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Disability Recognition Month Alumni Blog Series: Molly O’Brien

This month, we’re delighted to share a series of blogs from alumni reflecting on this year’s theme of ‘Disability: Finding our way’. Our alumni have been kind enough to share their experiences of living with a disability whilst studying at Nottingham, how they found transitioning to and from university life and their career journeys to-date, …

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Adaptation in the face of adversity: unlocking the secret of genomes

How can we better understand plant responses to stress through their genomes? Prof Levi Yant and Dr Guillermina Mendiondo discuss different ways to look inside the world of plants. Life’s astonishing diversity is entirely the product of evolution. Adaptation of any organism to the environment, and the reflection of this adaptation – the evolution of …

Accounting Careers: The Difference Between Working in Industry and in Practice

By Tom Bilby, Marketing Executive at online-based accountancy practice, The Accountancy Partnership If you’re reading this blog post then the chances are you’re a fledging finance bod, plotting your route into a career in accounting. It’s an exciting time and one we hope you’ll look back on fondly as you reflect from a position of …

Cataloguing Connie part 3: the Finale

Connie Ford – veterinarian, poet, supporter of the arts, traveller, political activist, correspondent, sailor – left behind an enormous personal and literary archive. We are pleased to announce the completion of the Connie Ford catalogue which is now open to view on our website. Over the next few months our blogs will highlight specific aspects of …

Making the most of attending a conference

Tien Thuy Quach reflects on attending the 41st Assembly of European Advanced Materials Congress (EMAC2021), with help from the Researcher Academy’s Online Conference Fund. Recently it was my pleasure to attend the 41st Assembly of European Advanced Materials Congress (EMAC2021), which is one of the biggest conferences that I have ever joined (due to its hybrid participation setup …

Moodle quick wins #1: Collapsed topics

The Collapsed Topics format is an easy way to avoid the “Scroll of Death” on your Moodle page. The topics look tidy, clear, and easy to navigate. Accessibility is much improved because it’s easier for screen readers to find a section without having to read out all section contents. As a format for a Moodle …

Internet of Food Things Network Plus – online event

The Internet of Food Things Network Plus is holding an online event on 1st November entitled “Data, science and policy for a healthy food system” on Monday 1st November. This strategic workshop will address the interplay of data-driven science and innovation in the food system, food safety and food-related health – how can the kinds of …

NICCRAT in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in London to support the development of molecular diagnostics in Indonesia.

Continuing the effort to foster the partnership between the University of Nottingham (UoN) and several Indonesian academic and research institutions in the field of health and clinical sciences, Nottingham-Indonesia Collaboration for Clinical Research and Training (NICCRAT), initiated by Dr. Susanti Susanti and Prof. Mohammad Ilyas, recently collaborated with the Indonesian Embassy in London to deliver …

Science, politics and integrity

On 12 October three things appeared in my Twitter timeline: a report, an academic paper and an interview, all dealing with science and politics in the context of the management of the coronavirus pandemic. Most importantly, there was the House of Commons report which showed for all to see what a shambles the UK government’s …

50 at 50: Nottingham, a centre of excellence for stroke rehabilitation research

It is almost 38 years since I first stepped inside Queen’s Medical Centre, nervous and excited about my impending interview for a job covering the medical wards as a senior occupational therapist. What incredibly good fortune to be appointed to the job. My life and career have never looked back since that day!  Under the leadership of Professors Tony Mitchell, Shah Ebrahim, Nadina Lincoln and …

Learning to be a subject advocate

In this blog post Anna Baker and Rachael Trott, supported by Catherine Gripton, reflect upon their experiences on the ‘Primary School Direct with Mathematics’ programme, summarising what supports beginning teachers to become advocates for a subject alongside developing their practice in the full range of primary subjects. Learning to teach Teaching is complex and learning …

Scholar in Focus: Dafne Garcia Garate

With BUCS Sport returning last Wednesday, it was a pleasure to catch up with one of the first athletes to perform in the #GreenandGold this year, Dafne Garcia Garate. Dafne is a sport scholar and a part of our Women’s Water Polo team. Taking on Newcastle 1st’s in their first BUCS fixtures since lockdown, the …

Talking farmed animal health and welfare at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, 31 Aug – 03 Sep 2021

A blog by Carol Morris, Associate Professor With some financial support from the School of Geography’s Research Committee I contributed to the Annual International Conference of the Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers that took place between 31st August and 3rd September 2021. The conference had been cancelled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic …

Fuel shortages: could the UK switch to E10 petrol be the underlying cause?

