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News archive: 2006 releases

University of York appoints new Pro-Chancellor

Friday 22 December 2006

Businessman Dr Robert Brech, who chairs York Science Park (Innovation Centre) Ltd, has been appointed Pro-Chancellor at the University of York.


HYMS researchers focus on human evolution

Thursday 21 December 2006

A Hull York Medical School (HYMS) researcher has played a key role in a study which has cast important new light on Neanderthals.


NHS misses most patient safety incidents

Friday 15 December 2006

Hospital reporting systems in the NHS may significantly under-report patient safety incidents, particularly those resulting in harm, warns a study led by University of York academics.


Study reveals clean air challenge for major Asian cities

Wednesday 13 December 2006

Hundreds of millions of city dwellers breathe air so polluted with chemicals, smoke and particles that it dramatically exceeds World Health Organization limits with major impacts on health and the environment.


Plant discovery is good news for farmers and gardeners

Tuesday 12 December 2006

Scientists at the University of York have solved a question which has puzzled plant biologists for nearly a century.


Back to the classroom for undergraduate adult learners

Thursday 7 December 2006

For some members of a group taking a Citizenship course at a York primary school, it is years since they were last in the classroom.


Psychologist to study how we put stress into words

Wednesday 6 December 2006

How does a child learn that the stress is on the second syllable of giraffe, and on the first of zebra?


Awards will fund research for York academics

Tuesday 5 December 2006

University of York academics have won Philip Leverhulme Prizes to support research work ranging from art to atmospheric chemistry. Dr Lucy Carpenter, of the Department of Chemistry, and Dr Jason Edwards, of the Department of History of Art, secured the awards from the Leverhulme Trust.


University staff chat with York's elderly residents over a glass of sherry

Thursday 30 November 2006

Next week, 20 University of York staff will give up their lunch breaks to spend an hour chatting with elderly residents in local care homes over a glass of sherry and a mince pie.


Oliver Letwin talks on Toleration at the University of York

Friday 24 November 2006

Senior Conservative politician Oliver Letwin MP is to give the 2006 Morrell Address on Toleration at the University of York.


Plant potential in the pipeline

Thursday 23 November 2006

Think for a moment about what you have done so far today - made a cup of tea, driven to work, sent an e-mail or text?


Disability in history - York provides a unique perspective

Monday 20 November 2006

International scholars will gather in York next month to provide a pioneering historical perspective on disability.


Needs of families with disabled children remain largely unmet

Friday 3 November 2006

The social and economic needs of families with a disabled child in the UK remain largely unmet, according to University of York researchers.


Opening of HYMS education centre at Hull Royal Infirmary

Wednesday 1 November 2006

A £1.8 million education centre, which will help to train the doctors of the future, is to be opened at Hull Royal Infirmary next week.


Scientists' cell discovery unearths evolutionary clues

Friday 27 October 2006

The full family tree of the species known as social amoebas has been plotted for the first time - a breakthrough which will provide important clues to the evolution of life on earth.


Interest Grows in University of York Finance Fair

Monday 23 October 2006

Students who want to work in the financial sector will have the chance to enhance their job prospects when the University of York plays host to 15 major employers from the world of commerce this week.


YCR Cancer Specialist elected as President of ESUR

Monday 23 October 2006

A leading researcher into prostate cancer, Professor Norman Maitland, has been elected President of the European Society for Urological Research (ESUR).


‘Marrow’ clinic returns to help save lives of leukaemia sufferers

Thursday 19 October 2006

Medical students at the Hull York Medical School are asking people to spend part of their Saturday afternoon helping to save the lives of leukaemia patients.


University IT Academy's new project is boost for businesses

Wednesday 18 October 2006

Businesses in the tourism, food and drink, construction, and engineering and manufacturing industries stand to benefit from an exciting new venture launched by the University of York IT Academy.


