Alumni Fund projects

Every year, with your help, Alumni Fund projects continue to provide support that is exclusively directed towards the benefit of students in three main areas:

  • Supporting academic achievement and excellence through new scholarships, bursaries and awards
  • Enhancing the learning experience by adding extra learning resources and kick-starting new opportunities for students that may not otherwise be possible
  • Creating inspiring surroundings by enhancing the campus environment to ensure that NTU continues to grow as a great place to study.

Below we bring you news of just some of the projects supported. See also Alumni Fund scholarships.

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Soprano sax back in use

Third year criminology student Christopher Brown, is benefiting from using the Soprano Saxophone – originally purchased in 2008 thanks to our alumni.




Alumni pick up a piccolo for Beth

Second year Biomedical Sciences student, Beth Martin, is enjoying playing a brand new piccolo thanks to generous donations from alumni.





Alumni Fund supports students at World University Games

Charlie Parry-EvansSix talented NTU sports stars will be competing at this year’s World University Games.

The international University Sports Federation (FISU) organise the World University Games (the Universiade) every two years. The Universiade is widely recognised as the second largest multisport games in the world after the Olympic Games, with over 2,500 participants from over 50 countries. The 2017 Winter Universiade will be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan from the 29 January - 8 February, and thanks to your support the following students will be competing:

Charles Parry-Evans – Figure Skating

Lucy Kendall and Holly Steeples - Women’s Ice Hockey

Ryan Rathbone - Women's Ice Hockey Coaching Team

Thomas Hovell and Joseph Gretton 

We wish them the best of luck and will let you know how they get on!

Students get support to learn languages

BAIB language buddy schemeThe Nottingham Business School (NBS) has used Alumni Fund money to enable the BA Hons International Business (BAIB) course to set up a sustainable Tandem Language Buddy scheme which accommodates the needs of all three academic years. Read more...

New sports equipment gets everyone involved

New sports resourcesA number of sport-related undergraduate courses in the School of Science and Technology and the School of Education have the vocational area of sports coaching as a core element embedded into  modules. These are designed to provide students with rich insights into the effects of exclusion and social injustice in school sport and physical education, as well as equipping them with valuable practical experiences of adapted and non-traditional sports. Read more...

Students reach for the stars

CCD imaging equipment in use The NTU observatory has been improved thanks to Alumni Fund money. CCD imaging equipment will ensure high quality images of astronomical objects in several filter bands. It will follow in the footsteps of striking images generated by Hubble over the past 25 years to convey astronomy knowledge and interest through imagery. In addition, imaging equipment has been upgraded to allow to further develop NTU’s exoplanet projects - one of the most popular final year projects. The equipment will also lead towards exploring adaptive optics as an example of modern astronomical imaging. Read more...

Students focus on the small things in life

The Biosciences team in the School of Science and Technology have purchased one Stemi 305 stereo zoom microscope with Alumni Fund money, for the observation of terrestrial and aquatic invertebrate specimens. They also purchased a camera and adapter that will allow magnified invertebrates to be viewed on screen and photographed.  Read more...

We want to be talon you more about our peregrines

Peregrine Falcons nesting at NTUWe have been lucky enough to have two peregrine falcons nesting at Nottingham Trent University for more than ten years. Dr Louise Gentle of the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences (ARES) applied for Alumni Fund money to purchase a thermal imagery camera so that scientists can investigate whether the birds are bringing freshly killed (warm) prey back to the nest, or food which has been killed earlier and stored in a larder (cold). The project will also enable the scientists to determine whether the peregrines are hunting at night. Read more...


No need for Charlie to put studies on ice

Charlie Parry-EvansSecond year Sport Exercise Science student, Charlie Parry-Evans, does not have to put his studies “on ice” thanks to the Alumni Fund.

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Kirsty gallops her way to success, thanks to Alumni Fund

Kirsty ShortSecond year Sports Education and Psychology student and rising star in eventing, Kirsty Short, is one of the recipients of this year’s Alumni Fund Award for Sport – thanks to the generous donations of former students.

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Lifelong love for music rewarded by Alumni Fund

Jenny SadieThe 2014/15 Alumni Fund Award for Music recipient is third year BSc (Hons) Animal Biology Student Jenny Sadie – who is now able to play the “amazing” Marimba whilst studying at NTU.

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Joe's thanks for alumni support

Joe SeamanFlatwater sprint canoeist Joseph Seaman (BSc Hons Sport Science Management 2011) received support from the Alumni Fund whilst he was at Nottingham Trent University to help him combine is studies with his sport.

