s 9th book – “The Community of Advantage: A Behavioural Economist’s Defence of the Market” by Oxford University Press.  For the convenience of our readers, here’s the link to Amazon (other book retailers are available). We featured this in the June edition of our NIBS newsletter and you can now read …

Supporting Safe and Efficient Airport Operations with Human-Centred System Design By Dr Elizabeth Argyle

Dr Elizabeth Argyle is a Research Fellow with the Institute for Aerospace Technology (IAT) and is a member of the Human Factors Research Group (HFRG) at the University of Nottingham.  Her recent work on this topic is discussed in more detail in an article in Cognition, Technology & Work, and she can be reached by …

Incest and Incense: A study session at the Nottingham Contemporary

Thea Lawrence on ancient perfume and the myth of Myrrha at Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery In conjunction with their most recent exhibition, The House of Fame, the Nottingham Contemporary is running a series of (free!) study sessions, grouped under the alluring title of A Darkened Room: On Feminism, Rituals, Death and the Occult. For the …

Archaeology documentary wins global prize

A documentary following the research of Dr Jon Henderson of the Department of Archaeology and Classics has been awarded the Gold Medal for best documentary in the History and Society section at the 2018 New York Festivals World’s Best TV and Film awards ceremony, which was held in Las Vegas this month. The National Geographic documentary Drain the …

Underwater archaeology documentary wins global prize

A documentary following the research of Dr Jon Henderson of the Department of Archaeology and Classics has been awarded the Gold Medal for best documentary in the History and Society section at the 2018 New York Festivals World’s Best TV and Film awards ceremony, which was held in Las Vegas this month. The National Geographic documentary Drain the …

Digital Arts: Celebrating Digital Teaching in the Arts

A View from the Arts continues to celebrate the Digital Research Week this week, though today we’re taking a look at something a little different: teaching! Check out our video from the Arts Digital Day, in October 2017, and then pop along to the demo sessions, or to King’s Meadow Campus. We like the look …

GDPR – Information Requirements

One of the important goals of the General Data Protection Regulation is ensuring that data subjects know about the processing of their data and the rights that they have under the Regulation. Therefore, businesses that process personal data must provide notices to data subjects that inform them about the data that is being collected. The …

Repton and the Legacy of the Viking Great Army

By Catrine Jarman, University of Bristol In 873 the Viking Great Army attacked the monastery in Repton, forcing the Mercian king to flee the country and installing a puppet king in his place. 1100 years later, excavations led by archaeologists Martin Biddle and Birthe Kjølbye-Biddle at St Wystan’s Church in Repton in the 1970s and …

MBA Stories: Alumnus credits MBA for enabling him to become a better business leader

Hara Two earned an MBA from Nottingham University Business School. This gave him the knowledge to create LiveTheGo, an app that personalises and schedules a person’s transport needs. Before this, Hara was in India, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree while creating his first company. He credits his MBA for teaching him tested business processes …

Liberal Arts – what is it and why study it? Part I

Liberal Arts degrees have expanded across universities in Britain over the last few years and their development reflects a growing sense that it is by knowledge across a range of disciplines that new ideas and perspectives can develop. The Liberal Arts degree at the University of Nottingham has been built to foster these links as …

New online scholarship system launched

Last week, we launched the new online scholarship application system. 2018/19 entrants can now use the system to apply for the centrally managed group of scholarships aimed at international and EU students. These were formerly the International Office scholarships. It is part of the expansion of the use of Campus Solutions in Admissions and follows …

On the decision of the Colombian Council of State to prohibit the use of Framework agreements for “minimum amount” public contracts

Introduction Colombia Compra Eficiente (CCE), the Colombian central purchasing and advisory procurement body, issued a “manual for the operation of framework agreements” in which it considers that there was concurrence between two public procurement methods: Framework Agreements (FA) (Agreements establishing the terms of contracts to be awarded during a given period of time through the …

Speech by Sonia Sughayar, First Secretary at the Permanent Mission of Jordan to the United Nations, and Recipient of the Recent Alumni Laureate Award for the year 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen, I feel extraordinarily honored and touched to stand before you all today. It is always great to be in the company of the next generation of youth leaders. I am deeply humbled and delighted to be receiving the 2017 Alumni Laureate Award from this distinguished University which has chosen to bestow this …

