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The truth is, voters crave a strong and stable leader

Professor Steven Fielding from the School of Politics and International Relations writes for The Conversation As he made his journey from conventional politician to radical hero, Tony Benn became increasingly critical of how the Labour party did politics. Benn’s diary records Harold Wilson, who had just won a landslide victory in 1966, claiming that the …

Dinosaurs of China set sail for the UK

Some very special visitors are on their way from China to Nottingham – Dr Wang Qi talks about what it takes to ship precious dinosaur fossils over 23, 435km from Tianjin to Felixstowe, in time for the Dinosaurs of China exhibition. Dinosaurs of China is a world exclusive exhibition featuring some of the most important …

Nottingham’s green labs win big at industry awards

The GSK Carbon Neutral Laboratories for Sustainable Chemistry (CNL) have been named ‘Project of the Year’ at the RICS Awards 2017, East Midlands. The iconic building, which was officially opened in February this year by GSK Chief Executive Sir Andrew Witty, was awarded the ‘Design through Innovation Award’ as well as scooping ‘Project of the …

Colleagues in Physics and Astronomy remember Professor Lawrie Challis OBE

Professor Laurence Eaves and Professor Tony Kent, in the School of Physics and Astronomy, at the University of Nottingham remember Professor Lawrence Challis. This obituary has been published by the Institute of Physics on MyIOP. Lawrie Challis, who died on 24 March 2017, was an experimental physicist who did distinguished work at the University of Nottingham …

Uncovered: Spying on the Royals

The University of Nottingham’s Dr Rory Cormac and his co-author Prof Richard Aldrich (University of Warwick) have uncovered startling documents about Special Branch, MI5, and the abdication of King Edward VIII. Over 80 years after the unprecedented events of 1936, the truth finally comes out in their new Channel 4 documentary. In late 1936, an …

Sir Peter’s final journey

Hundreds of University of Nottingham staff and students, friends, colleagues and family have paid their final respects to Sir Peter Mansfield. On route to St John’s Church in Beeston the funeral cortege passed through University Park, marking the illustrious career Sir Peter had forged in Nottingham. The journey took in the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging …

The Human Cost of War

The human cost of civil wars is to be investigated in a new study from the universities of Leicester, Nottingham, Southampton and Cardiff. ‘Welfare, Conflict and Memory during and after the English Civil Wars, 1642-1700’ is a four-year project funded by a major grant of over £800,000 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The …

The tougher the target, the greater the gain?

In the latest of our New Year, New You blog mini series, Dr Amanda Avery, an expert in diet and nutrition in the School of Biosciences discusses how setting your sights high can be more successful in achieving the healthy lifestyle of your dreams. Healthcare professionals often encourage us to set realistic targets when it comes …

Merry Christmas from The University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham offices and teaching buildings will be closed from Thursday 22 December and will re-open on Tuesday 3 January 2017. Nottingham Lakeside Arts remains open to the public with a host of festive shows and activities including the critically acclaimed Beasty Baby. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all …

Human rights expert is appointed to European Committee of Social Rights

Professor Aoife Nolan, from the School of Law  has been elected to the Council of Europe’s European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) Professor Nolan is Head of the Human Right Law Centre’s Economic and Social Rights Unit (ESR),and Co-Director of the Rights and Justice Research Priority Area at the University. Professor Nolan was nominated by …