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News archive: 2017 releases

Bone marrow protein a ‘magnet’ for passing prostate cancer cells

Posted on Tuesday 19 September 2017

Scientists at the University of York have shown that a protein in the bone marrow acts like a ‘magnetic docking station’ for prostate cancer cells, helping them grow and spread outside of the prostate.


Clinical trial examines care strategies for preventing falls at home

Posted on Monday 18 September 2017

A new large-scale clinical trial is testing the effectiveness of NHS home assessment strategies in preventing elderly people from falling unnecessarily.


A drug-loaded gel that has been patterned into a stripe – if different sides of the stripe are exposed to solutions of different pH values, the drug is preferentially released in one direction (credit: Professor David Smith)
York scientists pioneer new directional drug release gel

Posted on Thursday 14 September 2017

Scientists at the University of York have created a new smart gel that can be shaped by UV light and is able to control the direction in which drugs are released.


Could interstellar ice provide the answer to birth of DNA?

Posted on Thursday 14 September 2017

Researchers at the University of York have shown that molecules brought to earth in meteorite strikes could potentially be converted into the building blocks of DNA.


Expert Reaction: Should Google offer an online screening test for depression?

Posted on Thursday 14 September 2017

With one in five Americans experiencing clinical depression in their lifetime, should Google offer an online screening test for depression? University of York researcher, Professor Simon Gilbody, debates the issue in The British Medical Journal (BMJ).


Debut novel by PhD student is shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize

Posted on Wednesday 13 September 2017

Fiona Mozley's debut novel Elmet has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.


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Record year for York Festival of Ideas

Posted on Wednesday 13 September 2017

New audience figures reveal the 2017 York Festival of Ideas attracted a record number of people, with over 32,000 people attending talks, focus days, exhibitions and performances.


Chemistry and Industrial Biotechnology Showcase 2017
York hosts major chemistry and industrial biotechnology conference

Posted on Tuesday 12 September 2017

The University of York will host a major chemistry and industrial biotechnology conference this month.


Frontline police benefit from specialist mental health training, study reveals

Posted on Monday 11 September 2017

Providing frontline police officers with specialist training in mental health issues greatly improves their knowledge, attitude and confidence in responding to such incidents, a trial reveals.


York academic uncovers Beckett’s Political Imagination in new book

Posted on Friday 8 September 2017

A University of York academic has shed new light on acclaimed writer Samuel Beckett’s interest in the political events of his time.


Australian Magpie (credit: Eleanor Drinkwater)
Australian Magpie ‘dunks’ its food before eating, researchers find

Posted on Thursday 7 September 2017

Scientists at the University of York, in collaboration with researchers at Western Sydney University, have shown that the Australian Magpie may ‘dunk’ its food in water before eating, a process that appears to be ‘copied’ by its offspring.


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It’s a no-brainer! Scientists discover gene that regulates the birth of brain cells in vertebrates

Posted on Tuesday 5 September 2017

Biologists at the University of York have discovered a new gene that controls brain development in vertebrates.


Fighting forgery with paper fingerprints

Posted on Thursday 31 August 2017

Fingerprinting official documents could provide a cost-effective way to prevent forgery, new research shows.


A student goes to school wearing a mask to protect him from the smoke that blankets the city of Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan (credit: Aulia Erlangga/CIFOR)
One million premature deaths linked to ozone air pollution

Posted on Thursday 31 August 2017

Scientists at the University of York’s Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) have released new figures showing long-term exposure to ozone air pollution is linked to one million premature deaths per year due to respiratory diseases - more than double previous estimates.


Life in last Ice Age captured in soundscape at famous archaeological site

Posted on Wednesday 23 August 2017

Archaeologists and composers at the University of York have come together to capture the sounds of the famous limestone gorge, Creswell Crags, to explore its dramatically changing sonic environment.


Sacrificed, farmed and smuggled, the llama has a colourful past, says historian

Posted on Tuesday 22 August 2017

Research into the historical importance of one of the most celebrated animals in South American culture, has shown that the llama has fought its way back from near extinction to global popularity over a period of five centuries.


‘Lost city’ used 500 years of soil erosion to benefit crop farming

Posted on Monday 21 August 2017

Researchers at the University of York working on a 700-year old abandoned agricultural site in Tanzania have shown that soil erosion benefited farming practices for some 500 years.


Happy tube-nosed fruit bat (credit: Dr Nancy Irwin)
Yoda bat gets happy: New species officially recognised

Posted on Thursday 10 August 2017

An unusual breed of fruit bat - previously nicknamed ‘Yoda’ due to its resemblance to the Star Wars Jedi Master - has now officially been registered as a new species and renamed the happy (Hamamas) tube-nosed fruit bat.


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York researcher awarded £1.2 million for new blood cancer research

Posted on Thursday 10 August 2017

A University of York scientist has been granted significant new funding from Cancer Research UK to carry out research into a specific kind of blood cancer.


Satellite image of England and Wales (credit: Wikimedia Commons)
North-South health divide bigger than ever with alarming rise in deaths of northern 25-44 year olds

Posted on Tuesday 8 August 2017

Dying early (under age 75) is 20% more likely in northern compared with southern England, according to research conducted by the Universities of York and Manchester.


On a wing and a prayer: Marcel the nightjar on the hunt for love

Posted on Tuesday 8 August 2017

A lovelorn nightjar bird has travelled more than 600 miles across the UK in a quest to find a mate – an unusual occurrence for this nocturnal species in the breeding season.


