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Celebrating the work of technicians at the 2015 Higher Education Technicians’ Summit

On Tuesday 30 June, The University of Nottingham hosted the inaugural Higher Education Technicians’ Summit. @UoNResearch tweeted live from the summit, and we’ve collected highlights from the day in our Storify below. This included the award ceremony for the Papin Prizes, and keynote speeches from: Dr Helen Sharman OBE – first Briton in space, now …

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Bleak times for foreign media in China

Written by Raymond Li. China is the largest media market in the world, and therefore attracts many foreign media companies which flock into the country on the promise of lucrative returns. However, talking about the situation of foreign media in China is not an easy task, because the picture is not always clear cut as it appears …

Do you love words and language?

If so, perhaps you went to the Lowdham Book Festival 2015, Nottinghamshire (19th – 28th June 2015)? Now in its 16th year, the event is organised by The Bookcase and takes place during Independent Bookshop Week, a national celebration of bookshops in all their glory. If you’re a true logophile (one who loves words) you …

It’s hot, hot, hot! But ’twas ever thus!

As we sizzle in this week’s high temperatures it is worth remembering that heat waves have always been a feature of the British summer. And it is worth having a read of some of the archives currently being brought together by a team of experts led by The University of Nottingham. The Extreme Weather team …

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 …

Warwick Business School – Second Nudgeathon

On the 14th and 15th of September 2015, the second Nudgeathon, a behavioural change competition founded by the Warwick Business School, will take place at The Shard in London. Nudgeathon, as its name implies, is a nudging marathon. The main objective of the event is to develop implementable solutions to a given social issue. The idea …

Spotlight On… International Development

By Daniella Dutton, Employability Officer  As part of our events programme, we held a Question and Answer panel sessions with speakers representing a variety of international development areas. They answered a wide and diverse range of questions during the session, which we have summarised below. So if you are keen to work in international development, …

Celebrating women in STEM

Yesterday was the fifth annual WinSET (Women in Science, Engineering and Technology) conference at the University. This is an annual event which brings together women working in STEM subjects, organised as part of the work of the WinSET group. I live-tweeted the event – you can read the storify here, or scroll down for a slide-show …

4,800 enquiries logged — take a look at the reporting tool

Our new enquiries form has been live for over a month now. Taking enquiries for the central enquiry teams in China, the UK and Malaysia, the International Office, Nottingham University Business School, and the Schools of Economics and Health Sciences, we are now approaching 5,000 enquiries for the UK campus. Of course, this is just a …

On this day in AD69 Vespasian was acclaimed emperor by his troops in Judaea

This sestertius beautifully illustrates Vespasian’s distinctive portraiture.

University introduces first ever Diversity in Sport award

The Diversity in Sport award made its first appearance at the 2015 University of Nottingham sports ball. The aim of the award is to promote equality of opportunity for different groups, widen participation, tackle discrimination and demonstrate the values set out in the University Sport and Disability sport strategies. The Student Union Sports Officer Kiri …

Ash dieback (Chalara), free trade, and the technocracy of biosecurity

This is a post by Judith Tsouvalis, one of the research fellows on the Making Science Public team. In March 2012, tree and plant health became a matter of national concern in Britain following the discovery of an East Asian fungus called Hymenoscyphus fraxineus at a nursery in Buckinghamshire, England. The ash saplings infected by …

A Fresh Crop of Records

There has been a flurry of new documents, books and digital files arriving at Manuscripts & Special Collections these last few weeks (is it possible to have a flurry of digital files?). Here are just a few of the two dozen or so new acquisitions we have taken in since the start of the year. Reaping …

Heatwave!

Summer is here, and temperatures in many parts of the UK are predicted to reach over 30 degrees C later today on what is expected to be the hottest day of the year so far, prompting much talk of heatwaves past and present in conversation and on social media (#UKheatwave). The hot weather has also prompted …

The Extreme Centre: A Warning (Review)

Ivan Markovic, a current MA in Critical Theory and Politics student and formerly research assistant in the Centre for Critical Theory, reviews Tariq Ali’s latest book … Roused by the recent election campaign and its incredibly tedious aftermath – characterized by a number of (pseudo)pundits discussing the repercussions of the results without actually offering real …

A `New Deal’ for GPs – 7 day working

by Professor Ian Shaw In my blog back in May  I predicted that 7 day working for GPs would not happen and outlined the reasons why.  The Government have since come up with its `New Deal’ for GPs who agree to 7 day working  in which they offer some incentive payments for GPs who agree to …

Surviving the long distance relationship

After the longest year of my life, I can finally say I have been in a long distance relationship and come out the other side relatively unscathed. One year of having a computer screen and an ocean between us hasn’t been easy, but reaching the Grand Finale at the end of this academic year has …

My Love Affair with Coffee

This blog post was written by second year English student, Katie Randall from the School of English. Before I came to University, I already had a relationship with coffee. I enjoyed waking up on a Sunday morning and sipping on a mug of the steaming hot stuff, tucking into a bacon sandwich and watching comforting breakfast …

Highlights from EU Sustainable Energy Week 2015

Anneke Love, Marketing and Web Officer in Business Engagement and Innovation Services, shares some of the highlights of the University’s EUSEW events. Over 200 people attended a number of Energy Days hosted by The University of Nottingham this June, which contributed towards the success of EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) 2015. EUSEW, an initiative of the European Commission, was set …

PGR Teaching Awards 2015

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

Some tips for the UKCAT

With the UKCAT coming up soon, we thought we’d repost a quick reminder of what to expect! Hi, it’s TJ again, and today I’m going to give some quick tips on yet another part of the admissions process: the UKCAT. Hopefully you’ve already found out if you need to take the UKCAT and booked yourself …

King John @ Shakespeare’s Globe

The final performance of the Globe’s King John (claimed by Dominic Dromgoole to be the last Shakespeare play to receive a production at the theatre, although he is clearly excluding more recent attributions) took place on a sweltering summer evening and was punctuated by fainting. With the play’s religious ritual foregrounded through canopies and incense, …

Catullus 16, Money for Nothing, and the value of art

By Helen Lovatt.   My son is discovering the music of the past via Spotify. Last week he said: ‘Let’s listen to the one with “chips for free”. I really like that one.’ After some discussion and quotation of lines (‘We gotta move these refrigerators’) it became apparent that he meant Money for Nothing by Dire …

UNMC Team Wins IEM Research Paper Competition

By DOMINIC CHWAN YEE FOO Two postgraduate and an undergraduate students of chemical engineering won the 2015 Research Paper Competition, organised by the Chemical Engineering Technical Division of the Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (CETD, IEM).  This competition was held in conjunction with the Asian Pacific Confederation of Chemical Engineering (APCChE) congress on 27 September – …

General Election 2015: Voters wrong, but still revealing

By Philip Cowley. As part of the preparation for The British General Election of 2015, I have been playing around with the latest wave of the British Election Study … Read the rest

Blue-Green Cities Knowledge Exchange Workshop and Symposium, Ningbo China, 15-18th June 2015

Members of the Blue-Green Cities Research Consortium, including Prof Colin Thorne and Dr Emily Lawson, School of Geography, University of Nottingham (UoN), headed over to the Ningbo China Campus (UNNC) for a week of knowledge exchange, project dissemination, engagement with City officials and cultural learning. The Ningbo event, entitled Blue-Green Cities: Integrated Approaches to Urban …

Fare Well

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

Cupcakes and Canapés, oh my! The Award’s Celebration Event 2014-2015

  On 9 June 2015, we celebrated students’ achievements at this year’s Celebration Event! Held in the Great Hall on University Park, we welcomed students who have completed the Award as well as recognised the students who have achieved employer-supported prizes. From 3pm students, employers, module convenors and staff of the Careers and Employability Service …

Race and Rights: Charleston

In response to the murder of nine African Americans by a young white man at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, Professor Peter Ling of the Centre for Research in Race and Rights examines the surrounding history, political context and narrative. In classic English crime fiction, such as Agatha Christie, the recurrent plot …

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 …

UNNC and (Post-)Coloniality: Western Education and China

By Flair Shi, Currently Studying Comparative Literature (MA) at University College London, Graduate of the School of English University of Nottingham Ningbo, BA in English Language and Literature. As my enthusiasm for postcolonialism, and the popularity of the discipline, seem to be ever increasing and intensifying since the first day my dear professor in the …

June Reunions

  June has been a busy month for reunions on campus with alumni returning to visit old haunts and catch up with peers.   The Alumni Relations team supported alumni Dr Richard Azurdia and Dr Andy Hartog who arranged the Nottingham Medics Class of 1990 reunion on Saturday 6 June, to celebrate 25 years since qualification. …

A call for transparency in university admissions

Angela Nartey, policy officer at the University and College Union, takes a look at their new report which suggests an overhaul of the university application system using actual grades rather than predicted. The post A call for transparency in university admissions appeared first on Wonkhe.

Nottingham Life Cycle 5: The Vice Chancellor’s Blog

Way of the Roses: Bridlington to Morecambe This will be a different kind of Life Cycle blog, because this is a different kind of Life Cycle. Despite the plan for only one Nottingham Life Cycle, we have now completed four, and for four different causes. Together they have raised £1.5 million. All of us associated …

One hundred years of Roland Barthes

One of the most often quoted intellectuals of the twentieth century, Roland Barthes’s name resonates far beyond the French-speaking world – whether for his Marxist-semiotic analysis of the ideology of French consumer society (Mythologies, 1957), as one of the main representatives of structuralism, a linguistic-formalist approach to literature and other cultural phenomena, as a celebrator …

Another First at Filey Brigg

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

Strategy briefing – Advisors: Value Adding or Expensive Self Interest?

