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News archive: 2012 releases

Vice-Chancellor Brian Cantor
New Year honours for York’s Vice-Chancellor and two leading academics

Posted on Saturday 29 December 2012

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of York, Professor Brian Cantor, has been made a Commander of the British Empire in the New Year’s Honours List.


Boy using a tablet. Credit: Thinkstock
Social networking: Is the igeneration a 'we' generation?

Posted on Thursday 20 December 2012

Social networking sites may increase the bonds of friendship for nine to 13-year-old boys, according to researchers from the University of York.


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Two York academics win Philip Leverhulme Prizes

Posted on Wednesday 19 December 2012

Two University of York academics have been awarded Philip Leverhulme Prizes by the Leverhulme Trust.


Dr Amanda Lillie
Arts Fellowship for York scholar

Posted on Monday 17 December 2012

A York art historian has won one of seven new Fellowships announced by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.


Theatre, Film and Television Building. Photo by BDP
Children take centre stage at the University of York

Posted on Thursday 13 December 2012

York children will take centre stage at the University of York's high-tech theatre when it opens its doors to young people from the local community for the first time.


Someone warming their hands near a gas fire
York researchers investigate whether disabled people can afford to keep their homes warm

Posted on Thursday 6 December 2012

Researchers at the University of York are looking at the combined effect of changes to welfare benefits and rising energy prices on people with disabilities.


Begonia poculifera Hook. f. (Begoniaceae), Nawenge Forest Reserve, Mahenge Mountains, R. Gereau 6890. This species is mostly distributed in forests of West and Central Africa, but also occurs in the Eastern Arc Mountains – evidence of an ancient pan-African forest belt. Credit: C. Davidson, copyright www.floraoftheworld.com
Researchers investigate impacts of climate change on rare tropical plants

Posted on Thursday 6 December 2012

Research led by the University of York has found that the impacts of climate change on rare plants in tropical mountains will vary considerably from site to site and from species to species.


Snowman by Heather Sunderland
York parents explore the science of snow

Posted on Wednesday 5 December 2012

Festive help is at hand for parents of curious York children asking difficult science questions.


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York’s key role in European ‘green’ chemistry research project

Posted on Wednesday 5 December 2012

Scientists in the Department of Chemistry at the University of York are to play a key role in a major new research project which aims to develop sustainable manufacturing routes to pharmaceuticals.


A homeless man (Flickr/tjuk1980)
Research shows young people to bear brunt of rising homelessness

Posted on Wednesday 5 December 2012

More people are becoming homeless in England as the impacts of cuts to housing benefit start to bite against the backdrop of the continuing economic downturn – with young people and families with children first in the firing line, new research has revealed.


The King's Manor
New award caps Archaeology's great year

Posted on Tuesday 4 December 2012

The University of York's Department of Archaeology capped a landmark year when it was recognised for its outstanding contribution to safeguarding digital resources for the future.


Sunflower photo from the cover of 'The British in rural France'
Living the dream in rural France – why do people choose to migrate?

Posted on Tuesday 4 December 2012

A University of York researcher claims the idea of 'the rural idyll' is far too simplistic an explanation for why British people choose to migrate to rural France.


THE awards 2012
University of York wins Times Higher Education Award for Support for Early Career Researchers

Posted on Monday 3 December 2012

The University of York has won the Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers with its Research Leaders programme, which aims to improve the take-up of professional development activities.


Elderly person using smartphone
Contest launched to stimulate digital growth

Posted on Friday 30 November 2012

The University of York is a partner in a contest to develop innovative commercial prototypes which will benefit disabled, blind and partially sighted people.


York Minster. Photo by John Houlihan
Minster launch for University of York 50th Anniversary celebrations

Posted on Wednesday 28 November 2012

A major event at York Minster next February, incorporating performances by the University Choir and Orchestra and the conferral of five honorary degrees, will launch a year-long calendar of events to mark the University of York's 50th Anniversary year.


Bricks. Photo: Flickr/danmachold
Grand and not so grand designs: Why do people choose to build their own homes?

Posted on Tuesday 27 November 2012

A University of York researcher is investigating self-building to discover what kind of people decide to build their own home and why.


Fuel poverty – where a household struggles to afford to keep the home warm or builds up fuel debts – is a growing concern across Europe.Photo: Flickr/LightCapturePaper
New digital archive focuses on how to keep homes warm

Posted on Monday 26 November 2012

A University of York postgraduate student has created a new digital archive on fuel poverty research covering the European Union and beyond.


Student with a bike
Driving force for change – University's sustainable travel plan rewarded

Posted on Friday 23 November 2012

The University of York's extensive travel plan designed to discourage driving and promote other forms of transport was recognised with a top award at The Press Business Awards 2012.


Illustration by Miss Hazard, aka artist Harriet Wood
Street art goes on show

Posted on Friday 23 November 2012

A new exhibition at the Norman Rea Gallery at the University of York brings street art into the student-run gallery for the first time.


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Ground-breaking exhibition highlights importance of speech technology

Posted on Thursday 22 November 2012

An innovative exhibition touring Yorkshire and the Humber is raising public awareness of speech technology, giving those unable to speak due to illness or disability a ‘voice’.


A tobacco seller in Lahore, Pakistan posing with a Hookah
Praise for project to encourage tuberculosis patients to quit smoking

Posted on Thursday 22 November 2012

The BUPA Foundation has awarded a high commendation prize for research led by the University of York into effective ways of helping tuberculosis patients in Pakistan to give up smoking.


Michael Billington conducts a previous masterclass
Best seats in the house for Ayckbourn masterclass

Posted on Thursday 22 November 2012

Theatre critic and biographer Michael Billington will visit the University of York this week to conduct a masterclass on one of Sir Alan Ayckbourn's most inventive plays.


Interns inspect a Roman artefact as part of an IPUP project
Heritage partnership to boost public participation

Posted on Wednesday 21 November 2012

Arts Council England has awarded funding for a new initiative to support regional museums in England who want to forge participatory relationships with the public.


Handaxe nicknamed 'Excalibur' from Atapuerca, northern Spain, which appears to be the earliest deliberate grave offering, 0.5 million years old.
'Trust' provides answer to handaxe enigma

Posted on Wednesday 21 November 2012

Trust rather than lust is at the heart of the attention to detail and finely made form of handaxes from around 1.7 million years ago, according to a University of York researcher.


RTS awards
York student filmmakers triumph at Royal Television Society awards

Posted on Wednesday 21 November 2012

University of York students have scooped the top prize in three of the four award categories they entered at the Royal Television Society Yorkshire Region Student Awards ceremony.


Professor Ian Graham talking about the research
Unlocking ancient rice secrets to overcome rainfall extremes

Posted on Tuesday 20 November 2012

Researchers from the UK, USA and India, led by scientists at the University of York, are embarking on a major four-year project which aims to develop new strains of rice to help to feed millions of people.


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Sweet dreams can spell out improved language skills for youngsters

Posted on Monday 19 November 2012

A good night's sleep can help children to acquire and retain vocabulary, according to new research by psychologists at the University of York and Sheffield Hallam University.


Opening screen of the York church app. Credit: University of York's Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture
High-tech guide to York city centre churches

Posted on Friday 16 November 2012

An innovative smartphone app allowing people to explore York city centre churches in new and exciting ways is going live in time for the St Nicholas Fayre.


HRH The Princess Royal presenting Professor Callum Roberts with the award. Photo by Leading Photographer Dave Jenkins, Fleet Photographic Unit
York academic receives major maritime award

Posted on Friday 16 November 2012

HRH The Princess Royal has presented a University of York academic with a national award for his contribution to raising maritime awareness.


Researchers in the Plasma Physics and Fusion group analyse experimental data from MAST in the Remote Tokamak Control Room at York. Credit: John Houlihan
York shares £60 million boost for science innovation

Posted on Thursday 15 November 2012

The University of York is one of the beneficiaries of a £60m investment in UK universities announced today by Business Secretary Vince Cable.


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Focus falls on the 'big house' at inaugural lecture

Posted on Thursday 15 November 2012

A major public lecture at the University of York will examine the challenges faced by country houses in clearly presenting what they have to offer to the public.


