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News archive: 2001 releases

New ways to handle huge data problems

Wednesday 13 November 2002

Scientists today are facing massive increases in the amount of data available to use. And they urgently need sophisticated systems which can process, analyse and store this information.

University gives shopping new lease of life

Thursday 31 October 2002

A new shopping complex welcomed hordes of students and staff when it opened in early October at the University of York.

Professor Bill Gillespie to be first Dean of the Hull York Medical School

Tuesday 18 December 2001

Professor Bill Gillespie, currently Dean of the Dunedin School of Medicine at the University of Otago, New Zealand, is to be the first Dean of the Hull York Medical School. He will take up his appointment in March 2002.

York rises in the national research league

Friday 14 December 2001

Nearly 80% of York departments rated 5 or 5*

Professor Brian Cantor to be new Vice-Chancellor of the University of York

Friday 30 November 2001

Professor Brian Cantor, currently Head of the Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at Oxford University, is to be the new Vice-Chancellor of the University of York. He will take up his appointment on 1 October 2002.

New grants to be published as at November 2001

Friday 30 November 2001


Fishing benefits from marine reserves

Thursday 29 November 2001

The creation of marine reserves in which fishing is banned can benefit fisheries in adjacent areas, according to Dr Callum Roberts of the Environment Department at the University of York.

Regional bioscience expertise showcased

Wednesday 28 November 2001

Bioscience expertise, ranging from drug development and diagnostics to cell and tissue research and other environmental sciences, will be showcased at a special Conference - the White Rose Bioscience Forum - to be held in York next month.

Joseph Rowntree and Henri Nestlé make their mark at University

Monday 26 November 2001

Two lecture theatres at the University of York have been upgraded thanks to a generous benefaction from Nestlé UK. In appreciation of the gift and to mark the close relationship between the University and Nestlé UK, the rooms have been named the Joseph Rowntree Lecture Theatre and the Henri Nestlé Lecture Theatre.

Men urged to become aware about prostate cancer

Friday 9 November 2001

Major Ronald Ferguson visits York to highlight cancer risks

£10 million in research contracts for health, environment and innovation

Tuesday 6 November 2001

Dirt in eighteenth century London, an electronic ‘tissue' which mimics plant and animal tissue in its ability to grow and repair itself, and the potential of anti-tumour products from marine life are the subjects of just three of 75 new research grants and contracts worth £10,366,750 announced by the University of York.

Educational Studies gets top marks for teaching

Thursday 25 October 2001

The Department for Educational Studies at the University of York has scored 24 out of 24 in its official subject review.

Global students taught by experts from 11 leading universities

Friday 19 October 2001

Studying at an e-University is about to become a reality with the launch of a highly innovative degree programme.

Bioincubator project begins in York

Friday 5 October 2001

Pioneering biotech entrepreneur Professor Sir Chris Evans will launch York's Bioincubator on Wednesday 10 October. The Bioincubator will offer dedicated laboratory facilities for emerging biotechnology businesses.

Where fast-moving science meets public policy

Tuesday 25 September 2001

Researchers needed to bridge the gap

Home Office minister to open York's Centre for Criminal Justice

Wednesday 19 September 2001

The Rt Hon Keith Bradley MP, Minister of State for Criminal Justice, Sentencing and Law Reform, will speak about the Government's approach to crime when he opens the new Centre for Criminal Justice, Economics and Psychology at the University of York on Thursday 20 September 2001.

German award for York scientist

Friday 7 September 2001

Professor Dale Sanders FRS of the University of York's Biology Department has been awarded this year's Koerber Award. He shares the prize, worth 750,000 euro, with four other European plant scientists.

Work begins on specialist library

Wednesday 15 August 2001

Research library aims to attract scholars from around the world

Fisher of Dreams appears on Naburn Bridge

Monday 23 July 2001

A four-metre tall galvanized steel sculpture - The Fisher of Dreams - will become an integral part of Naburn Bridge on 2 August. The sculpture features a fisher (man or woman), a bike and a dog.

