January 30th, 2013

Nobel winner Sir Peter’s story, in his own words

The story behind Sir Peter Mansfield’s ground-breaking work on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is told for the first time in his autobiography.

In the The Long Road to Stockholm — published by Oxford University Press — Sir Peter, one of the few British scientists to be awarded the Nobel Prize, gives a personal insight into the evolution of a scientific and medical breakthrough which revolutionised the world of diagnostic medicine.

The official launch was taking place at the University on 12 February. Copies of Sir Peter’s book will be on sale at Blackwells in the Portland Building.

To see an interview with Sir Peter recorded to mark the achievements of a lifetime of research which has transformed the lives of so many patients, visit:


University’s top-two place in world green rankings

The University of Nottingham is in the top two for the third consecutive year in a list of the world’s most sustainable universities.

The Greenmetric Ranking of World Universities is produced by the University of Indonesia and features 215 institutions. Nottingham ranks second behind the University of Connecticut and is the UK’s top university.

Nottingham was named the world’s greenest campus in the 2011 list and finished 2nd in 2010.

Criteria for the rankings include energy management, water and waste management, sustainability-related teaching and research, percentage of green space on campus and sustainable transportation.

Chris Jagger, Chief Estates and Facilities Officer, said: “The University is once again delighted to have been placed in the top two in the UI World Index for the third year running. Our positioning in the league reflects the holistic approach that the University takes to sustainability.”

Nottingham performed particularly well in terms of water, energy and climate change, and transportation.

This result comes hot on the heels of the University picking up the award for Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development at the Times Higher Education Awards 2012. The University’s campus has been awarded a Green Flag Award for the last 10 years after being the first University to be recognised.

Double success in national midwifery awards

A University of Nottingham lecturer has won a top UK midwifery prize for her innovative work-based education programme for midwives.

Dr Jayne Marshall, of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy, has been instrumental in implementing the Developing Midwifery Practice Through Work-Based Learning module which is one of the core modules for experienced practising midwives undertaking the BSc (Hons) in Midwifery Studies Pathway.

Dr Marshall’s work won the Royal College of Midwives Annual Midwifery Award in the Johnson’s Baby Award for Excellence in Midwifery Education category.

Student Lorraine Bowen won the Royal College of Midwives’ Pampers Award for Excellence in Postnatal and Neonatal Care for her booklet on men’s adaptation to fatherhood which she developed as a student on Dr Marshall’s work-based learning module.

The module was devised to offer midwives the opportunity to complete part of their degree in their own workplace, and balance the pressures of work and home life with their studies while undertaking novel project work.

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