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Proud father in his 100th year attends researcher’s graduation day

A very special guest accompanied University of Nottingham researcher Jane Horne to her graduation ceremony when she was awarded her doctorate this week. Jane’s proud father Joe Tunney is in his 100th year — due to celebrate his centenary in January — was among the audience who watched his daughter graduate with a PhD in …

Is Pokemon Go just the beginning?

I’m both excited and intrigued by this week’s hullaballoo around Pokémon Go. These are the words of Steve Benford, Professor of Computer Science & EPSRC Dream Fellow and Professor of Collaborative Computing in the Mixed Reality Laboratory in the School of Computer Science at The University of Nottingham. So what’s his take on the latest Pokémon …

Master’s students brew and launch their own beer in the name of academic research

In February this year three students taking an MSc in Brewing Science and Practice at The University of Nottingham, got the opportunity to brew and market their own beer with Castle Rock brewery as part of their project dissertation. Last night saw the official launch of Alternate Universe – described by the team as a …

Chilcot’s verdict: the Iraq War was a failure of oversight and planning

  Dr Louise Kettle is an Assistant Professor in Politics and International Relations at The University of Nottingham. Here she gives her thoughts on the long-awaited Chilcot Report. It’s been a long time coming, but the Chilcot Report into the Iraq War, all 2.6m words of it, is finally out. And contrary to some expectations, …

What happens when sports rules go awry?

As Wimbledon quarter finals beckon and the semi-finals of Euro 2016 are about to kick off, operational research scientists have been looking at what happens when the rules of sport are changed or when existing rules lead to unforeseen consequences. They’ve been assessing how administrators and supporters deal with these situations and if their decision …

Plastic fantastic: its many pioneering medical uses inside us

Despite their ubiquitous nature in everyday products, negative press coverage of plastics is a regular feature of this decade. Eight million tons of plastic a year now end up irresponsibly in our oceans. The whole of the UK – and many other countries – now associates plastic bags with a small tax to discourage their …

What Brexit means to London’s aspiration as an Islamic Finance Hub

Dr Nafis Alam is an Associate Professor of Finance and Director for the Centre for Islamic Business Finance and Research (CIBFR) at University of Nottingham Malaysia campus (UNMC). Here he writes about the implications of Brexit on London’s aspiration as an Islamic Finance Hub. When Manchester, under the patronage of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister …

We will remember them – 100 years since the Battle of the Somme

As the world remembers the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme Professor John Beckett, Department of History at The University of Nottingham explains how it became one of the bloodiest battles in human history… Just before 7.30 a.m. on 1 July 1916 the Allied guns along the River Somme in north-west France fell silent. The …

Galaxy clusters – what are they?

Over 500 scientists are descending on the Jubilee Campus at The University of Nottingham next week to discuss the latest breakthroughs and discoveries in astronomy. Many of these astronomers will be discussing massive agglomerations of galaxies called clusters. Dr Elizabeth Cooke and Kshitija Kelkar who studying distant clusters of galaxies here at the The University of Nottingham. Here …

Brexit: Europe’s new nationalism is here to stay

Simon Toubeau, Assistant Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations, discusses Brexit in an article for The Conversation: It is something of a tragic irony that the European Union – originally constructed to lay to rest the atavistic nationalist impulses of the 20th century – is today behind the resurgence of such feelings …