Joe got in touch with the Alumni Association recently to give us an update, and to thank alumni for supporting him as a student.

Read his message for alumni.

New equipment makes a splash..

NTU Sub Aqua club underwaterThe NTU Sub Aqua club has acquired new equipment to enable more students to take part in the popular club. They received three new Apeks regulators and robust new Buddy Buoyancy Control Devices (BCDs).

In 2013 the Club were given a certificate in recognition of being a British Sub Aqua Club for 40 years. Although the club is relatively small in comparison to some other NTSU Sports Clubs, it is consistently growing in terms of both student popularity and also alumni affiliation after graduating. Since 2013 the Club has run an annual Easter trip to Mull in Scotland accumulating hundreds of hours of diving. With this new kit this popular trip will be able to grow in the coming years.

NTU Sub Aqua club Matt McAuliffe, President of the NTU Sub Aqua Club said: “The kit is going to be such a fantastic addition to our existing stock. It will allow us to get more people doing try dives, more people coming through the training and ultimately getting more and more students into diving. The kit will be taken good care of and will serve the Club, our students and our alumni instructors for many years to come. Thank you!”


Nottingham Law School Free Representation Unit

Luke using books to assist with Free Representation Unit casesThe prestigious Nottingham Law School (NLS) has for several years now run a free representation unit in conjunction with the London-based charity, FRU.  Alumni Funding has been used to purchase essential books for Nottingham Law School students which provide important information about the Employment and Social Security Law and Tribunal practice. Some students working on FRU cases will use their experience for academic credit, therefore the purchase will directly affect the formal learning experience.

Nottingham FRU provides free representation to clients in employment and social security tribunals. Students, supervised by Law School staff, work directly with clients in the community to ensure they have proper representation.  As well as having a high success rate at tribunal, students have achieved settlements and awards in individual cases in excess of £20,000. Last year Nottingham FRU recovered around £60,000 in compensation for clients in employment cases.

One Law student said: "It’s a fantastic way to put into practice what we are learning in our lectures and also expand our legal horizons in a way that is both practical and interesting, whilst giving something back to the community. I’ve had a really positive experience with such excellent supervisors, who are so supportive and enthusiastic about their work. The opportunity to take on real life cases is such an invaluable experience and the skills acquired are so applicable to my course.”

A FRU client said of his experience: “When I had an issue at work I first approached the Citizens Advice Bureau for help in overturning the original decision and I expected a social worker to aid me. It was after my first meeting with Luke Berry (ProDip Bar Vocational Course/ Programme 2014) that my worries eased. Luke proved to be very professional and understanding. His determination to overturn the decision was only matched by his confidence. He was obviously well versed in all the legal arguments necessary to win the case. He showed concern about my case whilst keeping me well informed about the documentation that would be submitted to the tribunal.  Many thanks to all at FRU, especially Luke. I would certainly recommend their services to others”.

Kate is riding high

Kate BlelochThis year’s recipient of the Alumni Fund Award for Sport is event rider Kate Bleloch. 

Kate, who is currently studying on the Business Management (In Company) programme, says that she sat on a horse before she could even walk: “My mum and brother both competed so I have always been around horses. I got my first pony, Skippy, for my fourth birthday”.

To prepare for the eventing season, which starts in March, Kate begins work with her horses - nine year old Harry and seven year old Lily – in December. During this time Kate travels home to Warwickshire from Wednesday to Monday to keep her horses fit.

Kate says: “Monday mornings can be tough as I get up to ride the horses before driving back to University. I’ll get very accustomed to early starts as the season progresses, when I’m competing every weekend”

In 2014 Kate represented Great Britain at the Junior Eventing Europeans. Her aim is to ride at 4* level and represent Great Britain at the Senior European Championships and the Olympics whilst continuing to produce young horses.

When on campus you can probably catch Kate in the gym, when she’s not studying, but still insists she gets time to “enjoy university life”.

She said: “I’m so grateful for your help. Eventing is high pressured and time consuming but your support means I can balance my sport with my studies. The gym membership and strength and conditioning enables me to maintain and develop my rider fitness so I can perform at my very best. I am also proud to able to represent the University at the BUCS championships.”

‘Cache’ me if you can

Using rucksacks for educachingBA Primary Education Science students will be ‘educaching’, using hand held GPS units purchased by the Alumni Fund on a trail at Clifton campus where they have to locate a cache. 

Each cache comprises a box of resources that encourage students to interact with and learn from the natural environment and to meet the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum for Science.

