June 2nd, 2011

Prince Andrew visits the University

His Royal Highness, The Duke of York, has visited the University in his capacity as the UK’s Special Representative for International Trade and Investment. The Prince was welcomed by Professor Hai-Sui Yu, Dean of Engineering and Pro-Vice-Chancellor Elect, and Chris Thompson, Chief Financial Officer, before having lunch with senior local business figures. Professor Yu updated the Prince on the University’s overseas initiatives, including the continued growth and development of its campuses in Asia. Prince Andrew also met a group of international students in the Trent Building. In his role as Special Representative for international trade and investment, the Duke of York works with the UK government, and with UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) to promote the UK as an attractive destination for foreign investors and to help UK companies export their products to emerging and established markets.
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Life Cycle hits £50,000 mark

During May’s Dying Matters Awareness Week, academics and staff from the University revealed they have raised more than £50,000 for palliative care research ahead of their gruelling 1,000-mile charity bike ride. This puts them well on their way to their £150,000 target. The eleven cyclists have stepped up their training in preparation for August’s Life Cycle, a 13-day John O’Groats to Land’s End ride. The event is in aid of the University’s Sue Ryder Care Centre for the Study of Supportive, Palliative and End of Life Care. VC Professor David Greenaway, who will lead the team, said: “The role the Sue Ryder Care Centre plays in research on end-of-life care is fundamentally important, and gives us a clear focus for what we want to achieve through our Life Cycle challenge.”
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Queen’s Award

Molecular Profiles, one of the University’s spinout companies, has won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the UK’s highest accolade for business success. The award, the second for innovation, has been made in recognition of the company’s cutting-edge pharmaceutical development services that improve and speed-up the introduction of new drugs.
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NHS ‘role model’

The NHS in England may be in turmoil, but a major new study claims its Scottish equivalent should serve as a role model for the public sector. According to the findings of a two-year report by academics from the University’s Business School, post-devolution healthcare in Scotland represents a “groundbreaking” approach to the art of industrial relations.
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New chair in Jewish Studies

A new chair at the University will make it one of the UK’s leading centres for the study of Judaism — thanks to the generosity of donors. The Chair in Jewish Studies will play a key role in building on the University’s outstanding reputation in theology and religious studies. Nottingham alumnus and award-winning journalist Jeff Randall has spearheaded fundraising efforts for the chair, and as a result the University is well on the way to a target of £1.5m in philanthropic donations to underpin the endowment. Mr Randall’s work is also helping to fund a postgraduate scholarship and other research posts. Professor Agata Bielik-Robson, who has an international reputation in the field, has been appointed to the new post in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies. Also joining the department is Dr Holger Zellentin.
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