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Your wellbeing at university

Starting university can be a fun and exciting time for many, with a new environment and an array of opportunities ahead. However, for a lot of us it can also be a daunting time and feel like a whirlwind. It’s important to take care of your overall wellbeing and mental health during the first week …

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From Digital Humanities volunteer to Digital Curator: how volunteering helped me to discover my true vocation by DHC volunteer alumna Emma Hardiman.

History of Art graduate Emma Hardiman volunteered in DHC 2011-2013, she is currently digital curator at Athena. It would be very easy to tell you that I always wanted to be a curator and that I knew exactly how to get there, but that simply would not be true. All I knew as a fresher …

Four week countdown to Nottingham in Parliament day

Medal-winning Paralympians, leading business figures, MPs and diplomats will be joining forces next month in a one day take-over of Parliament. Nottingham in Parliament day is a festival of research, debate and showcases, taking place in Westminster on October 25, led by The University of Nottingham. It is the first time a city has staged …

The Great Debate – Professor Todd Landman reviews last night’s battle between Clinton and Trump

This week is one of the most awaited in the calendar for the US presidential campaign. The primaries are over and have produced the two main candidates and their running mates, the conventions have sought to solidify support and unify the messages for each party, and the summer months have been spent on the campaign …

Events for Black History Month 2016

Once again, the University has organised a range of events to celebrate Black History Month throughout October. From public lectures to film screenings, musical events and more, there’s plenty going on – so make sure you get these dates in your diary! Take a look at our gallery of events and find booking links below. We’ll …

How To Make The Most Of The Start Of Term

Sssh, can you hear that? It’s me SCREAMING about how excited I am for the start of term. Crisp autumn leaves and new notebooks, buying piles of books that I will almost certainly never read, reuniting with friends, and signing up for approximately five million new societies – all  of these fill me with unutterable …

Mint Imperials – new student-created display

Mint Imperials is a student-led project designed to showcase ancient coins through the medium of timely blog posts about historical anniversaries. Mat Gething worked on a new display of some of the materials we work with.

Welcome Programme 2016

By Camilla Gottlieb, a Chevening Scholar from Uruguay. Last Thursday and Friday were the Welcome Programme at the University. I arrived to Nottingham on the 5th of September so I was really looking forward to these days where I could see the University starting to become a real thing. I woke up very early on …

Phishing emails target new students

New students are an easy target for phishing email scams. The BBC recently reported on a phishing scam that specifically targets new University students. The scam email looks like it is from a University’s finance department and prompts students to fill in a form online with their personal banking details in order to claim a grant. …

It’s All Fun and Games

Did you play Snakes and Ladders, hopscotch and draughts as a child? The chances are you did, as did your grandparents, and possibly generations beyond that. These games are simple and fun, and for those reasons have become classic childhood staples. Many more games which have not survived the passage of time, for equally valid reasons. …

Week 1 Playlist

Andrew Leyshon blogs about the music of week 1/freshers week including the School of Geography staff’s own week one compilation from their own week ones! This blog post originally appeared at https://andrewleyshon.com/2016/09/25/week-1-playlist/ A number of academic studies have suggested that the music that we listen to between the ages of 14 and 24 has particular emotional resonance, which tends …

Royal Pharmaceutical Society Annual Conference 2016

This blog was written by Katie Porter, Robert Oakley, Priya Ravendren and Yewande Awoniyi who were funded by the School to attend the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Annual Conference this year. The 2016 Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Conference was held at the Birmingham International Convention Centre.  The School of Pharmacy was represented by a group …

The Construction of a Chinese Majority Identity

By Jonathan McAllister, SCCS Summer School Participant. From the window of the teaching building at UNNC’s summer school program, the view is spliced by a collection of high-rise buildings: symbols of China’s modernity and surging economy, which grew by 6.7% in the first quarter of 2016. Nearer the university, a collection of construction workers’ huts …

Why Working for a Small Business Can Lead to Big Opportunities for Graduates

By head of BusinessComparison.com, Philip Brennan By the time you graduate, you will have attended lectures, swotted for your finals and managed to survive years of financial hardship, so it’s hardly surprising that you might covet a City job in swanky offices with a thriving social scene and plush canteen. However, not all graduate jobs yield …

Your Bike CIC: Cycling towards progress

In The Ingenuity Lab, no day is the same and every member has a different story and requirements.  As a group, we support each other, collaborate and ensure we have as much fun along the day; creating a melting pot of ideas!  Each week, we will introduce one of our exemplary members and their business …

Moving in, moving on 2016. Advice, information, giveaways, snacks plus your chance to win a £100 Amazon voucher!