Students have a backpack which includes resources such as a data logger and small binoculars. These resources will enable students to learn from the outdoor environment by identifying animals and plants found in the woodland and monitoring the environment using the technology of data logging. The activity offers students more scope for learning and developing the pedagogical approaches they will be able to apply in their practice as trainee teachers.

Students have used the backpacks in science sessions during this academic year. They have responded well to the opportunity to learn outdoors, developing their subject knowledge and their confidence in teaching approaches.

For the first time this academic year students also used the backpacks to support their engagement in outdoor learning at their field work experience. An ‘educaching’ trail was set up around the village of Eyam and students were able to explore the village using the backpacks to support their learning. 

The Road Cycling Club and Triathlon Club get new bikes

Road Cycling Club and Triathlon Club The Road Cycling Club and Triathlon Club didn’t have any road bikes so not surprisingly they were struggling to recruit new members!

Thanks to the Alumni Fund the purchase of five road bikes has given both clubs an opportunity to increase membership by giving students a short term loan to try the sport. Many potential members do not own bikes or were discouraged from bringing bikes due to lack of storage so funds have also helped create new secure storage on campus.

The Road Cycling Club entered its first road race last year but only four students took part due to a lack of road bikes. The Triathlon club managed to enter nine students in the BUCS Sprint.  The new bikes mean that more members can enter competitions.

Philippa Shubert, President of the Club, said “Many student members, who had never used a road bike before, have all enjoyed the use of the club bikes for the cycling skills sessions we run. As a result of using the club bikes one student, Rhys Jones, is now about to buy his first! And Marielle Cattley is taking advantage of the new storage facility for her road bike.”

You can follow the NTU Road Cycling group on Facebook.

Annah blows the trumpet for Alumni Fund

Annah MorrishMulti-talented second year Furniture and Product Design student, Annah Morrish, is making the most of university life thanks to the Alumni Fund.  

Annah, who comes from Rugby in Leicestershire, is this year’s recipient of the Alumni Fund Award for Music and has received a piccolo trumpet for use during her time at NTU.

Annah has played the trumpet for 12 years. She already owns two different trumpets, so was keen to try the piccolo trumpet when the opportunity arose. Now she is looking forward to trying out different pieces of music with the new instrument.

Annah, who also plays the piano, enjoys playing film music and jazz. She attends three rehearsals a week, as well as regular lessons. She also practices at home as much as she can.

She said: “I’d like to thank alumni for the support they have provided, not just for me, but also for the Music department in general.  

“It’s really important that students have the chance to carry on with their music during their studies. I know friends at other universities have had to choose between their extra-curricular activities. One of the reasons I chose to come to NTU was because it offered me the opportunity to do the three things that were most important to me - my course, my music and playing hockey.”

Lace now has a place in a glass case

Entomology cabinet for the Lace ArchiveThe NTU lace archive contains many delicate and fragile historical items, of local and international importance. This includes samples of both hand and machine made lace, portfolios of designs, teaching aids and collections of prize winning designs from international lace competitions.

The collection is managed by Dr Amanda Briggs-Goode and has a steering committee of leading experts including Clare Browne, Victoria & Albert Museum, Joanna Hashagen, The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle and Professor Julian Ellis, Ellis Development Ltd.

The purchase of an Entomology cabinet from the Alumni Fund has allowed for these objects to be viewed outside the confines of the archive. The cabinet houses 20 enclosed drawers with glass lids that can be removed and transported and used for student workshops, talks and exhibitions. A folding trolley has also been purchased to transport the chosen display drawers to destinations in and around the University.

Students from across the School of Art and Design have visited the archive as a starting point for inspiration and concept ideas within their areas. Lace projects have included collaborations, exhibitions and competitions with Timorous Beasties, Hand and Lock, Nottingham Castle, The Wallner Gallery, Tyrone Textiles.  The archive was also a significant element in the recently acclaimed lace:here:now season held in 2012/2013 – being used for staff and student exhibitions as well as being on view to the general public. This has helped to raise awareness of the collection and increased understanding of the lace archive as a significant resource in a historical and educational context. 

Unsupervised practice makes perfect

Sound reducing equipmentDr Matt Connell, a Lecturer on the DJ Cultures module, on the BA Hons Media and Joint Honours Humanities in Communication and Society courses, has received money from the Alumni Fund to equip two DJ and Music Practice Rooms with sound limiting equipment.

