Royal Television Society award for Nanotechnology film

03 Nov 2008 11:00:00.000

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A film commissioned by The University of Nottingham to help explain the science behind nanotechnology has won a prestigious Royal Television Society award.


‘NanoWhat? Totally tiny technology’, made by Nottingham film-making company VPoint.TV and funded by the East Midlands Development Agency (emda), is a colourful exploration of the uses to which nanotechnology is already being put — and how it is becoming increasingly ubiquitous in the 21st century world.


The film also highlights the contribution being made in this field by scientists and engineers at The University of Nottingham and the region’s other universities, whose cutting-edge research is helping to push back the boundaries of nanotechnology and develop new applications in a wide range of areas.

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The film was seen by 24,000 people who visited the 2008 East Midlands Nanotechnology Roadshow, which toured the region earlier this year to help spread the message about how this tiny science is increasingly being used in sports, clothing, electronics, engineering, motoring, medicines and forensics.

Professor Clive Roberts, Professor of Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology at The University of Nottingham, said: “We’d like to congratulate VPoint.TV on the award. The University has been really delighted at the success of the film, which has made a difficult science accessible to the general public. It’s had a huge impact, and we’ve had nothing but positive feedback.”

The 2008 East Midlands Nanotechnology Roadshow brought together nanotechnology knowledge and expertise from the region’s eight universities and local authorities. It was organised by The University of Nottingham and funded through emda's £6 million STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) initiative.

Professor Chris Rudd, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Knowledge Transfer and External Relations, said: “Nanotechnology is already having a huge impact on our lives and scientists and engineers in the East Midlands are playing a leading role in that, which is why we think it's so important to spread the message as wide as possible. The University of Nottingham regards public outreach as a core activity and it is excellent that this film — which works well on so many levels — has been recognised by the Royal Television Society."

The ‘NanoWhat?’ film was awarded ‘Best Corporate/Non-Broadcast Programme’ at the prestigious Royal Television Society Midland Centre Awards in Birmingham, which are held annually to ‘recognise production excellence and creativity’ in both broadcast and non-broadcast programming. Royal Television Society regional awards honour the very best in programmes that have been produced in the Midlands.

Ian Sterling, Founder of VPoint.TV, said: “We’re very proud to have been recognised by such a prestigious organisation. It’s a tribute to all the hard work and skill our team puts into every film we make.”

To download the film, and for other interactive features, go to

Further information is available at VPoint.TV’s website:

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PICTURES are available — please call Tim Utton, University of Nottingham Communications Office, on 0115 8468092, or email

The picture (above) shows, l-r: Cynthia Onions, Head of Employment, Learning and Skills, emda; Professor Clive Roberts, University of Nottingham; Rebecca Lawson, Producer, VPoint.TV; Ian Sterling, Managing Director, VPoint.TV.

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emda/Nano Roadshow:

•    The Nano Roadshow was funded through emda’s STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths ) programme.  Launched in early 2008, it marks a £6m investment over three years in a range of projects to support the development of STEM skills in the East Midlands and increase the level of understanding of STEM.
•    emda is one of nine Regional Development Agencies in England, set up in 1999 to bring a regional focus to economic development.
•    Working in partnership with public, private and voluntary organisations the aim is to deliver the 2006 Regional Economic Strategy (RES) ‘A Flourishing Region’, which sets out regional priorities until 2020.
•    The RES, coordinated by emda, highlights the themes of productivity, sustainability and equality and builds on the previous two strategies; ‘Prosperity Through People’ and ‘Destination 2010’.
•    In early 2007 the National Audit Office announced emda had received the highest possible grade of 'performing strongly' in an independent assessment of our work — scoring 22 out of 24.
•    For more details visit

VPoint.TV, known originally as Vantage Point, was established in 1987 by Ian Sterling.  With a team of seven creative practitioners, VPoint TV creates about 80 films annually for organisations and businesses including National Deaf Children’s Society, Wilkinson, Hillary’s, Experian, Eon, Boots, Ferrari Owners Club, Nottingham City Homes and EM Crossroads.

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.

It 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.
Its students are much in demand from 'blue-chip' employers. Winners of Students in Free Enterprise for four years in succession, and current holder of UK Graduate of the Year, they are accomplished artists, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, innovators and fundraisers. Nottingham graduates consistently excel in business, the media, the arts and sport. Undergraduate and postgraduate degree completion rates are amongst the highest in the United Kingdom.

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More information is available from Professor Clive Roberts , School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham, on +44 (0)115 9515048,; Clare Baker, Media and PR Manager, emda, +44 (0)115 988 8583,; Sally Reynolds, VPointTV, +44(0)115 969 3636,

Tim Utton

Tim Utton - Deputy Director of Communications

Email: Phone: +44 (0)115 846 8092 Location: University Park

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