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What do you Frink? Jeremy Corbyn drops in to see The University of Nottingham’s latest exhibition

The leader of the opposition party, the Rt. Hon. Jeremy Corbyn MP, has visited The University of Nottingham. Mr Corbyn came to Nottingham University’s Business School this evening (Thursday 11 February 2016) to deliver a talk to Nottingham students and invited Labour supporters. Prior to the talk, he made time to see the Elisabeth Frink …

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How Women Are Thriving In Engineering

By Grace Pownall, student blogger On 1 February, engineering students gathered with representatives from Arup, Siemens, PepsiCo, BP, and the RAF to discuss this statement: “Engineering is an excellent career for women to thrive in” The response was a definitive: “Yes, it is!” Students also had the opportunity to pick the brains of graduates and senior …

New and on trial resources from Adam Matthew

Adam Matthew provide digital content for the humanities and social sciences. We already have access to Mass Observation Online, London Low Life, Victorian Popular Culture and Eighteenth Century Journals. To that list we can now add Migration to New Worlds, a collection of materials on the ‘Century of Immigration’, now freely available thanks to a collaboration between …

BUCS Nationals 2016 – Spotlight on: Rebecca Dutfield

The countdown is on for the 2016 BUCS Nationals, which are only one week away!  Held this year in Sheffield, our UoN teams will be setting off early next Friday morning with high aspirations of BUCS victory. With our amazing current ranking of third place in the BUCS league, we’re eager to hold onto our position! To …

Realising my dream of becoming an Advanced Level Nurse

By Isata Victoria Mandoh, an international student from Sierra Leone studying MSc Advanced Nursing at The University of Nottingham, funded by a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship. Being a Commonwealth Scholar and a postgraduate student at The University of Nottingham The award of a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship was the best thing that ever happened to me. It was a …

Reading Hamlet in a Labour Camp

By Alessia Molteni     Who doesn’t know Shakespeare in Europe? For many people he is only a vague memory from high school, for others a great artist and for a fanatic bunch of people, the brightest star in the firmament. Could someone with a non-european cultural background, from a different social and political environment, …

Save Money AND Do Your Bit for the Environment!

Greatly impressed by the work that goes on in the buildings and grounds on campus to increase our sustainability, we wanted to share some tips with students living off campus.  Considering the environment can lead to personal rewards – being energy efficient at home will reduce your energy bills and your carbon footprint, as well as making you …

Ripples in time and space – the dance of death!

Want to know more about Gravitational Waves? Here’s some helpful info from Dr Julian Onions from the Nottingham Astronomy Group in the School of Physics and Astronomy at The University of Nottingham. It was quite a day for the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) team yesterday. They announced the first direct detection of gravity waves today. …

From ‘homophobic’ to treasured items – highlights from our lesbian pulp fiction discussion

Claire Henson, People and Culture Events Co-ordinator at the University, writes about our event with Dr Kaye Mitchell on Wednesday 10 February exploring the phenomena of lesbian pulp fiction. I first discovered lesbian pulp fiction when I was working in a university library. I remember seeing the cover of Odd Girl Out by Ann Bannon, …

Ripples of rumour and ripples in space: LIGO and gravitational waves

For some days now I have been seeing announcements on twitter that the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) would make an announcement about the detection of gravitational waves today. (The best description of these self-referential announcements can be found on Mark Hannam’s blog!) In 2014 I got a bit excited about an announcement that gravitational …

Disclaimer: This may make you hungry.

