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Chef Ian Dickinson and young care leaver Callum preparing Christmas lunch
University chefs’ Christmas cheer for young care-leavers

Posted on Monday 22 December 2014

Chefs from the University of York worked with young care leavers to prepare a special Christmas meal at Moor Lane Youth Centre in the city.


Father Christmas visits the University of York’s Campus Nursery and Pre-school
Christmas celebrations round off York Nursery’s 25th year

Posted on Friday 19 December 2014

The University of York’s Campus Nursery and Pre-school had a special Christmas visitor this week, an event that marked the climax of its 25th anniversary celebrations.


REF 2014 - Research Excellence Framework
International impact of our research excellence is recognised

Posted on Thursday 18 December 2014

We rank 14th overall and 10th for the impact of our research in the new Research Excellence Framework published today (18 December 2014).


Arabidopsis seeds
Mother knows best: how seeds recognise the seasons

Posted on Monday 15 December 2014

Scientists at the University of York have played a key role in new research into the way ‘mother’ plants use their memory of the seasons to teach their seeds the most advantageous time to germinate.


Dr Rob Jenkins, of the Department of Psychology at York, addresses the second meeting of the UN Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) in Paris
York psychologist delivers young scientists’ call to UN

Posted on Monday 15 December 2014

A University of York psychologist addressed the second meeting of the UN Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) in Paris, stressing the importance of science for achieving sustainability and poverty reduction.


Department of Theatre, Film and Television (credit: John Houlihan)
Creating Cinematic Voices: Creative boot camp offered at York

Posted on Friday 12 December 2014

The University of York’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television is to host a course on cinematic sound in March 2015.


Allium by Ann Sotheran, 2008 (Photo Gordon Plumb)
York’s stained glass artists: final chance to see work

Posted on Friday 12 December 2014

An exhibition celebrating York’s most talented stained glass artists is open for two final days before the New Year.


Opening of a new science teaching and learning building (credit: Ian Martindale)
Government’s chief advisor opens new science teaching and learning building at York

Posted on Wednesday 10 December 2014

The Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor Sir Mark Walport has officially opened a new £7.5 million interdisciplinary science teaching and learning facility at the University of York.


Carbon Trust Standard
York gains recognition for reducing carbon footprint

Posted on Wednesday 10 December 2014

The University of York has achieved the Carbon Trust Standard – a mark of excellence in recognition of measuring, managing and reducing carbon emissions.


Experimental (left) and theoretically predicted (right) high-resolution electron microscopy images of the (110) antiphase boundary defect in magnetite.
York scientists resolve spin puzzle

Posted on Wednesday 10 December 2014

Scientists at the University of York have helped to uncover the properties of defects in the atomic structure of magnetite, potentially opening the way for its use in producing more powerful electronic devices.


Credit: Swerz, Flickr
Call to change concept of harm reduction in alcohol policy

Posted on Tuesday 9 December 2014

A new policy paper by a University of York academic calls for limits on the influence of the drinks industry in shaping alcohol policy because it has a ‘fundamental conflict of interest’.


Sewn repair in Archbishop's Register 7 Greenfield, 1306 - 1311 (By permission of The Borthwick Institute for Archives)
Scientists reveal parchment’s hidden stories

Posted on Monday 8 December 2014

Millions of documents stored in archives could provide scientists with the key to tracing the development of agriculture in the British Isles over the last 700 years, according to new research at the University of York and Trinity College Dublin.


Credit: Jonathan Cohen, Flickr
York researchers shed light on Special Guardianship

Posted on Thursday 4 December 2014

New research by academics at the University of York suggests that Special Guardianship (SG), an alternative to adoption, increases the potential for permanent stability for children who are unable to live with their birth parents.


Credit: Carolina Ponce, Flickr
York research spotlights male healthcare attitudes

Posted on Thursday 4 December 2014

A researcher at the University of York, studying male attitudes towards self-managing long-term healthcare issues, has discovered that self-management support is better received by men if it does not threaten aspects of masculine identity.


Dr Turi King (left) and Dr Gloria Gonzalez Fortes working on the analysis of the bones in a laboratory at the University of York. Credit: Carl Vivian, University of Leicester
Richard III – case closed after 529 years

Posted on Tuesday 2 December 2014

An international research team provides overwhelming evidence that the skeleton discovered under a car park in Leicester represents the remains of King Richard III, closing what is probably the UK’s oldest forensic case.


Robert Eynon
York Electronics student wins national award

Posted on Tuesday 2 December 2014

An undergraduate from the University of York has been named the UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF) 2014 Scholar of the Year.


Eleanor Bartley
York English Literature student elected as Intern of the Year

Posted on Monday 1 December 2014

Eleanor Bartley, a final year English Literature student, is the University of York Student Internship Bureau’s ‘Intern of the Year’.


THE Award Winners - Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development
Awards hat-trick for Learning and Development team

Posted on Monday 1 December 2014

The University of York Learning and Development Team has achieved a notable hat-trick by winning their third Times Higher Education Award in five years.


Professor Sir Malcolm Grant is to be our new Chancellor

Posted on Friday 28 November 2014

We are pleased to announce that Professor Sir Malcolm Grant is to be our new Chancellor from 1 August 2015.


A field of oil seed rape. (Photo by Philip Halling from geograph.org.uk).
Research sows the seeds of improved diet

Posted on Thursday 27 November 2014

Scientists in the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP) at the University of York are part of a major research project launched today to help provide improved crops for the future.


Human mandible with extensive dental calculus deposits dated to the Roman period (1st-4th century CE) from York, UK. The dental calculus pictured above tested positive for milk proteins. Photo Credit: Camilla Speller.
Ancient dental plaque: a ‘whey’ into our milk drinking past?

Posted on Thursday 27 November 2014

We drink milk because it is good for us, but we rarely stop to think “Why?” Archaeologists and geneticists have been puzzling this question since it was revealed that the mutations which enable adults to drink milk are under the strongest selection of any in the human genome.


Andrew Jack (credit: www.andrewjack.com)
Hollywood dialect coach speaks at York

Posted on Wednesday 26 November 2014

Andrew Jack, a dialect and dialogue coach who perfected Pierce Brosnan’s British accent for James Bond, will give a public lecture at the University of York on 3 December.


Exhibition Centre
New Hub to make quantum leap in secure communications

Posted on Wednesday 26 November 2014

Leading researchers from UK universities and industry have come together in a unique collaboration to exploit fundamental laws of quantum physics for the development of secure communication technologies and services for consumer, commercial and government markets.


Mike Brockhurst (credit: Phil Roberts)
Second major research award for York biologist

Posted on Tuesday 25 November 2014

A University of York scientist has won a second major award for his pioneering research in the evolutionary biology of microbes.


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New Science City York events for bioscience community

Posted on Tuesday 25 November 2014

A new initiative from Science City York (SCY) aims to provide networking and idea-sharing opportunities for the local bioscience community.


Chinese chicken
Researchers discover evidence of earliest domestic chickens

Posted on Monday 24 November 2014

An international research team including a University of York biologist has found the earliest evidence for chicken domestication to date.


How Like an Angel - White Light Festival performance (credit: Kevin Yatarola)
Rave US reviews for York musician

Posted on Monday 24 November 2014

Robert Hollingworth, Anniversary Reader in the University of York’s Music Department, directed ‘breathtaking’ performances of How Like an Angel in New York this Autumn.


Blackpool Tower (credit: iknow-uk)
On the road to better management of public assets

Posted on Thursday 20 November 2014

A partnership between the University of York and technology company Gaist Solutions Ltd is extending the life of the UK’s public infrastructure assets.


Dark Inventions Ensemble (credit: Dark Inventions)
York wins Arts Council grant to support emerging composers

Posted on Thursday 20 November 2014

Emerging composers and performers are set to benefit after the University of York’s Music Press (UYMP) secured a grant from Arts Council England to establish a new support project.


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University of York Launches Innovation Fund for York Festival of Ideas 2015

Posted on Wednesday 19 November 2014

The York Festival of Ideas will launch a new Innovation Fund providing support for organisations and individuals wishing to develop activities for the 2015 programme, funded by the Holbeck Trust.


Yorkshire Country House Partnership
The role of historic houses in the 21st Century: York hosts Chatsworth lecture

Posted on Wednesday 19 November 2014

Matthew Hirst, Head of Arts and Historic Collections at Chatsworth, will give the second biennial Yorkshire Country House Partnership lecture on 26 November at the University of York.


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New Physics academy to link industry with the brightest and best

Posted on Monday 17 November 2014

A new academy designed to encourage more physics graduates into technical careers will be formally launched at the University of York next week.


Photo credit: Damian James Bramley
City of York welcomes international students

Posted on Monday 17 November 2014

Students from all over the world received a civic welcome to the City of York on Wednesday 12 November.


Hull York Medical School
Hull York Medical School outreach project highlighted in excellence report

Posted on Friday 14 November 2014

An ‘introduction to medicine’ activity organised by students at Hull York Medical School (HYMS) has been chosen as a case study displaying good practice by the Medical School Council.


1st Runner-up, Entertainment - Kieron Moore and team for Breaking News(Credit: Hannah Ali)
Awards success for York’s budding filmmakers

Posted on Friday 14 November 2014

Students from the University of York’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television scored a hat-trick of awards this week at the Royal Television Society Yorkshire Student Awards 2014.


Astroduck (credit: Adam Shore)
Quack to the Future: York students prepare to launch Astroduck into space

Posted on Wednesday 12 November 2014

Students from the University of York’s Astronomy Society are preparing to send a rubber duck into space to capture unique footage and scientific data.


Noelle Turner-Bridger
New exhibition comes to Norman Rea Gallery

Posted on Tuesday 11 November 2014

A new exhibition featuring the paintings of artist Noelle Turner-Bridger opens at the University of York’s Norman Rea Gallery on 17 November.


diseased bone marrow (credit: Ian Hitchcock)
Researchers discover new target for blood cancer treatment

Posted on Monday 10 November 2014

Scientists at the University of York have identified a therapeutic target which could lead to the development of new treatments for specific blood cancers.


Anna Gammans
York graduate’s artwork celebrates 50th anniversary of history department

Posted on Monday 10 November 2014

A University of York graduate has completed a commission from the University’s History Department to produce a piece of art to mark its 50th anniversary.


The University of York is to play a key role in the Digital Catapult, a new national project to advance the UK’s best digital ideas.
York’s key role in advancing digital creativity

Posted on Thursday 6 November 2014

The University of York is to play a key role in the Digital Catapult, a new national project to advance the UK’s best digital ideas.


ACE satellite in orbit (credit T. Doherty, Bristol Aerospace)
Ozone destroying substances on the rise - but Montreal Protocol on track

Posted on Wednesday 5 November 2014

An international team of scientists, including a researcher from the University of York, has reported a recent increase in atmospheric hydrogen chloride (HCI), an ozone destroying substance.


