University’s largest ever funding award for UK’s most powerful MRI scanner

Update from Professor Dame Jessica Corner The University of Nottingham, the birthplace of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), has received its largest ever funding award to establish the UK’s most powerful MRI scanner. The £29.1m award, from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), will establish a national scanning facility to help the UK lead the world in …

Conducting ethical research remotely: a silver lining of learnings from the Covid-19 pandemic

Helen McCabe introduces the Remote Research Toolkit, built to help researchers overcome challenges such as the pandemic and engage with often vulnerable groups in ethical and innovative ways. At the end of 2019, our team were excitedly planning a project aimed at supporting survivors of human trafficking in Kenya to take control of their own …

Thanking our remarkable colleagues for their contribution to REF 2021

We cannot underestimate the contribution of hundreds of colleagues who helped deliver our Research Excellence Framework 2021 results, where we placed 7th in the UK for Research Power* and improved on all measures. Delivering our submission in March 2021 was a huge team effort and many years of work are represented in the material we …

REF2021 results: congratulations and thank you

Update from Professor Dame Jessica Corner Results from REF2021 yesterday reaffirmed the University of Nottingham’s reputation as one the UK’s leading research universities. I am grateful to colleagues from across our university who made our submission possible and helped deliver our very good set of results. This include academics, research support teams, postgraduate research students, …

Invitation: research culture workshops 16-26 May

Update from Professor Dame Jessica Corner I am delighted to invite you to join the next stage in our ambitious project to transform research culture at the university. Research culture workshops take place between 16 and 26 May. Sign up for a research culture workshop These one-hour, open discussions will explore emerging themes and findings …

Ending links with Russia universities – guidance for researchers

Update from Professor Dame Jessica Corner Following Vice-Chancellor Professor Shearer West’s announcement on ending all formal links with universities in Russia, colleagues in Research and Innovation have produced guidance for researchers and teams who may be affected by this decision. It includes advice and support on ending current research projects, bilateral agreements, memoranda of understanding …

Lifting of Covid restrictions and anticipating new challenges

Research update by Professor Dame Jessica Corner The government has announced that the national legal restrictions put in place to limit the transmission of Covid-19 will be lifted over the coming weeks. Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Andy Long has this week communicated what this means for our university. Our research has been back at full capacity …

My thanks and a look ahead to 2022

Season’s greetings from Professor Dame Jessica Corner Welcome to my final research update of 2021. It feels particularly tough to be writing this as we face new challenges in getting through the pandemic and as we return to scenario planning for different eventualities. But there is also room for optimism. We continue to help drive …

Arts researchers double triumph at university Oscars

I’m delighted to share that Dr Heike Bartel (Cultures, Languages and Area Studies) won the THE Award for Research Project of the Year: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. In a ceremony last night, Heike was recognised for her work to raise awareness of eating disorders in males. The project ‘Hungry for Words’ has generated new resources …

Our message of hope at COP26: research can truly change the world

COP26, the United Nations Climate Conference, opens in Glasgow on 1 November, and I will be proud to lead a small delegation from our university at this incredibly important event. We will carry a message of hope. We face the greatest challenge of our time yet a common purpose and shared determination to deliver innovative, …