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70 Years on the University marks its role in the DNA discovery story

The discovery of hydrogen bonds in DNA was made by a young Nottingham Post Graduate student, J. Michael Creeth, in what was known as the Nucleic Acid Laboratory at (the then) University College Nottingham. The results were published in the Journal of the Chemical Society on 1947. The discovery paved the way for the double …

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5 tips for studying abroad

I’m Maddy and I’m a third year Management and French student currently on a semester abroad at KEDGE Business School in Bordeaux, France and I want to share 5 tips for people considering or planning to study abroad. Join the international student’s society and get involved in international student’s welcome week Most host schools have …

Master-brewer is honoured by the University of Nottingham in winter 2017 graduation

A former professor of the University of Nottingham, who pioneered world class research into brewing science, has received an honorary degree during this year’s winter graduation ceremonies. She was awarded the Degree of Doctor of Laws in a ceremony on Wednesday 13 December. Professor Katherine Smart, who was a previous holder of a SABMiller professorship …

School of Pharmacy Research Blog May – July 2017

Welcome to our research blog, bringing you highlights from the latest edition of the School of Pharmacy Journal, a quarterly collection of publications and press releases. This edition continues to demonstrate the breadth and depth of the research undertaken across the School of Pharmacy in Nottingham and Malaysia. A particular highlight is a paper in Science …

2017: a landmark year in research at our University

Guest blog from Professor Dame Jessica Corner, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange. In 2017, we committed to the most significant planned investment in our research and our people in the University’s history. As the year draws to a close, we can reflect on the milestones delivered by our Research Vision that underlines our commitment …

My advice on making the most of your time, at the University of Nottingham

By Amna Sandhu from Pakistan, who recently completed an MSc Banking and Managerial Economics degree at Nottingham with a Business School scholarship. I still remember the day I chose to study at the University of Nottingham. The idea of studying in a new country was exciting and thrilling but at the same time a little scary too. …

Maternity/ Adoption/ Shared Parental Leave Focus Groups – Feedback and Next Steps

We recently held a series of focus groups to explore experiences of taking maternity/adoption/shared parental leave and returning to work following that leave. Focus groups took place on five campuses (University Park, Jubilee, QMC, Sutton Bonington and Derby) with a good number of staff attending – two of whom brought their babies along. There was …

5 Dos and Don’ts of a Christmas break

By Dale Claridge, final year, chemistry student The first semester of university can be pretty hectic. Whether you’re bogged down with essays and lab reports, or you’ve finally found a spare moment to start preparing for January exams, graduation can seem like more of a distant fantasy than an inevitability. However, anyone with friends who …

Viking: Rediscover the Legend – a student’s view

By Jessica Sims When most people think of the Midlands, they think of a place neither here nor there – a grey area in Britain with no discernable features of its own. Academics interested in the study of the Viking Age have tended to look at areas further north such as York when thinking about …

Ingenuity18: Using Creativity to Challenge a Societal Issue

You only have to walk around the city centre for a couple of hours or watch 15 minutes of national news to realise there is a lot of need in our community. For most us of that will stir up a reaction, we will want to initiate action to change that circumstance or eradicate that …

Making Science Public: End of year round-up, 2017

This is my sixth end-of-year blog post for the Making Science Public blog. A lot has changed since I posted my first one at the end of 2012 (and this post is my 307th). The Making Science Public programme, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, has virtually come to an end but the topics it began …

Employer Prizes 2018: Get ready for January

Are you registered on the Nottingham Advantage Award? Have you completed at least two Award modules? If you have answered yes to these two questions then don’t forget to get your application in for our employer-supported prizes. By clicking on the prize links below you can find out your eligibility, what the employer is looking …

New online scholarship system launched

Last week, we launched the new online scholarship application system. 2018/19 entrants can now use the system to apply for the centrally managed group of scholarships aimed at international and EU students. These were formerly the International Office scholarships. It is part of the expansion of the use of Campus Solutions in Admissions and follows …

