Welcome to our blog, where we share news about upcoming events, activities and projects that we've been collaborating on with world-leading researchers from across the University of Nottingham!

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24 Jun 2024 Creating a participatory research culture

Over the last three years, we have funded some exciting projects, that have led to real change for individuals and communities.

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18 Jun 2024 2024 Green Hustle festival in pictures

We were thrilled to see thousands of people gather to enjoy good music and participate in nature-based activities to promote a greener Nottingham at this year’s Green Hustle festival

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10 Jun 2024 Decarbonising the economy

On Wednesday 5th June, the University of Nottingham’s policy commission on a just transition to net zero held its third and final witness session, which focused on the structures and processes needed to ensure a just transition to net zero

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06 Jun 2024 Raising the volume on Nottingham’s youth voices

On Wednesday 22nd May, we hosted a Youth Voice workshop with City as Lab in partnership with Nottingham City Council and Nonsuch Studios. This workshop provided an opportunity for experienced youth survey creators to collaborate on producing ideas for UNICEF's child-friendly Nottingham programme survey, set to go live later this year.

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31 May 2024 Enabling impactful research through our academy training programmes

We organised a sessions for our Institute Academic Programme cohorts at Castle Meadow Campus this month, listening to external speakers and participating in trialogue discussions to develop best practice and improve research outcomes.

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21 May 2024 Engaging communities in the net zero agenda

On 16th May, our policy commission held its second evidence session which focused on the role communities can play in driving transition to a low-carbon economy. 

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13 May 2024 The Byron 200 celebrations

To mark the bicentenary of Lord Byron’s death, Nottingham is filling its calendar with talks, workshops and events to celebrate 200 years since the renowned poet’s death and the Institute of Policy and Engagement is no different.

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10 May 2024 Green Hustle is back

On Saturday 1st of June, Nottingham’s Green Hustle Festival returns with loads of free activities, creative workshops, talks, live music, street entertainment, a pop-up garden and even a community cafe serving pay-what-you-feel meals.

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30 Apr 2024 2024 Institute for Policy and Engagement Awards

Meet the University of Nottingham academics doing outstanding work with their research and initiatives

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22 Apr 2024 Decarbonising the economy

In March 2024, we launched a policy commission with former Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Honorary Professor Lord Watson, to investigate a just transition to net zero. In this blog, we explain some of the insights and discussions from the first witness session where representatives from industry, trade unions, and academia convened to explore how we can achieve a low-carbon economy.

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15 Apr 2024 Public engagement in the spotlight

This blog spotlights current research the team are supporting through the civic impact champions training programme. Read to learn more about the work of Mark Rawlinson, who is using photography to uncover new stories about The Meadows, Nottingham.

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11 Apr 2024 Bright Sparks family talks

Our new Bright Sparks family talks launch this summer at the University of Nottingham’s Lakeside Arts! Find out what to expect from these engaging talks, designed for families to enjoy together and led by three of the University’s world-leading researchers.  

05 Apr 2024 Guest blog: Sally Hibbert

Guest blog: Sally Hibbert explains her research into understanding the challenges and innovations of local meal services, funded by the Institute.

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03 Apr 2024 A reflection on International Women’s Day 2024

Every March, the University of Nottingham celebrates the social, economic, and political achievements of women. This year, we joined in by spotlighting some of the amazing initiatives led by women we have supported and have highlighted some in this blog.

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27 Mar 2024 Science in the Park 2024 in pictures!

Science in the Park 2024 was another incredibly successful event, with families across Nottingham taking part in fun and educational science-based activities at the beautiful Wollaton Hall. Check out this blog to see some of our favourite images from the event! 

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26 Mar 2024 Can local schools save the planet?

In this blog post, Dr Francesca Salvi connects the dots between national policy, local schools and researchers to suggests how collaboration between these parties may foster more sustainable practices in the United Kingdom.

Spotlight series...

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After the virus

Introducing a series of blogs where our researchers reflect on the challenges of a post-Covid-19 world

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Making a difference

This blog series showcases the outcomes from the projects selected for funding

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Refugee Week

Issues of migration and starting a new life in the UK are explored in these blogs