June 2007 - No escape by dfsiopmhy6

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									                                     Lawrence comes home. Page 3
                                     Alumni awards. Page 6
                                     Facebook — an opinion. Page 10
                                     Malaria research. Page 19




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News and views from across the University Issue 9 June 2007




                                                               No escape
                                                               In the classroom, at work —
                                                               and now online. Virtual
                                                               bullying in Second Life.
                                                               Page 14
What’s inside




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                                                                                                                     Energy
                                                                                                                     goal
                                                                                                                     SCORE project
                                                                                                                     kicks off.




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Contents
Features                                                                                           8 Former students
                                                                                                   come up trumps
4 With honours                                                                                     First alumni awards
Achievements honoured by University.                                                               ceremony held on campus.

                                                                                                   11 Your voice
7 Raising the Ark                                                                                  News and views from
Students’ Union bar to get summer refurb.                                                          around the University.

                                                                                                   16 Focus on...
18 The genetics of snails                                                                          Division of International
                                                                                                   Communications Studies.
How garden pests could tell us about our past.
                                                                                                   19 Stamping out
                                                                                                   malaria
                                                                                                   Research brings
                                                                                                   vaccine hope.

Contact: Tara de Cozar, Exchange, University of Nottingham, King’s Meadow Campus, Lenton Lane, Nottingham, NG7 2NR
e-mail: exchange@nottingham.ac.uk tel: 0115 846 8545 fax: 0115 951 5733 download at www.nottingham.ac.uk/exchange
Picture credits: www.squashpics.com, Practical Action/Crispin Hughes, Nottingham Evening Post, Martin Kirk, Mike Fay, Dai Mao Zeng, Linden
Research Inc, James Gathany, Dr Thomas Chesney, Getty Images, Liquid Library, Manuscripts and Special Collections, David Knight.




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Coming
home
The 11th International DH
Lawrence Festival will be
staged in Eastwood — the
writer’s home town.



D
           H Lawrence had a        Cossall and Teversal Manor.
           troubled relationship   And 'Lawrence among the
           with Eastwood, the      women', an exhibition set to be
           Nottinghamshire         staged at the DH Lawrence
mining town of his birth, but it   Pavilion, Lakeside Arts Centre,
was an undeniable influence on     will explore the writer's
his life and work.                 relationships in the local area,
This summer the writer’s home      drawing on materials from the
town will play host to the 11th    University’s unique Lawrence
International DH Lawrence          collections.
Festival for the first time,       “When Lawrence was growing
bringing Lawrence experts from     up and living in Eastwood, he
across the world to the county     was part of a circle which
that inspired many of the          included literate, intelligent,
settings in his books and plays.   educated women — these were
The conference runs parallel       people who were significant in
with the annual Eastwood DH        their own right,” said Dr
Lawrence Festival, with joint      Matthews.
events taking place all over       “Eastwood was an extremely
Nottinghamshire.                   dynamic environment; the
Ken Russell will join Dr Sean      material in the exhibition will
Matthews, Director of the DH       give an insight into that
Lawrence Research Centre at        community. Lawrence was part
the University, to discuss his     of a provincial, non-conformist
film adaptation Women in Love      working-class community and
prior to a screening at the        culture, distinct from the more
Broadway Cinema in                 upper-class, metropolitan
Nottingham. Russell also           literary world in London. The
adapted The Rainbow and Lady       exhibition shows that anyone
Chatterley’s Lover for the         could be a part of a vibrant
screen.                            intellectual culture in those
Delegates will stay at Eastwood    days.“
Hall — itself a setting for Mr     Key characters in Lawrence’s
Noon and the last act of the       life — from his first girlfriend,
play Touch and Go — and tour       Jessie Chambers, and his wife       Dr Matthews with the Lawrence statue on
other sites which inspired         Frieda to his sister Ada — will     University Park. For more info on the
Lawrence’s work, including         be part of the exhibition.          conference visit www.dhlawrence.org.uk



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                                                                                                Eyes on the prize
       News in brief
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    Government’s new £1bn Energy                   the ten distinguished recipients     services to British sport in 2005.
    Technologies Institute.            of honorary degrees from the University          Author of the influential Economics of
    The ETI, which will research       this summer.                                     Climate Change report, Sir Nicholas’s name

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    clean energy, is expected to
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                                       They will receive their honours during the
                                       July degree ceremonies.
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                                                                                        environmental debate. Previously Chief
                                       World champion squash player Nicol David         Economist and Senior Vice President of the
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    shortlisted from more than 20      has won six WISPA (Women’s International         Other recipients of honorary degrees will
    bids.                              Squash Players Association) titles.              include BBC weather forecaster and
    Pro-Vice-Chancellor for            President of the International Paralympic        Nottingham alumna Helen Willetts;
    Research, Prof Don Grierson,       Committee Sir Phillip Craven will receive        business leader Sir Digby Jones; DNA
    said: “This investment of £1bn     his honorary doctorate during the Faculty        expert Professor Stephen Jackson; cinema
    over 10 years will enable us to    of Social Sciences, Law and Education            engineer Prof Ioan Allen; Kuwaiti Minister
    put into practise research into    graduation ceremony on University Park —         of Health Prof Maasouma Al-Mubarak;
    green technologies and develop     as will Sir Nicholas Stern.                      Prof Uta Frith, an expert in brain disorders;
    a new and better way of living.”   Sir Philip has won Paralympic medals in          and American writer and academic Prof
                                       wheelchair basketball. He also won gold at       Alison Lurie.
                                       the 1970 Commonwealth Games and the



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Knowing the SCORE
£2m project could have huge impact on energy production
in the developing world.




                                               I
                                                   t’s a cooker, a fridge and a       which produces loudspeaker
                                                   generator in one — and it          equipment.
                                                   could have a huge impact on        Prof Mark Johnson of the
                                                   the lives of people in the         University’s School of Electrical
                                               world’s poorest communities.           and Electronic Engineering said:
                                               The £2m SCORE (Stove for               “Two things excite me about this
                                               Cooking, Refrigeration and             project: first we’re taking
                                               Electricity) project brings together   technology concepts from
                                               experts from across the world to       satellite and military applications
                                               develop a wood-powered                 to deliver appropriate technology
                                               generator capable of both              to some of the world’s poorest
                                               cooking and cooling food. The          rural communities and second,
                                               project aims to address the            we’re integrating technologies in
                                               energy needs of rural                  a novel way to deliver a totally
                                               communities in Africa and Asia,        new concept in energy
                                               where access to power is               conversion. One of the biggest
                                               extremely limited.                     engineering challenges will be to
                                               Across the world, two billion          ensure that the majority of the
                                               people use open fires as their         developed system can be built
                                               primary cooking method. These          and maintained within the
 A woman prepares an evening                   fires are very inefficient, with 93    community that uses it.”
 meal in Zimbabwe, showing                     per cent of the energy generated       The University of Manchester,
 how much smoke open cooking                   lost. And when used in enclosed        Imperial College London and
 fires produce.                                spaces, smoke from the fires can       Queen Mary are partners in the
                                               cause health problems.                 project, which is funded by the
                                               Led by the School of Electrical        Engineering and Physical Sciences
                                               and Electronic Engineering, the        Research Council. Technology aid
                                               project team will use                  charity Practical Action is
“An efficient, expanding                       thermoacoustic technology for
                                               the first time to convert biomass
                                                                                      supporting SCORE.
                                                                                      Professor Maksud Helali at the

