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News archive: 2004 releases

Prestigious American honour for York academic

Thursday 23 December 2004

An academic in the University of York's Department of Educational Studies has won a prestigious award from The Modern Language Association of America (MLA) for her work on the global spread of English.

York scientists to explore link between copper and arsenic in sheep liver

Thursday 9 December 2004

Scientists at the University of York are to take part in research into a rare breed of sheep, which could yield clues for the development of a drug to treat a medical condition affecting one in 30,000 people worldwide.

New study reveals manipulation and exercise can help back pain sufferers

Thursday 9 December 2004

A new study of back pain treatments, co-ordinated by researchers at the University of York, has found that spinal manipulation, in the form of chiropractic, osteopathy, or manipulative physiotherapy, followed by a programme of exercise, provides significant relief of symptoms and improvements in general health.

The Final Frontier – Russian style

Wednesday 8 December 2004

Two veterans of the Russian space programme are to visit York to talk to young people about the possibility of a manned trip to Mars.

Iraqi benefactor offers help to University of York students

Wednesday 8 December 2004

Students from disadvantaged backgrounds who want to study sciences and languages at the University of York will soon be able to benefit from scholarships to help them to meet the cost of their degrees.

University of York ready to respond to global scientific challenge

Thursday 2 December 2004

The University of York welcomes the commitment by the Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown to establish the UK as a world leader in science.

Greg Dyke is the new Chancellor of the University of York

Tuesday 30 November 2004

Greg Dyke, the former Director-General of the BBC is to be installed as Chancellor of the University which, by his own admission, changed his life.

Human rights champion to lecture in York

Monday 29 November 2004

The Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Trevor Phillips, is to deliver the final lecture in the University of York's series commemorating the abolition of the slave trade.

Chronicling Britain’s famous people

Thursday 25 November 2004

Large York contribution to biographical project

Mother and baby research established in York

Wednesday 24 November 2004

A team of researchers, which will carry out ground-breaking work in the improvement of the health and welfare of child-bearing women, their babies and families, is being established at the University of York.

New research shows intensive sea fishing dates back 1,000 years

Wednesday 24 November 2004

Over-exploitation may have put Europe's modern sea fisheries at risk, with stocks of many species either exhausted or on the point of collapse.

Prestigious award for pollution research scientist

Friday 19 November 2004

A University of York academic, who has studied ozone pollution and its effects on health, has won a prestigious award for the "vision and quality" of his research.

New home for child care at the University of York

Wednesday 17 November 2004

From Christmas to Diwali and Chinese New Year to Anzac Day, they celebrate them all at the University of York’s nursery.

Seven centuries of history on the move

Monday 15 November 2004

A fleet of lorries is transporting more than 700 years of North of England history to its new home at the University of York’s Heslington Campus.

University honours broadcasters and a prominent scientist

Friday 12 November 2004

Three leading broadcasters and an eminent scientist are to be made honorary graduates by the University of York.

Four decades of "heroic" archaeology comes to a close

Thursday 11 November 2004

For 40 years, an army of volunteer archaeologists gathered for three weeks every summer to unearth the secrets of the deserted medieval village of Wharram Percy on the Yorkshire Wolds.

University helps businesses bridge the training gap

Tuesday 2 November 2004

A graduate training programme managed by the University of York is helping two North Yorkshire businesses maintain a leading edge in engineering design and scientific practice.

Regional health research set to influence policy and services

Friday 29 October 2004

Yorkshire and Humber Public Health Observatory launches with major health conference

York researchers uncover patchy response to health guidance

Friday 29 October 2004

Researchers from the University of York have discovered a patchy response among health trusts to guidance issued by a Government agency set up to improve the clinical effectiveness of the NHS.

Into Africa: York academics rise to the challenge of recovery

Thursday 28 October 2004

Two University of York academics are helping the Ugandan Government respond to the challenges left by years of civil unrest, in a programme backed by the European Union.

