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Bats find safe haven on University Park

Just in time for Halloween, the Grounds team have been putting up roosting boxes for the flourishing bat population at University Park. The bats are attracted to growing numbers of insects which in turn are thriving as the University encourages wildlife-rich meadow grassland. Grounds staff are putting up more bat boxes for the two most …

From Spider Lab to Spider House

Spider expert Dr Sara Goodacre from The University of Nottingham’s School of Life Sciences joined a team of experts in the BBC Four’s Spider House last night for a Halloween special. Sara, who heads up the University’s Spider Lab, helped them peer into the private life of a creature that can frighten or fascinate. If …

Halloween special – inside the BBC Spider House

In a Halloween special BBC Four will invite you inside the Spider House to discover what these eight legged creatures get up to in your home. Dr Sara Goodacre, who heads up  The University of Nottingham’s ‘Spider Lab’ in the School of Life Sciences, was invited into this spidery lair to share her expertise and …

University PhD student wins British Farming Award

A Plant Sciences PhD student is celebrating a big win at this year’s British Farming Awards. Alongside his studies in the School of Biosciences, Stephen Jones established The British Quinoa Company which grows quinoa on his family farm in Shropshire. Stephen has won the Arable Innovator of the Year Award which recognises pioneering farming science …

Care home fall prevention initiative wins innovation award

A pioneering tool to help prevent falls among people in care homes developed by The University of Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and Nottingham CityCare Partnership, has won an award at the inaugural East Midlands Innovation in Healthcare Awards. The awards, launched by the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN), recognise and celebrate the …

Plaudits for dementia care documentary

A documentary commissioned to complement University of Nottingham research into hospital care for people with dementia has picked up two prizes at the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. Today is Monday was commissioned and produced by Pippa Foster (now Operations Manager, Alzheimer’s Society) while she was working at The University of Nottingham with …

Oscar Pistorius sentenced to five years in jail for culpable homicide – Bill Dixon, Professor of Criminology

Oscar Pistorius has finally been sentenced, to what his judge described as “a sentence that is fair and just, both to society and to the accused”: for the culpable homicide of Reeva Steenkamp, he will serve a prison term of five years. For a firearms offence of which he was also found guilty, he received …

A message from the Registrar: Week One incident

A message from Dr Paul Greatrix, Registrar, The University of Nottingham: From conversations and correspondence over the last week, I know that most of you will have read media reports and many of you seen video footage of Students’ Union Week One Reps leading groups of our new students in offensive and ‘tribal’ chanting at …

Council member Dame Asha Khemka recognised for furthering UK-India relations

Leading educationalist and University council member Dame Asha Khemka has received an award in recognition of her contribution to furthering UK-India relations. Dame Asha, who joined Council in 2009 and is Principal and Chief Executive of West Nottinghamshire College Group,  was presented with the inaugural Dadabhai Naoroji Award for Education by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg during a ceremony held …

What’s in the box? Soil scientists come to the aid of a Star Wars fanatic!

He’s had the box for four or five years but vintage toy collector and Star Wars fan Dave Moss had no idea which figure was inside – or even if it really did contain a Star Wars figure. He paid £5 for the mystery box over the internet. There was an outside chance it could contain one …