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Baroness Young of Hornsey OBE is made an Honorary Professor

Baroness Young of Hornsey OBE has accepted an Honorary Professorship with the Rights Lab and the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham. Baroness Young is an author, former actress and member of the House of Lords. In 2004 she was appointed an independent Crossbench member of the House of Lords …

Aretha Franklin, 1942-2018

Holy Moses, I have been deceived Now the wind has changed direction and I’ll have to leave —‘Border Song’ by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, covered by Aretha Franklin on her Young, Gifted and Black album, 1972 Aretha Franklin’s breathtaking musicianship and unsurpassed ability to captivate and move listeners need no further elaboration from me. …

Modern Day Slavery and Survivor Voices with the Maasai Cricket Warriors

Members of the public are invited to learn more about how modern slavery is impacting their own communities in Nottingham. ‘Modern Day Slavery and Survivor Voices’, is a day-long event being held at the Holy Trinity Church in Lenton in Nottingham on 22 August from 9.10am- 3pm. The event is part of the famous Maasai …

British Academy honours Professor Judith Still

Judith Still, Professor of French and Critical Theory, has been elected as a Fellow to the British Academy. Professor Still, of the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, joins a record 76 academics elected in recognition of their achievements in the humanities and social sciences. This is the largest cohort of new Fellows elected …

2018 Global Slavery Index launches at the United Nations Headquarters

A team from the University of Nottingham has worked on the government response assessment for the new edition of the Global Slavery Index, which was launched today at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Produced by the Walk Free Foundation, the Global Slavery Index provides data for measuring progress on achieving the United Nations’ …

How is the UK tackling the dirty world of the hand car wash?

Dr Akilah Jardine, a Research Associate in the Rights Lab, is carrying out research into hand car washes (HSWs). This type of set-up has attracted a lot of attention in the UK over recent months as investigations by law enforcement bodies have unearthed numerous labour, employment, health and safety, and environment violations. Here, Dr Jardine …

Nottingham Professor receives highest academic honour in Northern Ireland

Professor Thomas O’Loughlin from the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Nottingham has been appointed an Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy. The Academy has been honouring Ireland’s leading contributors to the world of learning since its establishment in 1785. Members are elected for their exceptional contribution to the sciences, …

Global success for TV documentary

A Nottingham expert in underwater archaeology 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. The National Geographic documentary Drain the Sunken Pirate City follows Dr Jon Henderson, from the …

New project will explore exploitation in hand car washes

A new collaborative study between the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham and the UK’s Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner (IASC) will look at labour exploitation in hand car washes. Hand car washes have been a high profile sector with numerous media reports describing endemic exploitation and modern slavery. However, as yet there is no definitive …

Nottingham Stands Against Slavery

Dr Alison Gardner from the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham has picked up a national award for her work in helping to tackle modern slavery in Nottingham. Dr Gardner received the Marsh Award for Community Activism in Combating Slavery for an event she ran at the University last June, in partnership with Unchosen, …