Tag Archives: Research

Moving on: 12 years at Nottingham

Its 12 years since I first arrived at the University of Nottingham as a fresh-faced undergraduate. I didn’t think back then I’d still be here 12 years later, having studied two degrees and worked in a number of  jobs across … Continue reading

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A green chemist’s interest in responsible research and innovation

In the past few months, I have been involved in a project on responsible research and innovation (RRI). What is RRI? Well, it’s concerned with the “nature and trajectory of new technologies and fields of enquiry” and asks at a fundamental … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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My current role as a Business Science Fellow

This is the last of my entries describing my career to date, describing how I left the lab behind.  Research can be both a thrilling and tedious activity.  Periods of monotony, carrying out similar experiments, interspersed with those exciting, potentially … Continue reading

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What a Ph.D. in Chemistry Gave Me

In my last entry I described how I ended up doing chemistry at University and a couple of the lessons I learned that shaped my attitude to science and my career.  Continuing in a similar vein, I carry on writing … Continue reading

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