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March 2012

30 March 2012 - New book to examine the enduring influence of ancient Sparta
From the French Revolution and Nazi Germany, through the Cold War USA, and onwards to 21st century cinema screens and YouTube, ancient Sparta continues to resonate through Western thought, more than 2,000 years after the peak of its power......more

30 March 2012 - Sri Lankan Medical Association has its youngest President
Professor Vajira H. W. Dissanayake MBBS (Obstetrics and Gynaecology PhD 2004) has been inducted as President of the Sri Lanka Medical Association......more

29 March 2012 - Next-generation DNA sequencing to improve diagnosis for muscular dystrophy
Scientists at The University of Nottingham have used a revolutionary new DNA-reading technology for a research project that could lead to correct genetic diagnosis for muscle-wasting diseases......more

29 March 2012 - University of Nottingham strengthens links with Ethiopia
The University of Nottingham’s links with Ethiopia have been strengthened by a high-level visit from the African country......more

28 March 2012 - Universities of Nottingham and Birmingham celebrate first anniversary of landmark collaboration
Against a backdrop of the most challenging time in UK higher education for a generation, a landmark collaboration agreement between the Universities of Nottingham and Birmingham is celebrating a successful first year......more

28 March 2012 - Irish President to see complexities of Irish cultural life through art
Art and national identity are to be seen in a fresh light with the launch of Ireland on Show, exploring how Ireland displayed its art from the late eighteenth to the early 20th-century......more

27 March 2012 - Roadshow enjoys a surgical boost
The historic and fascinating setting of the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons in London provided a superb setting for the latest of our Talent Roadshows......more

26 March 2012 - Numerically-challenged consumers hit in the pocket by loans, new research shows
Consumers with poor financial skills pay over the odds for loans and are eight times more likely to use highly expensive credit such as payday loans and home credit, new research has revealed......more

26 March 2012 - Nottingham alumnus is guest speaker at memorial to one of Nottingham’s most distinguished writers
Master of British crime fiction and Nottingham alumnus John Harvey (American Studies MA 1979, Hon DLitt 2009) is to be the guest speaker at the Alan Sillitoe Memorial Lunch to remember the Nottingham author who was also an honorary graduate of the University......more


22 March 2012 - Student has high ambitions as Olympic qualification nears
University of Nottingham student and international high-jumper Isobel Pooley has her sights set on a place at London 2012 after taking gold at the BUCS Indoor Athletics Championships in Sheffield......more

21 March 2012 - Professor's kayak challenge to raise money for children's brain tumour research
Hurtling along the Thames in the dead of night is not everyone’s idea of a good time. But that’s exactly what Professor Kevin Shakesheff is doing to raise money for the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre (CBTRC)......more

20 March 2012 - May Fest 2012 – there’s simply so much to do!
Ever tried to make concrete with rice crispies, icing sugar and water? Could you make a paper aeroplane to rival the Faculty of Engineering’s Champion Paper Plane?  Have you ever taken part in a real-life philosophical argument......more

20 March 2012 - So you were good at sport while you were at the University eh?
So you were good at sport while you were at the University eh? Current University of Nottingham students want to see if you’ve still got what it takes. So put the weekend of 16th-17th June in your diary and clean the mud off your boots – the Alumni Sports Challenge Weekend is back......more

19 March 2012 - High praise for the University’s new Humanities Building
Broadcaster and former senior executive at the BBC Matthew Bannister (Law 1978, DLitt 2011) praised the University’s architectural policy as he officially opened the state-of-the-art Humanities Building, one of the most environmentally sustainable buildings in the East Midlands and part of the University’s £90m new-build programme......more

19 March 2012 - 100 international PhD scholarships — supporting research on two continents
The University of Nottingham is offering full PhD scholarships to talented individuals who wish to pursue careers developing world-changing energy technologies and finding new ways to harness the digital economy......more

16 March 2012 - First public concert for students and alumni performing together promises to be “truly sensational”.
“The academic year 2011/12 is a very special one for the University: it marks the launch of Impact the University’s major fundraising Campaign and it is also the 10th anniversary of the creation of Lakeside Arts Centre......more


15 March 2012 - Why do plant roots grow down and not up?
It is essential for roots to grow down so they can explore the soil and maximise their water uptake. But how they know that is a question that has fascinated scientists since Darwin......more

14 March 2012 - Nottingham Vice-Chancellor to lead major review of medical education
Professor David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham, has been appointed to lead a major independent review that will shape the way doctors are trained in the UK......more

14 March 2012 - Science uncovered — open day reveals all
Ever wanted to know what goes on behind the research laboratory door? Now is your chance to find out — especially if you are interested in animals and plants......more

13 March 2012 - Matthew Bannister returns to his old stomping ground at The University of Nottingham
The man credited with controversially turning around the fortunes of BBC Radio 1 in the 90s, attracting a new, younger audience, is to return to his old stomping ground to give a free public lecture......more

13 March 2012 - New book confronts homophobia
Research carried out by a sociologist at The University of Nottingham features in a new book which helps to explain how homophobia is defined and experienced across Europe......more

12 March 2012 - Nottingham’s Knight of Norway – Honour for University scientist
A University of Nottingham scientist has received a New Year's Honour with a difference...a Knight of the First Class from the King of Norway......

8 March 2012 - Making sure the food we grow is good enough to eat
Producing enough food to feed the world’s growing population is becoming a major concern. But making sure the food we grow is safe, nutritious and good enough to eat is also fraught with difficulty......more


7 March 2012 - Cutting off the oxygen supply to serious diseases
A new family of proteins which regulate the human body’s ‘hypoxic response’ to low levels of oxygen has been discovered by scientists at Barts Cancer Institute at Queen Mary, University of London and The University of Nottingham......more

6 March 2012 - Helping young people to reach their true potential
An ambitious new programme will help some of the most deprived young people in the East Midlands to reach university......more

6 March 2012 - Swound album is out now
Are they the greatest Nottingham alumni band of all time......more

5 March 2012 - Choral tribute to inspirational medical scientist
A leading medical scientist from The University of Nottingham Medical School is to be honoured by a new choral work commissioned in his memory......more

2 March 2012 - Archaeologists discover unique ‘wing’ shaped building
A unique ‘wing’ shaped building discovered close to the ancient capital of the Iceni in Norfolk is mystifying archaeologists......more

1 March 2012 - QRISK2 international app released for the iPhone/iPad
A new smartphone app designed to identify patients at risk of heart disease has been launched by researchers at The University of Nottingham and medical software company Clinrisk Ltd......more

1 March 2012 - I’ve just hired Sir Richard Branson!
A young entrepreneur and alumnus of The University of Nottingham has hired his business hero for a major event later this month......more


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