Sound limiting headphones and sound limited amplification will enable students to use the rooms for unsupervised practice. Previously, the rooms could only be used when supervised for health and safety reasons due to the potential for damaging sound pressure levels to be generated by the equipment. This constrained students’ opportunities to practice. The installation of professional quality sound limiting equipment has now opened up these rooms for safe unsupervised practice sessions. This will dramatically increase students’ chances to hone their techniques, radically improving their experience of the DJ module, and also potentially enhancing other music technology related elements of the BA Hons Media course. BA Hons Media and Communications student Darby Walsh said: “I always wanted to get involved in DJ-ing and luckily the course incorporated this module. The new equipment has definitely added to the overall experience.”

Since one of the assessed outcomes of the DJ module is to DJ a gig, the opportunity for increased practice will make a  really positive difference to these students’ experience, enabling them to prepare to a more professional level. The gig will be in The Point at Clifton campus on Wednesday 7 May, 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm.

Lecturer “DJ Dr Matt” said: “The techniques needed to operate DJ equipment are craft skills which require proper practice to perfect them, and this generous funding is going to make a real improvement to the module. I’m thrilled to finally see the realisation of my long-held wish to provide practice rooms which students can book to use without my supervision.”

Data interfaces with smart-Q sensor for Physiology/Pharmacology Teaching

Data interfaces with Smart-Q sensor inputs Alumni Fund money was awarded to Principal Lecturer in Biosciences Dr Shiva Sivasubramaniam to buy data interfaces with Smart-Q sensor inputs to simultaneously and continuously record ECG with pulse wave. These were intended for undergraduate physiology teaching and projects and so far two students have successfully carried out their final year BSc (Hons) projects using the equipment.

Student Karl Harber (BSc Hons Biomedical Science) has used the equipment to compare the effects of water temperatures on cardiovascular effects during face immersion to test diving reflex. Another student, Elizabeth Martin (BSC Hons Pharmacology), has tested the effects of valsalva maneuver on cardiovascular parameters and if there are any racial differences.

Shiva said: "Since the device has minimised the duration of these type of investigation, and made it possible to continuously and accurately monitor the changes, I am planning to use the same device for physiology teaching in practical sessions to test the effects of exercise and training on ECG tracing and Diving reflex.

"Although the device looks small it is highly accurate in measuring. I wholeheartedly thank alumni donors for their kindness in improving the learning and teaching within NTU and urge them to continue their support."

Horses tracked using GPS units

Garmin Edge 500 GPS unit on horse at BrackenhurstThe successful use of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in sport has led to analysis of equestrian sports. The School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Science (ARES) alumni funding for seven Garmin Edge 500 GPS tracking units, which record the distance, speed, location and elevation of the subject it is mounted on whether it be a horse, dog or human. The units are more popular than other GPS systems due to their accuracy, but can also increase research carried out by students and for external organisations. They also make the courses more unique and relevant to industry as they are embedded into the teaching across ARES.

The units are being used on horses by final year BSc Equine Sports Science student Rebecca Upton whose dissertation is to investigate the distances travelled by a select group of riding school horses during lessons over a select time frame. She says: “The equipment has aided my studies as it has provided another area of study that may not be available to everyone. Additionally there is the opportunity to add research to the existing uses of global positioning systems especially in the equine industry and to possibly open up more areas of interest and study to others. Overall the units have been very useful in the formation of my dissertation topic and proved to be valuable pieces of equipment.”

Another student, Emma Louise Kent, used the units in her MSc to research the differing physiological demands on horses in different team playing positions during Polocrosse matches. Results found some player positions cover more ground and perform higher intensity exercise which may in future give rise to the introduction of positional specific training regimes instead of generic training programmes therefore improving performance and reducing the incidence of injury in the horse.

Students get specialist equipment resource store

Thanks to the Alumni Fund, students on the BA (Hons) Costume Design and Making and BA (Hons) Theatre Design courses are benefiting from an internal tailoring store which has been created so they can buy stock.  Proceeds then help fund future projects.

Senior Lecturer Karen Bartlett put in the request for the fabric store and Mary Charlton, who is a top maker and has years of experience in the industry, also advised.  All fabrics in the store are sorted for easy access.  There are examples of tutus, wigs, corsets and hats for the students to reference.   There are also sample books showing ranges of busks and bowing used to make corsets, which Mary and Karen use to advise students on what materials to use for their projects.