Medieval Christmas Mass

It’s entirely possible that the clerk who ripped the pages out of the 15th book of Roman Catholic liturgical music was just old enough to have attended church services in pre-Reformation England, but in truth we don’t know. These parchment leaves, MS 12/6-7, contain parts of masses for Christmas Day and the Feast of St Stephen …

Languages, Texts and Society: A New PG Journal

Melanie Fitton-Hayward announces a new post-graduate journal based at the University of Nottingham After publishing its first issue in April 2017, LTS editors are busy preparing for the second issue. There’s submissions to sort through, final articles to be edited, book reviews to be collated, peer reviewers to find, and style templates to be applied. …

Email login page change

Earlier this year the University of Nottingham refreshed its branding. Now Information Services are now planning to update the email and Office 365 login / authentication pages in line with the new University brand. The logo and Trent Building image will be updated, as well as a further text change advising staff and students how …

Jumbo – a short history of a giant animal

Dr Holly Miller briefly explores the history of elephants, and one animal in particular: “The elephant is the largest of them all, and in intelligence approaches the nearest to man. It understands the language of its country… It is sensible alike of the pleasures of love and glory, and, to a degree that is rare among men even, …

Team of the Week: Men’s Hockey 2nd XI

This week’s Team of the Week goes to our Men’s Hockey 2nd XI, after securing a closely contended 2-1 win against local rivals Loughborough in an important, must win match. On Wednesday, the squad travelled down to Loughborough knowing that a win would allow them to stay in contention for the title. The 3 points  …

Sobre la decisión del Consejo de Estado colombiano de prohibir el uso de acuerdos marco para contratos públicos de mínima cuantía

Introducción Colombia Compra Eficiente (CCE), el organismo colombiano central de compras y asesoría en contratación estatal, emitió un “manual para la operación secundaria de los acuerdos marco de precios” en el que consideró que había una concurrencia entre dos métodos de contratación: Acuerdos Marco (AM) (Acuerdos que establecen los términos de los contratos que se …

Faculty of Arts Digital Day: A Showcase of Digital Teaching and Learning and Digital Research Projects

Staff from across the faculty gathered in Highfield House on 11th October for the Arts Digital Day, an afternoon where staff shared developments in digital teaching and learning and digital research. The event was introduced by Faculty PVC Professor Jeremy Gregory. Faculty APVC Mark Bradley gave an update on Education and Student Experience, during which …

On trial: IBISWorld

Until the end of the year, we have trial access to IBISWorld, a powerful business intelligence tool providing industry market research, risk ratings & procurement reports. According to the website, IBISWorld has The broadest collection of Industry Reports in the UK, updated 3 or more times a year True industry analysis, not simply aggregated company financial data Research at …

Blog of blogs 2017

2017 has been a busy year here at the School of Geography, and to round up the year and give you an idea of what we do, we have put together a collection of blogs relating to research from the School, which we hope you will enjoy. We would also like to wish you a …

CFP: “On being at sea: historically experiencing movement across the waves”

On being at sea: historically experiencing movement across the waves CFP: RGS-IBG Conference, Cardiff August 28-31 2018 Jake Hodder and Stephen Legg, School of Geography, University of Nottingham A networked conception of space now informs the ways in which geographers consider a host of trans-local historical phenomena, from empires to trading companies, missions to exploration, …

Finding a place for inquiry

The OECD have just published the results of the latest PISA survey on collaborative problem solving.  In the accompanying editorial, its educational director, Andreas Schleicher points to the importance of communication-intensive activities in promoting effective collaboration and thereby preparation for a rapidly changing world of work. This is echoed by groups like the Partnership for …

DHC’s new HDAP: Heritage Digital Activity Pack by Ranait Flanagan

This year the Digital Humanities Centre has invested in some new equipment which we will be revealing here on Digital Dialogues over the coming weeks. One of the new arrivals that we are excited about is the Heritage Digital Activity Pack, otherwise known as the HDAP. The HDAP is available to all Arts students, its …

How are transport networks going to become more resilient to flood risk?

