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Vice-Minister visit to discuss research links with Cuba

Nottingham’s research links with Cuba were showcased at a visit from the country’s Vice-Minister for Higher Education. The Vice-Minister, Dr Aurora Fernández, the Rector of the Agrarian University of Havana and the Head of International Relations of the Ministry of Higher Education visited The University of Nottingham on March 20. They were there to find …

A hologram, a family scandal and a man on the march: the French election just got really exciting

Paul Smith, Associate Professor in French and Francophone studies, writes for The Conversation Embattled presidential candidate François Fillon probably looked at the political calendar in the first week of February and thanked his lucky stars that the spotlight shifted, for a weekend at least, to other candidates in the French election race. Lyon became the …

American Disruption

Professor Todd Landman reviews the inauguration of Donald Trump and the days that followed. Friday 20 January  and Saturday 21 January 2017 will go down in American history as some of the most dramatic and starkly contrasting days in US politics for some time. The inauguration of Donald Trump on 20 January 2017 as the 45th …

British Embassy in Russia support for the Periodic Table of Videos

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) officially adopted the names of the four new chemical elements this year – big news for the award winning Periodic Table of Videos. And this week they decided to release all four new videos at once! Nihonium, Moscovium, Tennessine and Oganesson. The names of two of them are directly …

VC leads first Russell Group delegation to China

Strengthened relationships and shared approaches to global challenges between UK and China’s leading universities are the focus of a Russell Group Vice-Chancellor delegation to Shanghai today (October 31). In the first delegation of its kind eight Vice-Chancellors from the Russell Group – the UK’s 24 leading research-intensive universities – will travel to China for a …

The Great Debate – Professor Todd Landman reviews last night’s battle between Clinton and Trump

This week is one of the most awaited in the calendar for the US presidential campaign. The primaries are over and have produced the two main candidates and their running mates, the conventions have sought to solidify support and unify the messages for each party, and the summer months have been spent on the campaign …

A tale of two Americas

It is the best of times and the worst of times in America according to Professor Todd Landman. Originally from the US state of Pennsylvania and currently Professor of Political Science and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Social Sciences at The University of Nottingham, Professor Landman gives his unique outlook on the latest developments in the race for the …

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 …

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 …