University wires up for brilliant music

Monday 18 October 2004

Research brings together human creativity and digital sounds

Meet the ghost of an inventor past

Wednesday 13 October 2004

Public lectures at the University of York

Jerusalem bishop to speak on the Arab-Israeli conflict

Tuesday 12 October 2004

A man who is an Arab, a Christian, a Palestinian and an Israeli will tackle the Arab-Israeli conflict in the annual Heslington Lecture at the University of York on Wednesday 20 October.

How do professionals approach complex ethics of IVF?

Tuesday 12 October 2004

How do health professionals approach the complex and sensitive ethics of IVF and embryo research in their work?

Early Maths improves, but teachers need more guidance

Monday 11 October 2004

Children are getting better at Maths at Key Stage 1 - but that may be due to a closer match between what they are taught and what they will be tested on, concludes a new study by the University of York. It is unclear whether there have been gains in levels of understanding.

North Yorkshire businesses benefit from University's new IT academy

Friday 8 October 2004

The University of York has become a Microsoft IT Academy. Next week it will welcome 10 delegates from North Yorkshire businesses for its first training course.

Food crops worth millions lost due to ozone

Thursday 7 October 2004

University of York calculates huge economic impact of ozone

How the bicycle can help good science lessons

Tuesday 5 October 2004

University of York finds 'real life' is key to learning

University remembers academic

Wednesday 22 September 2004

A group of buildings at the University of York are to be officially re-named next week in honour of the leading academic Professor Sally Baldwin who died in an accident in Rome last year.

Greg Dyke to open University learning centre for manual staff

Wednesday 22 September 2004

Greg Dyke will undertake his first official engagement as Chancellor of the University of York by opening DIAL, the University's new learning centre for manual staff. The opening will take place on 29 September 2004.

Chris Henshall to lead York's innovation and enterprise

Monday 20 September 2004

Dr Chris Henshall, Director of the Science and Engineering Base Group in the Office of Science and Technology, is to become a Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of York. He will lead the University of York's work in forging national and international relationships, innovation and enterprise. He takes up his new position in January 2005.

Mummified moggies

Thursday 16 September 2004

How ancient Egyptians preserved their animals

The Sunday Times praises York's academic excellence in its Good Universities Guide

Sunday 12 September 2004

The University of York is ranked sixth out of 100 universities in the Sunday Times Good University Guide published on 12 September 2004. The University is once again the top university in Yorkshire.

University launches advanced ICT training courses for York businesses

Friday 10 September 2004

The fast-growing bioscience and IT and digital businesses in the North Yorkshire sub-region have an urgent demand for Advanced Information and Computer Technology (ICT) training to underpin their development.

Intelligent travel comes to York

Monday 6 September 2004

People will get out of their cars and use other forms of transport if they’re offered enough incentives to do so, a study by York University and partners has found.

University appoints central banker to Norwich Union funded post

Friday 27 August 2004

Dr Tim Young has joined the University of York as The Norwich Union Lecturer in Financial Economics.

University praised for progress on race equality

Monday 23 August 2004

The University of York is praised in a recent report from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) on its approach to race equality.

Prescription for good communication

Tuesday 10 August 2004

Doctors need to listen more to nurses, and to potentially vital information from patients, says a report from the University of York.

The art of bioscience: perception and reality

Monday 9 August 2004

What does a scientist look like? How does bioscience affect your everyday life? A one-off event being held in York aims to provide the opportunity to explore these topics and to experience science first-hand. The event is being organised by CNAP at the University of York and is supported by Yorkshire Forward, the Regional Development Agency for Yorkshire and Humber.

Exhibitions about Heslington East

Thursday 5 August 2004

As part of the consultation exercise on the University of York’s expansion at Heslington East, two exhibitions have been launched to inform staff and members of the public about the development.

As medicine targets personal DNA profiles, York researchers examine ethics and patient experiences

Thursday 29 July 2004

Researchers at the University of York are beginning a major study into the ethical and personal issues raised by a potential revolution in healthcare, which could incorporate individualised medical care – pharmacogenetics - into clinical practice.