In this blog, Dr David Dawson examines flood risk on the physical transport network and some potential developments for improving urban flood risk by connecting multiple infrastructure systems. Plumber, ‘Sorry Transport Secretary, you have a leak!’ Transport Secretary, ‘Well, how bad is it?’ The Issue The extent of flood risk across our transport networks is …

A project module in Classics that produces some absolutely fabulous ideas

In this video Lynn Fotheringham, Lecturer in Classics, speaks about the Independent Second Year Project, a module for second-year students in the Department of Classics, which has been a flag-ship for the Department’s innovative approach to teaching and assessment for twenty years. The module’s focus is on communicating knowledge of the ancient world outside the …

No average days: the appeal of being a commercial copywriter

This week we hear from Natalie Thorne about her postgraduate placement with Nottingham-based perks and discounts scheme LionCard.

Sound Evidence to End Slavery

By Professor Todd Landman There are 40.3 million people enslaved around the world today, a shocking figure that, in recent times, has given birth to a renewed global commitment to end modern slavery. Ending slavery by 2030 is now a key Sustainable Development Goal target and slavery is a focus for the UK government. There can’t be many people …

Mission Zambia 2017

On the 26th of June, eight of us first-years set out to the other side of the world on our Mission Zambia trip. It was a total of 17 hours flying and an additional 3-hour drive to Mwandi, a small town in the Western Province, where we were based. The town was small yet buzzing …

Reflection on a Year as an Intern

This blog post was written by third year English student, Emily Harbottle. It can be difficult to know where to start when looking for work experience and internships whilst at University, and is often a very daunting task, especially considering the likelihood of repeated rejection. When I decided to apply for a placement with Catena …

Moving In, Moving On……..2017

Moving In, Moving On (MIMO) is back again to help students get the most out of living off campus! MIMO is an annual event designed specifically to give advice and information to students who are living off campus; including top tips on staying safe, and how to get involved in the local community. Advice, Information, …

Decisions, decisions…

We’re now well into the UCAS application “season”. Our regular Wednesday visit days will start later this month and, over the course of ten weeks or so, we’ll be welcoming hundreds of students (and their accompanying parents/visitors) to the School of Physics and Astronomy to spend an afternoon with us. A key part of the …

The Tempest (Bilimankhwe International Theatre) @ Lakeside Arts Centre

Bilimankhwe’s latest project, The Tempest, is a potentially fascinating concept. Bringing together European and African artists, director Kate Stafford cast actors from Malawi and Zimbabwe as Ariel and Caliban, and a multi-racial British cast as the colonising Europeans, building into the production from the start a series of power relationships with the potential to comment …

My Summer School experience – Food and Crop Science

Lillie Jenkins was one of 24 Year 12 students who attended our Summer School in Food and Crop Science this year. She enjoyed it so much she’s written this guest post for us!  The subject of food captivates me not only due to its ever-increasing prevalence in today’s society, but due to the science behind …

Lacan Study Group – Discussion Board

Hi All, So it was decided in the Lacan Study Group that we would benefit from some sort of rolling blog or discussion forum to help us in engaging with Lacan’s third seminar on the psychoses. To that end, we are going to hijack this blog! It is hoped that everyone involved can post questions …

Speech by Sonia Sughayar, First Secretary at the Permanent Mission of Jordan to the United Nations, and Recipient of the Recent Alumni Laureate Award for the year 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen, I feel extraordinarily honored and touched to stand before you all today. It is always great to be in the company of the next generation of youth leaders. I am deeply humbled and delighted to be receiving the 2017 Alumni Laureate Award from this distinguished University which has chosen to bestow this …

The Life of Sister Asklipiodata, a Rebellious Nun in Eighteenth-Century Ukraine

In the early hours of the morning of 14th November 1776 the nuns of the St Nicholas Holy Jordan Monastery in Kiev were woken by the sound of a struggle coming from the cell of one Sister Asklipiodata. Before long the assembled nuns saw Mother Superior Alexandra’s servant Joseph Tertichnik grappling with a loudly protesting …

Do you want to get published, become an editor, or simply become involved with a new, exciting academic project?