Moving in, moving on (MIMO) is returning this year! MIMO is an annual event designed specifically to give information and advice to help any students who are living off campus. This year’s event will be held on Thursday 6th October 12pm- 3pm in Portland Atrium. A number of partners from both Nottingham and Broxtowe will …

British Parliamentary Archives, London

The Parliamentary Archives house the records of the House of Lords, the House of Commons and other collections relating to the running of Parliament. Visits are by appointment only and the staff were kind enough to have ordered in-advance some documents I had located via the online database, Portcullis. These included personal papers (Correspondence between …

A Thousand Year Old Market Goes Online

This week we interview Jimiama, a postgraduate student, and Hugh Brown, CEO of the historical Melton Mowbray Market, about their experiences of working together through the University of Nottingham’s Postgraduate Placements scheme. Melton Mowbray Market is the largest town centre livestock market in the country and its existence predates the Domesday Book.  The main market …

Brexit and Higher Education …. Again

Earlier this year the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee conducted an inquiry into the potential impact of Brexit on science and higher education. Its report was published before the referendum. Given the outcome, the Committee decided to conduct a follow up investigation. Last week I was invited to appear as a witness in …

Introduction to Agrics Society

With over 200 societies to choose from at the University of Nottingham you can find a society for pretty much anything! With so much choice available to you it’s important to get involved, whether it’s going on a Farm Walk with Agrics (which stands for agriculture by the way) or celebrating St. Davids day with …

The Medieval Credit Crunch

In medieval England, credit and debt united all classes, from husbandman John Bygge of Stortford, Hertfordshire, who had bought £6 of goods from London haberdashers and fishmongers, to the greatest magnates in England such as the Earl of Shrewsbury, who owed money to a London mercer.  Even peasants like the shepherd John Rede of Soham, …

Register for the Centre for Critical Theory’s End of Summer School Now!

You won’t want to miss this! The Centre for Critical Theory, in conjunction with the public programme at the Nottingham Contemporary, has organised a second ‘End of Summer School’ to follow on from the success of last year’s events. With these workshops over two days, we continue to invite participation in collaborative explorations of the …

The Nation Digital Archive

Back in June, we offered you trial access to The Nation Digital Archive. Towards the end of the financial year, we were fortunate to receive some grant money. We’re delighted to bring you ongoing access! The Nation Archive contains indexing, abstracting, and full text for the complete archive of The Nation, beginning with its first issue in …

2016 Livable Cities Forum: Changing Climate, Changing Communities

“The top global risk is the failure of climate change mitigation and adaption” (Global Risk Landscape 2016) Blog post by Emily O’Donnell, University of Nottingham. Earlier this week I attended the 2016 Livable Cities Forum (#LCF2016) in Halifax, Nova Scotia, hosted by ICLEI Canada (Local Governments for Sustainability), Halifax Regional Municipality, and Partners for Action …

Alexandra Depledge, MBE, reflects on how an American and Canadian Studies degree shaped her future success

Alexandra Depledge graduated with a degree in American Studies and History (with International Study) from Nottingham in 2003. Alex has since gone on to be the founder-CEO of Hassle.com, was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by TechCity Insider for 2014, and has recently been interviewed in a series on “Trailblazing Women” at the Huffington Post. …

Gold medal for table tennis superstar student

An English student at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) has won his second paralympic gold medal. Zhao Shuai won the men’s single Table Tennis last night (Tuesday) at the Rio Paralympic Games. Zhao beat Andras Csonka 3-0, defending his London 2012 title. He won every match in his competition class, sweeping aside opponents from …

Launch of Nottingham Health China

7 September saw the launch of the Nottingham Health China initiative coordinated by the Asia Business Centre. It was a cracking event, well attended by colleagues from the Medical and Health Sciences Faculty, Visiting Scholars, local hospital Trusts and representatives from the China Nursing Association. Professor Richard Hubbard, lead on the initiative, opened the event and …

Mucedorus (Hull School of Drama, Music and Screen) @ The Donald Roy Theatre

Mucedorus (one of the very few ‘apocryphal’ plays I’ve not hitherto managed to see in the theatre, and yet the one on which I’ve spent most time) has perversely suffered from its reputation as the most ‘popular’ play of the early modern period (where ‘popularity’ is understood as a count of reprints, a measure with …