 system is essential for                       fuels into energy, powering the
                                               device.
                                                                                      Bangladesh University of
                                                                                      Engineering and Technology has

 accelerated economic                          Using thermoacoustic technology
                                               is a more efficient way of using
                                               wood as a fuel than using an
                                                                                      also offered his support.
                                                                                      “Bangladesh’s energy
                                                                                      infrastructure is relatively small
 growth and poverty                            open fire to cook. It produces less
                                               pollutants. The device will also
                                                                                      and inefficient, even to low-
                                                                                      income standards, and its access
 alleviation”                                  have few moving parts, making it
                                               more reliable.
                                                                                      to energy is difficult,” he said.
                                                                                      “An efficient, expanding energy
                                               One moving part, the linear            system is essential for accelerated
Prof Maksud Helali, Bangladesh University of   alternator, would be developed at      economic growth and poverty
Engineering and Technology                     the University in conjunction          alleviation.“
                                               with GP Acoustics, a company



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                                                                                                  // Scholars at risk

                                                                                                  Why help?
                                                                                                  Professor Essam al-Rawi saw no
                                                                                                  contradiction between his two
                                                                                                  passions — geology and
                                                                                                  theology. “Being a scientist
                                                                                                  makes me appreciate God better,”
                                                                                                  he told Time magazine in 2005. A
                                                                                                  professor of Geology and a
                                                                                                  member of the Association of
                                                                                                  Muslim Scholars, Al-Rawi also
                                                                                                  took on the role of president of
                                                                                                  the University Professors’ Union.
                                                                                                  He tried to draw attention to the
                                                        Staff at the University of                daily perils facing academics in
                                                        Baghdad pass barbed wire                  Iraq. Since the fall of Saddam
                                                        and armed soldiers on the                 Hussein, more than 200
                                                        way to work. (Getty Images)               academics have been murdered.
                                                                                                  “Any day now, I expect them to
                                                                                                  come for me,” he told Time. His
                                                                                                  fears were realised in October
                                                                                                  2006. His car was sprayed with

Scholars at risk                                                                                  bullets by three gunmen. Al-
                                                                                                  Rawi and one of his bodyguards
                                                                                                  died instantly. CARA has set up
                                                                                                  the Emergency Appeal for Iraqi
University set to help refugee academics.                                                         Academics. For more information
                                                                                                  visit www.academic-refugees.org




A
           cademics at risk of persecution     Finding a way                                 The final report will be available in August
           could find a home — and work        The pathfinder grant has enabled the HRLC     this year via the HRLC website, and as a
           —at the University thanks to a      to investigate the University’s capacity to   pamphlet which will be distributed
           grant from the Council for          host such scholars from a human rights-       throughout the University and to the
Assisting Refugee Academics (CARA).            based perspective. An initial survey of       broader Nottingham community.
The Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC) has         more than 20 academics with a research        CARA was formed in 1933 by the former
been awarded a grant to identify research      interest in refugee-related issues has        director of the London School of
opportunities within the University for        already registered 100 per cent support for   Economics, William Beveridge, to assist
refugee scholars and those at risk in their    a pilot scheme of short-term, at-risk         academics persecuted by the Nazi regime.
home countries.                                research placements. A further survey has     The organisation has since provided
The CARA Scholars At Risk University           now been circulated to heads of school.       support to more than 9,000 academics
Network was formed in 2005 to encourage        Emilie Hunter of the HRLC said: “Our          whose freedom has been restricted by war
UK higher education institutions to support    preliminary research has been                 and repression.
threatened academics and defend academic       overwhelmingly positive both across the       Christine Humfreys, Director of the
freedom and university values worldwide.       University and the Nottingham community.      International Office, said: “As a member of
“Universities that fail to act in defence of   We aim to identify optimal research and       an international university with an
academic freedom and their fellow              support needs for both the scholar and the    international community of scholars I
academics collude in the insidious erosion     hosting department through consultation       welcome discussion of these issues. I look
of the very principles that protect and        and dialogue with interested parties.”        forward to seeing the outcome of the
underpin their institutions. The CARA/SAR      Schools and departments across the            pathfinder report and helping to identify
UK Universities Network provides a forum for   University would support research rather      ways in which Nottingham will be able to
collaboration for those universities who       than teaching positions, and a pilot scheme   participate. There are a number of issues to
understand the paramount value of academic     has been recommended to host a small          be addressed and these are being
freedom and the threat of complacency,” said   number of scholars on short-term              considered by the HRLC.”
John Akker, CARA Executive Secretary.          placements.



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Make I
                                      t’s dark and dingy, students have a love-    “We want to create something where
                                      hate relationship with it and it’s not had   there’s a clear distinction between where
                                      a proper overhaul for more than 40           you go in the day and where you go in the
                                      years. The doors to the Ark Bar will close   evening, and that’s what we’ve done with
                                   for the last time when we say goodbye to        the new design.”



mine
                                   the students in June, a caterpillar promising
                                   to emerge from the chrysalis of                 The way to a student’s heart...
                                   construction as a beautiful butterfly come      Food will be an important part of the new
                                   September. Because yes, the Ark is finally      facilities, with table service available
                                   set to be refurbished — work that the           throughout the day and into the evening.



a pint
                                   Students’ Union has called for over a           Food offers and meal deals — similar to
                                   number of years. The SU proposal has won        those found in city centre bars like the Slug
                                   University approval — and the promise of        and Lettuce — will also be available.
                                   50 per cent of the project’s £860,000 cost      “At the moment you can’t buy a meal on
                                   — under the direction of president Dave         campus after 6pm,” Dave added. “So if
                                   Willey.                                         you’ve been in the library all day or you
The Ark is dead —                  Designed by Sheffield agency AA Designs,        come in early for an evening event, there’s
                                   who have previously worked on SU bar            nowhere for you to get a bite to eat. This
long live Mooch and                facilities in Cardiff, Liverpool and            will change that.”
The Venue.                         Manchester, the new bar and venue will be
                                   ready for its grand opening when the
                                                                                   And in what’s thought to be the first
                                                                                   refurbishment of the Ark since 1965, the
                                   students return in September.                   sticky floors and dingy atmosphere will
                                   Mooch will feature table service                make way for mirrored walls, a purpose-
                                   throughout the day and an outdoor area,         built venue and stylish furnishings, thanks
                                   while The Venue will provide rehearsal and      to the hard work of Dave and his team.
                                   meeting space during the day, and a             “It’s been a bit of a slog,” admits Dave. “But
                                   club/comedy/music venue in the evening          it’ll be worth it.”
                                   — with a capacity to house 800.
                                   “The current provision just isn’t fit for
                                   purpose,” said Dave. “It doesn’t do what
                                   students want it to do. We want a facility
                                   that is attractive to all students.


