How does a satellite transmit signals directly to your car? Why do some substances explode? What can artefacts from thousands of years ago tell us about human development? Why is maths essential to everyday life? And how important are social workers to the smooth-running of British society?
All these questions and more will be tackled at a special community Day of Exploration taking place on The University of Nottingham’s University Park campus on Saturday 25 April. Academic schools and departments are throwing open their classrooms and labs to the public, inviting then to explore and experience some of the groundbreaking teaching and research that takes place at the University everyday.
A series of events, workshops and demonstrations will take place throughout the day, including
• Tours of the Creative Energy Homes project — visit Green Close, where researchers are working with the construction industry to develop and build the eco-homes of the future
• Social Work Now — join in a lively debate on current issues in social work
• Thunder and Lightning: Chemistry for Life — a short demonstration lecture on chemical energy (unsuitable for those with a heart condition or children under the age of seven)
• From Molecules to Man: Explore how our bodies work — take a look round the University’s life science labs and chat to research scientists
• Maths, who needs it?! — Explore maths through casino games and puzzles
• From Parchment to Pixels — Try your hand as a medieval illuminator or learn how to trace your family history with the University’s Manuscripts and Special Collections Department
• SatNav: Myths and Realities — Use SatNav technology to design your own campus and take part in a SatNav treasure hunt.
Paul Grainge, Associate Professor in the University’s Institute of Film and TV Studies, will lead a mini-lecture and discussion on marketing and the movies as part of the day’s events. “The relationship between the University and the local community is mutually enriching, and the taster day will be a really enjoyable opportunity to meet, discuss, share and introduce ourselves,” he said.
The Lakeside Arts Centre will host cultural workshops throughout the day. From samba drumming and salsa dancing to story telling and an open arts studio, there will be plenty of chances to get creative. And if sport’s your thing, the University Sports Centre will be hosting archery, Taekwondo and swimming in the pool where Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington trains.
The Portland Building will also host stalls and stands giving out information on other University departments, such as the International Office and Human Resources. Local community groups — from Afrik to Eco-Works — will also be available on the day to answer your questions.
Sharon Clancy, Head of Active Communities, hopes that the Day of Exploration will encourage people from communities across the city and beyond to see The University of Nottingham and the research that takes place there as relevant to them. “This day is about creating new ways of working together with the community and sharing what the University does so well,” she said. “It will be fun and exciting but is also about developing on-going relationships.”
The Day of Exploration runs from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 25 April. All of the events are free and a full programme is available at www.nottingham.ac.uk/dayofexploration — some of the activities must be booked through the site.
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Notes to editors:
The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THE) World University Rankings.
More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.
The University provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's "only truly global university", it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation — School of Pharmacy), and was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.
Nottingham was designated as a Science City in 2005 in recognition of its rich scientific heritage, industrial base and role as a leading research centre. Nottingham has since embarked on a wide range of business, property, knowledge transfer and educational initiatives (www.science-city.co.uk) in order to build on its growing reputation as an international centre of scientific excellence. The University of Nottingham is a partner in Nottingham: the Science City.