Expert Reaction: Record number of drug-related deaths

Posted on Wednesday 2 August 2017

The number of drug poisoning deaths reached record levels in England and Wales last year, official data shows. York academic Ian Hamilton looks at the possible reasons behind the figures.


Historical wildlife trends reliable for predicting species at risk

Posted on Wednesday 2 August 2017

Scientists at the University of York have shown that using historical wildlife data provides a more accurate measure of how vulnerable certain species might be to extinction from climate change.


Partnership with Harbin Institute of Technology launched

Posted on Monday 31 July 2017

The University of York’s Department of Electronic Engineering has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Harbin Institute of Technology Shenzhen (HITSZ), China, to establish a joint laboratory for wireless communications.


Debut novel by PhD student is long-listed for the Man Booker Prize

Posted on Thursday 27 July 2017

A PhD student at the University of York has been long-listed for the Man Booker Prize for her debut novel.


Professors elected Fellows of the British Academy

Posted on Wednesday 26 July 2017

Two University of York academics have been elected Fellows of the British Academy in recognition of their outstanding contribution to research.


Expert Reaction: Diesel and petrol car ban

Posted on Wednesday 26 July 2017

Professor Alastair Lewis, from the University of York's National Centre for Atmospheric Science, reacts to a new government report that suggests any new diesel and petrol cars could be banned from 2040.


Archaeologists find key to tracking ancient wheat in frozen Bronze Age box

Posted on Wednesday 26 July 2017

A Bronze Age wooden container found in an ice patch at 2,650m in the Swiss Alps could help archaeologists shed new light on the spread and exploitation of cereal grains following a chance discovery.


Antibiotic resistance – gaining resistance is just the start

Posted on Monday 24 July 2017

Scientists have discovered bacteria are able to “fine-tune” their resistance to antibiotics – raising the possibility of some superbugs being resistant to drugs which they have never even been in contact with.


York awarded major funding to tackle global challenges

Posted on Friday 21 July 2017

Researchers from across the University of York have been awarded major grants from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) to tackle some of the most pressing issues around the world – including health care provision in Sub-Saharan Africa, reducing tobacco-related harm in Asia and combating neglected tropical diseases.


Mixed outcomes for plants and animals in warmer 2080s climate

Posted on Thursday 20 July 2017

More than three quarters of plants and animals in England are likely to be significantly affected by climate change by the end of the century, say researchers.


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York academic named as UK Fusion Programme Director

Posted on Wednesday 19 July 2017

A University of York physicist has been selected as the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s (UKAEA) Programme Director of the UK Fusion Programme at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy.


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York scientist to investigate how electrical charges help breast cancer spread

Posted on Tuesday 18 July 2017

A leading scientist at the University of York is to investigate whether a change in the electrical voltage of breast cancer cells could be helping them to spread around the body.


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New breakthrough discovery: Every quantum particle travels backwards

Posted on Monday 17 July 2017

Mathematicians at the Universities of York, Munich and Cardiff have identified a unique property of quantum mechanical particles – they can move in the opposite way to the direction in which they are being pushed.


Going down the pan – why we need to do more to protect our small music venues

Posted on Thursday 13 July 2017

The country’s network of small, independent music venues need greater recognition and protection or we risk leaving the UK worse off culturally, socially and economically, according to a leading cultural heritage academic.


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York honours seven for contribution to global issues

Posted on Tuesday 11 July 2017

The University of York will this week award honorary degrees to a distinguished group of scientists and global health, food and business figures.


Exposure to a common visual illusion may enhance your ability to read fine print

Posted on Tuesday 11 July 2017

Exposure to a common visual illusion may enhance your ability to read fine print, according to new research from psychologists at the Universities of York and Glasgow.


York EMC Services joins Eurofins Group

Posted on Friday 7 July 2017

York EMC Services (YES), a subsidiary of the University of York, has been acquired by Luxembourg-based analytical services provider Eurofins Group.


Have we been making a grave mistake about Dick Turpin’s final resting place?

Posted on Friday 7 July 2017

A University of York historian has uncovered new research suggesting the notorious 18th Century highwayman Dick Turpin is unlikely to be buried in the marked grave as previously thought.


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High quality classroom talk raises educational standards

Posted on Thursday 6 July 2017

Training teachers to improve and monitor the quality of classroom talk has a positive impact on pupils’ test scores in English, mathematics and science, a report for the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) on a project based at the University of York reveals.


New book from York academic reveals how nature is fighting back

Posted on Thursday 6 July 2017

A University of York academic has written a new book that challenges us to look positively at the impact of humans on the natural world.


Confocal image of infected RAG mouse skin
The confocal image is a 3D rendition of Z-stack tile scan of a 10 μm thick skin section stained with DAPI (cyan) and containing tdTom-L. donovani (red). This image shows a skin area of higher parasite density and lower spread with k→0, akin to parasite patches.
Skin plays significant role in spread of leishmaniasis

Posted on Wednesday 5 July 2017

Scientists at the University of York have discovered that parasites responsible for leishmaniasis - a globally occurring neglected tropical disease spread by sand flies – are mainly acquired from the skin rather than a person’s blood.


The future of UK agriculture and fisheries post-Brexit: a new dawn?

Posted on Friday 30 June 2017

Leading figures from industry, politics, the environmental sector and academia will gather in Westminster next week to launch two new reports on the potential implications of Brexit for UK agriculture and fisheries policy.


NHS health checks given a clean bill of health

Posted on Friday 30 June 2017

An assessment of the NHS Health Check programme has concluded it represents value for money by helping some patients lose weight and reduce their risk of future disease caused by obesity.


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Dying in the 21st Century: conference held in York

Posted on Thursday 29 June 2017

A theological symposium addressing one of life’s most difficult subjects - death and dying - will take place at the York Medical Society this weekend.


Podcast: The story of a children’s book

Posted on Thursday 29 June 2017

The third, and final, podcast episode has been released in series one of The Story of Things audio programme.


University appoints new Director of Human Resources

Posted on Wednesday 28 June 2017

Dr Joss Ivory has been appointed as the University’s Director of Human Resources. She will be joining the University on Monday 11 September from Leeds City Council where she held the roles of Head of Human Resources and latterly Deputy Chief Officer HR.


Jacobello del Fiore, Justice seated between the Archangels Michael and Gabriel (1421) Courtesy of Ministero dei beni e delle attivita culturali e del turismo - Museo Nazionale Gallerie dell'Accademia di Venezia
Powerful emotions: new academic discipline launched at major conference

Posted on Wednesday 28 June 2017

International experts in the field of human emotion will gather at the University of York today for the launch of a new journal - the first of its kind in a new academic discipline.


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ESL and University of York announce world-first esports collaboration

Posted on Tuesday 27 June 2017

The University of York and ESL - the world’s largest esports company - have today announced a new teaching and research partnership agreement.


Falling Walls winners announced

Posted on Friday 23 June 2017

The University of York's Falling Walls Lab has announced the 2017 winning applicants who will progress to the international competition in Berlin.


Jellyfish fluorescence shines new light on DNA copying

Posted on Thursday 22 June 2017

Scientists at the University of York have used fluorescent proteins from jellyfish to help shed new light on how DNA replicates.


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Navigating the UK care system: new support tools launched

Posted on Thursday 22 June 2017

New support tools to help the general public find out about social care options for older people are launched today (22 June).


Podcast: The story of a 1950s brooch

Posted on Thursday 22 June 2017

The Story of Things podcast has released episode two of its first series, exploring the story of a 1950s brooch.


Study reveals how cats conquered the world

Posted on Wednesday 21 June 2017

A University of York academic has been involved in a major study which has revealed the domestic cat swept through Eurasia and Africa carried by early farmers, ancient mariners and even Vikings.


New online system set to reduce hundreds of chemical tests on animals

Posted on Tuesday 20 June 2017

Scientists at the University of York and SimOmics Ltd have developed a new online data sharing system which could reduce the need for hundreds of laboratory tests on animals.


Child holding hands with adult (credit: Spirit-Fire, Creative Commons, Flickr)
Care system not to blame for increased risk of mental health issues in children

Posted on Tuesday 20 June 2017

Children in the care system – who are more likely to have mental health difficulties than others in the wider population – are not more at risk due to being in care, according to new research from the University of York.


Bio-based solvent awarded prestigious international award

Posted on Tuesday 20 June 2017

A bio-based solvent developed in the Green Chemistry labs at the University of York has been awarded a prestigious international award for innovation.


Scientists step closer to drug treatment for Hepatitis B

Posted on Monday 19 June 2017

A major new insight into how Hepatitis B virus works could pave the way for new drug treatments for the infection, which is the major cause of liver cancer worldwide.


York among the best for graduate outcomes, latest Government figures reveal

Posted on Friday 16 June 2017

The latest figures from the Longitudinal Education Outcomes dataset (LEO) confirms that York is second in the Russell Group for the percentage of graduates who are in further study or employment after one and three years.


Podcast: The story of an ancient hand axe

Posted on Thursday 15 June 2017

The Story of Things podcast has released episode one of its first series, exploring the story of an ancient hand axe.


Scientists call for consistent guidelines on social media use in research

Posted on Wednesday 14 June 2017

Scientists at the University of York have called for guidelines, informed by public opinion, to be made available to researchers who are considering using social media as a research tool.


Alketa Xhafa Mripa with her Refugees Welcome installation
Tea with a Refugee: acclaimed artist visits York as part of Festival of Ideas

Posted on Tuesday 13 June 2017

Artist and activist Alketa Xhafa Mripa will bring her mobile sitting-room installation to York this weekend, inviting people to join her for ‘tea with a refugee’.


Former PhD student scoops top accolade from cardiovascular journal

Posted on Monday 12 June 2017

A former PhD student in the Department of Health Sciences has won a top accolade from a prestigious journal of cardiovascular science.


New approach to unlock genetic potential of plant cell wall

Posted on Monday 12 June 2017

Researchers from the University of York and the Quadram Institute have unlocked the genetic secrets of plant cell walls, which could help improve the quality of plant-based foods


Festival of Ideas: Do everyday objects give modern lives meaning?

Posted on Monday 12 June 2017

Archaeologists, philosophers, health experts, and poets have teamed up to investigate how everyday objects have defined human lives throughout history.