Leading lawyer, Helena Kennedy QC, to speak at University of York

Monday 26 July 2004

Baroness Helena Kennedy, one of the UK's leading criminal lawyers, will look at the very topical concern of whether international terrorism is threatening human rights when she gives the second 'Vice-Chancellor's Lecture' at the University of York later this year.

Leading physicist appointed to chair at the University of York

Friday 16 July 2004

Professor Roy Chantrell, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, has been appointed to one of 11 chairs created by the University of York to mark its 40th anniversary.

Minister visits University of York

Thursday 15 July 2004

Alan Johnson, Minister for Higher Education, visits the University of York's brand new Music Research Centre tomorrow (Tuesday June 15th).

Friendly technology will enable independent living

Wednesday 14 July 2004

Unique research centre sets agenda for future home technologies

Gone With the Wind?

Tuesday 13 July 2004

Over a hundred scientists take to the skies to track global air pollution

Calendar Girls open pioneering Cancer Research Unit

Monday 12 July 2004

Their fundraising exploits may have taken them around the world to the Cannes Film Festival and the red carpets of Hollywood. But today (Monday 12 July) Yorkshire's world-famous WI Calendar Girls are back on home turf to open a pioneering Leukaemia Research Unit at the University of York.

Costs of a worldwide system of marine parks

Monday 12 July 2004

A global network of marine parks would cost US$12 to 14 billion per year to run says a study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, co-authored by Professor Callum Roberts from the University of York's Environment Department.

York’s Deputy VC joins board of new Research Council

Monday 12 July 2004

Professor Felicity Riddy, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of York, has been appointed a member of the Board of Management of the Arts and Humanities Research Board. She will become chair of the Board’s Postgraduate Committee.

Flying off course

Saturday 3 July 2004

The Stockholm Environment Institute at the University of York launches a major new report on the future of aviation on 5 July.

York archaeologists weigh in on remains repatriation debate

Friday 2 July 2004

Two York archaeologists, Dr Laurajane Smith and Professor Don Brothwell, have entered into the debate currently raging in the world of archaeology about the controversial issue of the repatriation of human remains.

University of York honours 10

Friday 2 July 2004

The University confers honorary degrees each year on people who have made a significant contribution to society.

Two York academics elected Fellows of the British Academy

Friday 2 July 2004

Professor Susan Mendus and Dr Jim Binns of the University of York have been elected Fellows of the British Academy today (1 July). This is the highest honour for academics working in the humanities and social sciences.

University of York receives quality endorsement

Wednesday 30 June 2004

The University's high standards have been recognised in a very positive report from the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) following its QAA audit last autumn.

Community spirit of York graduates

Tuesday 29 June 2004

A nurse destined for the Himalayas, a football coach, a theatre director and a former printer-turned-primary school teacher are amongst the 3,000 graduates receiving degrees this July.

Have a healthy career!

Monday 28 June 2004

Higher York in ‘glow and show’ of health courses demonstrates opportunities for farmers

Thursday 24 June 2004

A new website - - has been developed by CNAP at the University of York to demonstrate the commercial benefits of non-food applications of oil crops. The website is part of a project carried out by CNAP researchers Professor Dianna Bowles and Professor Ian Graham, together with Dr Jacqueline Garrood and Mr Clifford Spencer from Springdale Crop Synergies.

Researching e-learning

Tuesday 22 June 2004

Research about Elearning is in its infancy. What to research, and how to do it, is to be examined by an international team led by Professor Richard Andrews at the University of York.

University of York wins £2.4m for innovation

Tuesday 15 June 2004

The University of York has been awarded £2.4million by the Higher Education Innovation Fund to create a new Innovation and Enterprise Unit to reach out into the business community and exploit the University’s research strengths in key areas.