So in my final year I set myself the challenge of taking a picture everyday to remind me of my last year in Nottingham. However quickly this just turned into a very large album containing pictures of food. It made me realize that over the years at Nottingham I have suddenly learnt how to cook, …

Always model behaviour at the Ingenuity Lab

The Ingenuity Lab have approximately 1,500 members and see around 30 businesses daily, supporting their business needs; introducing them to mentors and ensuring there is enough coffee in the communal space! Each business is at a different stage in developing their business idea, with some still ‘defining’ the problem (or business need) and recognising their …

New Lacanian School Congress in Dublin

Hi All, Some of you, especially those of you coming along to the Lacan Study Group, should be interested in this. It’s the annual congress of the New Lacanian School which is happening on the 2nd and 3rd of July. Last year it was in Geneva, but this year it is closer to home, in James …

Starting out at university

Guest blogger Boo Jackson shares some tips from her experiences as a Philosophy student.  Coming into first year, I had three main feelings surrounding studying at university. First, that I was really excited to have the opportunity to start; second, that I was nervous that it would be a huge leap from school, and third …

Sources for Chinese Legal Reform

Written by Kenneth Winston. It is commonly observed that Chinese legal history was guided for centuries by the idea of rule by law, rather than rule of law, which explains why legal reform in China requires the infusion of Western practices if it wishes to create a modern legal system. This brief historical note argues …

Tinnitus Awareness Week: Nottingham’s research into this chronic hearing condition

To mark Tinnitus Awareness Week Professor Deborah Hall, Director of the National Institute for Health Research Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit, discusses the international research which she and her team are undertaking into this chronic hearing condition. This year is the tenth anniversary of Tinnitus Awareness Week, which is taking place from 8-14 February 2016. Tinnitus is …

Explosive bubbles: Is it really the future of subsonic flow control?

Concerns over global climate change have prompted many countries to re-think about the concept of transport. Indeed, it is of primary importance to reduce impacts of transport on the environment. This is no different for the aerospace industry, which is particularly focused on the idea of greener aircraft, due to the level of fuel consumed by …

Career profile: Naghman Khan

First in a series of guest posts from alumni working in the field of sustainability, Naghman Khan talks about his career path. Dr Naghman Khan studied BSc Physics at UCL, MSc Environmental Technology at Imperial College then came to The University of Nottingham for his PhD and Post Doc. What is your role, how long have you …

Philippines 2016 at the Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies

Written by Pauline Eadie and Francis Domingo. Thirty years ago in February 1986 the Philippines saw a bloodless revolution that ousted President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda Marcos from Malacañang Palace. This revolution was known as the EDSA Revolution and the non-violent tactics of the masses became known as ‘People Power’. These events are embedded in the …

Thoughts and challenges for your journey to becoming a teacher – Part 17

By now I am sure you will have had at least occasional moments of conflict with individual pupils or particular classes so it seems a sensible time to revisit ideas around managing behaviour with a specific focus on conflict resolution. When I say ‘conflict’ I am not necessarily talking about major incidents in the classroom. …

The Much Needed London Getaway Weekend

This blog was first published on the Student Life blog and is written by Olivia, a pharmacy student. You can see Olivia’s past blogs here. First off, apologies for not blogging in the longest time. I have been busy with a couple of things: Going home for Christmas Revising for exams Losing my mind Exams …

Love Reading? Get Involved in the UoN Read On Get On Campaign!

This blog post was written by final year student, Katie Randall, from the School of English. There are many opportunities available as an English student at the University of Nottingham, one of which is the option to take part in the Nottingham Advantage Award. Although the Award is open to all students at the university and …

Five Minutes With…. Ursula Ackrill

Happy National Libraries Day! To celebrate libraries and librarians, we’re borrowing the ‘Five Minutes With…’ format from the Library Matters blog and talking to our librarian Ursula, who is responsible for the ‘Special Collections’ part of Manuscripts & Special Collections. German speakers may also be familiar with her as the author of Zeiden, im Januar. What …

Exclusive interview with ‘War and Peace’ actress Aisling Loftus

This week Nicola Pearson, a postgraduate in CLAS, caught up with Aisling Loftus, a Nottingham-born actress who is currently starring as Sonya in the BBC’s adaptation of Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace’. You might also recognise her as Agnes Towler from the series ‘Mr Selfridge’. Here Aisling talks about filming in St Catherine’s Palace, discovering Russian …