Experts in supply chain and logistics at Nottingham University Business School consider whether the scarcity of drivers is not the only cause of the UK fuel shortages. The shortage of fuel at forecourts has been wreaking havoc in the UK in recent days, leading to long queues and forcing many stations to close. The main …

Open Research – nearly 4 million downloads of UoN research outputs

Explore the principles and impact of Open Research with the latest blog from the Libraries Research Support team. Did you know there have been nearly 4 million downloads of University of Nottingham research outputs from Repository@Nottingham, Nottingham e-Theses and the Research Data Repository? This means that researchers and the general public have been able to access journal articles, …

Welcoming the country’s first Electro-mechanical Engineer Degree Apprentices

Employees from a range of engineering businesses across the country have come together this week to form the first cohort on the pioneering Electro-mechanical Engineer Degree Apprenticeship at the University of Nottingham. The degree-level Electro-mechanical Engineering Apprenticeship standard was only approved for delivery in December 2020, making the apprentices not only the first at Nottingham, …

Entrepreneurship education: where will we be in 10 years’ time? – Professor Simon Mosey

After a year of uncertainty and upheaval, this week we return to campus for the new academic year. Never one to dwell on the past, HGI Director, Professor Simon Mosey looks ahead to the future as we start a new semester of entrepreneurship education. The Danish physicist Neils Bohr said that ‘prediction is very difficult, …

Romeo and Juliet (The Handlebards) @ Derby Theatre

It’s unusual to see a production of Romeo and Juliet in which Friar John emerges as the MVP. But for The Handlebards, this failed postman has rich potential. At the cell of Friar Laurence (Tom Dixon), Friar John (initially Lucy Green, later Paul Moss) wandered silently, ethereally, with a spray bottle of holy water, watering …

Next steps in research strategy consultation

Update from Professor Dame Jessica Corner Welcome to our new academic year. I do hope you enjoyed a relaxing break over the summer. The new term is an opportunity to reflect and look to the future and I would like to remind you of an invitation from Vice-Chancellor Professor Shearer West to take part in the …

Welcome to Recycle Week!

Recycle Week runs 20 – 26 September and the theme this year is the Climate Crisis. Recycle Week is the one week per year retailers, brands, waste management companies, trade associations, governments and the media come together to achieve one goal; to galvanise the public into recycling more of the right things, more often. Hello …

Government Communications Service (GCS) Internship for the Civil Service

By Amirah Hussain, UoN Politics and International Relations graduate This is the  civil service’s annual diversity programme exclusively for BAME and low income students in their final two years of study.  It is a paid programme.  Read more here: https://gcs.civilservice.gov.uk/career/progress-your-career/internship/ The GCS internship programme gives university students and recent graduates, specifically from BAME backgrounds and/or …

Teaching clinical examination skills online: Will COVID change long term practice?

Dr Jay is an alumni of the Nottingham MedEd course and writes below about the the changes Covid brought to the clinical skills team at UoN   The Covid pandemic has caused considerable disruption to education across the globe and the education of healthcare professionals has been particularly affected, as so much learning occurs in …

Introducing Sarah Cook Assistant Professor Aquatic Science

Sarah Cook was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Aquatic Science in November 2020. Here she tells us a bit about herself and how she came to Nottingham. The beginning – Peat  in Malaysia My interest in aquatic sciences began when I studied for a PhD in geography at Leicester. I was looking at tropical …

Now you’ve started, why you should finish

By Matt Lumley, Nottingham Advantage Award officer We hope you have found your time with the Award enjoyable so far. Now is the time to start applying for our autumn and full-year modules. Despite the pandemic, we are still here to support you. There are plenty of module opportunities as the majority have been converted …

Dos and Don’ts – What should I bring to uni?

