Category Archives: Research

Power to the post-doc: the role of Research Staff Associations

Post-doc life can be a strange existence. Tied to short, fixed-term contracts and those with academic ambitions expected to move from place-to-place, post-docs are by very nature a transitory species. For those who are happy to shoulder the uncertainty in … Continue reading

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The peril of the press release

In a famous piece of media analysis, the average length of a soundbite in a US presidential election was found to have collapsed from 43 seconds in 1968 to just nine by 1988. Although the discovery led to plenty of head-scratching and fears … Continue reading

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Sustainable chemistry thriving at the University of Nottingham

This post is a copy of a press release I wrote for a recent event on green and sustainable chemistry held at The University of Nottingham in April 2014.  Researchers from across the University of Nottingham came together to talk … Continue reading

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Our Broken Science Career Path: Something Needs to Change

The career path for scientists and engineers in UK academia is broken.  But we knew that already. The recent House of Commons’ Science and Technology Committee’s report on women in STEMM careers (science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine) is just … Continue reading

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Fears over physical science funding in the UK

This week I went to a talk by David Delpy, current Chief Executive of the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC). EPSRC are responsible for administering funding for academic research to, unsurprisingly, engineering and the physical sciences, and are … Continue reading

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Where next for Green Chemistry?

I recently attended the 6th International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry. This post is intended as a summary of some of the key messages and information coming out of the conference. As there were a large number of presentations … Continue reading

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An MP Visits the School of Chemistry

A number of professional bodies in the sciences run schemes to connect practising scientists with Members of Parliament or other politicians in the UK. Such schemes undoubtedly act as a gentle means of reminding our politicians about the importance of … Continue reading

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Taking the Corporate Pound- Why Universities and Companies Collaborate

Much of my job involves creating links between companies and academic researchers, which means coming into contact with a whole range of industry sectors, from Cleantech to pharmaceuticals to energy and oil. Oxford’s new Shell-sponsored research institute has highlighted an … Continue reading

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My most elegant chemistry result

I was at a talk by Professor Richard Schrock recently and he put up some very elegant NMR spectra taken by his researchers. Although not an organic chemist, it was an NMR spectrum I measured during my Ph.D. that remains … Continue reading

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From the Lab to the Laptop: Writing your Thesis

I finished my Thesis in 2010, but am reliving the process again as several friends are currently writing theirs.  Hearing some of their discussions brings both a wry smile to my lips but also a sense of anxiety as I … Continue reading

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