Science offers new dawn for jobs in York

Monday 16 October 2006

A University of York spinout company, which is developing a new generation of non-toxic, non-flammable and biodegradable solvents, is expanding thanks to new investment from the Department of Trade and Industry-backed Viking Fund.


Women scientists’ better deal at the University of York

Thursday 12 October 2006

The University of York has won a national accolade for its commitment to women in science.


Major figures in philosophy, literature and the environment to lecture at the University of York

Tuesday 10 October 2006

What do a leading writer and philosopher, a critic and biographer and a prominent environmentalist have in common?


Broadband's high altitude 'revolution' to gather pace at York

Monday 2 October 2006

A conference in York later this month will signal the next phase of the development of an ambitious project to revolutionise broadband communications.


York researchers seek world harmony in music

Wednesday 27 September 2006

Musicians from across the world, the first holders of the Sir Jack Lyons Research Scholarship, begin work at the University of York next month.


Modigliani comes alive for visually impaired people

Monday 25 September 2006

Visually impaired people can now enjoy the work of Modigliani thanks to the expertise of computer scientists at the University of York.


University of York pioneers 'green' teacher course

Wednesday 20 September 2006

The first MA course of its type in England, to help teachers to turn schools into centres of excellence for sustainable development, is being launched at the University of York.


York to be key player in global security research

Tuesday 19 September 2006

Computer scientists at the University of York are to play a leading role in a transatlantic research programme exploring advanced technology for secure wireless and sensor networks to support future coalition operations.


Borthwick Institute exhibition tells the real story of the Women’s Institutes

Thursday 14 September 2006

To many, their name is synonymous with jam making, cake baking and flower arranging but for over 90 years, the Women’s Institutes have been a positive force in British women’s lives.


Libraries of the great Yorkshire country houses catalogued online

Tuesday 12 September 2006

A huge project to catalogue thousands of books held in Yorkshire’s great country houses has been completed to provide scholars with a unique research resource.


Experts set to examine major new welfare challenges

Monday 11 September 2006

Policy makers and academics are to examine potentially the biggest challenge facing modern welfare states - the relationship between 'cash' and 'care'.


University of York in top ten again

Monday 11 September 2006

The University of York has maintained its position in the top rank of UK academic institutions in the new "Sunday Times University Guide".


Recycling technology: unlocking the riddle of LCD re-use

Monday 4 September 2006

Scientists at the University of York are to play a pivotal role in new research aimed at averting a growing environmental problem caused by discarded liquid crystal displays (LCDs).


York academics in the spotlight at BA Festival of Science

Friday 1 September 2006

What is the magnitude of the damage caused by global warming? Can we help the body to heal itself? How does religion influence people’s approach to financial planning?


University of York students set scene for feature film

Wednesday 30 August 2006

For a student movie enthusiast like Ainslie Harris, working on a major feature film is the vacation job opportunity of a lifetime.


University of York wins teaching plaudits from students

Tuesday 22 August 2006

Students at the University of York have used a major national survey to praise the quality of teaching on their courses.


Schoolchildren 'pitch-up' for the Salters' Chemistry Camp

Thursday 17 August 2006

Students at the University of York have used a major national survey to praise the quality of teaching on their courses.


Protein clue to tailor-made antibiotics

Wednesday 9 August 2006

Scientists at the University of York have made a huge leap forward in the search for 'smarter' antibiotics.


Forecasting earth's pollution from space

Wednesday 2 August 2006

Finding ways of predicting the Earth's "chemical weather" from space is just one of the research challenges Professor Peter Bernath has set himself.


$3.3 million for cleaning up contaminated land

Tuesday 25 July 2006

Scientists at the University of York, developing plants to clean up land contaminated by explosives, have received multi-million dollar backing for their research.


Wild bees and the flowers they pollinate are disappearing together

Friday 21 July 2006

The diversity of bees and of the flowers they pollinate has declined significantly in Britain and the Netherlands over the last 25 years according to research involving University of York scientists and published in "Science". The paper is the first evidence of a widespread decline in bee diversity.


