April: take five

This month, in no particular order we are celebrating, calling, podcasting, networking and eventing!

Catch up with the latest leg of our ongoing Nottingham University Business School (NUBS) celebrations with more successful events in China.

You can find out why some of you will be receiving a special phone call from one of our current students as part of a new campaign.

There's also a milestone in the operational life of one of our world-leading cancer research machines, a heads-up for the upcoming SB Fest at Sutton Bonington and finally, make sure you subscribe to the new series of our School of Economics Econverse podcast.

Trent Building and lake.

1. Student telephone campaign picks up

In 2023 alone, nearly 3,000 of you donated to one of our fundraising causes; scholarships for deserving students, university medical research, the Cascade programme and student mental health.

And so to this month, where a telephone campaign has kicked off to say a big thank you! Around 800 of our wonderful donors have been selected to receive a special call from students Mirabel or Fatima (pictured), between April and July. The callers will be sharing how they're getting on at Nottingham and asking our donors about their motivations for supporting the university.

Reading this and feeling a little FOMO? See how you can support Nottingham too.

2024 student telephone campaign callers Mirabel and Fatima

2. 50 not out for revolutionary intra-operative MRI scanner

During April the university joined forces with Nottingham Hospitals Charity to celebrate a milestone half century in the life of the QMC's intra-operative MRI (iMRI) scanner.

The revolutionary £2.9m machine was installed after a fundraising campaign in 2020 (contributed to by university supporters) - it allows for a patient to be scanned and then operated on almost immediately, speeding up the efficiency of brain tumour treatment.

To mark the iMRI's 50th scan we invited guests to the facility to learn more about its successes to date, a few images from which are below.

3. Pick up the Econverse-ation

Fresh from a successful first run, the student-led podcast from the School of Economics is back for a second series. Econverse brings together business moguls, policy makers and change agents from banking and consultancy, government and policy, international organisations, not for profits and research institutes, think tanks and more.

Season two has a brand new six-strong student team, who produce the podcast in partnership with our Faculty Alumni Volunteering Manager and interview a range of staff and alumni guests.

So far the team has dropped episodes with Rupal Patel (Economics and International Economics, 2013), Senior Private Secretary to the Deputy Governor for Markets, Banking and Resolution at the Bank of England and Luke McWatters (Economics and Econometrics, 2022), an Assistant Econometrician at the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

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4. Join us for this year's SB Fest

The annual event celebrating all things Sutton Bonington will be taking place this coming weekend on Saturday 5 May between 3pm and 11pm.

What's in store? Among other things, there will be a dog show, live music, beer festival, discovery zone, dairy farm tour, farmers' market and outdoor games.

Entry costs £5 per person, and children under 12 can enter for free. Tickets are not available in advance and can be purchased on entry.

After raising nearly £7,000 for LOROS hospice and Cancer Research UK last year, this year's event is donating money raised to LOROS hospice and Meningitis Research Foundation.

Find out more >

5. NUBS on tour 2024 - China!

Rounding up our recent global events, at the end of March we landed in China.

Past and future Nottingham University Business School (NUBS) students attended our 'Connecting Talents' events in Beijing - where we were honoured to have esteemed alumna Dr Deng Yaping, 18-time World Champion and four-time Olympic gold medal winner, join us as a guest speaker - and Shanghai. 

We also welcomed alumni to our informal networking event in Shenzhen, with Head of Alumni Volunteering Tiffany Howard leading a good old fashioned Nottingham pub quiz! A few photos from the events are below.