February 14th, 2012

New accolades for Professor Poliakoff
A Nottingham professor is to receive two accolades from the world of science for his work to raise the profile of chemistry.
Professor Martyn Poliakoff is a familiar face to millions of YouTube followers around the world, after he was featured in the Periodic Table of Videos, a series of videos dedicated to each and every one of the 118 chemical elements, which became an overnight internet sensation.
Prof Poliakoff has been awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Nyholm Prize for Education for his work on the videos, and has also been elected as a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. These honours come soon after Prof Poliakoff took up his role as the Foreign Secretary for the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy for sciences.
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Tributes are paid to Don Varley
Tributes have been paid to the life and work of former University of Nottingham lecturer Don Varley, who has died at the age of 87.
Mr Varley played a significant part in the development of the University in a career spanning more than 40 years, as a senior lecturer, hall warden, student mentor and a key member of the academic community both in Nottingham and further afield.
Professor David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor, said: “Don gave wonderful service to our University. He helped shape the lives of so many graduates in his academic role, but had an even more memorable impact as Warden of Rutland Hall. He will be warmly remembered as educator and mentor.”
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World leaders gather for two-day summit
World-leading business schools and major global corporations gathered at Nottingham University Business School for a major summit on corporate social responsibility and sustainable business last month.
The Academy of Business in Society (EABIS), was established 10 years ago, partly prompted by the global financial crisis. It now has more than 100 members worldwide made up of major players in business higher education including Harvard and ISEAD as well as global companies like IBM, Microsoft, Unilever and Shell. The two-day conference will see delegates review the development of sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) in management education and to develop a roadmap for the future of business schools in both teaching and research.
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President honour for professor
Professor John Holmwood from The University of Nottingham has been appointed President of the British Sociological Association (BSA).  Professor Holmwood has pledged to make sociology a necessary part of public life and debate during what he called a very testing time for universities.
John Holmwood, a Professor of Sociology in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, was elected by the trustees of the BSA late last year and will begin his three-year period in office in June. The BSA is the representative body in British sociology and has 2,500 members, most of them social scientists in UK universities.
Professor Holmwood said: “The next few years will be a very testing time for universities and for different disciplines as they adjust to the new market in higher education. A period of austerity will also test many other social institutions.”
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