EU elections: what the people of York say

Wednesday 9 June 2004

Tomorrow, Politics students at the University of York will announce the findings of their month-long series of ‘conversations' with the people of York about tomorrow's European Parliament elections, and also about a regional assembly for Yorkshire. Over 100 students listened to the views of a cross-section of 700 citizens. They also interviewed most of the prospective MEPs.

Young men, cancer and fertility: health workers highlight complex area

Monday 7 June 2004

University of York research reveals mixed provision

Yorkshire schoolchildren discover hidden worlds

Monday 7 June 2004

Year 5 and 6 pupils from North Yorkshire are being given the chance to discover the fascinating secret lives of insects and germs.

Adult Learner recognised for achievements

Friday 28 May 2004

Single mum Ann Hudson has beaten all the odds to start studying 25 years again after leaving school. At 16 her situation at home meant she had to go out to work - but 25 years later she has taken the first steps toward her ultimate goal - getting a degree.

University students quiz public on EU poll

Wednesday 26 May 2004

One thousand members of the York general public are to be quizzed by first year politics students at the University of York on what the results of the European Union elections in June will really mean.

York maintains top-ten ranking

Tuesday 18 May 2004

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

The wheelchair – new symbol of freedom

Tuesday 18 May 2004

For millions of disabled people around the world the modern wheelchair has been one of the most important technological innovations of the 20th century.

Bicycle lending scheme for King's Manor staff and students

Tuesday 11 May 2004

Students and staff at the University of York may now borrow a bicycle to commute between King's Manor in the city centre and the Heslington campus.

Discover the ancient works of Hippocrates in a new library collection at the University of York

Tuesday 4 May 2004

One of the finest anatomical atlases ever to be produced can now be viewed at the University of York, thanks to York Medical Society.

York students aim to win war of the Roses

Friday 30 April 2004

Five hundred student athletes from the University of York cross the Pennines this weekend to compete at Lancaster in a major series of games ranging from rugby to croquet and fencing.

University of York set for major expansion

Friday 30 April 2004

The University of York is set to double in physical size with a major expansion to its campus at Heslington on the south-east corner of York.

Sustainability the cornerstone of Heslington East

Friday 30 April 2004

The expansion of the University of York at Heslington East will be governed by the principles of sustainability.

University manual staff awarded for Going the Extra Mile

Tuesday 27 April 2004

Almost 70 Manual Staff at the University who have had their work rewarded have been invited to a reception on 28 April to celebrate their achievement. All of the staff have been recognised for their exceptional performance by University's GEM (Going the Extra Mile) Award scheme.

Old blades make a splash: University Boat Club celebrates 40 years

Friday 23 April 2004

Over the next weekend, the University of York Boat Club will be making a splash, to celebrate its fortieth anniversary.

York academic to head national science drive

Thursday 22 April 2004

One of the UK's leading education experts, based at the University of York, has been appointed to head a pioneering drive to inspire children about science, which is increasingly seen as vital to the regeneration of the UK's economy.

Strange tales of York women

Tuesday 20 April 2004

Public lectures at the University of York

World premiere launches £2.5m University music research centre

Monday 19 April 2004

The world premiere of a futuristic electro-acoustic work will be part of a glittering programme at the opening of the University of York's Sir Jack Lyons Music Research Centre tomorrow. (Tuesday 20 April).

University wins ICT training contract for regional bioscience and e-science sector

Wednesday 14 April 2004

The University of York has won a £200,000 contract to provide Advanced Information and Computer Technology (ICT) training for the fast-growing regional bioscience and e-science sector.

University announces 10 new readerships

Tuesday 6 April 2004

The University of York is to create 10 new readerships to consolidate its recent appointment of 10 Anniversary Chairs 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.

Greg Dyke confirms gift to University

Friday 2 April 2004

Greg Dyke has confirmed a gift to the University to support its new Department of Theatre, Film and Television. The gift will fund a new professorship, to be called the Greg Dyke Chair in Film and Television.

Ecologists and environmental scientists link up to investigate biodiversity

Thursday 1 April 2004

Ecologists and environmental scientists from York are part of a project team who have received 1.8 million pounds today to form a new network to investigate, amongst other things, how climate change will affect biodiversity in Britain.