 The new-look facilities include




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                                                                                                // News in brief

                                                                                                Taking on
                                                                                                the peaks
                                                                                                Staff at Nottingham Hospitality
                                                                                                will be tackling the Three Peaks
                                                                                                Challenge this month, raising
                                                                                                money for Nottingham Hospice.
                                                                                                And it’s not just fitness and
                                                                                                nutrition that the team are
                                                                                                learning about during the
                                                        Tired but happy                         gruelling preparations for the
                                                        Steph and Becky after                   attempt.
                                                        completing their Atlantic row.          They’re also recording their
                                                                                                experiences through audio
                                                                                                diaries, on equipment provided
                                                                                                by BBC Radio Nottingham.


Commendations                                                                                   Karl Cooper at the station is
                                                                                                heading up the project. “When I
                                                                                                found out about the team
                                                                                                taking part in the Three Peaks


and celebrations                                                                                Challenge, I thought that it was
                                                                                                a marvellous opportunity for us
                                                                                                to be involved and follow the
                                                                                                progress of a bunch of
Nottingham alumni return for ceremony                                                           individuals brave enough to test
                                                                                                their fitness, endurance and
highlighting their achievements.                                                                stamina to raise money for
                                                                                                charity.”




I
   t’s been a fantastic year for Alexander      students. He’s a former member of
   McLean. He was named UK Charity
   Volunteer of the Year, his charity work
                                                University Court, honorary President of the
                                                Students’ Union, former Chair of the
                                                                                                Slice of
   has landed him a senior role in Zambia
and now he’s been named Recent Alumnus
                                                University Association and a key figure in
                                                both Lenton and Wortley and Southwell
                                                                                                success
of the Year 2007 in the first ever University   Halls of Residence.
                                                                                                The HR coffee morning held at
Alumni Laureate Awards Dinner.                  Special Excellence Awards also went to
                                                                                                King’s Meadow Campus in May
At a black-tie event attended by more than      Daria Davitti, Juliet Line, Ruth Wilson. And
                                                                                                raised £415 towards the
150 people at the East Midlands                 to Steph Temperton and Becky Thorpe, the
                                                                                                Melbury School sensory garden
Conference Centre, the awards were              fastest British womens’ pair to row the
                                                                                                fund.
presented by the Olympic silver medalist        Atlantic. All demonstrated superb
and Nottingham alumnus, Campbell Walsh.         achievements throughout the world, either
The audience also watched video                 by making outstanding contributions to
presentations, filmed by another alumnus        their communities, stimulating new ideas
and local BBC presenter Rob Glass,              and services or showing exceptional
commending the winners.                         dedication, creativity or leadership.
Alexander was the youngest winner on the        Law student Alexander, 21, who graduates
night but there was also a special Lifetime     this summer, has hit the headlines with his
Commitment and Contribution Award for           groundbreaking work renovating African
Keith Atherton who studied Mining               prisons and bringing dignity to death row
Engineering at the University in 1960.          prisoners living in squalor and filth. He has
Keith has been involved with the                received two sets of funding from The
University for almost 50 years and has          University of Nottingham Association Fund
constantly promoted the social welfare of       Award to help him with his work.



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T                                                Mind of a killer
        he widely-held view of suicide
        bombers as brainwashed religious
        fanatics, vulnerable through youth
        and poverty, is not an accurate one,
according to Dr David Stevens of the School
of Politics and International Relations.         Suicide bombers are not mentally ill or
He argues that, while religion plays a
central role, the suicide bomber is also         unhinged, but acting rationally in pursuit of
driven on another level by a rational
thought process. This is the desire to be        the ‘benefits’ they perceive from being part
part of a group that engenders strength and
solidarity from strictness, and encourages
                                                 of a strict and close-knit religious
members to submit totally to collective          enterprise, says Dr David Stevens.
aims.
Being part of an exclusive group with very
strict beliefs requires intense commitment,
and encourages a deep belief in shared
experience and self-sacrifice.
Suicide bombers are thus motivated by a
“simple cost-benefit analysis”, in which the
‘benefits’ of self-destruction outweigh the
cost. The benefits are perceived by the
terrorist to be so great — in terms of
membership of the group, achievement of
collective goals, the promise of benefits in
the afterlife, and so on — that they
outweigh the cost.
“To gain the collective benefits of
participation in a strict group requires self-
sacrifice, often of extreme levels,” he said.
Suicide bombing is just an extension of this
self-sacrifice — the ultimate extension. The
benefits are perceived to be so great as to
justify the action. Fortunately this is so
only in extreme instances, under certain
circumstances.”

Is poverty a factor?
Dr Stevens argues that, contrary to popular
opinion, poverty, isolation and lack of
education are not typical features of the
bomber profile. Mohammad Sidique Khan,
for example, who blew himself up in
London on 7 July, 2005, murdering six
people in the process, was a 30-year-old
with a young family of his own and a job
working in primary schools with special
needs children.
Dr Stevens said: “From purely an
organisational point of view, working with
deranged individuals is extremely
hazardous. Under such circumstances, who
would want to work with someone
completely unpredictable — a maverick, a
loose cannon — someone likely to give the
game away at any stage through an act of                                     The aftermath of the July 7th
sheer madness? Even terrorists don’t want                                    bombings, the first suicide
to work with those with a death wish – you                                   bomb attack on British soil.
achieve very little that way.”



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Whingeing on the web
Are these sites a gossip’s haven or could
they offer genuine research support?




Facebook and all that
      I
                                               t is important to stress at the outset that   use is made of such tools for academic-
Does monitoring                                these are strictly amateur observations. I    related purposes. Rather than using social-
social-networking                              have little real experience of Facebook
                                               and other social-networking tools. But
                                                                                             networking software to promote discussion,
                                                                                             debate and the sharing of ideas, students
sites impinge on our                        many students at Nottingham are much
                                            more at home with Facebook and perhaps
                                                                                             are much more likely to discover new ways
                                                                                             of re-creating pub table gossip or returning
freedom of speech?                          more engaged than at many other UK               to the playground. For staff, such tools
                                            universities. However, by the time some of       offer the potential for supporting genuine
Registrar Dr Paul                           us have caught up they will all have moved       interdisciplinary research activity, for
Greatrix gives his                          on…
                                            So what’s to be concerned about? I receive
                                                                                             engaging with students in different ways or
                                                                                             even creating something like a virtual
opinion.                                    complaints from students, staff and others
                                            from outside the University about what has
                                                                                             senior common room.
                                                                                             However, some excellent work in this area
                                            appeared on Facebook and have found it           is already underway at Nottingham (see for
                                            necessary to remind students about the           example www.nottingham.ac.uk/
                                            need to think carefully before posting (see      integrativelearning) and we should be
                                            the notice at www.nottingham.ac.uk/              encouraging students and staff to
                                            registrar).                                      experiment with the many and various
                                            My suggestion would be that this is all still    tools available and provide more
                                            very new and etiquette is trailing in the        opportunities for intelligent social
                                            wake of the innovation. Thus people feel         networking. This would help to build an
                                            they can say things they wouldn’t dream of       even stronger sense of the University
                                            expressing elsewhere and think no-one will       community as it is now but also, in the
                                            notice. Whilst it would be extremely             longer term, as a means of maintaining
                                            difficult to “police” the postings of 23,000     involved alumni communities.
                                            Nottingham Facebook members, where               As we enhance and support such
                                            things are brought to our attention we are       opportunities we do also need to ensure
                                            going to investigate them. Some have raised      that we offer education and advice to
                                            concerns that this represents an invasion of     students on what is and is not acceptable
                                            privacy but I would suggest that viewing a       behaviour. And one day some of us might
                                            public web page is not exactly analogous to      even catch up.
                                            unauthorized ‘phone-tapping’.
                                            What is really disappointing is that so little