Department of Theatre, Film and Television (credit: John Houlihan)
BBC Look North Special to broadcast from University of York

Posted on Wednesday 5 November 2014

A BBC Look North special focusing on devolution for Yorkshire was filmed at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television’s studios at the University of York on 4 November.


Scientists at the University of York are helping local companies extract and use chemicals from food waste (credit: Ian Martindale)
Tapping the chemical potential of food waste

Posted on Tuesday 4 November 2014

Scientists at the University of York are helping local companies extract and use chemicals from food waste.


A critically endangered Sumatran orang-utan (Pongo abelii). Photo by Mike Senior.
Research partnership is key to biodiversity conservation

Posted on Monday 3 November 2014

A new policy paper led by University of York scientists, in partnership with Proforest, aims to increase awareness among researchers of the High Conservation Value (HCV) approach to safeguarding ecosystems and species.


Pill bottle (credit: Auntie P, Flickr)
Tackling pharmaceutical fall-out in the environment

Posted on Monday 3 November 2014

Researchers at the University of York say that more should be done to tackle the problem of inappropriate disposal of pharmaceutically-contaminated wastes. They also have a potential solution.


C2D2 will continue its varied outreach programme (Credit: Mark Woodward)
Pioneering York research centre secures major funding

Posted on Friday 31 October 2014

The Wellcome Trust has awarded £1 million to continue its support of the successful interdisciplinary work of the Centre for Chronic Diseases and Disorders (C2D2) at the University of York.


Seated L-R Prof Colin Mellors & Paul Kirkman. Standing L-R Prof Mark Ormrod & Andrew McLean NRM
University of York and National Railway Museum relationship strengthened

Posted on Thursday 30 October 2014

The National Railway Museum, together with the University of York, has officially re-launched the Institute of Railway Studies - and reiterated their joint commitment to the partnership between both York institutions.


Mike Brockhurst (credit: Phil Roberts)
University of York biologist wins top award

Posted on Thursday 30 October 2014

A University of York scientist, who has carried out ground breaking research in the evolutionary biology of microbes, has won a major award from the Society for General Microbiology.


Jennifer Alexander talk
York Art Gallery curator talks to Norman Rea Gallery

Posted on Tuesday 28 October 2014

A new curator talk with Jennifer Alexander, Senior Curator of York Art Gallery, will take place at the University of York’s Norman Rea Gallery on 3 November.


Yorkshire Innovation Fund & European Regional Development Fund
Yorkshire businesses encouraged to work with University of York

Posted on Tuesday 28 October 2014

Small and medium-sized businesses across Yorkshire and the Humber have the opportunity to work with the University of York through the funding initiative Small Innovation Projects (SIPs).


Peter Tatchell
Human rights activist to address issues of toleration in York

Posted on Monday 27 October 2014

Human rights activist, Peter Tatchell, is to give the 2014 Morrell Memorial Address on Toleration at the University of York this week.


Cooking Culture class
Growing success for York Children’s University

Posted on Friday 24 October 2014

The York Children’s University has received a Duke of York’s Community Initiative Award, highlighting its extensive work engaging children across the city.


The Knife That Killed Me. Credit Green Screen Productions Ltd
European exposure for innovative Yorkshire feature film

Posted on Thursday 23 October 2014

A feature film produced as a result of a unique academic-industry partnership is flying the flag for UK independent film-makers with screenings at international film festivals in Europe.


Anne Phillips
Tenth annual diabetes conference for York

Posted on Thursday 23 October 2014

An annual diabetes conference, organised by Diabetes UK and a team led by Anne Phillips from the University of York’s Department of Health Sciences, will take place in York on 11 November.


A researcher working on SABRE at York’s Centre for Hyperpolarisation in Magnetic Resonance (CHyM). Credit: Ian Martindale.
New national centre to transform medical imaging

Posted on Thursday 23 October 2014

A new £6.8 million research centre based across two Yorkshire universities will aim to transform diagnosis and treatment of patients suffering from cancer, heart disease and musculoskeletal diseases with the help of new medical imaging facilities to be created at Leeds Teaching Hospitals and the University of York.


Replacing animals with computer models in drug discovery. Credit: Phil Roberts, University of York
From lab to marketplace: York spin-out business aims to improve efficiency of drug development

Posted on Wednesday 22 October 2014

SimOmics, a University of York spin-out business which aims to make drug design quicker and more efficient, is celebrating its launch and first major contract.


Sculpture by Rafael Perez
Sculpture exhibition comes to Norman Rea Gallery

Posted on Tuesday 21 October 2014

A new exhibition featuring the sculptural work of Rafael Perez opens at the University of York’s Norman Rea Gallery on 27 October.


Dr Alex Southern
Alex investigates how sound design makes for sound design

Posted on Friday 17 October 2014

An expert on acoustic modelling is to work with the University of York’s Department of Electronics investigating and developing new methods for architectural and environmental sound design.


Copyright 2014 Zacques Morrison
New talk and exhibition at Norman Rea Gallery

Posted on Thursday 16 October 2014

A curator talk and a Caribbean photography exhibition will take place this month at the University of York’s Norman Rea Gallery.


ScienceGrrl logo
York celebration of female scientists past and present

Posted on Wednesday 15 October 2014

A special event at the Yorkshire Museum will celebrate the work of female scientists past and present as part of the national Ada Lovelace Day.


Grimsby fish pontoon ca 1905.
Are there enough fish to go around?

Posted on Tuesday 14 October 2014

Scientists from the University of York have released a report highlighting the gap between declining wild fish supplies and healthy eating advice recommending more seafood.


Professor Chris Fewster. Photo by Ian Martindale.
York mathematician helps to secure settlement for livestock firm

Posted on Tuesday 14 October 2014

An unprecedented and long-running dispute involving a herd of pigs and a low-flying hot air balloon has now settled, with the help of expert testimony from Professor Chris Fewster from the University of York’s Department of Mathematics.


Great crested grebe with roach. Credit: Charles Tyler, University of Exeter
Researchers assess risks to wildlife and ecosystems posed by pharmaceuticals

Posted on Monday 13 October 2014

A University of York researcher has edited a special edition of a Royal Society publication examining the potential risks and impacts of pharmaceuticals in the environment on wildlife and ecosystems.


monosaccharide building blocks (credit: Martin Fascione)
York leads the way in carbohydrate research

Posted on Monday 13 October 2014

Scientists at the University of York have secured funding to purchase ground-breaking equipment that will transform glycoscience in the UK.


The Fleece Inn
Study confirms pubs’ key role in rural communities

Posted on Thursday 9 October 2014

A study of rural pubs has provided the first robust evidence of their central role in the life of English rural communities.


Coma Songs (credit: Tim Sanders)
Coma Songs: York and Cardiff academics co-produce BBC Radio 3 programme

Posted on Thursday 9 October 2014

Academic research into the experiences of families of patients with severe brain injuries has been translated into a radio programme, providing insight into the heart-breaking dilemmas they face.


Central Hall.
Scholarships remove barriers to postgraduate study

Posted on Thursday 9 October 2014

Sixty-eight students at the University of York have received scholarships to study Masters degrees as part of a multi-million pound scheme to encourage under-represented groups into postgraduate education.


York Union
Top speakers lined up for York Union lectures

Posted on Wednesday 8 October 2014

Edwina Currie, Professor Lord Robert Winston and Jon Bird are among the politicians, journalists, authors and scientists heading to York this academic year for the student-run York Union event series.


Exam hall: Credit:www.flickr.com/photos/comedynose/3571102858/
Why is educational achievement heritable?

Posted on Tuesday 7 October 2014

New research involving the University of York has found that the high heritability of exam grades reflects many genetically influenced traits such as personality, behaviour problems and self-efficacy, and not just intelligence.


Good Landlord Awards 2014
York students encouraged to nominate top landlords

Posted on Tuesday 7 October 2014

Students at the University of York have the opportunity to nominate landlords in the inaugural Good Landlord Awards, a student-led scheme which seeks to recognise and celebrate the best in student landlordship in the city.


Department of Theatre, Film and Television (credit: John Houlihan)
Awards throw spotlight on student camera operators

Posted on Monday 6 October 2014

The University of York is to host a national competition set up by the Guild of Television Cameramen (GTC) in association with Bill Vinten to encourage cinematographic excellence in undergraduate students.


Plan of the excavations carried out at Aggersborg, Denmark (Figure 10 from Brown et al., Internet Archaeology, doi:10.11141/ia.36.2)
Journal hails open access move

Posted on Monday 6 October 2014

A peer-reviewed journal hosted by the University of York is to become open access making the results of a wealth of archaeology research freely available.


BBSRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership in Mechanistic Biology
Government backs training scheme for biological scientists

Posted on Friday 3 October 2014

A consortium of Yorkshire universities has been chosen to help spearhead the training of the next generation of biological scientists.


Carpenter bee (credit: Dr Peter Mayhew)
York academics reveal new findings about insect diversification

Posted on Thursday 2 October 2014

Biologists from the University of York have compiled two new datasets on insect evolution, revealing that metamorphosing insects diversify more quickly than other insects and are therefore the biggest contributors to the evolution of insect diversity.


Pharmaceuticals. Image: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nvinacco/
Scientists identify most pressing environmental issues posed by pharmaceuticals

Posted on Tuesday 30 September 2014

A new study led by the University of York identifies the key research questions about the risks of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in the environment.


credit: Ian Martindale
York’s support of women in science recognised with Athena SWAN awards

Posted on Tuesday 30 September 2014

An academic department and a research centre at the University of York have been awarded Bronze Athena SWAN awards, meaning the University now holds awards across all the science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEM) subjects.


Dr Aires Ferreira. Credit: Suzy Harrison
Talented physicist joins the University of York under Royal Society scheme

Posted on Monday 29 September 2014

The University of York is welcoming a new Research Fellow to its Department of Physics under the Royal Society’s prestigious University Research Fellowship Scheme.


Andy Lake and Christian Smith. Credit: Cambridge TV School
Not so humble ambitions for York graduates

Posted on Friday 26 September 2014

University of York graduates Andy Lake and Christian Smith were once stars of York Student Television with their sitcom Humble Pie. Now they are back filming more episodes with ambitions of reaching a much larger internet audience.


Enyzme N-myristoyl transferase with a bound substrate
Protein ‘map’ could lead to potent new cancer drugs

Posted on Friday 26 September 2014

Scientists at the University of York are part of a team of researchers which has gained fresh insights into how a disease-causing enzyme makes changes to proteins and how it can be stopped.


Art Student - Anthony Devas, 1952 (Barbara Pitt) Oil on Canvas (By permission of Nestlé UK and Ireland)
New website charts Aero Girls search

Posted on Thursday 25 September 2014

A new website launched today by the University of York unlocks some of the mysteries surrounding an enigmatic collection of 1950s paintings commissioned by Rowntree and held in York’s Borthwick Institute for Archives.