UoN to host BUCS table tennis individual championships

British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) and The University of Nottingham have agreed a two-year deal for the BUCS Table Tennis Individual Championships to be hosted at our all-new £40m David Ross Sports Village. The first instalment of the new two-year deal will come this year on 26 and 27 November. Last year’s event boasted …

Conference: Funding Research on a Changing Landscape (24-25 Aug Aug 2016)

On the 24-25 Aug 2016, in conjunction with MIDA (Malaysian Investment Development Authority), the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) held the inaugural “Funding Research on a Changing Landscape” conference. We were very fortunate to have an excellent line up of speakers, led by Prof Tan Sri Zakri, the Chief Scientific Advisor to the Prime …

Neoliberalism’s Exploitation of Women Workers: the true price of our clothing

We are delighted to announce that recent School of Politics and International Relations graduate Zoe Kemp is the winner of the Tomlinson 2015/16 BA dissertation prize for the best dissertation on Asia. Congratulations Zoe! The award will be presented at the Tomlinson 2016/17 Annual Lecture. Below we have reproduced with permission a blog post written …

The S-Lab Laboratory Design and Services Conference at The University of Nottingham

Director of Sustainability Andy Nolan talks about the upcoming S-Lab conference hosted in the new GSK Carbon Neutral Lab at Jubilee. We’re really pleased to be hosting the forthcoming S-Lab conference here in Nottingham on September 21st. The event is part of the launch of our new GSK Carbon-Neutral Sustainable Chemistry Laboratory, which we hope …

Nottingham Life Cycle 6 – Day 16 Latheronwheel to Dunnet Head

1200, September 3rd 2106, mission accomplished. We arrived at Dunnet Head, the most northerly point of mainland Great Britain, after more than 1,300 miles in the saddle. Job done. Our day started with a splendid breakfast laid on by Fiona at the Craiglea Guest House (including a traditional, very salty Scottish porridge). I had posted …

On this day in AD79 Mount Vesuvius erupted, destroying the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum

On the day that an earthquake rocks central Italy, two thousand years ago Vesuvius shattered countless ancient lives.

Why Talking To Other Human Beings Is Good For Your Career

By Ewan Henry, Employer Relations Consultant We’ve all heard the expression ‘your network is your net worth’ and whilst it holds true in many business settings does the same apply for postgraduate students at the beginning of their careers? The answer remains a definite yes but with some important differences. For a business professional of …

When digestive disease meets art – exploring your inner self

Written by Dr Giles Major, Clinical Assistant Professor in Gastroenterology, Nottingham Digestive Diseases Centre. How are your bowels? It’s a simple enough question but in clinical research life is never that straightforward. In the Nottingham Digestive Diseases Centre we need to quantify ‘bowel function’ so that we can measure differences between health and disease. This …

New Welfare team

As part of the formation of the University’s new Student Services department, a new Welfare Team has been established. Every school now has a welfare officer, the details of which can be found on the Student Services website. The Welfare Team act as a ‘go-to’ point for student welfare support. They help to ensure students …

Isotope Investigators Summer School report

It’s been an exciting summer in the Archaeology Department, not least because of our Isotope Investigators Summer School! Report by UoN Archaeology students Tom Fox and Phil Rawlinson The Summer School was a five-day programme of work which taught the theory, application and practical lab techniques of isotope analysis in archaeology. With funding from University …

Conference presentation

Eliza-Jane Corson, Forensic Psychologist in Training (final year) was selected by the British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Forensic Psychology (DFP) annual conference to present her poster on mentalising and personality disorder in young offenders, which is now being written up for her academic thesis. Jayne is supervised by Associate Professor Vincent Egan of the Centre for Forensic …

Regional GP work experience scheme

A total of 20 aspiring doctors took part in a Health Education England-funded GP work experience scheme targeted at year 12 students across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire. The aim of this initiative is to improve access to medicine for students from less advantaged backgrounds in the East Midlands. Eligibility to this scheme was designed to align with the …

Results day – making your choices

If you are reading this post, then you are probably waiting for your results to find out which university you will be attending in September. When I was waiting for my results, I was fairly certain that The University of Nottingham was the right place for me, but I still had doubts. The doubts are …