'Ecological footprints' measure our use of the earth's resources

Wednesday 18 July 2001

A startling new measure of the way we use the earth's resources has been employed by a researcher based at the University of York, using what is known as the 'ecological footprint'.

New Chief Executive to develop White Rose universities' entrepreneurial spirit

Wednesday 18 July 2001

The White Rose Consortium of the University of Leeds, Sheffield and York has appointed its first Chief Executive, Martin Doxey.

Susanne Walker becomes Managing Director of York's Innovation Centre

Thursday 5 July 2001

Susanne Walker has been appointed Managing Director of the Innovation Centre at York Science Park, and has been made a member of the Board of York Science Park Ltd.

Later life is fun, say women

Monday 2 July 2001

Later life is enriching for many women, in spite of the difficulties which they may have encountered in earlier stages of life. This is the finding by researchers in the University of York's department of Social Policy and Social Work.

York psychologists at the National Portrait Gallery

Thursday 28 June 2001

Two York Psychologists, Dr Kate Nation and Dr Gerry Altmann, are two of the leading British psychologists featured in a special exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery to celebrate 100 years of the British Psychological Society.

Local scientists to exhibit at national summer science exhibition

Thursday 28 June 2001

Next week, the Music Technology research group and the Green Chemistry Group from the University of York will be showing their cutting edge research, along with other scientists from both the UK and abroad, at the Royal Society's annual Summer Science Exhibition in London from 3 to 5 July.

Professor Kel Fidler to be Vice-Chancellor of the University of Northumbria

Tuesday 26 June 2001

Professor Kel Fidler is to be the new Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Northumbria in Newcastle. He is due to take up his post on 1 September this year.

University of York to award nine honorary degrees

Thursday 21 June 2001

John Barry, Oscar-winning composer, and life on Mars scientist, Richard Zare to receive degrees in July

An evening with Alan Bennett

Tuesday 19 June 2001

The renowned dramatist and actor, Alan Bennett, will give a public reading at the University of York in July. The evening, his second at the University in the last five years, will be in aid of the Shandy Hall appeal.

York share in £9m to make structures for biological minutiae

Friday 15 June 2001

Biologists at the University of York have a share of a £9M Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration grant into 'Bionanotechnology'.

York offers flexible study programmes for health care professionals

Tuesday 12 June 2001

Postgraduate courses in health economics designed especially for those working in the health care sector have been launched by the University of York.

York before the Vikings came...and its famous son, Alcuin

Thursday 31 May 2001

York is often associated historically with the Vikings, but before the Vikings arrived York was a prominent international centre with trade links across Europe and a religious and intellectual culture second to none.

Electronics get ahead in professional development

Friday 25 May 2001

The University of York is the first Higher Education Institution to gain the new Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) Endorsed Provider status for Continuing Professional Development.

Student scientists win space experiment competition

Thursday 17 May 2001

York students will run experiments on parabolic flights as finalists in a student competition sponsored by the European Space Agency. Students from across Europe were invited to submit proposals for experiments to take place on an aircraft in weightless conditions (parabolic flight). Parabolic flight creates conditions which are similar to weightlessness in space.

'Inventive' poet Muldoon reads at the King's Manor

Wednesday 16 May 2001

Paul Muldoon, Oxford Professor of Poetry, will give a poetry reading at the King's Manor, University of York on 17 May at 8 pm.

Web resounds with the sounds of Gamelan

Tuesday 15 May 2001

Web users will be able to play along with a live broadcast of the University of York Gamelan on 26 May. By logging on to the BBC Radio 3 website, people can join in with the Javanese percussion ensemble.

Top universities launch national recruitment service

Tuesday 15 May 2001

TargetedGRAD helps employers to harvest the best from 250,000 strong crop

Dale Sanders elected a Fellow of the Royal Society

Monday 14 May 2001

Professor Dale Sanders of York's Biology Department has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, the premier honour for the scientists of Britain and the Commonwealth.

Boost for prostate cancer research in the north

Friday 11 May 2001

A large grant of £2.7 million will keep the North of England at the forefront of research into prostate cancer. Researchers at York, Newcastle, Sheffield, Manchester and Bristol universities have been awarded the money by the Cancer Research Funders' Forum to set up a Collaborative Northern Centre of Excellence in Prostate Cancer Research.

York Millennium Volunteer's first anniversary - the final countdown

Thursday 10 May 2001

York Millennium Volunteers is busy preparing for a unique first birthday party and the clock is ticking.

Maths to model real-life environmental problems

Wednesday 9 May 2001

The prediction and prevention of environmental disasters such as Foot and Mouth disease, BSE, global warming and pollution could be helped by a new postgraduate course.

Public Lectures kick off with Election Special

Wednesday 2 May 2001

Just how politicians handle interruptions and seek to present themselves in the best possible light, particularly during election campaigns, is the subject of the first Open Course lecture at the University of York this term.

The rights of minorities: are they different in West and Eastern Europe?

Wednesday 2 May 2001

An examination of the differences in rights of minorities in West and Eastern Europe will be the focus of this year's JB and WB Morrell Memorial Address on Toleration at the University of York. The lecture will be given by Canadian philosopher Will Kymlicka.

Time Travel in your home town

Tuesday 1 May 2001

Anyone with an internet connection can now find out about the archaeology of their home town, thanks to new flexible internet technology.

York hits top spot as Guardian reveals 'startling' league table

Tuesday 1 May 2001

The quality of teaching in British universities has been starkly revealed by a Guardian investigation into higher education statistics.

Professor Ron Cooke to retire as Vice-Chancellor in 2002

Tuesday 1 May 2001

Professor Ron Cooke has announced his intention to retire as Vice-Chancellor of the University of York in September 2002. The announcement was made at the meeting of the University's Senate on Tuesday 1 May.

Innovation demands more space

Friday 27 April 2001

The extension to the Innovation Centre on York Science Park opens today (27 April) with seven new tenants already signed up. The building will be opened by Susan Johnson OBE, the Business Development Director of Yorkshire Forward.

UK Viewers Treated to Spectacular Northern Lights Displays

Thursday 12 April 2001

All across the UK, people looking up into the night sky last night witnessed one of the rarest and most spectacular of all natural phenomena: a display of the flickering and dancing aurora borealis, or northern lights.

Race against time to preserve unique UK sheep breeds

Tuesday 3 April 2001

Leading scientists have launched The Heritage GeneBank to protect the UK genetic biodiversity of sheep breeds in the current crisis and devastation of the foot and mouth disease (FMD) epidemic.

Whiteley counts down to York MV's first birthday

Tuesday 3 April 2001

Fiona Hunter of Bettys and well known TV personality Richard Whiteley are counting down the days to their brief encounter at the National Railway Museum.

Two York appointees in e-Universities launch

Tuesday 3 April 2001

Two senior members of the University of York have been appointed to help run the company which will offer high quality British education overseas.

Announcing the Hull York Medical School

Friday 30 March 2001

A new Medical School for the North of England providing places for around 600 student doctors was announced today (Friday, March 30) by the Department of Health and the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Home Office and University launch new Centre for Criminal Justice, Economics and Psychology at York

Monday 19 March 2001

A new Centre for Criminal Justice, Economics and Psychology, with funding from the Home Office, begins work in April at the University of York.

Management scores 22

Friday 9 March 2001

The Centre for Management at the University of York has scored 22 out of 24 in its official Subject Review.

£5m in latest research awards

Thursday 15 February 2001

New research grants and contracts received by the University of York in the last few months total £5,225,000. The University's total research income from grants and contracts is now worth around £24 million a year.

New tools for exploiting the genome revolution as York pioneers analytical science

Thursday 15 February 2001

A new research team in Analytical Science could make York the leading European centre for analysing cells and identifying drug targets. The team will develop instrumentation and techniques for studying complex mixtures of substances in cells. Their work will benefit a host of other bioscience projects.

Using Maths to solve road and telecoms traffic jams

Friday 9 February 2001

A new 'real world' Mathematics course.

Economics gets top marks for teaching

Friday 26 January 2001

The Department of Economics at the University of York has scored 24 out of 24 in its official Subject Review, making it the fifth department in a row to get maximum marks for the quality of its teaching.