Nottingham University came under strong criticism last month after playing host to controversial speaker Lt. General Arif Hassan, a former military secretary of the Pakistani army, for its annual Sir Stanley Tomlinson Memorial Lecture. The General came to speak about the Pakistani government’s perspective on terrorism. The visit was criticised by groups such as the University Peace Society because of the Pakistani government’s human rights abuses and its support for America’s so-called ‘War on Terror’.

Nottingham University’s Judaism & Israel Society is currently working to ‘Make A Difference’. Their month of charitable awareness is being run concurrently with the Union of Jewish Students’ nationwide scheme.

It has been reported that British American Tobacco (BAT), Nottingham University’s one time financial benefactor, is to launch a controversial safer cigarette designed to cut the risk of smoking related diseases such as cancer and heart failure by up to 90%.

“Despite all our differences, we stand together�, was the message from the ‘One Voice’ movement when students received a rare first-hand insight into the complex problems and tragedies of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The figures are out for The Class of 2004: Nottingham graduates have become ‘higher earners in higher demand’.

Last year the average starting salaries achieved by graduates of The University of Nottingham rose by twice the rate of inflation to nearly £19,000 a year. This is an increase of 6.6% on the previous year. Salaries ranged from £8000 for a Ministry Assistant in a church, to £60,000 for a Financial Analyst. Job vacancies for graduates increased for the first time in three years. The proportion of first degree graduates assumed unemployed six months after graduation fell to below 5%.

Students from Nottingham University recently saw off tough competition to reach the semi-finals of the 2005 Students In Free Enterprise World Cup, greatly impressing the judging panel of senior business leaders.