June 10th, 2013

Research to help protect children from risk of scalds

Toddlers living in socially-deprived areas are at the greatest risk of suffering a scald in the home, researchers have found.

The study, published in the journal Burns, showed that boys aged between one and two and those with multiple siblings were more likely to suffer a hot water-related injury, while children born to mothers aged 40 and over were at less risk than those with teenage mums.

The results could help GPs and health visitors identify those children most at risk of a scald and prevent injuries.

Dr Elizabeth Orton, co-author of the study in the University’s Division of Primary Care, said the research “would enable GPs to deliver targeted interventions to patients during clinical consultations and hopefully reduce the pain and misery of scalds for many children”.

The study found boys were 34% more likely to have a scald injury, while children living in deprived households were 80% more likely to have a scald than those in least deprived households.

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Helpers needed to welcome prospective students 

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Orchard leads way in awards success for University 

University Park’s stunning new eco-friendly hotel has received a tourism and leisure award from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

The Orchard, which opened in November 2012 and is entirely funded by the University, picked up the regional award because of its outstanding contribution to tourism and leisure facilities in the region.

The University is also celebrating after being shortlisted for RICS awards in eight projects out of 32, covering four of the seven categories. Highfield House and the Energy Technologies Building were highly commended; the Si Yuan Centre was commended.

Chris Jagger, Chief Estates and Facilities Officer, said: “We are immensely proud of The Orchard because of its beautifully unique and environmentally thought-out design, and so to be recognised by industry professionals for its contribution to leisure and tourism in the region is a fantastic achievement.”

‘Fantastic achievement’ in world subject rankings

The University features among the best in the world in a new subjects ranking.

Nottingham now appears among the world’s elite institutions (top 200) in 29 out of 30 disciplines. The QS World University Rankings by Subject also features 21 Nottingham subjects in the top 100, compared to 14 last year, and five in the top 50, compared to two last year. Pharmacy and Pharmacology (15th), Education (26th), Law (34th), Geography (50th), and Agriculture and Forestry (50th), all ranked highly.

Deputy-Vice-Chancellor Professor Karen Cox said: “To see five of our subject areas reach the top 50 is a fantastic achievement and is testament to the teaching and research excellence of our academic colleagues.”

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