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The VC’s Life Cycle 4 Blog: Day 16 – Tongue to John O’Groats

At 14:40 we arrived at the place where the first Life Cycle began, John O’Groats. After 1,370 miles and more than 60,000 feet of climbing we reached our fourth corner and the end of our challenge. There were tears of joy and relief, there was elation, there was satisfaction. We had made it. We left …

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What’s On? – September 2014

With the start of term in sight and many of our students coming back to Nottingham ahead of Welcome Week, we’re excited to share some of the fun things that are going on in the local area over the next few weeks. Event: Heritage Open Days Date: Thursday 11th September to Sunday 14th September Location: Throughout Beeston, Chilwell, …

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 …

The Democratic Deficit of Collective Self-Defence in Japan

Written by Rikki Kersten. When Prime Minister Abe’s cabinet decided on July 1st to revise the interpretation of the pacifist clause of Japan’s constitution, commentators in Japan and around the world took notice. Those who argued the move was long overdue called it ‘historic’.[i] Those who found the move disturbing employed the language of alarm, …

Are Political Finance Regulations Helping to Combat Party Corruption in Europe and Latin America?

Posted in British Politics,Corruption,European Politics   As has been repeatedly stated, money is the main fuel of politics. Without it political parties cannot function, elections cannot take place, and democracy – at least as we know it – cannot exist. It is for this reason, but not the only one, that most political systems in …

Studying at university

Here are some differences you should be expecting for studying in this  new and potentially daunting environment. Workload One of the biggest differences I found was the workload. I felt that sometimes just one module would be the same amount of work as the whole biology A Level syllabus (maybe I’m exaggerating a little but… trust me it’s a lot!). Ongoing …

Can we have our Honorary Degree back please?

Honorary Degree revocation is pretty unusual Previous posts have commented on the awards of Honorary Degrees to celebrities. The risk for universities in making such awards though is that famous people sometimes turn out to be not such terrific assets to the institution’s reputation. There are only a few examples of this but they are …

Thinking about Thinking about Ancient Greek Religion (2)

In January 2014, the Ancient Religions and Cognition (ARCog) project held its second workshop: on Transmission. Esther Eidinow gives an overview of the meeting, during which participants explored the theme of religious transmission using cognitive theorizing to think about ancient evidence, and vice versa. You can find out more about the project and the workshop, …

Top tips from our alumni 2

Since the beginning of this month we have been asking alumni for the advice they would give to recent graduates and they’ve delivered a fantastic range of inspiration so far. We’ll be posting more pearls of wisdom on our Facebook and Twitter pages, so keep a look out for them. Here’s just a sample of their advice:      …

Ebola expert fields media calls from across the world

Ebola expert Professor Jonathan Ball has been kept busy over the last few weeks fielding media calls from across the globe in China, Malaysia, India, Africa, the US and here in the UK. A professor of molecular virology in the School of Life Sciences, Jonathan has appeared on the BBC, Al Jazeera, France24, Bloomberg, Arise …

Crisis, opportunity and understanding innovation

Article by Paul Kirkham, researcher in the field of entrepreneurial creativity at Nottingham University Business School. “Only a crisis – actual or perceived – produces real change.” So wrote Milton Friedman, economist and Nobel Prize winner, in his highly influential Capitalism and Freedom, first published more than 50 years ago. This is, of course, palpable …

Newton Fund Calls

Please see the following calls for funding, which should be of interest to many at UNMC. British Council Travel Grants Open Call – deadline 30 September (details at http://www.britishcouncil.org/education/science/current-opportunities/travel-grants-2014) [This call includes additional countries than those eligible under the Newton Fund] RCUK and the Brazilian Council of State Funding Agencies (CONFAP)Research Partnerships Call – preliminary …

More tips for the wards!

Hi everyone, Jon again with some more high quality wisdom for clinical placements! 3. Learn the surgical sieve This. Consultants have a habit of asking medical students what the causes of things are. My go-to move when that happens is to physically and mentally freeze up, look around me in a panic as if the …

Dark matter: A mystery metaphor that turns genomic junk into gold

I have become intrigued by a new metaphor, most recently used in an interesting Aeon Magazine article. The authors state that the human genome can’t be, as was so long assumed, a blueprint for building a human being, as “science has served up the confounding paradox that the bulk of our genome appears to be …

Airpower and War in the 21st Century

Contributed by Dr Bettina Renz. On 13th June 2014 a one-day cross-disciplinary workshop on airpower and war in the 21st century was held on the University of Nottingham’s Jubilee Campus. It was co-organised by the School of Politics and IR’s Centre for Security, Conflict and Terrorism (CST) and the University’s Institute for Aerospace Technology (IAT) …

Planting a lasting reminder

Svenja Hanson, chair of Environment Committee at the University’s Malaysia campus, outlines the recently launched Alumni Tree Project. Graduands, aka new alumni, at UNMC now have the chance to immortalize their presence at the Malaysia campus by sponsoring their very own tree, which will be planted by volunteers from the SA Nature Club in the autumn semester of …

A Summer of Adventure; Working on the BNF

At the end of each academic year at university, my fellow students and I face the beautiful prospect of 3 months of ‘me-time’. Although on paper this looks like 3 months off timetable where exciting plans can be made and you can be on a new adventure every week, it has its drawbacks as well. …

Getting into the archive: Sherwood Forest and the ‘hurricane’ of 1714

Storms and tree damage Damage to trees is one of the more common impacts of storms recorded in the documentary record. The loss of trees is a very visible sign of an extreme weather event that can cause significant changes to the landscape in a short space of time – a number of trees were …

A guide to Nottingham’s healthcare services, by its most accident-prone student

Sometimes, I wonder if I attract injuries and accidents… Ever since I was a child, I have always managed to hurt myself. Whether it was running around during break-time, playing with my brother at home or even at big family celebrations I always managed to injure or hurt myself. My family used to think that …

Update – 15 August

Curriculum 2020 Professor Alan Ford, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning, on behalf of the Curriculum 2020 Committee, presented a paper, ‘Streamlining the Curriculum’. UEB approved three proposals relating to the minimum viable size of modules and programmes, and noted the ongoing work of the Academic Progression and Award Regulations Working Group, chaired by Professor Phil …

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 …

Fighting Extremism in Iraq or Political ‘Free-Riding’?

