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News archive: 1999 releases

Solar system opens on the cycle track

Posted on Thursday 9 December 1999

The scale model of the solar system along the York to Selby cycle track opens officially on Saturday 11 December.


Chocolate cake that really gives you a kick

Posted on Thursday 9 December 1999

Your muscles are packed with protein machines that convert the chemical energy of the food that you eat into force and movement.


York's Biology Department set for multi-million pound development

Posted on Tuesday 7 December 1999

The Joint Infrastructure Fund is to make a major award to the department of Biology at the University of York for a multi-million redevelopment of the department. New buildings, new equipment and substantial refurbishment will boost research facilities in what is one of Britain's leading Biology departments.


York shows excellent value for money and very low student 'drop-out' figures

Posted on Thursday 2 December 1999

First higher education performance indicators published.


Feminist publishing house launched

Posted on Tuesday 30 November 1999

A new feminist publishing venture, Raw Nerve Books, will be launched on Monday 6 December at the King's Manor in York.


University offers a course of aspirin

Posted on Monday 22 November 1999

The humble aspirin gets star billing in a series of four free public lectures starting this Thursday (25 November) to celebrate 100 years of its manufacture.


Another perfect teaching score

Posted on Friday 12 November 1999

The Physics Department at the University of York scored a perfect 24 out of 24 in the official Subject Review (formerly known as Teaching Quality Assessment), which was carried out this week. It is the second department at York to register the top score: Electronics achieved it in January 1998.


Trevor Sheldon to be new Head of Health Studies at York

Posted on Friday 12 November 1999

Professor Trevor Sheldon is to be the new Head of Department of Health Studies at the University of York. He takes up his appointment on 1 December.


University to award Millennium honours to local people

Posted on Thursday 11 November 1999

The University will honour local people for their contributions to Yorkshire and to the University in a special Millennium Honorary Degree ceremony on 26 February 2000. The Chancellor, Dame Janet Baker, will confer on each the degree of Doctor of the University.


Janet Suzman to speak on Toleration

Posted on Tuesday 9 November 1999

The actress Janet Suzman will give this year's JB and WB Morrell Memorial Address on Toleration on Thursday 18 November. The title of her lecture will be 'The Importance of Being Earnest: Toleration in Practice'.


Printing press brings Blake to life

Posted on Tuesday 9 November 1999

A rare and valuable 19th Century printing press in full working order has been installed on the ground floor of the historic King's Manor in the heart of York.


Women doctors promote mentoring in national conference

Posted on Tuesday 9 November 1999

The use of mentoring in clinical governance will be highlighted at a major conference in York next Friday (November 12). Organised by a group of women doctors, together with the University of York, the conference's keynote speaker will be the Government's Chief Medical Officer Professor Liam Donaldson.


World's largest trial for leg ulcer treatment

Posted on Monday 8 November 1999

The world's largest trial of the best way to treat leg ulcers is being undertaken across the UK by the University of York. Hundreds of patients are being treated and surveyed for up to two years in a programme run by the University's Department of Health Studies.


University of York works with Nortel Networks to revolutionise network traffic management

Posted on Tuesday 2 November 1999

Nortel Networks*, one of the world's largest communications companies, is teaming up with the University of York's Mathematics department in research designed to revolutionise telecommunications traffic management.


From Russia - to learn

Posted on Wednesday 27 October 1999

One of Russia's top education officials is to visit four York schools next week (November 3 and 4) in a pioneering programme arranged by the University of York, where academics are helping to change the way that design and technology are taught in Russia.


Special needs technologies showcased

Posted on Monday 25 October 1999

Imagine having very little movement in your body - but being able to produce the sound of music with a very slight motion of your hand or even your ear.


Former York students have a day at the races

Posted on Friday 8 October 1999

Over 600 graduates from the University of York will celebrate 35 years of the University at York Races on Saturday 9 October. This will be followed by a gala dinner at the University with guest speaker Greg Dyke.


White Rose wins again

Posted on Tuesday 14 September 1999

The White Rose Consortium of Leeds, Sheffield and York Universities has won its second major Government award in six months.


Teaching handbook for lecturers launched

Posted on Monday 13 September 1999

A teaching handbook for new lecturers, edited by the University of York's director of staff development Dr Stephanie Marshall, was launched at the University this week.


University opens job shop for students

Posted on Thursday 9 September 1999

The Careers Service at the University of York will open a one-stop job shop for students when term starts on 11 October. Called 'UniJobs', the unit will advertise part-time jobs both on and off campus for York students and liaise with employers all over York.


Scientists of the future visit Chemistry Camp at University

Posted on Friday 13 August 1999

Fifty Year 10 pupils will visit the University of York for a 'Chemistry camp' from 16 to 20 August. The 50 (25 girls and 25 boys) were nominated by their teachers from 130 schools throughout England, Scotland and Wales. The purpose of the camps, which are sponsored by the Salters' Company, is to encourage pupils to take up careers in science.


Ian Wand takes up Deputy Vice-Chancellor duties

Posted on Wednesday 11 August 1999

Professor Ian Wand has become the University's Deputy Vice-Chancellor after four and a half years as a Pro-Vice-Chancellor. He takes over from Professor Kel Fidler, who has been Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University for the last three years.


York retains second place in universities teaching league

Posted on Wednesday 4 August 1999

The Daily Telegraph's university league table published today (4 August) keeps York in second place after Cambridge and ahead of Oxford, Durham and all the London colleges.


More students than ever before graduate at the University of York

Posted on Tuesday 6 July 1999

The highest number of students ever to graduate at York will receive their degrees at ceremonies on 8 and 9 July. In six ceremonies over two days, 2,400 students will graduate in the University's Central Hall on its Heslington campus.


Greg Dyke, York graduate, to be new Director General of the BBC

Posted on Friday 25 June 1999

Greg Dyke, Chairman and Chief Executive of Pearson Television, is to be the new Director General of the BBC.


York's archaeological expertise boosted by new agreement

Posted on Friday 25 June 1999

The Department of Archaeology at the University of York and the York Archaeological Trust are to sign a 'Memorandum of Association' on Monday 28 June.


University opens 'Quiet Place' in busy campus

Posted on Thursday 24 June 1999

The 'Quiet Place' at the University of York will be opened on 24 June by University Chancellor Dame Janet Baker. A highly unusual venture, the Quiet Place will form a place for contemplation, meditation and reflection in a busy, sometimes stressful and highly-charged academic atmosphere.


York pupils get early taste of University life

Posted on Wednesday 16 June 1999

Year 9 pupils from Huntingdon and Lowfield schools will visit the University of York on 17 June to find out what its like at University.


University health policy specialist awarded CBE

Posted on Saturday 12 June 1999

Professor Tony Culyer, head of the Department of Economics and Related Studies and Director of Health Development at the University of York, has been awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours announced today (12 June).


Eight honoured by University of York

Posted on Thursday 10 June 1999

Greg Dyke is one of eight distinguished people to be honoured by the University of York this summer.


Cycle through the solar system wins Millennium Award

Posted on Monday 24 May 1999

Three staff members of the University of York have scooped a prestigious Millennium Award from the Royal Society and the British Association for the Advancement of Science for their proposal of a scale model of the solar system along the York to Selby cycle path.


Latest research awards total £3.7m

Posted on Monday 10 May 1999

New research grants worth £3,736,497 were announced at the University of York's recent meeting of Council. This continues York's successful record in attracting research grants and contracts from industry, government, the EU, research councils, and charitable bodies. The University has one of the highest incomes per researcher in the university sector. Last year (1997/98), the University received grants totalling £20.7m.


Today York - Tomorrow The World

Posted on Friday 30 April 1999

That is the aim of a new initiative from a consortium of business leaders and public sector organisations across the city.


University helps celebrate Castle Howard tercentenary

Posted on Monday 26 April 1999

Free evening lectures explore house, landscape and collections.


University signs agreement with Ukraine

Posted on Thursday 15 April 1999

The Ukrainian Ambassador will be present at the signing of an agreement tomorrow (16 April) between the University of York and the Ukrainian State University of Forestry and Wood Technology. This follows a visit of a leading forestry expert from post-Chernobyl Ukraine to the University of York.


Insight into sector of historic York

Posted on Tuesday 6 April 1999

A course looking at the history and future of a crucial part of York's heritage is offered by the University of York this spring. 'The precinct of St Mary's Abbey, York: past, present and future' will examine some of York's finest buildings and historic collections in nine talks which are open to the public.


White Rose Consortium wins university challenge

Posted on Wednesday 10 March 1999

The White Rose Consortium, comprising the University of Leeds, Sheffield and York, has today won £4.5m from the Government's £45m University Challenge Fund.


Students explain science with Paperclip Physics

Posted on Tuesday 2 March 1999

The Regional Final of 'Paperclip Physics', a national Science Week competition for sixth formers, takes place at 2.00pm on Wednesday 3 March at the University of York.


Latest research awards total £2.7m

Posted on Monday 1 March 1999

New research grants worth £2,778,273 were announced at the University of York's meeting of Council on 19 February.


John Holman to head pioneering science education team

Posted on Thursday 25 February 1999

John Holman is to take up the Chair in Chemical Education co-sponsored by the Salters' Institute of Industrial Chemistry and the University of York. As professor in the Chemistry department, he will lead the 26 strong team of science education specialists of the world-renowned University of York Science Education Group. He will take up the post in September 2000.


Lecture examines the Taiwan experience

Posted on Friday 19 February 1999

His Excellency Louis Wen-hua Tzen, Representative of the Taipei Representative Office in the UK, will talk about the fundamental challenges of national development in Asia to an invited audience at the University of York on 22 February.


University pioneers industry mentoring for students

Posted on Tuesday 16 February 1999

The University of York's strategy to improve graduate skills and employability took another step forward when its first mentor induction session took place. Representatives from a wide range of Yorkshire's diverse business community, and individuals involved in community and voluntary activities, met to hear Bob Garvey of Durham University Business School explain how mentoring could help students equip themselves with skills for modern employment and society.


Why plants are the most efficient factories

Posted on Monday 15 February 1999

Public lecture explores how plants process our everyday needs.


Nurses of the future

Posted on Thursday 11 February 1999

Community nurses will be playing a vital role in the new Primary Care Groups being established all over the country in April, with locally based integrated services for each local community.


University Librarian appointed

Posted on Wednesday 3 February 1999

Elizabeth Heaps has been appointed University Librarian at the University of York. Her appointment comes at a time when the University has announced plans for a new Humanities Research Library, following a benefaction if £1m from the Raymond Burton Charitable Trust.


Alan Ayckbourn to give special University performance

Posted on Monday 1 February 1999

Alan Ayckbourn, Britain's most successful, versatile and prolific dramatist, will give a premiere performance at the University of York on 15 February. Write Directions is an exploration of the crafts of playwriting and directing.


Whitbread winner, Heaney, visits York

Posted on Tuesday 26 January 1999

Seamus Heaney, announced winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year Award on 25 January, will give a special poetry reading at the University of York today.


£1m benefaction to create humanities research library at York

Posted on Monday 18 January 1999

A benefaction of £1m to the University of York from the Raymond Burton Charitable Trust will enable the University to begin work on a Humanities Research Library for the benefit of arts and humanities scholars worldwide.