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News archive: Events press releases 2012

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.

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’.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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:

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Young mother and child. Image courtesy of Inspired Youth Arts.
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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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