Closer links for the School with the East Midlands Geological Society

The School of Geography is now hosting the regular lectures of the East Midlands Geological Society which is a great opportunity for our staff and students, especially those on our new Environmental Geoscience degree, to keep involved with the wider geological community. The next lecture (6pm on the 13th February in A48 The Sir Clive …

Wonderful Chinese New Year celebrations

On Sunday, I attended a Chinese New Year celebration at Nottingham Lakeside. It was a wonderful family affair and was filmed by CCTV for broadcast on the English language channel over New Year celebrations. Our Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir David Greenaway   gave an interview to CCTV and wished everyone a ‘Happy New Year.’ The event …

Iphigenia in Westeros: Greek Tragedy Meets Game of Thrones

When HBO Game of Thrones Season 5 Episode 9, ‘Dance of Dragons’, first aired, in June 2015, viewers with an interest in Greek myth recognised the harrowing scene of the death of Shireen Baratheon as a re-telling of the story of Greek princess Iphigenia. In texts featuring the stories surrounding the Trojan War, and most …

Turkey’s war with the Kurds threatens ties with Europe

Written by Samuel Jaffe. Human Rights Watch‘s (HRW) 2016 Report on Turkey isn’t the first to criticize policies undertaken by Ankara, but its damning indictment of Turkey’s new politics of fear requires further attention. Attention that is slowly being drawn that way by Johannes Hahn, the EU’s enlargement commissioner and Angela Merkel as she cuts a lone …

Global Wi-Fi access for all UoN students and staff

In February, eduroam will be the only Wi-Fi network for UoN students and staff. eduroam is more than just a Wi-Fi network, it’s a service that gives users seamless internet connection at a global network of institutions. So whether you’re moving between our UoN global campuses or visiting a friend (or colleague) at another (participating) university – you can access …

Sustainability students begin new experiential learning module

Students on the ICCSR’s MSc in Sustainability began work last week on a new experiential learning module called Managing for Sustainability, which aims to help develop the skills that will allow them to embed sustainability in various types of organisations. The module combines experiential learning and creative experimentation in the way it is taught and …

On this day in AD133 the emperor Didius Julianus was born

Julianus is an intriguing individual, and his journey to becoming emperor was a controversial one.

Smart drug research – an interview by Instituto Humanitas Unisinos On-line Magazine (IHU)

Dr Ahmed Dahir Mohamed, School of Psychology, was interviewed by a Brazilian magazine called IHU on his smart drug research. He is a registered chartered psychologist in the United Kingdom and an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society. He is currently a post-doctoral fellow and adjunct lecturer in Psychology (Cognitive and Affective Developmental Neuroscience) at the …

The Winter’s Tale (Cheek by Jowl) @ Les Gemeaux

I was planning deliberately not to blog about Cheek by Jowl’s The Winter’s Tale. Not only did I see the first two previews, at a point when (even by Cheek by Jowl’s fluid standards) the show was still developing, but I also spent a few days in rehearsals with the company in December as part …

Sweet spot: on the unquestionable value of FOI

Very special information There’s a lot of discussion at the moment about universities and the Freedom of Information Act. I’ve previously written here about the dubious value of Freedom of Information requests which included, for example, the following: Number of times named pornographic websites have been accessed from March to August 2015 Number of bodies donated to the university …

Already taking part in the Award? Curious to learn more? Find out what it takes to be an Award student!

With the return of the Employer Supported Prizes and the Celebration Event, the spring term encourages Award students to reflect on their Award experience, especially those who have completed the Award before graduation. Kate Gosschalk, who has successfully completed the Award shares her experience:   What encouraged you to take part in the Award? I …

The Hoodies Are Coming

The plan to film student nurses from The University of Nottingham and Birmingham City University is taking shape.  The script developed from our workshop held last summer is now written.  We have hired the West Midlands Fire Service’s  Safeside Educational Unit in Birmingham for the filming activity.   The filming will take place on Friday …

Gout: the heroic malady?

