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September 2012

Fashion students’ designs to hit the high street

Two graduates from the University of Salford’s School of Art & Design will see their fashion designs and photography in clothing stores nationwide after scooping both first prizes in a prestigious fashion industry competition. More...


Net gains as University signs deal with Manchester Magic

The University of Salford has formed a new partnership with basketball team Manchester Magic to create more opportunities for young players and improve performance. More...


Benedetti study award is music to ears of Italian student

Virtuoso violinist Nicola Benedetti is backing a scholarship that will help a student further her study of Italian literature. More...


University of Leicester to launch UK’s first virtual autopsy course for pathologists, radiologists, coroners and radiographers

Pathologists, radiologists, coroners and radiographers will receive introductory training in a revolutionary new form of autopsy practice. The forensic pathologists and radiologists at the University of Leicester in collaboration with the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust are international experts in this new field. More...


Archaeologists uncover ‘lost garden’ in quest for Richard III

Archaeologists from the University of Leicester who are leading the search for the lost grave of King Richard III have announced that they have made a new advance in their quest. More...


August 2012

Local people needed to dig historic hall in Chadderton

The University of Salford is looking for volunteers to help them excavate historic Chadderton Hall as part of Greater Manchester’s biggest ever archaeological project. More...


Addressing the need for microscopic speed

Researchers at the University of Leicester have developed a new form of digital microscope which can create an image 100 times faster than regular equipment – without losing image quality. More...


Robots on a mission to visit old people’s homes

More famous for trying to wipe out humanity (in science fiction at least), robots can in fact improve our quality of life considerably, according to a University of Salford researcher who’s been taking them on visits to old people’s homes. More...


Dare to be Digital winners announced at record-breaking games festival

The three BAFTA-nominated winners of Dare to be Digital were revealed on Sunday 12 August at the climax of Abertay University’s international student game design competition. More...


New funding for part-time study could boost student numbers

New government funding for part-time study may lead to a surge of older students returning to the classroom, according to the Director of the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) at the University of Cambridge. More...


Cuckoo tricks to beat the neighbourhood watch

To minimise the chance of being recognised and thus attacked by the birds they are trying to parasitize, female cuckoos have evolved different guises. The new research, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, was published on 3 August in the journal Science. More...


Can charcoal help fight climate change? Research funding for Swansea expert will help find answers

Most of us think of charcoal only when we’re lighting a barbecue, but research at Swansea looking at its potential for tackling climate change has been boosted by an award of £1,000 from the Welsh Livery Guild. More...


July 2012

Olympic Torch Relay comes to Brunel

The Olympic Torch made its way through Brunel University on Tuesday 24 July, carried by DJ and producer Mark Ronson and singer Katy B. More...


Engineering students accelerate into the fast lane

A Swansea University College of Engineering team have designed and delivered a new revolutionary car which won praise at an international design competition. More...


Discovery receives commendation from the WCVA Wales-Africa Community Links group

Discovery, a charity based at Swansea University, has been commended for its Wales-Africa partnership links by the Wales Council for Voluntary Action. More...


Sing for the win

A new game for the iPhone and iPad called SingSmash is taking an innovative approach to familiarising people with music theory – by sneaking it in the backdoor. More...


Stella McCartney sets up scholarship for fashion students

British designer Stella McCartney has announced that she is to set up a scholarship at the internationally renowned Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. More...


Beautiful wing patterns reveal butterfly’s colourful past

Scientists have shown how a case of rare breeding between different species of butterfly has helped some acquire the protective wing patterns of others. More...


Chester Professor helps ensure ancient text is found in translation

A lecturer at the University of Chester has been asked to assist with an interesting project, analysing of a set of Arabic leather ‘folios’ which were recently presented to the Museum of Liverpool. More...


Cranfield welcomes leading figures from world of motorsport

The first week of July saw leading figures such as Sir Jackie Stewart, Nick Fry, Steve Parrish and Ciaron Pilbeam join the inaugural History of Motorsport Technology Conference at Cranfield University. More...


Irish choughs invade Cornwall

The red-billed chough stands proud on the Cornish coat of arms but the species became extinct in the Duchy in 1947, denuding Cornwall of one of its most charismatic birds and cultural symbols. More...


The sensation of cold is shut down by inflammation

A mechanism regulating our sensation of cold has been identified. More...


June 2012

How to bend it like Beckham: physics students calculate perfect football formula

Now that David Beckham won’t be appearing at the London 2012 Olympics, other members of Team GB wanting to brush up on their free-kicks can rest easy. More...


Parasite infection has sting in the tail, immunity study shows

Infections caused by certain parasites can compromise the immune system, leaving it less well equipped to deal with other diseases, a study shows. More...


New £340,000 investment into asthma and allergy research at University of Leicester

A charity operating Britain’s longest-running pollen database is investing over £340,000 into vital asthma and allergy research at the University of Leicester. More...


Stillbirth rate twice as high among least well-off in England

The rate of stillbirths in England is twice as high among the least well off as it is among the most affluent, shows research led by the University of Leicester and published in the online journal BMJ Open. More...


New research could save coral reefs from extinction

New pioneering research by Swansea University could help to preserve the world’s most beautiful and fragile coral reefs from extinction due to ocean acidification. More...


Students’ bags packed for Beijing summer study

Ten Nottingham Trent University students will be jetting off to Beijing this summer to learn Mandarin Chinese and experience the local culture after being awarded this year’s Vice-Chancellor’s Mandarin Scholarships. More...


Scholarships celebrated: Overseas students toast their time in Leicester

Gifted University of Leicester students from Spain and Latin America have celebrated after receiving scholarships for their postgraduate studies. More...


May 2012

Saving lives with Google Maps – disaster-tracking software developed by Abertay student

Emergency responses to natural disasters could be coordinated more quickly and save lives thanks to new software developed at the University of Abertay Dundee. More...


New Business Master’s programme at the University of Chester

In the current climate of financial instability, many businesses are facing a challenge to recruit the best possible graduates for their field, while keeping a limit on their own resources. More...


Genes may hold the key to a life of success, study suggests

Genes play a greater role in forming character traits – such as self-control, decision making or sociability – than was previously thought, new research suggests. More...


Psychology lecture examines how to learn from memory

Evidence that your genes may determine how well your brain stores memories, and the implications that this has for teaching and learning, will be examined at the University of Leicester’s annual Sluckin lecture on 17 May 2012. More...


University of Leicester study identifies key cellular mechanisms behind the onset of tinnitus

Researchers in the University of Leicester’s Department of Cell Physiology and Pharmacology have identified a cellular mechanism that could underlie the development of tinnitus following exposure to loud noises. The discovery could lead to novel tinnitus treatments, and investigations into potential drugs to prevent tinnitus are currently underway. More...


Salford launches new international nursing and healthcare management courses

The University of Salford has extended its range of courses to include postgraduate nursing and healthcare management programmes specifically designed for international students. More...


Scheme offers opportunities for Brazilian students

The University of Aberdeen is participating in a Brazilian Government scholarship scheme to give students from the country the opportunity to study at institutions across the globe. More...


New China link for Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University and Chongqing University in China have agreed a new partnership for collaborative research and staff and student visits. More...


April 2012

Students shortlisted in international fashion competition

Two students studying at Nottingham Trent University have been shortlisted in the BILBAO International Art & Fashion competition. More...


Treatment to benefit African infants at risk of endemic fever

Thousands of pre-school children in Africa could benefit from access to treatment for an endemic disease, after tests showed infants to be at high risk of infection. More...


Chronic cocaine use may speed up ageing of brain

New research by scientists at the University of Cambridge suggests that chronic cocaine abuse accelerates the process of brain ageing. More...


Unique ‘Global CSI’ course to be launched

The University of Leicester is launching a unique postgraduate course taught through distance learning by world-leading forensic scientists across three continents. More...


Stirling’s School of Education forms academic collaboration with Indian university

The University of Stirling’s School of Education has signed a collaborative agreement with the Maharashtra Academy of Engineering and Educational Research (MAEER), part of Pune University, in India. More...


Genetic similarity promotes cooperation – new study

In a dog-eat-dog world of ruthless competition and ‘survival of the fittest’, new research from the University of Leicester reveals that individuals are genetically programmed to work together and cooperate with those who most resemble themselves. More...


Edinburgh strengthens ties with leading Chinese university

The University of Edinburgh has signed a research agreement with Peking University, building on the already strong links that exist between the two institutions. More...


Abertay launches new type of postgraduate research degree in response to demand

More than 200 new postgraduate research opportunities are being offered by the University of Abertay Dundee in response both to increasing demand and to tackle a growing range of urgent research requirements. More...


Time for chai and a chat

International students will get an insight into British culture – and a chance to improve their English language skills – thanks to a new scheme set up by the University of Leicester’s Student Welfare Service. More...


Asteroid craters on Earth give clues in search for life on Mars

Craters made by asteroid impacts may be the best place to look for signs of life on other planets, a study suggests. More...


New money for research to halt honey bee killer

A major investment from public and private sector organisations is helping scientists to develop completely new ways of tackling the biggest killer of honey bees worldwide – the bloodsucking Varroa destructor mite. More...


British Student Film Festival 2012 – Winchester student film shortlisted for best documentary

A short film made by BA Film Production student filmmakers from the University of Winchester has been nominated for this year’s best documentary at the British Student Film Festival. More...


Look familiar?

An online game which tests Londoners’ ability to recognise parts of the capital has been devised by researchers as the first step in a project to create a ‘memory map’ of the city. More...


Basement Jaxx to play Leicester gig at O2 Academy in support of Leicester Cardiovascular Research Centre Appeal

Grammy and Brit award winners to perform exclusive DJ set on 10 May. More...


March 2012

Tiny electrical sensors could signal faster MRSA diagnosis

A simple test to spot MRSA in wounds could identify the superbug quickly and help prevent infection from spreading. More...


Students design boat for the Queen

A team of eight students from Nottingham Trent University has been chosen to design the decoration for a boat that will be taking part in one of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee flagship events. More...


University launches recruitment campaign to boost intellectual capital

Up to 100 new academic positions are on offer at the University of Aberdeen, as a key investment in its ambition to be ranked among the world’s intellectual powerhouses. More...


Endowment creates ‘the most attractive job in German Studies in the world’

A distinguished Professorship of German at the University of Cambridge has been endowed in perpetuity thanks to a generous £2m benefaction from The Schroder Foundation, the charitable trust of the Schroder family. More...


Stem cell study aids quest for motor neurone disease therapies

A breakthrough using cutting-edge stem cell research could speed up the discovery of new treatments for motor neurone disease (MND). More...


Astronomers put forward new theory on size of black holes

Astronomers have put forward a new theory about why black holes become so hugely massive – claiming some of them have no ‘table manners’, and tip their ‘food’ directly into their mouths, eating more than one course simultaneously. More...


New scholarship scheme announced

The University of Aberdeen has announced a new scholarship scheme that will provide opportunities for students from Africa and South Asia. More...


Giant head showcased at The Gadget Show Live 2012

A one metre high interactive skull produced by Nottingham Trent University students will be showcased at the UK’s leading consumer technology event – The Gadget Show Live – in April. More...


