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News archive: 2002 releases

Does our shopping define us?

Tuesday 17 December 2002

As you fight your way through the Christmas crowds, ponder this theory from the University of York - far from indulging in an orgy of materialism and acquisitiveness, the frenetic shopping activity you are engaged in is really part of a fundamental search to discover the 'real me' and to convince yourself that you really do exist.

York scientists scoop another Entrepreneurs' Award

Wednesday 11 December 2002

Five scientists from the University of York have won a national competition for budding biotechnology entrepreneurs. The team picked up £1,000 prize money and the prestigious Biotechnology YES (Young Entrepreneurs Scheme) award at the competition final, held in London yesterday (9 December 2002).

York experts lead Cabinet discussions in Kabul

Tuesday 10 December 2002

Experts in post-war reconstruction and conflict resolution from the University of York are today (10 December) leading a Cabinet seminar in Kabul on the development of the Afghan public administration.

University of York checks 'sick as a parrot' syndrome

Monday 2 December 2002

If your national football team does well, your country is likely to have a good health system - at least if you compare FIFA statistics with those of the World Health Organisation. Or does this just go to show that simplistic statistics can prove anything?

'Albert Speer' explored in David Edgar talk

Thursday 28 November 2002

The playwright, David Edgar, will be giving a talk today about his play ‘Albert Speer' which explores the controversial life of the architect who became the second most powerful man in Nazi Germany and the closest Hitler had to a friend.

Sheep Trust will protect native breeds

Friday 22 November 2002

New charity born out of Foot and Mouth crisis

Audio archaeology, microsurgery and better video games

Wednesday 20 November 2002

How the Media Engineering Group could change our hi-tech life

£5.5m IT Centre set to ‘incubate' high tech businesses

Monday 11 November 2002

Paul Sykes and Yorkshire Forward invest in new facility

Improving provision for disabled students on psychology degree courses

Monday 11 November 2002

In 2001 nearly 42,000 people were studying psychology degrees in British universities. It is estimated that of these, over 2,800 had some sort of disability.

Nobel winner lectures at University of York

Friday 1 November 2002

Nobel prize winner and eminent geneticist Sir John Sulston is to give a public lecture at the University of York later this month (Wednesday 27 November) on the human genome project.

University looks at what works on crime

Friday 1 November 2002

As a rising tide of violent crime threatens to divert attention from serious economic issues in some developing countries, research has begun at the University of York into what does and doesn't work in tackling crime.

University replays Hitchcock legend

Friday 1 November 2002

Hollywood giant Alfred Hitchcock comes under the spotlight at the University of York on Thursday (7 November)in a lecture by leading cinema academic Professor Charles Barr.

Dramatic Audiences

Wednesday 23 October 2002

Heather Stoney, the actress and prime-mover behind the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough along with her husband Alan Ayckbourn, will take part in an evening of conversation at the University on Thursday 24 October.

York students save businesses £1,000s

Tuesday 22 October 2002

Two University of York students whose bright ideas helped companies save thousands of pounds and a great deal of time have won national honours.

New study addresses long-term psychological effects of childhood cancer

Thursday 10 October 2002

The long-term psychological and social effects of cancer on child patients and their families - including the diagnosis, the illness and the treatment - are to be assessed in a new study at the University of York in order to help improve the support available.

Assessing children's and adolescents' needs, wishes and feelings for civil Court cases

Tuesday 8 October 2002

A major conference to examine current methods of assessing children and adolescents for the Courts will take place on Friday 11 October. The University of York conference - ‘Child Assessments for the Courts' - will bring together professionals involved in working with children and families in statutory work. They will include child and adolescent therapists, legal professionals, CAFCASS, psychologists, psychiatrists, managers and senior practitioners in Health, Social Services and voluntary agencies.

Professor Brian Cantor takes over as Vice-Chancellor at the University of York

Tuesday 1 October 2002

Professor Brian Cantor takes over as Vice-Chancellor of the University of York today (1 October). He joins York from the University of Oxford, where he was Head of the Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences and Director of the Begbroke Business and Science Park.

World-wide impact of York's conservation course

Monday 30 September 2002

Centre celebrates 30 years

Minister endorses York's education collaboration as ‘Higher York' is launched

Monday 23 September 2002

The Minister for Lifelong Learning and Higher Education, Margaret Hodge, has praised the educational partnership ‘Higher York', which is to be launched on Thursday 26 September at the National Centre for Early Music.