Nick Wilshere muses on a ‘humorous’ painful disease: Painful chronic disease is not something that we generally consider a source of humour. Yet gout – inflammation of the joints, especially in the feet, caused by the formation of monosodium urate crystals – has a long history of being discussed in playful and humorous ways. As long ago …

The Project Transform communications archive

The project has now made a communications archive available. This is a catalogue of all official messages sent out by Project Transform and is accessible to all staff at The University of Nottingham. In the internal communications survey recently conducted by the University’s Communications team, we received a number of responses relating specifically to Project …

Economy and politics usurp recruitment as greatest concern for UK businesses

By Alastair Campbell, founder of Company Check Recruitment is always a challenge, no matter what size your business or sector you work in. Finding the right people can be invaluable and for many business owners, the task of identifying, interviewing and securing talent is tough. Recent trends away from long term careers in one business …

Managing Engagement: Enhancing the Customer Experience

The first Ingenuity KnowledgeXchange breakfast event of 2016 brought Dr Liz Evans and Ben Smithwell together to outline their experiences around ‘engagement’ and enhancing the customer experience.  With over 70 local business leaders in the room it was a lively and interesting session. Dr Liz Evans (Faculty of Arts: Department of Culture, Film & Media) …

A Part of Me Forever

  It has now been a month since I returned from my semester abroad studying music at The University of Hong Kong. I’ve left it this long before writing a blog about my time there as it’s hard to find the words that can truly sum up how incredible an experience it was. I know …

Networking is underway on Designing E-learning for Health MOOC

There is now less than a month to go before our Designing E-Learning for Health course starts on 15 February. The course is open for registration now. Over 3,500 people have already signed up for the course and started making connections with each other on the Welcome page. They are a diverse group. The Health E-Learning …

Education and Ideology: Paving the Way for Cosmopolitan Nationalism

By Dr Tracey Fallon, Assistant Professor, School of Contemporary Chinese Studies at UNNC. According to news reports in December 2015, the governments of Beijing and Shanghai moved to restrict international programmes at high school level.[1] These preparatory foundation programmes provide a pathway to university study abroad without necessity for the intensive gaokao entrance exam. The programmes …

Charity bazaar held to help underprivileged children

A small act of kindness can bring a big change in society. Keeping this thought alive, the staff of The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) organised a charity bazaar right before the Christmas breaks to collect donations for the needy. This charity bazaar was organised by the Faculty of Science staff Carol D’Cruz, who …

Improving Flood Resilience: The Blue-Green Advantage (dissemination event 18th February 2016)

We need to get more for less in flood risk management. Climate change, economic development and growth increase risk, whilst funding is ever more constrained. Blue-Green infrastructure can help manage these risks whilst offering other multiple benefits; improved quality of life for communities via benefits to health, wellbeing and recreation, increased climate protection from heat …

Looking Forward to the Year Ahead

I have not posted a blog since October last year, an unusually long gap between posts, but for good reason. November was something of a wipe-out. Between visits to UNNC and UNMC we had to pack in everything possible because of what was coming in December. And what was coming for me was my first …

The Execution of Benjamin Candler, Valet to the Duke of Newcastle, 1823.

On Friday 21 March 1823, three men – a half-pay army lieutenant named William Arden; John Doughty, a joiner, of Grantham, and Benjamin Candler, valet to the 4th Duke of Newcastle at Clumber Park – were hanged at Lincoln for sodomy or, as the handbill produced to commemorate the event said, ‘for committing Horrid Crimes’. …

There will be no need for pilots in 40 years from now: The RAeS 150th Anniversary debate, 12 Jan 2016

Tuesday 12th January 2016 marked the beginning of the celebrations in honour of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s (RAeS) 150th Anniversary. The festivities started in style, with a lively dinner and debate held at RAeS HQ at 4 Hamilton Place in London Mayfair. The motion for the evening was ’there will be no need for pilots in 40 years …

Research 4 U! Using Mobiles when Researching With Young People.