Cambridge study charts the past to anticipate the future

A new Cambridge-led study has examined the past 60 years of incidence data on psychotic disorders in England in the hope that the data can reveal clues about the possible social factors which appear to underpin such conditions. More...


Student sleuths sought for CSI-style summer school

Student sleuths from around the world hoping to enter the field of forensic science are set to take part in the University of Leicester’s CSI-style summer school. More...


BBC showcase win for six student scriptwriters

Six budding student scriptwriters from the University of Salford have won the chance to see their work performed at a special showcase on Wednesday 21 March thanks to a joint project from the University and the BBC celebrating the opening of MediaCityUK. More...


How ECT helps severely depressed

Aberdeen researchers have discovered how a controversial but effective treatment in psychiatry acts on the brain in people who are severely depressed. More...


Swansea University and Soochow University, China sign Memorandum of Understanding

Swansea University’s Centre for NanoHealth has extended its global link to a new partner, from the Chinese city of Suzhou, home to the Nano Science and Technology Park. More...


Rainforest remedy could spell end of dental pain

An ancient Incan toothache remedy – for centuries handed down among an indigenous people in the rainforests of Peru – could be on the cusp of revolutionising worldwide dental practice. More...


Eminent Pakistani scientist to visit University of Leicester

An inspirational scientist and Fellow of the Royal Society, who became the first scientist from the Muslim world to win the prestigious UNESCO Science Prize in its 35 year history, is to visit the University of Leicester. More...


Chester students make a splash for charity

Students from the University of Chester will be diving in at the deep end, as they raise money to help them embark on a unique trip. More...


Enter World Book Night writing competition for chance to win a Kindle

The University of Salford is running a ‘flash fiction’ writing competition with the chance to win a Kindle as part of its World Book Night activities. More...


Scrutinising Forensic Science in CSI

How realistic is the forensic science shown in TV police shows like CSI? More...


Major diseases are the target of new venture

The University of Aberdeen is working with Scottish entrepreneur Dr Derek Douglas CBE to spin out a company to work on the development of new drugs for the treatment of breast cancer, heart failure, diabetes and chronic pain. More...


Clock gene helps plants prepare for spring flowering, study shows

Scientists have made fresh discoveries about the processes that govern plants’ internal body clocks and help them adjust to changing seasons, triggering the arrival of flowers in spring. More...


Biochemist finds the formula for storytelling success

Science and fiction have proved a winning combination for a University of Leicester biochemist who has received a prestigious award for his latest novel – a tale of the dangers of mind control. More...


Cranfield University warms up for first Summer School 2012

Cranfield University, the UK’s only wholly postgraduate university specialising in science, technology, engineering and management, is preparing for its first Summer School focusing on its expertise in environment and water. More...


Students get unique opportunity to be involved in publishing industry

Students taking English at the University of Leicester will gain a unique opportunity to acquire hands-on experience of the publishing industry. More...


Bursary awarded to educate children about knitting

A third year student at Nottingham Trent University has been awarded a bursary following a proposal to help educate primary school children about knitting. More...


University hosts family event to celebrate links with multi-cultural communities

The University of Winchester in partnership with CultureNet Winchester will be hosting ‘One World Family Day’ on Saturday 10 March 2012, to celebrate local minority ethnic and international communities in the region. More...


University art club delivers creative master-class for young people

Young people in Nottingham will be given a master-class in designing computer game logos as part of a National Art & Design Saturday Club hosted by Nottingham Trent University. More...


Human’s oldest ancestor found

Researchers from the University of Cambridge, University of Toronto and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) have confirmed that a 505 million-year-old creature, found only in the Burgess Shale fossil beds in Canada’s Yoho National Park, is the most primitive known vertebrate and therefore the ancestor of all descendant vertebrates, including humans. More...


Diabetes risk from sitting around

A new study has found that women who stay seated for long periods of time every day are more prone to developing type 2 diabetes, but that a similar link wasn’t found in men. More...


Babies born just two or three weeks early at higher risk of poor health

A research paper which demonstrates that babies born even just a few weeks early have worse health outcomes compared to full term babies has been published on bmj.com. More...


University of Birmingham unveils new Foundation Academy

The University of Birmingham has launched its new Birmingham Foundation Academy for high performing international students to enter the British university environment one year before the start of their undergraduate degree programme. More...


21st Century technology sheds light on medieval treasure

A unique project about the historical warship the Mary Rose which is providing information about life in medieval times is benefitting from 21st Century technology. More...


University of Leicester to study impact of food and eating on social skills of children

Researchers at the University of Leicester are to carry out a study into how food and eating habits can help to shape children’s social skills. More...


February 2012

Green spaces reduce stress levels of jobless, study shows

Stress levels of unemployed people are linked more to their surroundings than their age, gender, disposable income, and degree of deprivation, a study shows. More...


Guest academics welcomed for International Professors’ Week

Nottingham Business School is to hold its first International Professors’ Week with visiting academics from its partner institutions across Europe. More...


University and NATS announce potential new degree to get students off to flying start

A new partnership will see NATS and the University of Winchester working together to explore the opportunity to develop the first undergraduate degree for trainee air traffic controllers in the UK. More...


Exposure of micronutrients prior to pregnancy has been associated with gene modifications in offspring

The offspring of women who were given micronutrient supplements (minerals needed in small quantities, such as iron, iodine and vitamin A) before they became pregnant had gene modifications at birth as well as when they were tested at nine months. More...


Find out what’s in your genes

Free public lectures at University of Leicester on Tuesday 13 March. More...


Smartphone app aims to help stroke patients get fast treatment

Stroke patients could be helped to get to hospital quickly thanks to a new smartphone app. More...


Quidditch takes off: turning a fictional game into a real sport

University of Leicester students will travel to Keele in March to compete in Muggle Quidditch – the real life version of the fictional sport featured in JK Rowling’s famous Harry Potter novels. More...


Diversity recognised as key issue for fashion students

Fashion commentator and body image activist – Caryn Franklin – has visited Nottingham Trent University to discuss the importance of using a diverse range of models in fashion communication. More...


Bath Spa University helps preserve computer games

An archive of computer games websites may seem an unusual subject for collection by the British Library – but with the help of Bath Spa University gaming expert Professor James Newman, a major project is underway to capture a comprehensive view of computer game development. More...


Babies use vocal cues to help them identify jokes

New research from the University of Stirling’s Baby and Toddler Lab suggests parents adapt their voices when they are joking and babies expect to see jokes when they hear these voices paired with laughter. More...


Cell discovery strengthens quest for cancer treatments

Fresh insights into how our cells multiply could help scientists develop drugs to treat cancer. More...


Predisposition to common heart disease ‘passed on from father to son’

A common heart disease which kills thousands each year may be passed genetically from father to son, according to a study led by the University of Leicester. More...


Pushing science to its limits

Cambridge Science Festival is hoping to break new boundaries in celebration of London 2012 as it asks ‘How fast can Usain Bolt run?’ and takes ‘A mathematical look at the Olympics’. More...


Here comes the sun…

New solar cells could increase the maximum efficiency of solar panels by over 25%, according to scientists from the University of Cambridge. More...


Hampshire Writers invited to bring their love letters to the Stripe on Valentine’s Day

The University of Winchester hosts a special Hampshire Writers’ Society event on Valentine’s Day (14 February), which will be officially opened by the Mayor of Winchester, Councillor Barry Lipscomb. More...


Universities of Leicester and Cambridge spearhead one of UK’s biggest diabetes prevention programmes

A group of University of Leicester researchers has received a £1.9m grant to undertake one of the largest scale diabetes prevention programmes in the UK. More...


North West is the ‘write’ place for inspiration

From Beryl Bainbridge to Anthony Burgess and William Wordsworth to Jeanette Winterson, the North West of England has been home to some of the country’s greatest novelists, screenwriters and poets. More...


January 2012
Protein study gives fresh impetus in fight against superbugs

Scientists have shed new light on the way superbugs such as MRSA are able to become resistant to treatment with antibiotics. More...


New Year sees fresh start for University of Chester’s ‘Veg Out’ scheme

A student-led scheme that provides seasonal vegetables to students and staff at the University of Chester has grown to be a huge success. More...


Zambian student celebrates Masters success

An outstanding student from Zambia celebrated the award of her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Swansea University in January. More...


Abertay students win Samsung game development challenge

A UK-wide competition to design new games for Samsung’s mobile phone app store has been won by a team from the University of Abertay Dundee. More...


American scholars to experience Nottingham’s cultural highlights

Nottingham Trent University is to show off the city’s culture, heritage and creative industries to a group of American scholars this summer after being chosen to host a prestigious Fulbright summer school. More...


NTU takes to the lean construction world stage

Nottingham Trent University will be taking to the world stage when it co-hosts a conference in lean construction later this year. More...


Stirling’s campus voted second most picturesque in the UK

The University of Stirling has been praised for its beautiful and natural surroundings by AllAboutCareers.com, a social careers information website, who rated the institution second most scenic in the UK. More...


Stars, Mars and the Milky Way

The University of Leicester is putting on a series of astronomy lectures to tie in with the BBC’s Stargazing LIVE events happening across the UK. More...


Finding extreme galaxies hidden in the infrared

A scientist involved with the largest telescope ever built will explain the benefits of the project in a lecture at the University of Leicester on 24 January. More...


Scheme to boost graduate employability re-launches

The University of Salford’s Graduate Gateway scheme will be running again at the beginning of February, providing intensive skills coaching to boost employment prospects to any North-West-based graduates. More...


University Library’s greatest treasures on show

An unpublished Rupert Brooke poem will sit alongside some of Cambridge University Library’s greatest treasures when a free exhibition of highlights from its priceless collections opens to the public on 18 January. More...


University historian’s book selected for Outstanding Academic Titles list

A book on Anglo-Saxon warfare, researched and written by a History lecturer from the University of Winchester, has been selected by Choice review as one of its Outstanding Academic Titles for 2011. More...


Swansea University students pledge to promote mental health in 2012

Students at Swansea University have been recognised by a national organisation aiming to make university campuses healthier, happier places for students. The students will work alongside 24 other universities during 2012 to promote mental health around campus through events and campaigns. More...


New water research project TRUST starts work

The European research project Transitions to the Urban Water Services of Tomorrow, short TRUST, will develop tools, technologies, management options and guidelines to enable water utilities to face the challenges of the future, such as climate change, population growth and migration, increasing urbanisation and ageing infrastructure. More...


New DVD to aid men affected by a partner’s postnatal depression

A new DVD to help men deal with the impact of postnatal depression has been produced by Swansea University College of Human and Health Sciences and the Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health. More...


Career-changing SEO and social media course comes to MediaCityUK

A social media marketing and search engine optimisation (SEO) course run by Salford Business School has now come to the University of Salford’s new state-of-the-art facility at MediaCityUK. More...


Short film by University of Winchester screenwriter makes final stages for 2012 Oscars and BAFTAs

A creative writing lecturer from the University of Winchester has heard that his short film, Love at First Sight starring John Hurt and Phyllida Law, has made this year’s shortlist for an Oscar as well as the longlist for a British Academy Film Award. More...