University takes new look at troubled childhood

Tuesday 17 September 2002

What enables some youngsters to survive a troubled and disadvantaged childhood and go on to live reasonable lives as adults, while others do not?

Young People to be more involved in NHS

Thursday 12 September 2002

A groundbreaking national conference aimed at involving more young people in the decisions the NHS makes is to be held by the University of York later this month (Friday 20 September).

University puts humane mental health treatment on record

Wednesday 11 September 2002

Historic records about one of the most important English hospitals for the mentally ill, The Retreat, are to be made more accessible by the University of York via a new electronic catalogue. It will make the Archive easier to search by researchers and members of the public.

University opens its doors to potential students

Tuesday 10 September 2002

Five thousand potential students and their families from all over the country are expected to come to the University of York's Open Day this month (Thursday 26 September) to see whether they would like to study at York.

New technique kills cancer virus without harming healthy cells

Thursday 5 September 2002

Major breakthrough could lead to successful treatment of viral cancers, without side-effects

Hull York Medical School appoints Director of Medical Education

Monday 2 September 2002

An internationally-respected figure in the world of medical education has been appointed Director of Medical Education at the new Hull York Medical School (HYMS).

Can MRI ease the heavy costs of knee treatments?

Wednesday 21 August 2002

Study aims to help GPs treat knee problems

University provides good clean fun at summer camp

Tuesday 20 August 2002

Square bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, bubbles as large as a hula-hoop and even dry-ice carbon-dioxide bubbles are making chemistry fun for schoolchildren from across the country in a summer chemistry camp at the University of York this week. (19-23 August).

Honour for University Academic

Monday 19 August 2002

A specialist in software engineering at the University of York has received one of the highest distinctions in the academic world.

High satisfaction amongst NHS patients sent to France and Germany for treatment

Monday 12 August 2002

Very high patient satisfaction has been reported from NHS patients in Southeast England sent to France and Germany for treatment. An evaluation by the York Health Economics Consortium at the University of York of the initiative to send waiting list patients to Europe for treatment, found that almost 80 per cent of patients said they were very satisfied.

First place for York in Universities league table

Friday 9 August 2002

A national newspaper league table has placed York first amongst UK Universities for the quality of its teaching.

Praise for York's teaching as Telegraph places it in the 'premiership'

Tuesday 6 August 2002

For the fourth time the Daily Telegraph 'league table' of teaching quality in British universities places the University of York second out of 99 universities.

Heritage Lottery Fund awards £4.4 million to Borthwick archive

Friday 26 July 2002

Permanent home for collection which includes Charlotte Bronte's will and the Halifax war diaries

Website launches European archaeology resource

Sunday 14 July 2002

Some of Europe's most important archaeological sites will be available online shortly. Information for professional and leisure use is to be brought together on one site by academics at the University of York.

Class of 2002 graduate

Tuesday 9 July 2002

Over 2,700 undergraduate and postgraduate students will graduate on 10, 11 and 12 July at the University of York. Students will graduate in the Arts, Social Sciences and Sciences and will receive their degrees from the Chancellor, Dame Janet Baker and Vice Chancellor, Sir Professor Ron Cooke.

Peace building in the aftermath of September 11

Monday 8 July 2002

Prince Hassan of Jordan outlines creative approaches at York discussion

Huge demand for York students in schools

Tuesday 2 July 2002

York teachers spoke of their appreciation of the University of York's Student Tutoring Programme at an awards ceremony held in Heslington Church recently.

University explains the fruit of tomorrow

Monday 1 July 2002

. . . and the link between a baby's nappy and an aircraft

£25m University building open for business

Monday 1 July 2002

Researchers were busy moving into the University of York's new £25 million Biology Building today. The building, which will be dedicated to York's cutting-edge biology research, gives researchers working in many different fields of biology access to the very latest scientific equipment and techniques.

Disabilities campaigner honoured by University of York

Monday 1 July 2002

Disabilities campaigner Phillippa Russell is to receive an honorary degree from the University of York this month (Friday July 12) for more than 30 years working to improve rights and conditions for disabled children and their families.

