Public Engagement

Horizon CDT student research has featured and been cited in local, national and international press, TV and radio including The New Scientist, The Daily Mail, The Guardian, BBC World News, BBC East Midlands Today, BBC Radio Nottingham, Nottingham Evening Post and The Conversation UK.

Various videos have also been produced by CDT staff and students across various cohorts to showcase, communicate and engage the public with their research:

Horizon CDT Videos:

Below: Our short video about the EPSRC Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training in My Life in Data and the unique benefits and opportunities this offers for CDT students, industry partners and society (produced in June 2016).

YouTube Computerphile short films:

Computerphile is a highly successful YouTube channel about computers and computer related stuff. The channel received a golden button award from YouTube in Spring 2018 for reaching one million subscribers.

Some of the Horizon CDT students have produced short films about their research for this channel. Please visit our Computerphile videos page to view these 10 videos which have achieved almost 850,000 views collectively.

Other Videos:

Below: Dr Panos Koutsouras (2013 alumnus): Two Minecraft videos that address the structure of Minecraft’s creative industry.

Below: Richard Ramchurn (2015 cohort): The official trailer of his second interactive brain controlled film ‘The Moment’ (2018).

Below: Roma Patel (2013 cohort) talks about the City Arts Nottingham Imagine Digital – Arts and Older People project she began working on, as part of her CDT internship in 2015.

Below: Richard Ramchurn (2015 cohort) Link to video feature on #Scanners: A movie that plays with our emotions, which featured online on How Stuff Works in November 2015.

Below: Dr Gilad Rosner, (2009 cohort) appeared on BBC World News on 6 October 2015, as an Advisor to the UK Government to discuss the recent Safe Harbor EU data transfer ruling.

Dr Gilad Rosner on BBC News, 6 October 2015, Source: Gilad Rosner, on Vimeo.

The citizen-science website Planet Four was launched on BBC Stargazing Live in January 2013. The Planet Four project forms the basis of Dr James Sprinks (2011 cohort) PhD research into citizen science platforms.

Dr Gilad Rosner (2009 cohort) was interviewed by Al Jazeera about online identity theft, particularly in relation to a then-recent Twitter hack.

Gilad Rosner on BBC’s World Business Report, May 3, 2011 from Gilad Rosner on Vimeo.

Highlights of press coverage, press releases and blogs:

  • Dr Mark Iliffe’s (2010 cohort) Taarifa project won the World Bank’s Sanitation Hackathon in 2013 and was covered extensively in the press and on East Midlands Today. Details of Taarifa’s press coverage can be found on the Taarifa website.
  • The Nottingham Post covered the AHRC-funded “Weather Walks” project which Dr Sam Meek (2009 cohort) was involved in. Sam’s work centred around an audio walk which aims to help walkers discover the history and dramatic climate of Great Dun Fell in Cumbria.
  • Dr John Harvey, Tim Pearce and Julian Rosser (2010 cohort) were invited to talk to Dr Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business Innovation & Skills about their company Neehoy as part of a innovation celebration event at the University of Nottingham.
  • Tim Pearce, Dr Julian Rosser and Dr John Harvey (2010 cohort) won the 2012 Digital Economy YES Competition with their app Neehoy, a digital service that encourages collaborative consumption to help people reduce waste and save money by sharing items. As a result the students and their business idea received press coverage in the Nottingham Post, on, on the University of Nottingham website, and on the University’s Sustainable Nottingham blog.
  • Dr Rachel Jacobs (2009 cohort) featured in Wired UK and Left Lion for her project “A Conversation Between Trees”, a touring artwork that connects forests in the UK with the Mata Atlantica forest near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Dr Robert Mitchelmore (2009 cohort), was featured in a University of Nottingham press release and several subsequent trade press articles for his work on Accident Assessor, an app developed with local company InstantVue which won the UK regional prize in the 2011 European Satellite Navigation Competition.
  • Dr Ewa Luger’s (2009 cohort) Literatin tool, was featured in the New Internationalist (online) Google’s T’s & C’s are harder to understand than War and Peace, October 2013.

Featured CDT student and alumni blogs:

Many of our students maintain active research blogs, which can be found on the student pages. Some have also been featured on other blogs, as below.