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 …

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, …

Launch of Biodiscovery Institute: celebrating our research and wonderful people

By Professor Chris Denning The University of Nottingham’s Biodiscovery Institute officially opens on Monday 6 September, when Vice-Chancellor Professor Shearer West will welcome around 100 guests including senior leaders from industry, funding bodies and government. We are honoured that Executive Chair of the Medical Research Council Professor Fiona Watt will formally open the institute and …

Technicians win sustainability award for reducing the impact of our labs on the environment

University technicians have been recognised by a waste industry leader for playing a key role in improving sustainability and reducing the impact of our labs on the environment. Enva, the University’s waste contractor, has awarded the Technical Sustainability Working Group (TSWG) a Love Recycling Award for its commitment to environmental improvements and sustainable waste management. …

Looking ahead after a difficult year and support for postgraduate research students

Update from Professor Dame Jessica Corner Research remains classified as an essential activity under the Tier 3 restrictions that came into force on Wednesday for Nottinghamshire. The steps we took in summer to make our buildings Covid-secure continue to protect our community and give us confidence in the safety of our on-campus research and teaching. …

Research remains our priority as the academic year begins

Update from Professor Dame Jessica Corner The start of the academic year is always a special time in the life of a university, and this week feels particularly significant. Thanks to the remarkable efforts of many hundreds of people we have welcomed staff and students back to our campuses. I’m sure I am not alone …

Our resilient researchers are rising to the challenge

COVID-19 update from Professor Dame Jessica Corner As our preparations for the start of the new academic session gather momentum I wanted to share with you highlights of our latest successes and developments in research. It is also very good to report that we expect our final research-related areas to be opening over the next …

It’s exciting to pull together and help make a difference in this pandemic

The Biodiscovery Institute’s Dr Ruth Griffin, one of the first researchers to return to the lab, reflects on her experiences as she continues vital work in developing vaccine platform technologies Most vaccines are injected but our delivery systems are designed for administration via mucosal routes such as the mouth or nose to target the natural …

Re-establishing and growing our research capacity as we return to campus

COVID-19 update from Professor Dame Jessica Corner I am delighted to share with you news that around 100 buildings have now reopened on our UK campuses. Thanks to a remarkable and concerted team effort, we are on course to achieve an ambitious goal of reopening nearly all our research buildings and facilities by early September. …