Author:  Dr Samantha Wilkinson Interviews, participant observation, diaries – there are endless methods around to conduct research, but are these methods a culturally credible means of researching with young people? When conducting my PhD research into the drinking practices of 40 young people living in two suburban areas in the North West of England, I found …

Predictions for the 2016 international education industry

Many factors help shape the landscape of international education every year. The factors can create an impact at all levels of the international higher education industry. Prominent international higher education websites and a key figure, Times Higher Education, THE PIE News and Hans de Wit made their predictions on the trends that will have an …

Applications now open for PhD Workshop – Experimental Development Economics: Lab in the Field.

Applications are now open for the University of East Anglia’s 4th annual PhD Workshop – Experimental Development Economics: Lab in the Field.  The workshop will take place on Sunday 3 April 2016 from 8.30am to 7pm at the UEA Campus, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7TJ. The workshop is for current and prospective PhD students who are using …

Medical school admissions — Multi Mini Interviews (MMI)

Hayley again, with some advice on MMI! The University of Nottingham School of Medicine has recently moved from the traditional interview style to the multi mini interview (MMI) format which many universities seem to be doing nowadays. What is the MMI format like? From my own experience of the MMI format at Bristol University, the …

Veterinary Medicine CPD reviews

Alumna, Jo Henstock, has written about the Veterinary Medicine CPD courses that she has attended at the University of Nottingham. Over 60 one and two day courses covering a range of topics for small, farm, equine and exotic animals are being delivered in 2016. Here are her comments: Introduction to Small Animal Ultrasound This was a …

Widespread flooding and the centrality of ‘community’ response

The scale of loss and destruction wrought by the recent flooding across the north of England has been sobering.  Communities in Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Yorkshire have all been, and continue to be affected. Amid threats of renewed floods with the imminent passage of ‘Storm Frank’- headline news at the time of writing- weather …

Working as a science journalist at The Times

As the end of year deadline of the Christmas period approaches, teaching is finished and I am trying to catch up with imminent grant proposals, a commissioned book chapter and yet more teaching prep. Thinking purely in terms of putting these tasks off as long as possible, I’ve just realised that I haven’t yet written …

A Headache for Nurofen?

The Federal Court in Australia has found that Reckitt Benckiser (Australia) breached Australian consumer law by marketing Nurofen Specific Pain products as formulated to treat a specific type of pain, when the products were identical in terms of their active ingredient. The products in question were: Nurofen Back Pain, Nurofen Period Pain, Nurofen Migraine Pain …

How useful is Methylphenidate for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adolescents?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed and treated psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents. Young people with ADHD find it hard to sit still and concentrate and often do things without thinking them through; this can make it harder for them to do well at school and get on …

International Students: The Importance of Work Experience

So, as an international student, you are here in the UK and you are probably thinking about your options that are available once your finish your course. But what about now? Have you thought about applying to some part-time employment alongside your studies or making the most of your spare time during your vacation periods? …

Life lines and Sewing World: DHC gets a mention in two publications in one week!

Life Lines book launch. On Wednesday 18th November I was pleased to attend the launch event for the Life Lines book at Nottingham Archives. This handsome and fascinating book brings together the individual research and discoveries of Life Lines; a group of Nottinghamshire amateur historians with a special interest in World War One. The book is …

Academy schools and the first 100 days of Cameron’s Majority Conservative Government

  by Jodie Pennacchia The University of Nottingham conference What’s New About ‘Blue-Collar Conservatism’?  The First 100 Days of Cameron’s Majority Conservative Government was a thought-provoking start to the new academic year.  For those of us with an interest in education policy it provided an opportunity to explore what is unfolding and what we might expect …

RSC NEWS

In this month’s RSC news magazine, four familiar names were mentioned. Those 4 names are Paul Anastas, Nigist Asfaw, Richard Wheatley and Julie Beth Zimmerman. All four have been admitted to RSC as fellows in this month’s edition of RSC news, which also features 175 Faces leading the way in Chemistry. The Royal Society of …

Start The Week

In Citizen, An American Lyric, the poet Claudia Rankine charts the forms of micro- and macro-aggression that racism takes in the US, and the UK. I participated in a panel on race and bias with Rankine, with poet Amir Darwish, and historian Catherine Fletcher, on this week’s Start the Week, BBC Radio 4. You can …

Black History Month 2015 – thank you!

Val Watson, Chair of the BME Staff Network, Claire Henson, Equality and Diversity Co-ordinator and Vincent Wilson, Associate Professor and Reader in Autonomic Pharmacology, reflect on a fantastic Black History Month programme for 2015. As October draws to a close, so too does our programme for Black History Month 2015, which we are proud to say …

1965 Golden Reunion – 10 October 2015, Nottingham University

Philip Watson (Economics, 1965) writes: I arose at 6.30am on this day – some 2 hours earlier than normal! I travelled from SE London and caught the 8.29am train from St Pancreas to Nottingham. On the journey there, I met Dorothy (Social Admin.) and her friend from Canada (her name escapes me), when I was …

Finding Atlantis

I’m just about to give a lecture to the first year on the subject of Atlantis and it reminded me of something that happened a few years ago when I appeared as a guest on the BBC Breakfast sofa. I did three live five minute interviews in the studio each hour in the ten minute …

2015 European MotoE Champions!

Blog post written by the UoN E-Racing Team – Marco Degano, Jonathan Blissett, Miquel Gimeno-Fabra and Pat Wheeler.   For the Nottingham Team, the Portimao Race started 24 hours after arriving back from Pembrey, as the team had a long drive to Portugal. The journey went smoothly and, after three days of driving, they arrived at the track …

Life Cycle 5 – From Lochs and Glens to Cathedrals and Minsters

Our final challenge of Life Cycle 5 was meant to be ‘Lochs and Glens’, a 205 mile route from Inverness to Glasgow, through challenging, but scenic terrain. But it was not for me. The night before heading to Inverness, my wife Susan was admitted to QMC with acute appendicitis, which turned out to be rather …

Ben Hunte: 3 Ways UNMC Has Changed My Life (So Far!)

Happy 15th Birthday, UNMC! I remember arriving at the campus for the first time, standing at the back of the Students’ Association building, and looking at the insane view – jungle as far as the eye could see. Just a few days earlier, I was packing up my room in London, preparing to move to …

Strong connections which will be difficult to leave behind

My year abroad is sadly now drawing to a close – at the time of writing it’s the start of the two week Easter holidays and when I return to school I only have one week of teaching left. Reflecting on the past 7 months, I feel really happy with the new friendships and connections …

Interview with Robert Watson (by Reiner Grundmann)

Back in 1995, while researching for my book Transnational Environmental Policy, I interviewed Bob Watson who was at the time Associate Director for Environment in the Office of the President of the United States in the White House. I am grateful to him for granting permission to publish the whole transcript of the interview (I had …

PGR Teaching Awards 2015

Postgraduate Teaching Award 2015 The Postgraduate Teaching Award is an annual award to recognise and celebrate examples of innovative teaching and support of learning. In 2015 there were 3 winners who each received a framed certificate and a £100 voucher. Due to the high calibre of applicants, an additional two received a “Highly Commended” certificate. …

Fare Well

Back in April there was a Twitter hashtag where you had to complete the sentence #Iamaphilosopherbecause. My contribution was “science cannot tell me what is a number, what is good, what is knowledge or what is causation. And I’ve kids to feed”. With that light-hearted ending, I was pretty surprised how much anger the tweet …