Test your memory

On Tuesday 10 January, researchers at the University of Cambridge launched what could be the world’s biggest ever memory experiment. More...


iPad game seeks to help autistic children develop social skills

Children with autism as young as 18 months could be helped to improve their socialising skills thanks to a new iPad app. More...


Hopes for reversing age-associated effects in MS patients

New research highlights the possibility of reversing ageing in the central nervous system for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. The study was published on 6 January, in the journal Cell Stem Cell. More...


UK first for Dundee dental students

Dental students at the University of Dundee have become the first in the UK to be trained to carry out surgical dental treatment on specially embalmed bodies. More...


Salford research makes top ten of physics breakthroughs 2011

Work on making objects disappear from vision by the University of Salford’s Professor Allan Boardman has been named the third biggest physics breakthrough in 2011. More...


December 2011
Landmark discovery has magnetic appeal for scientists

A fundamental problem that has puzzled generations of scientists has finally been solved after more than 70 years. More...


New Cambridge study measures countries’ well-being

At the heart of any country’s progress lies the well-being of its people. How to accurately and effectively determine well-being is the subject of a recent study at the University of Cambridge. More...


University of Leicester and NEXT in skills training boost

With the graduate job market becoming increasingly competitive, the University of Leicester has launched a new initiative with NEXT to enhance employability skills of its students. More...


Swansea University ‘egg-cels’ in animal welfare awards

Swansea University has been presented with a Good Farm Animal Welfare Award for its efforts to help improve the welfare of millions of farm animals. More...


Swansea University Students’ Union finalist for International Students Award

Swansea University Students’ Union reached the final of the UK’s National Union of Students Internationalisation Awards in recognition of its work on International student campaigning and communication. More...


University student prepares for Paralympic swimming trials for London 2012

A student from the University of Winchester is in training for the London 2012 Paralympic Games after achieving the qualifying times for next year’s Paralympic swimming trials. More...


GSK and the University of Dundee announce new collaboration to develop treatment for Huntington’s disease

The University of Dundee and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) have entered into a joint research project to tackle Huntington’s disease, an inherited brain disorder. More...


Barclays to triple sponsored student numbers

Barclays is set to triple the number of sponsored students it takes from Nottingham Business School over the next two years, giving more students the chance to gain both a degree and work-experience, earn a salary and pay less tuition fees. More...


Cambridge gives Newton papers to the world

Isaac Newton’s own annotated copy of his Principia Mathematica is among his notebooks and manuscripts being made available online by Cambridge University Library. More...


Need for sleep may lie in our genes, scientists say

Margaret Thatcher famously managed on four hours of sleep a night while Albert Einstein needed 11 – now a study suggests why. More...


University’s President welcomes first Alan Gilbert Memorial Scholar to Manchester

The University of Manchester’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, has hosted a celebration evening for 12 new students studying at Manchester on the acclaimed Equity and Merit Scholarship Programme. More...


Step forward for major Swansea medical research centre

A state-of-the-art Swansea centre doing pioneering medical research took a major step-forward with the official opening of new facilities by the First Minister Carwyn Jones today. More...


RNCM alumnus wins chance to record at Abbey Road Studios

RNCM alumnus Steven Jackson is one of eight winners of Abbey Road Studios’ Anthem Competition, with his composition So Alive, So Clear. More...


The nature of nurture

Our parents have a huge impact on how we grow up, but at his professorial inaugural lecture a University of Leicester psychologist will examine how we separate the influence of genetics from that of the family environment in childhood development. More...


Protein sheds insight into spread of vCJD to the brain

A protein linked to the immune system could play a key role in helping scientists understand how vCJD spreads throughout the body. More...


November 2011
Study of pregnant women in China reinforces raw food advice

Twenty years’ worth of studies into the rates of parasitic infection among pregnant women have found that women in the West are far more likely than their Chinese counterparts to carry organisms which have been linked to miscarriages and infant physical and mental damage. More...


Virtual meetings are green and lean, study shows

Companies could cut emissions and save millions of pounds by replacing business travel with virtual meetings – but the allure of time out of the office stops people using such technology, a study suggests. More...


Breakthrough in the battle against malaria

An international team of scientists has announced a breakthrough in the fight against malaria, paving the way for the development of new drugs to treat the deadly disease. More...


£100k games funding contest launched by TIGA, Abertay and IC on 25 November

The £100,000 TIGA Games Contest will be launched on Friday 25 November, 2011, offering four £25,000 prizes to games developers to build a prototype and use it to secure further development funding. More...


‘Portrait’ of people with dementia wins researcher award

A computing researcher, who recently graduated with a PhD from the University of Dundee, has been awarded £10,000 to promote software she developed to help improve the care of people with dementia. More...


Free workshops to encourage next generation of engineers

The Aston University Engineering Academy is holding an ‘Engineer Your Future’ day on Saturday 26 November at Aston University. Aimed at Year 9 students, this ‘Engineer Your Future’ day will promote Engineering and Science as ‘cool’ subjects to study and encourage the UK’s next generation of engineers. More...


Chicken virus study sheds light on how human cancers develop

Fresh discoveries about a disease commonly found in chickens could improve our understanding of some types of cancers in people. More...


3pm slump? Why a sugar rush may not be the answer

A new study has found that protein and not sugar activates the cells responsible for keeping us awake and burning calories. The research, published in the 17 November issue of the scientific journal Neuron, has implications for understanding obesity and sleep disorders. More...


University develops smart technology watches

A range of wearable smart technology watches is being developed by Nottingham Trent University as part of a project for media company i2i Media Ltd. More...


DNA study shows link between schizophrenia and memory processes

Genetic mutations that cause schizophrenia could be linked to systems in the brain responsible for learning and memory, a study suggests. More...


University gets go ahead for new £5.6m Learning and Teaching Building

The University of Winchester has been given the green light by Winchester City planners to build a state-of-the-art £5.6m Learning and Teaching Building. The development will include eight new lecture rooms and extensive landscaping, creating an impressive central piazza at the heart of the King Alfred Campus. More...


Yoko Ono amongst artists exploring the nature of beauty

Works by Yoko Ono, Turner Prize nominees Karla Black and Nathan Coley, and painter LS Lowry feature in a new exhibition that questions the nature of beauty. More...


Antarctic rocks help uncover clues about sea level changes

Ancient rocks embedded in the West Antarctic ice sheet could help scientists improve predictions of rising sea levels. More...


Partnership reaches important milestone in discovery of new drugs for malaria

Scientists at the University of Dundee are making rapid progress towards a potential new treatment for malaria. Dundee’s Drug Discovery Unit (DDU) initiated a project in partnership with Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) around 18 months ago and has already identified a compound that is curative in a mouse model of malaria at very low doses, when given orally. More...


Swansea student’s project wins UK National Lottery Award

Swansea University postgraduate student Janet Hoskin’s pioneering project has beaten off hundreds of competitors to win the UK National Lottery Award for the Best Education Project. More...


Ancient manuscripts that hold important clues to India’s intellectual and religious traditions to be focus of a new study

A major exercise in ‘linguistic archaeology’ has set out to complete a comprehensive survey of Cambridge University Library’s South Asian manuscript collection, which includes the oldest dated and illustrated Sanskrit manuscript known worldwide. More...


Partnership sees Stirling training the construction industry to safeguard the environment

The University of Stirling has forged a partnership with new professional body, the Association of Environmental and Ecological Clerks of Works (AEECoW), to provide environmental training to the construction industry. More...


Future bright for Dundee’s Leverhulme prize winners

Two researchers in the School of Engineering, Physics and Mathematics at the University of Dundee have been named among the winners of this year’s Philip Leverhulme Prizes, awarded by the Leverhulme Trust. More...


Researchers identify skin cancer genes

The genes which contribute to the most frequently occurring life threatening form of skin cancer have been identified for the first time by a research collaboration between the University of Dundee and scientists at Harvard and University of California, San Francisco. More...


Life Sciences students to receive prizes

Life Sciences students from the University of Dundee who have achieved excellence in their academic studies will have their success marked at a prize-giving ceremony. More...


Re-writing ‘the book on risk’ – Defra launches new guidelines on environmental risk with Cranfield University

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and its agencies are responsible for managing an extremely diverse range of environmental risks – from flooding to poor water quality, from pesticides to biodiversity loss, and from animal diseases to climate change. More...


Experts join forces to build a better future for fire safety

House fire fatalities in the UK could be reduced thanks to a project that aims to pool expertise from a range of professions to improve building design. More...


Blood pressure drugs may offer benefits in valvular heart disease

Drugs used to treat blood pressure could offer benefits to patients with a leaking heart valve, new research at the University of Dundee and NHS Tayside has revealed. More...


Be part of the art as Lowry painting comes to life

An iconic Lowry painting will come to life in Manchester and Salford on Saturday 12 November 2011, thanks to members of the public and some stunning digital technology brought together to celebrate the opening of the University of Salford’s new MediaCityUK building. More...


Tying atomic threads in knots may produce material benefits

A new generation of lighter, stronger plastics could be produced using an intricate chemical process devised by scientists. More...


Principal to lead delegation to India

Professor Pete Downes, Principal of the University of Dundee, will lead a delegation travelling to India to increase research collaboration, academic exchanges and recruitment. More...


Winchester graduate awarded highly-coveted internship at Porsche Cars GB

A newly qualified BA (Hons) Business Management and Marketing graduate from the University of Winchester has been chosen over hundreds of hopeful applicants to work as a marketing intern at the Head Office of Porsche Cars GB in Reading. More...


Leicester involved in discovery of new solar system

The University of Leicester has been involved in an international study that has announced the discovery of a new solar system. More...


Celebrating Swansea University authors

Talented writers from Swansea University will be inspiring budding authors to put ‘pen to paper’ with the launch of the Celebrating Swansea University Authors project. More...


Online learning improving patient care

Innovative nursing programmes developed by the University of Derby are improving the care of patients as far away as Bermuda and Canada, as well as in the UK. More...


Gene discovered as cause of fatal condition

Medical scientists have for the first time identified a gene responsible for a fatal abdominal condition that afflicts tens of thousands of people across the world. More...


Unconscious language learning

When linguists talk about unconscious or implicit language learning, they don’t mean learning while you sleep. Rather, they are talking about one of the most intriguing of all mental phenomena: the ability to learn the complex and subtle regularities that underlie a language without even realising. More...


World authorities on English slang to converge on Leicester

An impressive list of the greatest authorities on English slang worldwide will be gathering at the University of Leicester in September 2012 for a workshop examining the research and influences of slang. More...


Could social media be used to detect disease outbreaks?

New research has looked at whether social media could be used to track an event or phenomenon, such as flu outbreaks and rainfall rates. More...


October 2011
Near-death experiences are all in the mind, researchers say

Near-death experiences are not paranormal but triggered by a change in normal brain function, according to researchers. More...


Planets smashed into dust near supermassive black holes

Fat doughnut-shaped dust shrouds that obscure about half of supermassive black holes could be the result of high speed crashes between planets and asteroids, according to a new theory from an international team of astronomers. More...


DNA find sheds light on the human brain

Brain cells alter their genetic make-up during a person’s lifetime, scientists have found in a discovery that could shed light on neurological diseases. More...