Seebohm Rowntree building opened at University of York

Wednesday 26 June 2002

A major new University building, to be named after social pioneer, Seebohm Rowntree, will be opened on Friday 28 June at 12.15pm.

Psion founder honoured by University of York

Monday 24 June 2002

Dr David Potter, inventor of the Psion personal organiser, is to receive an honorary degree from the University of York next month. (Thursday 11th July).

RiboTargets is first tenant for Bioincubator

Friday 21 June 2002

RiboTargets, a structure-based drug discovery company that develops novel anti-bacterial and anti-cancer therapeutics, has begun research at its new facilities in the recently opened York Bioincubator building.

New communications technology is looking good

Monday 17 June 2002

High-tech is turning to high fashion as devices such as mobile phones and personal organisers are increasingly expected to look good as well as work well. Researchers at the University of York are working on technical solutions for small and increasingly mobile devices.

Gene breakthrough will aid understanding of other cancers

Thursday 13 June 2002

Researchers at the University of York have participated in a major scientific project which has led to a breakthrough in identifying a gene involved in a potentially lethal form of skin cancer.

University employees to benefit from work-life balance initiative

Wednesday 12 June 2002

The University of York is examining the work-life balance for employees as part of the Department of Trade and Industry's Work-Life Balance Challenge.

Sir Ron Cooke to be trustee of the National Museum of Science and Industry

Thursday 6 June 2002

The Prime Minister has appointed Sir Ron Cooke a trustee of the National Museum of Science and Industry for a period of three years, it was announced today.

Borthwick archives reveal history of childhood, work, fame, sex and violence in special exhibition

Thursday 6 June 2002

The lives of ordinary people are revealed in startling detail in a special exhibition to mark 50 years of the Borthwick Institute of Historical Research in York.

Actors, craftsmen, scholars, campaigners and leaders of industry to be honoured by York

Wednesday 5 June 2002

The actors Penelope Wilton and Berwick Kaler are amongst eight people who will be awarded honorary degrees by the University of York this summer.

Earlier flowers signal climate warming

Friday 31 May 2002

Many of Britain's plants are now flowering two weeks or more earlier than they did a decade ago, a new paper in the journal Science has shown. The authors believe this is one of the clearest signs as to how powerfully climate warming is now affecting the natural world.

York science in the forefront of teaching

Thursday 30 May 2002

The Departments of Computer Science and Biology were ranked at the top of their subject tables in the Guardian University Guide 2002.

Teachers take up special projects to encourage pupils to go to university

Wednesday 22 May 2002

Teachers can now apply for special Fellowships to help them raise the aspirations of their pupils to study at a university.

Who owns genetic information?

Tuesday 21 May 2002

One hundred scientists, policymakers, and members of the public are to be questioned by academics at the University of York about their perceptions of the ownership and control of genetic research.

York ranked as Britain's most profitable business location

Monday 13 May 2002

York, a city celebrated the world over for its unique heritage, has today been named in an independent survey as the most profitable business location in Britain.

Rooms restored in York's Elizabethan gem

Sunday 12 May 2002

The historic beauty of the main function rooms in York's Elizabethan Heslington Hall has been restored after a major renovation project.

York is 'outstanding performer' says FT

Saturday 11 May 2002

The University of York is hailed as the Financial Times' 'outstanding performer' in its annual league table of 100 higher education institutions.

Strong teaching and research secures high Times ranking

Friday 10 May 2002

York appears 8th in The Times 'Good University Guide' rankings for 2002.

Merchant Adventurers map out future

Wednesday 8 May 2002

Britain’s oldest medieval guildhall sets out its blueprint for conservation

Choosing healthy embryos in IVF

Tuesday 7 May 2002

A revolutionary method for detecting which human embryos are most likely to develop successfully to the stage at which they implant in the womb has been developed by scientists at the University of York and clinicians at Leeds General Infirmary.

Folding wings - just the business for insect survival

Tuesday 30 April 2002

Just like modern businesses, insects have had to diversify to survive, according to University of York scientist Peter Mayhew.

Film composer gives public lecture at the University of York

Thursday 25 April 2002

Composer Trevor Jones, who wrote film scores ‘Notting Hill' and ‘The Last of the Mohicans,' will visit the University's Department of Music on Friday 26 April at 7pm to give a free lecture at the Jack Lyons Concert Hall.

China joins Worldwide Universities Network

Tuesday 23 April 2002

The Universities of Nanjing and Zhejiang are the first universities in China to join the Worldwide Universities Network, the higher education alliance formed by six UK and five US universities.

'Super Internet' to put region at forefront of scientific research

Wednesday 17 April 2002

A massive multi million pound computer research system which will bring some of the best brains in the region together, has been developed by three Yorkshire universities.

Save time and money by taking on a bright student this summer

Tuesday 16 April 2002

Small businesses could save themselves time and money by taking on a bright student this summer, says the University of York

Hull York Medical School begins life as new Dean launches prospectus

Tuesday 16 April 2002

The Hull York Medical School, (known as HYMS) becomes a reality with the arrival of its new Dean and the launch of its first prospectus.

Salters' Festival of Chemistry

Monday 15 April 2002

The Salters Festival of Chemistry will be taking place at the University of York's Department of Chemistry on Friday 19 April 2002.

The legacy of the 70s Women's Liberation Movement

Monday 15 April 2002

Conference invites teenagers to participate in feminist discussions

Science teachers go back to school

Thursday 28 March 2002

Visits to industrial sites and residential study courses at university are on the curriculum for school science teachers in two new programmes designed to enhance their teaching.

New lectureship focuses on rebuilding war-torn societies

Wednesday 20 March 2002

A new lectureship in Post-war Recovery Studies at the University of York is to be funded by the Altajir World of Islam Trust at the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU) in the department of Politics.

Saints hit perfect pitch

Monday 18 March 2002

New scientific analysis shows Southampton fans to be best singers in the FA Barclaycard Premiership

Celebrity chef cooks up academic delights

Wednesday 13 March 2002

Celebrity chef Paul Rankin is at the University of York this week, teaching eight University chefs how to get ready to pep up their peppers.

Waiting times - the role of hospitals

Tuesday 12 March 2002

The NHS Plan published in the summer of 2000 contained ambitious targets such as the aim to reduce the maximum outpatient waiting time to three months by 2005.

Recognition for good performance in University funding settlement

Friday 8 March 2002

The University of York's strong performance in the Research Assessment Exercise is recognised in the funding agreement from the Higher Education Funding Council for the next academic year.

Patients on new Angina Plan report 40% reduction in angina attacks per week

Wednesday 6 March 2002

New research published in the British Journal of General Practice revealed that patients on the York Angina Plan, compared to those receiving a conventional educational session, reported a 40% reduction in the number of episodes of angina per week (a reduction of three from the baseline mean of seven attacks).

Difficult decisions face aerospace industry

Wednesday 6 March 2002

Future may focus on collaborative, not UK, projects

Science Minister visits University of York

Friday 1 March 2002

Science Minister Lord Sainsbury visits the University of York on Friday 1 March to hear about the University's pioneering work in science education and to see work on the £25 million building which will house cutting-edge research in biology when it opens later this year.

University gives schools hands-on biology help

Wednesday 20 February 2002

Science in York schools is to become more exciting and enjoyable thanks to the University of York as children are able to experiment with DNA fingerprinting and a Nobel Prize-winning technique which clones DNA.

Warm bread and cold drinks on science menu

Friday 8 February 2002

Warm bread and cold drinks are on the menu as part of the University's contribution to Science Week next month.

York University in mobile phone study

Wednesday 6 February 2002

York is to play a crucial part in the major Government investigation into the health effects of mobile phones.

Super-computer reaches for the stars

Tuesday 5 February 2002

Scientists at the University of York have been awarded a £234,000 grant for a powerful computer, called Beowulf, that will help them model large and fundamental happenings in the universe - from the evolution of the stars to the way in which DNA works.

Quick and easy way to track history

Tuesday 15 January 2002

Important historical records in the UK can now be searched swiftly and at their most up-to-date point using a radically different Web service which the University of York has helped to build.

Students work hand in glove for business success

Monday 14 January 2002

A large number of disposable gloves used in surgery are punctured or damaged during operations, bringing a high risk of infecting medical staff and patients.

Vice-Chancellor receives knighthood

Tuesday 1 January 2002

Professor Ron Cooke, Vice-Chancellor of the University of York, has received a knighthood in the New Year's Honours list announced today (1 January 2002). The honour is in recognition of his services to higher education.

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