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Proud as punch

Our talented community of staff, students and alumni make our University an inspiring place to be. Here are 10 things that have made us really proud this year:
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Our top 10 highlights include: 

1. Transforming learning across the world

An innovative education app, based on University of Nottingham research to transform how children across the world learn. It caught the eye of judges at the Elon Musk-sponsored XPrize competition, jointly winning the multi-million dollar prize.

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2. Fighting for the Rights of others 

Our Rights Lab has become an integral partner in the new cutting-edge Policy and Evidence Centre for Modern Slavery and Human Rights launched by the UK Government. The centre brings together academics, businesses and NGOs to strengthen the UK’s response to modern slavery.

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“From its inception in late 2016, the Rights Lab has been crafted to address the pressing challenge set by the UN to end modern slavery by 2030. Our research, outreach and impact across all five of our university faculties has created a truly transdisciplinary response to this urgent problem.
Professor Todd Landman, Rights Lab Executive Director and Pro Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Social Sciences

3. Engaging with our communities

Associate Professor Dr Khoo Gaik hosted a series of events in Malaysia to engage with local communities on current and future trends of Malaysian cuisine, from sustainability and environmental challenges to culinary creativity with local ingredients.

Dr Erica Brasil, Jose Rinaldo Soares de Souza and Manuela Santos-Green - one of the portraits now hanging in our new photographic exhibition in the Trent Building.

4. Celebrating our global diversity 

Following on from our successful Women at Nottingham exhibition last year, we have unveiled a new photographic portrait series, ‘Celebrating our International Colleagues’, in the Trent Building to recognise the outstanding contribution of international staff at Nottingham.

View the portraits in our exhibition >

In light of Brexit, in March we also held a celebration event to acknowledge the achievements of our European staff and students, as part of our #WeareUoN campaign. 

More about our European staff and student event >

5. Bringing policy and research to life 

We launched our Institute for Policy and Engagement, helping to put our academics and research at the forefront of shaping public policy and debate.

Visit the Institute for Policy and Engagement >

We also invited the public to experience our research first-hand, welcoming thousands of people to University Park Campus at our family-friendly open day, Wonder, this June.


6. Celebrating 15 years of the University of Nottingham, Ningbo China

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China marked its 15th anniversary in April with a series of special events to celebrate 15 years of transforming lives locally, nationally and internationally. 

Celebrating 15 years of transforming lives >


7. Alumni and staff achievements recognised by Royalty

Nottingham academics and alumni were among those recognised with awards in the Queen’s Birthday and New Year Honours.

Professor Melanie Lang and Professor Stacy Johnson received MBEs, Rosie Tressler (English and History, 2011) received an OBE, and Professor Harminda Dua received a CBE.


Congratulations to Professor Liz Sockett on becoming the University of Nottingham's first female scientist to be elected a Royal Society Fellow.

8. Royal Society honours for two leading scientists   

Two inspirational Nottingham scientists have been recognised by the Royal Society. Professor Liz Sockett has become the first female University of Nottingham scientist to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff was awarded the Michael Faraday Prize for his inspirational Periodic Table of Videos series.

Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, President of the Royal Society, said“The Royal Society gives an array of medals and awards to scientists who have done exceptional, ground-breaking work. This year, it is again a pleasure to see these awards bestowed on scientists who have made such distinguished and far-reaching contributions in their fields. I congratulate and thank them for their efforts.”

9. Pioneering new approaches to energy production

The University of Nottingham Malaysia has embarked on an ambitious research project with Sarawak Energy on a hydroelectric power project in Borneo, bringing together academic and engineering expertise to develop responsible and sustainable energy production.

More about this research project >

10. Pushing the boundaries of research   

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China has established the Beacons of Excellence Innovation Institute, focusing on Smart Manufacturing, Green Chemicals and Energy, and Life Science and Healthcare, to help meet local development goals. 


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