Cattle parasite vaccine offers hope to world’s poorest farmers

A new approach to vaccinating cattle could help farmers worldwide, research suggests. More...


New Centre for Environmental Risks and Futures (CERF) at Cranfield University

Our environment is changing – global warming, population growth and lifestyle changes will all impact the future of the environment. In a bid to better understand and anticipate plausible futures and associated environmental impacts, Defra and ten partners from across UK government have invested £1.8m in a new Centre for Environmental Risks and Futures (CERF) at Cranfield University. More...


Novel research seeks to locate Scotland’s next gold mine

There really is gold in those hills – enough for a king’s ransom. Scotgold Resources Ltd has just been given planning permission to open Scotland’s first gold mine since gold was mined 500 years ago at Leadhills to make the Scottish crown jewels. Now the University of Leicester is involved in the search for the next natural treasure trove. More...


Multiple malaria vaccine offers protection to people most at risk

A new malaria vaccine could be the first to tackle different forms of the disease and help those most vulnerable to infection, a study suggests. More...


Wales-US research uses dreams to find how the brain makes our memories ‘permanent’

New research which uses evidence from dream reports to investigate how during sleep the brain consolidates memories – or makes them permanent – was published by leading US science journal PLoS ONE on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. More...


University hosts Pitstop Refuelling Weekend for writers

The University of Winchester is holding a Pitstop Refuelling Weekend from 28–30 October to help authors, at any stage of their career, to write, re-draft and prepare their submissions for publication. More...


Science and art combine to explode a myth

‘Red Sprites’, once dismissed by airline pilots as UFOs, will feature in a talk by Canadian-born multimedia artist and film-maker Peter McLeish at the next meeting of the Leicester Physics Centre on Monday 31 October at 6.30pm in Lecture Theatre 1, Ken Edwards Building on the main University of Leicester campus. More...


Protecting the brain when energy runs low

Researchers from the Universities of Leeds, Edinburgh and Dundee have shed new light on the way that the brain protects itself from harm when ‘running on empty’. More...


University and BBC have the ‘Quays’ to unlock student new writing talent

The University of Salford and BBC Writersroom North are launching a talent search on Tuesday 18 October to celebrate the opening of their new sites at MediaCityUK. More...


Sentient Medical progresses towards hearing loss relief

A University of Dundee spin-out company has received commercial development funding and further business investment to help develop technology for the relief of hearing loss. More...


University of Leicester announces groundbreaking English language training initiative in Kurdistan – Iraq

A British university is breaking new ground in international collaboration by working with a Kurdistan University to set up an English Language centre for students. It will be located in Erbil (Hewler), the capital city of the Federal Region of Kurdistan – Iraq. More...


Swansea University hosts visit of the Turkish Ambassador

Swansea University increased its international links this week when it hosted the visit of the Ambassador for Turkey to the campus. More...


Dundee ‘multi’ project wins European acclaim

An interactive study of life in a Dundee tower block scheduled for demolition has won a major film prize in Poland. More...


Mental time-travel may occur in a new group of birds

Certain types of birds may track army ant swarms using sophisticated memory and the ability to plan for the future. More...


The meaning of emoticons

The emoticons used on Twitter are a language in themselves and are taking on new and often surprising meanings of their own, according to new research. More...


Metal shortages alert from leading geologists

Geologists are warning of shortages and bottlenecks of some metals due to an insatiable demand for consumer products. More...


‘Tom Foolery’ to raise money for serious cause

A night of fun, festivities and fundraising will take place at the University of Dundee’s Bonar Hall on Friday 14 October. More...


Golden touch makes low-temperature graphene production a reality

A method which more than halves the temperature at which high-quality graphene can be produced has been pioneered by researchers. More...


Sticky stuff – Ocean Sciences Research Grant to study ripples on mudflats and beaches

Sand and mud banks form important barriers around our coastline. Researchers at Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences are to lead a major research project to assess how these fine materials are moved by water currents around our coastline, and how this movement could change as the result of climate change. More...


Dundee scientist awarded £80,000 Rank Prize for research into human nutrition

Professor John Cummings, Emeritus Professor of Experimental Gastroenterology at the University of Dundee, will receive £80,000 after winning one of the most prestigious prizes in the field of nutrition research. More...


Researchers develop new test for children with vision loss

Technology developed at the University of Cambridge to detect peripheral visual field loss in young children will enable the earlier detection of brain tumours, potentially saving sight and lives. More...


Disability and Industrial Society project results in million pound award for Swansea University

The Wellcome Trust has granted a Swansea University led research team almost one million pounds for a project which will explore the history of disability and industrialisation. More...


Drugs which increase dopamine levels in the brain could prove to be an effective tool to help cocaine abusers quit

Medicines which increase levels of the brain chemical dopamine may hold the key to helping those addicted to cocaine and amphetamines kick the habit, researchers from the University of Cambridge have found. More...


£50m boost for graphene research

The University of Manchester welcomes the £50m investment announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne into graphene, the world’s thinnest, strongest and most conductive material. More...


Doors open to hundreds of students at MediaCityUK

On Tuesday 4 October, the University of Salford threw open the doors of its new MediaCityUK facility to hundreds of students as teaching started for the first time. More...


Breakthrough brain study reveals stress code

Neuroscientists investigating the ‘brain code’ claim to have made a significant step forwards in understanding how the brain deals with stress – and mitigates its impact. More...


Keeping track of reality

A structural variation in a part of the brain may explain why some people are better than others at distinguishing real events from those they might have imagined or been told about, researchers have found. More...


September 2011
Swansea scientists enhance analysis of Welsh Rugby Union for World Cup success

Experts from Swansea University’s College of Engineering and Department of Computer Science have been working with the Welsh Rugby Union to use novel technology for match analysis. More...


University of Stirling has set its tuition fees for students from the rest of the UK

Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be charged £6,750 per year to take courses at the University of Stirling from 2012, resulting in the total cost of a four-year degree course being £27,000. More...


Top accreditation for fire and rescue degree

A University of Wolverhampton degree for people hoping to pursue a career in the fire and rescue services has received top accreditation from an international organisation. More...


Winchester Business School offers innovation solutions to local companies

The Winchester Business School at the University of Winchester is launching two exciting new network services, to help small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) innovate and expand their business. More...


7 billion: The crowded planet

The world’s population is expected to hit 7 billion in October – growing to seven times the estimated one billion population of the early 1800s. As part of the University of Cambridge’s Festival of Ideas, some of Europe’s leading minds will come together to discuss whether our ever-expanding population is sustainable. More...


Public ignorant about key messages concerning diet and cancer

New research on public perceptions about cancer reveals that 50-year-old ideas still hold sway while many current lifestyle messages are not getting through. More...


Dundee announces RUK fees, more three-year degrees

The University of Dundee is to develop a range of specially designed three-year honours degree programmes which will be offered to Rest-of-UK (RUK) and Scottish students. More...


Ben Okri to speak at the University of Leicester

The prize-winning Nigerian poet, short story writer and novelist, Ben Okri, OBE, FRSL, is to give the first Annual Creative Writing Lecture at the University of Leicester on Wednesday 19 October at 6pm. More...


New discoveries in genetics of lung health

Scientists have for the first time discovered sixteen new sections of the genetic code that relate to lung health – opening up the possibility for better prevention as well as treatment for lung diseases. More...


Universities spearhead business internship initiative

Leicester’s two universities have spearheaded an internship scheme that will provide up to 34 graduate internships for local SMEs. More...


Public invited to cut, scratch and score with artists

Three acclaimed figures from the UK art scene are to collaborate with ordinary Dundonians on a major new performance and exhibition commissioned by Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. More...


Volunteers help the fight against HIV and AIDS in Uganda

Staff and students from the University of Salford have returned from Uganda where they helped a children’s charity reach over 2,000 people for HIV and AIDS testing. More...


Virus discovery helps scientists predict emerging diseases

Fresh insight into how viruses such as SARS and flu can jump from one species to another may help scientists predict the emergence of diseases in future. More...


Is your computer smarter than you? – A guide to artificial intelligence

‘Is your computer smarter than you are?’ That’s the question that will be asked during the next Café Science event on Monday 26 September. More...


University’s new Expansive Education Network attracts hundreds of UK teachers and educators

The University of Winchester is coordinating a radical new initiative, the Expansive Education Network (eedNET) which hundreds of teachers across the UK have already signed up to. More...


Swansea student reaches National Lottery Awards final

Swansea University postgraduate student Janet Hoskin has reached the final of the National Lottery Awards with her pioneering project which helps children with a serious and progressive muscle wasting condition. More...


The glue that holds the brain together

A free public lecture at the University of Leicester is to discuss how the white matter of the brain could be the key to understanding and treating brain disorders – not grey matter as previously thought. More...


Salford studies highlight complex causes and solutions to homelessness

Two University of Salford studies of over 250 homeless people and those who work with them have contributed to a major new report into the complex causes of homelessness in the UK and proposes solutions to the problem. More...


Aston Business School moves up to fourth in world ‘careers rank’

Aston Business School has been ranked 31st in the world according to figures published on 19 September 2011 by the Financial Times 2011 Masters in Management ranking. More...


Scottish expertise backs major diabetes programme in Kuwait

Scottish expertise in diabetes care and education is being used to deliver a major new education programme for health services in Kuwait. More...


Dundee researchers make gene breakthrough

Researchers at the University of Dundee have made a significant breakthrough in understanding how human cells decode genes important for cell growth and multiplication. More...


Volcanic ash and aircraft safety

Research at the University of Leicester is using pioneering technology to study volcanic ash so that better advice will be available to the aircraft industry as to whether it is safe to fly following an explosive volcanic eruption. More...


New train technology will save time, energy and money

Research at the University of Salford is on track to solve the age-old problem of leaves on the line delaying trains. More...


Bath School of Art and Design at Tent London

Six talented graduates from the Bath School of Art and Design at Bath Spa University have been selected to exhibit at Tent London – the ground-breaking design show described as the ‘most diverse and must-see event of the London Design Festival.’ More...


Abertay University and BAFTA launch new game-building tool for kids

Children can now build their own working game using a simple-to-use tool built by the University of Abertay Dundee for BAFTA Young Game Designers, in association with Electronic Arts and with support from NESTA. More...


University of Leicester shortlisted for three national awards

The University of Leicester has been shortlisted for three Times Higher Education Awards for 2011, which celebrate the excellence within UK higher education institutions. More...


Health fears over CO2 storage are unfounded, study shows

Capturing CO2 from power stations and storing it deep underground carries no significant threat to human health, despite recently voiced fears that it might, a study has shown. More...


Serotonin levels affect the brain’s response to anger

Fluctuations of serotonin levels in the brain, which often occur when someone hasn’t eaten or is stressed, affects brain regions that enable people to regulate anger, new research from the University of Cambridge has shown. More...


Science writing prize for student Amy

Amy Capes, a PhD student in the Division of Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery at the University of Dundee, has won the Medical Research Council’s 2011 Max Perutz Science Writing Award for her article Putting Sleeping Sickness on the Radar. More...