Students use historical drafts and military uniforms as research to create their intricate costumes. A third year student can spend up to 15 weeks on a costume, for example third year student, Kitty Hawkins, has been using the store to create the undergarment structure of a cockerel costume from The Cunning Little Vixen, the delightful opera telling the warming tale of a mischievous fox by Leoš Janáček. 

Karen said: “The store has helped students meet deadlines as they can start making undergarments and build the structure for their costumes using the generic canvas in the store and then order the special top fabric independently, working within the design concept.”

“There are 26 third year students which due to graduate 2014 so the store has been invaluable in their progress.  The BA Costume Design and Making course is unique as it’s one of the few courses that is 50% design and 50% costume making so gives students a very comprehensive experience.”

Iain "can't wait for the year ahead" thanks to the Alumni Fund

Iain WeirSecond year construction management student, and canoe sprinter, Iain Weir says he “can't wait for the year ahead” after receiving an Alumni Fund Award for Sport.  The funding will enable him to combine his sport with his studies.

Keeping it in the family, Iain followed in his older brothers footsteps into canoe sprint. He now trains two or three times a day, six days a week.  His typical day involves getting up at 7.00 am and getting down to the course for a water session before grabbing some food, going to his lectures, then back for some cardio work or another session in the water and doing some weights. He said: “It’s pretty hard fitting everything in. I’m pretty busy!”

Originally from Banbury in Oxfordshire, Iain took part in the u23 European Championships in Poland last year where he came fifth in the semi-final – a great result for his first singles u23 race – and he took third place over 1,000m at the Olympic hopefuls competition in Czech Republic.

Iain said: “Travelling around the world for my sport and competing for my country are real highlights for me.  Over the next year I aim to get to the u23 European and World Championships again and also get selection for the full senior World Cup events that lead up to the full senior World Championships. My main ambition is to compete at the Olympic Games – whether it’s Rio 2016 or Tokyo 2020.”

Canoe-sprinting back to fitness

Tony KirschsteinFirst year Construction Management student Tony Kirschstein-Smith says that his Alumni Fund Award for Sport encouraged him to get off his crutches and back in training.

Now a sprint canoeist Tony was originally interested in canoe slalom, but with limited access to white water near where he lived he had to adjust his love of water sports accordingly.

During the winter months Tony’s training is land-based so he trains around six or seven times a week.  As the weather improves this can increase to 10 to 12 sessions a week. 

Tony has only recently moved from u18 to u23 and his next big race is in April.  In preparation he will spend some time cross training at home with his brothers.  His ambition is to race at the senior world championships.

His message to donors:  “Thank you so much.  I recently picked up an ankle injury, but your support has helped me to get off my crutches and back into training and I’m looking forward to the opportunities it will bring to me.”

Alumni Fund hits the rapids with Leo

Leo Marshall

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science student, Leo Marshall, is balancing his studies with his passion for white water rafting thanks to the Alumni Fund.

Leo, now in his third year, has been kayaking and canoeing since he was 10 years old, and began competing in slalom canoeing at 15. He competed at international level as a junior. During his first year at University he started working as a raft guide at the National Water Sports Centre which turned his focus and he joined the British white water rafting squad in November 2012.

Most of Leo’s training takes place at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottinghamshire and the Lee Valley White Water Centre in London.  He said:  “We train as a team once during the week and commit to one weekend per month where we do six sessions in two days. I also train individually four to six times per week in the gym or by running or cycling.”

Fitting his studies around training can be difficult, but he usually manages to squeeze his training, and part time job, around his timetable.  It does mean some early mornings, but he says: “If I train early I actually get more done! If I go to the gym before a 9.00 am lecture, then I will spend the later parts of the day studying as I usually feel more motivated after an early morning workout.”

Leo and his team competed in the GB team selections last December, securing first place, and this year will see him take part in his first Rafting International in the World Championships in Rotorua, New Zealand where he hopes the team grab a podium position.

He said:  “I would like to thank you for your support.  Without it my sport would be very difficult to sustain as there is very limited funding available to us.”

We look forward to keeping you up to date with Leo’s progress.

Alumni Fund violin still in use

Danielle Pearson

In 2009 the recipient of the Alumni Fund Award for Music was Ellie Forbes who was able to purchase a high quality violin for use during her time at NTU. Ellie has now graduated from NTU, but the violin is in safe hands as it is now being used by talented musician Danielle Pearson.

Danielle is studying Chemistry and will graduate with an MChem next summer before starting a PhD.  She started to play the violin when she was 10 – as soon as her school would allow her to join in.  Now she is Grade 8.