After publishing its first issue in April of 2017, the editors at Languages, Texts, and Society are busily preparing for Issue 2, due early in 2018. There are submissions to sort through, articles to be edited and formatted, book reviews to be collated, peer reviewers to find, and style templates to be applied. Now that …

Overcoming anxiety and peer pressure during Welcome week

If you’re anything like me, then the excitement of going to Uni might currently be battling (and maybe even losing) against fear, anxiety and nervousness. I was super worried about peer pressure when I was about to begin my undergrad, but I soon realised that few things are ever as scary or imposing in real …

An MBA experience from the horse’s mouth

An MBA is an incredibly personal journey. Everyone chooses to take on such a challenge for their own reasons, and in the same way each person gets something slightly different out of it.  We spoke to Wendy Furness, partner at Scarsdale Veterinary Group, about her own MBA journey and how she is putting it into …

£100k awarded to sustainability projects

If you have a great idea for a sustainability-related project but need funding to make it happen, the Environment Initiative Fund may be the solution! Each year, the University’s Sustainability and Environment Committee awards around £100,000 to student or staff-led sustainability projects. Applications are now open for 2017/18. In the 2016/17 academic year 14 bids …

Prof Herve Morvan from the 2017 AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum

Prof Herve Morvan offers his insights and discusses some of the broader ideas raised by key players at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Propulsion and Energy Conference in Atlanta, USA held 10th to 12th July 2017. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics hosted the Propulsion and Energy Forum  and it turned out to …

The role of information search and its influence on risk preferences

“People overweight the likelihood of rare events”. This phrase distils the conclusions of most lab experiments studying risky behaviour. In these experiments subjects are asked to evaluate “lotteries” whose properties (i.e. the full list of outcomes and their associated likelihoods) are explicitly described. However, a criticism of this approach is that in everyday life, such …

Video overview of the RECOGNeyes Game

RECOGNeyes is a computer game that you play using your eyes as the game controller. It has been developed at the University of Nottingham in collaboration with people with ADHD. The game is designed to train people to have better control over their attention.  As you advance in the game, you learn to control different …

The finer details of the bigger picture: corpus linguistics in healthcare

This blog piece will introduce a relatively new method in the study of language – the corpus linguistic approach – and talk about how it can be useful for linguistic researchers interested in analysing communication in healthcare environments. To do this, this entry will ask – and answer – three questions: (i) What is corpus …

Networking and Your Personal Brand

By Teresa Corcoran There is a lot of information out there about ensuring you network effectively. I want to present some of the issues international students may face and propose practical ways to overcome these difficulties. However, firstly I want to talk about the importance of “Personal Branding” in all your networking endeavours. Why Network? …

The politics of culture as testimony

Some thirty researchers from around the world met at the University of Nottingham on Monday 22 May for a workshop on the politics of culture as testimony. The workshop marked the end of the first phase of the AHRC-funded research network, Culture and its Uses as Testimony, that has been exploring how: cultural testimony can …

Reclaiming university autonomy

UNIVERSITY autonomy is again back on the front burner. Ideas and Yayasan Sime Darby will be hosting next week the National Higher Education Conference 2017 on how to make our universities more autonomous. It is a defining moment for higher education in Malaysia to once again put forward the agenda on a national pedestal, if …

Happy International Day of the Midwife!

Today was International Day of the Midwife, a day where there is recognition for all the wonderful work midwives do around the world. I feel full of pride when I think of midwifery and what it means to be a student midwife. I often try to compare other professions to midwifery but find that it …

This day in AD 357 marked Constantius II’s entry into Rome

But why bother to record such an event?

