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If you don’t know what a metamaterial is…

Oliver Nelson-Dummett, a PhD researcher in Engineering, on attending his first in-person conference with financial support from the Researcher Academy’s Conferences, Travel and Training Fund. If you don’t know what a metamaterial is, that’s ok. Neither did I before this conference, and neither – it turns out – do the professors who run the UK …

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When the answers from health research are not what you want to hear

When the answers from health research are not what you want to hear, how do you make sense of them? Negative reactions, disagreement with the findings or disengaging with the research team will not make the results of a clinical trial change or disappear. But I have experienced all those responses when sharing results, which …

Taking time out: a chance to have a mental reset

By Helen Cridland, law graduate I studied law at UoN, graduated in 2019 and started working as a paralegal a few months afterwards. Mainly due to Covid, I moved around a few different firms in various areas of law, including spending a year living with my parents and working at a local firm. During this …

Moodle Upgrade Complete

Moodle has been upgraded to version 4.3.  This new version only brings some minor changes to the look and feel and in terms of functionality.  Listening to feedback from staff and students, we have improved the demarcation around the sections in the modules. If you want to learn more about the upgrade, please look at …

The day Mahatma Gandhi came to Beeston

On 17 October 1931 crowds gathered at the small railway station in Beeston, Nottinghamshire.  It was a chilly afternoon, but that did not dampen the excited anticipation of the spectators. When they eventually saw him disembarking from the train, the watchers fell silent, curious.  Clad in loincloth and sandals, with a shawl to protect him …

Talking with Claude about machine metaphors in biology

In my last blog post I said that I had writer’s block – and I still have. I said so to my son and whined a bit. He said: “Remember Christmas 2022? You were complaining about the same thing and I said, go and play with ChatGPT, which had just come out, and that got …

Utilising “The Grid of Life” to Build Resilience

Blog by Natalie Mack, Microbiology, Brewing and Biotechnology.  On Tuesday 25th June 2024, I presented at The University of Nottingham’s online “Empowering Us All” Conference, which was open to both internal and external delegates. I was one of nine speakers on the programme and my session aimed to communicate a useful tool to help individuals …

Reflections on Iconography in Historical Geography at 40

A symposium hosted by the Cultural and Historical Geography research theme, 15th May 2024 A blog by Cristian Croitoru, Third Year Undergraduate Geography student Back in mid-July 1984, the University of Nottingham staged a key event that helped define the field of cultural and historical geography. Held at Hugh Stewart Hall, the Iconography in Historical …

Kush Tanvani – Environment Agency

Exhilarating and enriching, the two words I will probably use to describe my in-person 10-week long internship with the Regulatory Industry team of the Environment Agency (hereinafter EA). I came across this internship when I got the email regarding placement opportunities during the Spring term from the university, and I just knew I had to …

MBA Student Climate Resiliency Challenge

Earlier this year, selected students from the University of Nottingham and KCA University in Kenya collaborated on a British Council-funded climate resilience challenge-based learning project in Kenya. The project, facilitated by Circle Innovation, saw students of all levels from both universities working together to design and pitch innovative interventions and prototypes to a challenge statement. …

Working with future innovators

Discover how Datamango’s collaboration with the University of Nottingham’s placement programme fosters innovation and growth Written by Dave Westbrook, Chief Operating Officer, Datamango At Datamango, we’re software engineers and product developers. However, while clients may see some of the process and the value we deliver, it doesn’t always demonstrate what’s at the heart of what …

Strong research funding performance is a fantastic achievement

I am delighted to report that the University of Nottingham is expected to exceed our target of £186m of new research funding awards this year. We are also seeing a strong performance in new research bid applications which are expected to reach a target of £726m for 2023/4, compared to £707m last year. Our research …

What does a Graduate Envrionment Assistant at UoN do?

Tina Darlami joined the university’s sustainability team in August 2023 for a year long placement. She reflects on her time and the opportunities it provided. After graduating from the University of Nottingham, I was considering what I’d like to do for my career. I was always interested in sustainability and the environment, especially with my …

How do I work on my essay?

“Okay settle down everyone, I have an announcement to make! The assessments are now approaching. And the thought of essays is starting to haunt us,” Observer Yasmin declared as she sat at the big round table with all the other Yasmins. Yes, there was nothing else in the room except for that round table and …

Learning English to Teaching English: My Time Working in a Primary School on the Teaching English as an Additional Language Placement

By Khadar Jamal The Beginning During my second year of university, I thought this would be a perfect time to search for placements. I checked the Faculty of Arts placement page and saw the Teaching English as an Additional Language placement. I am someone who is strongly considering pursuing teaching as a career after university, …

Getting them out there: the importance of fieldwork in Geography and getting students in the zone to notice

In this post, Alex Booth and Mal Kerr make the case for the importance of fieldwork in geography and offer some guiding principles. “Geography wants to take children outside the school and into the streets and fields; it wants to take the keyboard tappers out of their gloomy offices and into the rain or sunshine.” …

Introducing Ada, the University of Nottingham’s new, most powerful HPC service

As one of the UK’s leading research universities, we are renowned for the strength, quality and breadth of our research and teaching capabilities. To further bolster our commitment to research excellence, we are delighted to share that we have implemented a new, state-of-the-art High-Performance Computing (HPC) system. The names of the new facility, “Ada”, is …

Nick Thomas assesses the disjuncture between secondary and university History education in the UK

In an informative piece published by Modern British History, Dr. Nick Thomas looks at the disjuncture between the preparation for study that UK students receive at the secondary level and the challenges and expectations of university study in History.  “The gap between A level and degree is now a chasm,” Nick writes in this insightful analysis, …

Introduction to Luke Simpson and his work in developmental biology

Hello! I’m Luke Simpson, I am a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Nottingham. I am the new Early Career Representative for Biosciences, and I would like to share some insights into current and past work in the field of developmental biology. My academic career started under the supervision of Professor Andrew Johnson. My PhD …

Club in Focus: UoN Dodgeball

UoN Sport is dedicated to making a positive impact in Nottingham’s local community through numerous volunteering opportunities. Our goal is to support children from local schools by educating them on health and wellbeing and helping them develop various skills through sports. This work would not be possible without the amazing student volunteers who dedicate their …

Connect-ing with others at university

Whenever I heard the saying ‘humans are social creatures’, I used to think ‘Yeah… not me, though.’ But I realised connecting with others is really important to my wellbeing and has allowed me to make positive memories at university. Still, I’ve found it takes conscious effort to connect with others as an adult. You might …

My Journey as an Intern with YES: Bridging Science and Entrepreneurship 

By Alexia Jeayes, YES Marketing Intern and Psychology MSci student Introduction:  Greetings fellow scholars and aspiring entrepreneurs! I’m Alexia Jeayes, a passionate psychology master’s student at the University of Nottingham.   My journey into the realm of business and entrepreneurship began with my enrolment in the Witty Entrepreneurship Scholarship program. This program is an avenue for …

Ragna’s Islands: A New Saga

  Ragna’s Islands is the latest in a series of AHRC-funded projects initiated by The Centre for the Study of the Viking Age exploring the Viking Age history and Norse culture of different parts of Britain and Ireland. In 2013-14, Languages, Myths and Finds sent teams of academics and students to Cleveland, Dublin, the Hebrides, the Isle of …

On trial: J. Walter Thompson – Advertising America

We are pleased to bring you trial access to J. Walter Thompson – Advertising America These company archives explore 100 years of advertising, consumer and cultural history The records provide insights into the creating of advertising campaigns for some of the world’s biggest brands such as Kellog, Kodak and Kraft. Amongst the highlights are market research …

Anticipating Genocide: An Ethnographic Map of Central Europe in 1942

A blog written by Professor Mike Heffernan The School’s map collection includes many items from World War Two, evidence of the close relationship between cartography and war. One of the more eye-catching examples is a large, 1:1 million ‘Ethnographical Map of Central Europe’, printed in Budapest in 1942 with title and accompanying text in English. …

Mercedita y Calixto García: los últimos días del general mambí.

Resumen: Calixto García, su familia y los sacrificios por la independencia.// Summary: Calixto García, his family and the sacrifices by the independence.

Sound-sensitivity in children

Is your child sensitive to sound? Please help us test a new clinical questionnaire. What is sound-sensitivity? Sound-sensitivity (also known as hyperacusis) is common in children. It is where they experience distress or pain when hearing some everyday sounds. For example, they may struggle with the normal sounds present at home (e.g. hoover) and outside …

Eating Your Way to a Greener Future

This post is by Natasha Cheater, a final year undergraduate BA Liberal Arts student at the University of Nottingham, with a keen interest in food supply chain, and the quality of the food we eat. If you value your well-being, care about the planet, and wish to contribute to positive change, this article is for …

Exploring the experiences of medical students after failing an exam – publication from an UoNMedEd Alumni!

  Dr Robert Jay has published the research he did as part of his Masters in MedEd at Nottm   I would like to start by thanking all the people all the staff in the medical school education centre who helped me get my project to publication. I wanted to look into remediation for my …

Introducing Abigail Spanner and the Hunter Archaeological Society Project

As the new Research Associate at the Digital Transformations Hub, I thought I should introduce myself. My name is Abigail Spanner, and I am a Classics PhD student in my second year studying visuality and visual impairments in Quintus Smyrnaeus’ Posthomerica, a 3rd-century AD epic poem which bridges the narrative gap between the Iliad and …

New immigration policies and the impact on international students

We know that many of our international students have lots of questions following the recent announcements about changes to the UK’s immigration policy.  There is lots of uncertainty at the moment, so we thought that this blog from experienced career professional Claire Guy would be useful to share with you all. Dear International students and …

University of Nottingham is first to achieve prestigious Athena Swan Gold Award

The University of Nottingham has become the first university in the country to be awarded the coveted Athena Swan Gold Award for its commitment to advance gender equality across higher education and research. Individual departments have previously successfully gained Gold level awards, but this is the first time that an institutional Gold Award has been …

A Reflection on The Connected Everything and Smart Products Beacon Summer School 2020

A Reflection on The Connected Everything and Smart Products Beacon Summer School 2020 post by Cecily Pepper (2019 cohort) My first summer school started with an invite via email. Despite my interest in the topic, my first thought was that robotics was not my area of expertise (coming from a social science background), so maybe …

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Neuroinflammation: the doubled edged sword of the brain

By Ryan Duffy, 4th Year Neuroscience MSci Inflammation is a biological process that is critical in the defence of an organism and enables repair and recovery from damage to tissues. Inflammation is very common, and it occurs in many different species including humans. Inflammation can occur when we damage part of our body either through …

Foot and ankle Osteoarthritis and Cognitive impairment in retired UK Soccer players

Osteoarthritis and knee pain can force anyone to slow down; but FOCUS, the School of Academic Rheumatology’s latest study in the field, has been gaining considerable momentum. The FOCUS study (Foot and ankle Osteoarthritis and Cognitive impairment in retired UK Soccer players) aims to shed light on the effects of playing professional football on knee …

Advantage Award prizes – Top tips for applications and interviews

By Matt Lumley, Nottingham Advantage Award Coordinator Applications for our prizes are now open. By participating in our prize process, on top of the chance to win a prize, you can gain valuable practice in applications and interviews.  It is an opportunity to celebrate your success and gain extra recognition for the effort you put into …

The Bardathon has moved!

In my biggest life-change to date, I’ve recently emigrated from the UK to the little town of Staunton, Virginia. After eleven happy years at the University of Nottingham, I’m thrilled to be joining the Shakespeare & Performance program at Mary Baldwin University, where I’ll be working with MLitt and MFA students, and be privileged to …

Meet Tanishka, second year pharmaceutical sciences student

Hello, I am Tanishka Anand, and I am a second-year pharmaceutical science student. The journey to find a course that you feel fits in hasn’t been easy. From attending workshops to spending so many nights searching for the perfect course with the best university, I finally decided to pursue Msci pharmaceutical science at the University …

From MPT to Covid Vaccinator and Beyond

Hi everyone! My name is Ines and I’m a third year MPT student. I’m currently working on writing my UCAS application to become a Physician Associate. This course has been my goal for quite a long time so I’ve been using free time to get work experience to boost my application. Of course, the pandemic …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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; …

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 …