Sources of finance for SMEs

In May 2015 the Conservatives were elected into government with a manifesto that largely focused on improving the economy. The party reiterated its commitments to the range of funding options available to SMEs, including the Enterprise Finance Guarantee, the Business Finance Partnership and the National Loan Guarantee Scheme. In the May 2015 Business Barometer survey …

Another First at Filey Brigg

Catching chitons. Marine field trips are always an exercise in keeping one eye on the wildlife and the other on the tide.mfiley Brigg is absolutely brilliant for the rock pool dippers and each year we find species that we have not encountered before. In previous forays we have caught a poorly named ‘sea snail’ (quite …

My Visit to the UK and the PGR Engineering Celebration Event 2015

On 23 September 2014, the annual Postgraduate research showcase was held at the University of Nottingham Malaysia campus. I was delighted to be awarded the grand prize for my poster amongst 43 postgraduate research students. The exciting award was a travel fund to the UK, which granted me the opportunity to take part in the …

University’s marine economy academy raises £2.3m in first year

Over the last twelve months, a partnership between The University of Nottingham, Wanli Education Group (WEG) and Ningbo Municipal Government has successfully raised over £2.3 million for research into areas related to the marine economy industry. The marine economy is one of China’s key strategic development areas. It will be the next key economic growth …

I found my job in China in an Irish bar

Torben Segelken is originally from Germany and studied MSc International Management at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC). After graduating in 2013 he stayed in Ningbo and is now working for trading company TECCO Ltd. Why did you decide to come and study at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC)/in China? What motivated you? I’d done an internship in Shanghai during …

Early Modern Medievalism: The End or Creation of the Middle Ages?

Post by Dr Mike Rodman Jones, School of English Albrecht Durer’s St Jerome in his Study (1513) is a seminal work in Renaissance art history. It is also one that, in its subject, execution, and reception, divides cultural time in a way that both omits and contains the Middle Ages. St Jerome (d. 420) appears …

Update – 12 March

Framework for capital project proposals UEB agreed a new framework for consideration of capital projects between £250,000 and £2m. This will be an annual process, managed through the Space Strategy Board, timed to align with the University Strategic Framework process and annual budgeting activity. Proposals will be required to demonstrate fit to Global Strategy 2020 …

RCN Participant Information

University of Nottingham, School of Biosciences. Sutton Bonington Campus, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE12 5RD. United Kingdom HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS IN OBESITY MANAGEMENT Investigators: Dr. Judy A. Swift (Associate Professor of Behavioural Nutrition) and Dr. Duane Mellor (Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics) Healthy Volunteer’s Information Sheet You are being invited to participate in a research study. …

Vital Theory 2014: Acknowledgements and Recap

December is never the best time to try to catch up with too many things at the same time. So, firstly, accept my apologies for the delay in writing some words about this year’s Vital Theory: The Meanings of Memory. Even though a couple of weeks have passed by since the symposium took place at …

Placement student helps craft brewery to launch new pub

“As soon as I saw the project title, Marketing Officer for a craft brewery, I knew it was the ideal role for me. Not only was the placement in an industry which I’m interested in (it goes beyond the consumption of the product), the placement gave me a chance to wear a lot of different …

Physsoc goes to CERN

Dylan’s been off on travels with Physsoc – the University’s physics society. This society annual trip to Geneva, Switzerland, has won awards at the University, and Dylan has captured a science themed snapshot in this video. Maybe this one should have been called ‘Off Campus Cam’!     Although I have no idea what any …

Soderbergh Goes Legit

By Mark Gallagher, Associate Professor, Dept. of Culture, Film and Media, University of Nottingham New York City recently hosted the 12th edition of its homegrown Tribeca Film Festival.  Surely this would be a good time to visit the city and catch the newest offering from Steven Soderbergh (whose work and career I explore in my recent monograph, …

Study and explore

Gael Bateman: student and explorer.  I am one of those people with multiple interests that change from season to season; I don’t have a thing, like so many people appear to have in this modern world, which helps to define them. But I do love exploring. Exploring ideas, places, people, cultures, identities, foods and experiences – …