High altitude broadband is the platform for the future

Monday 17 July 2006

A three-year project led by the University of York, which aims to revolutionise broadband communications, reaches its climax later this year.


York graduates express flair for adventure

Monday 10 July 2006

More than 2,700 men and women will graduate from the University of York this week and set out on varied and fulfilling careers. Here are just some examples:


YCR pledges further £3m for cancer research at York

Friday 7 July 2006

More than 2,700 men and women will graduate from the University of York this week and set out on varied and fulfilling careers. Here are just some examples:


Haunting electronic echo of music’s past created for TV

Tuesday 4 July 2006

A University of York scientist has created an electronic version of the haunting sound of the castrati – the gelded singing stars of 18th Century music.


Green Chemistry at York is Centre of Excellence

Monday 3 July 2006

The Green Chemistry Group at the University of York is being re-branded a 'Centre of Excellence' in recognition of its ground-breaking work in developing new cleaner chemical processes to replace environmentally unacceptable methods.


University of York scientists in solar 'first'

Friday 30 June 2006

Scientists at the University of York have played a pivotal role in a breakthrough in attempts to predict the sun's behaviour.


University of York honours eight

Wednesday 28 June 2006

The University is to award honorary degrees to an internationally influential musician, a television executive, a leading physicist, principal academics, including a highly regarded political philosopher, a successful businesswoman and a Nobel Prize winner. They will receive honorary doctorates at the University over the graduation period (12, 13 and 14 July).


York lecturers win national accolade for teaching

Tuesday 27 June 2006

Two academics from the University of York have been recognised for the outstanding quality of their teaching with the award of National Teaching Fellowships from the Higher Education Academy.


$13.6M research grant from Gates to develop plant to cure malaria

Wednesday 21 June 2006

The Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP), part of the University of York, has received a $13.6 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to complete research on a plant that could help alleviate the global shortage of effective treatments for malaria – a disease that kills more than 1 million people every year, most of them children in Africa. The Centre, part of the Biology Department at York University, has been working on a fast-track breeding research programme for the plant "Artemisia annua" – currently the sole source of the leading anti-malarial drug, artemisinin.


Professor Ian Greer to be new Dean of the Hull York Medical School

Wednesday 21 June 2006

Professor Ian Greer, Deputy Dean and Regius Chair of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Glasgow, is to be the new Dean of the Hull York Medical School (HYMS). He takes up his position in January 2007.


International flavour to York music residency

Wednesday 14 June 2006

A group of international musicians is to take up a three-year residency at the University of York from October this year.


Accolade for York scholar's T S Eliot investigation

Wednesday 14 June 2006

A University of York academic has won a major award for his ground-breaking literary detective work, which resulted in two innovative studies of T S Eliot's "The Waste Land".


Computer networks made easy for small businesses

Monday 12 June 2006

An innovative new training product launched on Tuesday 13 June jointly by the University of York IT Academy and Disq Ltd will help small businesses to establish their own computer network.


Scholars’ 40-year wait ends at the University of York

Monday 12 June 2006

A rare First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays, loaned to the University of York, will be available to research scholars for the first time for 40 years.


University of York researchers call for ‘zero tolerance’ on road deaths

Wednesday 7 June 2006

Academics at the University of York are calling on the Government to adopt a bold new strategy to reduce deaths and serious injuries on British roads to zero.


York academics investigate new funding regime for social care

Wednesday 7 June 2006

Academics at the University of York’s Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU) are to test whether a new method of funding support for users of social care services – Individual Budgets - will lead to more choice and flexibility over their support needs.


Golden opportunity to put 'green' innovation on world stage

Tuesday 6 June 2006

Replacing traditional energy sources with renewable biomass will be a key issue to be discussed at a major international conference on 'green' innovation hosted by the University of York in September.


Summer holiday sport at the University

Friday 2 June 2006

The University of York’s Sports Centre will be hosting a range of sporting activities for young people over six weeks during the summer vacation.


