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Making Economic and Social Rights Real

People’s rights to basic amenities such as housing, education, health, social security and food are things that most of us take for granted, but for some, the rights are still a distant pipe dream. Here in the UK, this is being made ever-clearer by the current controversy around the roll-out of Universal Credit, the homelessness …

Nottingham entrepreneur scoops top prize at Women in Business awards

A Nottingham Ingenuity Lab entrepreneur has scooped a top award for her make-up company Kohl Kreatives. Trishna Daswaney (a graduate in Business Management, 2015) has won the Rising Star award in the Nottingham Post Business Awards. Trishna’s company Kohl Kreatives is a non-profit organisation, with two incredibly important causes at the centre of her brand. …

MI6’s Secret Slush Fund

When the Chief of MI6 retired in 1952 he left a bombshell of an inheritance. General Sir Stewart Menzies had been Chief of MI6 since 1939. Having guided the service through the Second World War, he was exceptionally experienced and at the pinnacle of British intelligence. He agreed to stay on to oversee the difficult …

ESRC annual celebration of social sciences

Academics from University of Nottingham will be playing a major part in this year’s annual festival of social science from the 4-11 November. Now in its 15 year, the Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC) festival will see 316 events across the UK, taking the social sciences to diverse and new audiences covering a range …

Nottinghamshire leaders join together to tackle modern slavery

Professor Zoe Trodd, Director of the University’s Rights Lab joined organisations from across the region on Anti-Slavery Day (18 October) to launch a joint pledge to make Nottinghamshire free of modern slavery. The joint commitment was made by Nottinghamshire Councils, businesses, churches, charities and the Police, and aims to raise awareness of modern slavery and …

Can a river have legal rights? Dr Nick Mount from the School of Geography visited the jungles of Columbia to find out

Fundamental human rights are now recognised across much of the world. Humans, however, cannot exist without the natural world. So should we also award rights to environmental entities? The idea has gained traction in recent years – and it is rivers that have found themselves at the vanguard of landmark legal developments. Rivers often have …

Social Sciences fly high in global rankings

The Schools of Law and Education at the University of Nottingham have been named in the top 70 university courses in the world, according to the Times Higher Education (THE) Subject Rankings 2018. The University of Nottingham was ranked 40th for Law and 69th for Education in the prestigious listings, which list the top 1,000 …

Chief Economist from the Bank of England gives public lecture

Andy Haldane, the Bank of England’s Chief Economist paid a visit to the University this week (3 October 2017) to address some global issues around the flow of people, money goods, and services. Staff, students and members of the public, turned out in force to hear him speak. Professor Kevin Lee, Head of the School …

More than 40 million people are trapped in slavery across the globe: shocking new figures reveal the true scale of modern slavery.

A Nottingham slavery expert has contributed to research published on Tuesday (19 September 2017)  revealing that there are 40 million victims of modern slavery and 152 million in child labour around the world. The research was developed jointly by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Walk Free Foundation, in partnership with the International Organization …

Nottingham academic – finalist in the Economic and Social Research Council Impact prize 2017

Dr John Gathergood, Associate Professor in the School of Economics since August 2013, was a finalist for Outstanding Impact in Public Policy in the ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize 2017. The Impact Prize recognises and rewards the outstanding successes of ESRC-funded researchers on an annual basis. Dr Gathergood, who has been an Academic Advisor for the Financial Conduct …