Measuring success in the NHS

Monday 29 March 2004

How do we know if health care actually benefits patients?

A joined-up approach to IT case studies

Tuesday 23 March 2004

University of York students are bridging the gap between theory and practice as part of their Management, IT and Languages degree in the Department of Management Studies.

It’s good to talk around the world

Tuesday 23 March 2004

University of York uses ‘grid’ technology to communicate

Leading biochemist appointed to Anniversary Chair at the University of York

Monday 22 March 2004

Professor Gideon Davies, a double prize-winner of The Royal Society of Chemistry, has been appointed to one of the ‘Anniversary Chairs’ created by the University of York to mark its 40th Anniversary in 2003.

Businesses can benefit from graduates

Friday 19 March 2004

Using graduate skills can significantly help businesses of any size and in any sector. This is the message that Professor Tony Robards OBE, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and HSBC Professor of Innovation at the University of York will deliver at a breakfast briefing at the National Railway Museum on 25 March.

New research team to tackle disease

Monday 15 March 2004

A new Immunology and Infection Unit, which will research how disease occurs and how our immune systems respond, opens shortly in York.

York announces key appointments in demography and social policy

Tuesday 9 March 2004

The University of York is expanding its leading work in social policy with the appointment of two internationally-recognised academics. They take up their posts in October.

Chemistry can make us greener

Tuesday 9 March 2004

The way in which chemistry can make industry greener is highlighted in a new website for A-level students.

Students are good for York

Tuesday 9 March 2004

Students are good for York and make important contributions to the local economy and society, say York's four higher education institutions.

Online music brings orchestras together

Wednesday 25 February 2004

Two classical orchestras are to exploit the latest broadband technology in a simultaneous coaching exercise across the UK devised by the University of York.

Four more Anniversary Professors at the University of York

Tuesday 24 February 2004

New professors lead research in Archaeology, Education, Demography and Computer Science

Twin Towers graduate remembered

Monday 16 February 2004

The parents of Nigel Thompson, a York graduate who died in the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001, will visit the University of York on Monday 16 February.

Hull York Medical School launches research strategy

Monday 9 February 2004

The Hull York Medical School (HYMS) will hold its first research conference on 11 February.

Hull and York Universities are regional partners for 'NHS University'

Tuesday 3 February 2004

The Universities of York and Hull have been appointed as key regional players in the new 'NHS University', which is designed to transform learning in health and social care for the 1.6 million staff in the health service.

Making music the digital way. Art and Britishness.

Tuesday 3 February 2004

Public Lectures at the University of York

University's fingertip guide helps museum visitors

Monday 26 January 2004

Visually-impaired visitors to the National Railway Museum in York will be able to find their way around the buildings more easily and enjoyably from today, thanks to specially designed 'tactile guides' produced by the University of York.

Ed Balls to speak on macroeconomic policy in York

Wednesday 21 January 2004

Ed Balls, Chief Economic Advisory to the Treasury, will give a free public lecture on macroeconomic policy at the University of York on Friday 23 January.

Scientists and artists work together to explore the Sense of Science

Tuesday 20 January 2004

A unique project, exploring how science can contribute to the arts and the arts to science, has been launched today at the University of York.

Broadband for all from High Altitude Platforms

Monday 19 January 2004

York leads international project

York tops the league on research efficiency

Thursday 15 January 2004

The University of York is the most efficient UK university in its research outputs, according to new performance indicators published by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Saving the Sumatran tiger

Tuesday 13 January 2004

A University of York graduate is involved in efforts to save endangered wild Sumatran tigers which have become a problem to local populations, killing people and eating livestock.

Aeroplane cockpits would be safer if more human-friendly

Wednesday 7 January 2004

Aircraft could achieve an even higher level of safety if cockpit designers took more of the psychological characteristics of pilots into account, according to researchers who studied one of Britain’s worst air disasters.

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