York student volunteers boosted by Nestlé Trust cash

Tuesday 30 May 2006

Students from the University of York have stepped up the amount of volunteer work they do in local schools.


Enterprise cash fuels University ‘engine’

Friday 26 May 2006

An award of £2.3 million from the Higher Education Funding Council for England will help the University of York to broaden its role as an engine of economic development.


Top European prize for Chemistry academic

Wednesday 24 May 2006

Professor Eleanor Dodson, of the University of York's Structural Biology Laboratory in the Department of Chemistry, has been awarded the 2006 Max Perutz Prize of the European Crystallographic Association.


Nobel Laureate Coetzee to talk at University of York

Tuesday 23 May 2006

In a rare public appearance, Nobel Laureate J M Coetzee will give a reading at the University of York next month.


Long-awaited letters to throw new light on T S Eliot

Monday 15 May 2006

One of the most important literary archives of the 20th Century, the bulk of which has been under wraps for more than 50 years, will soon be released.


How we sing: York conference brings together world experts on the human voice

Monday 8 May 2006

Musicians, clinicians and scientists will join in a unique exploration of the human singing voice at an international conference in York next week.


Hat-trick of teaching awards for Chemistry

Thursday 4 May 2006

The "inspired teaching and innovation" of a scientist at the University of York has won him a special award from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).


York academic puts city's saint in the spotlight

Tuesday 2 May 2006

Art historian Dr Christopher Norton has written the first full-length study of St William of York, who was twice elected the city's Archbishop of York and twice made a saint.


Researchers' doubts over screening for depression

Friday 28 April 2006

Screening for depression may soon become health policy in England and Wales but it is unlikely to be effective in improving people's mental wellbeing, researchers have warned.


Medieval guild that became part of the fabric of York

Wednesday 26 April 2006

Artisans and craftsmen, who have played an unheralded role in the development of York’s social and commercial life across six centuries, have at last received their true recognition.


Inspiring vision of University of York's future

Monday 24 April 2006

Visionary proposals by the University of York for a £500 million extension to its Heslington campus represent a huge opportunity for the city, the region and the country.


Historic music recordings deposited at the University of York

Thursday 20 April 2006

A unique collection of broadcast recordings, collected by Lord Harewood since the 1930s and featuring seminal performances by some of the leading classical music performers of the 20th Century, is being donated this spring to Music Preserved. The distinguished Music Preserved collections are on deposit at the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York.


Freedom auction in support of girls' education in Africa

Wednesday 19 April 2006

Artists from all over the world have donated pieces of work for a charity auction in York next month in aid of CAMFED - the Campaign for Female Education. The auction is the brainchild of two PhD students at the Centre for Women's Studies at the University of York, Jessica Murray and Janet Peukert.


Researchers trawl the origins of sea fishing in Northern Europe

Wednesday 12 April 2006

For decades the study of fish bones was considered one of the most esoteric branches of archaeology, but now it is helping to reveal the massive significance of the fishing trade in the Middle Ages.


Nitrogen hotspots pose global pollution threat to plants

Wednesday 5 April 2006

Nitrogen from human activities - such as fossil fuel burning and livestock farming - has become a potential threat to a high proportion of the world's valuable plant species according to researchers at the Universities of Sheffield and York. The gases released into the atmosphere fall back down to earth as atmospheric nitrogen deposition. This can harm ecosystems and has resulted in the loss of species from sensitive ecosystems in Europe.


University hosts Easter master-classes for talented York pupils

Wednesday 5 April 2006

Year Eight pupils from schools across York will take part in Biology and English master-classes at the University of York on Monday and Tuesday this week.


York scientists aim to strengthen global anti-pollution efforts

Tuesday 4 April 2006

A new research project, led by scientists at the University of York, will help to provide a more effective weapon to aid international efforts to cut pollution.


'Coded' fuel wins DTI top prize

Friday 31 March 2006

An alliance between the University of York's Department of Chemistry and Authentix, a global leader in authentication solutions, has won the Best Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Programme Award, sponsored by the Department of Trade and Industry.


Vital role for HYMS in project to help ME sufferers

Thursday 30 March 2006

The Hull York Medical School (HYMS) is to play a key role in a pioneering new project to help to improve the lives of thousands of people suffering from a long-term disabling illness.


Schoolchildren take part in Salters' Festival of Chemistry

Wednesday 29 March 2006

Over 50 schoolchildren from across the region will enjoy an interesting fun-filled day of chemistry at the Salters' Festival of Chemistry at the University of York on Monday 3 April. A total of 14 schools will each be represented by a team of four 11 to 13 year olds.


York scientists tackle heavy metal pollution

Wednesday 29 March 2006

Biologists at the University of York are to play a leading role in a new international project to examine the effects of toxic heavy metals on public health.


Ultrasound treatment trial offers hope for leg ulcer sufferers

Friday 24 March 2006

Researchers at the University of York are hoping to identify a more effective treatment for a medical condition which affects thousands of older people.


University of York honours musicians and businessman

Wednesday 22 March 2006

York musicians, Alan George and Lesley Schatzberger will receive a joint honorary degree from the University of York. The couple, who have enjoyed a strong relationship with the University for over 30 years, established Jessie's Fund with the aim of helping sick children through the therapeutic use of music in children's hospices across the UK.


Yorkshire schools in green challenge at the University of York

Tuesday 21 March 2006

Environmental charity Earthwatch and the University of York's Environment Department are challenging secondary school students across Yorkshire to green up the land as part of a Wild Species and Wild Spaces celebration.


New scholarships seek international harmony

Friday 17 March 2006

New scholarships seek international harmony


Prime Minister opens pioneering National Science Learning Centre in York

Friday 17 March 2006

Prime Minister Tony Blair opened the Wellcome Trust National Science Learning Centre at the University of York today (Friday 17 March 2006). The National Science Learning Centre serves as the hub for a new £51 million national network of Centres dedicated to revitalising science teaching in schools.


Voices of youth discuss impact of war on their generation

Monday 13 March 2006

More than 100 A-level students from schools across York and North Yorkshire will gather at the University of York this week to discuss how war has changed the world.


IP2IPO in 25 year university-wide partnership with the University of York

Monday 13 March 2006

Intellectual property commercialisation company, IP2IPO Group plc, has signed a long-term partnership with the University of York.


University chefs cook-up a winning recipe

Friday 3 March 2006

University of York chef, Andrew Wood has won a Gold medal in the 2006 Salon Culinaire de Londres competition, one of the world's most prestigious professional culinary competitions.


Showcase for regional health researchers

Friday 3 March 2006

The Third Hull York Medical School research conference takes place at the KC Stadium in Hull next week.


York Student Notes Gap in the Market

Wednesday 1 March 2006

Music student Pauline Harding grew so frustrated at the lack of information available about careers in the music industry, that she took matters into her own hands.


School pupils on the trail of scientific knowledge

Tuesday 28 February 2006

Teenagers will hit the trail to greater scientific knowledge at the University of York this week.


Psychology professor's lectures running to time

Tuesday 21 February 2006

Students are finding Spring Term lectures by Professor Andy Young in the University of York's Department of Psychology a slightly surreal experience.


New study into hormones' effect on the female voice

Tuesday 21 February 2006

Researchers at the Universities of Sheffield and York are launching an investigation into the way hormones affect voice quality and how their influence could be controlled. The research team are looking for actresses, female teachers, broadcasters, and vocalists to take part in the study, which will aim to establish how to avoid the known problems of vocal hoarseness, severe vocal fatigue, and voice loss during critical phases of a woman's menstrual cycle.