Dinesh Vaswani
Scholarship tribute to former York student

Posted on Tuesday 13 November 2012

The family of a former University of York student, who died in December 2011, have generously funded a scholarship in his name. The University today confirmed the creation of the Dinesh Vaswani Scholarship, to take effect from the academic year 2013-14.


The figure depicts the ACE satellite observing the sun through Earth’s atmosphere. (Credit: ACE website, University of Waterloo, http://www.ace.uwaterloo.ca/mission.html)
Scientists detect CO2 accumulation at the edge of Space

Posted on Monday 12 November 2012

A University of York scientist is part of an international team of researchers which has reported the first direct evidence that emissions of carbon dioxide caused by human activity are propagating upward to the highest regions of the atmosphere.


Eduardo Melo, Camilla Moura, Maite Gothe, Henriquie Neves, Bruna de Queiroz, Erick Silva and Rafael de Souza
Brazilian trailblazers take up their places at York

Posted on Friday 9 November 2012

The University of York has welcomed its first students from Brazil under the Science without Borders scheme.


Chemistry flasks
University's green chemistry alliance with Korea takes off

Posted on Thursday 8 November 2012

Scientists from the University of York and Korea will gather in York this week for a conference that will showcase ways of advancing green chemical technology.


Acacia abyssinica, Mbeya Mountains, Tanzania. Credit: Andrew R Marshall
Protected areas in East Africa may not be conserving iconic plants

Posted on Wednesday 7 November 2012

A new study led by researchers from the University of York suggests protected areas in East Africa are not conserving plants such as the iconic Acacia tree.


Mulready, William, Study of a cast of the 'Pancrastinae' or 'Wrestlers', ca.1800-1801
Wrestling with art

Posted on Tuesday 6 November 2012

A major public lecture in York's historic Merchant Adventurers' Hall will explore the explosive and exciting combination of the visual arts and the sport of wrestling.


John Cage
Getting Nowhere: celebrating the centenary of John Cage

Posted on Tuesday 6 November 2012

‘Wherever we are, what we hear is mostly noise. When we ignore it, it disturbs us. When we listen to it, we find it fascinating.’ John Cage (1912-92)


Photo from 'Steel Making in Sheffield' by documentary photographer Martin Pick
Photographic exhibition charts steel making in Sheffield

Posted on Monday 5 November 2012

A world of molten metal and huge machinery is brought to life in a powerful photographic exhibition at the Norman Rea Gallery, University of York.


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York exhibition explores regional accents and identities

Posted on Friday 2 November 2012

A multimedia exhibition at the University of York will explore the relationship between regional accents and identities in four Border communities.


A hand holding a cigarette. Photo: Justin Shearer
Research reveals smoking cost to UK economy

Posted on Friday 2 November 2012

Smokers are costing the UK economy £1.4 billion by taking an average of two or three days more sick leave per year than their non-smoking colleagues, a new study has revealed.


The second phase of the Dorothy Hodgkin building
Chemistry research at York enters new phase

Posted on Thursday 1 November 2012

A new £9.4 million second phase of a key research building – the latest stage in a major re-development programme in the Department of Chemistry at the University of York – was opened officially on 31 October.


Camilla Dutton with Tom Hiskey from The Law Wizard
University and business celebrate student interns' success

Posted on Tuesday 30 October 2012

Local businesses and University of York staff and students held a special celebratory event to mark the success of student interns this summer.


Fairtrade logo
Fair trade: study shows some companies are better at playing fair

Posted on Monday 29 October 2012

Companies using the Fairtrade Mark* demonstrate different types of commitment to the fair trade movement and therefore their impact on producers in developing countries is not the same, according to a new review from the University of York.


Professor Jon Timmis
York academic given behind-the-scenes view of Westminster

Posted on Monday 29 October 2012

A University of York professor is spending a week in Westminster as part of a unique 'pairing' scheme run by the Royal Society – the UK’s national academy of science.


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University celebrates York's rich history

Posted on Friday 26 October 2012

The University of York is celebrating York 800 with a series of public lectures designed to bring the city's dynamic history to life.


Dr Matthew Taylor, Director of the York Health Economics Consortium (YHEC)
New director for York Health Economics Consortium

Posted on Friday 26 October 2012

The University of York is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Matthew Taylor as Director of the York Health Economics Consortium (YHEC) following the retirement of Professor John Hutton from the Directorship.


Thumbnail image of Music page from Coventry Cathedral app
Coventry Cathedral embraces new phone app technology

Posted on Thursday 25 October 2012

Coventry Cathedral is the first UK cathedral to launch a smartphone app guide with interactive panoramas, acoustic reconstruction of medieval worship and trails - showing that in its Golden Jubilee year one of Britain’s most striking ecclesiastical buildings is still at the cutting edge.


Child with bicycle - image from 'Transport and Environment in Sub-Saharan Africa' Executive Summary
Making transport a driver for development in Africa

Posted on Tuesday 23 October 2012

A new report by a panel of international experts highlights policies to improve air quality road safety and congestion, supporting African development.


Dr Cath Neal will provide a fascinating insight into the discoveries made during a pre-construction archaeological investigation on the site of the University's campus expansion at Heslington East
Digging up the past in York

Posted on Monday 22 October 2012

A series of public lectures hosted by the University of York – Digging up the Past – will explore York's rich archaeological heritage and investigate what it can tell us about the city’s past.


Professor Pratibha Gai
York academic joins exclusive group of female scientists

Posted on Monday 22 October 2012

A University of York scientist has been named as the Laureate for Europe in the L’OREAL-UNESCO Women in Science Awards for 2013.


Professor Mike Drummond receiving his honorary doctorate from Rector Magnificus Professor Henk Schmidt at Erasmus University. Photo: Michelle Muus
York academic receives prestigious international accolades

Posted on Monday 22 October 2012

A University of York academic has received two major international awards in recognition of his outstanding contribution to health economics.


Dr Ana Cavalcanti
National recognition for outstanding scientist

Posted on Friday 19 October 2012

A University of York computer scientist has received a prestigious Royal Society award.


Mother and child. Photo: Flickr/Carol Browne
Breastfeeding could save the NHS millions, says new report

Posted on Thursday 18 October 2012

UNICEF UK calls for more support for mothers


Hermann's Tortoise (Testudo Hermanni)
Steps in the right direction for conservation

Posted on Wednesday 17 October 2012

As the climate changes, conservationists are divided over the most effective way to preserve animal and plant diversity because they cannot simply preserve the status quo. Ensuring species can shift to track the climate to which they are suited is a complex problem, especially when there are competing demands on land use. A simple prediction is that more habitat would help species to shift, but it is not obvious what the best spatial locations for habitat would be.


Amanda Naylor, Dr Nick McGuinn, Olga Klimova and Ksenia Popova
York students learn Russian as part of University exchange

Posted on Wednesday 17 October 2012

A York secondary school will play host to two undergraduate students from a remote area of Siberia as part of a week-long programme of events organised by the University of York.


Job adverts. Photo: Flickr/photologue_np
A job in itself: the thankless task for young unemployed people looking for work

Posted on Wednesday 17 October 2012

A new report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), based on a study led by the University of York, highlights the task faced by young unemployed people.


Dr Dawn Coverley
New research moves York scientists closer to lung cancer blood test

Posted on Monday 15 October 2012

Early signs of lung cancer could be diagnosed using a simple blood test following a new discovery by scientists at the University of York.


The new undergraduate teaching and Green Chemistry research building
University awards £6 million contract to VINCI Construction UK

Posted on Thursday 11 October 2012

The University of York has awarded a £6 million contract to VINCI Construction UK to design and construct a new undergraduate teaching and Green Chemistry research building.


Addis Ababa lion
DNA confirms genetically distinct lion population for Ethiopia

Posted on Thursday 11 October 2012

A team of international researchers has provided the first comprehensive DNA evidence that the Addis Ababa lion in Ethiopia is genetically unique and is urging immediate conservation action to preserve this vulnerable lion population.


The Zomba district
University of York helps improve mental health care in Malawi

Posted on Thursday 11 October 2012

The University of York is leading a vital international project to establish community-based mental health care in Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world.


Jacqui Mortimer and Justine Marshall
University celebrates excellent work of NHS mentors

Posted on Tuesday 9 October 2012

The University of York is celebrating the outstanding contribution of NHS mentors to student nursing and midwifery education with the presentation of its annual mentor awards.


