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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 …

Unlocking the chemical memory of ancient bones

As Halloween approaches and the shops begin to fill with stereotypical collections of plastic skeletons, researchers at the University of Nottingham are turning their attention to a collection of real bones dating back to medieval times. In recent years at the largest monastic excavation in Europe, Norton Priory in Runcorn, more than 130 skeletons from the …

250,000 University of Nottingham graduates

The 250,000th graduate of The University of Nottingham received her degree on Friday 17 July, at a ceremony presided over by Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir David Greenaway. Victoria Rowley, 23 from Wickford in Essex, was awarded a first class LLB Hons Law on the final day of this year’s summer graduation at the East Midlands Conference Centre, …

University history professor in Countryfile farming feature

A University academic is to appear on BBC’s Countryfile this weekend discussing the origins of an ancient method of agriculture which is still employed by a village in north Nottinghamshire today. Viewers will see presenter Matt Baker interviewing Professor John Beckett, of the Department of History, during a visit to Laxton near Newark, the last …

Remembering WW1 hero Jacob Hardy Smith

For almost 100 years, the name Captain Jacob Hardy Smith has been on permanent display on the marbled corridors of the University’s Trent Building. If you’re a member of staff or a student, chances are you’ve probably walked past it countless times without ever giving it a second glance. Jacob is one of more than …

Quakerism in Mansfield – an audio tour

Dr Frances Knight, Associate Professor in the History of Modern Christianity in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, discusses the launch of an audio trail exploring the history of Quakerism in Mansfield. George Fox, founder of the Religious Society of Friends (popularly known as the Quakers) had religious visions while living in Mansfield in the 1643s, and …

Students past and future to represent GB hockey

Three alumni and one future student from The University of Nottingham have been chosen to represent Great Britain’s hockey teams at London 2012. After a career blighted by injury, Mathematics and Economics (2009) graduate Anne Panter has been selected in the women’s squad, while fellow alumni Rob Moore (Economics 2003) and Nick Catlin (History 2011) …

Building success: 90 years at Highfields

The 14 June is a very important date in the history of The University of Nottingham. That’s because on this date 90 years ago, the foundation stone was laid at the University’s Highfields site. And the rest, as they say, is history. The stone was laid by Viscount Haldane following the generous donation of the …