Countdown to the UK’s new wave of engineers starts in Birmingham

The official countdown to September 2012, which will see the first major university sponsored University Technical College (UTC) in the country – the Aston University Engineering Academy – open its doors to students, started today at an event held at Birmingham Science Park Aston to mark the occasion. More...


Work experience student’s designs go on sale in John Lewis

A University of Salford Product Design student has seen his coursework successfully turned into a sales success after his work experience company placed it at John Lewis stores. More...


University excavations challenge traditional thinking on the treatment of lepers

Archaeologists from the University of Winchester are holding an Open Day on Saturday 10 September, inviting the general public to view the latest excavations at St Mary Magdalen Hospital, a former medieval leper hospital on the outskirts of Winchester. More...


World first course brings animation to medicine

The University of Salford has secured £300,000 from the European Union to take technology widely used in the games and movie industries to the health care professions, by developing an MSc in Clinical Gait Analysis. More...


Stirling receives EU Commission’s recognition for researcher development

The University of Stirling is one of 15 universities in the UK to be awarded the HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission on 5 September. More...


Oscar winner Michael Moore and Richard Dawkins head for Festival of Ideas

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins are two late star additions to this year’s Festival of Ideas line-up at Cambridge University. More...


Bath Spa University poets in action

A star-studded line-up at the Bristol Poetry Festival 2011 includes staff and students from Bath Spa University. More...


New courses to satisfy online demand

To satisfy increased demand for online distance learning, the University of Derby, based in the East Midlands of the UK, has added five more programmes to its online provision; taking the total number of programmes it delivers online up to 28. More...


University of Leicester scientists deploy space-age technologies to detect illness at science-fiction style ‘sick bay’

A new hi-tech £1million-plus non-invasive disease detection facility, developed by the University of Leicester, was unveiled on 1 Sept 2011 for use in Leicester Royal Infirmary’s A&E department. More...


Salford opens up successful graduate job scheme

For the first time the University of Salford is opening up its successful Graduate Gateway scheme to all North West based graduates – providing intensive skills coaching to boost employment prospects. More...


August 2011
University expert asks: ‘Is this the face of Jack the Ripper?’

A University of Dundee forensic anthropologist will help shed new light on the world’s most famous cold case when she appears on the hit BBC One show National Treasures Live. More...


Walk on the wild side with Botswana tourism course

Imagine graduating from university with the skills and confidence to set up a travel company offering zebra migration holidays, desert quad biking experiences or big game photographic safaris. More...


Cultural initiative strengthening Edinburgh’s India ties

The University of Edinburgh is strengthening its links with India through a new partnership with one of the country’s most influential cultural organisations. More...


Massive black hole caught in the act of swallowing a star for the first time

Scientists from the University of Leicester are part of an international team who have reported observing a supermassive black hole as it pulls apart and swallows a star that got too close. More...


Permission granted for new student and public arts venue

Salford City Council’s planning panel has unanimously granted planning permission for the development of a £38m Arts Building for the University of Salford which will provide state-of-the-art performance and teaching spaces for students and the local community. More...


A planet made of diamond

A once-massive star that’s been transformed into a small planet made of diamond: that is what University of Manchester astronomers think they’ve found in the Milky Way. More...


Aston University to host National Student Enterprise Conference

Aston University in Birmingham will host the National Student Enterprise Conference (NSEC) in 2012. More...


Gene study sheds new light on origins of British men

New genetic evidence reveals that most British men are not descended from immigrant farmers who migrated east 5,000–10,000 years ago – contrary to previous research. More...


Radical change in blood pressure diagnosis and treatment

The way blood pressure is diagnosed and treated is set to be revolutionised following new guidelines for the medical profession issued by NICE and developed in conjunction with the British Hypertension Society (BHS). More...


Nido Student Living opens boutique residence in London’s Notting Hill

Nido Student Living opened its latest student accommodation, Nido Notting Hill, on 31 August 2011. More...


Should the work of Banksy be listed?

Graffiti has traditionally been seen as a menace by local authorities, its appearance viewed as an indicator of decline in amenity and something to be painted over or scrubbed away. However, new research by the University of Bristol’s Law School questions whether the work of the well-known British street artist, Banksy, should be protected as a listed asset. More...


Stem cell study offers hope for Parkinson’s patients

Scientists have for the first time generated stem cells from one of the most rapidly progressing forms of Parkinson’s disease. More...


Police drawings, tumour visualisation, and festival tents – Dundee Masters Show 2011

A project to improve the accuracy of police drawings, a 3D method of visualising the development of cancer cells, and an innovative approach to cutting down on the number of tents thrown away after music festivals – just three of the exhibits at the Dundee Masters Show 2011. More...


Bath Spa University expands postgraduate courses

A raft of new Master’s courses will be on offer at Bath Spa University at the start of term, signalling an increasing focus on postgraduate and research activity. More...


Universities launch new Policing Studies course

A new postgraduate course aimed at people involved in policing has been launched by a consortium of Scottish universities. More...


Dundee boosting computing education in Iraq

A British Council-backed partnership between the University of Dundee and the University of Kufa in Iraq is helping boost the development of higher education in the Middle Eastern country. More...


Computer game stars of the future – Dare to be Digital winners announced

The next generation of computer games stars was unveiled in Dundee on 14 August, as the three winning teams from the Abertay University-run contest Dare to be Digital were announced. More...


Medical student recognised for ovarian cancer research

The 2011 Elma Reid Bursary has been awarded to third-year University of Dundee medical student Abdulla Ibrahim, who will receive a certificate marking his achievements during a symposium in Dundee this week. More...


Global ID experts study Scheuer Collection at Dundee

Students from the UK, Finland, Sweden and the United States and practitioners from the FBI and the Netherlands Forensic Institute are at the University of Dundee this month to take part in a unique course in the study of juvenile skeletal remains. More...


Does a change in main meal time shift biological rhythms?

Researchers at the University of Surrey are undertaking a study into the effects of meal times on the body’s biological rhythms. More...


Multiple sclerosis research doubles number of genes associated with the disease

Scientists have identified 29 new genetic variants linked to multiple sclerosis, providing key insights into the biology of a very debilitating neurological disease. More...


Todd-Hamied Laboratory at the Department of Chemistry opens

The University of Cambridge’s Department of Chemistry has today unveiled the new, cutting-edge Todd-Hamied Laboratory. The laboratory will explore harnessing materials for energy storage and conversion in an effort to develop the next generation of batteries and fuel cells. More...


Hollywood star lends support to homeless film project

A Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design graduate has teamed up with Hollywood star Brian Cox to make a series of films raising awareness of the plight of homeless people across the globe. More...


University of Warwick students take eight productions to Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The Fringe is the world’s largest arts festival, taking place every August in Scotland’s capital. With eight productions being showcased by groups made up of both current students and Warwick alumni, this is the largest representation the University has ever seen on Edinburgh’s stages. More...


Two Swansea Arts & Humanities scholars win British Academy research grants

Dr Joy Porter and Dr Mike Franklin from Swansea University’s College of Arts & Humanities have both been successful in winning British Academy research grants worth more than £200,000. More...


Dundee student hopes to strike gold on Amazonian adventure

A psychology student from the University of Dundee is to embark on an expedition to try to locate a legendary Incan city of gold later this month. More...


Blood pressure drugs may offer benefits in valvular heart disease

Drugs used to treat blood pressure could offer significant benefits to patients with one of the most common forms of valvular heart disease, new research at the University of Dundee and NHS Tayside has revealed. More...


July 2011
Nottingham Trent University to launch creative short course programme

Dozens of creative short courses aimed at both beginners and professionals are being launched at Nottingham Trent University from October 2011. More...


University students DRIVE to success

The University of Dundee’s student motor racing team, DRIVE, have just returned from the Silverstone Motor Racing Circuit having recorded their best ever result in the Formula Student event, which attracts competitors from all over Europe. More...


Fool’s gold gives scientists priceless insight into Earth’s evolution

Fool’s gold is providing scientists with valuable insights into a turning point in the Earth’s evolution, which took place billions of years ago. More...


Italy-Wales partnership celebrated as first joint PhD student graduates

Milan-born Aldo Tagliabue has become the first student to graduate with a joint doctoral degree (PhD) from Swansea University and Padua University in northern Italy. More...


Salford launches Robotics and Embedded Systems course in India

The University of Salford will be the first higher education institution to offer a master’s degree in Robotics and Embedded Systems taught in both India and the UK, when it launches an MSc in Robotics and Embedded Systems in September 2011. More...


Abertay students jet to China for ‘business Olympics’ finals

A team of students from the University of Abertay Dundee is jetting off to China this month to compete as the UK representative in the world finals of the prestigious CIMA Global Business Challenge. More...


University of Salford Students’ Union awarded £149,000 to encourage student sport

Students who don’t fancy joining organised clubs are to be given the chance to try sports on a drop-in basis, thanks to £149,298 of funding from the National Lottery Fund. More...


Whistleblowers, zombies… and how to stay out of prison

Freedom, revolution and communication have shaped human history since the dawn of mankind. These three themes form the backbone of this year’s Festival of Ideas at the University of Cambridge – the UK’s only arts, humanities and social sciences festival. More...


Student’s design chosen to decorate Bath Abbey

An art installation designed by a student at Bath Spa University has been chosen to hang in Bath Abbey to mark this year’s Advent. More...


Art competition winners announced at Swansea

The prize-winners of a Swansea University art competition which celebrates the diversity and beauty of academic research have been announced. More...


Design talent shines through at national awards

Four students from Nottingham Trent University’s School of Art & Design have scooped awards at two national exhibitions of graduate design talent. More...


Biomarker for autism discovered

Siblings of people with autism show a similar pattern of brain activity to that seen in people with autism when looking at emotional facial expressions. The University of Cambridge researchers identified the reduced activity in a part of the brain associated with empathy and argue it may be a ‘biomarker’ for a familial risk of autism. More...


Record show for sports scholar Eilish

Dundee University sports scholar Eilish McColgan made the most of an invitation to the prestigious Diamond League athletics meeting in Birmingham on 10 July, smashing the Scottish record for the 3000m steeplechase. More...


‘Classics Question Time’ to reveal enduring lessons from the ancient world

Latin-lovers, Greek fanatics and anyone with a passing interest in the ancient world will have a unique opportunity to put their questions to the experts at two major public debates in Cambridge this summer. More...


Green light for Bath Spa University campus development plans

Bath Spa University is celebrating the news that B&NES Council has granted permission on a planning application for a substantial re-development of its Newton Park campus. More...


Chinese design is the focus of new module at Dundee Uni

The role of design in the growth of China’s consumer culture will be examined in a new interdisciplinary module offered by Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. More...


14 fully funded Doctoral and Master’s Awards available at Swansea University

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has announced that Swansea University’s College of Arts and Humanities has been successful in obtaining a Block Grant Partnership: Capacity Building Award, which will provide 14 funded studentships over the next three academic years. More...


University awarded PADI funding for groundbreaking psychology research

The University of Winchester has been awarded $5,000 by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) to extend its research looking into the causes and effects of nitrogen narcosis in divers. More...


Important step in the next generation of computing

Scientists have taken one step closer to the next generation of computers. Research from the Cavendish Laboratory, the University of Cambridge’s Department of Physics, provides new insight into spintronics, which has been hailed as the successor to the transistor. More...