Help end modern slavery on this online course

Join us from Monday 8 May to find out about modern slavery and what you can do to help end it. You can enrol now on the second run of Ending Slavery, the world’s first ever online course about contemporary slavery. In this free four-week course you’ll learn from experts at the cutting edge of …

‘Event of the Year’ – trailblazing ‘Nottingham Day’ wins national recognition

The success of last year’s ‘Nottingham in Parliament Day’ was recognised last week at a black-tie awards ceremony in London. The University’s Political & Public Affairs Unit, who led the ground-breaking initiative, collected the PRmoment.com ‘Event of the Year’ award in recognition of the day-long celebration of all things Nottingham. Nottingham in Parliament Day – …

Being a sexual minority in contemporary China: The challenges ahead

Recent years have witnessed increasing media coverage of LGBT-related issues in China. For instance, in 2014, Qiu Bai, a student from Guangdong province, sued the Chinese ministry of education on the grounds that a number of university textbooks described homosexuality as a disorder and advised in favour of shock therapy as a possible cure. After …

Chinese Students and Western Teachers: Reflections on Practice

By Daryl Johnson, School of English. As the number of Chinese students attending foreign HE institutions continues to grow (89,540 in 2014-2015 up from 87,895 in 2013-2014, UKCISA), the same kinds of frustrations experienced by their lecturers and seminar leaders appear to have persisted. A relatively unanimous consensus amongst Western teachers of Chinese students is …

Exploring Modern Slavery

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It is designed to tackle slavery in the UK by establishing a Commissioner for Anti-Slavery, and requiring businesses to publish a statement that identifies the actions taken to ensure that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in the …

Househunting in Nottingham as an outgoing study abroad student

Househunting is always a headache, because there’s so many things to think about. But what if you’re going to be studying abroad next year? How do you go about arranging accommodation, especially if you’re only going to study abroad for one semester?

Adult social care workers should have the opportunity to learn about theory and research relating to the needs of siblings and other family members

 Author: Georgia Todd I am a PhD student in the school of Sociology, Social Work and Social Policy. My research is exploring the experiences of young people who have a sibling with learning disabilities. Before starting the PhD, I worked in adult learning disability social care and health services. The focus in adult learning disability …

Reading at Malchin Testament Launch

Prior to last Friday’s launch of Malchin Testament, Professor Malachi invited my coursemates and I to read works of late Malaysian poets Hilary Tham, Ee Tiang Hong and Omar Mohd. Nor. Since Michelle Beth and I have been studying the works of Malaysian poets closely as part of our course, we were elated and honoured …

24 December 2016 – what’s the story behind door number 24?

There are at least two trillion galaxies in the universe, ten times more than previously thought. When the three wise men saw the star over Bethlehem little did they know that there were many more galaxies to be found. Astronomers have long sought to determine how many galaxies there are in the universe. It was approximated that …

Weather Extremes: Making and Breaking Records in Nottinghamshire

Over the last few months Georgina and I have been working closely with staff at the Department of Manuscripts, University of Nottingham, to curate a public exhibition for the Weston Gallery, Lakeside Arts, on the University campus. It opens today. Last night we held a private view that was opened by BBC meteorologist Helen Willetts, …

India-UK Tech Summit November 2016

Sam Woolley-Principal Knowledge Exchange India The University is developing exciting partnerships with India, and as part of its engagement activities I was delighted to participate in the India-UK Tech summit 07-09 November in Delhi. The summit brought together industry, academics and governments with a focus on forging the future of India-UK collaboration with the smartest …

IAPS Blog Assistant Paid Internships

Salary: Approx. £10 per hour (plus holiday pay) Location: Residence in Nottingham is not required Hours: 10-15 hours per month About The Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies is seeking applications for four paid internships to work with the Editor of the Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies’ soon-to-be-launched new blog platform – IAPS Dialogue …

Counselling for Depression Gathering

We were delighted to welcome Professor Robert Elliott who joined us for the first Counselling for Depression (CfD) Gathering held in Dearing Building at the University of Nottingham on September 17th . Robert was a key contributor and researcher in the development of CfD and is an originator of Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) which is …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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, …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …