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Aristophanes, feminism and enormous phalli

Old Attic comedian Aristophanes introduced me to ancient Greek dirty jokes. I spent many years of my early Classics education at school reading his plays and wondering how he got away with combining politics and filthy dialogue in 5th century B.C Athens. Last week I interviewed the man behind the first translation of Aristophanes I …

Taking shelter in Nottingham city centre

Architecture students from The University of Nottingham have constructed their pavilion built from shipping pallets in Market Square, Nottingham. The creative and sustainable way of helping us shelter from the elements is the work of 2nd year students in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment. Originally built for this year’s Ecobuild Exhibition –  the world’s …

How did Nottingham do at the BUCS white water race

Last weekend saw the annual BUCS white water race up in North Yorkshire on the river Washburn. Tommy Mortberg, University of Nottingham Team Captain, gives his report of the highs and lows.  Paddles at the ready! The BUCS white water race is a kayaking competition where your objective is simply to paddle down the assigned stretch of river as …

8-13 June: The big stories

To celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and 60 years on the throne, The University of Nottingham is planting 60 special ‘Diamond Woods’ in south Nottinghamshire close to our Sutton Bonington Campus. There’s also research news concerning a novel porous material that has unique carbon dioxide retention properties, which could have an impact on new carbon …

Student athletes excel in Olympic Stadium

Three sports bursars led an outstanding effort from The University of Nottingham at the BUCS Visa Outdoor Athletics Championships this weekend. Held at the 2012 Olympic Stadium in London, 10,000 metre runner Ian Kimpton and high jumper Isobel Pooley secured gold medals, while Kike Oniwinde secured a bronze in a highly competitive women’s javelin competition. …

Brunei comes to Nottingham for a day of student sport

Hundreds of students from Brunei will be putting on their sports gear this Saturday for a day of competition as part of the BruNotts Easter Games (BEG). The Games were first organised in 2003 to bring together Bruneian students from institutions across the UK and Ireland for a range of sporting events. Students will compete at …

YouTube sensation: Nottingham students’ vortex cannon video goes viral

Fancy checking out a video of University of Nottingham students playing with a homemade vortex cannon? If the answer’s yes – you’re not alone. In the last two days, the video from University Radio Nottingham’s The Science Show has leapt from around 30,000 views to well over 250,000. To see exactly why so many people have …