June 2011
College of Science announces scholarships for research programmes

Swansea University’s College of Science has announced a range of full- and part-funded Doctoral and Master’s scholarships for high-calibre students enrolling in September 2011. More...


Betting on good luck and four leaf clovers

Research led by the University of Cambridge has found a link between impulsivity and flawed reasoning (such as believing in superstitious rituals and luck) in problem gamblers. More...


Stronger ties between Dundee and Indian powerhouses

A University of Dundee academic taking part in a British Council Scotland mission to two of India’s powerhouse cities will help build new links with one of the world’s fastest growing economies. More...


Exercise class puts Breast Foot Forward

An innovative exercise class at the University of Dundee which supports women who have, or have had, breast cancer has been boosted by an award of £15,000 in funding from the charity Breast Foot Forward. More...


Black hole kills star and blasts 3.8 billion light year beam at Earth

Observations led by astronomers at the Universities of Warwick and Leicester have shown that the flash from one of the biggest and brightest bangs yet recorded by astronomers comes from a massive black hole at the centre of a distant galaxy. More...


UK first use of 3D imaging derived from post-mortem computed tomography imaging in UK trial

The East Midlands Forensic Pathology unit, based at the University of Leicester, has used 3D images derived from post-mortem computed tomography (PMCT) scans as an aid to demonstrate injuries to a jury for the first time in evidence at a UK trial. More...


Founding member of University Taekwondo club selected for World University Games

The founding member and coach of Nottingham Trent University’s Taekwondo club has been selected to represent Great Britain at the World University Games later this year. More...


Applications invited for 2011 publishing bursaries

Postgraduate students at the University of Dundee with ambitions of working in the publishing industry are invited to apply for this year’s coveted publishing bursaries, worth £5,000 each. More...


Student volunteer nominated for Heart of Salford Award

A University of Salford student has been nominated for a Heart of Salford Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to volunteering in the city. More...


Cambridge announces new fund for arts, humanities and social sciences research

Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz has announced the creation of a £300,000 fund to be awarded to Cambridge University researchers in the arts, humanities and social sciences. More...


Tiny devices offer treatment hope for brain bleed disorder

A new device that treats a potentially fatal blood vessel condition could help to reduce its recurrence, researchers have found. More...


Dare to be Digital launches – nine weeks to win a computer games BAFTA

Student computer game designers are starting the internationally renowned Dare to be Digital challenge – to build a complete game in just nine weeks, with the best game taking home a BAFTA. More...


Swine flu spread was much wider than first thought, scientists say

The swine flu outbreak of winter 2009–2010 was much more widespread than was previously realised, research suggests. More...


Star director for students’ show at Circomedia

Budding performers from an innovative degree course run in partnership with Bath Spa University have a star director for their end-of-year show. More...


Fully sponsored degree launched by Nottingham Business School and Experian

Nottingham Business School and Experian, the global information services company, have launched a fully sponsored degree programme which offers students the chance to study for a degree and work full-time, while receiving a salary and having the cost of their tuition fees paid. More...


Security advances are the answer to record low crime figures

Technology – not changes to the criminal mindset – has had the greatest impact on halving UK crime rates over the last 15 years. More...


Loughborough University to explore energy-saving technology of the future

Hi-tech ways to cut domestic energy bills will be explored by experts at Loughborough University, as part of a £1.9m research project. More...


Derby online learners’ satisfaction shows

With increasing numbers of people studying its courses online from home, the University of Derby is delighted that the first survey of its online students uncovered high levels of satisfaction. More...


Stars, vintage cameras and a 1940s bank robbery inspire UWE’s art students

Stargazing, a one-hundred-year-old camera and a bank robber with a sleep disorder are among the inspirations behind the University of the West of England’s 2011 Art, Design and Media Degree Show. More...


Dundee dental experts leading cleft research

The University of Dundee Dental School is set to spearhead a cutting-edge European initiative on research into craniofacial abnormalities – such as cleft palate – and associated health inequalities in Europe. More...


Dundee’s first computer games festival announced – Dare ProtoPlay comes home

Dundee’s first ever computer games festival is to take over the city centre this August, as the exciting finale of game design competition Dare to be Digital comes home. More...


University of Edinburgh’s rugby team tours Brazil

The University of Edinburgh’s rugby team is facing one of its toughest-ever tests – playing the Brazil national side. More...


Upping the anti: Swansea physicists help trap antimatter atoms for 1,000 seconds

A paper published online on 5 June by the leading science journal Nature Physics reports that scientists at CERN in Geneva – including physicists from Swansea University – have succeeded in trapping antimatter atoms for over 16 minutes. More...


Trans-atlantic team announce Huntington’s Disease breakthrough

Medical researchers may have uncovered a novel approach to treat an incurable and ultimately fatal neurodegenerative disease that affects hundreds of thousands of people. More...


Experts team up with ARM to create faster computers

A new centre of excellence is to tackle one of the greatest computing challenges of the next decade – creating faster, more efficient software for multi-core devices. More...


Radiator control system could slash domestic fuel bills

A new radiator control system, developed by Loughborough University’s computer scientists, could one day reduce a family’s domestic energy use by 40 per cent. More...


Basketball research finds foreign workers boost domestic skills

A comprehensive study of the number of foreign basketball players across Europe over the last 30 years has revealed that countries with higher numbers of overseas squad members perform better at international tournaments. More...


May 2011
Students gather from four corners of the world

The University of Derby, based in the East Midlands of the UK, held a lecture series with a difference recently when online psychology students from 22 countries around the world met each other and their lecturers in person for the very first time. More...


Dundee student receives top rugby award

University of Dundee student Kirstin Daly has been awarded one of the top prizes in Scottish rugby just three years after picking up the oval ball for the first time. More...


Targeted testing offers treatment hope for ovarian cancer patients

Women with ovarian cancer could be helped by a new test that identifies the specific type of tumour they have, a conference will hear. More...


Leicester students to experience weightlessness in gravity-defying experiment

Four students from the University of Leicester who were the only ones in Britain, and among a small number from across Europe, to be selected for a gravity-defying experiment in the framework of the ESA Education Office ‘Fly your Thesis!’ programme are taking part in the flights in May. More...


Hope of screening test for bone disease after more genes discovered

Scientists have discovered that at least seven genes may account for the development of Paget’s disease, a painful bone condition that affects up to one million people in the UK. More...


Researchers reveal violent deaths of medieval dead at Stirling Castle

Scientific research has revealed that at least five of the medieval people whose skeletons were discovered at Stirling Castle suffered brutally violent deaths. More...


Salford University unveils hi-tech cancer scanning facilities

The University of Salford has officially launched a suite of hi-tech radiography scanners which will help train the next generation of radiographers to diagnose life-threatening diseases such as early and late stage cancer. More...


New car technology to save dozens of lives

New safety systems being fitted to British cars are set to save thousands of pedestrian injuries and dozens of lives each year thanks to new testing procedures developed with the help of Loughborough University experts. More...


UWE animator makes film for pilot NPH awareness campaign in Bristol

A talented animation student from the University of the West of England has created a short animated film highlighting the symptoms of a little known condition that mainly affects people over 60 called NPH (Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus). More...


New centre will use charcoal to aid climate change fight

Innovative methods that turn agricultural waste into carbon-rich soil in a bid to tackle climate change are to be developed at a ground-breaking new facility. More...


TS Eliot legacy helps secure English teaching at Newnham College

A new English teaching fund worth £1.125m has been established at Newnham College, Cambridge thanks to one of the world’s best-loved and most successful musicals – Cats. More...


New research provides insight into how OCD develops

New scientific evidence challenges a popular conception that behaviours such as repetitive hand-washing, characteristic of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), are carried out in response to disturbing obsessive fears. More...


Research provides insight into quality of stored blood used for transfusions

New research provides evidence for significant differences between new and old red blood cells used for transfusions and could provide a cheap, rapid and effective way to monitor the quality of blood supplies. More...


Success for University in securing postgraduate studentships

Bath Spa University is celebrating the news that it has received an award worth some £300,000 to provide financial support for postgraduate students. More...


Kids say the funniest things – or is it adults?

Five-year-olds talking about hangovers and online dating – thankfully not a discussion between dangerously precocious children but a study of everyday conversation carried out by a Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design student. More...


Discovery paves the way for reducing meningitis in babies

Scientists from Nottingham Trent University have identified the precise but previously unknown genetic characteristics of a strain of bacteria that can cause meningitis in babies. More...


Compost heap’s prestigious film award nomination

A student film from the University of Salford has been nominated for a national Royal Television Society Award – despite its slightly fragrant subject matter. More...


Bangor University science assisted IOM achieve Sustainable Fisheries Accreditation

Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences has welcomed the news that the fishery producing Manx Queenies, the Isle of Man’s queen scallops, has been awarded a sustainability certification under the Marine Stewardship Council programme. More...


Leicester research offers hope for developing new medicines

Free public lecture at University of Leicester on 24 May. More...


Foiling the fakers: Cranfield University and Bonhams pioneer authenticity project

Cranfield and Bonhams have inaugurated a joint forensic science research project to bring authentication techniques into the new millennium. More...


BMJ Group launches new Diabetes Diploma

The BMJ Group has launched a new Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes for doctors, nurses and other health care professionals both in the UK and across the world. More...


Reading Arabic ‘different’ for the brain – new study

New research by University of Leicester psychologist sheds light on reading differences. More...


Hollywood star lends his voice to student’s animation

Not many student film-makers can attract top Hollywood talent, but a Dundee animator pulled off that very coup when she persuaded Brian Cox to star in her Degree Show piece. More...


Abertay University launches its biggest Digital Graduate Show ever

The biggest Digital Graduate Show ever in the history of the University of Abertay Dundee opens to the public on Friday 20 May at 2pm. More...


Budding archaeologists needed to dig Bronze Age and Roman site

The University of Salford’s Centre for Applied Archaeology is giving people from Greater Manchester the chance to join them on one of their digs at a site which has previously uncovered thousands of Bronze and Iron Age and Roman artefacts. More...


Patients who see ‘preferred GP’ in doctor’s surgery less likely to go for emergency hospital admission

A new study led by the University of Leicester has concluded that being able to see the GP of your choice in a doctor’s surgery helps to reduce emergency hospital admissions. More...


Students to get cyber-security insight at Abertay virtual open day

Postgraduate students looking for a career in cyber-security are invited to take part in a virtual open day on 18 May with leading lecturers at the University of Abertay Dundee. More...


Students get help to beat exam stress

Dozens of students from the University of Dundee have been getting help to de-stress and focus on their exams over the past few weeks. More...


Goal! Abertay students persuade Newcastle United and Dundee to hold charity match for Guide Dogs

Business studies students at the University of Abertay Dundee have agreed in principle a series of major charity events for the Guide Dogs charity, including a fundraising football match between Newcastle United and Dundee FC. More...


Wellcome Trust grants more than £6m to Dundee researchers

Two researchers at the University of Dundee have been awarded a total of more than £6m in grants from the Wellcome Trust. More...