Since Danielle received the violin she has been practising most days:  “This wonderful violin reminds me why I was so passionate about playing in the first place. I had put my music to one side whilst I tackled my studies, but this violin makes such a beautiful sound that I don't want to put it down and I will play for anyone who will listen!

“I love playing orchestral music, solo violin pieces, quartets - bit of everything really! Some of my favourite solo pieces are Czardas by Monti, Meditation by Thais and Adoration by Borowski. I also love big string orchestral pieces - anything by Tchaikovsky is always a win!”

And her message for donors: “I would like to thank Alumni Fund donors for giving me the opportunity to play such an amazing instrument.  It has really rekindled my love for playing so I can't thank you enough.”

Sound choice

Joel Moore

The Alumni Fund is music to the ears of first year BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance student Joel Moore, who is this year’s recipient of the Alumni Fund Award for Music and receives a euphonium for use during his time at NTU.

Joel has played brass instruments since he was seven, but has now decided to focus on the euphonium. He enjoys playing a mixture of contemporary original pieces and transcriptions and arrangements, although he mainly plays in bands.

He’s the assistant principal euphonium of Cornerstone Brass Band in his home town of Sheffield.  The band meets regularly and performs to a high standard in contests and concerts.

Joel said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to the donors who have contributed to this award.  I was still borrowing my old band’s euphonium but I had to give it back earlier this year.  This has given me the opportunity to continue to play and I hope I will improve as a musician.”

Searching the skies

Daniel Brown

Did you know we have our own observatory, providing fantastic opportunities for schools and the local community to learn more about the science of astronomy?

Inside the dome-shaped building on our Clifton campus there are three high-tech telescopes. Each is specially designed to perform different roles in enabling aspiring astronomers to monitor and photograph events in outer space.

The observatory recently bought a new spectrograph, thanks to the support of the Alumni Fund. Astronomy Development Outreach Officer Dr Daniel Brown (PG Cert 2009) said: “We have been approached by several students who want to carry out spectroscopic work. This piece of equipment will allow them to take on new, relevant and exciting projects, including the observation of spectroscopic signatures of life and the expansion of our universe.”

The University regularly holds “Open Dome” events which aim to introduce and encourage the understanding of astronomy visit for more information.

Students take on "The Assignment"

The Assignment

In January 2013, FdA Media Creative students competed in The Assignment – a competition similar to The Apprentice.  The aim was to improve student employability, build confidence and help students prepare for working on placements with local creative industries.

Supported by the Alumni Fund, The Assignment started at Nottingham Contemporary where the students were given a brief to design a marketing campaign for Notts TV.   They were split into two teams and given guidance and support in developing a marketing concept by The Hive and NTU tutors provided design direction. Once the teams had a design concept, they entered the production phase, producing the designs and video for their campaign.  Read more...

PCR machine enhances learning

PCR machine in use

Students in the School of Science and Technology are welcoming the purchase of a PCR machine, thanks to the Alumni Fund.

The PCR (polymerase chain reaction) machine, which is housed in the new Sport Science biochemistry laboratory, will enable genetic analysis to be delivered as part of the Sports and Exercise Science undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Lecturer, Craig Sale said: "Genetics in the area of Sport and Exercise Science is an emerging and ever expanding area. Before the introduction of the PCR machine teaching in relation to genetic associations with exercise and health was delivered from a theoretical position. This new piece of equipment has therefore enhanced the learning experience by introducing a practical element relating to genetics. It enables students to have hands on experience in the genotyping process. It will also open a door to third year or MRes students thinking of conducting a multidisciplinary project."

Exciting new kit for Computing students

Alumni Funded computing kitThanks to the Alumni Fund, the School of Science and Technology has purchased kit for the computing group Development Society (DevSoc) to conduct projects and demonstrations in the field of pervasive and ambient computing.

Lecturer Dr Caroline Langensiepen teaches programming to first year students, and teaches final year students about real time systems.  She said: "Many students have no knowledge of computing beyond a laptop and a smartphone, but computers are present in everything from television remote controls to door entry systems, and developing such systems provide many jobs for our graduates to pursue. Improving their understanding and enthusiasm for such system development will make our students more employable, and hopefully enrich their time at NTU."

Ukuleles bring music into the classroom

BA (Hons) Primary Education students play Ukuleles

In 2011/12 a music specialism option was introduced to the BA (Hons) Primary Education programme and, thanks to the Alumni Fund, the School of Education has purchased 34 ukuleles to use when working with children in a local partnership school.

The ukuleles, which are suited to young children because of their size and ease to learn, will be used when teaching a whole class.

