Todd Landman is Professor of Political Science and Pro-Vice-Chancellor within the Faculty of Social Sciences at The University of Nottingham.
In addition to that, he is also internationally renowned for his work on the measurement and analysis of human rights; he has assisted the European Commission, the United Nations Development Programme, the UK foreign Office and Amnesty International.
In this interview, we have touched on a wide range of subjects from 'academic magic' to his favourite books.
Great to see projects at scale happening in the further education sector. The opportunities afforded to agricultural colleges like Sparsholt are, of course, different to urban colleges and universities but this is ambitious. Great to see.
Coverage of the new GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) building based on The University of Nottingham's Jubilee Campus.
Featuring an interview with University of Nottingham Professor Peter Licence regarding the carbon neutral status of the building.
“When we built this building, we borrowed carbon from our environment, from the planet. So essentially, we have to pay back the pounds that we used to construct the building but we also have to pay back the carbon to the environment and we do that by making electricity and making excess heat in this building.”
The new building is now up and running and will become the world's first carbon neutral laboratory.
In 2015/16, Green Impact was run in 270 organisations, with 1,889 Green Impact teams or departments, reaching 29,191 staff. NUS trained 912 students as mentors and auditors, and delivered 85,851 greening actions, 52,352 of which were done as a result of the scheme.
The search is once again on for the county's greenest community projects, business ideas, innovations and individuals as the Nottingham Post Environmental Awards 2016 are officially launched today.
Andrew Nolan, sustainability director at The University of Nottingham — which is sponsoring the environmentalist of the year category — said: "From the individuals who help maintain our award-winning green campuses to the talented academics undertaking world-class research into global challenges such as addressing climate change, we're very much aware of the positive impact that passionate and committed individuals can have.
"Sustainability is one of our top priorities at The University of Nottingham, and sponsoring the Environmental Awards is a rewarding element of that."
Article published: 8 August 2016
Andy Nolan's insight:
We're delighted to support the Nottingham Post's Environmental Awards again this year. It's just one way we can acknowledge and recognise the tremendous commitment of individuals, community groups and businesses in the city.
Students at the University of Exeter could be completely banned from bringing cars with them to campus should a petition prove successful.
Disgruntled residents want the elite Russell Group institution to follow in the footsteps of both Cambridge and Nottingham universities which do not allow students to have cars within a 10-mile radius and a 15-mile radius respectively.
The petition, which is being spearheaded by the Exeter Express and Echo, adds that many residents have raised issues over parking congestion in student-heavy areas of the city.
What kind of things did you throw away when you move house? Well today students at the University of Nottingham were getting rid of their unwanted items now the year is over... but not in the conventional way of popping things in bins.
Kirsty McKeown from The University of Nottingham's Student Operations & Support Division tells more about how the University and Nottingham City Council make use of the horse and cart to help students donate things to charity.
A week today we're taking Nottingham to Westminster to showcase the great things happening in Nottingham. The University is showcasing many of the great things it does and supporting our partners too. Nottingham's commitment to sustainable transport - something that is really important to The University of Nottingham - is being led by Lillian Greenwood MP. Some important lessons to be understood about the benefits of comprehensive public transport, tram investments, work place park levies and strong leadership on low emission transport. An opportunity to look at a successful alternative to the franchised public transport model. Nottingham is viewed as a beacon for Public Transport best practice, with its operators and the local authority regularly winning awards for excellence. Patronage, passenger satisfaction, punctuality and journey times are all improving. A proven track record of innovative partnership working between the local authority and progressive operators, delivering consistent improvements over the past 10 years.
Over the last 2 years we have installed 3 new cooling units for the Medical school where maintaining stable internal temperatures is vital for experimentation and user comfort. The School is our most energy intensive space across our UK campuses so investment to reduce carbon, save money and build in resilience has been central to our invesment. The chillers are electrically powered and use high efficiency compressors to minimise energy input. Along with improved chiller controls, this is expected to provide annual energy cost savings of £270,000 and carbon savings of 933 tonnes of CO2, equivalent to taking 183 cars off the road for a year. The system has now operated successfully over the summer period. As a comparison with last summer (Jun-Aug), steam consumption for the Medical school has more than halved, resulting in a net saving of £103,765.
On our Sutton Bonington Campus we have invested £1.35m in two combined heat and power (CHP) units which produce heat and electricity for use at the campus.This upgrade delivers around 40% of the site’s electrical and heating demand providing estimated reductions in annual energy bills of £260,000, and resulting in reducing the carbon footprint of the University by 1,150 tonnes.
Our friends at Enactus Nottingham are representing the UK at the Enactus World Cup in Toronto. They're presenting two great projects - Aquor and ReCovered. Two shining examples of sustainable social enterprise.
Nottingham is good at parks — a point confirmed with the award of 29 Green Flags last month. But the city has been good at parks for a very long time — as a new exhibition explains. The show, Nottingham's Historic Green Spaces, continues at the Local Studies Library until August 30 and is the latest contribution to a community history project.
Led by academics at The University of Nottingham, the project tells the history of the city's Victorian parks and shows how they continue to perform the function for which they were intended — providing rest and recreation for toiling citizens.
And with it comes the message that these green spaces should be protected in perpetuity, as our Victorian forefathers intended.
"You remember what happened when a leisure centre was proposed for one end of The Forest recreation ground," we are reminded by Professor John Beckett of The University of Nottingham.
Article published: 9 August 2016
Andy Nolan's insight:
It was great to see the Green Flags awarded last month - two for our very own University Park and Jubilee Campuses. This new exhibition "Nottingham's Historic Green Spaces" continues til 30th August.
Almost 50 organisations are benefiting from a University of Nottingham internship initiative designed to help local SMEs tap into student expertise.
The Nottingham Internship Scheme has flourished over the last three years, culminating in the placement of over 80 interns this summer, almost double the number from last year.
48 different organisations have been involved this year, receiving approximately 40 percent of the cost of employing the intern.
Article published: 9 August 2016
Andy Nolan's insight:
The University of Nottingham takes internships seriously because we know our students are more employable as a result. We're running 4 internships with the Faculty of Engineering around the concept of a 'smart campus' this summer. It's a win-win.
He’s eco-conscious at home, but Matt Youson still charges round under petrol power on the road. But now he’s been given the chance to put the low-emissions Renault ZOE through its paces on a road trip between two of the UK’s greenest cities, Milton Keynes and Nottingham.
The University of Nottingham's Jubilee Campus is a study in urban sustainability. Built on brownfield land, it features rainwater harvesting, biomass boilers, and ground source heat pumps. In the 2015 GreenMetric sustainability rankings, Nottingham was declared the world’s most sustainable university for a third time. It has a hydrogen pump for the hardcore low-emissions driving enthusiast but, happily for us, also offers electric points.
The campus is the first place ZOE’s electric nature becomes obvious. The roads are mixed-use, the odd vehicle jockeying for space with students on foot or cycling. ZOE is quiet. And the campus charging points require the car’s own cable. They’re free to use during office hours for anyone with a parking permit or ticket.
Article published: 15 June 2016
Andy Nolan's insight:
Nice piece here featuring our Jubilee Campus in Nottingham.
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