Subject: Campus Update

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Campus update
Campus Update is a fortnightly all-staff email keeping you up to date with news from around the University. Here, you'll find important messages for staff, as well as some highlights from our community and events.
USS Pensions update
The Trustee of the USS Pension has opted to finalise the scheme’s valuation in line with the approach known as Option 3, with a contribution rate of 9.6% of salary for scheme members and 21.1% for employers. This would mean the scheme’s defined benefits remain unchanged, avoid far higher costs scheduled for October 2019 and April 2020 and allow longer term reform by the Joint Expert Panel.
Brexit information for research academics
The government has announced intentions for a new fast-track visa route for international research academics and to underwrite EU research funding applications in the event of a No Deal Brexit.

New application process for Open Access funding
If your research is funded by a Charity Open Access Fund member (COAF) or the UKRI (including Research Councils), then you can apply for funds to cover your open access publication charges. The application process will now be easier than ever, as the University of Nottingham Libraries’ Research Support Team have announced that a new open access funding web form will be launched on Friday 23 August 2019.

Car parking — important changes and permit renewals
Applications for 2019/20 full car parking permits opened on Monday 1 July. These permits are for drivers parking on campus from Sunday 1 September 2019 to Monday 31 August 2020. The new permit year sees a price increase of five per cent on car parking charges.

Spotlight on... our international campuses
  • University of Nottingham Ninbgo China International Studies graduate, Hao Zhong, talks about his Nottingham experience and how it has led to working for Shanghai Roots & Shoots - a non-profit programme started by renowned pimatologist Jane Goodall. Read more.
  • University of Nottingham Malaysia School of Economics alumnus, Lim Kai Shen, has been awarded a Fullbright Scholarship to pursue his PhD in Population Health Sciences at Harvard University. Read more.
Event of the week Power of music in health and social care
Following the success of the first Power of Music in Health and Social Care Conference in October 2018, Research and Innovation are delighted to announce a second conference in November 2019. This one-day conference is for anyone who wants to learn more about the role music plays in care, including care providers, family and volunteer caregivers, care receivers, care workers, musicians, faith-based and community agencies, students, researchers, policymakers and the community.
And finally...
Last week a group of students from Korea visited the University's School of Chemistry to investigate the recycling of cigarette butts. The students were shown demonstrations of analytical machinery used in the research and took part in preparing cigarette butts for hydrothermal carbonisation.
But that's not all...
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