The instruments will not only benefit the BA (Hons) Primary Education students, but will also form part of a larger central resource for other undergraduate and postgraduate teacher training programmes. Read more...

Alumni Fund makes a splash

Flatwater sprint canoeist Chris CalvertThe Alumni Fund is splashing out this year (2011/2012) by supporting Flatwater sprint canoeist Chris Calvert.

Third year Sport Science student Chris rises early most mornings to go to the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham for two hours training before heading to University for lectures and a session at the campus gym. In the afternoon he does two more hours before eventually relaxing at home.

Chris said: "It can be difficult to fit training around studying but luckily I am pretty good at keeping on top of my work."

Chris' 2011 highlight was getting selected to represent Great Britain at the European Championships in Zagreb, Croatia. Read more...

Kathryn and Dreamer benefit from Alumni Fund

Kathryn with DreamerSecond year Psychology student Kathryn Gallagher has received one of this year's (2011/12) NTU Alumni Awards for Sport – a package that will help her balance her studies with her para equestrian training.

Kathryn, who has Turner's syndrome - a condition which affects her joints - trains five or six times a week with her horse Dreamer. She wakes early to travel to University after which she will visit the gym, aiming to be at the stables by 4.00 pm. After training it's time to go home to fit in some more study before bedtime.She said: "I am really enjoying my course, especially the practical side which I can apply to my sport. It's tough to fit studies around training, but being very organised helps!" Read more...

India internship for Law students

Students at JananeethiNottingham Law School has been able to further develop links with an Indian based human rights NGO, thanks to the Alumni Fund.

Jananeethi, which is based in Thrissur, Kerala, in southern India, is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1991. It's fundamental aim is to promote human rights and justice for those who are unable to access the legal system and to provide other support and solutions to those who are victims of injustice.

Four LLB (Hons) Law students were identified to undertake internships with Jananeethi - Shreena Parmar, Jenna Keough, Lauren Shinfield and Laura Williams.

Shreena said: "The subject of our project was Women in Politics. Recently enacted legislation means 50% of seats must be reserved for women in local self-governments in Kerala. We interviewed 100 people, from former and current women representatives to government officials and voters. We also had to become familiar with the political system within Kerala." Read more...

Alumni Fund histology suite

Histology SuiteHistological examination of tissue is a powerful way of reinforcing student knowledge and developing their laboratory skills.

The interface between animal nutrition and animal welfare is currently a hot topic in animal science; creating a resurgence of interest in histology as a tool for investigating gut health. Donations to the Alumni Fund have enabled the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences to set up the 'Alumni Fund Histology Suite' at Brackenhurst. Read more...

Alumni Fund hits a high note

Paula YanFirst year BA (Hons) Economics student Paula Yan has been playing the piano for 13 years. She will now enjoy playing a brand new piano during her time at University thanks to donations to the Alumni Fund. After Paula graduates, the piano will remain at the University for other students to enjoy.

Paula, who achieved her Grade 8 last year, has a passion for music and a talent for memorising pieces. Her granddad played both the piano and violin, so encouraged her to start playing.

She said: "Before University I used to practise at least three times a week, and then I stopped because I did not have access to a piano, so I'm really excited and grateful that one will be purchased for me to practise with while I am here." Read more...

'Jerry' helps vet nursing students

Critical Care ManikinsCritical care manikins have been purchased, thanks to Alumni Fund donations   These will provide FdSc Veterinary Nursing students with opportunities to learn critical care techniques.

A 'Critical Care Jerry' is a dog model that is specifically designed to have life-like features of a dog such as jugular blood vessels, a realistic airway, working lungs and an artificial pulse. It also features a broken leg and life-like skin for students to practice administering sutures. Read more...

Donations strike a chord

Chris AdamsNews of your donations are music to the ears of three gifted students.

Chris Adams, a second year Biomedical Sciences student, has received the Alumni Fund Award for Music enabling him to purchase a soprano saxophone for use during his time at NTU, after which the instrument will remain at the University. He said: "I'm really grateful to alumni for their donations. It means that I can branch out from the alto sax into playing soprano."

Fellow orchestra member Sarah Davey was awarded funding for music lessons. The second year Forensic Science student plays the clarinet and saxophone. She also played the violin as a child and is a selftaught pianist. Read more...

David and Katie present at student conference thanks to the Alumni Fund

Blood analyser

Ongoing consumable costs for a BIOSEN C_line Sport analyser for use by students on the BA (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science programme have been provided by funds donated by NTU alumni.