University takes on Go4Gambia challenge to travel more than 2,700 miles

Staff at the University of Winchester are aiming to cover a distance of 2,738 miles without actually leaving the city, helping to raise funds for the Hampshire Diamond Jubilee Gambia Project 2012. More...


Global links grown at Nottingham Business School

Nottingham Business School, part of Nottingham Trent University, has signed new partnership agreements with three international leading management schools. More...


Technological toys have not yet replaced traditional toys in the affections of preschool children

Technological toys have not yet replaced traditional toys in the affections of preschool children, according to researchers at the Universities of Stirling and Strathclyde. More...


Dundee to lead drug discovery network

The Drug Discovery Unit at the University of Dundee, together with other leading not-for profit UK drug discovery and chemistry groups, is to coordinate building a UK-wide network in a developing area of drug discovery. More...


University of Leicester launches ‘competition’ to find ten future world class research leaders

The University of Leicester plans to establish up to ten new professorial research chairs in a multi-million pound investment by the University in its research future. More...


Wide-reaching report finds strong support for nurse and pharmacist prescribing

Greater powers introduced by the government to enable specially-trained nurses and pharmacists to prescribe medication in England have been successfully adopted, according to a new report. More...


Accessibility expert is new Head of Abertay’s School of Computing and Engineering Systems

The University of Abertay Dundee has appointed Professor Simeon Keates as its new Head of the School of Computing and Engineering Systems. More...


Variety is the spice of life for animal movement

Scientists at Royal Holloway, University of London and the University of Leicester have discovered animals searching for food do not stick to a complicated pattern of movement as previously thought but tend to wander about randomly. More...


Warner is latest leading writer to take up residence on campus

Award-winning novelist Alan Warner is the latest in a long line of illustrious names to be appointed as a writer-in-residence at the University of Edinburgh. More...


Technology started from child’s play

From ideas to inventions – the application of university research. Free public lecture at University of Leicester on 17 May. More...


Aston’s lead marketer to share good practice on global platform

Aston Business School is one of only two British universities to be invited to a prestigious annual gathering of distinguished marketers from across the world. More...


Researchers measure the value of a smile

Researchers at Bangor University have placed an economic value on a smile, demonstrating scientifically the effect that a genuine smile can have on our decision-making. The psychologists call this ‘social information’ and say that it has more of an effect than you may imagine. More...


University of Leicester announces £30m medical teaching facility

New doctors being trained in Leicester will learn in the latest state-of-the-art facilities being proposed by the University of Leicester. More...


Stirling student wins prestigious Florida internship

A University of Stirling student has gained one of only 42 fully funded internships with leading international companies across the world this summer. More...


Get ahead – explore the Winchester experience at the Postgraduate Open Evening

The University of Winchester is holding a Postgraduate Open Evening on Wednesday 11 May. More...


New national institute to be based at SportPark

The sports industry is celebrating the launch of a new professional development body, which has chosen to base itself at SportPark at Loughborough University. More...


Pentagonal tiles pave the way towards organic electronics

New research paves way for the nanoscale self-assembly of organic building blocks, a promising new route towards the next generation of ultra-small electronic devices. More...


Pilot project for €1 billion research program on graphene launched

Cambridge is to lead the technology roadmap towards a €1 billion European program to conduct research on graphene – a versatile substance, stronger than diamond, which researchers say could trigger a ‘smart and sustainable carbon revolution.’ More...


Horror headliners’ support for ‘scary studies’

Celebrated British writer and director Clive Barker is among the respected horror industry names throwing their weight behind a dark and deadly new course at the UK’s University of Derby. More...


Loughborough University students win BP Ultimate Field Trip 2011

A team of students from Loughborough University is set to gain a real-life taste of working in the oil and gas industry, after winning the 2011 BP Ultimate Field Trip. More...


April 2011
Santander offers £44,000 in awards to students committed to developing an innovative business proposition

University of Leicester working with Santander, through its Santander Universities Global Division, to give students the chance to develop their business ideas. More...


Giving blood? There’s an app for that...

A University of Dundee student has developed a mobile phone application to make it easier for existing and potential donors to give blood. More...


Archbishop Desmond Tutu to be honoured by University of Leicester

One of the world’s best-known and best-loved campaigners for peace and justice is to be honoured by the University of Leicester, UK, in July. More...


Poetry and heavy metal at Bath Spa University careers fair

A leading performance poet and a PR man for Guns N’ Roses and other heavy metal bands are among the guests taking part in a student careers forum at Bath Spa University. More...


Pioneering plant sciences lab opens at Cambridge University

Her Majesty The Queen officially opened The Sainsbury Laboratory at the University of Cambridge on 27 April. More...


Parasite strategy offers insight to help tackle sleeping sickness

Fresh insight into the survival strategy of the parasite that causes sleeping sickness could help inform new treatments for the disease. More...


£1million grant boosts academia-business links

Links between Tayside’s internationally renowned Life Sciences research institutes and businesses across Scotland are being strengthened through a funding package of more than £1million. More...


Heart drugs could cut blood pressure risks in pregnancy

Pregnant women could benefit from a pioneering trial that will test whether heart disease drugs can be used to treat pre-eclampsia. More...


Neuroscientists discover new ‘chemical pathway’ in the brain for stress

Breakthrough study offers hope for targeted treatment of stress-related disorders. More...


Simple injection could limit damage from heart attacks and stroke

‘Milestone achievement’ also has potential applications in transplant surgery. More...


Astronomers can tune in to radio auroras to find exoplanets

Radio telescopes could be used for planet-hunting, according to University of Leicester researchers. More...


Keele astrophysicist in discovery of red giant and two red dwarfs

A Keele University astrophysicist, Dr John Taylor, is a member of an international group of European, Australian and American researchers who have reported on the discovery of a unique system of stars in a paper published in the Science magazine. More...


University inspired by London 2012

A recent University of Derby event has brought it a London 2012 Olympic Inspire Mark, making it the first university in the East Midlands, and one of only two in the UK, to receive three of the prestigious marks. More...


£1m MRC award to fight malaria

A major new award of £1m from the Medical Research Council African Research Leader Scheme will support links with Africa, bringing together the medical entomology teams of Dr Frederic Tripet, of Keele University’s Centre for Applied Entomology and Parasitology, and Dr Abdoulaye Diabate, of the Centre Muraz in Burkina Faso. More...


Swearing relieves pain but don’t over do it

Swearing can relieve pain – but only for people who swear infrequently. More...


Fashions fit to delight disabled children

A fashion student is mixing style with sensitivity by creating clothes for disabled young people that they will want to wear. More...


University estates team earns nomination for national award

The successful regeneration and development of Nottingham Trent University’s building estate has earned it a nomination in the category of ‘Outstanding Estates Team’ in the prestigious Times Higher Leadership & Management Awards 2011. More...


Keele to lead major UK-India project on low carbon technologies

Professor Mark Ormerod, Keele University Research Institute for the Environment, Physical Sciences and Applied Mathematics, is heading a collaborative team of six leading research groups from the UK and India that has been awarded around £1.35m from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Indian Department of Science and Technology, funding a collaborative three-year research project entitled, ‘Modelling Accelerated Ageing and Degradation of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells’. More...


UWE lecturer gets BAFTA nomination for Human Planet sound

A lecturer and sound engineer from the University of the West of England has been nominated for a BAFTA award. More...


UWE continues to offer outstanding teacher training

The University of the West of England has received a glowing Ofsted report for the provision of teacher training at secondary, primary and further education levels. More...


Undergraduate student at Bath Spa University wins publishing deal for her book on Jane Austen

Lauren Nixon, a student from Bath Spa University who is also a guide at the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, has written a book about the world-famous author’s novels and life story. More...


Winchester archaeologists to provide fieldwork training for the University of the West Indies

Archaeologists from the University of Winchester have formalised an agreement with the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Barbados to provide fieldwork training for Caribbean students. More...


Bath Spa University student’s design chosen by England football fans

A group of England football fans have enlisted the help of undergraduates from Bath Spa University to give them a new ‘identity’. More...


Cheesy shoes designed by students at Bath Spa University make tasty footwear

There are plenty of cheesy designs in the fashion world but none more so than the ones created by a group of students at Bath Spa University. They have made a range of shoes literally made from cheese. More...


Sleep study could help adults with Down’s syndrome

Adults with Down’s syndrome could be helped towards better health, thanks to research into the quality of their sleep. More...


Liverpool–Saudi Arabia infectious disease research venture launched

A delegation from The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health (KSA MOH), accompanied by the Ambassador of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have visited Liverpool to mark the launch of a new venture with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and the Innovative Vector Control Consortium (IVCC). More...


March 2011
University of Leicester announces £12.6 million Medical Research Centre

The University of Leicester has unveiled plans for a £12.6m Cardiovascular Research Centre that will double the amount of space available for world-class heart research. More...


Loughborough to lead £3.5 million research project on green vehicles

Experts at Loughborough University are to lead a £3.5 million project to bring environmentally-friendly vehicles one step closer to an everyday reality. More...


Dundee dental researchers win top awards

Two dental researchers at the University of Dundee’s College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing have won prestigious awards at a major international conference. More...


Smarter memory device holds key to greener gadgets

Fast, low-energy memory for MP3s, smartphones and cameras could become a reality thanks to a development by scientists. More...


Student at Bath Spa University wins three-book publishing deal

A creative writing student at Bath Spa University, Maudie Smith, has secured a publishing deal for three children’s books. More...


University shines in British Council’s International Student Awards 2011

Two students from Nottingham Trent University have picked up top accolades in a prestigious competition organised by the British Council. More...


Royal opening for Centre of Islamic Studies

A formal opening ceremony took place on 23 March for the HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge. More...


Full scholarships announced in Disaster Management

Commonwealth Scholarships available at University of Leicester. More...


Dundee dozen selected for Royal Scottish Academy exhibition

Twelve art and architecture graduates from the University of Dundee have been chosen to appear at this year’s prestigious RSA New Contemporaries exhibition. More...


Award seeks to uncover writing talent in Leicestershire

Writing Commission announced on the theme of ‘transcultural Leicester’. More...


Cambridge Science Festival kicks off

Cambridge Science Festival, the UK’s largest free science festival, begins next week, running from March 14–27. More...


Bangor University announces third year of expansion of Postgraduate Research Scholarships

New Research Scholarship places are being offered at Bangor University for the third successive year. More...


University hosts weekend refuelling workshop for aspiring authors

The University of Winchester is holding a Pitstop Refuelling Weekend for aspiring writers from 25–27 March in advance of this summer’s 31st Winchester Writers’ Conference (27 June to 3 July). More...


Protein study helps shape understanding of body forms

Scientists have shed light on why some people are apple-shaped and others are pear-shaped. More...


Curbing cholesterol could help combat infections, study shows

Lowering cholesterol could help the body’s immune system fight viral infections, researchers have found. More...


Winchester students return from teaching practice in The Gambia

Six trainee teachers from the University of Winchester took a longer journey than usual to their school placements when they travelled to The Gambia to teach pupils at the Soma School for two weeks. More...


You are what your mother ate

Research provides new insight into why poor diet during pregnancy negatively affects offspring’s long term health. More...


Milly’s ‘Life of Pi’ dresses win prestigious 2011 FAD fashion design competition

Nottingham Trent University student Milly Jackson has walked away with the top prize at the prestigious 2011 FAD fashion design competition, for her collection inspired by Yann Martel’s best selling novel Life of Pi. More...


University marks International Women’s Day with debate on Women’s History

The Centre for the History of Women’s Education (CHWE) at the University of Winchester is hosting a lively debate on 8 March to mark International Women’s Day. More...


New non-surgical autopsy technique set to revolutionise post-mortem practice

Breakthrough science is cost-effective and easy to use. More...


February 2011
Tackling tuberculosis with new antibody treatments

Researchers from the University of Dundee, King’s College London and St George’s, University of London have identified potential new means to treat tuberculosis (TB). More...


Happy children make happy adults

New research links well-being in adolescence with life satisfaction in adulthood. More...


Benedetti adds string to her bow by backing scholarship fund

Virtuoso violinist Nicola Benedetti is backing a new scheme to support Italian Studies at the University of Edinburgh. More...


Swansea sports science PhD student prepares England Cricket Team for glory

A Swansea University postgraduate student who also works as a Strength and Conditioning coach for the English Cricket Board (ECB) is hoping the innovative sports science methods developed at Swansea which helped him prepare the English Cricket Team for victory in the Ashes will also lead the Team to glory in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2010/11 which started on 19 February. More...


Bath Spa University lecturer’s play nominated for Olivier Award

A play written by Bath Spa University lecturer Hattie Naylor has been nominated for a national theatre prize. Ivan and the Dogs is on the shortlist for a Laurence Olivier award. More...


Diabetes drug improves survival from the life-threatening infectious disease, melioidosis

Scientists have identified a diabetes drug which halves the mortality rate of a deadly infectious disease found throughout Southeast Asia and Northern Australia. More...


Prestigious award for cancer expert

The University of Glasgow has awarded the 2011 Tenovus-Scotland Medal to a cancer expert from the University of Dundee. More...


University’s Employability Week helps Winchester students to stand out from the graduate crowd

The University of Winchester is launching Employability Week (21–25 February), which is designed to enhance opportunities for Winchester students in the competitive graduate job market. More...


University of Leicester provides insights into Olympics

Free public lecture on 24 February will look at England’s role in Olympic movement. More...


Loughborough University graduate goes head-to-head with Apple and Dyson for prestigious design award

Twenty-five-year-old Loughborough University graduate Laurence Kemball-Cook, the inventor of a revolutionary flooring system that generates electricity from footsteps, is competing against global innovation giants Apple and Dyson for an esteemed Product of the Year award. More...


Nominations for 2011-12 sport scholarships now open

Talented student athletes from the University of Dundee have been invited to apply for national scholarship support. More...


Make-or-break time of season for student sports teams

The next couple of weeks will see no fewer than 16 sports teams from the University of Dundee reach the business end of their season as the knock-out stages of the British Universities and Colleges (BUCS) competitions begin. More...


University to boost India links through new Mumbai office

The University of Edinburgh is intensifying its longstanding ties with India by opening a new liaison office in Mumbai. More...


Parasite’s competitive streak offers insight into malaria

Scientists have gained fresh insight into malaria with research that shows how the parasite faces a tough struggle for survival. More...


Student Emily’s fashions on London catwalk

A fashion student from Bath Spa University, Emily Booker, is to have her designs paraded on the catwalk in London. She was selected as a finalist in a national competition, which allows her work to feature at London Fashion Week later this month. More...


Scientists discover honey bee message that could save the species

Scientists have discovered and decoded communications between honey bees that could be used to fight the worrying recent decline in their numbers. More...


Gene discovery offers clues to how infants pick up language

Scientists have made a key genetic discovery that could help explain how people learn language. More...


Hugs tell us much about shared experiences

In the run-up to Valentine’s Day, couples the world over will be thinking about how they can convey their love to their partner in a meaningful and lasting manner. More...


Extra testosterone reduces your empathy

A new study from Utrecht and Cambridge Universities has for the first time found that an administration of testosterone under the tongue in volunteers negatively affects a person’s ability to ‘mind read’, an indication of empathy. The findings are published this week in the journal Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences. More...


Dundee to welcome hundreds of language students

The University of Dundee is set to play host to over 1200 teenagers from around Europe this summer, bringing an economic impact worth hundreds of thousands of pounds to the city. More...


Swansea scientists a step closer to targeting disease with nanoparticle technology

Scientists at Swansea University have developed a statistical framework that tracks the uptake of nanoparticles by living cells using florescent nanoparticles, resulting in an accurate prediction of particle dosages which could be used in applications such as targeted nanodrug delivery. More...


Tiny device delivers new ways to treat cancers

Chemotherapy that has much-reduced side-effects could be a step closer, thanks to a development by scientists. More...


Peanut allergies more common in boys than girls, study shows

Young boys are more likely to suffer from a peanut allergy than young girls, a study has shown. More...


Two severe Amazon droughts in five years alarms scientists

New research shows that the 2010 Amazon drought may have been even more devastating to the region’s rainforests than the unusual 2005 drought, which was previously billed as a one-in-100 year event. More...


Video postcards give families glimpse of Derby life

International students have been sending ‘video postcards’ home to let family and friends know what life is like at the University of Derby, which is based in the East Midlands of the UK. More...


Darren on track for a Top Gear career

Budding journalist Darren Moss has been rubbing shoulders with the stars of BBC’s Top Gear after landing his dream placement with the show. More...


Keele signs agreement of co-operation with Chinese university

Representatives of Nanjing Xiaozhuang University, including the President, Professor Li Hongtian, have visited Keele University to sign an agreement of co-operation reached with the Faculty of Natural Sciences for a 3+1 study arrangement for students. More...


Students getting to the truth… CSI style

University of Leicester hosts International Summer School of Forensic Science. More...


Dundee Literary Salons 2011

The 2011 programme of the popular Dundee Literary Salons series will be launched at a brand new venue later this week. More...


Going Japanese – Tokyo inspires Bath Spa University design graduates

A study trip to Tokyo from Bath Spa University had an inspirational impact on two young graphic designers, Andrew Joyce and Joey Meuross. More...


January 2011
Snow sculptors brave freezing temperatures to take top prize in international competition

A team of students from Nottingham Trent University have just returned home from Northeast China after securing an incredible victory in an international university snow sculpture competition. More...


Bangor offers ten new international Forestry distance learning scholarships thanks to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission

Staff at Bangor University’s School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography (SENRGy) are delighted to announce that the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) have agreed to fund 10 places for scholars from developing commonwealth countries to study on the MSc Forestry (distance learning) course. More...


University of Surrey manages world-class social science training centre

The Universities of Kent, Reading, Royal Holloway, and Surrey have come together to form the South East Doctoral Training Consortium (SE DTC). The consortium, managed by Surrey, will fund cutting-edge doctoral research in the social sciences by world-class research students across the South East region. More...


Loughborough University hosts ‘green’ business conference

Experts from universities, NGOs and industry from across the UK, Europe and South America have gathered at Loughborough University to discuss and move forward solutions for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) on sustainability and climate issues. More...


Folic acid supplementation in pregnancy, DNA methylation and birth weight in newborn babies

Groundbreaking work by a team of UK scientists has identified, for the first time, a link between changes in the DNA of newborn babies, folic acid supplementation during pregnancy, and birth weight. More...


Open Learning Week at Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University is opening its doors to the public for a week in February and inviting people to get a taste of university by sitting in on undergraduate lectures. More...


Ancient body clock discovered that helps to keep all
living things on time

New research gives insight into circadian clock. More...


Local charities benefit from UWE’s Better Together Fund

The ‘Better Together Fund’, UWE’s charitable fund, is inviting groups and charities in Bristol to apply for grants. More...


Britain’s first ‘modern’ Antarctic expedition

The expedition that laid the foundations for current British scientific endeavours in the Antarctic, and pioneered techniques which continue to this day, is being celebrated at Cambridge University’s Polar Museum. More...


Meeting to combat devastating disease in pigs

International experts are to meet to discuss ways of combating a fast mutating virus affecting pig herds. More...


Dino-era sex riddle solved by new fossil find

Killed and preserved with her egg, a fossil of a flying reptile shows for the first time how hips and crests can be used to sex pterodactyls. More...


Warwick invests 1.5 million UK pounds in Postgraduate Research Scholarships for International Students

The University of Warwick has made a £1.5 million commitment to create a set of ‘Chancellor’s International Scholarships’ that will provide full student fees plus a maintenance award for overseas fees paying postgraduate research students. Seventeen Chancellor’s International Scholarships will be available for 2011/12. More...


New research centre at University of Leicester to boost expertise in translation

University to launch Research Centre for Translation and Interpreting Studies. More...


Anglia Ruskin University students aim for picture-perfect graduation

London exhibition could lead to book deals with major publishers. More...


UWE media students dominate regional RTS award nominations

Students from the Media Practice course at the University of the West of England have once again dominated the nomination stages of the Royal Television Society Student TV awards for the South West region. More...


Scientists work to reveal hidden secrets at the Tower of London

A medieval wall painting at the Tower of London has received some special attention from scientists at Nottingham Trent University. More...


New hope in fight against Huntington’s disease

University of Leicester-led research uncovers potential new approaches for tackling devastating disorder. More...


Design student wins international fame

Second-year University of Portsmouth student Matt Dempsey got a lot more than he bargained for when he put his design project online to be assessed. More...


New light shed on cosmic dark ages

Remnants of the first stars have helped astronomers get closer to unlocking the ‘dark ages’ of the cosmos. More...


Catfish study reveals multiplicity of species

Peer into any stream in a South American rainforest and you may well see a small shoal of similar-looking miniature catfish. But don’t be fooled into thinking that they are all the same species. More...


Distinguished lecture celebrates launch of construction research centre at Cambridge

Professor Dame Ann Dowling, Head of the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, recently welcomed more than 250 invited guests from the construction industry and academia for the inaugural Laing O’Rourke Distinguished Lecture. More...


Leading carpet manufacturer partners with Aston Business School

A world-class carpet manufacturing company based in the West Midlands is set to further enhance upon its already glowing success, thanks to a new business model created by experts at Aston Business School. More...


Bath Spa University student coaches at Table Football World Cup

A student from Bath Spa University is participating in the World Cup – for table football. More...


Computer games industry ‘who’s who’ stars gifted Abertay graduates

A much-respected computer games industry ‘who’s who’ of up-and-coming games developers has heralded three graduates of the University of Abertay Dundee as rising stars in the industry. More...


Stargazing LIVE

Have a night with the stars with BBC’s Stargazing LIVE at The University of Leicester Observatory. More...


New research shows emotions can trigger inaccurate memories

A University of Leicester psychologist has been involved in new research with Cornell University professors which has shown that emotions, particularly those provoked by negative events, can trigger inaccurate memories. More...


Cambridge School of Art student captures City’s characters

Student book puts the focus on eclectic eccentric Cambridge characters. More...


University poetry graduate is new Bard of Bath

A creative writing graduate from Bath Spa University has become the new Bard of Bath. More...


The emotional computer

Cambridge University film provides a glimpse of how robots and humans could interact in the future. More...




 
 
 
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