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Dr Laura Dean solves mystery of a fishy ‘virgin’ birth

In this blog, Dr Laura Dean from the School of Life Sciences, tells the story of her discovery of a fish called Mary who left her and her colleagues flabbergasted when they found live embryos that had been fertilised inside her – a pregnancy that’s not meant to happen in the species. ‘Every spring as …

Nottingham receives funding to tackle real-world problems

The Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Nottingham has received £1.3 million from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to fund leading research to tackle real world problems. The funding will enable a four-year programme of activities that will support collaborative projects between academics and a range of charities, social enterprises and …

Nottingham researchers to tackle global challenges with new ‘Living Deltas’ hub

Experts from the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham will be part of a team of scientists who will be working with a new international research hub looking at tropical river deltas, thanks to funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Professor Suzanne McGowan and Dr Virginia Panizzo, from the School of Geography, …

Former gout patient backs University research for a pain-free future

A former patient whose life was so badly affected by gout that he considered suicide is backing the results of a University of Nottingham-led study which has shown that some people may still be suffering needlessly. Malcolm Coy is now living pain free, thanks to a specialist nurse-led care approach championed by Professor Michael Doherty …

New project will explore exploitation in hand car washes

A new collaborative study between the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham and the UK’s Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner (IASC) will look at labour exploitation in hand car washes. Hand car washes have been a high profile sector with numerous media reports describing endemic exploitation and modern slavery. However, as yet there is no definitive …

Many UK boardrooms blind to opportunity, warns report

Boards conditioned to play safe rather than embrace opportunity Efforts to “create certainty” overlook scope to enhance performance Narrow outlook partially fuelled by fear that dissent isn’t welcome Britain’s boardrooms may be impairing the UK’s economic potential by habitually viewing risk only in terms of threats rather than in terms of opportunities, a new report …

Remembering Sally

She was loved by many as Nottingham’s Maid Marian, but in her ‘day job’ Sally Pollard was a talented researcher in human genetics and dedicated teacher at the University of Nottingham. Her death at the age of 39 from cancer is a great loss for her friends, family and colleagues. Dr Paddy Tighe, Associate Professor …

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 …

Hospital discharge – why does it create such issues? And are there any resolutions?

A Select Committee report published last week found that the incidences of unsafe discharge from NHS hospitals is still unacceptably high. Professor Justin Waring and Dr Simon Bishop from Nottingham University Business School, led on research, (funded by the National Institute for Health Research), which contributed towards the committee’s findings and its recommendations. The Select …

Stroke survivor creates lasting legacy

A stroke campaigner has launched a charitable foundation to help improve the lives of stroke survivors and their families. The Ossie Newell Foundation will fund important research into stroke rehabilitation at The University of Nottingham. Ossie Newell MBE, a retired director of AMEC Plc, a large multi-national project management and construction services group, suffered a stroke in …