Professors Simon Duckett and Gary Green
New scanning technology aims to achieve quicker diagnosis of disease

Posted on Monday 8 October 2012

Groundbreaking research taking place at the University of York could lead to Alzheimer’s disease being diagnosed in minutes using a simple brain scan.


Lowrie Robertson
Two weeks in Rome: Lowrie and a ‘mountain’ of pottery

Posted on Friday 5 October 2012

Lowrie Robertson, a third year Archaeology student at the University of York, spent part of the summer vacation helping to uncover the secrets of Roman commerce at Monte Testaccio in Rome.


Someone taking the police survey
York residents give their verdict on public safety and policing

Posted on Thursday 4 October 2012

Residents in York are broadly positive about the city in terms of public safety and their attitudes towards the police, according to a new survey.


James Lind. The James Lind Alliance Pressure Ulcer Partnership is helping researchers to study the treatment and prevention of pressure ulcers to improve the understanding and care of patients.
Pressure ulcer patients help set the research agenda

Posted on Monday 1 October 2012

A new survey asks patients, carers and clinicians to rate the importance of questions about the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers to inform future research.


Professor Ian Fairlamb with the ChemSpeed equipment
New partnership to ‘accelerate’ evaluation of chemical reactions

Posted on Friday 28 September 2012

The University of York has agreed a new partnership with a Swiss-based technology company to modernise the way chemical reactions are screened and evaluated.


Plasma experiment in the MAST tokamak at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy. Credit: CCFE
New vision for plasma research to open in York

Posted on Thursday 27 September 2012

A world-class interdisciplinary plasma research centre, designed to foster collaborations between industry and universities, will be officially opened at the University of York next week.


One of the Promethean ActivExpression wireless hand-held devices
New study shows technology improves grammar teaching

Posted on Thursday 27 September 2012

Hand-held technology can help to improve primary pupils’ learning of grammar, according to a new study by the Institute for Effective Education (IEE) at the University of York.


Undergraduate LLB student Megan Hanney worked at the First Nations Legal Clinic in Vancouver, Canada
York law students lend a helping hand abroad

Posted on Wednesday 26 September 2012

University of York law students are gaining valuable international work experience on placements with clinics offering free legal advice to their local communities.


Potgieterus Platinum Mine. Image: Flickr/Liane Greeff
'Mining' for metals using Nature's machines

Posted on Thursday 20 September 2012

Scientists at the University of York are to lead an international team that will explore the use of plants to recover precious metals from mine tailings around the world.


Professor Brian Cantor, Vice-Chancellor of the University of York, Georgina McLeod, Head of Jubilee Woods at the Woodland Trust, and Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal
HRH The Princess Royal opens Diamond Wood at the University of York

Posted on Tuesday 18 September 2012

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal officially opened a new community Diamond Wood at the University of York as part of the celebrations to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.


Theatre, Film and Television Building. Photo by BDP
University hosts international digital audio effects conference

Posted on Tuesday 18 September 2012

A major international conference at the University of York is examining the latest research into digital audio effects.


It may take many years for protection from fishing to rebuild depleted populations of big, old fish like this black seabass in California’s La Jolla Marine Reserve, near San Diego. Such animals are usually the first affected by overfishing and the last to recover. Photo credit: Marco Octavio Aburto-Oropeza, Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Exhibition explores ocean of life

Posted on Monday 17 September 2012

A multimedia exhibition at the University of York will explore how people have changed the oceans since the Middle Ages and look at the state of our oceans today.


Neck pain. Photo: Flickr/Aidan-Jones
Neck pain sufferers invited to discuss their experiences

Posted on Monday 17 September 2012

University of York researchers are inviting people suffering from neck pain to join focus groups in Leeds, Manchester and York to discuss their experiences.


Dr Nicky Milner with Time Team presenter Tony Robinson. Photo by Ian Martindale
Time Team puts Star Carr in the spotlight

Posted on Friday 14 September 2012

Research by University of York archaeologists at one of the UK's most important Early Mesolithic sites is to be highlighted by the Channel 4 programme Time Team.


Post reproductive mother and son. Image courtesy of David Ellifrit Centre for Whale Research
Long menopause allows killer whales to care for adult sons

Posted on Friday 14 September 2012

An international team of scientists has found the answer to why female killer whales have the longest menopause of any non-human species - to care for their adult sons.


Acupuncture
Acupuncture is of benefit for some types of chronic pain

Posted on Monday 10 September 2012

An international research collaboration, involving the University of York, has shown that acupuncture is an effective treatment for chronic pain in patients with chronic back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, shoulder pain, and chronic headache.


Walking couple. Photo: Flickr/Ktoine
Gender equality influences how people choose their lovers

Posted on Wednesday 5 September 2012

Men and women clearly have different strategies for picking sexual partners, but the reason why differences exist is less clear.


Prostate cancer cells differentiating
York cancer scientists discover link between prostate cancer and vitamin A

Posted on Tuesday 4 September 2012

Cancer scientists at the University of York have shown a link between prostate cancer and vitamin A for the first time.


Earth from Space. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory
Research reveals contrasting consequences of a warmer Earth

Posted on Monday 3 September 2012

A new study, by scientists from the Universities of York, Glasgow and Leeds, involving analysis of fossil and geological records going back 540 million years, suggests that biodiversity on Earth generally increases as the planet warms.


Students and business partners helping out at Applefields School (Specialist School for Cognition and Learning) in York as part of a recent project
York helps put social entrepreneurship at the heart of higher education

Posted on Monday 3 September 2012

The University of York is a pioneering partner in a national social entrepreneurship programme aimed at higher education staff and students.


Students at the Centre for Lifelong Learning
Centre throws open the doors to learning

Posted on Friday 31 August 2012

The University of York's Centre for Lifelong Learning has issued an open invitation to members of the public with a thirst for learning to find out more about its extensive range of courses.


The new Sport Village on Heslington East
Public in the swim at York Sport Village

Posted on Wednesday 29 August 2012

York's newest swimming facility opens its doors to the public this week when the new £9 million York Sport Village becomes fully operational.


The trails are designed to inspire a deeper knowledge of the artefacts in the city's museums and heritage sites
Trails guide the public through York's history and heritage

Posted on Friday 24 August 2012

Three history trails designed by scholars at the University of York to help the public to explore York's historic cityscape and discover some of its forgotten stories are to be launched this weekend.


David Fisher with radiographer Ross Devlin as he prepares for his MRI scan. Credit: Jill Hurst
100th patient benefits from MRI scan at the University of York

Posted on Wednesday 22 August 2012

An engineer from Hull has become the 100th patient to benefit from diagnosis using a powerful £1.5 million MRI scanner at the University of York.


Enterprise interns Sam Rowley (left) and Mark Ross Smith
Interns take the Springboard to success

Posted on Tuesday 21 August 2012

Two aspiring entrepreneurs this week embark on the process of making their business ideas a reality.


Yoga class for people with low back pain. Photo by Ian Martindale
Yoga: a cost-effective treatment for back pain sufferers?

Posted on Thursday 16 August 2012

Specialised group yoga classes could provide a cost-effective way of treating patients with chronic or recurrent low back pain, according to the UK's largest ever study of the benefits of yoga.


Adonis blues can only colonise new sites which already contain horse-shoe vetch, the plant species that their caterpillars eat.  These plants are restricted to grassland on chalk and limestone, most of which have been converted into agricultural crops; by S. J. Marshall (http://www.flickr.com/photos/16155010@N04/)
Stepping stones to the north: 'citizen science' reveals that protected areas allow wildlife to spread in response to climate change

Posted on Monday 13 August 2012

A new study led by scientists at the University of York has shown how birds, butterflies, other insects and spiders have colonised nature reserves and areas protected for wildlife, as they move north in response to climate change and other environmental changes.


3D electron tomographic reconstruction of nanoporous gold
Scientists' gold discovery sheds light on catalysis

Posted on Monday 13 August 2012

A physicist at the University of York has played a key role in international research which has made an important advance in establishing the catalytic properties of gold at a nano level.


Daejeon. Image from Koreawiki/Creative Commons
Pupils sample Korean traditions at the University of York

Posted on Tuesday 7 August 2012

Local schoolchildren will have the chance to sample traditional Korean games and activities at a special event organised by the Centre for English Language Teaching (CELT) at the University of York.


Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts announced the funding for the four centres which will open in late 2012
Putting health records at the heart of UK medical research

Posted on Friday 3 August 2012

The University of York is part of a new network of e-health research Centres of Excellence supported by a £19 million investment from a consortium of 10 UK government and charity funders, led by the Medical Research Council (MRC).


Athena SWAN Award
York's commitment to women in science recognised again

Posted on Friday 3 August 2012

Another academic department at the University of York has received an award from the Athena SWAN Charter in recognition of its support for women in science.


The Berrick Saul Building and Central Hall. Photo: Uppercut Productions
University of York formally joins the Russell Group today

Posted on Wednesday 1 August 2012

The University of York today joins the influential Russell Group of leading UK universities in recognition of our excellent research, outstanding teaching and learning, and the impact of our work with business and the public sector.


Acacia-domanted landscape, Samburu. Photo by Dr Rob Marchant
'Mixed success' for protected areas in East Africa

Posted on Monday 30 July 2012

Research led by the University of York has found wide variability in the effectiveness of protected areas in conserving East Africa’s evergreen forests.


Review highlights ways of improving science learning in primary schools
Review highlights ways of improving science learning in primary schools

Posted on Thursday 26 July 2012

A major review of research suggests that improving science learning outcomes in primary schools depends on improving teachers' presentational skills, engaging and motivating pupils, and integrating science and reading.


Forest in Tanzania
Research charts growing threats to biodiversity 'arks'

Posted on Wednesday 25 July 2012

Many of the world's tropical protected areas are struggling to sustain their biodiversity, according to a study by more than 200 scientists from around the world.


Diagnostic laboratory
New research seeks to improve survival for myeloma and lymphoma patients

Posted on Wednesday 25 July 2012

Researchers at the University of York are launching a major study of lymphoma and myeloma aimed at promoting earlier diagnosis and improving survival for patients with these cancers, which are among the most common in the UK.


The King's Manor
Technical innovations shed new light on archaeology

Posted on Wednesday 25 July 2012

A new digital system that makes thousands of important fieldwork documents freely accessible to scholars and the public has received a British Archaeological Award for Innovation in recognition of its potential to transform research.


Canute coin found in Cheddar
Key archaeology images made available online

Posted on Tuesday 24 July 2012

An important collection of archaeological images by photographer-turned-excavator Philip Rahtz is now available online through the University of York's digital library service.


Professor Alan Baddeley
National accolade for York memory expert

Posted on Monday 23 July 2012

A world authority on memory from the University of York has received this year's Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Psychological Society’s Research Board.


The machine in the background is the 30kg/h scale-up microwave at the Biorenewable Development Centre
Food supply chain waste 'offers new source' for chemicals and materials

Posted on Friday 20 July 2012

Scientists at the University of York are leading a major new EU-backed network that is exploring ways of using waste as an alternative carbon source, employing green and sustainable chemical technologies.


Pete Biller and Kathleen Kiernan
National recognition for York academics

Posted on Friday 20 July 2012

Two University of York academics have been elected Fellows of the British Academy, the highest honour for scholars working in the humanities and social sciences.


The lunar swirl Reiner Gamma, visible as a pattern of light and dark features in the forground of the lunar surface, is about 20 miles (35 km) across. Copyright NASA
'Deflector shields' protect the lunar surface

Posted on Thursday 19 July 2012

Scientists at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and the University of York have solved a lunar mystery. They have identified the origin of the enigmatic "lunar swirls" – swirling patches of relatively pale lunar soil, some measuring several tens of kilometres across.


A researcher at work in El Sidrón Cave. Credit: CSIC Comunicación
Study reveals Neanderthals at El Sidrón in Northern Spain had knowledge of plants’ healing qualities

Posted on Wednesday 18 July 2012

An international team of researchers, led by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the University of York, has provided the first molecular evidence that Neanderthals not only ate a range of cooked plant foods, but also understood its nutritional and medicinal qualities.


The best-known user of the technology used in the sketch is Stephen Hawking, who lost his ability to speak through motor neurone disease. Photo Credit: (NASA/Paul E. Alers) via Flickr/Creative Commons
Researchers aim to give disabled people their voice of choice

Posted on Tuesday 17 July 2012

A comedy sketch about speed dating with a twist will be filmed in a North Yorkshire village as part of a research project led by academics from the Universities of Hull and York.


Ron Cooke Hub. Photo: BDP
New project aids drive for gender balance in Economics

Posted on Friday 13 July 2012

The UK’s biggest ever gathering of female Economics professors will launch an initiative to help develop the careers of women in the discipline.


Stethoscope (c) Flickr/ernstl
English hospitals can improve their performance

Posted on Friday 13 July 2012

NHS hospitals have substantial scope to improve their efficiency by adopting best practice, according to research published today by Professor Andrew Street and colleagues at the Centre for Health Economics (CHE) at the University of York.


Entrance to Paisley Caves. Photo: University of Oregon
Oregon caves yield evidence of 13,000-year-old darts and spearheads

Posted on Thursday 12 July 2012

Archaeological work in Oregon's Paisley Caves has found evidence that Western Stemmed projectile points – darts or thrusting spearheads – were present at least 13,200 calendar years ago in western North America.


Students at the July 2010 Degree day. Photo: University of York/Paul Shields.
University of York students celebrate success

Posted on Tuesday 10 July 2012

More than 3,000 people will graduate from the University of York this week, each with a story to tell. Here are just some of them:


Two people, one of whom is ill, holding hands
York researchers lead study to evaluate most effective support for end-of-life carers

Posted on Monday 9 July 2012

A team of health scientists at the University of York has received funding from the Dimbleby Marie Curie Cancer Care Research Fund to research the educational needs of people providing end-of-life care to terminally ill relatives.


The ceremonies will be held at Central Hall. Photo: Georgi Mabee
University awards six honorary degrees

Posted on Friday 6 July 2012

An author, an economist, the President of Nanjing University, a former Chief Inspector of Schools, a psychologist and the Chairman of ITV are to receive honorary degrees from the University of York.


Pictured is the winning team, Fulford Community Farm Shop. Left to right are: Avtandil Makharoblishvili, Jennifer Ling Wong, Daniel Harlock and Natalie Davis.
York students' business skills put to the test

Posted on Thursday 5 July 2012

The entrepreneurial skills of students at the York Management School, University of York, were put to the test when they entered an IBM-sponsored business challenge.


Hemp seed. Image: Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC)
Business Secretary opens unique national facility to expand the use of plants by industry

Posted on Thursday 5 July 2012

The Business Secretary Vince Cable opened the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC)1 at the University of York on 5 July, 2012.


Aerial shot of campus
Academic leaders help York to mark its 50th year

Posted on Wednesday 4 July 2012

The University of York has announced the appointment of 16 new professors to mark its 50th anniversary next year.


Members of the Homeless Heritage team. Photo: Martyn King
Project plots the history of York's homeless people

Posted on Wednesday 4 July 2012

Students at the University of York are working with residents of the city's Arclight Shelter on an archaeological survey of a site used historically by rough sleepers near the centre of York.


Delegates taking part in a York-led training session in Kabul, Afghanistan
York Law School becomes focus of international attention

Posted on Thursday 28 June 2012

The unique approach to legal study by the York Law School at the University of York is attracting major national and international attention, particularly from the Middle East and South East Asia.


Festival focuses on the role of architecture as a catalyst for economic and social progress

Posted on Wednesday 27 June 2012

A day of events and exhibitions highlighting the vital role of architecture in the social, cultural and economic life of a city will form the basis of the final day of the York Festival of Ideas on 30 June from 12pm onwards at the Ron Cooke Hub on the University of York's Heslington East campus.


Unlocking the mysteries of ancient Egypt

Posted on Wednesday 27 June 2012

A day of Egyptian-themed events at the University of York promises to provide fascinating insights into this ancient civilization.


Star of stage and screen in conversation

Posted on Tuesday 26 June 2012

Actress Siân Phillips will take centre stage at the University of York next week when she discusses her work across theatre, film and television.


Archive to highlight York's key role in social and urban research

Posted on Monday 25 June 2012

A group of leading researchers from the University of York has joined forces to identify and catalogue all the social studies carried out in York over the past century.


