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Technicians and sustainability

Guest post by Lee Hibbett, Senior Research Support Technician in the School of Pharmacy.  I have worked for many years at the University in medicinal chemistry labs and I have always been passionate about sustainability. Unfortunately not much was done in my area on this until I was asked to join the University’s WasteNott working …

A quick (pond) dip in the Djanogly pond

Guest blog by Dr. Tom Hartman, School of Life Sciences, on a brief survey of one of the ponds on University Park. The pond by the Djanogly arts centre has been in existence for many decades until the tram line was installed in 2014 when it was completely destroyed. A smaller pond was then excavated …

Recycling, Fairtrade Footballs and Climate Change: A Reflection

Our student intern Meg reflects on her year as Sustainability Communications and Engagement Assistant for the University of Nottingham.  When I first saw the sustainability engagement assistant role advertised, I talked myself out of the role: I won’t have time, someone else will be better than me; a friend pointed out that 6 hours a …

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On standby

Energy Manager Bryony Attenborough shares some insight on joining the University of Nottingham I am married to the long suffering Roger (who likes to leave all the lights on in the house, much to my annoyance), have one daughter Lauren, a West Highland Terrier called Hamish and two rabbits Narla and Alba. I have lived …

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What if modern slavery is funding fast fashion?

Guest post by Amelia Watkins, director of UoN Against Slavery, for Fairtrade Fortnight 2019 at The University of Nottingham.  Our world is broken.  Oxfam reported that the top 26 people in the world own the same amount of wealth as the bottom half of humanity.  In this bottom half of humanity, the ILO cited poor working …

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Understanding the mimicry and biological significance of hoverflies

Ria Anadkat, 4th year Zoology MSci student, outlines her research looking at the behaviour of some of the #beastsofuon.    A vast number of insect species observed throughout the UK tend to be overlooked – hoverflies often fall victims to this. In actual fact, these flies are indispensable when it comes to pollination, and the …

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A Hi Vis Hello!

Ever wondered who is behind the UoN Sustainability social media posts? As of October, it’s normally me! My name  is Meg and I’ve recently joined the university’s sustainability team as a communication and engagement assistant. I’m a third year Natural Sciences student, on the Maths and Physics pathway. My hobbies include yoga, eating and spending …

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The macro problem of a ‘micro’ pollutant

Tom Stanton, PhD researcher in the School of Geography and Faculty of Engineering, outlines his research on microplastics. From the upstream reaches of rivers to the remote Arctic, microplastic pollution persists throughout aquatic environments. All smaller than 5 mm – that’s about the size of the stud on top of a Lego brick – microplastic particles can …

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Developing a Biodiversity Action Plan for Sutton Bonington campus

Third year Plant Science student Bryony Gardner shares her experience of developing the University’s Biodiversity Action Plan. A plan to promote biodiversity Following on from a successful bid into the Environment Initiative Fund, I was part of a project running throughout the summer to help understand, protect and promote the biodiversity of Sutton Bonington campus. …

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Why we need to reduce what waste we produce (and how you can help, too)

Guest post by Bonni Jee, SU Environment and Social Justice Officer 2018/19 It’s a pleasure to be writing one of the inaugural blogs for the aptly-named WasteNott campaign for this year, as your Students’ Union Environmental and Social Justice Officer. As an Environmental Science student, sustainability has always been a passion of mine, but I …

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