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Letters




   Your
                                                                                                               Hilary Backhouse
                                                                                                               School of Geography
                                                                                                                                               I am writing in
                                                                                                                                               response to the
                                                                                                                                               letter from Louise
                                                                                                                                               Stanbrook that
                                                                                                                                               was published in
                                                                                                                                               the eighth issue of




   voice
                                                                                                                                               Exchange.
                                                                                                                                               Creating more
                                                                                                               parking spaces is not going to solve the parking
                                                                                                               problem on the main University campus in the
                                                                                                               long term. The University needs to encourage
                                                                                                               more of us who can to use other means to get to
                                                                                                               work. This would free up places for those who
                                                                                                               really do need to drive. In particular more could
                                                                                                               be done to encourage cycling, eg by providing
                                                                                                               more covered cycle stands near buildings and
                                                                                                               improving the roads and bicycle paths for

   News and views from across the                                                                              cyclists — especially at the entrances and exits
                                                                                                               to the campus. Also the university could offer
                                                                                                               help with the purchase of bicycles under the
   University.                                                                                                 government's ‘Cycle to Work’ scheme.




   Emily Medhurst                                        Alison Slater                                         Stop press! Exchange news:
   Students’ Union Executive                             Head of Student Registry
                                                                                                               The academic year is drawing to a
                             I was pleased to notice a                            After extensive activity
                             piece in the last edition                            over the last six months     close, so this is the final 2006/07
                             of Exchange about the                                (and longer for many         issue of Exchange. The first issue of
                             student photographs that                             people) the University
                             are going to be displayed                            has chosen SITS:vision as    the 2007/08 publishing cycle will
                             in the new Hallward         the new academic records management system.           appear in your departments and
   Library development. I was a little dismayed          The implementation project will be called
                                                                                                               inboxes on Monday 10 September.
   however to see that there was no mention of the       nu:vision and I am managing the project.
   Students’ Union in the article. The idea for          SITS is used by nine other Russell Group              This will feature news from the
   students to contribute was suggested by the           universities and provides the flexibility to tailor   summer alongside features about the
   Students’ Union and developed by them and the         our own processes and deliver over the web,
   CETL, with the competition mainly being               enabling the international campuses to use the        coming year, so get in touch at the
   publicised within the Union Photographic              same system as the UK. The ability to develop         contact details below and let us
   Society — Photosoc. Photosoc actively                 workflows will provide consistent processes for
                                                                                                               know what you’ve been up to.
   encourages students interested in pursuing            all students. Groups have started work on
   classical and/or digital photography. With            defining the ‘one best way’ to deliver                The copy deadline for September’s
   funding from the SU, they work hard to provide        administrative processes and a wide cross-            Exchange is Friday 24 August, and
   darkroom access, artistic and technical               section of the University community will be
   workshops, cameras to those who need them,            involved in every stage of the development. The       we’re looking for stories on
   and literature to support the development of          project implementation is now underway. The           everything from research and grants
   their members’ talent. The photo competition          first module to go live will be undergraduate
                                                                                                               to fundraising and awards. And of
   was launched as a celebration of the aim to           admissions in September 2008 with the
   develop integrative learning skills and the           remainder of the system live by July 2009.            course, there will be the usual letters
   recognition that the extra-curricular activity of     The project team is enormously grateful for all of    and opinions pages, so keep on
   our students is extremely significant. It seems a     the input received from across the University to
   shame that the efforts of the SU and its student      date. We’ll keep in touch with regular updates        sending us your news and views —
   groups have, once again, gone unrecognised.           by email, on the web and in Exchange.                 we’re looking forward to hearing
                                                                                                               from you.



 Have your say: Write to Tara de Cozar, Exchange, University of Nottingham, King’s Meadow Campus, Lenton Lane, Nottingham,
 NG7 2NR, e-mail: exchange@nottingham.ac.uk tel: 0115 846 8545 fax: 0115 951 5733




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Feature




The past
explained...

W
              oolly mammoth teeth, Bronze      a single Director of Excavations in 1968, to
              Age logboats and human           16 full-time staff today, the possibilities for   Main pic: Iron Age roundhouse excavated at
              skulls. Mesolithic antler        teaching and research have also grown.            Hoveringham Quarry.
              harpoons, 4,000-year-old pots    Prior to 1990, when new government                Below left: Pottery beaker from a pit at Rampton.
associated with human burials and Bronze       planning policy guidelines were published,
Age rapiers. The list goes on and on — and     most archaeological digs were publicly
these are just a fraction of the artefacts     funded by the predecessor of English
unearthed by staff of what is now Trent        Heritage.
and Peak Archaeology over the last five        Major finds of this period gave a huge
decades.                                       insight into the rich history of the local
The organisation can be traced back to         area. For example, at Catholme in
1967, when Maurice Barley was appointed        Staffordshire the site of a large Saxon
as Chairman of the Trent Valley                village was uncovered. Evidence was also
Archaeological Research Committee.             found to suggest that the village had been
Originally formed to carry out research in     built on the site of an even older Bronze
the lowland part of the Trent river basin,     Age and Iron Age settlement, suggesting
the committee later expanded its activities    that people had been living in the area for
into the Peak District. The team has worked    more than 3,000 years.
on innumerable archaeological sites of all     Other important discoveries were made at
periods along the 210km length of the          Holme Pierrepont near Nottingham, prior to
Trent Valley, northwards into the Peak         the building of the National Water Sports
District and beyond. Though based at the       Centre. Excavations revealed Neolithic and
University from the beginning, the unit has    Bronze Age burials and a dense pattern of
not officially been part of the institution    prehistoric and Romano-British settlements,
until this year. February marked the unit’s    indicating that people had been living in
incorporation into the University, and the     the valley for thousands of years.
official launch of Trent and Peak
Archaeology as the University’s in-house       Times change
archaeological unit takes place in October.    But in 1990, planning guidelines changed,
“It makes sense in terms of both teaching      putting the responsibility to investigate
and research,” said Director Dr David          potential development sites on the
Knight on his organisation’s new status.       developers themselves. Many digs were
“We can develop relationships with other       now funded by quarry companies and
schools, like Geography and History — and      other firms, and the huge expansion of
particularly the Archaeology department.       development in the region meant that the
We can train students on site and instruct     unit’s work increased exponentially.
them on the relationship between               And as the number of excavations
archaeology and current planning               increased, so did the number of valuable
legislation. Our projects and finds can also   finds.
feed into undergraduate and postgraduate       On a dig at Rampton in 1999 the team
research.”                                     unearthed an extremely rare late
And as the organisation has expanded from      Neolithic/Early Bronze Age pottery beaker.