By Dr David O’Brien, Assistant Professor, School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, The University of Nottingham Ningbo China. As America seems once again pulled into the mire in Iraq, President Barack Obama has hit out at what he describes as China’s ‘free-riding’ in that beleaguered land. Not surprisingly this had provoked an angry reaction in China, …

The White Devil (Royal Shakespeare Company) @ The Swan, Stratford-upon-Avon

Webster epitomises what critics such as Susan Bennett, Pascale Aebischer and Kathryn Prince have termed ‘the Jacobean’, in the sense that refers not to the literal historical period but the subset of early modern drama which usually commands an aesthetic prioritising sex, violence, spectacle and excess. Maria Aberg, who in her previous shows at the …

All Orders Promptly Executed

Fifty years ago today, 13 August 1964, the last two people to be executed in the United Kingdom were hanged. The victim was a 53 year old van driver named John West, who was killed during a robbery in his home that went wrong four months earlier. A neighbour had been awoken in the middle of …

Model Making: part one by DHC Leonardo Fellow James E Smith

I have been juggling numerous new projects recently but I thought it was about time I followed up my introduction post with something about my piece ‘Model’, made during the first months of my residency at the DHC and currently on show at The Collection in Lincoln until September 7th. Having been commissioned by The …

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 …

Report on our first testing

Before the undergraduates escaped for their summer break we managed to subject some of them to the first large-scale trial of our IAT software. 83 participants undertook 2 positive/negative association IATs (a black vs white racial IAT & a Muslim vs Non-Muslim religion IAT). They also answered a series of explicit question about their views …

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 …

Looking back, moving forward: Applying for next year’s Award modules

This year has been filled with some huge successes! Not only did The University of Nottingham become the most targeted university by The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers, but our survey showed that 100% of students who have completed the Nottingham Advantage Award would recommend it to others. Our Celebration Event this year was one …

Great evening had by all at our inaugural Shenzhen alumni event!!

On 24 July we were really excited to hold our inaugural alumni event in Shenzhen , Guangdong Province, China. With just under 100 contactable alumni based in Shenzhen, we were delighted that a quarter of them, as well as some lost alumni that we were able to re-connect with via the powers of social media, …

The Home Stretch

The last time I blogged was about a month ago. In case you were wondering where I have been, I am now on the other side of the world; back home in Malaysia. Sweet, sunny, and unfortunately hazy Malaysia. Before returning home I was in Norwich on my Boots Summer Placement as I mentioned in my …

Energy performance study – can you help?

Do you wish your home was more energy efficient? Would you like to be part of a European study which will help us to do that in the future? Then do we have the opportunity for you. See the message below from the Department of Architecture and the Built Environment The University’s Energy and Sustainability …

Managing climate risks to well-being and the economy: ASC progress report, 9th July 2014

Blog post by Emily Lawson, University of Nottingham. On Wednesday 9th July I attended the Adaptation Sub Committee (ASC) annual report launch at the satellite event in Nottingham, organised by Climate UK and Climate East Midlands. The report, titled “Managing climate risks to well-being and the economy”, was summarised in a presentation from Lord John Krebs, …

Knowing me, knowing you – part IV

Welcome to the fourth blog in our get to know you series.  Today we feature…. Name Jill Bennett How long have you worked here? I have worked at the King’s Meadow campus at the University for 9 years.  During this time I have always been employed with Community Partnerships although my role has evolved quite …

Panel 3: Taking a stance or calming the waters- challenging established science (D. Dyer, R. Pielke Jr, J. A. Smith, S. Turner)

The below video features contributions from Dominic Dyer (Chief Executive of the Badger Trust), Professor Roger Pielke Jr (Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Colorado Boulder), Dr Jane A. Smith (writer and researcher) and Professor Stephen Turner (Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy, University of South Florida). The session included statements of vehement …

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 …

Graduation Address at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China

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

‘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, …

Upcycling all the rage?

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

D2N2 Growth Deal and Better Business for All

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

Rewilding: the Natural History of Wild Boar in Northern Italy

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

Black History Month 2014 — we need you

We’ve woken up! Black History Month 2014 isn’t that far off, so we’re starting to gather news, profiles and events to feature on this blog in October. Are you arranging an event to celebrate Black History Month — a public lecture, conference, dance-off, workshop or food fayre? Are you a BME researcher or member of …

TTP: an introduction

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

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 …

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

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

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 …

Graduate Profile – Luke Daley

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

English at May Fest

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

The End is Nigh

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

Soderbergh Goes Legit

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

Study and explore

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

Up Close and Personal!

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

Can a Title Really Sum This Up…. ?

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

Exploring images of snow and winter past

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

Industry Insight: AGP Technology Showcase

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

An end and a beginning

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

Consulting – using your watch to tell you the time

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

Food sovereignty in the UK

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

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

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

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

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

Perdana Fellows: the unofficial government spokesmen

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

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

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

Malaysia plans to be the first Islamic financial superpower

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

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 …