Power snack: insects and innovation in rural Africa

A  project aims to support rural communities in Nigeria to generate income from sustainable, nutritious insect-based snacks. The next step is creating innovative supply chains to allow production across Africa and beyond. Dr Jo Gould explains My interests lie in understanding the processing of sustainable ingredients. I am the technical lead for the Sustainable insect …

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 …

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. …

I’m so proud to be part of the outstanding technical team leading us back to campus 

Technical manager Joanne Green on the work behind the scenes to ensure Chemistry was among the first buildings to re-open I lead a team of technicians working within four teaching laboratories. The School of Chemistry recruits a high number of undergraduates and our teaching laboratories are usually running at full capacity, which means my team are working constantly to ensure the …

On track to reopen all major research facilities by September

COVID-19 update from Professor Dame Jessica Corner I am delighted to confirm that the University is on track to reopen all our major research facilities by the beginning of September. This is the result of tremendous hard work and a team effort in the truest sense, with colleagues coming together to tackle an unprecedented and …

Town halls and shaping our vision for research after COVID-19

Update from Professor Dame Jessica Corner Around 1,500 colleagues have so far participated in virtual town halls for researchers and I am delighted that these online forums are proving a success. The last town hall for the wider research community in the current series took place on Friday 17 July, when we asked attendees to …

The return of research to campus    

As the first phase of buildings on our UK campuses re-open, Professor Dame Jessica Corner visited researchers to find out more about their work and meeting the challenges ahead At the Advanced Manufacturing Building on Jubilee Campus, Dame Jessica was welcomed by Senior Research Technician Mark East and Professor Richard Hague of the Centre for Additive Manufacturing, …