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Feature




                                This may have accompanied a human burial,       before going on display at Derby Museum.
                                and was perfectly preserved. Buried around      A dig at Hoveringham Quarry in 1999
                                4,000 years ago, the bones that the beaker      revealed the site of an Iron Age roundhouse
                                is thought to have been buried with had         that had been rebuilt at least three times. It
                                long since disintegrated in the acidic sands.   was represented by two phases of a timber
                                “Most of the pottery that we find is            bedding trench and by a later ring of post-
                                represented by small shards, and it’s very      holes, each of these marking the
                                rare to find a complete vessel,” said Dr        foundations of walls that may have
                                Knight, who was on the dig when the             supported a conical thatched roof. Further
                                beaker was found.                               excavations found that the house was set
                                “It was preserved beautifully in sand, which    inside a ditched enclosure, which may have
                                when removed carefully by trowel showed         housed an extended family unit of perhaps
                                the pot to have been placed deliberately in     around 20 people and their livestock.
                                an upright position at the bottom of a small    “The Trent Valley is a particularly rich area,”
                                pit”.                                           said Dr Knight. “If you walk along the Trent
                                                                                you could be forgiven for thinking we are
                                Ancient cargo                                   in an area of little archaeological interest,
                                At Shardlow Quarry in Derbyshire in 1998,       but beneath the topsoil is preserved a rich
                                a Bronze Age logboat was excavated, still       variety of archaeological remains spanning
                                containing its 3,000-year-old cargo of          many millennia of human activity.”
                                sandstone blocks transported from a quarry
                                upstream. The boat was discovered by one
                                of the quarrymen. After recording, the boat
                                was restored in the conservation
                                laboratories of York Archaeological Trust




                                   “Beneath the topsoil is preserved a
                                   rich variety of archaeological
                                   remains spanning many millennia of
                                   human activity”
                                   Dr David Knight, director of Trent and Peak Archaeology.




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University news




Guns and grief
Online environments open up a world of possibilities
for their residents — and for cyber bullies.



I
   t happens in school, at work, physically,   four, two boys and two girls, they would        the real world a unique opportunity to
   verbally, even by email and text — now      throw me around,” she said. They also           view bullying from the prospective of the
   researchers at the University say there’s   destroyed her first house and fired guns at     perpetrator. By giving avatars the
   no escape in the virtual world.             her.                                            protection of in-world anonymity those
Dr Thomas Chesney and his team from the        Other griefing behaviours observed by           reported as perpetrators may be more
Business School, the Institute of Work,        researchers include people shooting others,     willing to come forward.
Health and Organisations and the School of     hitting them with swords, nudity, annoying      Funding for this project has come from the
Computer Science and IT set up a virtual       noisy objects that followed people around       Dean of Business, Law and Social Sciences,
office in Second Life — an online ‘world’      and lots of swearing.                           Professor Christine Ennew, who describes
where residents can meet, interact, play                                                       bullying as a complex issue and one which
and conduct business together — to             Real world impact?                              perhaps hasn’t had the research attention it
explore cyber bullying.                        The researchers found that griefing in          deserves. Professor Ennew said: “When we
With the permission of Linden Labs, the        Second Life can have negative                   think of virtual environments, the problem
creators of Second Life, they rented a plot    consequences in the real world, and that        becomes even more complex. Bullying can
of land and set up four cyber-based focus      those new to the world are more likely          be extremely damaging and institutions —
groups. Cary Cramer, the ‘avatar’              targets.                                        whether schools, companies or universities
representing the University in the online      “Similar to bullying at school and work,        have a responsibility to protect their staff
world, approached other residents. Around      power was a key factor in griefing. In          or students from this kind of behaviour.
50 responded, and were asked about their       Second Life it appears that the power           Cyber bullying is on the increase and is one
experiences of and responses to bullying,      imbalance between a griefer and a target is     example of the many dysfunctional ways in
or ‘griefing’ as it’s known online.            focused on knowledge and experience. A          which individuals use the internet. If we
The sessions were monitored in the real        new resident (newbie) may be targeted           are to be in a position to address the
world by Dr Chesney and occupational           because of their naivety and inability to       problem, we need to be able to understand
psychologist Dr Iain Coyne.                    stop the griefing. As one participant put it:   the nature and extent to which it occurs —
One resident described their first             ‘information is power…experience                that’s why I think the research project is an
experiences of griefing in Second Life.        matters’,” said Dr Coyne.                       important one.”
“When I was a newbie there was a group of      It’s hoped that the research could also give


                                                                                                                    Online presence:
                                                                                                                    The University’s
                                                                                                                    office in Second
                                                                                                                    Life.




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On campus


Here’s looking at you
Picture of an aphid’s eye                                                                     // Campus news
taken in the microscopy suite.

                                                                                              Libraries
                                                                                              updated
                                                                                              Following work at the Hallward
                                                                                              Library on University Park,
                                                                                              other libraries will be
                                                                                              refurbished on campus over the
                                                                                              summer vacation. The George
                                                                                              Green and Greenfield Medical
                                                                                              Libraries will be affected on
                                                                                              University Park. The James
                                                                                              Cameron Gifford Library at
                                                                                              Sutton Bonington is also set to
                                                                                              be modernised and refurbished.

                                                                                              For summer opening times visit


Tiny science                                                                                  www.nottingham.ac.uk/is




New centre promotes research and teaching                                                     Picnic in the
at the cutting edge of science.                                                               park
                                                                                              The Friends of University Park



T
       he science of the very small will be    nanoscience and nanotechnology, including      are holding a summer picnic in
       celebrated on University Park this      work on carbon nanotubes and single            the grounds on Saturday 7 July,
       month with the launch of the            molecule nanoscience.                          from noon to 3pm. Bring along
       Nottingham Nanotechnology and           Carbon nanotubes are sheets of carbon,         your own picnic or book one
Nanoscience Centre (NNNC).                     made to the thickness of a single molecule,    from £3.45 per person.
Nobel laureate Prof Sir Harry Kroto will       rolled up in a tube. They are incredibly       Entertainments include live
officially launch the centre on 18 June. The   strong, have unique electrical properties      music from Newstead Brass
opening will include a mini-symposium of       and are efficient conductors of heat.          Band, a children’s teddy bear
lectures from leading figures in               The centre is also home to an electron         trail and watching local artist
international nanoscience. These include       microscopy suite, containing state-of-the-     Rita Mitchell at work in the
Prof Colin Humphreys CBE, Goldsmiths           art equipment which uses beams of              gardens. Entry and parking are
Professor of Materials Science at Cambridge    electrons to examine objects on a very fine    free on the day.
University; Dr Don Eigler, IBM Research        scale, and an atomic force microscopy suite,
Fellow at the IBM Almaden Research             capable of imaging, measuring and              To book a picnic call 0115 846
Centre; and Prof Sir Fraser Stoddart from      manipulating matter at the nanoscale.          8541. For more info on the
UCLA.                                          Prof Clive Roberts, director of the centre,    Friends of University Park, visit
                                               said: “The opening of the nanocentre is a      www.nottingham.ac.uk/estate/
Small science, big investment                  key part of the University’s strategy to       friends
The centre is based in the Maths and           build on Nottingham’s international
Physics Building on University Park, where     reputation as a centre of excellence for
a £500,000 extension has been built to         research and teaching in the nanosciences.
accommodate research and teaching              “The centre, which has been founded by
facilities. Already-existing rooms have also   the Schools of Pharmacy, Chemistry,
been refurbished to house the centre,          Mechanical Materials & Manufacturing
which sits opposite the George Green           Engineering and Physics and Astronomy,
Library of Science and Engineering.            aims to act as a catalyst for nanoscience
The centre will provide a base for research    across the University.”
and teaching in various aspects of



