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News archive: 2003 releases

Young volunteers face massive funding cut

Friday 19 December 2003

York and North Yorkshire hit by funding formula


Leading hearing experts join the University of York

Monday 15 December 2003

Professor Quentin Summerfield is to join York's 6* Psychology Department as part of the University's research expansion. His appointment is one of several specially created 40th Anniversary Chairs.


York welcomes five new professors

Thursday 11 December 2003

First group of 40th Anniversary Professors is announced


Meg-a stars

Thursday 11 December 2003

Community music project wins national award


Why IT casts a magic spell

Tuesday 9 December 2003

New technology infuriates some - and enchants others.


Government Report praises Science City York

Monday 8 December 2003

Science City York has been singled out as a successful creator of business clusters by a Government report on how industry and universities work together.


Greg Dyke to be Chancellor of the University of York

Friday 28 November 2003

Greg Dyke, Director-General of the BBC, is to be the new Chancellor of the University of York. He will take over the position in August 2004 from Dame Janet Baker, who has been Chancellor since November 1991.


Giant plant in Badger Hill

Thursday 27 November 2003

A 15ft-high plant 'stem' made with bubble wrap and a flag dyed in natural colours extracted from plants will be on show at Badger Hill School on Friday (28 November) after pupils have spent two weeks working with University of York scientists.


Local students earn University awards

Wednesday 26 November 2003

Six part-time students at the University of York will make a piece of local education history next month (Monday 1st December) when they receive their awards.


Duke of York opens York cancer laboratory

Tuesday 25 November 2003

HRH The Duke of York opened the new YCR Cancer Research Unit at the University of York today (Tuesday 25 November). Its research team, led by Norman Maitland, YCR Professor of Molecular Biology, coordinates a European-wide research program into prostate cancer, the second most common cancer in men.


Student volunteering programme wins Queen's award

Monday 24 November 2003

Staff and students of the York Students in Schools project will receive their Queen's Golden Jubilee Award at a ceremony at the University of York on Friday.


Director-General of CBI speaks to York students

Wednesday 19 November 2003

CBI Director-General Digby Jones pays a visit to the University of York on Thursday (20th November) to give the inaugural lecture in an influential series for students set to become the business leaders of the future.


Does your mobile suit you?

Wednesday 12 November 2003

Christmas will see many new mobile phones, laptops, and personal organisers bought as gifts. They’re intriguing, stylish items to have about us, whether for work or leisure.


Yorkshire schoolchildren discover hidden worlds

Monday 10 November 2003

Year 6 pupils across Yorkshire will have the chance to discover the fascinating secret lives of insects and germs. In the project, 'Hidden worlds - secret lives', scientists from CNAP at the University of York, will take microscopes into schools and show the children the detail and complexity of tiny organisms.


University finds gaps in safety nets for homeowners mortgage payments

Monday 10 November 2003

As the Bank of England raises interest rates for the first time in almost four years, researchers at the University of York have found significant gaps in the safety nets for homeowners having trouble paying their mortgages.


Retreat Lane gets security boost with new lighting

Wednesday 5 November 2003

Bright new lights have been installed along Retreat Lane, which runs from the University of York campus into the centre of the city.


NSPCC benefits from University prize draw

Tuesday 4 November 2003

NSPCC Community Appeals Manager Ken Ridley will scoot off with £1,130 for the charity on Friday – thanks to the University’s Commercial Services Section which organised a prize draw during Freshers Week.


Race awareness highlighted at Higher York conference

Monday 3 November 2003

Slavery expert Professor Jim Walvin will be highlighting local and regional links to the slave trade when he speaks at a Higher York conference on race awareness tomorrow (Tuesday 4th November).


How tolerant will future generations be?

Monday 3 November 2003

Baroness Susan Greenfield, a leading science communicator and the first-ever woman director of the Royal Institution, is to speak at the University of York on Wednesday (November 5th).


The research archive now arriving on Platform 5

Wednesday 29 October 2003

Researchers around the world will soon have access to data from one of the biggest archaeological projects ever undertaken in the UK, thanks to collaboration between archaeologists at the University of York and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link project (CTRL). Their use of the worldwide web will enable researchers to study the findings online, and without charge, from anywhere in the world.


Laser blasts will reveal structures and dynamics of molecules in the fastest events in nature

Wednesday 29 October 2003

A new £2 million Research Centre at the University of York will provide unprecedented information on how molecules change, helping scientists understand the structure and dynamics of liquids, proteins and even our DNA.


Home Secretary to give Heslington Lecture: ‘One nation, many faiths'

Tuesday 28 October 2003

The Home Secretary, the Rt Hon David Blunkett MP, will give this year's Heslington Lecture on Thursday 30 October. The lecture, which is open to the public and free of charge, is entitled ‘One nation, many faiths: creating unity with diversity in multi-faith Britain'.


University helps children enjoy science

Tuesday 28 October 2003

The University of York has received £28,000 from the AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust to develop new ways to preserve children’s enjoyment of science as they move from primary to secondary schools.


New National Centre for Science Learning

Thursday 16 October 2003

Science teachers are set to benefit from the Government’s new £9 million flagship National Centre for Science Learning, which will be based at the University of York.


Clare Short visits as students flock to York for post-war recovery studies

Thursday 16 October 2003

The Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU) at the University of York will celebrate a boost to student numbers at its annual Open Day on 23 October.


Founding students return to York 40 years on

Tuesday 7 October 2003

On 9 October 1963, 230 people became the founding students of the University of York. On Friday 10 October 2003, 80 of them will return for a dinner to celebrate the University’s 40th anniversary.


York launches new MSc in Forensic Psychology

Monday 6 October 2003

Director-General of the Prison Service gives inaugural talk


University of York £12.5m research boost

Friday 3 October 2003

Funding will aid leading work in health, nano-technology and neuroscience


York EMC Services on track for national award

Thursday 25 September 2003

A new way of measuring electromagnetic emissions from trains


The University of York and IP2IPO reach agreement in principle for innovative partnership

Wednesday 24 September 2003

The University of York announced today (24 September 2003) that it has agreed the principles of a new partnership with IP2IPO to establish a dedicated business (Amaethon Limited) that will commercialise intellectual property (IP) originating from CNAP.


New state-of-the-art building for York medical students

Tuesday 16 September 2003

The Hull York Medical School building at York will be opened by Richard Smith, editor of the British Medical Journal, on Monday 22 September.


Hull York Medical School opens its doors

Monday 15 September 2003

The first students of the Hull York Medical School (HYMS) begin their studies on Monday 15 September.


York named 'University of the Year'

Saturday 13 September 2003

The Sunday Times has named York 'University of the Year' in its Good Universities Guide.


Mr Darcy in the bath and other temptations... public lectures at the University of York

Tuesday 9 September 2003

David Blunkett, Professor Richard Dawkins, Baroness Susan Greenfield and Andrew Davies, are just some of the eminent people who will be giving public lectures at the University of York this term.


University to host regional health body

Monday 8 September 2003

The University of York has won a major bid to provide one of the Government's nine regional health centres - known as Public Health Observatories - which are designed to help improve the health of the population, particularly those who are worst off.


More words, less speed...

Wednesday 27 August 2003

Learning new words can slow you down. This is the finding of research carried out by Dr Gareth Gaskell from the University of York's Department of Psychology.


York Students Bloom in Business Enterprise Competition for White Rose Universities

Thursday 31 July 2003

Locally produced food and people missing out on benefits inspire York entrepreneurs


University index measures communities’ safety

Monday 28 July 2003

While debate rages every time new crime figures are issued, a University of York researcher has created the ‘York Index of Public Safety’, which can tell people how safe they are according to where they live.


University of York spin-off company invents toxic testing device

Monday 21 July 2003

A simple, quick and accurate hand-held kit which can be taken out into the field to test for toxic chemicals is being exploited by a spin-out company from the University of York.


Lord Sainsbury opens £25m University building

Wednesday 16 July 2003

The University of York's £25 million Bioscience Building is to be officially unveiled later this week (Friday 18th July) by Lord Sainsbury, Minister for Science and Innovation.


First class honours for local students

Friday 4 July 2003

Three local people will graduate with first-class honours degrees in History from the University of York next week. Nick Williamson from Melbourne, Adam Morton from Huntington and Claire Duxbury from Acomb who attended Lowfield School and York College will be awarded their degrees on Thursday.


Honours at the University of York

Wednesday 2 July 2003

A group of people with distinguished careers ranging from film-making to molecular biology, together with the Governor-General of Belize, will be awarded honorary degrees by the University of York in three days of ceremonies next week.


University announces 10 new professorships to celebrate 40th anniversary

Tuesday 24 June 2003

The University of York is to create 10 new professorships to mark its 40th anniversary. During the first 40 years of its life, the University has become recognised for excellence in both research and teaching. Now, to sustain this excellence, it is about to embark on a major programme of expansion which will involve the significant growth in academic departments.


Why are the British so anti-EU? Or are we just indifferent?

Friday 20 June 2003

Most people are indifferent or undecided about Europe rather than pro or anti. Men are more pro-Europe than women. And the media appears to heavily influence people's attitudes towards Europe.


University helps make festival go pop

Tuesday 17 June 2003

The University of York will be adding a dash of fun to the York Learning Festival this week (Thursday 19 June) when chemistry experts show how to make a nice loud 'pop' using simple chemicals and equipment found at home - and you can make another type of noise by jumping up and down on a giant keyboard.


OBE for Dianna Bowles

Monday 16 June 2003

Professor Dianna Bowles, Weston Chair of Biochemistry and Director of CNAP, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. The award has been made in recognition of Dianna's services to plant sciences.


Are the British anti-Euro?

Monday 16 June 2003

The British attitude to Europe will be revealed on 20 June when the research of 59 Politics students at the University of York is published.


MP praises York student volunteers

Thursday 12 June 2003

Nearly 200 University of York students received certificates from Frank Dobson MP on 11 June in recognition of their work in York schools.


University chips help the lady sing better

Wednesday 4 June 2003

The old phrase 'wired for sound' takes on a new meaning at the University of York as academics begin to investigate whether computers can help make singing lessons more effective.


University announces new Registrar

Tuesday 3 June 2003

Sally Neocosmos is to be the University of York's next Registrar. She will take up her appointment in October 2003, following the retirement of the current Registrar David Foster.


The pied piper of fish: researchers tempt fish into new waters with sound

Tuesday 3 June 2003

Fishy noises could be the answer for improved reef fisheries management according to an international team of researchers.


University project receives Queen's Golden Jubilee Award

Tuesday 3 June 2003

York Students In Schools (YSIS), a programme enabling student volunteers to help in local schools, has won a Queen's Golden Jubilee Award in recognition of the scheme's outstanding service in the community.


New prospectus and new staff as the Hull York Medical School gears up for its first intake

Monday 2 June 2003

A striking new prospectus and the appointment of another group of internationally-respected staff have been announced by the new Hull York Medical School as it gets ready to open its doors for the first time.


Guardian puts York 9th

Sunday 25 May 2003

The University of York is ranked ninth of 100 universities in The Guardian's league table published today (25 May).


University courses to stretch bright children

Friday 23 May 2003

The world-famous Enigma encryption machine used by Nazi Germany, the magic of language, literature from around the globe, and the work of some of the greatest thinkers the world has ever known will all come to life in summer schools for bright children offered by the University of York.


Top award for new learner at university

Wednesday 21 May 2003

Midday supervisor Sandra Wadley is top of the class as far as the children at Hob Moor Community Primary are concerned.


Eleanor Dodson elected York's first woman Fellow of the Royal Society

Monday 19 May 2003

Professor Eleanor Dodson of York's Chemistry Department, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, the premier honour for scientists of Britain and the Commonwealth. She is the first woman from the University of York to receive such an honour.


Public Lectures explore Yorkshire archives

Sunday 18 May 2003

The distinctive surnames of Yorkshire, such as Barraclough and Ackroyd, will be traced back to their origins in the Middle Ages, and the reputation of Lord Londonderry, as a ‘fellow traveller' of the Nazis and leading proponent of Nazi Germany, will be explained in a Public Lectures series celebrating 50 years of the Borthwick Institute. Both of the lectures draw upon the extensive holdings of the Borthwick Institute.


Times endorses York's excellence

Wednesday 7 May 2003

The Times ranks York 7th out of 100 universities in this year's Times 'Good University Guide'.


York remains first for teaching as FT publishes its top ten

Saturday 3 May 2003

The University of York is named the UK's top teaching university in the new Financial Times universities league table.


York's international students commended by British Council

Thursday 1 May 2003

Five bright and enthusiastic international students at the University of York were short-listed, and highly-commended, in the first-ever International Student Awards contest run by the British Council.


York develops teacher training programme - for Russia

Wednesday 30 April 2003

Leading Russian education reformers are at the University of York this week to consult on a pilot programme which aims to bring technology training to life for Russian teachers.


Chatterboxes wanted to talk for free

Tuesday 29 April 2003

Volunteers who enjoy chatting on the phone are wanted for a project at the University of York.


New Heart Research Unit for York

Monday 14 April 2003

A new research unit, funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF), is being launched at the University of York this week (Thursday April 17th) to help improve the quality of rehabilitation treatment for cardiac patients.


Take grass roots approach to reconstructing Iraq, say York experts

Wednesday 9 April 2003

The reconstruction of Iraq must focus on the expertise and enthusiasm of Iraqi people rather than assuming a top-down authoritarian approach, according to post-war reconstruction experts at the University of York.


University research aims to save Barn Owls

Monday 24 March 2003

British Barn Owl population falls by 70% in 100 years


New research on lone child immigrants

Wednesday 19 March 2003

The dramatic rise in the numbers of vulnerable child immigrants coming to the UK on their own, with the corresponding demands this makes on local authority social services, has prompted new research at the University of York.


New deal between top UK and US research laboratories

Monday 17 March 2003

A major new US/UK research collaboration focusing on identifying new health products from plants has been launched. The CNAP research group at the University of York is to work with the Oklahoma-based Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation.


New 'tactile' guides will help visually impaired find information independently

Wednesday 12 March 2003

Organisations set to benefit from new service


University looks at problems of homelessness

Tuesday 11 March 2003

Boredom, isolation and friendlessness are all factors that may prevent formerly homeless people from settling in new homes and communities. Tenancies may break down and the homeless may return to living on the streets.


One third of young people who go missing stay with strangers and put themselves at great risk, finds major new study

Wednesday 5 March 2003

A new report published today in partnership with the National Missing Persons Helpline charity presents the findings of the most extensive study of missing persons ever undertaken in the UK. It found that going missing was highly risky for young people. Almost a third stayed with a stranger and 2 out of 5 slept rough. 1 in 8 was physically hurt and 1 in 9 sexually assaulted while they were away.


CNAP scientists reveal a secret world

Wednesday 5 March 2003

Bed bugs, spider’s legs and influenza molecules are bringing science to life for schoolchildren thanks to CNAP at the University of York. Professor Dianna Bowles, CNAP Director and Weston Chair of Biochemistry, was awarded £8000 by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council for Hidden Worlds – Secret Lives, a science communication project to give children more understanding of the natural world. Yorkshire Arts contributed a further £2500 to enable the exploration and understanding of science through art. The project is also supported by Garfield Weston Foundation core funding to CNAP.


York’s bioscience cluster benefits from new Biocentre

Tuesday 4 March 2003

Start-up biotech companies gain natural home


University uses bedbugs to bring science to life

Monday 3 March 2003

Bedbugs, giant spiders legs, and influenza molecules are bringing art and science to life for schoolchildren thanks to the University of York.


University outlines plans for new campus

Thursday 27 February 2003

Plans for a large extension to the University of York's main campus at Heslington have been released today. The Masterplan for the site, known as Heslington East, shows a green, landscaped site edged with woodland and a large lake, and served by environmentally friendly transport systems.


Just the job for University students

Monday 24 February 2003

Not all student jobs involve working behind a pub bar or selling burgers. Undergraduates at the University of York have been offered work through the campus UniJobs service as film extras, ghostly tour guides, or even wearing just their underwear for an energy-saving campaign.


Twin Towers: the life and death of New York City's World Trade Center - a lecture at the University of York

Wednesday 12 February 2003

Angus Gillespie, author of the best-selling book "Twin Towers: The Life of New York City's World Trade Center" will give a lecture on the life and death of the Twin Towers at the University. The lecture will take place at 7pm on Tuesday 18 February in room P/L001, Physics.


Gutteridge is star for a night

Thursday 6 February 2003

Tom Gutteridge, one of Britain's most successful independent television producers and a graduate of the University of York, will be speaking about the effect of multi-channel television on the programmes produced.


T S Eliot's anti-Semitism hotly debated as scholars argue over new evidence

Wednesday 5 February 2003

T S Eliot, widely considered the greatest poet of the twentieth-century to write in English, was dogged throughout his later years by the charge that he was anti-Semitic. Now in a ground-breaking essay which is published in the January 2003 issue of "Modernism/Modernity", Professor Ronald Schuchard of Emory University categorically refutes the charge of Eliot's anti-Semitism, backing his claims with startling new information about Eliot's life. The essay is arousing international controversy.


Prince Philip to open York's Biocentre

Wednesday 5 February 2003

HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, is to open the £7 million flagship Biocentre at York Science Park, next to the campus of the University of York, on Friday 21 February. He will then go on to visit the Biology Department's new research laboratories.


Chief Medical Officer to address York Health Symposium

Monday 3 February 2003

Professor Sir Liam Donaldson, the Government's Chief Medical Officer will address staff from a wide range of public and private sector organisations at the Seventh York Health Symposium at York Racecourse on Thursday 27 March. The title of his talk is : 'Workforce Health - The Wider Context'.


Computer music marks start of new University building

Monday 27 January 2003

A specially-commissioned computer and trumpet fanfare will ring out in celebration as the first turf is cut for the new Music Research Centre at the University of York on 30 January.


Soviet order to exterminate Cossacks is unearthed

Tuesday 21 January 2003

York historian highlights demise of Cossack 'nation'


Giant elephant tusk found in desert

Thursday 16 January 2003

Find thought to be eight million years old


Nobel winner lectures at University of York

Thursday 9 January 2003

The Nobel prize winner and leading researcher in atomic physics, Dr William Phillips who works at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the USA, is to give a public lecture at the University of York later this month (Wednesday 22 January) on atom optics.


Telling the time

Friday 3 January 2003

Why does time sometimes seem to fly? Why do we measure time? How does time help us navigate the world? Has time always been the same? Is time the same everywhere? These will be some of the questions discussed by a new series of public lectures on Time.


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