Exploring images of snow and winter past

Previously I posted about the collection of digital composite images that I’ve created as part of the Snow Scenes project. The images, all created from photographs held in the archives at the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry merged with their modern day locations, are now available for online viewing in the gallery below. Currently …

An end and a beginning

This is a farewell post.  I am retiring from my University position at the end of this week, having joined the staff in 1974 (not 1947, as was said in the blurb of one of my books!) and served for 14,368 days; simultaneously, this blog is being absorbed into the Classics Department’s new teaching and …

Food sovereignty in the UK

Food security has become the dominant framing of agri-food policy and research in the UK. However, it is not the only framing. In this post we take a look at one of the alternatives, food sovereignty. We look for food sovereignty in policy, in research, and in the media. We also explore the emerging food …

Bias and Blame – New Leverhulme Trust project for Department of Philosophy

By Jules Holroyd. The Leverhulme Trust has awarded a 36 month grant to the University of Nottingham, for a project led by Dr Jules Holroyd (Department of Philosophy, Nottingham), in collaboration with Dr Tom Stafford (Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield) titled “Bias and Blame: Do Moral Interactions Modulate the Expression of Implicit Bias?”. The …

Some notes from a lecture on the shortness of the short story

In my day job as a writer in residence at the University of Nottingham’s School of English, I sometimes have the pleasure of standing in front of a crowd of students and telling them some things I think I know about reading and writing. Today I gave a talk about short stories, and in particular …

Malaysia plans to be the first Islamic financial superpower

Could a new upstart be about the join the likes of London, New York and Tokyo as a global financial superpower? The Malaysian government would like to think so, at least. Recently it announced bold plans to transform the country’s capital Kuala Lumpur into a major financial centre in a bid to raise its profile …

Can the Chinese Workers Eat Apple?

On 24 September, the iPhone 5 was launched in the first nine countries/areas, America, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada, Singapore, Japan, Australia, Hong Kong. It was then launched in 22 more countries in the week beginning 1 October. The first weekend’s sales were very impressive, reaching 5 million. This number already broke Apple’s previous record …

Success, but not the top jobs – not yet anyway

The 8th March was International Women’s Day and the celebrations ranged from respect for, and appreciation of women, to a celebration for women’s political, economic and social achievements. The Guardian, as expected, enthusiastically celebrated International Women’s Day; I particularly liked the top 25 African women, but there were many more. National Geographic also celebrated by …

Are you inspired by London 2012?

As the Paralympic closing ceremony brought the curtain down on a spectacular summer of sport, thoughts quickly turned to the legacy of the Games. The impact that the Olympics and Paralympics will have on the country has long been used when justifying the cost of hosting ‘the greatest show on earth’. Whether it was The …

Celebrating Teaching successes in the Humanities. The Postgraduate Teaching Awards 2012

In the latest round of the Postgraduate Teaching Awards, two of the students recognised for their outstanding contributions to Teaching and Learning within the School of Humanities are Helen Wainwright and Peter Watts, both of them doctoral candidates within the School of Humanities. The Postgraduate Teaching Assistant Award recognises and celebrates examples of innovative teaching …

Representing and communicating uncertainty: climate change and risk

As part of its Science in Culture theme, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has funded an exploratory project at the University of Nottingham called Representing and communicating uncertainty: climate change and risk.  This interdisciplinary project brings together academics from across the University in the Schools of Geography, Sociology and Social policy, Mathematical Sciences …

25 December: Season’s Greetings from the Vice-Chancellor

I hope you have enjoyed the daily blog posts from the e-Advent Calendar over the last 25 days. The daily posts have been an excellent way to showcase the richness and diversity of material within the University’s Manuscripts and Special Collections.  From our extensive DH Lawrence collections through to old recipes and beautiful illustrations, there …