Luma Festival poster
Top film and TV professionals to judge York's new festival of student film

Posted on Friday 22 June 2012

Students from the University of York's Department of Theatre, Film and Television are gearing up for a brand new annual film festival to celebrate and champion their work.


Professor David Torgerson
York researcher urges Government to 'test, learn and adapt'

Posted on Friday 22 June 2012

A University of York researcher is urging Government ministers to adopt a ‘test, learn and adapt’ method to policy-making to gauge the effectiveness of new policies.


Mother and newborn baby. Photo: Flickr/kakapo31
Conference celebrates success in improving maternal and neonatal care

Posted on Friday 22 June 2012

A major conference on maternal and neonatal health care at the University of York will celebrate success and illustrate how best practice can be turned into common practice.


A year 5 pupil taking part in the York Children's University Advertising module. Photo: Dr Kate Harper
York Children's University broadens pupils' horizons

Posted on Thursday 21 June 2012

University of York student volunteers are bringing learning to life for local primary schoolchildren through a series of innovative, interactive workshops in partnership with York businesses.


The data span the globe and include species such as birds of paradise and hummingbirds. Image from Wikipedia User:Mdf
Maths experts question key ecological theory

Posted on Wednesday 20 June 2012

Mathematicians at the University of York in the UK and the University of Canterbury in New Zealand say they have disproved a widely accepted theory underpinning the operation of complex networks of interactions in the natural world.


York residents and visitors are invited to visit a marquee in St Sampson’s Square, Parliament Street, to engage with displays including a giant nose. Photos courtesy of the British Immunology Society
University takes science out of the laboratory and into the city

Posted on Wednesday 20 June 2012

Scientists from the University of York are taking their research out of the laboratory and into York city centre as part of the York Festival of Ideas.


Pen unlocking handcuffs
Event explores prison fictions and writing imprisonment

Posted on Wednesday 20 June 2012

International speakers and UK writers and academics will explore approaches to writing about incarceration and the experience of imprisonment at an event at the University of York.


Ayckbourn Shorts poster
University throws spotlight on Ayckbourn's 'hidden' gems

Posted on Wednesday 20 June 2012

Rarely seen material by one of the country's foremost contemporary English dramatists, Sir Alan Ayckbourn, will be showcased at the University of York this week.


Mother and baby (Credit: magnetofilms.com)
Global collaboration aims to improve mother and newborn health

Posted on Wednesday 20 June 2012

Researchers from across the world have joined forces to improve the quality of midwifery care and reduce maternal, newborn and infant mortality.


A student in costume. Photo by Charlotte Boyle
York student volunteers rise to the challenge

Posted on Tuesday 19 June 2012

A group of University of York students dressed in character will be entertaining visitors to the Museum Gardens this weekend with stories inspired by Roman and Medieval York and extinct animals.


"Sigmodon hispidus, the hispid cotton rat, known host of Tamiami New World Arenavirus." Photo credit © Michael Drummond
Agents of haemorrhagic fevers often change host

Posted on Tuesday 19 June 2012

Biologists at the University of York have helped to discover that one of the world's most infectious classes of disease – viral haemorrhagic fevers – can spread much more easily than previously thought.


Dr Aarathi Prasad
Solving fertility problems – from burying semen to the future of IVF

Posted on Monday 18 June 2012

The attempt to solve problems with fertility will be discussed at the York Festival of Ideas on 21 June. Historical remedies such as burying semen in manure for 40 days; the tabloid search for a true virgin mother in the 1950s and modern medical advances including the birth of the first test tube baby will be the subject of a fascinating free lecture by geneticist and science broadcaster Dr Aarathi Prasad. Dr Prasad recently fronted the highly regarded Channel 4 programme Is it Better to be Mixed Race?


Children and their parents sought for time perception study

Posted on Monday 18 June 2012

Psychologists at the University of York are asking families to take part in a study that may inform the development of new diagnostic tools and treatments for autism.


The Afrika Super Trawler. Photo © Pierre Gleizes, Greenpeace
World leaders' 'slow progress' on protecting global oceans

Posted on Friday 15 June 2012

A University of York academic is part of an international team of researchers which has reviewed commitments made by governments to protect the world's oceans and shown that there has been little success over the past 20 years.


Alcuin College
University of York hosts public fete

Posted on Thursday 14 June 2012

A new sculpture by University of York alumnus Keith Mellard will be unveiled at a traditional English fete as part of the University’s Alumni Weekend.


Caroline Thomson, Chief Operating Officer of the BBC. Photo: BBC
BBC chief and the Mystery Plays Choir at York Festival of Ideas

Posted on Tuesday 12 June 2012

The BBC’s Chief Operating Officer, Caroline Thomson, will feature in a panel discussion at the York Festival of Ideas Jane Moody Memorial Event at the University of York this week.


James Walvin, Emeritus Professor of History at York, will deliver a public lecture to launch the EUROTAST research network
York launch for international project exploring legacy of slave trade

Posted on Monday 11 June 2012

The University of York’s Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past (IPUP) is hosting the launch events this week for an ambitious €4.3 million project exploring the history of transatlantic slavery and its legacies.


Poppies growing in Tasmania. Photo by Carol Walker
Genetic discovery unlocks biosynthesis of medicinal compound in poppy

Posted on Thursday 31 May 2012

Scientists at the University of York and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Australia have discovered a complex gene cluster responsible for the synthesis of the medicinal compound noscapine.


Personal care products. Photo: Flickr/blindscapes
York scientists identify key questions on the impact of PPCPs

Posted on Thursday 31 May 2012

Researchers at the University of York headed a major international review aimed at enhancing efforts to better understand the impacts of chemicals used in pharmaceuticals or in personal care products, such as cosmetics, soaps, perfumes, deodorants and toothpastes (PPCPs), on the natural environment.


THE 100 under 50 logo
York in world top ten of younger universities

Posted on Thursday 31 May 2012

The University of York has today been ranked eighth in the world and number one in the UK in new Times Higher Education world rankings of universities less than 50 years old.


Image from the The Great Lost Library of Alcuin's York exhibition poster
Lost Library exhibition kicks off Research in Focus series

Posted on Tuesday 29 May 2012

A new series of multimedia exhibitions will showcase the variety and excellence of research at the University of York.


Mary Luckhurst
York academic wins prestigious international scholarship

Posted on Friday 25 May 2012

A University of York Professor of Drama is one of the first academics in the country to be awarded an international scholarship under a new scheme launched by the Higher Education Academy.


Brown Argus. Credit: Jim Asher, Butterfly Conservation
Gourmet butterflies speed north

Posted on Thursday 24 May 2012

A new study led by scientists in the Department of Biology at the University of York has shown how a butterfly has changed its diet, and consequently has sped northwards in response to climate change.


David Blunkett
MP David Blunkett debates Labour's future

Posted on Thursday 24 May 2012

Former Home Secretary the Rt Hon David Blunkett MP will discuss the future of the British Labour Party at a public lecture at the University of York next week.


Protesters in Tahrir Square on 2 December 2011. Photo: Flickr/Lorenz Khazaleh
York conference explores media's portrayal of Arab women

Posted on Wednesday 23 May 2012

An international conference at the University of York will examine the media's portrayal of Arab women and their sexuality.


Professor Sanju Velani
Number theory grant could lead to advances in wireless communications

Posted on Monday 21 May 2012

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has awarded a £1.6 million grant to two of the country's leading mathematics researchers, Professor Sanju Velani, Head of Pure Mathematics at the University of York and Professor Victor Beresnevich, also at the university.


Man on horseback in the Gamo Highlands, Ethiopia. Photo: Dr Rob Marchant
York researchers evaluate impact of climate change on biodiversity and habitats in East Africa

Posted on Monday 21 May 2012

University of York researchers will play a key role in a new project studying the impact of climate change in Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia.


The Seven Up series is being used as a database for linguistic research. Photo courtesy of ITV Granada.
TV documentary series supplies new linguistic insights

Posted on Thursday 17 May 2012

A researcher from the University of York is using recordings from the TV series Seven Up to examine the effects of ageing on the voice and the reliability of forensic voice recordings.


Car and pedestrian passing Heslington Hall
Survey reveals drop in vehicle movements as University expands

Posted on Thursday 17 May 2012

Transport initiatives by the University of York aimed at cutting vehicle movements in and around campus are paying dividends, according to new figures.


