September 17, 2013, by Zoë Goodwin

News from the week in brief

Very brief

Last week we were rather busy here in the press office – here’s what happened. Last Thursday, BBC Radio 5 Live dedicated 12 hours of programming to the national energy debate in ‘Energy Day’ at which Nottingham experts played a key part. Nottingham’s School of Contemporary Chinese Studies awarded its first honorary professorship to Professor Xuexuan Wu. Senior university managers and leaders are preparing to gather at UNNC for an international conference for managing global universities. Jilin University, one of China’s leading and largest universities donated a unique set of books about Chinese culture to Nottingham University. And finally, 21 Nottingham students, who completed a unique training course in the design of integrated circuits, have all been offered jobs by Sondrel.

Carry on reading for more on these stories and click on the links for the full press releases.


Energy dayA 5m diameter Energy Bag™ was one of the most imposing displays by the Nottingham team at BBC Radio 5 Live’s ‘Energy Day’. A machine capable of measuring the methane emissions from cows was belching out information on their energy efficiency. And the Engineering Faculty’s new hydrogen powered van was also on display. The event transformed the piazza outside the BBC studios at MediaCity in Salford into an energy showcase for renewable energy with various forms of power including solar, wind, bio and kinetic on display.

To read more about the ‘Energy Day’, click here.

Professor Xuexian Wu, who has just received the first honorary professorship from the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, is a well-known writer and professor at the South Honarary professorshipUniversity of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, China. The award was made in recognition of Professor Wu’s outstanding achievements in the field of Chinese & English literature and her special contribution to the research on the history of China Resources Company (Holdings) Limited, the first company of the Chinese Communist Party. Professor Wu’s links with The University of Nottingham date back to 1993 when she was a visiting scholar studying and working in the School of Education. Earlier this year, she gave a themed talk on ‘Gratitude and Giving back’ in the University’s Si Yuan Centre.

To read about the impact of Professor Wu’s research click here.

Ningbo-campus1-Cropped-445x124The third International Leadership Conference: Managing Global Universities will be taking place from 4-7 November and will provide practical advice and guidance for senior managers and leaders of universities worldwide who intend to develop a strong global presence. The intensive programme is designed by professional managers responsible for planning and running the University’s campuses in Asia and builds on Nottingham’s strengths as a successful research-led UK university with an excellent reputation for international leadership and management.

To find out more about this event and who will be attending, click here.

Nottingham University last week received a unique donation of books from Jilin University in China. The books, which were donated to the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies Jilin1-Cropped-445x124provide a modern and comprehensive study of Chinese culture and history. The donation of books was made during a visit by Jilin University’s Chairman, Professor Dewen Chen, who said: “It is a great honour to visit The University of Nottingham. Apart from the current existing collaborations in the field of Engineering and Science, I am also looking forward in collaborating further in Humanities and Social Sciences, in order to promote all-round strategic partnerships.”

To learn more about the University’s collaboration with Jilin University, click here.

Sondrel-IC-students-2013-Cropped-445x124bSondrel, a British based integrated circuits (IC) design services consultancy for the semiconductor industry, identified that there was a shortage of skilled IC designers in China and approached UNNC for support in developing a bespoke course, aimed at plugging the skills gap. 21 students completed this unique training course and have now all been offered jobs by Sondrel. Speaking about the course, Professor Chris Rudd, Pro-Vice Chancellor for External Engagement, said: “This first IC training programme has proven to be very successful, and we are very much looking forward to partnering with Sondrel to run other such programmes in the future, providing many more talented students with the skills required by the rapidly growing Chinese Integrated Circuit industry.”

To find out more about this course, click here.


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