Institute for Policy and Engagement launches

The Institute for Policy and Engagement has been unveiled to our colleagues across the University of Nottingham. This was a landmark for us, and celebrated our transition from a bright idea, first discussed three years ago, to a real thing, writes Director of the Institute Stephen Meek. It was tremendously exciting, and not a little humbling, to see …

Delivering the next generation of hydrogen research leaders 

Professor Gavin Walker, of the University of Nottingham’s Faculty of Engineering, is leading the new Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Hydrogen. Here he reflects on the challenges ahead.    Our low-carbon challenge   The UK has set a target of a 57% reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2032, and an 80% reduction by 2050.   Around 70% of our …

Researchfish 2019: get ready to report on the outcomes and impact of your funding 

Researchfish – the online platform that allows researchers to report to funders on the outcomes, outputs and impact of their discoveries – is an essential tool supporting the University of Nottingham’s growing focus on demonstrating the impact of our research. It provides funders with the information they require to measure research impact and report on …

£1.5m EPSRC fellowship for Professor Neil Champness

Neil Champness, Professor of Chemical Nanoscience, has been awarded a £1.5m Established Career Fellowship by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). EPSRC fellowships support exceptional individuals who are delivering the highest quality research to meet UK and global priorities. The award to Professor Champness recognises his world-leading research into molecular structures and will support the development …

2018: our year in research

As 2018 draws to a close, I reflect with pride on a year where our discoveries continue to transform lives and shape the future both in the UK and across the world. Next year I look forward to further building our knowledge exchange, positioning the University in readiness for REF 2021, and enhancing our international …

40 million slaves hidden in plain sight

Inside the Rights Lab, more than 100 University of Nottingham academics have created the world’s leading research platform for ending slavery. This Beacon of Excellence was created in response to target 8.7 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals: to end slavery in every corner of the world by 2030. Its data-driven research is informing the …

Long live the tomato

A world-first in genome sequencing and the University’s longstanding partnership with the biotechnology giant Syngenta has paved the way for a breakthrough that will transform the landscape of tomato breeding. The tomato is one of the most valuable fruit crops in the world, with an annual global value of more than $50bn. It’s an important …

Medical devices that bacteria can’t grip

In 2012, a team from the schools of Pharmacy and Life Sciences at the University of Nottingham discovered a bacteria-resistant material. Six years on, the project has taken that ground-breaking discovery and translated it into a CE-certified, bacteria-resistant catheter, which is being trialled in six hospitals across the UK. Morgan Alexander, Professor of Biomedical Surfaces, …

Safe arrival: Nottingham’s breakthrough in maternal monitoring   

Professor Barrie Hayes-Gill’s development of a novel wireless foetal monitoring device that’s being used around the world was recognised at the University’s Knowledge Exchange and Impact Awards 2018.   He received the Vice-Chancellor’s award for Sustained Excellence in Knowledge Exchange. Professor Shearer West, President and Vice-Chancellor, presented the award and she said: “Professor Hayes-Gill is an outstanding researcher and an inspirational figure. Throughout …