Transport: We are already late to the party

David Grant is a Professor of Materials in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham. He is also Director of the University of Nottingham’s Beacon in Propulsion Futures: a cross faculty initiative integrating over 100 researchers from different disciplines.   To quote Bob Dylan “the times they are a changin’ ” and perhaps …

Energy- A Universal Challenge?

A guest post by Ben Robinson, a PhD student within the Food, Water, Waste Research Group. Ben discusses his recent work in Nepal and the social, environmental and economic intersections he found there.  Energy and sustainability are like peanut butter and jam, fish and chips or eggs and bacon (for you bacon lovers out there), they …

Technicians and sustainability

Guest post by Lee Hibbett, Senior Research Support Technician in the School of Pharmacy.  I have worked for many years at the University in medicinal chemistry labs and I have always been passionate about sustainability. Unfortunately not much was done in my area on this until I was asked to join the University’s WasteNott working …

Understanding the mimicry and biological significance of hoverflies

Ria Anadkat, 4th year Zoology MSci student, outlines her research looking at the behaviour of some of the #beastsofuon.    A vast number of insect species observed throughout the UK tend to be overlooked – hoverflies often fall victims to this. In actual fact, these flies are indispensable when it comes to pollination, and the …

£100k awarded to sustainability projects

If you have a great idea for a sustainability-related project but need funding to make it happen, the Environment Initiative Fund may be the solution! Each year, the University’s Sustainability and Environment Committee awards around £100,000 to student or staff-led sustainability projects. Applications are now open for 2017/18. In the 2016/17 academic year 14 bids …

From sustainable development to planetary health; rethinking the relationship between health and the environment

Dr Linda East reflects on the relationship between health and the environment As a lecturer in the School of Health Sciences, I have long been interested in health and sustainable development (SD).  However, I had become increasingly uncomfortable with quoting the usual definition of SD in my lectures, that ‘Sustainable development is development that meets the …

Career profile: Naghman Khan

First in a series of guest posts from alumni working in the field of sustainability, Naghman Khan talks about his career path. Dr Naghman Khan studied BSc Physics at UCL, MSc Environmental Technology at Imperial College then came to The University of Nottingham for his PhD and Post Doc. What is your role, how long have you …

Do you have a sustainability challenge for MSc students?

Do you have a sustainability challenge and wish to partner with a leading Centre for Sustainability and Social Responsibility in Europe? The ICCSR at the Nottingham University Business School is a leader in responsible business and sustainability research and teaching in Europe, and as part of our MSc in Sustainability offering, we run an experiential …

International Sustainable Campus Network Conference 2015 (Day 2)

Regional Perspectives on Global Change Andy Nolan continues his coverage of the ISCN conference: John Robinson, Assoc Provost, Sustainability, University of British Columbia opened the morning’s dialogue session with a positive challenge to delegate, showing how, as a sizeable organisation with single ownership, a public mandate and an those around teaching and research, there is no …

International Sustainable Campus Network Conference 2015

The International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) recently held it’s 9th annual conference at The University of Hong Kong. The theme of the conference was “Expanding the Dialogue: Sustainability in a Connected World”. The conference brought together experts and practitioners from across the globe for cross-cutting communication and connection between higher education, business, government and civil …