When Fred Goodwin spent £71bn of Royal Bank of Scotland’s money on ABN-AMRO in 2007 this was quite possibly the worst acquisition ever made. Although many would argue that the competition is particularly high in this respect! The acquisition effectively bust the bank, requiring the British Government to rescue it. Before doing the deal, Fred …

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 …

Get ready to move into the community!

It may seem a million miles away but we thought we would help you get ahead by devising a few quick tips that you can follow this summer to help you get ready for the new term.  This advice is aimed at any students moving out of halls into rented accommodation or from one house …

The Implicit Mind

Myself, Tom and Robin recently had the opportunity to attend this event on The Implicit Mind, at the Institute for Futures Studies in Stockholm. It was a great forum for scholars working on a range of topics to do with implicit cognition to make progress in thinking about the structure of implicit cognition. One of …

What’s happening in the MOOC space?

Back in summer 2013, when the University of Nottingham joined FutureLearn, the UK’s first private company developing Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), our strategy was to look and learn, and to experiment with different formats as we worked out what MOOCs could do for us. Two years on, we have identified two strategic drivers. First, …

Getting the Tax Man to Finance Your Business

This breakfast presentation delivered by Bob Berry (Boots Professor of Accounting and Finance) with guest speaker and  tax expert, Chris Bond (BDO’s Nottingham Office) highlighted the way in which the UK government uses the tax system to encourage specific types of capital and revenue expenditure, such as R&D spending, which are key elements in determining how …

Time to sign up for our CSR and sustainability masters degrees

If you’ve been considering the idea of studying for one of our masters degrees in CSR or sustainability, then now’s the time to make a decision and get your application in. The next intake for both courses begins in September, and you’ll need to get your forms in to us as soon as possible. Both courses …

The squiggly blue line

Naim Hage, final year PhD student reflects on his PhD journey. I just plucked out my first grey hair, which I am definitely attributing to doing a doctoral degree. After 3+ years of hard work, it’s scary exciting to know that I have only just scratched the surface of my discipline. As I steadily approach the …

Eight UNMC students advance into National Level of MGAC 2015

For this year’s Maybank Go Ahead Challenge (MGAC 2015), The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) became the first of 26 campuses in the region to host the Campus Level stage. Sixty participants from local universities – including two-thirds from UNMC – had demonstrated their business acumen in an entire-day challenge, held in various on-campus …

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 …

My top tips for working in the UK after graduation

Nottingham graduate Justin Loh, who is originally from Malaysia, works in the UK as an Engineering Graduate for East Midlands Trains. In this blog post, Justin shares his tips for applying for graduate jobs in the UK, and adapting to the British working culture. What is the best thing about working in the UK? I …

Harnessing technology in youth mental health

With the advent of technology, mobile phone applications (apps) have become an essential part of the everyday lives of most young people and offer exciting opportunities to support their mental health needs. A recent scoping review exploring the use of technology to deliver mental health services found that not only were they enthusiastically supported by …

Xi Jinping’s Pakistan visit: what’s left behind?

By Filippo Boni. The long-awaited visit has finally taken place. Xi Jinping’s first official visit abroad this year was to Islamabad, previously postponed due to the September 2014 dharna (sit-in) organised by Imran Khan’s PTI.  “I feel as if I am going to visit the home of my brother” said Xi Jinping ahead of his …

Feedback control of unsteady flows: using plasma to improve aircraft aerodynamics

Flow control is a fast growing multidisciplinary science aimed at altering a natural flow state into a more desired state, which could be chosen depending on control objectives (e.g. manipulation of flow separation and flow reattachment, drag reduction, noise suppression, etc.). It incorporates essential and non-trivial elements of fluid dynamics, numerical methods and control theory and this is …

Digital Time Travellers: MayFest 2015 at the Digital Humanities Centre.

MayFest, Saturday May 9th – what a great fun day at the Digital Humanities Centre! The University of Nottingham’s Annual Mayfest 2015 saw the DHC undergo a great transformation…that is, into our very own time-machine! The many visitors who joined us on Saturday (9th May) became time-travellers and were digitally transported to the lands of Greek and Roman antiquity, but not before …

Helping Creativity and Developing New Ideas and Perspectives in Support of Innovation

I heard recently that ‘innovation was often the result of the work of one or two men on their own’ -or something to that effect. There is no doubt that great individuals can have great ideas and deliver great innovations. Take Frank Whittle and the jet engine in my own area of research, aeroengine propulsion, …

The Man-Eating Wolves of Renaissance Italy

In 1516, the town of Varese Ligure in north-eastern Italy experienced an “invasion of wolves.”  Antonio Cesena (b. 1507), a local canon and historian, recorded in his Relatio dell’origine et successi della Terra di Varese (c 1550s) that “a great fear arose about wolves [that] began a new and unaccustomed war, not against herds and …

Doing things the French way

As silly as it sounds, one of the main challenges my fellow assistants and I have found is the different pace of life here in France. During the summer I experienced 5 weeks of living in a very traditional, French rural village and knew it was the norm for shops and café’s to have short …

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 …

Spring clean your job hunt!