British government sets up taskforce to fight against modern slavery

Britain’s Prime Minister, Theresa May, has set up a task force to coordinate the government’s response to contemporary slavery. Funding of £33m will be targeted at tackling the routes of the people-trafficking trade in countries such as Nigeria. There is estimated to be between 10,000 and 13,000 victims of slavery in the UK. As the …

From Placement to Permanent Employment

This blog post was written by Lauren Capon, who studied in the School of English. It was October. Third year was in full swing, and numerous emails with somewhat formidable phrases like ‘career fair’ and ‘assessment centre’ were beginning to arrive in my uni inbox. After years of deliberation I’d finally decided to pursue a …

Freedom of Information legislation as a means of data production in health and social care research

Author: Philip Archard A recent review of the use the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000 in healthcare research was able to identify only 16 articles describing its use and concludes the FOIA is currently under resourced by health and social care researchers, particularly in regard to the examination of issues of service access across different …

Health Claims and the ASA

As I have previously discussed, non-specific health claims are a challenge to marketing professionals. Such claims, for example saying a food is “healthy” or “good for you,” must be accompanied by a specific health claim which forms part of an approved EU list (see article 9(3) of the Nutition and Health Claims Regulation). The Advertising …

The Death of Jo Cox and Our Shared Future

By Dr Nick Stevenson Remain lost the vote. It was of course going to be difficult to over turn the impact of the popular press and the nationalist Right. The layers of cultural meaning and resentment that have been implanted over decades were always going to be hard to dislodge. At first I did think …

Welcome to the International Research Network for Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art (ReNet MoCoCA)

About the network The International Research Network for Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art (ReNet MoCoCA) – launched in March 2015 – is conceived to address the needs of the growing, divers, and globally scattered academic community in this field. It helps to bridge communicational and informational gaps that result from local institutional confines of projects, …

It’s time to rock the summer internship

It is now time for summer break! Some might go for holidays but some may take this opportunity to explore the working world. The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) Summer Internship was initiated to open doors for students to gain the first-hand working experience as an exposure before graduating soon. On 6 June 2016, …

Celebration Event 2016: Celebrate good times, come on!

On 7th June 2016 we welcomed around 120 students, employers and staff to our annual event to recognise our student’s achievements. The event celebrated not only Award completers, but the achievements of students who had excelled through the presentation of employer-supported prizes. Students met employers, employers met students; all while enjoying delicious canapes, cupcakes and …

Interpreting urban heritage tourism in China: the case of the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall

Written by Rui Su. Urban heritage tourism in China reflects the major changes in recent decades in the country’s economy, society, politics and governance. There has been a gradual but substantial transformation from a centrally planned economy to a more market-oriented economy “with Chinese characteristics” (Sofield & Li, 2011).  There are continuities as well as …

PGR Teaching Awards 2016

The Postgraduate Teaching Award is an annual award to recognise and celebrate examples of innovative teaching and support of learning. In 2016 there were five winners who each received a certificate and a £100 voucher at the Tri-Campus awards. Due to the high calibre of applicants, an additional four received a ‘Highly Commended’ certificate. The …

2016 Season Off To A Fantastic Start

The 2016 MotoE Series is off to a flying start for the University of Nottingham Electric Superbike Team. On June 8th, the team came third in the Isle of Man TT Zero Race, achieving a podium finish and being given an award for the Best Team  at the TT for 2016. The team’s rider, Daley Mathison, …

Nottingham MBA students make it to final of Nespresso MBA Challenge

Four MBA students from Nottingham University Business School recently made it to the final of a global competition searching for suggestions on how to improve sustainability at the Nespresso coffee company. The quartet were finalists at the 2016 Nespresso MBA Challenge, one of only three teams – from a field of 86 MBA schools across …

Driving Mr Powell: When Nigel Farage met Enoch Powell.