Brachypodium plant
Plant variants point the way to improved biofuel production

Posted on Tuesday 23 September 2014

Manufacturing biofuels from food crop by-products such as straw could be made quicker and cheaper thanks to a new study led by scientists at the University of York.


Cancer cells.
New approach aims to silence cancer ‘survival genes’

Posted on Tuesday 23 September 2014

Scientists at the University of York are working on a promising new approach for tackling colorectal cancer, the second most common cause of cancer-related death.


Santander's Jack Marsh presenting a cheque to Sam Lichy, University of York Cycle Club.
YuCycle Santander staff team funds seven student bursaries

Posted on Monday 22 September 2014

Seven University of York students will receive support during their degree thanks to four staff from the University branch of Santander.


computer simulation of granuloma formulation caused by the disease, Leishmaniasis
York research centre in challenge triumph

Posted on Monday 22 September 2014

A team led by the Centre for Immunology and Infection (CII) at York is one of five winners who will share a total of £4.9 million in the UK’s National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs), the CRACK IT Challenges programme.


Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) logo
York academics awarded prestigious research grants

Posted on Monday 22 September 2014

Three academics from the University of York have secured funding totalling more than £3 million from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for two major research projects.


A nuclear physics theory group is being established at York.
Boost for UK’s nuclear physics research

Posted on Friday 19 September 2014

The UK’s nuclear physics research capability will be strengthened significantly with the establishment of a new nuclear physics theory group at the University of York.


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YorNight: prestigious European Researchers’ Night heads to York

Posted on Thursday 18 September 2014

Over 80 events in 20 venues will take place in York on 26 September as part of the annual EU-funded European Researchers’ Night.


William Reynolds-Stephens, A Royal Game (detail), 1906-11, electrotyped bronze and wood, stone, abalone, and glass ©Tate, London 2014
Victorian sculpture takes centre stage at stateside exhibition

Posted on Tuesday 16 September 2014

Art historians from the Universities of York and Warwick are co-curating a major exhibition with curators from the Yale Center for British Art and Tate Britain on the making and viewing of sculpture in Britain and its empire during the reign of Queen Victoria.


Professor Pratibha Gai (credit: Julian Dufort for the  L'Oréal Foundation)
York scientist wins Royal Academy of Engineering recognition

Posted on Tuesday 16 September 2014

A University of York scientist has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.


Chronic Disorders of Consciousness Research Centre
York and Cardiff academics launch new resource for family members of people in vegetative or minimally conscious states

Posted on Monday 15 September 2014

A unique online resource for family members and others involved in the care of people with severe forms of brain injury is to be launched this week.


ECU Gender Equality Charter Mark.
York’s Department of Education recognised for advancing gender equality

Posted on Thursday 11 September 2014

The University of York’s Department of Education has received national recognition under a new award scheme designed to address gender imbalance and underrepresentation in the arts, humanities and social sciences in higher education.


Ozone hole 2013. Credit: NASA
York’s major role in scientific assessment of ozone depletion

Posted on Thursday 11 September 2014

A researcher from the University of York has played a key role in a major new scientific assessment of the ozone layer which will inform government policies across the globe.


York Guildhall (credit: Carl Spencer)
Global IT conference comes to York

Posted on Wednesday 10 September 2014

The latest in a global series of conferences on Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training (ITHET) will be hosted in York from 11 to 13 September.


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York conference explores new ways of engaging with data through sound

Posted on Wednesday 10 September 2014

A major multidisciplinary conference at the University of York will bring together experts from science and the arts to uncover new ways of exploring complex data through sound.


Photo by Ian Martindale
York’s new Interactive Media degree wins support from software industry leaders

Posted on Tuesday 9 September 2014

University of York students studying towards a degree in Interactive Media will gain experience using the latest animation technology thanks to a donation of valuable software tools by BZP Pro Inc.


Alcohol Research UK
New national study of alcohol health workers published

Posted on Monday 8 September 2014

A new study of alcohol health workers has found that while many hospitals now employ specialist staff to deal with alcohol problems among patients, the work is often precarious and underfunded.


Barbour's forest tree frog (Leptopelis barbouri) in the Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania. The species is ‘Vulnerable’ on The IUCN Red List. Photo: Michele Menegon.
Near-extinct African amphibians ‘invisible’ under climate change

Posted on Friday 5 September 2014

An international team of researchers has found that the majority of threatened species are ‘invisible’ when using modern methods to predict species distributions under climate change.


A student in the new Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence (credit: www.witness.co.uk)
Grand opening for York’s multi-million pound chemistry buildings

Posted on Thursday 4 September 2014

New undergraduate teaching laboratories and new research facilities for the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence at the University of York will officially open in York on Friday 5 September.


University of York's Centre for Lifelong Learning
King’s Manor open day for Centre for Lifelong Learning

Posted on Thursday 4 September 2014

The University of York’s Centre for Lifelong Learning is offering those with a thirst for knowledge the opportunity to find out more about its wide range of courses, all of which are open to members of the public.


Constantine College
Third phase of £100m University of York scheme completes

Posted on Thursday 4 September 2014

A joint venture (JV) partnership between Evans Property Group and the University of York has this week opened Constantine College, the third phase of accommodation and facilities totalling some 2000 student beds and £100m of investment over three new Colleges at its Heslington East campus.


Professor Linne Mooney, Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies and Professor of Medieval English Palaeography in the Department of English and Related Literature at York, receives the box of fragments from Professor Toshiyuki Takamiya, of Keio University in Tokyo (credit: Suzy Harrison)
Japanese collector donates Medieval manuscripts

Posted on Tuesday 2 September 2014

A prominent Japanese academic has donated fragments of Latin medieval manuscripts and seven fragments of early printed books to the University of York.


Women’s active role in political reform in the Georgian era. 1819 ©Trustees of the British Museum & http://genderknowledgehistory.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/prfemale1.jpg
York students campaign for inclusion of women’s history in national curriculum

Posted on Monday 1 September 2014

Postgraduate students from the University of York have developed a website to encourage the integrated teaching of women’s history in the current school curriculum.


Still photo from The Night Calls, directed by Jennie Hall and featurning as part of the Student Showcase
Screen showcase for student filmmakers’ talents

Posted on Friday 29 August 2014

Talented student filmmakers from the University of York will showcase their work to leading members of the British film industry at the Vue Cinema in Piccadilly, London as part of the Raindance Film Festival 2014.


Sand lizard. photo credit: James Probert, ARC
Top ten reptiles and amphibians benefitting from zoos

Posted on Thursday 28 August 2014

A frog that does not croak, the largest living lizard, and a tortoise that can live up to 100 years are just some of the species staving off extinction thanks to the help of zoos, according to a new report.


50 (credit: www.kaartje2go.nl)
Nouse marks 50th Anniversary with gala ball

Posted on Wednesday 27 August 2014

The University of York’s oldest campus newspaper, Nouse, will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a gala ball.


Academia Europaea
European accolade for University of York scholars

Posted on Wednesday 27 August 2014

Two academics from the University of York have been elected to the Academia Europaea in recognition of their international scholarship and outstanding research achievements.


Image of a river by Lynne Kirton [CC-BY-SA-2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Ibuprofen posing potential threat to fish

Posted on Thursday 21 August 2014

Research led by the University of York suggests that many rivers contain levels of ibuprofen that could be adversely affecting fish health.


Railroad crossing. Adapted from www.flickr.com/photos/benadamson
Study reveals the EU is part of most Europeans’ everyday life

Posted on Wednesday 20 August 2014

The EU is becoming part of most Europeans’ everyday life irrespective of social class, according to a study in six countries.


Passport study reveals vulnerability in photo-ID security checks

Posted on Tuesday 19 August 2014

Passport issuing officers are no better at identifying if someone is holding a fake passport photo than the average person, new research has revealed.


Richard III Revived at Childhood Home

Posted on Monday 18 August 2014

The voice of Richard III will echo once again through the ruins of his childhood home at Middleham Castle this weekend in a screening of a rare black and white silent film, accompanied by the live voices of contemporary actors.


A small cluster of atoms
York scientists unveil new technology to better understand small clusters of atoms

Posted on Monday 18 August 2014

Physicists at the University of York, working with researchers at the University of Birmingham and Genoa, have developed new technology to study atomic vibration in small particles, revealing a more accurate picture of the structure of atomic clusters where surface atoms vibrate more intensively than internal atoms.


Bolton Museum, Mostagedda 33.30.57. Late Neolithic. Flax yarn from wrappings, heavily impregnated with resin. © Ron Oldfield and Jana Jones
Embalming study ‘rewrites’ key chapter in Egyptian history

Posted on Wednesday 13 August 2014

Researchers from the Universities of York, Macquarie and Oxford have discovered new evidence to suggest that the origins of mummification started in ancient Egypt 1,500 years earlier than previously thought.


Mathematical Virology 2014
University of York hosts international conference on viruses

Posted on Wednesday 13 August 2014

World leaders working in virology will meet at the University of York next week to discuss recent developments in the field, theoretical challenges and new avenues for collaborative research.


Lobster boats in Blue Rocks harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada. Credit: Murray Rudd
York survey highlights ocean research priorities

Posted on Wednesday 13 August 2014

Declines in ocean productivity, increases in ocean acidification, and the cumulative effects of multiple stressors on ocean health are among the most pressing issues facing coastal and maritime countries, according to a survey of scientists by a University of York researcher.


Professor Reidun Twarock.
York academic secures Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship

Posted on Friday 8 August 2014

A University of York academic has received a Royal Society Leverhulme Trust fellowship to further her research on novel mathematics for anti-viral therapy and evolution.


Professor Sir John Holman
York scientist wins Royal Society prize

Posted on Tuesday 5 August 2014

A University of York scientist is the recipient of a major award from the Royal Society in recognition of his ‘significant impact on science education within the UK’.


Image of the bacterium Neisseria meningitides. Credit: Dr James Moir and Dr Peter O'Toole.
New insights into why adolescents carry meningitis-causing bacteria

Posted on Monday 4 August 2014

University of York scientists have shed new light on why teenagers and young adults are particularly susceptible to meningitis and septicaemia.


colliery (credit: Duncan, Flickr)
Communities urged to explore coal’s wildlife legacy

Posted on Thursday 31 July 2014

Scientists based in the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) at the University of York are inviting communities in the Barnsley and Doncaster areas to join in special free events to find out about wildlife re-colonising local former colliery sites.


Artwork submitted for the CHIESA art competition
Art for education: African schoolchildren inform York environmental project

Posted on Thursday 31 July 2014

Environmentalists from the University of York, a partner in the CHIESA (Climate Change Impacts on Ecosystem Services and Food Security in Eastern Africa) project, are to showcase winning entries from an East African school art competition that was used to celebrate International Mountain Day.


Table Mountain, Cape Town (credit: Mike Cilliers, Flickr)
Twin approach to recovery of metals from mine waste

Posted on Wednesday 30 July 2014

Scientists from the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence (GCCE) at the University of York are to work with colleagues in Cape Town to help the recovery of valuable metals from mine wastes in South Africa.


 Youthful-Attractiveness dimension
Facial features are the key to first impressions

Posted on Monday 28 July 2014

A new study by researchers in the Department of Psychology at the University of York shows that it is possible to accurately predict first impressions using measurements of physical features in everyday images of faces, such as those found on social media.


Mark Roodhouse
A close run thing for York academic

Posted on Friday 25 July 2014

A University of York academic has narrowly missed out on the Royal Historical Society’s prestigious Whitfield Prize with his book on the history of rationing in World War Two.


Arabidopsis thaliana (credit: Rea Brinkhoff)
Scientists throw light on the mechanism of plants’ ticking clock

Posted on Friday 25 July 2014

Scientists from the University of York are part of an international team of researchers who have made a significant step in discovering the genetic mechanisms that plants use to fight for light.


Archbishops' Registers (credit Borthwick Institute for Archives)
York awarded Mellon funding for digitisation of Archbishops’ Registers

Posted on Thursday 24 July 2014

The University of York has been awarded a $299,000 grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the digitisation of one of the most important collections of historical materials to survive in England today.


Small-scale fisheries support the livelihoods of over 500 million people worldwide. Training and supporting communities to manage and conserve their natural resources is vital to help rebuild tropical fisheries. (Credit: Blue Ventures / Garth Cripps)
Western Indian Ocean communities play vital role in conservation

Posted on Thursday 24 July 2014

An international team of researchers led by the University of York has carried out the first assessment of community-led marine conservation in the Western Indian Ocean.


The University of York is offering a Return to Practice programme.
Call for nurses to return to practice in North Yorkshire

Posted on Monday 21 July 2014

A six-month programme starting this summer at the University of York is designed to encourage former nurses in North Yorkshire to return to the profession.


Advanced Course on Conflict, Crisis and Transition
York welcomes world humanitarian leaders for annual summer school

Posted on Friday 18 July 2014

Senior humanitarian practitioners from around the world are gathering in York to discuss international conflicts and reflect on peace transition.


Professor Matthew Collins
York academic elected British Academy Fellow

Posted on Thursday 17 July 2014

A University of York archaeologist has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy, the highest honour for scholars working in the humanities and social sciences.


Will Vittery
University of York student seconded to the Cabinet Office

Posted on Thursday 17 July 2014

A University of York postgraduate student is heading to Whitehall this summer for a three-month internship in the Cabinet Office.


One of the three richest Late Meroitic graves identified at the cemetery, that of a young male. Credit: Donatella Usai/Centro Studi Sudanesi and Sub-Sahariani (CSSeS)
Tooth plaque provides unique insights into our prehistoric ancestors’ diet

Posted on Wednesday 16 July 2014

An international team of researchers has found new evidence that our prehistoric ancestors had a detailed understanding of plants long before the development of agriculture.


smoke
Researchers demonstrate health risks posed by ‘third hand’ tobacco smoke

Posted on Wednesday 16 July 2014

Research led by the University of York has highlighted the potential cancer risk in non-smokers – particularly young children – of tobacco smoke gases and particles deposited to surfaces and dust in the home.


Cooleys House Ennistymon Co Clare
Report highlights pubs’ role in creating economic development and social wellbeing in rural Ireland

Posted on Wednesday 16 July 2014

A new study by the University of York and the Newcastle Business School (Northumbria University) has revealed the central role pubs play in creating economic development and social wellbeing in rural Ireland.


The York Science Outreach Centre aims to motivate and enthuse visitors of all ages about modern science
Salters’ Chemistry Camps at the University of York

Posted on Tuesday 15 July 2014

Around 60 students from schools across the UK and Ireland will take part in a residential Salters’ Chemistry Camp for 15-year olds at the University of York.


Professor Caroline Glendinning
National award for University of York academic

Posted on Tuesday 15 July 2014

A University of York social scientist has been honoured for her contribution to social policy research and the sustained impact her work has had on the Government, local authorities and the public.


The Rowntree Society
York students produce Poverty Timeline

Posted on Monday 14 July 2014

University of York students working with the Rowntree Society have produced a short study of the history of poverty and philanthropy in the city, developing a Poverty Timeline detailing the relief of the poor.


Centre for Reviews and Dissemination
York wins £6 million research funding

Posted on Friday 11 July 2014

The University of York has secured major new funding to continue its key role in supporting evidence-informed decision-making.


The Knife That Killed Me. Credit Green Screen Productions Ltd
The Knife That Killed Me movie launches with multiplatform premiere

Posted on Friday 11 July 2014

The Knife That Killed Me, a new innovative British feature film made entirely using green screen technology, has raised £20,000 on Kickstarter to launch with a distinctive multiplatform premiere event on 15 July.


Central Hall.
University of York honours 16 for their contribution to society

Posted on Friday 11 July 2014

The University of York is to award honorary degrees to Nobel Laureates, authors, scientists, humanitarians, a musician and influential members of the Yorkshire community.


Professor Susan Stepney
When does a physical system compute?

Posted on Thursday 10 July 2014

Can physical systems from bacteria to black holes act as a computer? A University of York computer scientist and colleagues from the universities of Oxford and Leeds address this question in newly published research which seeks to define unconventional computational devices.


Professor Jenny Southgate
Research points to new therapies for bladder cancer

Posted on Wednesday 9 July 2014

A University of York scientist has played a key role in research that could help to improve the treatment of muscle-invasive bladder cancer, one of the most common cancers, particularly among men.


Ogden Schools Physicist of the Year Award winners with Professor Sarah Thompson, Katherine Leech and Tim Simmons. Photo: Ian Martindale.
Teenagers honoured at University of York award ceremony

Posted on Wednesday 9 July 2014

Budding scientists from across Yorkshire and the Humber have received Ogden Schools Physicist of the Year Awards at the University of York.


Careers Awards 2014. Photo: Mark Woodward
Careers Awards celebrate student success

Posted on Tuesday 8 July 2014

A special celebration at the University of York marked the extra-curricular achievements of final year students who have contributed to the University and wider York community.


Oil palm plantations store between 30 and 40 tonnes of carbon per hectare, averaged over their lifetime (credit: Jane Hill)
York-led network releases first oil palm policy report

Posted on Tuesday 8 July 2014

A knowledge exchange network led by the University of York, which aims to increase the use of scientific evidence to guide oil palm policy, has produced its first science for policy report. The report – ‘Change in carbon stocks arising from land-use conversion to oil palm plantations’ – focuses on identifying low carbon stock landcover types which could be converted to oil palm production.


University of York BioHub
University welcomes Government funding boost for region’s bioeconomy

Posted on Monday 7 July 2014

The BioHub project at the University of York, which will drive the growth of the biorenewables and wider bioeconomy sector in the region, has secured major investment through the Government’s Local Growth Fund.


Worcester Cathedral App screenshot
Synod meeting looks at how to tell the story of places of worship

Posted on Monday 7 July 2014

A fringe meeting at the General Synod of the Church of England in York will explore how cathedrals and churches can engage with 21st century visitors, providing them with an insight into their rich history and current life.


Viviam Reyes
Female York student selected for international Google scholarship

Posted on Monday 7 July 2014

A University of York Electronics undergraduate has been selected as one of the 2014 Google Anita Borg Memorial scholars for the academic year 2014 – 2015.


Artemisia plant. Fast-track plant breeding in the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products improved this plant as a source of a cure for malaria.
The UK and French innovation clusters BioVale and IAR sign agreement to collaborate in building the global bioeconomy

Posted on Friday 4 July 2014

The Yorkshire-based biotechnology innovation cluster, BioVale and its French counterpart, the Industries & Agro-Resources (IAR) cluster, will today sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU).


gavel
York economist bids to change the way auctions work

Posted on Friday 4 July 2014

A University of York economist has developed a new approach to auctions which could help to transform the way multiple goods are sold.


YSIS volunteers Gary Man, Sarah Kirkpatrick, Katherine Watson, Eve Fazakerley and James Brook, with Alan Easterbrook (centre) with their Shepherd Group Award for Student Volunteering.
University volunteers help raise aspirations of York’s talented maths pupils

Posted on Wednesday 2 July 2014

Many school students will recognise y=mx+c as the equation of a straight line. But for 32 teenagers from schools across York it now stands for something extra - the York Mathematical Excellence Club.


Photo: Heliconius erato erato, Credit: C. Jiggins
Butterflies show how patterns evolve on the wing

Posted on Tuesday 1 July 2014

A handful of highly specific genetic “switches” can control a kaleidoscopic diversity of colours and wing patterns in butterflies, scientists will demonstrate at this year’s Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition.


RS exhibition trial at Naburn Primary School
York chemist co-organises Royal Society exhibition and trials in local school

Posted on Tuesday 1 July 2014

Professor Lucy Carpenter, from the University of York’s Chemistry Department, is co-organising part of the prestigious Royal Society Summer Exhibitions, adapting content to ‘road-test’ on schoolchildren in Naburn, North Yorkshire.


Alex Woolley. Credit: Adrian Allen
Hashtrack tops the field at University of York’s celebration of student enterprise

Posted on Monday 30 June 2014

An enterprising first year Computer Science student has won the Outstanding Business category at the University of York’s Exciting New Ventures at York (ENVY) competition.


Royal Armouries. (flickr.com/photos/royalarmouries)
Conference explores diagnostic accuracy and its implications for the delivery of personalised medicine

Posted on Monday 30 June 2014

A major conference co-organised by the University of York at the Leeds Royal Armouries will explore the accuracy and robustness of diagnosis for haematological cancers.


quadcopter (credit: Yorkshire Arboretum)
An eye in the sky: quadcopter sees the woods and the trees

Posted on Friday 27 June 2014

Academics at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) at the University of York are capitalising on the opportunities offered by the development of low-cost unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to monitor, map and explore our cities, countryside and changing environments.


Pictured at the York Sport Velodrome are Cass Brown, York Sport President; Keith Morris, Head of Sport, University of York;  Madeline Crosswaite, a member of the University of York cycling team; Vice-Chancellor Professor Koen Lamberts; Gary Verity, CEO, Welcome to Yorkshire and Bob Howden, President of British Cycling. Credit: Ian Martindale
Velodrome to cement Tour de France legacy

Posted on Thursday 26 June 2014

A new Olympic-sized outdoor velodrome at the University of York is set to ensure the Tour de France legacy lives on in Yorkshire and Humberside.


Facelock
New password alternative plays to strengths of human memory

Posted on Tuesday 24 June 2014

Forgotten passwords are a serious problem for both IT managers and users. The root of the problem is a trade-off between memorability and security: simple passwords are easy to remember but easy to crack; complex passwords are hard to crack but hard to remember. Now a University of York academic, Dr Rob Jenkins, is proposing an alternative based on the psychology of face recognition. Dubbed ‘Facelock’, it could put an end to forgotten passwords, and protect users from prying eyes.


Professor Pratibha Gai (credit: Julian Dufort for the  L'Oréal Foundation)
York scientist to showcase her work at the Royal Institution

Posted on Tuesday 24 June 2014

A scientist at the University of York is to showcase her pioneering work on the visual analysis of atomic behaviour in chemical reactions in a presentation at the Royal Institution in London this week.


A study of York Minster by Peter Myers. Credit: Peter Myers
Peter’s vision inspires young York artists

Posted on Friday 20 June 2014

Pupils from a York primary school have contributed to the Tour de France cultural celebrations in the city by producing art inspired by the work of local artist Peter Myers who has Aspergers Syndrome.


A Nucella (common dog whelk)
What amino acids in shells can tell us about Bronze Age people

Posted on Thursday 19 June 2014

A new study by scientists at the University of York has shed new light on the use of mollusc shells as personal adornments by Bronze Age people.


The Solar System - York to Selby cycle track
University of York physicists lead journey through space – on a bicycle

Posted on Thursday 19 June 2014

Cycling enthusiasts can expect an ‘out of this world’ experience at an event led by University of York staff and student volunteers this weekend.


Bob Phillips
York postgraduate student secures place in national competition with cancer research

Posted on Thursday 19 June 2014

A postgraduate student from the University of York researching how to improve the experience of children undergoing treatment for cancer has won a place in the national semi-finals of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.


UK poverty study calls on Government to tackle rising deprivation
UK poverty study calls on Government to tackle rising deprivation

Posted on Thursday 19 June 2014

The percentage of households who fall below society’s minimum standard of living has increased from 14 per cent to 33 per cent over the last 30 years, despite the size of the economy doubling.


Bike Story
York students gather bike stories for Tour de France festival

Posted on Wednesday 18 June 2014

Students at York will contribute to the Yorkshire Festival celebrating the Tour de France by gathering material for Bike Story, a series of performances celebrating the nation’s love of cycling.


Matt Cornock
York employee wins 2014 Technician of the Year Award

Posted on Wednesday 18 June 2014

An employee at the University of York has won one of the first Higher Education Academy’s (HEA) Health and Social Care Technician of the Year awards.


York Curiouser photographer
York student volunteers demonstrate commitment to local community

Posted on Wednesday 18 June 2014

Student volunteers from the University of York will host a free art-inspired family workshop at St Mary’s Church in York this weekend.


The Ron Cooke Hub.
University of York hosts international Google Apps event

Posted on Tuesday 17 June 2014

A Google Apps for Education event at the University of York has attracted delegates from Higher Education Institutions, businesses and education-related organisations from across Europe and the UK.


Mother and newborn baby. Photo: Flickr/kakapo31
Born in Bradford study provides key to improving life chances of Bradford babies

Posted on Tuesday 17 June 2014

Born in Bradford - one of the biggest and most important medical research studies in the UK - has helped Bradford Trident secure a £50 million Big Lottery Fund award to improve the life chances of some of the most deprived families in Bradford.


LUMA Film Festival logo
York student filmmakers’ work goes on show at LUMA Film Festival

Posted on Monday 16 June 2014

Student filmmakers from the University of York will showcase their innovative work at the LUMA Film Festival this weekend.


Professor Callum Roberts
Government policy to protect UK seas ‘has drifted far off course’

Posted on Monday 16 June 2014

The Marine Conservation Zone network now under construction was heralded as a new beginning for life in UK seas. But on present evidence – as Professor Callum Roberts of the University of York will explain in a speech at the Zoological Society of London on the 17 June – it will be worse than useless, giving the illusion of protection while offering virtually none.


Professor Hilary Graham & Dr Jane Grenville
Royal recognition for York academics

Posted on Monday 16 June 2014

Two senior University of York academics have received royal recognition in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2014.


Athletics facility 'on track' for 2014 opening. Photo: Sarah Bacsich
New athletics facility 'on track' for 2014 opening

Posted on Thursday 12 June 2014

A new £2m county standard athletics facility at the University of York is on track for completion by the end of the year with the appointment of contractor Thornton Sports.


Auckland Castle touchscreen - The Chapel
York’s Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture helps bring historic buildings to life

Posted on Wednesday 11 June 2014

The University of York is helping to bring two historically significant buildings - Auckland Castle and Worcester Cathedral - to life for visitors with the introduction of cutting edge technology.


Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence
York researchers named as finalists in Royal Society of Chemistry Emerging Technologies Competition

Posted on Wednesday 11 June 2014

A team of researchers from the University of York’s Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence have been shortlisted as finalists in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Emerging Technologies Competition 2014.


The post-war years were a golden era for British football which led to England becoming hosts of the 1966 FIFA World Cup. Photo from the 1950s.
York academics launch ‘Soccer Mad Boffins’ blog site

Posted on Tuesday 10 June 2014

Two University of York academics have launched a blog to coincide with the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, providing a platform for publicising football related research and discussion.


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.
York postgraduate students have three minutes to impress

Posted on Monday 9 June 2014

Postgraduate research students will take to the stage at the University of York this week to explain their research in just three minutes.


Social Media Videos in Chemistry, Education and Outreach (credit: David K. Smith)
Combating ‘chemophobia’: York chemists use YouTube to become global educators

Posted on Monday 9 June 2014

YouTube videos created by a University of York scientist and his students are attracting a global audience keen to learn more about how chemistry controls everyday life.


The Nature of Religion, Science and Health - York Festival of Ideas event
Can science and religion co-exist? York Festival of Ideas explodes myths of conflict between religion, science and medicine.

Posted on Friday 6 June 2014

Four major international academics will gather together in York on 18 June to debunk the notion that science and religion are constantly at war.


Sunlight to biomass to biofuels (credit: Julia Walton)
York scientists provide new insights into biomass breakdown

Posted on Friday 6 June 2014

Scientists at the University of York are playing a key role in the quest for a better understanding of how a recently discovered family of enzymes can degrade hard-to-digest biomass into its constituent sugars.


University of York Skydiving Club members.
York students take to the air and water in search of national success

Posted on Thursday 5 June 2014

Two University of York student societies have their sights set on national success in the air and on the water.


Transmission(c)Becs Andrews
Groundbreaking performance explores disease transmission

Posted on Thursday 5 June 2014

The world premiere of a contemporary performance piece and interactive installation at the University of York will combine dance and cutting edge video and sound technology with scientific research to explore disease transmission.


Festival Focus Day - Economic growth for the many, not the few
York Festival of Ideas focus day: Banking reform, economic growth and Britain and the EU

Posted on Thursday 5 June 2014

Economists, business leaders, policymakers and third sector experts will discuss the future of the British economy, whether banks will ever regain public trust, how a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU could affect UK commerce and why poverty is not good for business on 20 June.


The Law and Management Building. Photo: BDP
Enterprising youngsters take on soft drinks challenge

Posted on Wednesday 4 June 2014

Enterprising school children are hoping to impress with their designs for a new soft drink at an event hosted by the University of York.


Writing. Image adapted from www.flickr.com/photos/jjpacres. Credit: Jeffrey James Pacres.
Trial shows benefits of structured approach to teaching writing

Posted on Wednesday 4 June 2014

Researchers at the University of York have found that a structured approach to teaching writing about a memorable experience can make a significant improvement to children’s writing skills.


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

Posted on Tuesday 3 June 2014

Athletes from as far afield as Australia, New Zealand and Canada will take part in the British Grand Prix of Race Walking at the University of York this weekend.


Tropical Diseases: Lessons from History
York historians launch book at World Health Organisation Assembly

Posted on Tuesday 3 June 2014

Academics from the University of York’s Centre for Global Health Histories, housed within the Department of History, have launched a book on tropical diseases at the 67th World Health Organisation (WHO) Assembly in Geneva.


Chandra X-Ray Observatory Image of Cassiopeia A (credit: NASA)
Lasers create table-top supernova

Posted on Monday 2 June 2014

Laser beams 60,000 billion times more powerful than a laser pointer have been used to recreate scaled supernova explosions in the laboratory as a way of investigating one of the most energetic events in the Universe.


Dr Michael White
York art historian sheds new light on Mondrian

Posted on Monday 2 June 2014

An art historian at the University of York plays a key role in curating a major new Piet Mondrian (1872 – 1944) exhibition at Tate Liverpool.


A map of the distribution of threatened bird species in the Americas, showing their concentration in the coastal forests of Brazil and in the northern Andes. Red means more species. [Image courtesy of Clinton Jenkins]
New technologies ‘making it easier’ to protect threatened species

Posted on Friday 30 May 2014

Human actions have pushed extinction rates to 1000 times faster than the natural rate. New research says that without urgent action, further rises are likely heralding what many believe could become the sixth mass extinction in Earth’s history.


Festival Focus Day: The Future of Food
York Festival of Ideas Focus Day: The future of food – From GM crops and stem cell beef to sustainable agriculture and alternative sources of protein

Posted on Friday 30 May 2014

Leading scientists, agriculturists and global food security experts will discuss food sustainability and security, crop production, food culture and the future of GM foods in York on 14 June.


Crossroads of Conflict event
Festival launch night: International diplomats, political commentators and conflict specialists travel to York to discuss world’s response to global crises

Posted on Thursday 29 May 2014

An international line-up of experts will debate whether the global response to events in the Middle East and Ukraine are appropriate or effective at the launch night of 2014’s York Festival of Ideas on 12 June.


James Lind. The James Lind Alliance Pressure Ulcer Partnership (JLAPUP) is a partnership of organisations representing patients, carers and clinicians.
Pressure ulcer partnership welcomes new NICE guidelines

Posted on Wednesday 28 May 2014

A pressure ulcer partnership representing patients, carers and clinicians has welcomed the issue of new clinical guidance for the prevention and management of pressure ulcers by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).


crops
Plans to develop a regional powerhouse in the agriculture-food sector

Posted on Tuesday 27 May 2014

Scientists from the region’s Universities and the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) met agriculture experts and key business and industrial players to explore how they can work together to consolidate their expertise to strengthen innovation and growth in the agricultural and food (‘agri-food’) sector.


Sophie Coulombeau
York postgraduate named BBC New Generation Thinker 2014

Posted on Tuesday 27 May 2014

A University of York postgraduate has been named one of ten New Generation Thinkers for 2014 by BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).


Yorkshire Pencak Silat Academy
York Gamelan orchestra joins martial arts group for unique concert

Posted on Friday 23 May 2014

The University of York’s Gamelan Sekat Patak, an ensemble of traditional Javanese musical instruments, and the Yorkshire Pencak Silat Academy, practitioners of Indonesian martial arts, will present an evening of fight scenes from the Hindu epic, the Mahabharata.


cauliflower
York scientists’ role in genome sequence lays foundation for better cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli

Posted on Friday 23 May 2014

Scientists at the University of York have contributed to a new study which represents a significant step forward in understanding the molecular processes which underpin the evolution of genomes in Brassica species.


Ruth and Sheryll Murray MP
Ruth helps MPs broaden their knowledge of deafness

Posted on Thursday 22 May 2014

A deaf employee from the University of York, Ruth MacMullen, spent the day at the House of Commons talking to MPs, about what life is like as a deaf person in a hearing working world.


Jingwen Fen & Xu Wang
University helps businesses to think internationally

Posted on Wednesday 21 May 2014

The University of York is offering a special support package to businesses aiming to explore international markets this summer.


Sumatran tiger cub (credit: Flamingo Land)
York conservationist to begin work in Sumatra after birth of rare tiger cubs

Posted on Wednesday 21 May 2014

An academic from York’s Environment Department is to embark on conservation work in Sumatra following the birth of three critically endangered Sumatran tiger cubs at Flamingo Land, Yorkshire.


HRH The Duke of York and Alex Kontos.
University of York student awarded Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Award

Posted on Tuesday 20 May 2014

An enterprising University of York student has received the prestigious Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Award.


Rachel Smith
York postgraduate co-curates exhibition at Tate St Ives

Posted on Tuesday 20 May 2014

A York art historian is co-curator of an exhibition looking at mid-20th century art in St Ives in Cornwall.


The Knife That Killed Me. Credit Green Screen Productions Ltd
Innovative Yorkshire feature film seeks local support

Posted on Monday 19 May 2014

A specially invited audience will today enjoy an exclusive Yorkshire preview of the feature film The Knife That Killed Me at the University of York ahead of its national release this summer.


The 24
York choir presents UK premiere of French masterpiece

Posted on Friday 16 May 2014

University of York student vocal ensemble The 24 has pulled off a major coup in the classical musical world by becoming the first UK choir to sing a rarely-heard masterpiece by French composer Jean Francaix.


Pilot volunteer Mr John Sneddon records the grave of Corporal Herbert St Clair Marlatt of the Canadian Engineers who was wounded in the Battle of the Somme in October 1916, but died 2 months later in England and was buried in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire
York academic’s key role in Home Front research offensive

Posted on Friday 16 May 2014

An archaeologist at the University of York has played a key role in a pioneering project to discover the scope of the First World War’s impact on England.


New drug prevented changes in fruit flies' visual function.
Visual clue to new Parkinson’s Disease therapies

Posted on Thursday 15 May 2014

A biologist and a psychologist at the University of York have joined forces with a drug discovery group at Lundbeck in Denmark to develop a potential route to new therapies for the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease (PD).


Department of Theatre, Film and Television (credit: John Houlihan)
Competition launched to find name for York’s new Local TV Channel

Posted on Thursday 15 May 2014

York’s new local television channel, which will be based at the University of York, has launched a campaign to select its name with the help of its future audience.


Clare Fraser, Student Recruitment Ambassador and Phill Gray, International Officer with the award
UK's international students vote University of York as the country's top university

Posted on Wednesday 14 May 2014

The University of York has won the International Student Choice Category Award for the best overall University experience at the Whatuni Student Choice awards.


‘Buzzin’ Brains, Burnin’ Legs’ YuCycle team
Buzzin’ Brains biking for bursaries

Posted on Wednesday 14 May 2014

A team of staff members from the University of York are to get on their bikes to raise money to help to make sure the benefits of education are available to all.


Professor Sue Hartley
Public seminar to examine natural route to crop protection

Posted on Wednesday 14 May 2014

A leading University of York scientist will discuss sustainable crop protection at a public seminar organised in partnership with the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera).


York city walls
Why does Humanity need the past? Researchers and public explore what it means to be human

Posted on Wednesday 14 May 2014

The University of York is to host an event to participate in Being Human, the UK’s first national festival of the humanities, which involves current research on York’s past and its relevance in the present.


black swan on campus (credit: Amanda Wright)
Bird invaders ‘moving in’ to UK’s nature reserves

Posted on Tuesday 13 May 2014

A new study by scientists at the University of York and the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science has demonstrated that nature reserves and other areas specially protected for wildlife, as well as being vital for native species, are very important for helping European birds to expand their ranges into Britain naturally. The catch is that protected areas are also at increasing risk of invasion by species that have been introduced from further afield.


A dynamic science-art project will create living sculptures.
Chance to become part of ‘living sculpture’

Posted on Monday 12 May 2014

A visual artist is looking for groups of people from the York area to take part in a dynamic science-art project which will create ‘living sculptures’.


Chris Millson holding the 2014 Blackboard Catalyst Award.
University of York Careers team wins international award for online tutorial

Posted on Monday 12 May 2014

The University of York’s Careers team has won a top award at the 2014 Blackboard Catalyst Awards for its online Employability Tutorial.


Medicato truncatula shoot and flower.
Research shows how plant welfare is improved by fungi in soil

Posted on Monday 12 May 2014

A University of York biologist is part of an international team of scientists that has discovered how plants use fungi to help them to gather vital nutrients from the soil.


Professor Lucy Carpenter
York academics making Hay

Posted on Monday 12 May 2014

Five University of York scholars will speak at the Hay Festival and the neighbouring HowTheLightGetsIn Festival in May.


Professor Karen Spilsbury and Amy Eleanor Bascombe
Nursing student wins national award

Posted on Monday 12 May 2014

Third year Health Sciences undergraduate Amy Eleanor Bascombe has won the 2014 Student Nursing Times Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Affairs.


Professor Gideon Davies
York scientist’s medical research accolade

Posted on Friday 9 May 2014

A University of York scientist has been elected to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences for his contribution to the advancement of medical science.


York Festival of Ideas 2014
York Festival of Ideas to ignite minds around ‘Order and Chaos’

Posted on Friday 9 May 2014

An international line up of diplomats, political commentators and conflict specialists will open the York Festival of Ideas on 12 June with a debate on the crises in Syria and Ukraine.


Imaging the distribution of a pesticide in a freshwater shrimp. Blue and green indicate low concentrations, red and brown indicate high concentrations. Credit: Eawag/Harlan Laboratories
Pesticides: research provides new insights into their effects on shrimps and snails

Posted on Thursday 8 May 2014

Ground breaking research by an international team of scientists has resulted in greater understanding of the effects of pesticides on aquatic invertebrates such as shrimps and snails.


Making Research Count logo
Chief Social Workers debate future of social work at York seminar

Posted on Tuesday 6 May 2014

Two of England’s top social workers will take part in a seminar at the University of York looking at the challenges and opportunities for social work in the 21st Century.


gravestone
York Festival to confront dying matters

Posted on Tuesday 6 May 2014

Artistic, cultural and medical perspectives on death and bereavement will be explored in a week-long festival organised by the University of York in a bid to encourage more people to confront end-of-life issues.


RSC logo
York scientists win prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry accolades

Posted on Tuesday 6 May 2014

Four of the 2014 Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) prize and award winners are from the University of York.


Werner Heisenberg
Proving uncertainty: New insight into old problem

Posted on Friday 2 May 2014

Nearly 90 years after Werner Heisenberg pioneered his uncertainty principle, a group of researchers from three countries has provided substantial new insight into this fundamental tenet of quantum physics with the first rigorous formulation supporting the uncertainty principle as Heisenberg envisioned it.


Pint of Science
Chance to enjoy a ‘Pint of Science’ at York pubs

Posted on Friday 2 May 2014

Top University of York scientists will share their research with members of the public at three York pubs this month as they offer a ‘Pint of Science’.


Caption: The Staphylococcus aureus protein FnBPA (pink) binds to a human fibrinogen peptide (blue)
How bacteria exploit proteins to trigger potentially lethal infections

Posted on Friday 2 May 2014

New research by scientists at the University of York sheds light on how bacteria exploit human proteins during infections.


Female biologists working (c) John Houlihan
York’s support of women in science recognised with second top Gold award

Posted on Thursday 1 May 2014

The University of York has become one of the first universities in the UK to hold two Gold Athena SWAN awards for its commitment to women in science.


Dame Mary Arden
Top judge to visit York Law School

Posted on Wednesday 30 April 2014

Court of Appeal judge, Lady Justice Arden, will give a public lecture at the York Law School at the University of York this week.


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Judgment of Solomon, 1508 1510
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York art historian co-curates major National Gallery exhibition

Posted on Friday 25 April 2014

York art historian Dr Amanda Lillie is co-curating a groundbreaking exhibition at the National Gallery – the first in Britain to explore architecture in Italian Renaissance painting.


Roman Sheppard Dawson - film installation
Two new exhibitions to open at University’s Norman Rea Gallery

Posted on Friday 25 April 2014

A film installation by Roman Sheppard Dawson and a surrealist sculpture exhibition by Jake Francis will debut at the University of York’s Norman Rea Gallery.


Paul Genever
York researchers to develop better therapies for osteoarthritis by rejuvenating old stem cells

Posted on Friday 25 April 2014

Researchers at the University of York are aiming to develop better therapies for the painful condition of osteoarthritis by rejuvenating old stem cells and using them to repair cartilage damage.


Tsetse fly (credit: Geoffrey M. Attardo)
The Tsetse fly genome: unlocking the secrets of a blood-sucking insect

Posted on Friday 25 April 2014

Scientists at the University of York are part of an international team of researchers that has sequenced and analysed the genome of the tsetse fly, the blood-sucking insect that is the source of sleeping sickness which kills thousands of people every year.


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York conference to debate ethics of patient treatment

Posted on Thursday 24 April 2014

A panel of experts will gather at a conference at the University of York to examine the ethics of withdrawing treatment from vegetative and minimally conscious patients.


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Breast cancer replicates brain development process

Posted on Thursday 24 April 2014

New research led by a scientist at the University of York reveals that a process that forms a key element in the development of the nervous system may also play a pivotal role in the spread of breast cancer.


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Home or care? Researchers investigate what works best for abused or neglected children

Posted on Tuesday 22 April 2014

University of York researchers are launching a new multi-disciplinary project to examine what works best for abused or neglected children – going into care or staying at home with support.


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York Student nominated for Rolls Royce Female Undergraduate of the Year Award

Posted on Tuesday 22 April 2014

Bronwyn O’Neill, a second year English Literature student at the University of York, is one of the top ten finalists for this year’s Female Undergraduate of the Year, sponsored by Rolls Royce.


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York students nominated for national Royal Television Society Award

Posted on Wednesday 16 April 2014

A group of talented student filmmakers from the University of York’s Department of Film, Theatre and Television have been nominated for a national award from the Royal Television Society (RTS).


Peregrine Falcon at Fallowfields Falconry, Southmoor Oxfordshire (credit: flickr/davehamster - David Merrett)
High rise raptor residence for University of York campus

Posted on Tuesday 15 April 2014

A nest box with a view has been installed on the University of York’s 60-metre high boiler house chimney in a bid to attract Peregrine Falcons to the campus.


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Bioeconomy bonanza for Yorkshire

Posted on Tuesday 15 April 2014

Senior industry figures from across Yorkshire joined forces with some of the world’s leading scientific researchers in York to discuss how the region can gain a bigger share of Europe’s rapidly expanding bioeconomy market.


The Lit and Phil Library (credit: flickr/summonedbyfells)
Conference puts integrity in the spotlight

Posted on Thursday 10 April 2014

The University of York is supporting an international conference on integrity featuring contributions from philosophers, historians, social theorists, health scientists, and sociologists.


killer shrimp (credit: Environment Agency)
Water users can reduce the risk of spreading invasive species

Posted on Thursday 10 April 2014

Foreign species that are devastating water ecosystems could be “hitchhiking” around Britain on canoeists’ and anglers’ kit, according to a new study.


Neanderthals - Artist's rendition of Earth approximately 60,000 years ago (artist: Randii Oliver) via Creative Commons
Researchers say Neanderthals were no strangers to good parenting

Posted on Wednesday 9 April 2014

Archaeologists at the University of York are challenging the traditional view that Neanderthal childhood was difficult, short and dangerous.


The York Science Outreach Centre aims to motivate and enthuse visitors of all ages about modern science
New university outreach centre aims to inspire next generation of scientists

Posted on Monday 7 April 2014

A new science outreach centre at the University of York is aiming to motivate and enthuse visitors of all ages about modern science by providing a top-quality facility and experience.


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Crowdfunding provides route to success for York projects

Posted on Thursday 3 April 2014

The UK’s first bespoke university crowdfunding platform YuStart has brought funding success for three projects at the University of York.


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Students’ woollen bunting idea gets Tour knitters in a spin

Posted on Wednesday 2 April 2014

A woolly idea dreamt up by University of York students to use mini jerseys as Tour de France bunting has captured the imagination of knitters around the world.


Dr Glyn Hemsworth
York biochemist wins top Early Career Research Award

Posted on Tuesday 1 April 2014

A scientist in the York Structural Biology Laboratory (YSBL) at the University of York has won a prestigious Early Career Research Award of the Biochemical Society for Biotechnology.


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York’s key role in research on ‘self-management support’

Posted on Monday 31 March 2014

Health economists at the University of York are to carry out research into the value that people with chronic long-term conditions, such as asthma, cancer, and coronary heart disease, place on interventions aimed to support self-management of their health condition.


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On-screen television role for University of York maths student

Posted on Monday 31 March 2014

A University of York student is proving he has star quality with an on-screen role in the light-hearted maths-based television show Dara O Briain: School Of Hard Sums.


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York World Voice Day event explores science behind choral singing

Posted on Friday 28 March 2014

The University of York will mark World Voice Day with an interactive workshop exploring the science of choral singing, followed by live choral music at York Minster.


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University of York event to mark same sex marriage legislation

Posted on Thursday 27 March 2014

Sociologists at the University of York are hosting a public event to mark the introduction of legislation granting formal recognition for same sex marriages in England and Wales.


Dr Deborah Thorpe
York interns ‘discipline-hop’ to tackle chronic diseases and disorders

Posted on Wednesday 26 March 2014

Three recent PhD graduates are ‘discipline-hopping’ at the University of York under an innovative internship scheme which allows them to gain new skills and explore their research interest from a new angle.


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Global NASA event touches down in York

Posted on Wednesday 26 March 2014

The University of York will co-host a worldwide NASA event which aims to improve life on Earth and in space.


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York conference debates multinational corporations’ response to Scottish independence

Posted on Wednesday 26 March 2014

A panel of experts will examine the implications of Scottish independence for foreign direct investment and the likely response of multinational corporations.at a groundbreaking event hosted by the York Management School at the University of York.


The geometric organisation of the genomic RNA inside a virus particle is key for virus assembly efficiency. It can be characterised in terms of the graph theoretical concept of a Hamiltonian path (shown here in yellow inside the protein container of MS2).
Researchers take mathematical route to fighting viruses

Posted on Tuesday 25 March 2014

Mathematicians at the University of York have joined forces with experimentalists at the University of Leeds to take an important step in discovering how viruses make new copies of themselves during an infection.


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Pooling budgets no panacea for integrated care

Posted on Friday 21 March 2014

New research published today by the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York says that pooling funds across health and social care services is not a panacea that will lead to the successful delivery of integrated care.


Scanning tunnelling microscopy image of Bi2Se3 topological insulator thin films
Research brings new control over topological insulator

Posted on Friday 21 March 2014

An international team of scientists investigating the electronic properties of ultra-thin films of new materials – topological insulators (TIs) - has demonstrated a new method to tune their unique properties using strain.


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Chance to enjoy Buster Keaton silent film masterpiece

Posted on Thursday 20 March 2014

A University of York historian is offering theatre-goers a glimpse into the “giddy, silly, thought-provoking” world of early silent film cinema.


Young people hit the trail to scientific knowledge

Posted on Thursday 20 March 2014

Schoolchildren will experience science in action this week as they take part in a series of interactive sessions at the University of York.


The Law and Management Building. Photo: BDP
TSYS partners with York Management School to launch TSYS Masters Scholarship

Posted on Thursday 20 March 2014

TSYS (NYSE; TSS) today announced the launch of the TSYS Masters Scholarship, which will be offered to postgraduate students at the York Management School, University of York.


Wheat crops. Photo: Flickr/Dag Terje Filip Endresen
From cultivation to consumption: Fera and University of York seminars to examine agri-food supply stability

Posted on Thursday 20 March 2014

Lead scientists from the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) and the University of York have launched a joint programme of seminars to discuss ways of ensuring the future stability and integrity of agri-food supply chains.


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Teachers’ union leader and Shadow Education Secretary to speak at York conference

Posted on Wednesday 19 March 2014

Two high-profile figures from the world of education will deliver keynote speeches at the Institute for Effective Education (IEE) Conference at the University of York this week.


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Research celebration marks new White Rose College launch

Posted on Wednesday 19 March 2014

The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities which aims to train more than 300 doctoral students over the next five years is formally launched today.


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Ash research reveals first genetic clues to fight dieback

Posted on Monday 17 March 2014

Scientists collaborating on ash dieback research can reveal the first genetic clues that could help them identify and breed trees tolerant to the disease.


CGI image of how the York Astrocampus radio telescope will look once work is completed (credit: Design by Mode)
Schoolchildren and space enthusiasts reach for the stars at Astrocampus opening

Posted on Friday 14 March 2014

Space enthusiasts from the York community will enjoy an ‘out of this world’ experience during a day of celebrations to mark the official opening of the University of York’s Astrocampus.


A still image from A Man Came from the Sea. Credit: Alex Campbell
International film festival success for York student

Posted on Friday 14 March 2014

A talented student filmmaker from the University of York has won a top award at the international Watersprite Film Festival.


Professor Karen Mumford (credit: Suzy Harrison)
Review calls for major reform of minimum wage

Posted on Thursday 13 March 2014

A University of York economist has played a key role in a major review of the future of the minimum wage in the UK by the Resolution Foundation.


Department of Theatre, Film and Television (credit: John Houlihan)
York convention showcases latest innovations in TV and film

Posted on Tuesday 11 March 2014

A new annual event at the University of York will bring the latest developments in television and feature film to the doorstep of people working in Yorkshire, the North East and beyond.


Professor Alastair Lewis
New laboratories to foster world-leading research into air quality and climate change

Posted on Tuesday 11 March 2014

The UK’s first dedicated laboratory building for atmospheric chemistry research will be officially opened at the University of York next week.


Professor Maria Goddard
Top national appointment for York Professor of Health Economics

Posted on Tuesday 11 March 2014

A University of York academic has been appointed to the Board of the national body responsible for health and social care data collection, analysis and dissemination in England.


The post-war years were a golden era for British football which led to England becoming hosts of the 1966 FIFA World Cup. Photo from the 1950s.
Lessons from the past: York academics investigate 1966 World Cup

Posted on Thursday 6 March 2014

University of York researchers are carrying out a pioneering study of the management history of the 1966 FIFA World Cup, investigating the tournament’s impact on local and national economic development.


How the Star Carr site might have looked 11,000 years ago. Image by Dominic Andrews
Public decides Stone Age research has Star quality

Posted on Wednesday 5 March 2014

A study of one of the Europe’s most important Early Mesolithic sites -- Star Carr, near Scarborough -- has won "Research Project of the Year" in the national Current Archaeology Awards 2014.


Big Data Analytics Innovation Masterclass poster
University of York hosts Big Data Analytics Innovation Masterclass

Posted on Tuesday 4 March 2014

The University of York will host a masterclass examining how high-performance analytics and Big Data can aid innovation and fundamentally change business processes.


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York event examines how to ensure food supplies meet demand

Posted on Monday 3 March 2014

Tea and coffee producers are flying in from Kenya and Tanzania to take part in workshops at the University of York as part of Fairtrade Fortnight.


Professor John Goodby
York liquid crystal chemist wins AkzoNobel UK Science Award

Posted on Monday 3 March 2014

A University of York scientist whose work helped form the basis for flat-screen TVs, computers and mobile phone displays has won AkzoNobel’s UK Science Award for 2014.


Schematic diagram of all-optical thermally induced magnetic switching. Credit: R F L Evans, University of York.
York physicists pave the way for more energy efficient technology

Posted on Friday 28 February 2014

An international team of scientists led by physicists from the University of York has paved the way for a new class of magnetic materials and devices with improved performance and power efficiency.


Rowntree's Aero advert images c1950, By permission of Nestlé UK
Mysteries of the Aero Girls unwrapped

Posted on Friday 28 February 2014

The secrets behind an enigmatic collection of 1950s paintings commissioned by Rowntree will be revealed at a public talk in York next month.


York researchers are developing a greater understanding of processes underlying infection and disease development. Credit: John Houlihan
York exhibition marks Rare Disease Day

Posted on Friday 28 February 2014

Clinicians, scientists, patients, nurses and University of York graduates will mark Rare Disease Day on Friday, 28 February with a special exhibition at York Hospital.


Peter Sansom (credit: Charlie Hedley)
Poetry workshops in York will explore the impact of ill health

Posted on Wednesday 26 February 2014

The University of York is to host a series of hands-on reading and poetry workshops to explore the way we talk, think and write about ill health.


Industrial project students with EDF having a tour of the Hartlepool power station. York undergraduates Chris Atkinson, Matthew Durkin, Sam Gilkes and Elliot Rippon, with PhD student Jess Tomlinson and Dr Ben Kay.
Yorkshire academy to provide physics graduates with industry skills boost

Posted on Monday 24 February 2014

A new academy designed to encourage more physics graduates into technical careers has been awarded £2m funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).


Fossilised dental plaque (calculus) on the teeth of a middle-aged man from the Medieval site of Dalheim, Germany, ca. AD 1100. Photo credit: Christina Warinner.
Scientists unlock a ‘microbial Pompeii’

Posted on Monday 24 February 2014

An international team of researchers including scientists from the University of York have discovered a ‘microbial Pompeii’ preserved on the teeth of skeletons around 1,000 years old.


Sydney Opera House (credit: Suzy Harrison)
Does Britain need an emigration policy?

Posted on Friday 21 February 2014

With almost 3,000 British citizens moving abroad every week, academics and policy-makers are meeting in London to discuss whether Britain is facing a ‘brain drain’ of skilled workers.


CGI image of how the York Astrocampus radio telescope will look once work is completed (credit: Design by Mode)
York Astrocampus helps people reach for the sky

Posted on Thursday 20 February 2014

The University of York’s Astrocampus will help bring the mysteries of space closer to home for thousands of people across the region when it launches a series of regular public events.


Elizabeth Sturt
Theatre internship leads to employment success for York graduate

Posted on Monday 17 February 2014

The Christmas pantomime season has brought employment success for a recent University of York graduate with the award of a permanent theatre job.


Eurasian beaver Castor fiber (credit: Christof Angst, Biberfachstelle)
Researchers shed new light on the genetic history of the European beaver

Posted on Monday 17 February 2014

An international team of scientists has used detailed analysis of ancient and modern DNA to show that the distribution and lack of genetic diversity among modern European beavers is due largely to human hunting.


Green Screen filming at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television
Shooting for visual effects: Boot camp aims to improve skills

Posted on Friday 14 February 2014

The University of York is hosting a hands-on visual effects course aimed at tutors delivering VFX teaching at UK institutions.


Greg Dyke
University announces An Audience with Greg Dyke

Posted on Friday 14 February 2014

Greg Dyke, Chancellor of the University of York and Chairman of the Football Association and the British Film Institute, will answer questions on subjects ranging from education to the World Cup at a special event in Manchester.


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York scientist makes innovation shortlist

Posted on Thursday 13 February 2014

A team led by a University of York scientist, which has developed new plants which can be used to clean up land polluted with explosives, is a finalist in the BBSRC Innovator of the Year 2014 competition.


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Waste not, want not: York scientists plot green route to polymer production

Posted on Thursday 13 February 2014

Scientists at the University of York are to lead a new Government-backed research project to investigate the potential conversion of waste biomass and waste carbon dioxide into safer and more sustainable raw materials.


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From surgery to laboratory and back again

Posted on Thursday 13 February 2014

A University of York scientist’s experience in seeing his partner in hospital recovering from a double lung transplant prompted him to design and synthesise new chemical agents that could revolutionise post-operative patient care.


Vice-Chancellor Professor Koen Lamberts and University Honorary Treasurer David Dickson lead a group of cyclists outside Heslington Hall
Get into gear for YuCycle

Posted on Thursday 13 February 2014

A new cycle event for the University and City has been launched with the backing of the University of York’s new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Koen Lamberts.


High oleic hemp oil
Oil composition boost makes hemp a cooking contender

Posted on Monday 10 February 2014

Scientists at the University of York today report the development of hemp plants with a dramatically increased content of oleic acid.


Professor Alastair Lewis
Award allows creation of ‘virtual air’ archive at York

Posted on Friday 7 February 2014

Atmospheric chemists at the University of York developing a ‘virtual air’ archive have received a major government funding boost.


Traditional dance at last year's Chinese New Year Gala
York's Chinese students host colourful New Year Gala

Posted on Friday 7 February 2014

Students, staff and the local community are invited to the University of York to celebrate the Chinese New Year.


The balance of retinoic acid and male sex hormones involved in the process is highly regulated in a normal prostate gland. When this balance is tipped to the left, prostate cancer can occur
Prostate development discovery could lead to new treatments

Posted on Thursday 6 February 2014

SCIENTISTS at the University of York have discovered how the prostate gland develops for the first time, according to research published today (Thursday, February 6) in Stem Cell Reports.


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SEI ranked number two among world's environment think tanks

Posted on Thursday 6 February 2014

The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), which has a centre in the Environment Department at the University of York, has been ranked as the world’s second most influential environment think tank.


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Water supply availability ‘to dominate US natural resource management’

Posted on Wednesday 5 February 2014

Water supply is the most pressing environmental issue facing the United States according to a survey of policy makers and scientists revealed in a new publication in BioScience by researchers at the University of York and the University of California, Davis.


New grants scheme to help Yorkshire and Humber SMEs invest in innovative green technologies

Posted on Wednesday 5 February 2014

The Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC), a not-for-profit company based at the University of York, today announces its new funding opportunity, the Biorenewables Capital Grant Scheme (BCGS), for Yorkshire and Humber-based small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) wishing to explore commercial feasibility of bio-based projects.


Stethoscope. Photo: Flickr/apoxapox
British medical tourists seeking treatment overseas without sufficient information and advice

Posted on Tuesday 4 February 2014

A team of researchers has found that British people travelling abroad for medical treatment are often unaware of the potential health and financial consequences they could face.


Report shows poverty influences UK survival rates for treatable leukaemia

Posted on Monday 3 February 2014

Patients from less affluent backgrounds have a greater chance of dying from a form of chronic blood cancer than those from more affluent areas, according to a comprehensive study carried out by researchers at the University of York.


University of York steps up quantum research drive

Posted on Monday 3 February 2014

The University of York has announced the establishment of a new centre to provide a focus for its growing inter-disciplinary research into quantum technologies.


Cassandra Brown, York Sport Union President and Sam Davies, University of York Tennis Club President playing tennis
University nets more time for tennis

Posted on Friday 31 January 2014

A new inflatable dome roof over tennis courts at the University of York will give the sport a welcome boost, protecting players from the elements and allowing them to enjoy tennis throughout the year.


Different types of inflammatory cells (labelled red and green) at the site of Leishmania infection.  Modelling how drugs affect the behavior of these cells is an integral part of the CRACK-IT project
Rising to the latest technology challenges in animal research

Posted on Friday 31 January 2014

The University of York is among a selection of universities and small-to-medium-sized enterprises across Europe that have been awarded up to £100,000 each to help to solve five of the pharmaceutical industry’s biggest drug discovery and development challenges.


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Scientists join forces on food production and agriculture resilience

Posted on Friday 31 January 2014

Four influential scientific institutions in North Yorkshire have joined forces to decide how the region can contribute to the delivery of the UK Government’s Agricultural Technologies strategy.


Herdwick sheep
Scientists shine spotlight on Herdwicks’ origins

Posted on Thursday 30 January 2014

A new study highlights surprising differences between Herdwick sheep and their closest neighbouring UK upland breeds.


Professor Jon Timmis
University of York spin-out business to aid drug development

Posted on Tuesday 28 January 2014

A University of York academic has received a Royal Academy of Engineering award to develop a spin-out business based on innovative computer modelling software to help drug development.


Chris Froome - 2013 Tour de France (credit: Brian Townsley)
Students focus on York faces for Tour de France festival

Posted on Friday 24 January 2014

Plans for a giant photo mosaic, made up of the faces of York residents, students and tourists, have been drawn up by University of York students as part of a Tour de France cultural festival.


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New prostate cancer drugs may not be targeting root cause of disease, York scientists warn

Posted on Friday 24 January 2014

New drugs being developed for the treatment of prostate cancer may not be targeting the root cause of the disease, according to research published today (Friday, 24 January 2014) in Cell Death & Differentiation.


Charles Cecil and Jeffrey Lin
Games enthusiasm could benefit society and science

Posted on Thursday 23 January 2014

A groundbreaking event at the University of York will bring together members of the games industry and leading academics to discuss how digital games can be put to social and scientific uses.


YuStart
University of York leads on funding support for student projects

Posted on Tuesday 21 January 2014

The University of York is the first UK University to launch its own crowdfunding platform. YuStart has gone live.


A double-helix of RNA, life’s information messenger, showing the result of the X-ray experiment (a mesh of electron density) and an atomic model built automatically using Dr Cowtan's software
Funding boost for biological chemistry research

Posted on Tuesday 21 January 2014

New funding is allowing researchers at the University of York to further develop software underpinning research in the pharmaceutical industry and academic laboratories worldwide.


3D structure of a key enzyme used by gut bacteria to digest fruit and vegetables
York scientists investigate the fibre of our being

Posted on Monday 20 January 2014

We are all aware of the health benefits of "dietary fibre". But what is dietary fibre and how do we metabolise it?


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Study reveals the role of sex in spread of deadly disease

Posted on Friday 17 January 2014

Research involving scientists at the University of York has provided important new information about transmission of human leishmaniasis, a group of infectious diseases which kills more than 100,000 people a year.


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University awards eight honorary degrees

Posted on Thursday 16 January 2014

A philanthropist, a post-conflict specialist, the Chair of the Science and Technology in Society forum, a composer, biographer, academic publisher, physicist and the Chair of Scope are to receive honorary degrees from the University of York this week.


Professor Celia Kitzinger
Some families would consider terminal sedation for brain injured relatives in a permanent vegetative state

Posted on Wednesday 15 January 2014

The families of some very severely brain injured patients believe that once all treatment options are exhausted, allowing their relatives to die with the help of terminal sedation would be a humane and compassionate option, research carried out by the University of York and Cardiff University has revealed.


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What lies beneath – scientists discover giant trench under Antarctic Ice

Posted on Wednesday 15 January 2014

A massive ancient subglacial trough – deeper than the Grand Canyon - has been discovered by a team of UK scientists, including experts from the University of York.


Fusion Doctoral Training Network staff and students outside the York Plasma Institute
New centre to forward the quest for carbon-free, safe energy

Posted on Friday 10 January 2014

The University of York is to lead a new Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in the science and technology of fusion energy, boosting graduate training in this important area of science.


Alison Bodley, Curator of History at the York Museums Trust
Chance to meet the people making history in York

Posted on Tuesday 7 January 2014

A series of lectures on how York’s rich history is presented to the public begins with an opportunity to learn more about the city during the First World War.


Adonis blue and the chalkhill blue butterfly use the same host plant, Horseshoe Vetch, and are found in similar habitats in the south of England. However the adonis blue has shown positive abundance changes and has expanded its distribution area, while the chalkhill blue has shown a negative abundance trend and has not expanded its range. Credit: Peter Eeles/Butterfly Conservation
Population stability ‘hope’ in species’ response to climate change

Posted on Monday 6 January 2014

Stable population trends are a prerequisite for species’ range expansion, according to new research led by scientists at the University of York.


Gordon Eastham
Gordon’s grounds for an honour

Posted on Friday 3 January 2014

The University’s Grounds Maintenance Manager Gordon Eastham has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours List.


Jemma Pogson
Accolades for York’s Learning Disability nursing students

Posted on Thursday 2 January 2014

Students on the Learning Disability Nursing programme at the University of York have gained national recognition for their innovative practice.


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