A BIOSEN C_line Sport analyser measures lactate and glucose concentration in the blood. Students David Brown and Katie Bayfield used the analyser during the completion of their level 3 dissertation, which focused on interventions that may accelerate lactate clearance from the blood, and hence recovery, following high-intensity exercise. Read more...

Projectors enhance learning for laboratory-based students

Optoma projectors now being used by students thanks to the Alumni FundNew Optoma EP761 projectors are now being used to enhance the learning of laboratory-based students in the School of Science and Technology, thanks to the Alumni Fund.

Optoma projectors are distinct from those normally used in teaching rooms or lecture theatres as they can be used in daylight and they have a higher resolution which means they can be used in a much wider range of settings, including laboratories. Read more...

First on the scene

Forensic Science studentsForensic Science students participating in Crime Scene Investigation and forensic evidence photography exercises will get the opportunity to use crime scene equipment which matches that used by UK police forces – thanks to the Alumni Fund.

Principal Lecturer, David Butler said: "Digital photography is now standard practice at crime scenes and when working on forensic evidence. I would like to thank the Alumni Fund donors for providing students with access to this specialist equipment. It is important that we can match standard police practice when training our students in order to enhance their employment prospects in the sector."

Students will get to use the equipment in the Crime Scene Training Facility – a former postgraduate residential property based on Clifton campus. Read more...

Makaton resources teach Education students a thing or two

Makaton ResourcesDonations to the Alumni Fund will benefit students across a range of programmes with the School of Education by providing improved Makaton resources.

Makaton is a unique language programme used to teach communication, language and literacy skills through signs, symbols and speech.

Jackie Scruton, lecturer and Makaton trainer, said: "The use of Makaton within schools, colleges and the wider community has proved to have a beneficial effect on children and young people being able to lead independent lives. The development of teaching Makaton within the School of Education is a new and innovative development that will enable our students to be more prepared for the workplace."

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Joe takes to the water

Joe SeamanThe Alumni Fund Award for Sport for the academic year 2009/2010 was given to Joe Seaman.

Joe (BSc Hons Sport Science and Management 2011) was a second year student when he received the award. The flatwater sprint canoeist was already in Great Britain's top 15. His ambition is to perform well at the 2016 Olympics. Even though Joe has now graduated we'll keep you up to date with his progress.

Note perfect

Ellie ForbesGenerous donations to the Alumni Fund have struck a chord with gifted young musicians at the University.

Ellie, a Psychology student, received the Alumni Fund Award for Music, enabling her to purchase a high quality violin for use during her time at NTU. "It's brilliant news," said Ellie, who previously played an instrument which belonged to her great grandfather. "I'm so grateful to all the people who donate to the Alumni Fund. Not everyone has the opportunity to go out and buy a new instrument - it's very exciting."

Ellie, a grade 8 violinist, is a member of NTU's Orchestra, Choir and Chamber Choir. She will keep the violin throughout the three years of her studies and after that the instrument will remain the property of NTU. Read more...

Gallery collaboration helps trainee teachers get the picture

Take One PictureTeacher training students are discovering how a picture speaks a thousand words when it comes to enjoyable learning experiences -thanks to a successful collaboration with the National Gallery.

'Take One Picture' is the Gallery's third countrywide scheme for primary schools. During a course at the Gallery, teachers are given a print of a painting to use in the classroom, both as a stimulus for artwork and for activities in more unexpected curriculum areas.

Each year NTU students join the Gallery's Education Department in London to experience 'Take One Picture'. So that all our trainee teachers can learn from this project, the Alumni Fund has purchased 12 good quality reproductions of paintings for use with students during workshops. Read more...

Making a song and dance about child development

Oogly BooglyAn intriguing project known as Oogly Boogly will help NTU students take a fresh look at themes such as child development and communication.

Oogly Boogly is a unique piece of theatre in which dancers follow and echo movements and sounds made by 12 to 18-month-old babies.

Donations to the Alumni Fund enabled our Psychology team to purchase videos of a theatre group performing Oogly Boogly. The resources will be used for a Masters module in Observational Methods. Read more...

New equipment helps students to cook up a learning treat

COOKITsDonations to the Alumni Fund are a vital ingredient in a project which will serve up food preparation skills to schoolchildren.

The School of Education has used the money to buy COOKITs - a unique range of high-quality equipment and utensils suitable for teaching cookery in primary schools or in cooking clubs designed by the Focus on Food Campaign. Read more...

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