Research and Innovation



Networking events

Our sandpits are aimed at all academic, resarch and technical staff. UNICAS also works with the Graduate School to run sandpits for PhD and early Career Researchers. Attendees can go on to apply for up to £15k.

Equipment events

UNICAS are pleased to support the promotion of equipment and analysis facilities around the university, particularly to encourage new users.  Get in touch with us to find out how we can support your facility.


UNICAS events for 2017 / 2018

EventsDate Time Location 
Transformative Technologies 18th October 2017 12:30 - 16:00


Health & Wellbeing 6th December 2017 12:30 - 16:00 C2505, South Block, Med School
Sustainable Societies 17th January 2018 12:30 - 16:00 GSK Centre for Sus Chem, JC
UNICAS @ Graduate School Sandpit 8th November 2017 12:30 - 16:00 ESLC, UP
UNICAS @ Graduate School Sandpit 24th January 2018 12:30 - 16:00 The Barn, SB

 UNICAS sandpits are informal events where delegates can;

  • showcase their expertise
  • hear about the research projects of others
  • discuss specific research challenges & find solutions to these
  • network & establish new collaborations

Each delegate will be given the opportunity to present one-slide-in-one-minute to either highlight their expertise, research interest, potential area for collaboration and/or research problem.

Delegates will then be able to apply for funding for an interdisciplinary research project which results from the sandpit (the amount of funding available is dependent on which sandpit the delegate has attended see below).

UNICAS Sandpit - for all academic, research, & technical staff

Maximum £15,000 per project, to run for 4 months from 1st April.


UNICAS @ Graduate School Sandpit - for 2nd year and above PhD students, and Early Career Researchers*

*Please note: those not eligible for this sandpit are: Professors, Assistant Professors, Associate Professors and technical staff

Maximum £5,000 per project, to run for 4 months from 1st April

For more information about the Graduate School Sandpits, and to book your place, please click on the link to the right.

For templates and more information regarding the application process please visit the Information page.


Equipment events

Picture of a High Performance Computer

Please see below for previous UNICAS supported events.


Previous Events:

High Performance Computer HPC Conference 2015 - 22nd January 2015

Raman Microscopy & Spectroscopy Symposium - 29th June 2015

High Performance Computer HPC Conference 2016 - 13th January 2016

High Performance Computer HPC Conference 2018 - 3rd May 2017

If you would like to talk to us about supporting your event, please get in touch with our Project Manager.


Research and Innovation

East Atrium, Jubilee Conference Centre
Jubilee Campus
Nottingham, NG8 1DH

telephone: +44 (0) 115 748 4555
fax: +44 (0) 115 823 2181