Expert Reaction: General Election 2017 Result

Posted on Friday 9 June 2017

The general election has ended in a hung Parliament, where no party has the 326 seats needed to get an overall majority in the House of Commons. Professor Martin Smith, Head of the Department of Politics, assesses who are the winners and losers.


wedding rings (credit: Mohd Shukry Othman, Flickr)
Expert Reaction: Historic Scottish Episcopal Church ruling on same-sex marriage

Posted on Thursday 8 June 2017

Professor Paul Johnson, from the University of York’s Department of Sociology, discusses the Scottish Episcopal Church vote on permitting the marriage of same-sex couples in church.


Peter Lord (credit: Alex Holland, University of York)
Peter Lord auctions Morph for charity

Posted on Thursday 8 June 2017

Peter Lord, co-founder of Academy Award winning studio Aardman, modelled and auctioned off a Morph figure for £600 last night, with proceeds going to two mental health charities.


York Festival of Ideas launches new podcast series

Posted on Thursday 8 June 2017

A new podcast series exploring the meaning behind everyday objects throughout history will launch next week as part of the University of York’s Festival of Ideas programme.


Expert Reaction: Can the days of the week influence voting decisions?

Posted on Thursday 8 June 2017

Dr Rob Jenkins and PhD student, Jet Sanders, from the University of York's Department of Psychology, have analysed a range of statistics to get a better understanding of whether the timing of our decisions has a link to the risks we take. They comment here on the forthcoming UK general election vote:


A human, an enzyme and some gel bands - Fluorescent imaging agents visualize enzyme activity in healthy and diseased tissues. This will aid in the design and assessment more effective drugs against cancer (image credit: Liang Wu)
New cellular imaging paves way for cancer treatment

Posted on Thursday 8 June 2017

Researchers at the Universities of York and Leiden have pioneered a technique which uses florescent imaging to track the actions of key enzymes in cancer, genetic disorders and kidney disease.


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Global food project launches at York

Posted on Wednesday 7 June 2017

A major £3.3 million research project into global food system resilience launches this week at the University of York.


Helen Dunmore (credit: Caroline Forbes)
Poet and author Helen Dunmore dies aged 64

Posted on Tuesday 6 June 2017

Tributes have been paid to the poet and author Helen Dunmore who has died of cancer at the age of 64.


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Breakthrough in fight against neglected tropical disease

Posted on Tuesday 6 June 2017

Scientists say they have made a major breakthrough in the search for an effective vaccine for the neglected tropical disease leishmaniasis following the successful completion of a first in-human trial.


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Marine Reserves help mitigate against climate change, say scientists

Posted on Monday 5 June 2017

Highly protected marine reserves can help mitigate against the impacts of climate change, a study by a team of international scientists has concluded.


Future of Work Festival Focus Day
Harriet Harman speaks on future of work

Posted on Monday 5 June 2017

Former deputy Labour Leader Harriet Harman will deliver a keynote speech on the changing world of work to launch a special York Festival of Ideas Future of Work Focus Day on 16 June.


Tobacco the ‘silent killer’ of HIV patients, say researchers

Posted on Thursday 1 June 2017

Researchers at the University of York have shown that tobacco use is more common among HIV positive individuals than HIV negative individuals.


Question Time special comes to York

Posted on Thursday 1 June 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May and Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn will take part in a BBC Question Time special at the University of York on Friday 2 June.


York backs Technician Commitment

Posted on Wednesday 31 May 2017

The University of York has pledged its commitment to a sector-wide scheme aimed at addressing some of the key challenges facing technical staff working in research.


Adonis blue butterfly (Polyommatus bellargus), a characteristic species of southern chalk downland. Following the drought of 1976, numbers of the Adonis blue crashed after its host plant Horseshoe vetch (Hippocrepis comosa) dried up and caterpillars then starved. Other species with summer-feeding larvae were similarly affected (credit: David Dennis)
1976 drought revealed as worst on record for British butterflies and moths

Posted on Wednesday 31 May 2017

Scientists at the University of York have revealed that the 1976 drought is the worst extreme event to affect butterflies and moths in the 50 years since detailed records began.


Secret of sperm’s ‘bendy’ tail revealed

Posted on Wednesday 31 May 2017

Scientists at the University of York have shown that a sperm tail utilises interconnected elastic springs to transmit mechanical information to distant parts of the tail, helping it to bend and ultimately swim toward an egg.


Cannabis psychosis, gender matters
Experts gather at York to discuss drug use among women

Posted on Wednesday 24 May 2017

Some of the country’s leading experts on mental health and substance abuse will gather at the University of York next month to “end the silence” surrounding women and addiction.


Event: The context of Brexit for the UK elections

Posted on Wednesday 24 May 2017

University of York researcher, Dr Sofia Vasilopoulou, will lead a panel of speakers in a public debate about how Brexit could influence the UK general election result.


Expert Reaction: What influences our voting decisions?

Posted on Wednesday 24 May 2017

Dr Peter Bull discusses the importance of leadership and public responsiveness as we head towards the polling stations in the general election 2017:


Triple figures for University’s YuStart projects

Posted on Friday 19 May 2017

The University of York’s crowdfunding initiative, YuStart, is celebrating a major milestone with the successful launch of project number 101.


Expert Reaction: Yorkshire 2017 General Election Battleground

Posted on Thursday 18 May 2017

The Tories' manifesto launch in Halifax has further emphasised the focus both the Conservatives and Labour have had on Yorkshire during the campaign. Professor Martin Smith, Head of the Department of Politics at the University of York, explains why God's Own Country is proving to be such a key battleground.


A vignette from the virtual reality Viking experience at the Yorkshire Museum's Viking: Rediscover the Legend exhibition(credit: Dr Guy Schofield)
Virtual reality Vikings: First immersive experience of Viking world revealed

Posted on Wednesday 17 May 2017

Researchers at the University of York have re-created the sights and sounds of a Viking army camp using a specially-designed virtual reality mask.


Expert Reaction: Labour launch their manifesto

Posted on Tuesday 16 May 2017

Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn has launched the party's manifesto, 'For the Many, Not the Few'. Professor of Modern History, Lawrence Black, at the University of York, comments on the reaction to the launch:


Expert Reaction: Moors Murderer, Ian Brady, dies

Posted on Tuesday 16 May 2017

Moors Murderer, Ian Brady, has died at the age of 79 in Ashworth Hospital, a high-security psychiatric unit on Merseyside. Dr Ruth Penfold-Mounce, from the University of York's Department of Sociology, comments on how his death does not signal closure for the 1960s killings.


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Embroidering dreams: major new sleep exhibition for York

Posted on Tuesday 16 May 2017

A major new exhibition focusing on sleep and dreaming by critically-acclaimed artist Susan Aldworth will open in York next month as part of the York Festival of Ideas.


Reducing the environmental footprint of Brazilian beef

Posted on Tuesday 16 May 2017

Brazil, the second largest beef producer in the world, could lead the way in sustainable intensification in agriculture, according to new research published by scientists.


Diesel vehicles produce 50 per cent more nitrogen oxide than originally thought

Posted on Monday 15 May 2017

A study, published in Nature, has shown that laboratory tests of nitrogen oxide emissions from diesel vehicles significantly underestimate the real-world emissions by as much as 50 per cent.


Scientists call for climate goals to be set over next 25 years

Posted on Thursday 11 May 2017

Scientists argue that climate goals are needed for the immediate future to help achieve global sustainable development in the long-term.


Edible insects offer scientists food for thought

Posted on Tuesday 9 May 2017

Eating insects instead of beef could help to tackle climate change by reducing harmful emissions, according to a new study carried out by a group of researchers.


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Major Shakespeare Festival for York

Posted on Tuesday 9 May 2017

The York International Shakespeare Festival (#YorkShakes), featuring an exhibition launch by the Danish Ambassador and a Q&A with critically-acclaimed actor Paapa Essiedu, opens in York next week from 15 – 20 May.


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York scientist wins prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry prize

Posted on Monday 8 May 2017

A University of York scientist has been awarded the 2017 Royal Society of Chemistry Tilden Prize.


Rare chance to see medieval treasures up close

Posted on Monday 8 May 2017

A new exhibition of unique medieval manuscripts – including a copy of a treaty which brought to an end the First Scottish War of Independence - have gone on display at the University of York.


A stream in the North York Moors National Park (credit: Dr Peter Mayhew)
Stream bugs suggest pollution recovery in North York Moors

Posted on Monday 8 May 2017

A surprising diversity of bugs recorded in upland streams in northern England may indicate a recovery from past acid pollution, according to scientists at the University of York.


Expert Reaction: Government publishes draft clean air plan

Posted on Friday 5 May 2017

Dr Peter Eckersley, from the University of York’s Environment Department, comments on the government’s draft clean air plan:


It’s all in the mind – cyclists urged to help raise money for student causes

Posted on Thursday 4 May 2017

Cyclists are being urged to sign up to the annual YuCycle challenge later this summer and help raise funds for student mental health.


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York named British Rowing World Class Start centre

Posted on Thursday 4 May 2017

The University of York has been recognised as one of 10 British Rowing centres in the UK for the development of its World Class Start Olympic pathway programme.


Expert Reaction: What might we expect for education in the general election campaign 2017?

Posted on Wednesday 3 May 2017

Will the general election campaign see a new direction for education or will it be more of the same? Dr Paul Wakeling from the University of York’s Department of Education and Dr Chris Renwick from the Department of History, give their views:


wedding rings (credit: Mohd Shukry Othman, Flickr)
Discrimination against same-sex couples denied religious marriage is endemic, says York academic

Posted on Wednesday 3 May 2017

New research by academics at the Universities of York and Leeds highlights the prevailing extent of discrimination against same-sex couples wanting religious marriage ceremonies.


More than half of mental health NHS patients experience relapses

Posted on Monday 1 May 2017

A new study has shown that approximately 53 per cent of NHS patients displayed clinical symptoms of depression and anxiety within a year after completing psychological treatments.


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The Story of Things: York Festival of Ideas 2017 launches biggest programme yet

Posted on Thursday 27 April 2017

The York Festival of Ideas returns this year, from 6-18 June, with a unique launch event with BBC Radio 3 and a programme of over 200 diverse events surrounding the theme The Story of Things: a celebration of human ingenuity and invention.


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Roses 2017 - raising awareness of mental health

Posted on Thursday 27 April 2017

Roses 2017 – the largest inter-university sports tournament in Europe between York and Lancaster – will take place at the University of York this weekend.


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Establishing the boundaries of quantum secure communications

Posted on Wednesday 26 April 2017

Scientists at the University of York’s Centre for Quantum Technologies have made an important breakthrough in the theory of quantum secure communications.


Jo Horsburgh
New Registrar at the University of York

Posted on Tuesday 25 April 2017

The University of York has appointed Jo Horsburgh as its new Registrar and Secretary.


Risk of psychosis from cannabis use lower than originally thought, say scientists

Posted on Thursday 20 April 2017

Scientists at the University of York have shown that the risk of developing psychosis, such as hallucinations, from cannabis use is small compared to the number of total users.


Women's Homelessness in Europe edited by Joanne Bretherton at York's Centre for Housing Policy (CHP) and Paula Mayock of Trinity College, Dublin.
The UK’s hidden homeless: lone women parents most likely to suffer

Posted on Wednesday 19 April 2017

Growing numbers of women in England are experiencing ‘hidden homelessness’ – living in precarious arrangements without privacy or their own legal living space - according to new research.


Dr Peter Hurst, Senior Technologist, working in the BDC’s process development scale-up facility.
European research collaboration to prove feasibility of using starch in energy storage and green catalysis

Posted on Wednesday 19 April 2017

Scientists at the University of York have teamed up with industry partners to turn renewable plant-based resources such as potato starch into a potential energy source for electric cars.


Air pollution can be as bad for wellbeing as partner's death, say York researchers

Posted on Tuesday 18 April 2017

Exposure to Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) can be as bad for people's happiness as bereavement or divorce, according to a study by the University of York.


Expert Reaction: May calls for UK general election

Posted on Tuesday 18 April 2017

UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, has called for a snap general election on 8 June 2017. Professor Martin Smith, Head of the University of York’s Department of Politics, and Senior Lecturer in Politics, Dr Sofia Vasilopoulou react to the news:


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Lord Mayor to declare York the UK’s first Human Rights City

Posted on Tuesday 18 April 2017

A campaign to establish York as the UK’s first Human Rights City - initiated by Professor Paul Gready at the University of York - will culminate with a formal declaration by the Lord Mayor later this month.


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Rowing parents might be more harmful to child development than divorce, study suggests

Posted on Wednesday 12 April 2017

The damage caused to a child’s development during a family breakdown is done before the parents separate, a study suggests.


Statement in support of the Central European University

Posted on Tuesday 11 April 2017

A statement in support of the Central European University from Professor Koen Lamberts, Vice-Chancellor of the University of York.


One of the volunteers taking part in the experiment
Why green spaces are good for grey matter

Posted on Monday 10 April 2017

Walking between busy urban environments and green spaces triggers changes in levels of excitement, engagement and frustration in the brain, a study of older people has found.


Mad To Be Normal filming
York campus features on silver screen in new Tennant film

Posted on Friday 7 April 2017

A major film starring David Tennant and Elisabeth Moss – filmed at various locations across the University of York – is released in cinemas this weekend.


Researchers bring Old Norse language back to JORVIK Viking Centre

Posted on Thursday 6 April 2017

Old Norse has been brought back to life by researchers at the University of York through the voices of new animatronic Viking characters at the world-famous JORVIK Viking Centre.


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Love it or hate it: Marmite may affect brain function

Posted on Wednesday 5 April 2017

Scientists at the University of York have discovered a potential link between eating Marmite and activity in the brain, through the apparent increase of a chemical messenger associated with healthy brain function.


New film investigates the mystery of the abandoned site of Engaruka

Posted on Tuesday 4 April 2017

A new online film, written by scientists at the University of York in partnership with Ambient Cinema, reveals the excavation work at the site of Engaruka, Tanzania, that is unravelling the mystery of why its people abandoned the site centuries before.


Molecules in the body more visible in new detection system, say scientists

Posted on Monday 3 April 2017

Scientists at the University of York have developed a technique that will enhance the performance of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in identifying disease.


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From Beethoven to Bieber, why playing music to chimps is falling on deaf ears

Posted on Wednesday 29 March 2017

Playing music to captive chimpanzees has no positive effect on their welfare, researchers have concluded.


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Expert Reaction: Article 50

Posted on Tuesday 28 March 2017

Dr Charlotte O'Brien, Senior Lecturer at the University of York's York Law School, offers her expert reaction on the triggering of Article 50.


3D structure of enzyme opens path to new drug design in brain disease

Posted on Monday 27 March 2017

Researchers at the University of York and Simon Fraser University, Canada, have revealed the 3D structure of an enzyme that could provide a crucial step forward in treating neurodegenerative diseases.


Ceredit: IAR
New therapy focus for depression in young people

Posted on Monday 27 March 2017

A therapy which focuses on finding ways to engage in activities that generate positive emotions and combat negative ones could be an effective way of treating young people with depression, researchers at the University of York say.


Fish (credit: Victoria Reay, Flickr)
UK seafood industry could benefit from Brexit, but choppy waters lie ahead

Posted on Thursday 23 March 2017

The UK seafood industry could benefit from Brexit, although difficult negotiations with the EU lie ahead, say environmental and fishing industry experts.


Humans and smartphones may fail frequently to detect face morph photos

Posted on Wednesday 22 March 2017

Researchers at the University of York have demonstrated that both humans and smartphones show a degree of error in distinguishing face morph photos from their ‘real’ faces on fraudulent identity cards.


Scientist develops DNA nanomotor designed to rotate autonomously

Posted on Wednesday 22 March 2017

A scientist at the University of York has succeeded in conducting the first tests on a tiny rotating machine that is made entirely from DNA.


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UK tests for overseas doctors - performance linked to future risk of malpractice

Posted on Monday 20 March 2017

Restricting the number of times international medical graduates (those who qualified outside the European Economic Area) can resit competency tests may help protect patients from future malpractice, a study by the University of York has concluded.


Mystery of how sperm swim revealed in mathematical formula

Posted on Monday 20 March 2017

Researchers have developed a mathematical formula based on the rhythmic movement of a sperm’s head and tail, which significantly reduces the complexities of understanding and predicting how sperm make the difficult journey towards fertilising an egg.


Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Partnerships and Knowledge Exchange appointed

Posted on Thursday 16 March 2017

Professor Jon Timmis has been appointed as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Partnerships and Knowledge Exchange.


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The looming threat of Asian tobacco companies to global health

Posted on Wednesday 15 March 2017

The globalisation of Asian tobacco companies should be of increasing international concern, according to a new study by researchers at the University of York and Simon Fraser University, Canada.


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Scientists say they are a step closer to solving chronic bladder diseases

Posted on Tuesday 14 March 2017

Scientists have begun to unlock the genetic code to understand how the lining of the bladder functions as a barrier to store urine - paving the way for possible new treatments for chronic bladder diseases such as interstitial cystitis and cancer.


Descendants of pioneering 19th Century York doctor who beat cholera to unveil memorial

Posted on Thursday 9 March 2017

A memorial is to be unveiled next week in honour of the pioneering York doctor who identified that cholera is a waterborne disease.


Expert Reaction: Budget 2017

Posted on Wednesday 8 March 2017

Dr Michal Horvath, lecturer at the University of York's Department of Economics and Related Studies, and Dr Kevin Farnsworth, from the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, offer their expert reaction to the 2017 spring Budget:


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Funding boost for state-of-the-art equipment

Posted on Tuesday 7 March 2017

The University of York’s Department of Chemistry has been awarded £1.6million to invest in state-of-the-art equipment used to investigate the three dimensional structures of biological molecules.


Expert Reaction: Cost of cancer drugs falling

Posted on Friday 3 March 2017

Karl Claxton, Professor of Economics at the University of York, comments on the NICE review of cancer drug costs and its recommendations that two bowel cancer drugs should be used in routine care:


Elite athletes awarded funding at York

Posted on Thursday 2 March 2017

Four promising athletes from the University of York have been awarded Santander Elite Sports Scholarships worth a total of £15,000.


Expert Reaction: Increased risk of air pollution for Heathrow airport

Posted on Monday 27 February 2017

A new report released by the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee warns that a third Heathrow runway could result in increased air pollution due the higher levels of traffic the development will cause.


Scientists discover the properties behind cancer curing molecule

Posted on Monday 27 February 2017

Scientists at the Universities of York and Huddersfield have improved understanding of a molecule that destroys cancerous tumours without harming healthy cell tissue.


Expert Reaction: Discovery of new solar system

Posted on Thursday 23 February 2017

Dr Emily Brunsden, Department of Physics at the University of York, offers her expert reaction to the news that scientists have detected seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a single star.


Scientists close in on cracking ‘Enigma Code’ of common cold

Posted on Thursday 23 February 2017

Scientists at the Universities of York, Leeds, and Helsinki say they are a step closer to cracking, what scientists have called, the ‘Enigma Code’ of the common cold virus.


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National Student Volunteering Week: celebrating student volunteering in York

Posted on Wednesday 22 February 2017

Organisations in the York area are being invited to nominate student volunteers from the University who they feel deserve recognition.


Historic cultural records inform scientific perspectives on woodland uses

Posted on Tuesday 21 February 2017

Scientists at the University of York and University College Cork have looked at how cultural records dating back 300 years could help improve understanding of the ways in which science interprets the many uses of woodland areas.


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Innovative treatment for depression in older people is effective, conclude University of York researchers

Posted on Tuesday 21 February 2017

An innovative psychological treatment can help older people who are suffering from lower-severity depression, say researchers at the University of York. It can also prevent more severe depression from developing.


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Experts urge revision to pesticide guidelines following toxicity study

Posted on Tuesday 21 February 2017

Scientists at the University of York have discovered for the first time that the sequence of exposure to pesticides and pollutants – not just the dosage - significantly affects the levels of toxicity for surrounding wildlife.


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Sepsis could cost UK economy up to £15.6 billion each year, new study suggests

Posted on Monday 20 February 2017

New data from an independent study carried out by the York Health Economics Consortium (YHEC) - commissioned by the UK Sepsis Trust (UKST) - shows that sepsis is likely to be incurring costs of up to £15.6 billion every year for the UK economy.


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Fifth of world’s food lost to over-eating and waste, study finds

Posted on Monday 20 February 2017

Almost 20 per cent of the food made available to consumers is lost through over-eating or waste, a study suggests.


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Study links outdoor air pollution with millions of preterm births

Posted on Thursday 16 February 2017

Scientists have published a major study which links outdoor air pollution with 2.7 million preterm births per year.


Food aid in a multi-faith context

Posted on Monday 13 February 2017

Some faith groups are at risk of being unintentionally excluded from food aid provision, a study by the University of York has found.


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Rising inequalities to blame for many of world's ills, say experts

Posted on Wednesday 8 February 2017

Academics at the University of York argue that the world’s collective failure to reverse inequality is at the heart of a global malaise - from populism to climate change.


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University Brass Band Championship returns

Posted on Wednesday 8 February 2017

An annual nationwide competition to find the best University Brass Band in the UK returns this month.


Legally regulating cannabis market could help those at high risk, say experts

Posted on Tuesday 7 February 2017

A legally regulated cannabis market would result in more effective strategies aimed at helping drug users to access the right support and guidance, say researchers at the University of York.


More research needed on LGBT networks, say researchers

Posted on Tuesday 7 February 2017

Very little is known about the operations and benefits of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) employee networks, say experts at the University of York, as they launch a new study to explore their meaning within the NHS.


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Predator threat boosts friendships among guppies

Posted on Thursday 2 February 2017

Danger from predators causes animals to form stronger friendships, according to new research.


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Combating global antimicrobial resistance

Posted on Thursday 2 February 2017

Academics at the University of York are to undertake a major study looking at the social and economic factors behind global antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and help develop policies to combat the problem.


Staff Race Equality Forum launches

Posted on Thursday 2 February 2017

The University’s new Staff Race Equality Network was launched last week as part of a drive to create an inclusive and equitable environment for all employees.


LEGO-based therapies study launches new child mental health centre

Posted on Monday 30 January 2017

A new child mental health centre which uses LEGO-based therapies to help children with autism has been launched by the University of York and Hull York Medical School.


Acupuncture boosts effectiveness of standard medical care for chronic pain and depression

Posted on Monday 30 January 2017

Health specialists at the University of York have found than acupuncture treatment can boost the effectiveness of standard medical care, lessening the severity of chronic pain and depression.


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MRI scans for suspected prostate cancer could improve diagnosis

Posted on Monday 30 January 2017

A researcher from Hull York Medical School (HYMS) has helped design and set up a study which has been hailed as the biggest leap in diagnosing prostate cancer in decades.


Stockholm Environment Institute ranked most influential environment policy think tank

Posted on Friday 27 January 2017

The Stockholm Environment Institute, which has a UK base at the University of York, has been rated as the world’s most influential think tank on environmental policy issues in the University of Pennsylvania’s 2016 Global Go To Think Tanks Index.


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York celebrates Year of the Rooster

Posted on Friday 27 January 2017

The University of York will celebrate the 2017 Lunar Year of the Rooster at the York Chinese New Year Gala next week.


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European films falling in UK popularity

Posted on Wednesday 25 January 2017

European films are significantly falling in popularity in the UK, a new study from a University of York academic reveals.


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Improving lives in one of the harshest environments in the world

Posted on Tuesday 24 January 2017

The quality of life for people living in one of the harshest regions in Afghanistan has significantly improved following the implementation of a community-led programme, an evaluative study by the University of York has revealed.


Handwriting provides window into health, new documentary reveals

Posted on Wednesday 18 January 2017

A new online documentary investigating how the study of handwriting could help improve the lives of people with movement disorders has been launched by a University of York historian.


Employee wages not just linked to skills, but quality of co-workers

Posted on Wednesday 18 January 2017

The presence of high-performing co-workers can improve an individual’s earnings, research at the University of York has shown.


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Exhibition and stamp fame for Star Carr headdresses

Posted on Monday 16 January 2017

Mesolithic headdresses discovered in North Yorkshire by archaeologists at the University of York feature in a new set of Royal Mail stamps celebrating ancient Britain.


70 per cent of heart attack programmes failing to meet minimum standards for patient care

Posted on Tuesday 10 January 2017

More than two-thirds (70 per cent) of heart attack programmes are failing to meet the minimum requirements for patient care, research at the University of York has shown.


BAFTA-winning screenwriter and Chairman of British rowing amongst 2017 Honorary Graduates

Posted on Tuesday 10 January 2017

Award-winning screenwriter, Sally Wainwright, and Chairman of British Rowing, Annamarie Phelps, are among seven distinguished figures to receive honorary degrees from the University of York this month.


Review shows limited progress in digitising NHS records

Posted on Tuesday 10 January 2017

Health scientists at the University of York have shown that in the 25 years since the NHS was tasked with digitising patient records there has been limited progress made.


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York collaborates with children’s hospice for major new venture

Posted on Monday 9 January 2017

The University of York and Martin House Children’s Hospice is to launch a revolutionary new multi-disciplinary centre committed to leading research on the management, care and support of children with life-limiting conditions and their families.


Travel challenges of older people depicted in poetry on buses

Posted on Monday 9 January 2017

A collaboration between researchers at the University of York and award-winning poet, Anna Woodford, has resulted in city buses displaying poems that depict the travel challenges of older and disabled people.


Scientists at York explore ways of reducing food waste

Posted on Thursday 5 January 2017

The University of York is to lead a new research project examining how food manufacturing systems can be improved to reduce waste.


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York Talks returns with bitesize research lectures

Posted on Thursday 5 January 2017

The University of York will host a day of inspirational short talks on world-leading research next week.


Study confirms steady warming of oceans for past 75 years

Posted on Wednesday 4 January 2017

Scientists have solved a puzzling break in continuity of ocean warming records that sparked much controversy after climate data was published in the journal Science in 2015.


Scientists develop new antibiotic for gonorrhoea

Posted on Wednesday 4 January 2017

Scientists at the University of York have harnessed the therapeutic effects of carbon monoxide-releasing molecules to develop a new antibiotic which could be used to treat the sexually transmitted infection gonorrhoea.


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