Unique exhibit provides glimpse of robotic future

Friday 17 February 2006

Picture a computer with no keyboard, mouse or monitor... just projected light, and a space that behaves like magic.


Captain Kirk's clone and the eavesdropper

Thursday 16 February 2006

Imagine Captain Kirk being beamed back to the Starship Enterprise and two versions of the Star Trek hero arriving in the spacecraft's transporter room.


Having a whale of a time with 'York Cares'

Wednesday 15 February 2006

A coral reef expert and whale shark enthusiast is among the first 200 people who have registered to take part in 'Life Swap Week', which is being organised by York Cares.


University of York researchers receive Royal accolade

Wednesday 15 February 2006

A research centre at the University of York will be honoured by the Queen this week for its work in realising the potential of plant-based renewable resources to make products needed by society.


Science exhibit promises shopping trip with a difference

Tuesday 14 February 2006

Designing your own computer-animated fragment of DNA is hardly a regular feature of the average shopping trip.


Economist asks: Can poverty be made history?

Friday 10 February 2006

Leading economist Lord Meghnad Desai will discuss ways to tackle global poverty when he gives the Dixon Lecture at the University of York next week.


Birds 'Aspire' to bring new life to old tree

Friday 3 February 2006

The trunk of an old oak tree, whose branches were once rotten and decayed, has been transformed into a stunning wood carving of wildfowl spiralling into the sky on the Heslington campus at the University of York.


Revamped York RAG Charity Procession promises fun for all

Thursday 2 February 2006

Super heroes, cartoon characters, pirates and Brazilian martial artists are among a host of eye-catching features that will add a dash of colour and excitement to the University of York RAG Procession on Saturday 11 February.


Bones from blood: scientists aim to break new ground on fractures

Monday 30 January 2006

Scientists at the University of York have launched a new research project which aims to develop ways of making bones from blood.


Peter Lord guest speaker at University of York

Friday 27 January 2006

Oscar winner Peter Lord, director and producer of animation classics such as Morph, Creature Comforts, Chicken Run and the Wallace and Gromit series, will return to the University of York next week.


Phonics teaching: a child's passport to literacy

Thursday 26 January 2006

Systematic phonics should feature in every child's reading instruction and it should be part of every literacy teacher's repertoire, according to a Government-funded review of research by academics at the Universities of York and Sheffield.


York researchers develop pollution-busting plants to clean up contaminated land

Monday 23 January 2006

Scientists at the University of York have played a crucial role in developing a way of using plants to clean up land contaminated by explosives.


New admission test for future doctors and dentists

Monday 23 January 2006

From this summer, candidates applying for 2007 entry to the Dental and Medical Schools of 24 UK universities, including Hull York Medical School (HYMS), will be required to take the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT).


Scientists investigate how size matters for parasitic wasps

Wednesday 18 January 2006

When it comes to early reproduction in insects, researchers at the University of York have discovered that size is everything.


2006 White Rose studentship scheme announced

Tuesday 17 January 2006

The University of York is offering four White Rose studentships for PhD projects beginning in October 2006 based in the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, History, and Sociology.


Promoting inclusion for people with learning disabilities

Monday 16 January 2006

A workshop, hosted by the University of York, promoting inclusion for people with learning difficulties, will have an international dimension. The principal speakers at the event, at the Priory Street Centre in York, are Canadians Jack Pearpoint and Lynda Khan, experts on person-centred approaches to planning services for individuals.


New Year Honours for two York social scientists

Wednesday 11 January 2006

Two academics from the University of York's Department of Social Policy and Social Work will travel to Buckingham Palace in the next few months to be honoured by the Queen.


Research awards opportunity at the University of York for international students

Tuesday 10 January 2006

Two prestigious Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Awards at the University of York await outstanding candidates from developing countries.


Neurologist rises to challenge of Alzheimer's Disease diagnosis

Monday 9 January 2006

An authority on behavioural neurology will explore the challenge facing clinical researchers of the early diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease in a lecture at the University of York next week.


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