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Focus on: department



Focus on...
Division of International
Communications




The Division of International              less experience – they just have a         compared with Western medicine, and
Communications is a rapidly growing        different experience, a different view,”   how perceptions of them compare.”
department that aims to help supply        he said. “The Chinese students have        The Institute of Comparative Cultural
the growing demand in China for            their own experiences of growing up        Studies, Ningbo – a branch of the
graduates equipped to work in              and living in China, and the               Nottingham institute of the same name
journalism, public relations, business
                                           communications institutions that exist     – is also attached to the division.
communications, advertising and
marketing, broadcasting, the media         here. So inevitably that influences the
                                           starting point they have for looking at
and publishing.
                                           these issues.”
                                                                                       At a glance...
Offering both undergraduate and            Programmes cover a wide range of core       International
postgraduate courses, the division         subjects including the study of modern      Communications
straddles the boundaries between           European and Asian languages,
journalism and media studies and also      communications theory, culture, the         •15 staff including members from
                                           media and the social sciences as well as      Mexico, China, UK and Germany
includes a strong cultural studies
element. Teaching and learning focuses     subjects relating to the use of modern      • 180 UG and PG students;
                                                                                         including 47 in the first year
on the cultural differences between        information technologies and
                                                                                         (intensive English language
countries, and how that influences the     globalisation.
                                                                                         study) — this figure rising to 75+
way in which messages are produced in      “They approach the course from a
                                                                                         in next academic year.
one country and received in another.       diverse set of perspectives,” said Dr
Chinese undergraduates may not have        Gladston. “Quite a lot of students          • Majority of the students are
                                                                                         Chinese, but also from Russia,
direct experience of western media         concentrate on the news media and
                                                                                         Thailand, Canada and the UK.
practices when they arrive at UNNC,        journalism. But others are interested in
but that does not mean they have no        business communications, PR, cultural       • Offers BA and MA courses in
                                                                                         International Communications
frame of reference, according to Head      communications like film, literature and
                                                                                         Studies.
of Division, Dr Paul Gladston (above).     comparative cultural studies of things
“It’s not necessarily that they have any   like traditional Chinese medicine



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Focus on: employee




Focus on...
Chris Woodrow




Chris Woodrow is an IT Support                 Hybrid Environment for Research                consolidated server. I have the task of
Assistant working across the                   Preservation and Access’ and aims to open      going through the ‘user’ areas on the eight
University’s Faculty of Science.               up access to research material from UK         servers that cover all the science schools.
                                               higher education institutions through a        The exercise is to identify any data that
Monday:                                        network of online archives. The seminar        doesn’t belong to a particular user which
Today I caught the hopper bus over to          offered a useful insight into a project I      involves contacting IT representatives to
Jubilee to help out in Computer Science’s IT   didn’t have knowledge of.                      see if the data is to be kept or deleted thus
support department. After having an initial                                                   reducing the amount of data that will be
tour round the server room and computer        Wednesday:                                     consolidated.
labs, we went through some of the              I introduced the new starter in the Science
administration and call logging system. My     IT support team, who is based at the Sutton    Friday:
position is unique in the science IT team,     Bonington campus, to our team members in       I spent the morning finishing off
not being tied to any one particular school,   Chemistry and Pharmacy. Whilst he spent        configuring PCs that have been designated
and I roam between University Park and         some time in Pharmacy working in the           for use within schools in Biosciences. These
Sutton Bonington, helping out where            Centre for Biomolecular Sciences building, I   will be used to replace older and slower
assistance is most needed within the team.     used my time to catch up with support          machines used mainly by postgraduate
It’s back to my office in the afternoon to     calls, and to write my monthly team report,    students. After a pub lunch I have a
catch up on emails.                            which gets submitted into the team meeting     meeting with the group leader. These are
                                               scheduled for Friday.                          monthly one-to-ones where we discussed
Tuesday:                                                                                      current support issues, future project work
Set up some user accounts requested by the     Thursday:                                      and training opportunities. The remainder
Learning Sciences Research Institute and       Support teams are assisting in the server      of the afternoon is spent in support.
spent an hour or so in SupportWorks (the       consolidation project. During the coming
call logging application used within IS) and   months the way that data is stored and
then off to an IS staff seminar at             backed up will be changed by consolidating
lunchtime, entitled ‘SHERPA on Open            existing servers into one single area and
Access’. SHERPA stands for ‘Securing a         transferring all existing data onto the




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Research briefing


Brief 1

Slithering back
in time




                                                                                                 Garden pest?
                                                                                                 Snails could help us track the first
                                                                                                 human migrations into the British Isles.



T
      hey’re a common fixture in the UK          clearly distinct from the equivalent            Dr Angus Davison from the School of
      landscape, and most would regard           organisms in England and Wales and it is        Biology says snails could be important in
      them as native, but snails have only       not clear how they got there. Using             helping us trace our past. “Snails are
been living here for the past 10,000 years.      genetics to trace the origins of snails         normally considered a bit of a menace for
It’s thought that snails hitched a lift to the   suggests that one species of snail in Ireland   bedding plants and shrubs, but we are
mainland when our immigrant ancestors            came from the north of Spain, implying          hoping to turn people’s knowledge of them
travelled to these shores, and that the          that the very first settlers of Ireland were    to a more useful purpose. Although people
creatures — often targeted as garden pests       Spanish. In Scotland a Viking link could be     have moved around a lot, snails move so
— could shed light on how the British Isles      strengthened by potential evidence from         slowly that descendents of the original
were colonised.                                  the project.                                    snails should still be in the same place. We
By studying the snails’ genetic make-up,                                                         can use information from them to help
scientists can trace their origins, and the      Snail gathering                                 understand where the people came from.”
origins of the people that bought them           Scientists want snails from many areas, but
here. Researchers at the University now          would particularly like them from some           Do you want to get involved?:
want the public to help collect snails of a      specific sites. In Ireland; Co Mayo
                                                                                                  Anyone keen to collect snails for the
special human and archaeological interest.       (Swinford, near Knock) and Dublin
A lot of questions remain unanswered             (Newlands Cross) are of particular interest.     project can contact Dr Davison for an
about some of the plants and animals of          In Scotland, snails are needed from Skye,        information pack on 30322.
Ireland and the Scottish Islands. Many are       the Hebrides, Shetland and Orkney.



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Research briefing



                                                                                              // In brief

                                                                                              Deadly toxin
                                                                                              unmasked
                                                                                              The genome sequence of the
                                                                                              world’s most lethal toxin has
                                                                                              been revealed by a research
                                                                                              team including academics from
                                                                                              the University.
                                                                                              Clostridium botulinum is so
                                                                                              deadly that less than two
                                                                                              kilograms could kill every
                                                                                              single person on the planet.
                                                                                              But genome sequencing
                                                                                              revealed that the toxin doesn’t
                                                                                              have subtle tools to evade
                                                                                              human defences or tricky
                                                                                              methods of acquiring resistance
Brief 2                                                                                       to antibiotics. It lives either as a
                                                                                              dormant spore or as a scavenger
                                                                                              of decaying animal materials in


Malaria vaccine                                                                               the soil, not interacting with
                                                                                              human or animal hosts for long
                                                                                              periods of time.
                                                                                              Occasionally it gets into a living


hope
                                                                                              animal, via contaminated food
                                                                                              or open wounds, leading to
                                                                                              infant botulism or wound
                                                                                              botulism — both of which are
                                                                                              serious human infections.
                                                                                              Prof Nigel Minton, Professor of
                                                                                              Applied Molecular Biology at



O
              ne person dies of it every 30    natural immunity to the disease, a team        the University, developed new
              seconds, it rivals HIV and       from the School of Biology refined and         methods to ‘knock out’ some of
              tuberculosis as the world's      strengthened the antibodies using a new        the C. botulinum genes using
              most deadly infection and the    animal testing system which, for the first     the ClosTron system, helping
vast majority of its victims are under five    time, mimics in mice the way malaria           researchers to get a clearer
years old. Now, just over 100 years since      infects humans. When injected into mice,       picture of the genome.
Britain's Sir Ronald Ross was awarded the      these antibodies protected them against the    “The availability of this tool
Nobel Prize for finally proving that malaria   disease.                                       should revolutionise functional
is transmitted by mosquitoes, researchers at   The World Health Organisation (WHO) says       genomic studies in clostridia,”
the University believe they have made a        malaria is a public health problem in more     he said.
significant breakthrough in the search for     than 90 countries and describes it as by far
an effective vaccine.                          the world's most important tropical
Malaria infects around 400 million people      parasitic disease. It kills more people than
every year and kills between one and three     any other communicable disease except
million, mostly children.                      tuberculosis and more than 90 per cent of
Dr Richard Pleass, from the Institute of       all malaria cases are in sub-Saharan Africa.
Genetics, said: “Our results are very, very    According to WHO, the dream of the global
significant. We have made the best possible    eradication of malaria is beginning to fade
animal model you can get in the absence of     with the growing number of cases, rapid
working on humans or higher primates, as       spread of drug resistance in people and
well as developing a novel therapeutic         increasing insecticide resistance in
entity.”                                       mosquitoes.
Using blood from a group of people with



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Upcoming events




Looking                                                                    A new student centre and the
                                                                           Federation of Student Islamic
                                                                           Societies annual conference


forward
                                                                           are in the news this month on
                                                                           campus.




Federation of Student Islamic                                                                // In brief

Societies Annual Conference                                                                  Welcome
22 to 24 June 2007, University Park, Nottingham
                                                                                             move

A
           s many students are winding                                                       A new Student Services
           down after exams and looking                                                      Centre is set to open in the
           forward to the summer, one                                                        Portland Building on
           Nottingham society is looking                                                     University Park. Student
forward to one of the biggest events in its                                                  Services staff will be moving
calendar. The Federation of Student Islamic                                                  to their new home from the
Societies (FOSIS) is holding its annual                                                      Orchards building over the
conference on University Park this year —                                                    summer.
and the theme is ‘inspire’.                                                                  As well as seeking support,
Around 700 delegates are expected on                                                         students will be able to use
campus for the three-day conference,                                                         the office for essential
which will be based around the Portland                                                      administrative activities. Staff
Building from 22-24 June. Lectures will                                                      will provide support, answer
also take place in the newly-built Centre                                                    queries or refer enquiries for
for Biomolecular Sciences, as it is home to                                                  a personal response.
the largest lecture theatre on campus.                                                       The move has been welcomed
Representatives will attend the conference                                                   by Students’ Union president
from universities across the UK and           exclusive event; there will be something for   Dave Willey, who said it
Ireland. Speakers include eminent Muslim      everyone.”                                     would be a positive change
academics, including Jamal Badawi and         Abida is pleased that the conference is        for students. Prof David Riley,
Tariq Ramadan, and Sarah Joseph, who          returning to Nottingham.                       Pro-Vice Chancellor for
edits Emel, Britain’s only Muslim lifestyle   “It was held here in 2002, and again in        Student Experience, added: “I
magazine.                                     2006, but last year’s event was just one       am confident that the new
Themes covered by speakers include Islam      day,” she said. “The grounds are beautiful.    centre will greatly enhance
and the environment, Islamophobia and the     When people come here they can really          the student experience at
media and gender interactions. Workshops      relax, it’s a lovely calm atmosphere and the   Nottingham, the quality of
are also available in calligraphy, writing    facilities are great.                          which is of vital importance
skills and empowering Muslims in higher       “We want this conference to inspire            to us all.”
education.                                    people.”
Abida Malik, publicity co-ordinator for the   For more information on the conference         For more information e-mail
conference, said: “We want lots of people     visit www.fosis.org.uk                         robin.dollery@nottingham.ac.
to come to the event, not just students —                                                    uk
and not just Muslims. This isn’t an




20                                                                                                           Exchange: June 2007
                                                                                                                                   History



Before staff and students had
a chance to take up residence
at Sutton Bonington, the                                               Looking
                                                                       back
premises were commandeered
for a very different purpose.




In service of
the country
1916 to 1918, Sutton Bonington as POW camp




W
              hen the country’s     The camp had its share of
              newest vet school     prestigious internees, among
              in 50 years           them Commander Karl von
              welcomed its first    Muller, Captain of SMS Emden
students last September, it was     — a disguised cruiser that
the latest development in           played havoc with Allied
providing agricultural education    shipping in the Indian Ocean.
at Sutton Bonington — a             The Emden sank or captured 30
tradition going back almost 100     Allied merchant vessels and
years.                              warships before her final battle                                       Temporary residents
But when the administration         in late 1914. After taking a                                           German officers interned at
block and lecture theatre were      direct hit on her munitions hold                                       Sutton Bonington during WWI.
completed in 1915 — thanks to       in the Battle of Cocos,
a grant from the Board of           Commander Muller ran the ship      along with 19 more, from the          short-lived. The County War
Agriculture — it was not staff      aground to prevent her from        camp at Sutton Bonington.”            Agricultural Committee agreed
and students that became its        sinking.                           The men had escaped through a         the officers’ evacuation in 1918.
first residents.                                                       narrow tunnel they had made           In 1919 the Agrimag editor
Instead, after the last brick had   Tunnelling out                     beneath the barbed wire               wrote: “In the past many
been mortared in place, the         And though students and staff      enclosure. Soil from the tunnel       disappointments have been
War Department                      were eager to take up residence    was found hidden under the            suffered with regard to the New
commandeered the site as a          in the new buildings, the          floor of a tiered lecture room in     College, but ‘things are now
prisoner of war camp for            prisoners were not so eager to     the main building — now               moving’. It is believed that most
German officers. The first          stay. A letter from the Chief      Lecture Room One.                     of our ‘foreign visitors’ will
arrived in 1916, and Sutton         Constable of Nottinghamshire       The majority of the men were          have commenced their
Bonington remained an               to the Under Secretary of State    captured in West Bridgford            homeward journey ‘ere our
internment camp until 1918.         at the Home Office dated 1         three days after their escape,        magazine is completed. We have
The 1916 issue of Agrimag           October 1917 reported the          with the remaining four picked        reason to believe also that, by
reported diplomatically that        following.                         up in Chesterfield on 30              the time of our next
“the New College at Sutton          “At 4.30am on the 25               September.                            publication, the Midland
Bonington is nearing                September 1917, Sergeant                                                 Agricultural Dairy College will
completion, but the fitting out     Roberts and his men had re-        But the high demand for               be fairly installed at Sutton
of various departments will not     captured three escaped POWs;       training in agriculture meant         Bonington.”
be completed until after the        Lieutenants Luhz, Liemann and      that Sutton Bonington’s period
war.”                               Landsberg who had escaped,         as a POW camp was relatively