Nobel scientist delivers major public lecture at York

Posted on Wednesday 16 May 2012

A world-leading scientist will talk about ribosomes – the large molecular machines that are crucial to life – at a major public lecture at the University of York next week.


Tuna. Photo: Marco Carè/Marine Photobank
New research offers roadmap towards sustainable pole-and-line-caught tuna

Posted on Monday 14 May 2012

Research conducted at the University of York offers a blueprint for the long-term sustainability of tuna caught using the pole-and-line method.


Professor Kate Pickett co-authored the report
Research highlights need for greater support for job-seekers with poor health

Posted on Thursday 10 May 2012

Research conducted at the University of York suggests more support is needed for job-seekers with poor health.


The research involved carrying out an airborne geographical survey across a previously poorly understood region of West Antarctica: the Weddell Sea Embayment
Research reveals ice sheet stability in West Antarctica under threat

Posted on Thursday 10 May 2012

An international team of researchers has warned that the stability of a part of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is potentially under threat following a survey of the Institute and Möller ice streams.


The 'Jo Rio' group at Joseph Rowntree School
York students speak out to world leaders in Rio

Posted on Wednesday 9 May 2012

A group of students from The Joseph Rowntree School will be speaking out about the future of children and our planet to world leaders at the Rio +20 Earth Summit in June.


Sophie Coulombeau
York student wins praise for her much-anticipated first novel

Posted on Tuesday 8 May 2012

Talented young writer Sophie Coulombeau, a postgraduate student at the University of York, will have her debut novel Rites published in June. It is already generating huge industry buzz and accolades from distinguished authors such as Philip Pullman and Fiona Shaw.


York Festival of Ideas logo
York celebrates 'ideas' with events for everyone

Posted on Monday 30 April 2012

A celebration of the way ideas have the potential to inspire everyone will be the focus of the second York Festival of Ideas featuring world-class speakers, exhibitions and performances.


Professor Jim Al-Khalili. Photo: Furnace Ltd
Focus falls on greatest enigmas of science

Posted on Monday 30 April 2012

Academic, author and broadcaster Professor Jim Al-Khalili will discuss some of the greatest enigmas of science in a major public lecture at the University of York.


Andrew Bettany
University IT Academy manager receives international accolade

Posted on Friday 27 April 2012

The manager of the University of York’s IT Academy has received a prestigious international award from the Microsoft Corporation.


University of York research intern Roselyn Ware and volunteer Myles Braithwaite plant a sapling at Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo.
York research interns help create Jubilee Wood at Flamingo Land

Posted on Thursday 26 April 2012

A new area of native woodland at a North Yorkshire zoo will act as a lasting tribute to the Queen in her Diamond Jubilee year as well as providing a haven for wildlife and food for the zoo’s animals.


Dr Ignazio Cabras will investigate the role of village pubs in creating community cohesion. Photo: Flickr/Lincolnian
Research focuses on vital community role of village pubs

Posted on Wednesday 25 April 2012

A University of York academic has received a British Academy award to explore the role of village pubs in creating community cohesion in rural England.


Someone taking the police survey
Survey probes York residents' attitudes towards the police

Posted on Monday 23 April 2012

A major new survey will give residents of York the opportunity to express their views on crime, the fear of crime, confidence and their views on policing.


Bayleaf farmhouse at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum
New partnership aims to enhance historic buildings conservation

Posted on Monday 23 April 2012

The University of York has announced a new partnership with one of the UK's principal museums of historic buildings.


Chris Thomas
Royal Society honours York scientist

Posted on Friday 20 April 2012

A biologist at the University of York, who specialises in research into the impacts of human activities on wild animal species, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, one of the world's top scientific honours.


Screenshot from the Shakespeare's Church phone app showing Shakespeare's memorial
High tech guide helps new generations explore Shakespeare's church

Posted on Thursday 19 April 2012

Visitors and pilgrims can explore Shakespeare’s church in new and exciting ways thanks to an innovative mobile phone app created for Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon by the University of York.


Neck pain. Photo: Flickr/Aidan-Jones
Trial tests effectiveness of treatments for chronic neck pain

Posted on Thursday 19 April 2012

People with chronic neck pain in the York area are being offered the chance to take part in a major clinical trial into the effectiveness of Alexander Technique lessons and acupuncture sessions.


Pea aphids extracting sap from the stem and leaves of garden peas. Photo: Shipher Wu (photograph) and Gee-way Lin (aphid provision), National Taiwan University via Creative Commons/Public Library of Science journal.
Unique adaptations to a symbiotic lifestyle reveal novel targets for aphid insecticides

Posted on Wednesday 18 April 2012

Aphids are pests that cause millions of pounds of damage to crops in the UK, but new research led by biologists at the University of York reveals potential new targets for aphid-specific insecticides.


Liat Levita from the Department of Psychology
Accolades for York's commitment to women in science

Posted on Friday 13 April 2012

Three University of York departments have received awards from the Athena SWAN Charter in recognition of their support for women in science.


Professor Jennifer Potts. Photo courtesy of British Heart Foundation
Research offers new clues to prevent infection in cardiac devices

Posted on Tuesday 10 April 2012

Bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, the 'superbug' behind MRSA, can be a major problem for patients who have a medical implant, such as a replacement heart valve or pacemaker.


Photo from the cover of the report, courtesy of Lusher Charter School
Study shows arts education benefits at-risk youth

Posted on Thursday 5 April 2012

A new international study shows teenagers and young adults of low socio-economic status involved in arts activities have better academic results and higher career goals.


Textile worker in Burma. Photo: Flickr/DamienHR
Decreasing trade to cut emissions may squeeze poor countries' incomes

Posted on Wednesday 4 April 2012

A new Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) study, which was co-authored by University of York researchers, shows why development concerns need to be embedded in low-carbon strategies: shifting consumption in high-income countries to bring benefits, not losses, to poor countries.


Mother and newborn baby. Photo: Flickr/kakapo31
Recent parents and NHS staff urged to make their voices heard

Posted on Wednesday 4 April 2012

University of York researchers are encouraging recent parents and NHS staff to tell them about their experience of maternity and neonatal units in Yorkshire and the Humber.


Image from the book cover
Storytelling promotes understanding across the generations

Posted on Monday 2 April 2012

The University of York has launched a student-authored book celebrating the rich memories of older people living in care homes.


In the future, York's Diamond Wood will form a new native woodland similar to the one pictured. Photo: Flickr/sean_hickin
York celebrates the Queen's Jubilee with a Diamond Wood

Posted on Monday 2 April 2012

The University of York is celebrating the Queen's visit to York on Thursday and her 60-year reign with the creation of a very special Diamond Wood on its new £750m million campus extension at Heslington East.


The Law and Management Building. Photo: BDP
York Law School Clinic aids local community

Posted on Monday 2 April 2012

A free-legal advice service offered by the York Law School Clinic at the University of York has saved local people thousands of pounds.


The Mental Health Research Group is based in the Seebohm Rowntree Building
Public invited to join advisory group in mental health research

Posted on Friday 30 March 2012

Researchers from the University of York’s Department of Health Sciences are looking for members of the public from York and surrounding areas to join an advisory group in mental health research.


Stethoscope. Photo: Flickr/apoxapox.
New research demonstrates constant productivity growth in the NHS

Posted on Friday 30 March 2012

A new study by researchers at the Centre for Health Economics, University of York, reveals the productivity of the NHS in England has been broadly constant over the last seven years, increasing by an average of 0.1 per cent per year.


Young mother and child. Image courtesy of Inspired Youth Arts. http://youtellmecampaign.wordpress.com/
York hosts major conference on issues including youth homelessness and teenage pregnancy

Posted on Wednesday 28 March 2012

The University of York hosted a successful conference earlier this week on the challenges of providing effective services and support to young people at a time of austerity for local authorities.


Wind farm. Photo: Flickr/erikogan
Concerted efforts needed to secure key resources for low-carbon future

Posted on Wednesday 28 March 2012

New Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) studies on biomass, scarce metals and water, produced as part of a partnership with the business initiative 3C (Combat Climate Change), show supply constraints could slow deployment of green energy technologies by 2035 – but business and policy choices can reduce these risks.


Jeff Hudson, who graduated from the University last year with a Masters degree in Post-Production with Sound Design
York graduate secures role on BBC One drama series

Posted on Friday 23 March 2012

A recent University of York graduate has got his career off to a flying start by landing himself a behind-the-scenes role on the hotly anticipated flagship BBC One drama series The Syndicate.


UKLO logo
Olympic flame burns for young linguists

Posted on Wednesday 21 March 2012

School students from across the UK will gather at the University of York this weekend to take part in an Olympiad with a difference.


A child looking through a microscope at the University's Science Trail. Photo by Ian Martindale.
Teenagers explore the wonders of science

Posted on Tuesday 20 March 2012

Young people from across Yorkshire and the Humber will learn how exciting science can be through hands-on interactive sessions at the University of York.


House mouse
The Viking journey of mice and men

Posted on Monday 19 March 2012

New research carried out at the University of York and published in BMC Evolutionary Biology has used evolutionary techniques on modern day and ancestral mouse mitochondrial DNA to show that the timeline of mouse colonisation matches that of Viking invasion.


Merchant Adventurers’ Hall
Drugs down the drain

Posted on Monday 19 March 2012

A major public lecture held in York’s historic Merchant Adventurers’ Hall will examine how medicines get into rivers and the implications for ecological and human health.


The chefs in China
York does 'masterchef' in China

Posted on Friday 16 March 2012

The University of York’s Executive Chef, Andrew Wood, and his Deputy Ian Dickson, have been in China learning the secrets of cooking authentic Chinese haute cuisine.


Professor Helen Weinstein on the York Jewish History Trail
New app guides through York's Jewish history and heritage

Posted on Friday 16 March 2012

A web app designed to allow the public to learn more about the massacre of York's medieval Jewish community is launched today to mark the anniversary of the tragic event on March 16 1190.


Siva puppet. Credit: Chris Walker, Bright White Ltd
All-night shadow puppets and the magic of the gamelan

Posted on Thursday 15 March 2012

The University of York is to mark 30 years of teaching gamelan, one of the most striking instrumental ensembles in the world of music, with a major international symposium: The Gathering of the Gamelans. The event will culminate in the premiere of Wayang Lokananta – the Gamelan of the Gods, an all-night shadow puppet play, with traditional and new music performed by musicians from across Britain.


L-R: Lead author Alex Turner (left), Professor Francesco Montorsi (European Urology Editor-in-Chief) and Koos Admiraal (Publisher from Elsevier).
York scientists win research accolade

Posted on Thursday 15 March 2012

A team of scientists has received a top award in recognition of research on bladder tissue engineering carried out at the Jack Birch Unit at the University of York.


The best water management strategies will not just serve agriculture, but also protect ecosystem services that are vital for human well-being
Value ecosystems not just crops when managing water use, says UN report

Posted on Monday 12 March 2012

A new UNEP report prepared by the Stockholm Environment Institute at the University of York urges policymakers and planners to think about ecosystem services, not just agricultural crop yields, in determining the most ‘productive’ uses of water.


The Berrick Saul Building and Central Hall. Photo: Uppercut Productions
The University of York is to become a member of the influential Russell Group of leading UK universities

Posted on Monday 12 March 2012

The University of York has been invited to join the Russell Group in recognition of our excellent research, outstanding teaching and learning, and the impact of our work with business and the public sector.


The Ron Cooke Hub. Photo: BDP
York conference examines challenges facing computing science research

Posted on Monday 12 March 2012

Leading international researchers in Computer Science will address a major conference hosted by the University of York.


The arcifact team on site
Archaeology with a twist under the spotlight in York

Posted on Friday 9 March 2012

A free exhibition featuring a York archaeological excavation where the bulk of the finds were crisp and cigarette packets opens to the public this weekend.


Rosemary Wilson
York researchers take their science to Parliament

Posted on Friday 9 March 2012

Two young scientists from the University of York are attending Parliament next week to present their science to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges as part of SET for Britain.


John Mateer, the University’s Head of Film and Television Production. Photo by Paul Ryan
Cameras roll as Yorkshire produces feature films

Posted on Thursday 8 March 2012

A ground-breaking partnership between the University of York and a commercial film production company will produce five feature films over the next year.


Robert Hollingworth. Photo by Matt Brodie
'Inspirational' musician becomes Anniversary Reader

Posted on Wednesday 7 March 2012

The University of York has announced the appointment as an Anniversary Reader of Robert Hollingworth, the director of I Fagiolini – the vocal ensemble that specialises in innovative performances of Renaissance and contemporary music.


Chrissie Wellington. Photo: flickr/Mal Booth
Focus falls on gender in sport

Posted on Tuesday 6 March 2012

The University of York is marking International Women’s Week with a major conference on sport, gender and the media.


Fishing haul. Photo: Flickr/lizardwisdom
Reconsidering the consequences of selective fisheries

Posted on Monday 5 March 2012

A new study by an international team of researchers is calling for a rethink on the most appropriate way to reduce commercial fishing’s impacts on ecosystems and fisheries productivity.


A transcription factor bound to Bacillus subtilis DNA
Pioneering research reveals bacterium’s secrets

Posted on Thursday 1 March 2012

Ground-breaking research by an international team of scientists will help to make one of the most versatile of bacteria even more useful to society and the environment.


The Ron Cooke Hub. Photo: BDP
Enterprising school children take part in chocolate challenge

Posted on Tuesday 28 February 2012

Over 350 primary school children are taking part in two Enterprise Days at the University of York, designed to raise aspirations and give students an insight into university life.


Cigarette (flickr/lanier67)
No smoke without fire?

Posted on Tuesday 28 February 2012

With any mention of the name ‘Frank Gallagher’ in a tabloid newspaper, there is a strong chance that one or more of the descriptions ‘drunken’, ‘feckless’, ‘slob’ or ‘scrounger’ won’t be far away – along with a photo of the Shameless television character leering at the camera, a tower of ash teetering on the end of his ever-present cigarette.


Bletchley Park. Photo: flickr/Ell Brown
Did Twitter save Bletchley Park?

Posted on Monday 27 February 2012

The pivotal role of Twitter in saving Bletchley Park is highlighted in a public lecture at the University of York.


The University of York will recieve a Royal accolade at Buckingham Palace. Photo: flickr/Michael_Spencer
Pioneering archaeology wins Royal award for University of York

Posted on Friday 24 February 2012

The Queen has recognised an academic department at the University of York that has played an influential role in broadening the scope of archaeology.


Map of Great Britain and Ireland
Research says ‘fee refugee’ fear may be exaggerated

Posted on Thursday 23 February 2012

Claims by some commentators that undergraduate students from England may become ‘fee refugees’ to escape rises in higher education tuition fees could be overstated, according to a new study by academics at the University of York.


School children in Nepal. Photo Dr David Connolly
New York launch for education in conflict and emergencies research programme

Posted on Tuesday 21 February 2012

A University of York research programme exploring the role of education in addressing violent conflict and humanitarian emergencies will be officially launched in New York this week.


Professor Richard Evershed
New insights into prehistoric human diet and agriculture

Posted on Tuesday 21 February 2012

Forensic-style scientific techniques are revealing new insights into the lives of our ancestors thousands of years ago.


An artist's impression of the York Sport Village
Aiming for the top at York Sport Village

Posted on Monday 20 February 2012

To the accompaniment of the skirl of the bagpipes, a topping out ceremony will mark the start of the final phase of the construction of the £9 million York Sport Village on the University of York’s campus expansion at Heslington East.


John Kampfner. Photo: Jaquen (Niccolò Caranti)
Lecture focuses on freedom of speech

Posted on Friday 17 February 2012

From Wikileaks to Russell Brand to phone hacking, a public lecture at the University of York will explore the issue of freedom of speech.


The screw-like wave front of an electron vortex beam - a tornado in an electron microscope. Image: Sophia Lloyd
York researchers create ‘tornados’ inside electron microscopes

Posted on Thursday 16 February 2012

Researchers from the University of York are pioneering the development of electron microscopes which will allow scientists to examine a greater variety of materials in new revolutionary ways.


Liz Barclay will chair the seminar
Can technology save the planet?

Posted on Thursday 16 February 2012

A public seminar at the University of York later this month will question if our failure to embrace technologies is hindering environmental and social progress and putting humanity at risk.


The 24
Concert celebrates Constantine’s legacy

Posted on Tuesday 14 February 2012

The University of York choir The 24 is teaming up with international artists this weekend to celebrate the legacy of the Roman Emperor Constantine.


Writing a cheque. Flickr/CarbonNYC'sphotostream
Researchers explore the joy of cheques

Posted on Monday 13 February 2012

A team of academics has designed an electronic cheque which eliminates the need for costly processing by banks but preserves the simplicity and ease of a traditional cheque book.


Stethoscope (c) Flickr/ernstl
Using economic evaluations for drug reimbursement decisions - what have we achieved?

Posted on Thursday 9 February 2012

Researchers at the University of York perform evaluations of the clinical and cost-effectiveness of drugs for the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).


Medieval charter E-40-13423. Photo courtesy of The National Archives UK
York and Brighton researchers 'dig for data'

Posted on Wednesday 8 February 2012

Historians, archivists and experts in computer science from the Universities of York and Brighton are teaming up to develop new ways of exploring digital historical records.


The ultimate magnetic storage medium, consisting of many individual nanometre sized magnetic grains with a density of 10 petabytes/m^2. The data is written to the device using an ultrafast heating process to drive the reversal at a data rate of 200Gb/s. Credit: Richard Evans, University of York
Scientists 'record' magnetic breakthrough

Posted on Tuesday 7 February 2012

An international team of scientists has demonstrated a revolutionary new way of magnetic recording which will allow information to be processed hundreds of times faster than by current hard drive technology.


Couple walking through a carpark. Photo: Flickr/bradleygee
New survey to gauge over 55s' attitudes to the environment

Posted on Wednesday 1 February 2012

An international survey of the attitudes of the over 55s to the environment is being launched by a consortium of older people’s organisations, led by the Stockholm Environment Institute at the University of York and Simon Fraser University’s Gerontology Research Centre (Canada).


James Lind. The James Lind Alliance Pressure Ulcer Partnership is helping researchers to study the treatment and prevention of pressure ulcers to improve the understanding and care of patients.
Partnership gives a voice to pressure ulcer patients

Posted on Tuesday 31 January 2012

A new survey aims to give patients and carers a voice in the search to find the most effective prevention and treatment for pressure ulcers.


Woman in Pakistan. Credit: Flickr/Eileen Delhi
Learning from human rights defenders

Posted on Monday 30 January 2012

Human rights defenders from around the world will share their experiences and discuss the challenges they face in a series of public lectures at the University of York.


Maize. Photo: Flickr/thisfrenchlife
Food crops damaged by pollution crossing continents

Posted on Monday 30 January 2012

Man-made air pollution from North America causes Europe to lose 1.2 million tonnes of wheat a year, a new study has found.


Fuel poverty – where a household struggles to afford to keep the home warm or builds up fuel debts – is a growing concern across Europe.Photo: Flickr/LightCapturePaper
National evaluation of the ‘Handyperson’ programme

Posted on Friday 27 January 2012

As our society ages, there will be a greater imperative to provide services that enable older people to live independently in their own homes and reduce the need for other more costly services.


Vibrio cholerae. Image Flickr/AJC1 (Alan Cann)
Scientists reveal how cholera bacterium gains a foothold in the gut

Posted on Friday 27 January 2012

A team of biologists at the University of York has made an important advance in our understanding of the way cholera attacks the body. The discovery could help scientists target treatments for the globally significant intestinal disease which kills more than 100,000 people every year.


Clifford's Tower
University marks Holocaust Memorial Day 2012

Posted on Thursday 26 January 2012

The University of York is hosting a programme of events, with support from a range of city partners, to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January.


Whirlpool Galaxy. Credit: NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Laser hints at how Universe got its magnetism

Posted on Thursday 26 January 2012

An international team of scientists has used a laser to create magnetic fields similar to those thought to be involved in the formation of the first galaxies – findings that could help to solve the riddle of how the Universe got its magnetism.


Understanding the origins of life is one of the most fundamental scientific questions yet to be answered
Scientists discover new clue to the chemical origins of life

Posted on Tuesday 24 January 2012

Organic chemists at the University of York have made a significant advance towards establishing the origin of the carbohydrates (sugars) that form the building blocks of life.


White Rose universities logo
York wins share of £6 million investment in bioscience

Posted on Tuesday 24 January 2012

A successful collaboration between the White Rose universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York has attracted £6 million to create a joint Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) in mechanistic biology.


Esther McVey MP with the four Teesside students
Industrial scientists and engineers help inspire children to study science

Posted on Monday 23 January 2012

Four Teesside school children helped University of York staff promote a new scheme to motivate children to study science when they met MPs and business leaders at the House of Commons.


Centre for Immunology and Infection building
New centre rises to challenge of chronic disease and disorders

Posted on Thursday 19 January 2012

The University of York's research excellence and vision has been rewarded by a new £500,000 grant from Wellcome Trust’s Institutional Strategic Support Fund, which together with matching funds from the University will allow the creation of a new 'virtual centre' to coordinate research into chronic diseases and disorders.


Lime pointing a stone wall
New apprenticeship opportunity offers hands-on building conservation experience

Posted on Wednesday 18 January 2012

The North York Moors National Park Authority, English Heritage and the University of York are launching an apprenticeship scheme for three young people aged 16 to 19. With support from York College, the two-year apprenticeships will offer hands-on experience in a range of building maintenance and conservation skills and are expected to start by Easter 2012.


Land-based robot
York robots swarm at official opening

Posted on Wednesday 18 January 2012

Flying and land-based robots will be on display at the launch of a new £250,000 robotics laboratory at the University of York.


Image from the symposium poster
Technology changing the face of heritage preservation

Posted on Tuesday 17 January 2012

A University of York event will examine the impact of digital technologies on the preservation of our cultural heritage.


Kate Lancaster. Photo by Alice Jenkins
University physicist to foster links with industry

Posted on Monday 16 January 2012

The University of York has appointed a Plasma and Fusion Industrial Officer to foster links between the York Plasma Institute and industrial and academic partners.


Fly nerve from a parkin mutant
Biologists a step nearer to solving the Parkinson's conundrum

Posted on Monday 16 January 2012

Scientists at the University of York have made a significant step forward in isolating the cause of Parkinson's disease in younger adults.


Central Hall at the University of York
University awards four honorary degrees

Posted on Friday 13 January 2012

Three leading figures in health and medicine, and an international award-winning journalist are to receive honorary degrees from the University of York this week.


A ban on agricultural burning is one of the 14 measures suggested by the study. Credit: United Nations
New study urges smart targeting of pollution sources to save lives and climate

Posted on Thursday 12 January 2012

Researchers at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) at the University of York have played a key role in a new study that shows that implementing 14 key air pollution control measures could slow the pace of global warming, save millions of lives and boost agricultural production.


Photo shows Dr Nicky Milner excavating the UK's oldest house. Photo by Tony Bartholomew
Research at Star Carr enters exciting new phase

Posted on Monday 9 January 2012

Archaeologists at the University of York have secured major European funding to carry out sophisticated new research at one of the UK’s most important Early Mesolithic sites.


The structure of the endomannosidase with a specifically designed inhibitor in its active centre. Such compounds may prove useful in the fight against viral disease and cancer.
No more free rides for 'piggy-backing' viruses

Posted on Wednesday 4 January 2012

Scientists have determined the structure of the enzyme endomannosidase, significantly advancing our understanding of how a group of devastating human viruses including HIV and Hepatitis C hijack human enzymes to reproduce and cause disease.


Film and Television student Ollie Richards. Photo by Matt Brannan
University and its students star in Eternal Law

Posted on Tuesday 3 January 2012

A University of York student will be watching ITV’s new high-profile drama series Eternal Law with keen interest after landing himself a role as a camera trainee on the production.


Photo from the exhibition. Photo © Buch Edition
Focus falls on European archaeology exhibition

Posted on Tuesday 3 January 2012

The University of York's historic King's Manor is hosting a European photographic exhibition depicting the day-to-day work of archaeologists.


Professor Mohamed el-Gomati receives OBE

Posted on Friday 30 December 2011

Professor Mohamed El-Gomati, a Professor of Electronics at the University of York since 1997, has been made an OBE in the New Year's Honours List.


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