Written by Gihan Elleray. Nigel Farage’s admiration for Enoch Powell is no secret.  He is on record as naming the controversial former Conservative politician as one of his greatest political heroes. However, research into Enoch Powell’s Archives housed at Churchill College, Cambridge and an interview with UKIP’s former leader, Alan Sked, reveal the details of …

Public Talk in Stornoway

On Tuesday 14 June 2016 a public talk titled ‘Extreme Weather on the Edge of the World: School log books and Hebridean Life’ was given at the new Lews Castle Museum and Archive, Stornoway (http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/extreme-weather-on-the-edge-of-the-world-school-log-books-and-hebridean-life-tickets-25228396814?aff=ebrowse). Forty one people attended the event, which outlined on-going research being conducted by the project team comprised of Drs. Simon …

Will Planes Be Pilotless? The Future of Commercial Aviation

News related to driverless cars is becoming increasingly popular in recent years, and these self-driving vehicles may be on the market as early as next year. Several large companies such as Google, Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Apple, Microsoft and many more, are investing in the driverless technologies that will soon provide us with our ground transportation, …

NIBS 2016 conference: Assessing well-being when preferences are incoherent

From 4 to 6 April, the Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Sciences (CBESS) at the University of East Anglia hosted the 2016 NIBS international conference on the topic of ‘Assessing well-being when preferences are incoherent’. This was a major event with more than 130 delegates from many parts of the world. The conference topic …

Transnational education – growth at the expense of quality? A @uniworldnews webinar, 24 May 2016

On 24 May, I had the opportunity to participate in a highly interactive webinar session hosted by University World News in partnership with DrEducation, LLC. The successful webinar attracted 950 higher education professionals globally. The aim of the webinar is to accomplish three things, which I felt the hosts did. They are to create an …

Celebrating Teaching – developing ideas about teaching and learning

As part of our secondary ITE routes our beginning teachers have to develop their own personal theories of teaching and learning and, as the courses come to a close, they present their ideas as part of their PGCE assessment. A teacher training year is an incredibly intensive one and for our beginning teachers to organise …

Highlight123 It All!! MBA US Study Tour 2016

Commonly referred to as the “MBA Journey” or the “MBA Experience” by the cohort, study tours form the epitome of learning, development and the experience. Complementing a really well sought off Business Practice Week (UK) and Semester 1, the timing of the US study tour is well-placed in Semester 2, located at the business end …

Rogues and Villains

In honour of May the Fourth, Dr Nathan Waddell from our School of English shares some thoughts on the upcoming film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Do rogues win? They usually do in the Star Wars universe. They certainly will in Rogue One, the first of the Star Wars anthology movies. Due for release in …

True Crime on Campus §48: Easter frolics

It’s a strange time of year It’s nearly Easter and, as these latest extracts from university security reports show, this seems to have prompted some surprising behaviour on campus. As ever our extremely capable Security staff are on hand to deal with every eventuality: 0928 Report of a Dog in Law and Social Science, Security …

What emails reveal about your interactional style

Writing emails can be a tricky business. Are you guilty of unwittingly pressing a ‘send’ button before realising that the message that you’ve just sent is ambiguous or might be taken the wrong way? On the other side of the spectrum, there’s spending precious hours of your working week re-reading and re-writing emails and agonising …

Film Stars For The Day! Student Nurses And Staff From The University of Nottingham and Birmingham City University Filming Together

On February 26th 2016 following months of preparation, student nurses and staff from The University of Nottingham and Birmingham City University became film stars for the day.    The film is about public expectations of professional behaviour.   The Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Code of Conduct formed the basis for the film script.    The film …

Introducing the “in my shoes” campaign at the annual CANDAL conference

The annual conference for the Centre for ADHD and Neurodevelopmental Disorders across the Lifespan was held Friday 5th of February 2016 at the Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham.  The theme of this year’s conference was enhancing understand of ADHD. Due to the kind support of Shire the audience were introduced to their ‘in …

Implicit Cognition at the Aristotelian Society

Last month I gave a talk at the Aristotelian Society, in which I asked ‘What do we want from a model of implicit cognition?’ Here’s the abstract for the paper: In this paper, I set out some desiderata for a model of implicit cognition. I present test cases and suggest that, when considered in light …

Reflecting on LGBT History Month 2016

Hannah-Rose Murray, PhD Student in the Department of American and Canadian Studies and LGBT History Month Director, Research Priority Area in Rights and Justice, reflects on events organised by the RPA during February 2016. Over the last few weeks, the Rights and Justice Research Priority Area at The University of Nottingham has supported the University’s …

Britain in the EU: Research and Technology, Aerospace and the Supply Chain

So, this is it. We know that Britain will be voting on staying or leaving the EU on the 23rd June this year. The debate has rapidly ramped up this weekend as a consequence of this date being set. However, to date the debate seems to have focused primarily on the incidental – for example on which politician was going to join …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …