Government's top scientist visits University of Nottingham

19 Nov 2009 12:28:00.000

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The Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser visited The University of Nottingham to find out about the world-leading research taking place on campus.


Professor John Beddington — who reports directly to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet — was on a fact-finding visit to the University in his role as the head of the Government Office for Science.


He met academics carrying out cutting-edge research in the fields of global food security, bioenergy, clean fossil energy, carbon capture, climate change and other areas in which The University of Nottingham is leading the way. His visit, on November 18th, took him to the Sutton Bonington campus and to University Park, where he met the Vice-Chancellor Professor David Greenaway.

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Professor Beddington was invited to the University by Professor Greenaway, to see first-hand the role Nottingham is playing in helping to meet ambitious national targets on the environment and climate change.


Professor Beddington was appointed as Government Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA) in January 2008, and as such heads the Government Office for Science. The Government Office for Science is part of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), and exists to ensure that Government policy and decision-making is underpinned by robust scientific evidence and long-term thinking.


Professor Beddington reports to the Prime Minister and Cabinet and works with all Government departments. He also heads the science and engineering profession in government. He has been adviser to a number of government departments, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Department for International Development, the Ministry of Defence and the Cabinet Office.


He has acted as a senior adviser to several government and international bodies, including the Australian, New Zealand and US Governments, the European Commission, the United Nations Environment Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organisation.


Professor Chris Rudd, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Knowledge Transfer, said: “We were delighted to be able to show Professor Beddington a snapshot of our research activities in a number of very important areas. We will be using this opportunity to stimulate dialogue between the University and key Government departments, to show the contribution that we can make to tackling some of the biggest research challenges of the 21st century.”


The University of Nottingham has recorded record research awards for each of the last five years and a total of £140m in 2008/9. The total research portfolio exceeds 2,100 research projects, with a total value of in excess of £400m.


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Nottingham was ranked 7th in the UK in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008 in terms of research power, in recognition of the international impact, sustainability and synergy of its research. More than 90 per cent of research at Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.


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Notes to editors: 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 the Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings.


More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.


The University 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.


Nottingham was designated as a Science City in 2005 in recognition of its rich scientific heritage, industrial base and role as a leading research centre. Nottingham has since embarked on a wide range of business, property, knowledge transfer and educational initiatives ( in order to build on its growing reputation as an international centre of scientific excellence. The University of Nottingham is a partner in Nottingham: the Science City.


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