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What’s on
Summer music, prestigious lecturers and top-class dance
are on the menu around the University this month. For
comprehensive listings visit www.nottingham.ac.uk/events


 Exhibitions
In sickness and in health
Date: until Sunday 22 July
Venue: DH Lawrence Pavilion, Lakeside
Arts Centre, Nottingham
Time: Monday-Friday: 11am-4pm
Saturday, Sunday, bank holidays:
12noon-4pm
Admission: Free

Alice Maher — Natural Artifice
Date: until Sunday 17 June
Venue: Djanogly Art Gallery, Lakeside Arts
Centre, Nottingham
Time: Monday-Saturday: 11am-5pm,
Sunday: 12noon-4pm
Admission: Free

International Children’s Theatre
and Dance Festival exhibition
Date: until Wednesday 13 June
Venue: Wallner Gallery, Lakeside Arts
Centre, Nottingham
Time: Monday-Saturday: 10am-5pm,
Sunday: 12noon-4pm
Admission: Free


 Comedy                                      Graduate School                        Nottingham alumnus and President of
                                                                                    the Local Government Association Lord
A funny place — best of the                  — Dean’s Lecture                       Richard Best OBE (above) will give a
                                                                                    presentation entitled ‘Academe and
Leicester Comedy Festival
Date: Thursday 21 June
                                             Series                                 Parliament: can universities influence
                                                                                    national policy?’ as part of the Dean’s
Venue: Djanogly Theatre, Lakeside Arts       Date: Thursday 14 June
                                                                                    Lecture Series at the Graduate School.
Centre, Nottingham                           Venue: B63, Law and Social Sciences,
                                                                                    Spaces are limited for this event, but
Time: 8pm                                    University Park
                                                                                    there may be a couple of seats left.
Admission: £12 standard, £9 concessions,     Time: 4pm
                                                                                    E-mail jillian.gorski@nottingham.ac.uk
£5 restricted view                           Admission: Free
                                                                                    for more information.




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                                                                                      Time series analysis
                                                                                      of quantiles
                                                                                      Lecture by Sir Clive Granger, Nobel laureate
                                                                                      Date: Friday 22 June
                                                                                      Venue: Room B63, Law and Social Sciences
                                                                                      Building, University Park
                                                                                      Time: 12noon
                                                                                      Admission: Free




 Dance                                        Music
TPO presents The Italian Garden              University Wind Orchestra,                    Clarinet Ensemble and Double
Date: Monday 11 June to Wednesday 13         Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Flute                Reed Ensemble
June                                         Choir                                         Date: Thursday 14 June
Venue: Djanogly Theatre, Lakeside Arts       Date: Tuesday 12 June                         Venue: Djanogly Recital Hall, Lakeside Arts
Centre, Nottingham                           Venue: Great Hall, Trent Building,            Centre, Nottingham
Time: 6pm                                    University Park                               Time: 12noon
Admission: £6 standard                       Time: 7.30pm                                  Admission: Free
                                             Admission: £8 standard, £5 concessions
Ankh Dance Company presents
WAQT by Gauri Sharma Tripathi                String Orchestra, Collegium                    Lectures and seminars
Date: Wednesday 27 June                      Musicum
Venue: Djanogly Art Gallery, Lakeside Arts   Date: Tuesday 12 June
Centre, Nottingham                           Venue: Djanogly Recital Hall, Lakeside Arts   Maternal smoking and the
Time: 8pm                                    Centre, Nottingham                            offspring brain
Admission: £12 standard. £9 concessions,     Time: 12noon                                  Prof Tomas Paus, Nottingham
£5 restricted view                           Admission: Free                               Date: Tuesday 12 June
                                                                                           Venue: Room E1713, Queen’s Medical
Northern School of                           Blue Shift                                    Centre
Contemporary Dance presents                  Date: Wednesday 13 June                       Time: 1pm
Verve ‘07                                    Venue: Amphitheatre, Lakeside Arts            Admission: Free
Date: Thursday 28 June                       Centre, Nottingham
Venue: Djanogly Theatre, Lakeside Arts       Time: 2pm                                     Novagen Seminar Series
Centre, Nottingham                           Admission: Free                               Barbara Morris, Novagen
Time: 8pm                                                                                  Date: Tuesday 19 June
Admission: £7 standard, £5 concessions, £5   University Choir, Viva Voce and               Venue: Room CBS11-A, Centre for
restricted view                              Coco Sorelle                                  Biomolecular Sciences, University Park
                                             Date: Wednesday 13 June                       Time: 2pm
                                             Venue: Djanogly Recital Hall, Lakeside Arts   Admission: Free
                                             Centre, Nottingham
                                             Time: 7.30pm                                  Dual definition for the factor
                                             Admission: £8 standard, £5 concessions        content of trade and its effect on
                                                                                           factor rewards in the US
                                             University Festival Orchestra and             manufacturing sector
                                             Contempo                                      Agelos Delis, Nottingham
                                             Date: Thursday 14 June                        Date: Monday 11 June
                                             Venue: Great Hall, Trent Building,            Venue: Room A41, Sir Clive Granger
                                             University Park                               Building, University Park
                                             Time: 7.30pm                                  Time: 1pm
                                             Admission: £8 standard, £5 concessions        Admission: Free




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Spotlight on...




  Home
  creative
  University Summer
  Exhibition,
  Djanogly Art
  Gallery, Saturday
  18 August to
  Saturday 19
  September,
  admission free.


  W
                alls in your living room
                looking a bit bare? Looking
                for something a bit more
                original than an Ikea print
  for the bedroom? Want a piece of art
  that is original but affordable?
  Well, look no further than the
  University Summer Exhibition. This
  annual event gives you the opportunity
  to buy artwork created by members of                                                        Photographed by:
  the University community. Open to staff,                                                    Mike Beard,
  students and alumni, the exhibition is                                                      technician, Sutton
                                                                                              Bonington
  always a popular event in the summer
  gallery programme.
  There’s a variety of styles, materials and
  subjects to choose from, so come and
  have a look and see if there’s anything to
  suit you.
  It’s always popular though, so make sure
                                               Photo of the month
  you view early to avoid disappointment.      The radio telescope on the roof of the Maths and Physics
                                               Building captured on a particularly clear night. The telescope
                                               is used in undergraduate research projects, such as mapping
                                               hydrogen in the galaxy.



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                                                University. Send your photos (300dpi, jpeg format) to
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