By Megan Davies It may seem that between coursework, exams, thinking about your dissertation and eating all the chocolate that the Easter bunny brings, careers is the last thing on your mind at this time of year. However you have passed the mid-point of your course, and so the Easter break can be a useful …

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

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

Update – 12 March

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

Answering the big questions in climate change impacts science

This week, a team of environmental modellers from the School of Geography have been presenting their research at a major workshop on modelling climate change imapcts, at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), in Laxenburg, Austria. The team comprises of Dr Simon Gosling (Associate Professor of Climate Risk), Dr Nick Mount (Associate Professor …

LGBT History Month 2015 round-up

February 2015 saw fantastic LGBT History Month events take place across the University, including film screenings, public talks and more. @UoNResearch had the privilege to attend and live-tweet a number of these events, which we then collected and Storified. You can read through highlights from four talks and discussions below. The full programme for the month can …

Propaganda and Ideology in Everyday Life

The University of Nottingham and the British Library have joined forces to create a free online course looking at how propaganda and ideology fit in to everyday life. Ideology and propaganda make politics; they frame conflict and violence, affluence and aspiration. But what is the relationship between official ideology and everyday life? What makes propaganda ‘real’? …

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. …

Digitisation – The Method, the Mantra!

The digital era is bringing in sweeping changes to the way Indians teach and the way Indians learn, from school classrooms to university lecture halls. Although there is still some way to go, this mode of education is fast permeating even first generation learners in Indian villages, who are increasingly using mobile phone apps and …

Get a global local education

One of the biggest innovations in international higher education in the past 15 years or so has been the growth in international branch campuses. That is not to suggest that branch campuses are new – on the contrary, there is quite a history of universities (mostly private) establishing a presence beyond their home countries. But …

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 …

Exams are coming…

Naturally, the best way to prepare for exams is to know the course content, however the mental preparation is equally as important. Personally, I find that the more prepared I am, the less stressed I get. The most important thing is to know when and where your exams are. If it’s in a room or a building …

Underwater Archaeology in China

Last month I was in China as I was invited to present a paper at the First Ningbo Forum of Underwater Archaeology held to mark the opening of a new National Underwater Cultural Heritage Conservation Base in Ningbo and the official opening of the China Port Museum. As luck would have it Nottingham has a …

Looking back — video from the BHM events

So, Black History Month is over for another year… We’ve had a great range of events taking place — not just on campus but throughout the city as well. what was your favourite? Did you miss any? Well, the Department of American and Canadian Studies are very efficient. They videoed the majority of their events …

Shanghai 4 has started

We are the fourth cohort of PGCE I students to gather in Shanghai to do a four day face to face course to kick off out PCGEI- a masters-level qualification. There are 61 of us and we all work in International Schools across Asia- from Shanghai itself to Taiwan, Beijing and Korea. Some of us …

Skyscrapers, Mountains and Great Adventures; Studying Abroad at The University of Hong Kong

Sometimes being a little bit reckless has its benefits. When I first applied to study abroad for the autumn semester of my second year I didn’t really think it through. Entranced by glitzy images on the Lonely Planet website I applied to study abroad in Hong Kong. However, two months in I can safely say …

The VC’s Life Cycle 4 Blog: Day 17 – The LC4 Community Day

An unusual start to the day: a blog to finish as always, but no breakfast cramming, no mad dash to get kitted up and get off, no route planning; some riders were even reading newspapers after breakfast. A minibus collected us at 0830 to go from Perth to Edinburgh Airport, and after check in, first …

Placement student helps craft brewery to launch new pub

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

Physsoc goes to CERN

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

Soderbergh Goes Legit

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

Study and explore

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

Exploring images of snow and winter past

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

An end and a beginning

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

Food sovereignty in the UK

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

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

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

Perdana Fellows: the unofficial government spokesmen

“How would you maintain your professionalism if you were selected as a Perdana Fellow?” “And by professionalism, I am referring to the fact that you may not necessarily be a supporter of the current government.” That was a flavour of the sort of questions you would encounter in the interview for Malaysia’s most prestigious internship …

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

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

Malaysia plans to be the first Islamic financial superpower

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

Can the Chinese Workers Eat Apple?

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

Success, but not the top jobs – not yet anyway

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

Are you inspired by London 2012?

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

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

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

Representing and communicating uncertainty: climate change and risk

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

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

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