Video overview of the RECOGNeyes Game

RECOGNeyes is a computer game that you play using your eyes as the game controller. It has been developed at the University of Nottingham in collaboration with people with ADHD. The game is designed to train people to have better control over their attention.  As you advance in the game, you learn to control different …

The finer details of the bigger picture: corpus linguistics in healthcare

This blog piece will introduce a relatively new method in the study of language – the corpus linguistic approach – and talk about how it can be useful for linguistic researchers interested in analysing communication in healthcare environments. To do this, this entry will ask – and answer – three questions: (i) What is corpus …

Reclaiming university autonomy

UNIVERSITY autonomy is again back on the front burner. Ideas and Yayasan Sime Darby will be hosting next week the National Higher Education Conference 2017 on how to make our universities more autonomous. It is a defining moment for higher education in Malaysia to once again put forward the agenda on a national pedestal, if …

Happy International Day of the Midwife!

Today was International Day of the Midwife, a day where there is recognition for all the wonderful work midwives do around the world. I feel full of pride when I think of midwifery and what it means to be a student midwife. I often try to compare other professions to midwifery but find that it …

This day in AD 357 marked Constantius II’s entry into Rome

But why bother to record such an event?

‘Event of the Year’ – trailblazing ‘Nottingham Day’ wins national recognition

The success of last year’s ‘Nottingham in Parliament Day’ was recognised last week at a black-tie awards ceremony in London. The University’s Political & Public Affairs Unit, who led the ground-breaking initiative, collected the PRmoment.com ‘Event of the Year’ award in recognition of the day-long celebration of all things Nottingham. Nottingham in Parliament Day – …

Chinese Students and Western Teachers: Reflections on Practice

By Daryl Johnson, School of English. As the number of Chinese students attending foreign HE institutions continues to grow (89,540 in 2014-2015 up from 87,895 in 2013-2014, UKCISA), the same kinds of frustrations experienced by their lecturers and seminar leaders appear to have persisted. A relatively unanimous consensus amongst Western teachers of Chinese students is …

Exploring Modern Slavery

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It is designed to tackle slavery in the UK by establishing a Commissioner for Anti-Slavery, and requiring businesses to publish a statement that identifies the actions taken to ensure that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in the …

Househunting in Nottingham as an outgoing study abroad student

Househunting is always a headache, because there’s so many things to think about. But what if you’re going to be studying abroad next year? How do you go about arranging accommodation, especially if you’re only going to study abroad for one semester?

Adult social care workers should have the opportunity to learn about theory and research relating to the needs of siblings and other family members

 Author: Georgia Todd I am a PhD student in the school of Sociology, Social Work and Social Policy. My research is exploring the experiences of young people who have a sibling with learning disabilities. Before starting the PhD, I worked in adult learning disability social care and health services. The focus in adult learning disability …

Reading at Malchin Testament Launch

Prior to last Friday’s launch of Malchin Testament, Professor Malachi invited my coursemates and I to read works of late Malaysian poets Hilary Tham, Ee Tiang Hong and Omar Mohd. Nor. Since Michelle Beth and I have been studying the works of Malaysian poets closely as part of our course, we were elated and honoured …

24 December 2016 – what’s the story behind door number 24?

There are at least two trillion galaxies in the universe, ten times more than previously thought. When the three wise men saw the star over Bethlehem little did they know that there were many more galaxies to be found. Astronomers have long sought to determine how many galaxies there are in the universe. It was approximated that …

Weather Extremes: Making and Breaking Records in Nottinghamshire

Over the last few months Georgina and I have been working closely with staff at the Department of Manuscripts, University of Nottingham, to curate a public exhibition for the Weston Gallery, Lakeside Arts, on the University campus. It opens today. Last night we held a private view that was opened by BBC meteorologist Helen Willetts, …

IAPS Blog Assistant Paid Internships

Salary: Approx. £10 per hour (plus holiday pay) Location: Residence in Nottingham is not required Hours: 10-15 hours per month About The Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies is seeking applications for four paid internships to work with the Editor of the Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies’ soon-to-be-launched new blog platform – IAPS Dialogue …

Counselling for Depression Gathering

We were delighted to welcome Professor Robert Elliott who joined us for the first Counselling for Depression (CfD) Gathering held in Dearing Building at the University of Nottingham on September 17th . Robert was a key contributor and researcher in the development of CfD and is an originator of Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) which is …

Gold medal for table tennis superstar student

An English student at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) has won his second paralympic gold medal. Zhao Shuai won the men’s single Table Tennis last night (Tuesday) at the Rio Paralympic Games. Zhao beat Andras Csonka 3-0, defending his London 2012 title. He won every match in his competition class, sweeping aside opponents from …

Conference: Funding Research on a Changing Landscape (24-25 Aug Aug 2016)

On the 24-25 Aug 2016, in conjunction with MIDA (Malaysian Investment Development Authority), the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) held the inaugural “Funding Research on a Changing Landscape” conference. We were very fortunate to have an excellent line up of speakers, led by Prof Tan Sri Zakri, the Chief Scientific Advisor to the Prime …

Nottingham Life Cycle 6 – Day 16 Latheronwheel to Dunnet Head

1200, September 3rd 2106, mission accomplished. We arrived at Dunnet Head, the most northerly point of mainland Great Britain, after more than 1,300 miles in the saddle. Job done. Our day started with a splendid breakfast laid on by Fiona at the Craiglea Guest House (including a traditional, very salty Scottish porridge). I had posted …

The Death of Jo Cox and Our Shared Future

By Dr Nick Stevenson Remain lost the vote. It was of course going to be difficult to over turn the impact of the popular press and the nationalist Right. The layers of cultural meaning and resentment that have been implanted over decades were always going to be hard to dislodge. At first I did think …

Welcome to the International Research Network for Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art (ReNet MoCoCA)

About the network The International Research Network for Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art (ReNet MoCoCA) – launched in March 2015 – is conceived to address the needs of the growing, divers, and globally scattered academic community in this field. It helps to bridge communicational and informational gaps that result from local institutional confines of projects, …

Interpreting urban heritage tourism in China: the case of the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall

Written by Rui Su. Urban heritage tourism in China reflects the major changes in recent decades in the country’s economy, society, politics and governance. There has been a gradual but substantial transformation from a centrally planned economy to a more market-oriented economy “with Chinese characteristics” (Sofield & Li, 2011).  There are continuities as well as …

PGR Teaching Awards 2016

The Postgraduate Teaching Award is an annual award to recognise and celebrate examples of innovative teaching and support of learning. In 2016 there were five winners who each received a certificate and a £100 voucher at the Tri-Campus awards. Due to the high calibre of applicants, an additional four received a ‘Highly Commended’ certificate. The …

2016 Season Off To A Fantastic Start

The 2016 MotoE Series is off to a flying start for the University of Nottingham Electric Superbike Team. On June 8th, the team came third in the Isle of Man TT Zero Race, achieving a podium finish and being given an award for the Best Team  at the TT for 2016. The team’s rider, Daley Mathison, …

Will Planes Be Pilotless? The Future of Commercial Aviation

News related to driverless cars is becoming increasingly popular in recent years, and these self-driving vehicles may be on the market as early as next year. Several large companies such as Google, Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Apple, Microsoft and many more, are investing in the driverless technologies that will soon provide us with our ground transportation, …

Celebrating Teaching – developing ideas about teaching and learning

As part of our secondary ITE routes our beginning teachers have to develop their own personal theories of teaching and learning and, as the courses come to a close, they present their ideas as part of their PGCE assessment. A teacher training year is an incredibly intensive one and for our beginning teachers to organise …

Rogues and Villains

In honour of May the Fourth, Dr Nathan Waddell from our School of English shares some thoughts on the upcoming film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Do rogues win? They usually do in the Star Wars universe. They certainly will in Rogue One, the first of the Star Wars anthology movies. Due for release in …

Film Stars For The Day! Student Nurses And Staff From The University of Nottingham and Birmingham City University Filming Together

On February 26th 2016 following months of preparation, student nurses and staff from The University of Nottingham and Birmingham City University became film stars for the day.    The film is about public expectations of professional behaviour.   The Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Code of Conduct formed the basis for the film script.    The film …

Implicit Cognition at the Aristotelian Society

Last month I gave a talk at the Aristotelian Society, in which I asked ‘What do we want from a model of implicit cognition?’ Here’s the abstract for the paper: In this paper, I set out some desiderata for a model of implicit cognition. I present test cases and suggest that, when considered in light …

Managing Engagement: Enhancing the Customer Experience

The first Ingenuity KnowledgeXchange breakfast event of 2016 brought Dr Liz Evans and Ben Smithwell together to outline their experiences around ‘engagement’ and enhancing the customer experience.  With over 70 local business leaders in the room it was a lively and interesting session. Dr Liz Evans (Faculty of Arts: Department of Culture, Film & Media) …

A Part of Me Forever

  It has now been a month since I returned from my semester abroad studying music at The University of Hong Kong. I’ve left it this long before writing a blog about my time there as it’s hard to find the words that can truly sum up how incredible an experience it was. I know …

Veterinary Medicine CPD reviews

Alumna, Jo Henstock, has written about the Veterinary Medicine CPD courses that she has attended at the University of Nottingham. Over 60 one and two day courses covering a range of topics for small, farm, equine and exotic animals are being delivered in 2016. Here are her comments: Introduction to Small Animal Ultrasound This was a …

RSC NEWS

In this month’s RSC news magazine, four familiar names were mentioned. Those 4 names are Paul Anastas, Nigist Asfaw, Richard Wheatley and Julie Beth Zimmerman. All four have been admitted to RSC as fellows in this month’s edition of RSC news, which also features 175 Faces leading the way in Chemistry. The Royal Society of …

1965 Golden Reunion – 10 October 2015, Nottingham University

Philip Watson (Economics, 1965) writes: I arose at 6.30am on this day – some 2 hours earlier than normal! I travelled from SE London and caught the 8.29am train from St Pancreas to Nottingham. On the journey there, I met Dorothy (Social Admin.) and her friend from Canada (her name escapes me), when I was …

Ben Hunte: 3 Ways UNMC Has Changed My Life (So Far!)

Happy 15th Birthday, UNMC! I remember arriving at the campus for the first time, standing at the back of the Students’ Association building, and looking at the insane view – jungle as far as the eye could see. Just a few days earlier, I was packing up my room in London, preparing to move to …

Interview with Robert Watson (by Reiner Grundmann)

Back in 1995, while researching for my book Transnational Environmental Policy, I interviewed Bob Watson who was at the time Associate Director for Environment in the Office of the President of the United States in the White House. I am grateful to him for granting permission to publish the whole transcript of the interview (I had …

Sources of finance for SMEs

In May 2015 the Conservatives were elected into government with a manifesto that largely focused on improving the economy. The party reiterated its commitments to the range of funding options available to SMEs, including the Enterprise Finance Guarantee, the Business Finance Partnership and the National Loan Guarantee Scheme. In the May 2015 Business Barometer survey …

Another First at Filey Brigg

Catching chitons. Marine field trips are always an exercise in keeping one eye on the wildlife and the other on the tide.mfiley Brigg is absolutely brilliant for the rock pool dippers and each year we find species that we have not encountered before. In previous forays we have caught a poorly named ‘sea snail’ (quite …

My Visit to the UK and the PGR Engineering Celebration Event 2015

On 23 September 2014, the annual Postgraduate research showcase was held at the University of Nottingham Malaysia campus. I was delighted to be awarded the grand prize for my poster amongst 43 postgraduate research students. The exciting award was a travel fund to the UK, which granted me the opportunity to take part in the …

University’s marine economy academy raises £2.3m in first year

Over the last twelve months, a partnership between The University of Nottingham, Wanli Education Group (WEG) and Ningbo Municipal Government has successfully raised over £2.3 million for research into areas related to the marine economy industry. The marine economy is one of China’s key strategic development areas. It will be the next key economic growth …

I found my job in China in an Irish bar

Torben Segelken is originally from Germany and studied MSc International Management at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC). After graduating in 2013 he stayed in Ningbo and is now working for trading company TECCO Ltd. Why did you decide to come and study at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC)/in China? What motivated you? I’d done an internship in Shanghai during …

Early Modern Medievalism: The End or Creation of the Middle Ages?

Post by Dr Mike Rodman Jones, School of English Albrecht Durer’s St Jerome in his Study (1513) is a seminal work in Renaissance art history. It is also one that, in its subject, execution, and reception, divides cultural time in a way that both omits and contains the Middle Ages. St Jerome (d. 420) appears …

RCN Participant Information

University of Nottingham, School of Biosciences. Sutton Bonington Campus, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE12 5RD. United Kingdom HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS IN OBESITY MANAGEMENT Investigators: Dr. Judy A. Swift (Associate Professor of Behavioural Nutrition) and Dr. Duane Mellor (Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics) Healthy Volunteer’s Information Sheet You are being invited to participate in a research study. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …