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News archive: 2013 releases

Researchers point to digital gains in human recognition

Posted on Thursday 26 December 2013

Human beings are highly efficient at recognising familiar faces, even from very poor quality images.


Cone snails are for life and not just at Christmas

Posted on Monday 23 December 2013

Those who fly to tropical shores this Christmas in search of sea and sun, may be unaware that an exotic shell picked from the beach could potentially bring relief to many thousands of people suffering life-threatening illnesses.


Malaria drug target raises hopes for new treatments

Posted on Monday 23 December 2013

Scientists from the University of York are part of a UK team which has made an important step towards new malaria treatments by identifying a way to stop malaria parasites from multiplying.


Sunlight to biomass to biofuels (credit: Julia Walton)
York scientists’ significant step forward in biofuels quest

Posted on Sunday 22 December 2013

Scientists at the University of York have made a significant step in the search to develop effective second generation biofuels.


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University to play key role in industry-academia networks

Posted on Thursday 19 December 2013

The University of York is set to play a major role in three networks in industrial biotechnology and bioenergy designed to boost interaction between academia and industry.


Image from A Life Like Mine (credit: Ed White)
Success for York graduates at Monaco International Film Festival

Posted on Tuesday 17 December 2013

Graduate filmmakers from the University of York have scooped three major awards at the Monaco International Film Festival for a short film they created as part of their degree.


University of York student jazz band The Ricardo Alvarez Quartet have signed up to support the 2014 Sunflower Ball in aid of St Leonard’s Hospice by providing the musical entertainment for the major fundraising event. Left to right, Ricardo Alvarez, Carlo Estolano, Twm Dylan and Will Edwards. (Credit: Suzy Harrison)
Music students tune up for York hospice fundraiser

Posted on Wednesday 11 December 2013

A student jazz band from the University of York is tuning up to entertain guests at the 2014 Sunflower Ball in aid of St Leonard’s Hospice.


oilseed rape (credit: Stewart Black - flickr/s2ublack)
Grant boost for high impact CNAP research

Posted on Wednesday 11 December 2013

The University of York’s Centre for Novel Agricultural Products has been awarded £10 million to fund research projects that have the potential to make a significant impact in both agriculture and the search for alternatives to fossil fuels.


Hannah Thompson and Glyn Hallam, postdoctoral researchers in Psychology, who are working on the project.
York study looks at improving language after stroke

Posted on Tuesday 10 December 2013

Researchers from the University of York’s Department of Psychology are carrying out a new study examining whether electrical stimulation of the brain can improve the understanding of words and pictures after a stroke.


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New study compares leg ulcer treatments

Posted on Tuesday 10 December 2013

A new study, conducted by researchers at the University of York, has found that compression stockings perform just as well as traditional bandages for the treatment of venous leg ulcers.


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Funding initiative set to remove barriers to postgraduate study

Posted on Monday 9 December 2013

Students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, looking to study at the University of York and five other universities are set to secure support in their postgraduate studies thanks to a grant award of nearly £3m from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).


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
Researchers aim to improve pan-European data on fuel poverty

Posted on Friday 6 December 2013

Researchers from across Europe are developing a pilot survey of fuel poverty which will pave the way for better data across the EU.


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York hosts first UK workshop by leading child behaviour expert

Posted on Thursday 5 December 2013

A world-leading expert on working with children with behavioural challenges will present his first UK workshop at the University of York this month.


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Conference tunes in to latest music trends

Posted on Wednesday 4 December 2013

The latest trends and developments in the music industry are the subject of a new European conference hosted by the University of York and York St John University in York this week.


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New face in the Salters’ Chair in Science Education at York

Posted on Tuesday 3 December 2013

The Salters’ Institute and the University of York have awarded the Salters’ Chair in Science Education to Professor Judith Bennett.


Mother and newborn baby. Photo: Flickr/kakapo31
BaBY is growing: researchers to examine depression during pregnancy and early motherhood

Posted on Tuesday 3 December 2013

University of York researchers and their clinical NHS colleagues are expanding a project to investigate the health and wellbeing of newborn babies and their parents to include a study of depression during pregnancy and early motherhood.


The British Grand Prix of Race Walking will be staged on the new cycle circuit at York Sport Village
British Grand Prix of Race Walking to be staged in York

Posted on Monday 2 December 2013

The British Grand Prix of Race Walking will be staged on the new cycle circuit at York Sport Village, University of York next year, it has been announced today.


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University of York celebrates 50 years of Education with public lecture on Shakespeare

Posted on Thursday 28 November 2013

A public lecture examining the links between Shakespeare, theatre and democracy will mark the finale of a series of public lectures celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Education at the University of York.


Dr Charlotte O’Brien with Linda Marsden (manager of Ripon CAB)
York academic to study reality of EU welfare law

Posted on Wednesday 27 November 2013

A lecturer at the University of York has been awarded a Future Research Leader grant by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to study the obstacles faced by welfare claimants either moving to or returning to the UK from the EU.


Jamestown, Saint Helena. Credit: Mejuto via Creative Commons
York research brings benefits for St Helena

Posted on Tuesday 26 November 2013

The social security system in one of Britain’s most remote overseas territories is undergoing a partial restructure with the help of academics from the University of York.


Rosy Deacon taking part in the red carpet festivities at the International Emmy® Awards Gala (credit: Intl Emmy Awards)
Red carpet experience for award winning York student

Posted on Tuesday 26 November 2013

A talented University of York student was presented with an international television scriptwriting award when she took to the red carpet at the International Emmy® World Television Festival in New York.


Image from the video for Falling in Love (credit: Nik Morris Associates)
York graduate’s music video showcased by BBC online

Posted on Monday 25 November 2013

A music video by a recent University of York graduate is being showcased as part of the 2013 BBC Music Video Festival - an online celebration of new and emerging music acts and film directors working in the field.


Dr Liam Clegg (credit: big T images/Elsevier)
Scopus young researcher award for York academic

Posted on Friday 22 November 2013

A University of York lecturer has been recognised as one of the UK’s best early career researchers.


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New centre to produce tomorrow’s leaders in games development and design

Posted on Friday 22 November 2013

A collaboration led by the University of York is to receive funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to train the next generation of researchers, designers, developers and entrepreneurs of digital games.


Dr Avtar Matharu and Professor James Clark from the University's Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence collect their Green Gown Award
Chemists triumph in Green Gown Awards

Posted on Friday 22 November 2013

Green chemists at the University of York have won a national award for their research and development work in green and sustainable industrial technologies.


Student nurse Louise Towse with NHS England’s Chief Nursing Officer Jane Cummings at the Healthcare Innovation Expo in London
York nursing student one of health’s top innovators

Posted on Thursday 21 November 2013

A University of York nursing student has been named as one of the UK’s top 50 innovators in healthcare by the Health Services Journal.


The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) at the University of York will host its third annual public seminar
Are policymakers listening to environmental scientists?

Posted on Tuesday 19 November 2013

An international panel of academics, policy advisors and politicians will discuss this question at a free public seminar at the University of York early next month.


Philip Snyder, Howard Wilson and John R Ferron (courtesy of APS)
International award for University of York scientist

Posted on Monday 18 November 2013

University of York physicist Professor Howard Wilson has received an international award for research excellence from The American Physical Society (APS).


A stack of Hard Disk Drives. Photo: Flickr/Ervins Strauhmanis
Scientists developing new cost-effective materials for magnetic storage devices

Posted on Thursday 14 November 2013

An international team of European and Japanese scientists led by the University of York has launched a €4.6m collaborative project funded by the European Commission (EC) and the Japanese Science and Technology Agency (JST) to develop new materials to replace the scarce metal Iridium commonly used in magnetic storage devices.


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Kevin Cowtan and Robert Way
‘Missing heat’ discovery prompts new estimate of global warming

Posted on Wednesday 13 November 2013

An interdisciplinary team of researchers say they have found ‘missing heat’ in the climate system, casting doubt on suggestions that global warming has slowed or stopped over the past decade.


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Combination therapy could lead to reduction in prostate cancer recurrence

Posted on Wednesday 13 November 2013

Prostate cancer patients who receive radiotherapy could soon be treated more effectively, according to research published today in the British Journal of Cancer.


Early-Holocene cattle mandible discovered in north-east China (credit: Hucai Zhang)
Researchers uncover origins of cattle farming in China

Posted on Friday 8 November 2013

An international team of researchers, co-led by scientists at the University of York and Yunnan Normal University, has produced the first multi-disciplinary evidence for management of cattle populations in northern China, around the same time cattle domestication took place in the Near East, over 10,000 years ago.


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Baroness Estelle Morris helps York celebrate 50 years of Education

Posted on Thursday 7 November 2013

Former Education Secretary Baroness Estelle Morris will deliver a major public lecture at the University of York to help commemorate 50 years of Education at York.


York students take to the stage in the iGEM competition
University of York students strike gold with bacteria-powered battery

Posted on Wednesday 6 November 2013

A team of science students from the University of York struck gold in an international competition with a project to develop a bacteria-powered electrical battery.


Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment (ACCE) addresses key research themes of York Environmental Sustainability Institute (YESI) on Global Change and Sustainable Environments
York to help train next generation of environmental scientists

Posted on Tuesday 5 November 2013

Two partnerships involving the University of York have received a share of £100m funding from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to train the next generation of environmental scientists.


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Researchers warn of the ‘myths’ of global medical tourism

Posted on Tuesday 5 November 2013

A team of British researchers, led by the University of York, is warning governments and healthcare decision makers across the globe to be wary of the myths and hype surrounding medical tourism.


Arctic Tern. Photograph by Edmund Fellowes
Nature network hope for birds threatened by climate change

Posted on Monday 4 November 2013

New research involving a University of York academic provides strong evidence that internationally important British bird populations are being affected by climate change, which could threaten their long-term conservation status.


An image of a cuboid iron nanoparticle following six months exposure to the environment. The blue area is the oxide layer forming around the core of the nanoparticle. Credit: Amish Shah and Dr Roland Kröger.
York researchers discover important mechanism behind nanoparticle reactivity

Posted on Monday 4 November 2013

An international team of researchers has used pioneering electron microscopy techniques to discover an important mechanism behind the reaction of metallic nanoparticles with the environment.


Port au Prince, Haiti, after the 2010 earthquake - photographed by University of York IT Manager Andrew Bettany during a visit to the city when he delivered computer training as part of the recovery efforts
University IT manager helps Haiti earthquake recovery work

Posted on Wednesday 30 October 2013

The manager of the University of York’s IT Academy is heading back to Haiti to deliver computer training for young people involved in recovery efforts following the earthquake which devastated the country in 2010.


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Celebrity chefs ranked on seafood sustainability

Posted on Tuesday 29 October 2013

Celebrity chefs are encouraging more people to cook with sustainable seafood, but how far do they practise what they preach?


Conan Osborne
‘Tackling’ an international challenge: York student joins Jamaican rugby team

Posted on Tuesday 29 October 2013

A University of York student is flying out to the Cayman Islands to play for Jamaica in a major international rugby tournament.


Porites Lobata corallite surface: Scanning electron microscopy image of the surface of a Porites sp. coral from which the living tissue (biofilm) has been removed by submersion in fresh water and gentle brushing. The round features are where the polyp mouths were situated. Credit: Renée van de Locht/Dr Roland Kröger
Physicists provide new insights into coral skeleton formation

Posted on Tuesday 29 October 2013

An international team of scientists, led by physicists from the University of York, has shed important new light on coral skeleton formation.


Bill Vinten GTC University Awards:  David Hickman (University Award), Ed Gammie (2013 winner), Oliver Hadlow-Martin (2013 runner-up) – all University of York - and Jack Harrison (2013 runner-up), Bournemouth University. Credit: Stuart McKears.
National success for York’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television

Posted on Monday 28 October 2013

The University of York is celebrating national success after winning the first Bill Vinten Guild of Television Cameramen University Award.


YDS 2012: Photo by Chris Marriott http://www.chrismarriottphotography.com/
University of York hosts international Computer Science symposium

Posted on Friday 25 October 2013

Postgraduate students from across the UK and Europe are meeting at the University of York for the York Doctoral Symposium on Computer Science and Electronics (YDS 2013).


Dr Priyadharshanan Ariyaratnam is pictured with Professor Jose Pomar, President of EACTS, and Professor A. Pieter Kappentein, Secretary of EACTS. Photo provided by kind permission of EACTS
European award for Hull York Medical School student

Posted on Friday 25 October 2013

A postgraduate student with the Hull York Medical School (HYMS) has won a major European award for the second consecutive year for his research into cardiothoracic surgery.


Stethoscope. Photo: Flickr/apoxapox
Foreign private patients provide a lucrative source of NHS income

Posted on Friday 25 October 2013

Foreign patients coming to the UK for private medical treatment are a lucrative source of income for the NHS, according to a new study by researchers at the University of York and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.


A quasi-random structure to maximise performance of a thin film silicon solar cell. Credit: Dr Li Juntao
Scientists' new approach improves efficiency of solar cells

Posted on Thursday 24 October 2013

An international team of scientists, led by researchers from the Universities of York and St Andrews, has developed a new method to increase the efficiency of solar cells.


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Researchers show how plants tell the time

Posted on Wednesday 23 October 2013

Plants use sugars to tell the time of day, according to research involving a University of York scientist which is published in Nature today.


The Law and Management Building. Photo: BDP
University of York law students offer free legal advice to the local community

Posted on Monday 21 October 2013

Law students at the University of York are on hand to offer free, confidential, legal advice to the local community.


Son (L78) and Post reproductive mother (L2)
Credit: David Ellifret of the Center for Whale Research
Killer whales may have menopause so ‘grandma can look after the kids’

Posted on Friday 18 October 2013

University of York researchers are playing a key role in a project investigating why killer whales continue to live long after they have stopped reproducing.


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Scientists prove Heisenberg’s intuition correct

Posted on Thursday 17 October 2013

An international team of scientists has provided proof of a key feature of quantum physics – Heisenberg’s error-disturbance relation - more than 80 years after it was first suggested.


Student nurses Alex Young and Louise Towse with NHS England's Chief Nursing Officer Jane Cummings in the newly extended and modernised Clinical Simulation Unit at the University of York.
Chief Nursing Officer opens newly-modernised healthcare teaching unit

Posted on Wednesday 16 October 2013

NHS England’s Chief Nursing Officer Jane Cummings has officially opened the University of York's newly extended and modernised Clinical Simulation Unit.


Actors Jason Ryall and Andrina Carroll take part in a recent TFTV performance of The Smoke of Home, one of the plays from the anthology Performing Captivity, Performing Escape due to be launched in New York on Sunday
Rediscovered plays from the Holocaust to be launched in New York

Posted on Wednesday 16 October 2013

Plays first performed in a Jewish concentration camp and ghetto over 60 years ago are to be staged again for modern-day audiences in New York, thanks to literary detective work by a UK-based academic from the University of York.


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White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities to nurture next generation of skilled researchers

Posted on Tuesday 15 October 2013

A successful collaboration between the Universities of York, Leeds and Sheffield has received a £19m award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to create the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities.


Teacher and children (credit: 123rf.com)
Public lecture to examine the role of psychology in recruiting school teachers

Posted on Friday 11 October 2013

The latest in a series of public lectures celebrating 50 years of education at the University of York will examine the role of psychological profiling in the recruitment of school teachers.


Tim Sutherland on location. Photo courtesy of Dragonshead Productions Limited
TV series to blend history, archaeology and forensic research

Posted on Thursday 10 October 2013

The University of York has worked with Dragonshead Productions Limited to make a documentary series Medieval Dead that will premiere on UKTV Yesterday later this month.


Daniel Woolfson from Mitrefinch and York Computer Science undergraduate Nick Dandakis
Computer Science students improve their chances of employment success

Posted on Wednesday 9 October 2013

Undergraduate students from the University of York’s Department of Computer Science are returning to their studies armed with valuable work experience gained on paid summer internships.


Professor Kate Pickett and Professor Richard Wilkinson (image: johnhoulihan.com)
International award for York health scientists

Posted on Tuesday 8 October 2013

Two University of York academics are to receive an international award at the European Parliament in recognition of their development of a new approach to social justice.


The British Antarctic Survey’s Twin Otter survey plane, used to collect data about the size of the sub-ice-shelf channel (Credit: Neil Ross)
Giant channels discovered beneath Antarctic ice shelf

Posted on Monday 7 October 2013

A team of UK scientists, including experts from the University of York, have discovered huge ice channels beneath a floating ice shelf in Antarctica.


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Research helps health staff caring for seriously ill young adults

Posted on Friday 4 October 2013

Research carried out by the University of York has highlighted ways in which health and care staff working with young adults with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses can improve their care.


The entirely new hybrid species, Senecio eboracensis, which became extinct soon after it arose in York. Photo: Richard Abbott.
York scientist urges us to ‘embrace new invaders’

Posted on Thursday 3 October 2013

A University of York scientist claims that invasive species such as Himalayan balsam and rhododendron should be welcomed to Britain rather than reviled. At least, they should not be hated simply because they are alien, he says.


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York recognised as world top 100 university

Posted on Wednesday 2 October 2013

The University of York is in the Top 100 of the Times Higher Education 2013/14 World University Rankings.


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York to use ‘cutting-edge approaches’ to urban pollution monitoring

Posted on Tuesday 1 October 2013

The University of York is launching an innovative 3.5m Euro project which will use new technologies to improve the understanding of urban pollution and its effects on human health and the environment.


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Who’s that girl? Investigating the Aero Girls mystery

Posted on Tuesday 1 October 2013

Researchers from the University of York’s Borthwick Institute for Archives are calling upon the public to help them solve a mystery – who are the women featured in a collection of 1950s portraits known as the Aero Girls?


The Ron Cooke Hub.
Conference spotlights global health challenges

Posted on Wednesday 25 September 2013

Some of the world’s most serious health challenges are the subject of a two-day conference opening at the University of York today (25 September).


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Acupuncture or counselling plus usual care ‘may improve’ depression symptoms

Posted on Wednesday 25 September 2013

Acupuncture or counselling, provided alongside usual care, could benefit patients with depression, according to a study by researchers at the University of York.


View towards the central zone the Ecrins national park
Alpine archaeology reveals high life through the ages

Posted on Tuesday 24 September 2013

An international team of archaeologists led by experts from the University of York has uncovered evidence of human activity in the high slopes of the French Alps dating back over 8000 years.


The ClearFear game aims to help people tackle anxiety in a fun way
New social game aims to tackle anxiety

Posted on Tuesday 24 September 2013

A University of York researcher is helping to develop a social game to aid people tackle anxiety and to face their fears in a fun way.


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BAFTA showcase for University of York student film-makers

Posted on Tuesday 24 September 2013

Talented student film-makers from the University of York will showcase their work to leading members of the British film industry at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).


Is the world listening? Tackling the chronic health issues of adolescents
Is the world listening? Tackling the chronic health issues of adolescents

Posted on Tuesday 24 September 2013

A striking multi-media installation focusing on the challenges facing young people coping with chronic disease has its premiere at the University of York this week.


University of York students (credit: John Houlihan)
York in the First XI of UK universities

Posted on Monday 23 September 2013

The University of York is ranked 11th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014.


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University of York launches new Biomedical Sciences degree

Posted on Tuesday 17 September 2013

The University of York is launching a new undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences focusing on the science underpinning medicine.


A groundbreaking conference at the University of York will look at intergenerational justice and the obligations different generations have to one another.
York hosts conference on intergenerational justice

Posted on Tuesday 17 September 2013

A groundbreaking conference at the University of York will look at intergenerational justice and the obligations different generations have to one another.


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University of York hosts Beeronomics 2013

Posted on Tuesday 17 September 2013

A major international conference at the University of York this week will bring together academics, the business community and policy makers to discuss key issues facing the beer and brewing industries.


Copper bracelet. Photo: istockphoto/vnlit
Copper bracelets and magnetic wrist straps fail to help rheumatoid arthritis, says York research

Posted on Monday 16 September 2013

Copper bracelets and magnet wrist straps have no real effect on pain, swelling, or disease progression in rheumatoid arthritis, according to new findings from a study conducted at the University of York.


Professor Paul O'Higgins
Hull York Medical School Professor wins prestigious international award

Posted on Monday 16 September 2013

Hull York Medical School's (HYMS) Chair of Anatomy Professor Paul O'Higgins has won an international award for excellence.


Dr Han Seung-soo
Politician and alumnus to lecture at York

Posted on Monday 16 September 2013

A former Prime Minister of South Korea, who is an alumnus, will return to the University of York this week to deliver the annual Vice-Chancellor's Lecture.


Chocolate Orange and Apple Product Brochure 1936 - with kind permission of Borthwick Institute
Researchers present a taste of York's heritage

Posted on Friday 13 September 2013

Visitors to the York Food & Drink Festival will have the chance to explore – and taste – York's rich history thanks to a special event staged by researchers from the University of York's Borthwick Institute for Archives.


Professor Andy Young, Department of Psychology
Lifetime achievement award for York psychologist

Posted on Tuesday 10 September 2013

Professor Andy Young from the University of York's Department of Psychology has been awarded the British Psychological Society's Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge.


Dr David Pearson, HYMS (centre), receiving the Aspire award from Professor James Rourke, Chair of the Social Accountability Panel and Professor  Madalena Patrício, President of AMEE
Hull York Medical School wins international accolade in its 10th anniversary year

Posted on Tuesday 10 September 2013

The Hull York Medical School (HYMS) has won a major international award recognising its excellence in medical education in its 10th anniversary year.


The new Centre for Hyperpolarisation in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (CHyM) is developing technology which could increase the sensitivity of hospital Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans by up to 200,000 times.
Public lecture to mark opening of research centre focusing on speedier hospital scans

Posted on Monday 9 September 2013

Major improvements in the detection of diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s are being developed at a pioneering £7m research facility due to open officially at the University of York this week.


Image of Nycticeinops schlieffenii which is represented by a new species in Senegal © Brock Fenton
Scientists discover new bat species in West Africa

Posted on Tuesday 3 September 2013

An international team of scientists, including biologists from the University of York, has discovered five new species of bats in West Africa.


Professor John Clark and Professor Bruce Lipschultz
Royal Society recognition for outstanding York scientists

Posted on Monday 2 September 2013

Two University of York scientists have received Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Awards in recognition of their outstanding achievement and potential.


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Stag Beetle sound bites: University electronics expert tunes in for BBC wildlife series

Posted on Friday 30 August 2013

The sound of Stag Beetles munching their way through a dead tree will feature in the latest episode of a BBC wildlife series on Sunday, thanks to the electronic wizardry of an entomological and environmental acoustics expert from the University of York.


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Acupuncture can be considered as one of the physical therapies for relieving osteoarthritis knee pain

Posted on Thursday 29 August 2013

A new systematic review by academics at the University of York suggests that acupuncture is at least as effective as other physical therapies for short-term relief from the pain of osteoarthritis of the knee.


Plant products in our diet have immense molecular diversity and consequently also have a huge potential for affecting our health and well being. Photo: themeetingplacenorth.co.uk
Little changes – large effects

Posted on Thursday 29 August 2013

Scientists at the University of York have discovered that very small chemical changes to dietary flavonoids cause very large effects when the plant natural products are tested for their impact on the human immune system.


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Researchers reveal hunter-gatherers’ taste for spice

Posted on Thursday 22 August 2013

Our early ancestors had a taste for spicy food, new research led by the University of York has revealed.


How the Star Carr site might have looked 11,000 years ago. Image by Dominic Andrews
Open weekend offers the chance to hear the sound of North Yorkshire’s Stone Age past

Posted on Tuesday 20 August 2013

Visitors to an important North Yorkshire archaeological site will hear the sound of some of our earliest hunter-gatherer ancestors at work thanks to an innovative soundscape project at open events this weekend.


The University of York has teamed up with the local Chamber of Commerce to deliver a series of short courses. Credit: John Houlihan
Developing a competitive advantage: Help at hand for Yorkshire and Humber businesses

Posted on Friday 16 August 2013

The University of York has teamed up with the Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce to deliver a series of short courses aimed at equipping local businesses with the skills they need to succeed.


Mangabey by Joanne Iredale
The top ten mammals surviving because of zoos

Posted on Wednesday 14 August 2013

A tiger, a West African primate and a large antelope are among species staving off extinction thanks to the help of zoos, according to a new report co-ordinated by Dr Andrew Marshall from the University of York and Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo.


Adult blue tit. Credit: Vicky Ogilvie
Bright birds make good mothers

Posted on Tuesday 13 August 2013

Female blue tits with brightly coloured crowns are better mothers than duller birds, according to a new study led by the University of York.


A captive human on display at Flamingo Land in 2011. Credit: Dr Andrew Marshall
Captive humans go on display at North Yorkshire zoo

Posted on Friday 9 August 2013

The University of York and Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo are teaming up to treat zoo visitors to a rare sight - the UK’s only captive group of Homo sapiens.


Potato crops. Photo: Flickr/.Baz
York scientists to test plants as natural pest controls

Posted on Wednesday 7 August 2013

Scientists at the University of York are part of a £3 million research initiative announced by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Scottish Government to fund four projects aimed at improving food security for some of the world’s most important crops.


Image courtesy of the British Beer and Pub Association
Business community invited to groundbreaking Beeronomics conference

Posted on Tuesday 6 August 2013

Members of the business community involved in the beer and brewing industry are invited to attend a major international conference at the University of York.


The Daphne Jackson Trust is the only charitable organisation in the UK dedicated solely to returning scientists, engineers or technologists to their careers following a break
University launches search for ‘returning’ scientists

Posted on Friday 2 August 2013

The University of York has launched an initiative to attract more scientists, who have taken a career break, back into the world of academia.


Professor Elizabeth Meins
Research fellowship to aid understanding of what babies are thinking

Posted on Wednesday 31 July 2013

A psychology professor at the University of York has been awarded a national fellowship to support research into helping parents understand what their babies might be thinking or feeling.


The new Sport Village on Heslington East
New bike bank gearing up for launch

Posted on Friday 26 July 2013

The wheels are in motion on Yorkshire's first Grand Départ 2014 bike bank project to help inspire children to take up cycling by giving them free access to cycles.


The York Community Consulting team
Resourceful York students set up consulting business

Posted on Tuesday 23 July 2013

Enterprising students from the University of York are improving their employment prospects and gaining valuable work experience by setting up their own consultancy business.


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Student nurses raise funds for charity to help colleagues in India

Posted on Tuesday 23 July 2013

Student nurses at the University of York are raising money to send equipment and textbooks to help to provide free healthcare to some of the poorest and most in need people in rural communities in Southern India.


Wheat crops. Photo: Flickr/Dag Terje Filip Endresen
UK's agricultural resilience strengthened by new initiative in York

Posted on Monday 22 July 2013

The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) and the University of York have today announced a new joint venture: an Initiative in Agrifood Resilience. This announcement comes on the same day as the Government launches its new UK Agri-Technology Strategy, which sets out how investment will back the technologies of the future allowing our agricultural industries to grow and flourish.


1 in 4 people will be affected by mental health problems. Photo flickr.com/kitty-kat
York launches new International Centre for Mental Health Social Research

Posted on Monday 22 July 2013

Mental health experts from around the world are teaming up to undertake a unique research programme applying social science to mental health practice.


An entrance to Peking University. Image: galaygobi via Wikimedia Commons
York welcomes summer students from Peking University

Posted on Friday 19 July 2013

The University of York welcomes a group of undergraduates from China this weekend for the inaugural Peking University Summer School.


Thermometer. Photo: Flickr/rosipaw
It's not just the heat – it's the ozone: Study highlights hidden dangers

Posted on Friday 19 July 2013

During heat waves – when ozone production rises – plants' ozone absorption is curtailed, leaving more pollution in the air, and costing an estimated 460 lives in the UK in the hot summer of 2006.


The Cannabis sativa plant. Photo courtesy of Petr Brož
Study demonstrates link between reclassification of cannabis and cannabis psychosis

Posted on Thursday 18 July 2013

Researchers from the University of York have demonstrated that the change in cannabis declassification in 2009 has coincided with a significant increase in hospital admissions for cannabis psychosis - rather than the decrease it was intended to produce.


Undergraduate Computer Science student Mihaela Maior with Jane Tyler, CEO of RedBlack Software Limited, where Mihaela is doing her work placement.
Work placements give University of York students a competitive edge

Posted on Wednesday 17 July 2013

A three-week corporate placement is providing University of York Department of Computer Science students with a competitive advantage in the job market – and proving valuable to businesses too.


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Making Memories, making history

Posted on Tuesday 16 July 2013

A newly published book of fictional stories, written by University of York students and inspired by the memories of York's older residents, includes a foreword by Dame Joan Bakewell.


Hardwick Hall
Exhibition offers timely new view of England's past

Posted on Monday 15 July 2013

Scholars at the University of York have tapped into the latest mobile technologies and staged a Renaissance ‘flash mob’ to give visitors to 400-year-old Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire a radically 21st century vision of Elizabethan England.


A Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) image of the new particles produced by Liquids Research Ltd for hyperthermia applications.
York physicists offer novel insight into experimental cancer treatment

Posted on Monday 15 July 2013

Physicists from the University of York have carried out new research into how the heating effect of an experimental cancer treatment works.


Annalen der Physik
York Nanocentre researchers image individual atoms in a living catalytic reaction

Posted on Friday 12 July 2013

Groundbreaking new electron microscopy technology developed at the York JEOL Nanocentre at the University of York is allowing researchers to observe and analyse single atoms, small clusters and nanoparticles in dynamic in-situ experiments for the first time.


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Language and linguistics researchers forge closer ties with region’s schools and colleges

Posted on Friday 12 July 2013

Researchers from the University of York’s Department of Language and Linguistic Science hosted a free one-day workshop for English Language A-Level teachers as part of a project to develop and expand its relationships with schools and colleges.


Colleen Kavanagh is graduating from York with a PhD in Forensic Phonetics
York degree of success leads to Mounties job

Posted on Wednesday 10 July 2013

A forensic speech scientist with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police will be presented with a postgraduate degree at the University of York this week.


Earthworm (Lumbricus terrestris). Credit: Dr Emma Versteegh
Earthworms could help scientists ‘dig’ into past climates

Posted on Monday 8 July 2013

A team of UK researchers believe earthworms could provide a window into past climates, allowing scientists to piece together the prevailing weather conditions thousands of years ago.


Newly-quarried limestone blocks formed the walls of the well and limestone slabs formed its base
University archaeologists unearth well-kept secrets

Posted on Monday 8 July 2013

Archaeologists from the University of York say a virtually intact Late Roman well discovered near Heslington, on the outskirts of the city, may have had significance in contemporary local agricultural cycles and fertility practices.


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University of York awards nine honorary degrees

Posted on Friday 5 July 2013

A film producer, a zooarchaeologist, the University’s first woman Deputy Vice-Chancellor, industrialists and eminent scientists are among those to receive honorary degrees from the University of York this week.


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York professor to champion the role of women in science – from a soapbox

Posted on Thursday 4 July 2013

A Professor of Ecology from the University of York will step on to a soapbox in London this week to highlight the role of women in science.


Stethoscope. Photo: Flickr/apoxapox.
New research demonstrates an increase in NHS productivity

Posted on Wednesday 3 July 2013

A new study by researchers at the Centre for Health Economics, University of York, reveals the productivity of the NHS in England increased by 3.2 per cent in the first year of the Coalition administration.


The Langtang monastery is centuries old, and in imminent danger of collapse. As part of the wider aims of the Himalayan Exploration and Archaeological Research Team (HEART), a fundraising project has been initiated to try and save this remarkable piece of Nepalese history.
Mountain rescue with a difference

Posted on Wednesday 3 July 2013

The Nepalese Himalayas north of Kathmandu, provide a mountain landscape of exceptional beauty, where trekkers can experience rugged snow-capped peaks, pristine mountain streams and lush wild flower meadows.


Dr Alison Parkin (right) from the University of York worked with colleagues from the University of Oxford (Suzannah Hexter , Dr Rhiannon Evans and Andreas Bachmeier) on a solar fuels exhibit which will form part of The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition in London this week.
York scientist shines a light on solar fuels at Royal Society exhibition

Posted on Tuesday 2 July 2013

A researcher at the University of York is to showcase her work on solar fuels at a public exhibition hosted by The Royal Society in London this week.


Cartoon showing the forced conversion of a French Protestant to Catholicism by a 'Dragoon Missionary' after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685
Funding on offer for new University of York Masters on toleration

Posted on Monday 1 July 2013

The University of York is to offer 10 scholarships for a new MA in Political and Legal Theory: Toleration, designed to explore toleration from historical, legal and philosophical perspectives.


PhD student Frank Soboczenski receiving his national award from Josh Smith, Education Officer at Leeds University Union last year. Credit: Ollie Jenkins, Leeds University Union.
National competition success for York postgraduate student

Posted on Friday 28 June 2013

A University of York postgraduate student has scooped the top prize in a national competition after inspiring judges with a three-minute presentation on his research into reducing number-entry errors in medical devices.


Professor David Smith (C) John Houlihan
University of York scientist awarded National Teaching Fellowship

Posted on Thursday 27 June 2013

A University of York scientist has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship for excellence in higher education teaching and support for learning.


York Minster. Photo: Tim Ball
New research posts launched to investigate York’s archaeology and archives

Posted on Thursday 27 June 2013

City of York Council and the University of York have announced three Collaborative Doctoral Awards to investigate the city’s archaeology and the City Archive.


A GEC cell used to reproduce the plasma conditions inside a commercial plasma etching device
Design for Living: Academy Soiree at the University of York

Posted on Thursday 27 June 2013

Royal Academy of Engineering President Sir John Parker will tonight host a Soiree at the University of York in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal, as Royal Fellow of the Academy.


Mark Mortimer (University of York); Kelly Osborne (CIRCLE Research Intern); Professor Colin Brown (University of York); and Dr Douglas Robertson (PraxisUnico Chair) (c) Photo: PraxisUnico
National recognition for groundbreaking University of York business collaboration

Posted on Tuesday 25 June 2013

An innovative scientific and educational collaboration between the University of York and Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo has scooped a top national award in recognition of the outstanding impact of its conservation and educational work.


A ‘copperised’ room at Ralph H. Johnson VA Hospital
Health economics assessment of antimicrobial copper for infection control

Posted on Tuesday 25 June 2013

A unique health economics assessment of copper’s role in preventing healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) is being presented this week at the WHO’s International Conference on Prevention and Infection Control (ICPIC) in Geneva, demonstrating rapid payback on the capital investment.


Stopwatch. Photo: Flickr/wwarby
York postgraduate students given three minutes to impress

Posted on Monday 24 June 2013

Three University of York postgraduate students are aiming to inspire an audience with their research as they compete in the inaugural 3 Minute Thesis UK Competition.


Fusion Doctoral Training Network staff and students outside the York Plasma Institute
Young researchers help forward the quest for fusion energy

Posted on Friday 21 June 2013

Physics and engineering postgraduate students from across Europe are arriving at the University of York this weekend for a conference focusing on fusion research.


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York residents urged to have their say on healthcare inequalities

Posted on Friday 21 June 2013

University of York researchers are urging local people interested in improving fairness in the NHS to join a Citizens’ Panel and make their voices heard.


The University of York is the only UK University to rank in the top 10 in the Times Higher Education (THE) world rankings of universities less than 50 years old.
York celebrates top ten success in world rankings of younger universities

Posted on Thursday 20 June 2013

The University of York is the only UK University to rank in the top 10 in the Times Higher Education (THE) world rankings of universities less than 50 years old.


Male Red and Yellow Barbet (Trachyphonus erythrocephalus) in Lake Manyara National Park, a typical dry bush species
Protected areas provide African birds with stepping stones to survival

Posted on Thursday 20 June 2013

The protected area network in Tanzania is playing a vital role in the survival of savannah bird species as they move west in response to climate and environmental changes, according to new research led by the University of York.


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Free conference to give new perspectives on neoliberalism

Posted on Wednesday 19 June 2013

A major free conference exploring the economic and socio-political dynamics of ‘neoliberalism’ will take place at the University of York next month.


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What the butler really saw - the true story of life below stairs

Posted on Monday 17 June 2013

Writer Lucy Lethbridge will offer a window into the fascinating downstairs world of the Downton Abbey era at a York Festival of Ideas talk.


Guy Dodson, (c) Brian Matthews
Scientists celebrate the life and legacy of Professor Guy Dodson

Posted on Friday 14 June 2013

A memorial meeting at the University of York this weekend will celebrate the life in science of Professor Guy Dodson, FRS.


The Centre for Excellence in the Teaching and Learning of Enterprise (CETLE) will now be based in the Ron Cooke Hub building
Soft drinks challenge for enterprising school children

Posted on Friday 14 June 2013

More than 400 primary school children will take part in three Enterprise Days at the University of York, designed to teach them new skills in a fun and stimulating way.


University of York students Stian Jamessen, Claire Chivers and Gareth Tagger, part of a team of student volunteers developing ideas for displays to line part of the Tour de France route through Yorkshire next year
York students get on their bikes in search of Tour de France inspiration

Posted on Friday 14 June 2013

Students from the University of York are gearing up for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to contribute creative ideas for art and floral displays which could feature on the Tour de France route through Yorkshire next year.


Students taking part in a World of Physics event
Top performing teenagers explore the world of Physics

Posted on Thursday 13 June 2013

Teenagers from across Yorkshire and the Humber are discovering what it is like to study Physics at a top university at a World of Physics event at the University of York.


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Spotlight falls on ways of fostering business growth

Posted on Wednesday 12 June 2013

A lunchtime panel debate, held as part of a major Economics, Entrepreneurship and Equality Day, will focus on what needs to be done to support business and grow the economy.


Photo by Ian Martindale
University of York launches new Interactive Media degree

Posted on Wednesday 12 June 2013

The University of York’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television is to launch a new BSc in Interactive Media designed to encourage a flair for scientific understanding and a strong creative drive.


Arabidopsis thaliana. Image: Alberto Salguero
To germinate, or not to germinate, that is the question

Posted on Monday 10 June 2013

Scientists at the University of York have uncovered new insights into the way seeds use gene networks to control when they germinate in response to environmental signals.


A new study led by York researchers highlights the role and contribution of community nursing assistants
Researchers recommend clearer national guidance on the role of community nursing assistants

Posted on Monday 10 June 2013

A pioneering study led by researchers from the University of York highlights the role and contribution of community nursing assistants and their potential impact on patient experience.


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Innovative filmmaking goes on show at LUMA Film Festival

Posted on Monday 10 June 2013

Students from the University of York’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television aim to open up the fascinating world of filmmaking to the public as they celebrate and champion their work at the annual LUMA Film Festival.


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How information technology could transform diabetes care

Posted on Friday 7 June 2013

The York Festival of Ideas will play host to a major public lecture which will explore how information technology can help tackle the escalating problem of diabetes and lead to more effective treatments for patients.


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Make some noise at festival family fun event

Posted on Thursday 6 June 2013

Children will have a chance to give a ‘voice’ to a silent movie villain or paint their own Royal self portrait at an afternoon of fun activities organised by postgraduate students at the University of York for the Festival of Ideas.


Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE
Exploring the power of dreams

Posted on Thursday 6 June 2013

Space scientist, consultant and broadcaster Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock will explain at a public lecture how she uses the wow factor to inspire children into careers in science.


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Students transport Jacobean city comedy to a dystopian near-future

Posted on Wednesday 5 June 2013

A 17th century Jacobean comedy seldom seen on the modern stage is undergoing a thoroughly modern re-working with the help of students from the University of York.


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York Festival of Ideas fosters new writing talent

Posted on Tuesday 4 June 2013

Some of the country's brightest new writing stars will be heading to York later this month for an afternoon of debate and discussion designed to showcase their talents and give an insight into the inspiration and influences behind their prize-winning prose.


The Fusion Doctoral Training Network team - Andrea Impagnatiello, Jarrod Leddy, Arkaprava Bokshi, Benjamin Moody and Jakob Brunner - at the Energy YES competition in Edinburgh. Credit: Energy CDT Network
Fusion researchers hoping to power their way to top place

Posted on Tuesday 4 June 2013

Postgraduate students from the Fusion Doctoral Training Network - which is led by the University of York - will compete in the national final of a competition designed to sharpen researchers’ business skills.


Image: Laura Michie, with assistance from Alex Ball from the Natural History Museum in London
How the wood-eating gribble could help turn waste into biofuel

Posted on Monday 3 June 2013

Scientists, led by Professor Simon McQueen-Mason and Professor Neil Bruce at the University of York, have discovered a new enzyme that could prove an important step in the quest to turn waste, such as paper, scrap wood and straw, into liquid fuel.


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University expert to shed new light on silent film classics

Posted on Friday 31 May 2013

Pioneering American films from the silent era of the movies are to be screened in Leeds and London later this month at events organised by Judith Buchanan, Professor of Film and Literature and Director of the Humanities Research Centre at the University of York.


Elderly person with carer. Image: Flickr/DonMarcoCaballero
Impacts of caregiving on the health and quality of life of European carers

Posted on Wednesday 29 May 2013

The impact that providing informal care to close relatives has on people's health and quality of life depends on where they live and their cultural and social background, according to research published today by the Centre for Health Economics, University of York.


Image from Renaissance Reincarnations poster
Top authors discuss 'Renaissance Reincarnations'

Posted on Tuesday 28 May 2013

Authors Germaine Greer, Robert Hutchinson, Catherine Fletcher, and Pamela Hartshorne will offer an insight into the process of re-creating Renaissance personalities for a modern audience at an event organised by the University of York.


The researchers say our upright gait may have its origins in the rugged landscape of East and South Africa. Photo: flickr.com/photos/amirjs/
The Ascent of Man: why our early ancestors took to two feet

Posted on Friday 24 May 2013

A new study by archaeologists at the University of York challenges evolutionary theories behind the development of our earliest ancestors from tree dwelling quadrupeds to upright bipeds capable of walking and scrambling.


Triangular growth spirals on a Bi2Se3 topological insulator film imaged via scanning tunneling microscopy. Credit: Physical Review Letters, 110, 186804 (2013)
Milwaukee-York researchers forward quest for quantum computing

Posted on Thursday 23 May 2013

Research teams from UW-Milwaukee and the University of York investigating the properties of ultra-thin films of new materials are helping bring quantum computing one step closer to reality.


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York scholar named New Generation Thinker

Posted on Thursday 23 May 2013

A University of York scholar has been named as one of ten New Generation Thinkers for 2013 by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the BBC.


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Paint the town green this half-term – explore the new science trail at St Nicholas Fields

Posted on Wednesday 22 May 2013

In partnership, the University of York is offering a series of free family events with St Nicholas Fields at their Tang Hall site on Thursday 30 May, exploring science and nature.


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Clocking In: Life in the Chocolate City

Posted on Wednesday 22 May 2013

Real life stories from those who worked in York's chocolate factories


The King's Manor
York city centre lecture examines heroism

Posted on Tuesday 21 May 2013

A public lecture at the historic King’s Manor, University of York, will explore the theme of victims and heroes, and defend the possibility of heroism even in the modern age.


The Ecosystem Service Mapping Gateway provides information about projects and activities underway across the country. Freefotouk
Eco database to map landscape projects

Posted on Tuesday 21 May 2013

Environmental projects which map some of the most important benefits we get from nature have been brought together for the first time in an online database, following national survey work by researchers in the University of York Environment Department.


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'North and South': York Festival of Ideas 'Takes Over' York

Posted on Monday 20 May 2013

The 2013 York Festival of Ideas reveals a diverse and stimulating programme of mostly free events taking place across the city and the University of York campus between 13 and 29 June on a theme of 'North and South'.


The Law and Management Building. Photo: BDP
York brewing up for groundbreaking economic conference

Posted on Monday 20 May 2013

A major international conference at the University of York will bring together academics, the business community and policy makers to discuss high-quality economic research related to beer and brewing.


The ecological effects of intensive fishing. From left to right, fishing effort increases over time. As a result, large predatory fish become depleted and fishers are forced to target new species.
Why we need to put the fish back into fisheries

Posted on Monday 20 May 2013

Overfishing has reduced fish populations and biodiversity across much of the world's oceans. In response, fisheries are increasingly reliant on a handful of highly valuable shellfish. However, new research by the University of York shows this approach to be extremely risky.


Creating Citizenship Communities report
Creating citizenship communities: helping young people take their place in society

Posted on Friday 17 May 2013

A major new study suggests a range of potential improvements in the way schools pursue citizenship education.


Figurative sculpture by Peter Donohoe
Norman Rea Gallery presents local artists’ work

Posted on Friday 17 May 2013

A new exhibition at the Norman Rea Gallery at the University of York focuses on the work of two local artists, bringing together sculptural works and detailed pen and ink drawings.


student studying (flickr/prime_education_online_tutors)
National evaluation of the Realising Opportunities programme

Posted on Thursday 16 May 2013

A team at the University of York’s Institute for Effective Education (IEE) has been commissioned to carry out the national evaluation of the Realising Opportunities (RO) Programme.


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Scientists uncover the fundamental property of astatine, the rarest atom on Earth

Posted on Wednesday 15 May 2013

An international team of scientists, including a University of York researcher, has carried out ground-breaking experiments to investigate the atomic structure of astatine (Z=85), the rarest naturally occurring element on Earth.


BBC One Show Wildlife Reporter Mike Dilger (right) tests the OPAL Tree Health survey with members of the public at Kew Gardens. (c) OPAL
Citizen scientists help protect native trees

Posted on Tuesday 14 May 2013

A major survey into the health of native trees in the Yorkshire and Humberside region is launched this week at a York nature reserve.


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Yorkshire and Humber research support service receives major award

Posted on Monday 13 May 2013

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has renewed its funding of £5.25m to the University of Sheffield to manage the Yorkshire and Humber Research Design Service (RDSYH) – a collaboration that includes the University of York - for a further five years.


Get on your bike for Project Snowball
Get on your bike for York@50

Posted on Friday 10 May 2013

Students, staff, alumni and the local community are taking part in the York@50 Bike Rides on 2 June to help to mark the 50th Anniversary of the University of York.


The Globe Theatre, London
Public lecture explores Shakespeare’s Globe and its audiences

Posted on Thursday 9 May 2013

The University of York is hosting a public lecture on Shakespeare’s Globe and the role of the audience as part of a series of events commemorating 50 years of Education at York.


The shape of Radium 224 deduced from CERN measurements. Image courtesy of Nature (Original by Liam Gaffney, KU Leuven)
Scientists demonstrate pear-shaped atomic nuclei

Posted on Thursday 9 May 2013

An international team of physicists, including scientists from the University of York, has shown that some atomic nuclei can assume asymmetric 'pear' shapes.


James Lind. The James Lind Alliance Pressure Ulcer Partnership will help researchers to study the treatment and prevention of pressure ulcers to improve the understanding and care of patients.
Study reveals pressure ulcer research uncertainties

Posted on Wednesday 8 May 2013

A new study involving researchers at the University of York has revealed substantial areas of doubt and uncertainty about the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers.


Distribution of light patterns of an optical cavity a) non-chaotic b) chaotic. Credit: Fratalocchi et al/ Nature Photonics.
Chaos proves superior to order

Posted on Tuesday 7 May 2013

An international team of physicists, including researchers from the Universities of York and St. Andrews, has demonstrated that chaos can beat order - at least as far as light storage is concerned.


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A tradition of innovation - learning and teaching at York

Posted on Tuesday 7 May 2013

Academics meet this week for a conference focusing on distinctive teaching methods at the University of York.


Person playing a videogame. Photo: Flickr/Br3nda
More than a game: exploring new digital frontiers

Posted on Friday 3 May 2013

A groundbreaking new initiative led by the University of York, with partners at Cass Business School, part of City University London and Durham University Business School, aims to unlock the potential for scientific and social benefits in digital games.


The AGATA spectrometer developed by STFC’s Nuclear Physics Group
York joins the world’s largest nuclear physics research facility

Posted on Friday 3 May 2013

Researchers at the University of York will have access to the most impressive and advanced nuclear physics research facility in the world as the United Kingdom today becomes part of a €1.6 billion international project that will be to nuclear physics what CERN is to particle physics.


Professor Sue Mendus from the Department of Politics was an expert witnesses from the inquiry
Leveson and press integrity – what have we learned?

Posted on Thursday 2 May 2013

A public discussion at the University of York will look at the ethical and political issues raised by the Leveson Inquiry and debate what we have learned.


Still from 'Things That Happened on the 9th of March'
York student filmmakers in the running for top national awards

Posted on Thursday 2 May 2013

Films by three talented University of York student filmmakers have been shortlisted for the prestigious Royal Television Society (RTS) Student Television Awards 2012.


Roses 2011 photo by Ian Martindale
York students determined to win modern day war of the Roses

Posted on Tuesday 30 April 2013

York student athletes promise the biggest and best Roses tournament ever to help mark the University's 50th Anniversary year.


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York conference explores new developments in cancer treatment

Posted on Tuesday 30 April 2013

The University of York is the venue for an international conference next month on the pathogenesis and treatment of lymphomas, the most common type of cancers of the blood in the developed world.


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Innovative York students look for local business support

Posted on Friday 26 April 2013

A team of undergraduate Biology students at the University of York is developing a bacteria powered electrical battery as part of a global synthetic biology competition.


The Ebor Singers performing Architexture 1 at the Guildhall, York. Photo ©Kippa Matthews (www.kippamatthews.co.uk)
Composer takes innovative approach to choral music

Posted on Thursday 25 April 2013

A British composer based at the University of York is using acoustic analysis techniques to help create ground-breaking choral music designed specifically for a particular performance venue.


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New research shows inequalities in progression to postgraduate study in the UK

Posted on Thursday 25 April 2013

In a study commissioned by the Higher Education Academy (HEA), researchers from the University of York have highlighted potentially worrying inequalities in transition to postgraduate degrees.


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Study reveals alcohol industry tactics to influence alcohol policy reform in Scotland

Posted on Wednesday 24 April 2013

The alcohol industry – including some supermarkets, drinks companies, and trade associations – distorted international evidence on effective alcohol control measures in an attempt to influence the Scottish Government’s public health policy to its advantage, according to a study published in the journal PLOS Medicine.


Images illustrate how collective spin excitations behave under the effect of the spin-orbit field, with and without external magnetic field. © 2012 American Physical Society (see below)
York scientist provides 'new spin' on emerging quantum technologies

Posted on Tuesday 23 April 2013

An international team of scientists, including University of York physicist Dr Irene D’Amico, has shed new light on a fundamental area of physics which could have important implications for future electronic devices and the transfer of information at the quantum level.


Winter Phoebe by Harvey Taylor
Family portraits go on show at University’s Norman Rea Gallery

Posted on Monday 22 April 2013

A collection of oil paintings depicting members of artist Harvey Taylor's family will go on show at the Norman Rea Gallery at the University of York.


Cells with no defects in the DNA copying process. (DNA can be seen as the intensely fluorescent signals inside the cells).
Scientists throw new light on DNA copying process

Posted on Thursday 18 April 2013

Research led by a scientist at the University of York has thrown new light on the way breakdowns in the DNA copying process inside cells can contribute to cancer and other diseases.


NASA Space Apps Challenge - image courtesy of Challenge web site (spaceappschallenge.org)
York hosts international space apps challenge

Posted on Tuesday 16 April 2013

The University of York is co-hosting a global NASA challenge to help explore the final frontier - space.


Louis Moholo-Moholo. Photo by Aryan Kaganof
York plays host to South African jazz legend

Posted on Monday 15 April 2013

South African Jazz will be in the spotlight at a free musical forum at the University of York this week.


Minster stone detail. Photo by John Houlihan
Stateside spotlight on York's arts and humanities

Posted on Monday 15 April 2013

Leading scholars will showcase the University of York's research strengths in the arts and humanities at a series of events in the USA this week.


Dr Atsufumi Hirohata
York scientist awarded Royal Society Industry Fellowship

Posted on Monday 15 April 2013

The Royal Society has awarded a York researcher a fellowship to help strengthen links between academia and industry.


The Voices from Fragile States initiative will bring together policy makers and academics from fragile and conflict-affected countries to develop action plans on fragility and education
Voices from Fragile States: Education in conflict and fragility

Posted on Friday 12 April 2013

As part of the University of York's 50th Anniversary, experts from around the world are meeting in New York to promote the role of education in helping to deliver peace and long-term development in fragile or conflict-affected countries.


An Incipient Jomon pot from Kubodera-minami, Niigata Prefecture, Japan ca. 15,000 years old.  Photo: courtesy of Tokamchi City Museum.
Pottery reveals Ice Age hunter-gatherers' taste for fish

Posted on Wednesday 10 April 2013

Hunter-gatherers living in glacial conditions produced pots for cooking fish, according to the findings of a pioneering new study led by the University of York which reports the earliest direct evidence for the use of ceramic vessels.


Little Egret in breeding plumage. Credit: Alexander Hiley
Protected wildlife areas are 'welcome mats' for UK's bird newcomers

Posted on Wednesday 10 April 2013

A new study by scientists at the University of York and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) shows that bird species which have colonised the UK in recent decades breed initially almost exclusively in nature reserves and other areas specially protected for wildlife.


Image showing a farmer and test tubes
Research group's launch marks double anniversary

Posted on Thursday 4 April 2013

To mark the launch of the York Environmental Sustainability Institute (YESI), and in celebration of our 50th Anniversary and the Centenary of the British Ecological Society, the University of York is to co-host a major international conference this month.


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University of York celebrates World Voice Day

Posted on Tuesday 2 April 2013

If you have ever wondered about questions such as 'Do I really sing better in the shower?' and 'Why can't my dog talk?' then a fascinating event at the University of York will provide the answers.


1 in 4 people will be affected by mental health problems. Photo flickr.com/kitty-kat
New centre to inform mental health social policy and practice

Posted on Tuesday 2 April 2013

The University of York has launched a new centre to help collaboration between researchers investigating the social, economic and cultural influences on mental health and wellbeing.


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Report highlights 'bleak' poverty levels in the UK

Posted on Thursday 28 March 2013

The Poverty and Social Exclusion (PSE) Project published its first report today. 'The Impoverishment of the UK' reveals significant levels of poverty and deprivation.


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York scientists discover driving force behind prostate cancer

Posted on Wednesday 27 March 2013

Scientists at the University of York have discovered the driving force behind the development of prostate cancer.


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York student reaches new heights at Virgin Galactic HQ

Posted on Tuesday 26 March 2013

University of York-supported student entrepreneur, Charlie Simpson-Daniel, took his ambitions to be a business leader of the future to new heights after meeting with Sir Richard Branson at his Virgin Galactic headquarters.


Lady Hale (credit: University of Salford Press Office)
UK’s first woman Law Lord to deliver keynote speech at York conference

Posted on Monday 25 March 2013

Lady Hale, Justice of the Supreme Court, will deliver the keynote speech at a socio-legal conference at the University of York this week.


The Vulcan petawatt laser creating plasma with the glow from the electrons clearly visible. Photo courtesy of STFC.
Laser empties atoms from the inside out

Posted on Monday 25 March 2013

An international team of plasma physicists has used one of the world’s most powerful lasers to create highly unusual plasma composed of hollow atoms.


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York Careers initiative recognised for supporting students into work

Posted on Thursday 21 March 2013

The University of York's Careers team was highly commended at the AGR Development Awards 2013 for the Best Preparation for Work Initiative in Higher Education.


PhD student Stephen Bromfield at the SET for Britain competition in the House of Commons
York researcher wins silver for chemistry display in Parliament

Posted on Wednesday 20 March 2013

A University of York PhD student has won a Silver award at a competition in the House of Commons for the excellence of his chemistry research.


Coronal Mass Ejection erupts on the Sun
Public events focus on plasma and solar storms

Posted on Wednesday 20 March 2013

The University of York is offering people of all ages an opportunity to learn more about plasma and solar storms.


Mother and newborn baby. Photo: Flickr/kakapo31
New study suggests social status, ethnicity and maternal age can predict which women are at an increased risk of operative births in the UK

Posted on Wednesday 20 March 2013

Independent maternal demographic factors such as social status, ethnicity and maternal age can predict the likelihood of operative births in the UK, according to a new study by researchers from the University of York.


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University of York appoints new Vice-Chancellor

Posted on Monday 18 March 2013

The University of York today announces the appointment of Professor Koen Lamberts as its new Vice-Chancellor.


Image showing the electron density and optimal atomistic structure of a hypothetical material, Ca4S8Te4P4, calculated using CASTEP. Credit: Dr Matt Probert
Investment will power new understanding of materials

Posted on Monday 18 March 2013

A consortium of top UK academics is developing computer codes to provide new insights into existing and predicted materials using the national supercomputer (HECToR).


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University celebrates close links with York schools

Posted on Friday 15 March 2013

A wide range of community and school partners from York and North Yorkshire attended a special event to mark 50 years of Education at the University of York.


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University brings science to life for teenagers

Posted on Friday 15 March 2013

Young people from Yorkshire and the Humber will experience science in action next week as they take part in a series of interactive sessions at the University of York.


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Chemists with bright futures ‘set’ for Parliament

Posted on Friday 15 March 2013

Two scientists from the University of York have been invited to Parliament next week to present their research to MPs and a panel of experts, who will judge their presentations for SET for Britain, a competition promoting early-stage researchers.


Investigating the effect of different wavelengths of light on chloroplasts. Credit: Dr Antony Dodd, University of Bristol
Plants let chloroplasts know the time

Posted on Thursday 14 March 2013

Plant cells communicate information about the time of day to their chloroplasts, the part of their cells that underpins all agricultural productivity on Earth, according to new research involving three University of York students which is published today in Science.


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York academic leads international meeting on swarm robotics

Posted on Monday 11 March 2013

A University of York professor will play a key role at the prestigious Royal Society Frontiers of Science meeting in Russia this week.


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Analysis of human remains rewrites the story of Stonehenge

Posted on Saturday 9 March 2013

For centuries scientists and historians have argued over the meaning and purpose of Stonehenge. Now a research team, which included Dr Oliver Craig, of the University of York, believes it has finally solved many of the mysteries surrounding our greatest prehistoric monument, overturning the accepted view on what happened when Stonehenge was built, and why it was constructed.


We the Owners: Employees Expanding the American Dream
University premiere for new employee ownership documentary film

Posted on Friday 8 March 2013

The University of York is inviting members of the local business community to the first screening in England of a new documentary film.


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York academic’s focus on life and death in Ancient Egypt

Posted on Friday 8 March 2013

Dr Joann Fletcher, a Research and Teaching Fellow in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York, has written and presented Ancient Egypt: Life & Death In The Valley Of The Kings for BBC 2.


Alison Foster-Lill and Louise Towse in the Department of Health Sciences’ Clinical Simulation Unit. Photo: Jane Milsom
York nursing students swap uniforms for pyjamas

Posted on Thursday 7 March 2013

University of York nursing students will swap their uniforms for pyjamas this week as they find out what it’s like to be a patient.


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Centre stage for University of York choir on Mothering Sunday

Posted on Thursday 7 March 2013

BBC Radio 4’s live Mothering Sunday broadcast from York Minster will feature University of York choir The 24.


The Abell 644 galaxy, which has a growing supermassive black hole at its centre. Image: NASA
Curtains down for the black hole firewall paradox: making gravity safe for Einstein again

Posted on Wednesday 6 March 2013

Research by scientists at the University of York has revealed new insights into the life and death of black holes.


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Report focuses on valuable role of international alumni

Posted on Tuesday 5 March 2013

A new report by the University of York, commissioned by the Higher Education Academy, highlights the benefits of effective internationalisation and successful alumni engagement programmes.


Sphinx, an oil painting by John Kiki, part of Professor Cantor’s private art collection
Private art collection goes on show

Posted on Monday 4 March 2013

Works of modern art, collected by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of York, Professor Brian Cantor, will go on public show this week.


A Mock Employment Tribunal was held at the York Management School
Mock employment tribunal success

Posted on Monday 4 March 2013

The University of York and a team of employment law experts hosted a mock employment tribunal to help North Yorkshire organisations understand how best to prepare for employment tribunal cases.


Dr Damian Murphy, from the University of York, will deliver the annual Merchant Adventurers’ Science Discovery Lecture
Lecture highlights audio’s role in preserving our heritage

Posted on Friday 1 March 2013

A major public lecture held at York’s historic Merchant Adventurers’ Hall will examine how audio and acoustics can help us investigate our past and design our future.


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University’s history told by those who helped shape it

Posted on Friday 1 March 2013

The University of York has launched a new digital archive recording the memories and histories of some of the people who have helped shape the institution over the last 50 years.


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Event explores how Renaissance lives are created in the theatre

Posted on Thursday 28 February 2013

The University of York is offering a behind-the-scenes view of a play rehearsal and an opportunity to learn how Renaissance lives are created in the theatre for 21st-century audiences.


Resistance is not Futile. Credit: Fran Copeman
Challenging new exhibition at University's Norman Rea Gallery

Posted on Monday 25 February 2013

A challenging new exhibition by artist Fran Copeman opens at the Norman Rea Gallery at the University of York today.


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New research to test success of prison drugs initiative

Posted on Thursday 21 February 2013

New research led by the University of York will carry out a detailed appraisal of Drug Recovery Wings which have been established in 11 prisons in England and Wales.


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Conference explores legacy of York-born physician John Snow

Posted on Wednesday 20 February 2013

The University of York is inviting the local community to join a special event commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of John Snow.


Black and white and green all over – a cell from the resin slice imaged with both light and electron microscopes. The new techniques mean that researchers can see the fluorescent signals and the structure of the cells at the same time, allowing them to elucidate the function of disease-associated proteins. Credit: EM Unit, CRUK London Research Institute
Major investment in new microscope technologies

Posted on Wednesday 20 February 2013

A project to drive forward the understanding of key biological processes by developing new microscope technologies has received a £2m funding boost.


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High-altitude archaeologists to probe prehistoric Himalayas

Posted on Tuesday 19 February 2013

A team of archaeologists from the University of York are to travel to the roof of the world to discover, survey, and record mountain archaeology in the Nepalese Himalayas.


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Celebrating 50 years of Education at York

Posted on Monday 18 February 2013

A series of public lectures and other events will celebrate 50 years of Education at the University of York.


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Research uncovers a potential link between Parkinson’s and visual problems

Posted on Friday 15 February 2013

The most common genetic cause of Parkinson’s is not only responsible for the condition’s distinctive movement problems but may also affect vision, according to new research by scientists at the University of York.


The dye 'Mallard Blue' is the same shade as the livery of the A4 Pacific Mallard. Flickr/csmramsden
Research shows how 'Mallard' dye fills need for speed

Posted on Thursday 14 February 2013

Scientists at the University of York have developed a new medical tool which could help surgeons carrying out complex procedures in the operating theatre.


Traditional dance at last year's Chinese New Year Gala
Chinese New Year celebrations herald the Year of the Snake

Posted on Thursday 7 February 2013

York's Chinese students are inviting the local community to share an evening of spectacle, dance and music as they celebrate the Chinese New Year.


Matt Long, Industry mentor of the year
Award a ‘Big Deal’ for business mentor

Posted on Thursday 7 February 2013

A mentor with the Big Deal enterprise competition for young people has won the Industry Mentor of the Year prize at a Brightside Charitable Trust awards ceremony.


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New study examines community role of Ireland's rural pubs

Posted on Tuesday 5 February 2013

Researchers from the University of York are exploring the role village pubs play in local communities in Ireland and ways of halting their decline.


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Award-winning playwright returns for masterclass

Posted on Monday 4 February 2013

‘I do know the real thing when I see it. And Nick Payne, a playwright previously unknown to me, is at the beginning of a great career.’ John Lahr, The New Yorker


Revealing how the brain is configured to process complex spatial forms
Pioneering research helps to unravel the brain’s vision secrets

Posted on Monday 4 February 2013

A new study led by scientists at the Universities of York and Bradford has identified the two areas of the brain responsible for our perception of orientation and shape.


Suitcases, Auschwitz. Photo: Flickr/DanMaudsley
Holocaust Memorial Day marked by premiere of play by Jewish prisoners

Posted on Friday 1 February 2013

The first UK performance of scenes from a play written by Jewish prisoners at a Nazi concentration camp formed the centrepiece of the University of York’s commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day.


Damaged Goods. Credit: Graham Hutchinson
Collages go on show at University’s Norman Rea Gallery

Posted on Thursday 31 January 2013

A new exhibition at the University of York’s Norman Rea Gallery will feature a collection of collages created using old books and vintage magazines.


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New study highlights impact of environmental change on older people

Posted on Thursday 31 January 2013

Recent natural disasters illustrate vulnerability of older people: majority of deaths from the Great East Japan Earthquake (2011) and Hurricane Katrina (2005) occurred among older people.


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Snails signal a humid Mediterranean

Posted on Wednesday 30 January 2013

An international team of researchers has shown that old wives' tales that snails can tell us about the weather should not be dismissed too hastily.


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Music technology takes centre stage at York

Posted on Monday 28 January 2013

The University of York is to host a day of music technology workshops and performances in partnership with the electronic music record label The Centrifuge.


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York contributes to social policy development in St Helena

Posted on Monday 28 January 2013

Two University of York academics are playing a key role in a review of social security reforms introduced in one of Britain's remotest overseas territories.


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Top academics respond to the UK Government Digital Strategy

Posted on Friday 25 January 2013

A major report published today examines the challenges faced by the Government in delivering its new digital strategy.


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Former Marks & Spencer Chairman to deliver public lecture

Posted on Thursday 24 January 2013

Leading businessman Sir Stuart Rose will present a major public lecture at the University of York, discussing the role that business has to play in delivering the sustainability agenda.


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Introducing ‘more patient reality’ into NHS spending decisions

Posted on Thursday 24 January 2013

A study by health economists at the University of York has, for the first time, produced an estimate of the impact on other NHS patients of new and more costly drugs and other treatments.


Computer Science Building. Photo: BDP
Student competition success opens up 3D crossword puzzles for the blind

Posted on Tuesday 22 January 2013

A University of York student has successfully completed a challenge that will allow blind and visually impaired people to complete 3D crosswords.


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Degree of distance for online students

Posted on Tuesday 22 January 2013

Five students are travelling from countries across the Commonwealth to receive their Masters degrees at the University of York this week after three years of online distance study.


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

Posted on Monday 21 January 2013

A British campaigner and writer, the Chairman of the Nippon Foundation, an award-winning historian, a BAFTA-winning playwright and the lawyer who represented the University at the public inquiry into Heslington East are to receive honorary degrees from the University of York this week.


Alex Brown, from the University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning.
University offers science for parents

Posted on Friday 18 January 2013

Free help is at hand for York parents whose New Year’s resolution is to understand the science their children are learning at school.


Professor David Howard raises awareness of speech technology at a previous CreST Network exhibition. Credit: CreST Network
Pioneering concert combines live and synthetic voices

Posted on Friday 18 January 2013

An innovative concert combining human and synthetic voices with music will provide exciting new insights into how computer-generated voices can be made more expressive.


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York delegation explores health links with India and Sri Lanka

Posted on Thursday 17 January 2013

A delegation from the University of York and Hull York Medical School is visiting India and Sri Lanka to promote new health-focused and academic links with the two countries.


Artistic view of a nova explosion depicting the binary stellar system. Credit: David A Hardy and STFC
Neon lights up exploding stars

Posted on Tuesday 15 January 2013

An international team of nuclear astrophysicists has shed new light on the explosive stellar events known as novae.


Data gathered at the NERC's Atmospheric Chemistry Observatory at Cape Verde was used in the new study
New study reveals gas that triggers ozone destruction

Posted on Monday 14 January 2013

Scientists at the Universities of York and Leeds have made a significant discovery about the cause of the destruction of ozone over oceans.


'Super-active' insulin
York insulin scientists in anniversary breakthrough

Posted on Wednesday 9 January 2013

Scientists at the University of York played a pivotal role in new research that has signaled a significant step forward in the understanding of how insulin works.


The sapphire ring. Photo by Kippa Matthews
World experts gather in York to discuss the Mystery of the Sapphire Ring

Posted on Wednesday 9 January 2013

Leading experts are gathering in York later this month to try and solve the mysteries of a unique sapphire ring found near the city.


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University's Norman Rea Gallery launches colourful new exhibition

Posted on Tuesday 8 January 2013

Abstract portrayals of the human face, featuring bold, lurid colours, take centre stage at a new exhibition at the Norman Rea Gallery at the University of York.


George Moss, aged 85, who wrote his life story with help while living at home with dementia
People with dementia and their carers play key role in new study

Posted on Monday 7 January 2013

People with dementia and their family carers are to play a pivotal role in a pioneering study led by researchers at the University of York into the effectiveness of using Life Stories to influence their care and improve their quality of life. The study has been funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Services and Delivery (NIHR HS&DR) Programme.


International Study Centre students attend an intensive cross discipline academic programme in Leadership and Social Change based at Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts.
Stateside experience for York students

Posted on Wednesday 2 January 2013

Two new exchange schemes are providing exciting opportunities for University of York students to study in the United States.


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