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Share your university wisdom ahead of Nottingham Ambition Giving Day

This year's Nottingham Ambition Giving Day on November 1-2 is inspired by our university motto 'A city is built on wisdom'.

So we're looking for the best piece of wisdom you learnt while at Nottingham, either philosophical or entirely practical! We'll be sharing these with students at our Welcome Fair and with the rest of the alumni community elsewhere online.

Giving Day 1-2 November 2023

Last year we were thrilled to see so many of you invest in hope and ambition with a generous gift. Thanks to 533 donors and over 50 ambassadors got involved and together we raised £101,244. 

This year, we’ll be celebrating achievements of the past and the possibilities of the future and thinking about the values championed in our university motto ‘A City is Built on Wisdom’.

So ahead of of this year's Giving Day on 1-2 November (mark your calendar!), we're looking for the best piece of wisdom you learnt while at Nottingham.

Some of your wisdom so far:

"If you’re planning to do an all-nighter in the libraries, I recommend Hallward. The beanbags are decently comfy for a power nap (stack two together)!"
Clarissa Anne Teo (International Media and Communication Studies, 2017)

"Choose your friends wisely – the people you meet at university could be in your life for a long time to come!”
Chloe Eyre (Psychology, 2015)

"Always be bold if wearing the green and gold."
Martin Cooper (Education, 1983)

"When times get tough, remember how you got here. Persistence, hard work, dedication. Nobody gave it to you. You earned it. And you have a great community around you to grow and become the great person you’re destined to be."
Octavio Hernandez (PhD Operations Research, 1998) 

"In the front of one of my psychology lab books, I wrote “Nihil ex nihilo fi t” – nothing comes from nothing. I have found it to be true in life: something always leads up to events. You can read it the other way round too: do nowt and you get nowhere!"
Hal Westhead (Psychology and Mathematics, 1974)

Share your Nottingham wisdom

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