With all the information out there, it can be difficult to figure out what you’ll actually need and what you definitely won’t need at university. Worry not, I’m here to tell you some of the main things that students bring to uni and don’t need as well as some things you’ll need but will most …

Quarantine experiences and advice – part 2

In quarantine experiences and advice – part 1, some of our international student ambassadors shared their experiences of completing quarantine (self-isolation). In part 2, they share their quarantine advice for new students. These comments are from: Adityesh from India, studying MSc Mechanical Engineering Faiza from Pakistan, studying PhD Business and Management Habibatallah from Egypt, studying …

Was There a Fourth Bomb?

A group of loyalist paramilitaries detonated three bombs on the night of 28 December 1972 – in the towns of Belturbet, Clones and near the village of Pettigo – which resulted in the murder of two children, Geraldine O’Reilly and Paddy Stanley, and the wounding of many others. But was there a fourth bomb? The …

Train a Custom Computer Vision Model using Detectron2

Training a custom computer vision model to work on your research dataset may be daunting due to the imagined complexities and effort involved. However, some very powerful open-source frameworks, such as Detectron2, have recently been made available to simplify the process. Detectron2 is an open-source framework that implements state-of-the-art computer vision algorithms. Detectron2 comes with …

Winner of the 1st Prize ENQUIRE Blog Post Competition – Online Interviews: Hearing Women’s Voices by Robyn Timothy

The Covid-19 pandemic changed the way we research. We moved away from campus offices and towards our kitchen tables. Just as spaces changed, the way we communicated had to change too. Zoom and Microsoft Teams became our only option, the best chance we had to stay connected with those communities of fellow postgraduate researchers that …

London Road Community Hospital in Derby Renamed After Florence Nightingale

On July 5th 2021, London Road Community Hospital in Derby was renamed Florence Nightingale Community Hospital. In addition to the renaming, the current and former chairs of the hospital, respectively Dr Kathy McLean and John Rivers CBE, unveiled a new statue of Florence Nightingale. In his talk at the event, Mr Rivers highlighted how Florence …

Investigating the water quality of the River Leen

Hazel Wilson and Charlotte Viner (University of Nottingham) have recently been out and about doing fieldwork in the River Leen. They’ve been investigating the water quality, invertebrates, and habitat quality of the river as it flows through the city of Nottingham. Background information Urban rivers like the River Leen have been heavily impacted by humans …

Open Days 2021: Teaching physics in the time of COVID (and beyond)

Our Open Days for prospective undergraduate students look a little different this year. Normally the whole university would be gearing up to welcome crowds of thousands on to campus for two days in July, with an multitude of student ambassadors showing off our beautiful campus. (Sunny weather and ice cream by the lake a definite …

The use of hearing aids by adults with hearing loss, how should we define and measure success?

Jean Straus uses hearing aids to help with her hearing. As a member of the public with first-hand experience of hearing loss, Jean is a valued member of the research team, providing a unique perspective, ensuring the research is designed around patient needs. Jean would like to share the following with you. ‘The use of …

Broad Marsh before The Broadmarsh

A blog by David Beckingham. Sitting between the railway station and the central areas of the city, the site of Nottingham’s former Broadmarsh Shopping Centre is a large and strategic one. The COVID-19 pandemic and the collapse of the centre’s operator intu forced the abandonment of approved redevelopment plans before they could be completed. There …

Understanding and embracing neurodiversity

There is no such thing as a ‘normal’ human brain, but there are general demographic commonalities which we call ‘neurotypical’. Around 10% of the human population vary from this diffuse majority and are defined as neurodivergent. Neurodivergency can include Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and Dysgraphia – amongst …

Virtual Volunteering: The DTH Archaeology Museum Video Project 2020-2021 by Kavi Mistry

This year the Digital Transformations Hub has been collaborating with the University’s Museum on two student volunteer projects. One is to produce 3D digital versions of a selection of the Museum’s artefacts the other to produce information and marketing videos.  You can find  a report  on the photogrammetry project here, this week second-year Ancient History student …

Dissertation Difficulties

The large focus of third year is always the dissertation which takes up the majority of the second semester. You’ll be thinking about which supervisor you’re going to apply for from the summer going into the third year and constantly developing your research and writing skills as to be ready for the real deal. When …

An International Student’s Journey: From Uncertainty To Confidence About My Future

By Elizabeth Quishpi, MSc International Business A little bit about me I am Elizabeth Quishpi, an MSc International Business student, and the journey that I have gone through to be in Nottingham has not been short or easy. I was born in Ecuador, South America, and my parents decided to move to Spain when I …

Thinking about the future when time has lost all shape and predictability

English degrees don’t outline a select career path. We’ve all heard the jokes with that central gist, that the only thing to do with an English degree is to become a teacher (no shade implied; I have nothing but respect for the profession!). Of course, there are plenty of other jobs available to us too. …

A Short Interview With Emily Mitchell

Emily Mitchell is an applied statistician and research associate in Mathematical Sciences. We spoke to her back when she was a PhD student and asked her a few questions. Why did you choose to do a PhD? I did my integrated master’s in Mathematics with Statistics here at the University of Nottingham, where I continued …

Immunohistochemistry in Neuroscience

By Emma Gow, 3rd Year Neuroscience BSc Neuroscience is a complex and ever-growing field of science, requiring constant research to understand how the brain functions. We will never completely understand every aspect of the brain, but there is a great effort from the scientific community to expand our knowledge of such a complex but fascinating subject. …

Lessons from the Rights Lab/Home Office Buddying Scheme

In July 2020, the UK’s Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner recommended in her report ‘Preparing for Impact’ that in order to make progress in the fight against modern slavery researchers and stakeholders must ‘take proactive steps to understand each other’s worlds’. Elaborating further, the report noted that this should involve ‘devot[ing] time to making sense of each …

New Developments and Directions

We have been talking to Liberal Arts students about their studies and their projects beyond university. We’re always impressed and amazed by how people take their studies in new directions. We spoke with Tamaratare Amgbaduba, who is studying Music performance and theory as part of their work in Liberal Arts. Tamaratare has recently started an …

The more things change ……

How will history remember Raúl Castro? Some time at the Cuban Communist Party’s next Congress (scheduled for 16-19 April 2021, Covid permitting) he will fulfil his 2011 promise to end his time as the Party’s leader. While the media will trumpet it as ‘the end of the Castros’, it is worth reflecting on what difference …

Check Microsoft Teams is up to date

The University has been made aware of a recently disclosed vulnerability in Microsoft Teams that Microsoft fixed in October 2020. Microsoft Teams should automatically receive software updates directly from Microsoft to keep you up to date with the latest version. However, we have information that suggests that some devices (running Microsoft Windows or Apple macOS) …

The magic Lanterna: harnessing light for sustainable chemicals

Dr Anabel Lanterna is Assistant Professor in the School of Chemistry and a member of the Green Chemicals Beacon. Her expertise in photochemistry and materials chemistry has led her to work with world experts in the field, most recently with Prof. Tito Scaiano in Canada. In 2020 she moved to Nottingham to start her independent …

New book on Penguin Books from Dr. Dean Blackburn

The author writes: Penguin Books and Political Change traces the social and political thought of those intellectuals and policy-makers who helped to shape post-war. In doing so, it tells a story about the rise and fall of what we might call Britain’s ‘meritocratic moment’. From the 1930s, I argue, thinkers from across the political spectrum began …

The Forensic Ideas Series #1

#1 A lesson from Forensic Science I am fascinated by the ways in which people can have an impact on others where it is not obvious how that is achieved; the art of persuasion, The Forer Effect, Cold Reading, some of the well-known illusions performed by Derren Brown, the use of ‘nudge’ to change behaviour, …

October PLATE meeting

Wow, what a year 2020 has been. Staff in Psychology are working really hard to make sure students have the opportunity to engage with their course this term. We are taking a blended approach – using face to face with small groups where possible and setting materials and activities online. In our second PLATE meeting …

Merging Blue-Green infrastructure with urban design

Urban design with Blue-Green infrastructure plays a key role in addressing climate related water challenges such as water pollution, water scarcity, floods, land subsidence, stormwater management, ecosystem services and public health. Nanco Dolman (Royal HaskoningDHV) discusses this in greater detail. Integrated water management Integration of water management in the different phases of design and development …

Τα σκυλιά του Λυκούργου – Μέρος 2ο

(Read in English.) Τρεις, των Kieron Gillen και Ryan Kelly, κεφάλαιο 2ο, συνέχεια. [Για μια εισαγωγή στο Τρεις, δείτε εδώ.] ΠΕΡΙΕΧΟΜΕΝΟ: ΑΝΑΦΟΡΑ ΣΤΗ ΔΟΥΛΕΙΑ ΚΑΤΑ ΤΗΝ ΑΡΧΑΙΟΤΗΤΑ, ΚΑΙ ΣΤΟ ΚΥΝΗΓΙ ΜΕ ΣΚΥΛΙΑ   Στο προηγούμενο post, είδαμε την ιστορία από τον Πλούταρχο, για τον Λυκούργο και τα δύο σκυλιά να επαναχρησιμοποιείται στους Τρεις ως μία …

Medea’s picnic basket: Playmobil Argonauts

Prof Helen Lovatt writes: I have just submitted the final final draft of my book In Search of the Argonauts and am delighted to say that I have found them, now available in the UK  https://www.playmobil.co.uk/argo-and-the-argonauts/70466.html My children, now 17 and 14, did not own enough Playmobil, and I think I should rectify this error. …

Congratulations Nottingham-Adelaide Graduates 2020!

To celebrate the completion of the first cohort of Nottingham-Adelaide PhD students, Professor Ian Fisk (Programme Director) shares his congratulations with the graduating students

Student Nursing Times Awards 2020 – meet our midwifery nominees!

Congratulations to our staff and students in the School of Health Sciences who have been shortlisted in this year’s Student Nursing Times Awards! We caught up with our nominees Beatrice and Hannah (both are final year students on our BSc Midwifery programme) to find out more about how they feel to be shortlisted. They are …

DELTA Hack Christmas Special

Nick Mount, Digital Learning Director for the Faculty of Social Sciences, has produced this tip about connecting to screens in teaching spaces. It’s also Christmas themed. This could be of use for anybody who has struggled to wield the potentially liberating functionality of teaching space screens.

Malaria can be beaten, and you can make it happen

Every two minutes, 700 times a day, a child under 5 dies of malaria. It’s thought to have killed half of all people who ever lived – some 50 billion humans – and we’ve been trying to eradicate it for decades. So far, we’ve made a lot of progress: since 1900, the proportion of the …

Curriculum update – Veterinary Medicine and Surgery BVM BVS with BVMed Sci

The first year of the revised dual intake curriculum for our Veterinary Medicine and Surgery BVM BVS with BVMed Sci is well underway. There has been an overall reduction in the length of the first year by two weeks to improve timetabling for both cohorts, so we have been able to make some changes. This …

Engaging in Whitehall: learning through uncertain times

Written by Sarah Hall, Professor of Economic Geography, School of Geography, sarah.hall@nottingham.ac.uk At the end of October, I was invited to deliver a masterclass on the impacts of Brexit for the UK’s financial services sector at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). When I received the invitation, I was particularly excited because it allowed me …

Disability at Work – Leonard Cheshire Briefing Sessions for Managers

Please note changes to session timings and locations Monday 2 December: 11:15am, Room B2, The Hemsley, University Park 1.00pm, Room A18, King’s Meadow Campus Delivered by disability charity Leonard Cheshire, this 1-hour session will outline key information to enable managers to confidently support disabled employees and remove barriers in the workplace. Drawing on insights from …

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Making Sense of Deleuzian Problematisation

Last night, the Centre for Critical Theory had the pleasure of hosting international visiting speaker, Jeffrey Bell, Professor of Philosophy at Southeastern Louisiana University in the US. Professor Bell is a well-known scholar in the field of Deleuze Studies. Among his book-length publications are The Problem of Difference: Phenomenology and Poststructuralism (University of Toronto Press: …

Work Experience: a week in the School of Cultures, Languages and Area studies

The leaves are turning brown, Halloween is fast approaching and one more student comes along, eager to find out what goes on behind the scenes inside a Russell Group University. Hi, I’m Holly  and I spent 5 days working at the University of Nottingham, alongside their wonderful CLAS department, which stands for Cultures, Languages and …

Reading group: Handbooks of Conference Diplomacy

Ernest Satow, International Congresses (London: H.M. Stationary Office; 1920) Maurice Hankey, “Diplomacy by Conference”, paper read at British Institute of International Affairs on 2 November 1920, printed in The Round Table: A Quarterly Review of the politics of the British Empire XI (1920-1921), pp. 287-311 Johan Kaufmann, Conference Diplomacy: an introductory analysis (Leyden: A.W. Sijthoff …

Welcome to the CIEL blog!

The Centre for Interprofessional Education and Learning (CIEL) works to advance collaboration and multidisciplinary teamwork between a variety of health and social care students at the University of Nottingham. We bring together students and staff from eight departments across three faculties – Dietetics, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Social Work and Sport Rehab – for a …

My BPSA journey as the BPSA 77th Annual Conference Organiser

This blog has been written by 4th year undergraduate student, Chloe Lim Xiu Yu. Until now, I couldn’t believe the fact that more than 2 months have passed since my conference. I started university as an ordinary pharmacy student, just like everyone else. Moreover, being an international student, I could never imagine myself becoming the …

Reflections of a Conference Attendee

BALEAP 2019 Conference, Leeds, UK Following the recent BALEAP conference in Leeds – a key appointment in the EAP calendar – CELE’s pressessional Course Leader, John Hall, reflects on themes for CELE to consider. Specifically, John considers the need to ‘humanise’ the curriculum. He reports on the importance of critical engagement to enhance student agency; …

Joining a society

Hi I’m Sarvi and this blog is about why you should join a society and the benefits you can gain from joining societies during your studies at the University of Nottingham. I study pharmacy and during the 4 years that I’ve been at Nottingham I’ve participated in numerous societies here. These include, IMPACT magazine, dodgeball, …

We are all in it together

It’s a small world. Far from taking 80 days to circumnavigate the globe it can now be done in less than 80 hours, at least if you are Steve Fossett and have the support of Richard Branson! Increase in global travel is just one of the factors that can lead to the emergence of new …

Welcome to the Nottingham Health Humanities Early Bird Researcher Group Blog!

We will be using this blog to post news and updates relating to all the exciting events and opportunities available to the EBR group! Introducing your co-leaders! We are delighted to introduce ourselves as co-leaders of the Early Bird Researcher group: Frances Cadd (School of Humanities), Emma Putland (School of English), Mathilde Vialard (School of …

“Hello” from your Community Protection team for Lenton, Dunkirk, Radford and Wollaton

  Hello! My name is Tom Lynk and I am employed by Nottingham City Council as the Senior Community Protection Officer (SCPO) with the Community Protection Central West Team. I have been in this role since May 2018 and mange a small team of dedicated Community Protection Officers (CPOs) that work in neighbourhoods close the …

Sarah O’Hara’s blog: Implementation of Campus Solutions

From this week, we are starting to implement Campus Solutions as the University’s new central student records system. I wanted to take this opportunity to look at what we have achieved so far, review the lessons learned, and go over the steps involved in preparing the University for the vital rollout of this new system. …

Skydiving for brain tumours

Andie Shaw, PhD student writes……. Everyone says life is short and you only live once, but an article written by a girl my age, who had sadly recently lost her fight with cancer, really hit home for me. She wrote about making the most of every opportunity put in front of her and never saying …

Sun, Sangria and Suspicious Supervisors

On this blustery autumnal afternoon in Nottingham, we’ve been looking back on a busy summer of conference travels. In this post, two students from the CMMB write about their experiences at conferences in Portugal and France.  The ECMTB and adventures around Lisbon, by Michael Forrester: Hello, my name is Michael, a PhD student at the …

Re-launch for the Faculty of Science Blog

After a break over the summer the blog returns to give a weekly update on activities within the Faculty and our interactions with the University Executive Board. For this academic year we are going to broaden the blog to include guest bloggers from across the Faculty leadership team. Over the summer student recruitment into the …

How to choose a university

You’ve just about decided on a course, and you’re relieved that the big, life-changing decisions are over. Think again – they’ve only just begun. Everyone is different, but luckily, so is every university. No university is better than the other, really, it’s all about which is the best fit for YOU. Here are the top things to look …

How does the past explain the present?

Why does the past matter today? What is the significance of photographs as historical artefacts? How does the language of history determine how we view our world? Do you want to find out the answers to these historical questions and more? Then Learning from the Past: A Guide for the Curious Researcher is the right …

On the Community of Advantage, by Bob Sugden

This week sees the publication of Bob’s 9th book – “The Community of Advantage: A Behavioural Economist’s Defence of the Market” by Oxford University Press.  For the convenience of our readers, here’s the link to Amazon (other book retailers are available). We featured this in the June edition of our NIBS newsletter and you can now read …

Supporting Safe and Efficient Airport Operations with Human-Centred System Design By Dr Elizabeth Argyle

Dr Elizabeth Argyle is a Research Fellow with the Institute for Aerospace Technology (IAT) and is a member of the Human Factors Research Group (HFRG) at the University of Nottingham.  Her recent work on this topic is discussed in more detail in an article in Cognition, Technology & Work, and she can be reached by …

Incest and Incense: A study session at the Nottingham Contemporary

Thea Lawrence on ancient perfume and the myth of Myrrha at Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery In conjunction with their most recent exhibition, The House of Fame, the Nottingham Contemporary is running a series of (free!) study sessions, grouped under the alluring title of A Darkened Room: On Feminism, Rituals, Death and the Occult. For the …

Archaeology documentary wins global prize

A documentary following the research of Dr Jon Henderson of the Department of Archaeology and Classics has been awarded the Gold Medal for best documentary in the History and Society section at the 2018 New York Festivals World’s Best TV and Film awards ceremony, which was held in Las Vegas this month. The National Geographic documentary Drain the …

Underwater archaeology documentary wins global prize

A documentary following the research of Dr Jon Henderson of the Department of Archaeology and Classics has been awarded the Gold Medal for best documentary in the History and Society section at the 2018 New York Festivals World’s Best TV and Film awards ceremony, which was held in Las Vegas this month. The National Geographic documentary Drain the …

Digital Arts: Celebrating Digital Teaching in the Arts

A View from the Arts continues to celebrate the Digital Research Week this week, though today we’re taking a look at something a little different: teaching! Check out our video from the Arts Digital Day, in October 2017, and then pop along to the demo sessions, or to King’s Meadow Campus. We like the look …

GDPR – Information Requirements

One of the important goals of the General Data Protection Regulation is ensuring that data subjects know about the processing of their data and the rights that they have under the Regulation. Therefore, businesses that process personal data must provide notices to data subjects that inform them about the data that is being collected. The …

Repton and the Legacy of the Viking Great Army

By Catrine Jarman, University of Bristol In 873 the Viking Great Army attacked the monastery in Repton, forcing the Mercian king to flee the country and installing a puppet king in his place. 1100 years later, excavations led by archaeologists Martin Biddle and Birthe Kjølbye-Biddle at St Wystan’s Church in Repton in the 1970s and …

MBA Stories: Alumnus credits MBA for enabling him to become a better business leader

Hara Two earned an MBA from Nottingham University Business School. This gave him the knowledge to create LiveTheGo, an app that personalises and schedules a person’s transport needs. Before this, Hara was in India, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree while creating his first company. He credits his MBA for teaching him tested business processes …

Liberal Arts – what is it and why study it? Part I

Liberal Arts degrees have expanded across universities in Britain over the last few years and their development reflects a growing sense that it is by knowledge across a range of disciplines that new ideas and perspectives can develop. The Liberal Arts degree at the University of Nottingham has been built to foster these links as …

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 …

On the decision of the Colombian Council of State to prohibit the use of Framework agreements for “minimum amount” public contracts

Introduction Colombia Compra Eficiente (CCE), the Colombian central purchasing and advisory procurement body, issued a “manual for the operation of framework agreements” in which it considers that there was concurrence between two public procurement methods: Framework Agreements (FA) (Agreements establishing the terms of contracts to be awarded during a given period of time through the …

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 …

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 …

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?

‘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 – …

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?

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, …

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 …

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 …

Home care: an insider’s perspective

Author:  Dr. Lucy Perry-Young Jean stopped in the hallway and suddenly said ‘Do you like books?’ I said yes, I enjoy reading, do you? She walked towards the door to the room I had not yet been in and opened it quickly and widely to dramatically reveal a huge book case the length of the …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …