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News archive: Research press releases 2018

Students with lower A Levels from poorly performing schools do just as well on medical degrees

Posted on Thursday 24 May 2018

Students from some of England’s worst performing secondary schools who enrol on medical degrees with lower A Level grades, on average, do at least as well as their peers from top performing schools, a new study has revealed.


Yorkshire food manufacturing could be improved by harnessing waste products

Posted on Tuesday 22 May 2018

Researchers have found that 300,000 tonnes of food manufacturing waste is discarded in Yorkshire and the Humber each year, much of which could be used to contribute to the sustainable manufacturing of a variety of products.


Seduction: An industry selling men and women short

Posted on Tuesday 22 May 2018

An industry training men in the art of seduction – estimated to be worth $100 million USD – encourages its clients to treat women and themselves as commodities in a sexual marketplace, a new study has found.


Welfare conditionality is ineffective, authors of major study say

Posted on Tuesday 22 May 2018

Welfare conditionality within the social security system is largely ineffective and in some cases pushes people into poverty and crime, a major study led by the University of York has found.


NHS could save millions by scrapping prescription charges for people with long-term conditions

Posted on Tuesday 22 May 2018

New research by York Health Economics Consortium (YHEC) has found that scrapping prescription charges for people with two long-term conditions could save the NHS in England over £20 million per year.


Expert reaction: Xbox Adaptive Controller for disabled gamers

Posted on Thursday 17 May 2018

Dr Christopher Power and Dr Paul Cairns from the University of York’s Department of Computer Science react to the news that Microsoft are releasing the first ever console controller designed and made specifically for disabled gamers:


Expert Reaction: Yanny or Laurel?

Posted on Thursday 17 May 2018

The release of an audio file that went viral has divided the internet. What do you hear - Yanny or Laurel?


Molecule that acts on human cells might provide hope for cold cure

Posted on Monday 14 May 2018

Researchers have lab-tested a molecule that can combat the common cold virus by preventing it from hijacking human cells.


Down to the last detail: How our ancestors with autistic traits led a revolution in Ice Age art

Posted on Monday 14 May 2018

The ability to focus on detail, a common trait among people with autism, allowed realism to flourish in Ice Age art, according to researchers at the University of York.


Expert Reaction: Alcohol and tobacco report

Posted on Friday 11 May 2018

Alcohol and tobacco are by far the biggest threat to human health around the world, a major report on addictive substances has found.


Wingardium leviosa! A Harry Potter-inspired day at the University of York

Posted on Friday 11 May 2018

Potions, Parseltongue, divination and mythical creatures; the University of York is to celebrate all things magical with a Harry Potter-inspired day as part of the York Festival of Ideas 2018.


York academics in Dead Good Festival

Posted on Wednesday 9 May 2018

University of York academics are taking part in a series of mostly-free talks, workshops, walks and performances exploring dying, death and bereavement.


Imagining the Impossible: York Festival of Ideas 2018 launches biggest programme yet

Posted on Friday 4 May 2018

The award-winning York Festival of Ideas returns from 5-17 June with a programme of over 200 mostly-free events on the theme of “Imagining the Impossible”.


Revealing the remarkable nanostructure of human bone

Posted on Thursday 3 May 2018

Scientists have produced a 3D nanoscale reconstruction of the mineral structure of bone.


Expert reaction: Breast cancer screening error

Posted on Thursday 3 May 2018

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt revealed in the commons yesterday that 450,000 women aged 68-71 failed to get invitations to breast cancer screening. Dr Karla Evans, from the Department of Psychology, gives her reaction to the news.


Still a hit at 50: University radio celebrates half a century on the airwaves

Posted on Thursday 3 May 2018

Award-winning University Radio York (URY) is celebrating its 50th birthday. The station has been up and running since May 1968 and is believed to be one of the oldest student radio stations in the country.


NHS struggles to improve productivity

Posted on Thursday 3 May 2018

The NHS will find it difficult to stay within budget due to a failure to meet productivity targets, new research from the University of York suggests.


University to host Reith Lecture

Posted on Wednesday 2 May 2018

Eminent historian Professor Margaret MacMillan is to deliver one of the BBC Reith Lectures at the University of York.


Expert Reaction: Is there a cut-off age for learning a language?

Posted on Tuesday 1 May 2018

Researchers at the the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have shown that if you want to have native-like knowledge of English grammar you should ideally start before age 10.


Acupuncture possible treatment for dental anxiety

Posted on Tuesday 1 May 2018

Researchers have found evidence that acupuncture could help people who experience dental anxiety.


Expert Comment: Georgian fascination with conversation

Posted on Tuesday 1 May 2018

Professor John Mee and Dr Chloe Wigston Smith from the Department of English are hosting an event on 3 May at Mansion House about the Georgian art of conversation. Here they tell us about the role of conversation in Georgian society.


Expert Comment: Fatberg Autopsy

Posted on Monday 30 April 2018

Dr John Wilkinson (Environment) was part of a team of experts who took part in Channel 4’s Fatberg Autopsy: Secrets of the Sewers. Here he tells us about what they found when they analysed samples of the giant block of fat removed from sewers under central London.


Home truths – getting and keeping a home is a game of snakes and ladders for many

Posted on Monday 30 April 2018

Working your way up the housing ladder for people on low incomes is a myth, with many trapped on a 'treadmill' of inadequate accommodation, a new study has revealed.


When chemistry gets personal

Posted on Monday 30 April 2018

A University of York academic has outlined his very personal motivation for exploring a particular line of research.


Getting on the ladder: Researchers recruit for major new study on first-time buyers

Posted on Wednesday 25 April 2018

With recently published research suggesting that a third of millennials are unlikely to be able to buy a home of their own, academics at the University of York are looking to recruit first-time buyers in Birmingham, Bristol and Leeds for a major new study.


Bystanders key to tackling cyber-bullying epidemic

Posted on Wednesday 18 April 2018

Researchers looking into how to reduce cyber-bullying among school-age children are calling for workshops encouraging young people to morally engage with the issue to be introduced in schools.


University celebrates tutoring scheme with local school children

Posted on Wednesday 18 April 2018

A GCSE tutoring scheme set up between University of York students and local school pupils is being celebrated at the University on 18 April.


Scientists argue the case for large-scale marine protected areas

Posted on Tuesday 17 April 2018

Large-scale marine protected areas (LSMPAs) are a vital component in the battle to protect the world’s oceans from exploitation, a group of international scientists argue today.


Patients in most deprived areas wait 20 per cent longer for common heart procedure

Posted on Monday 16 April 2018

Researchers at the University of York have shown that waiting times for a common heart procedure are 20 per cent longer for patients living in deprived areas of England compared to patients from more affluent neighbourhoods who attend the same hospital.


The Star attraction: new book reveals detailed picture of Stone Age Britain

Posted on Monday 16 April 2018

The archaeological team that found Britain’s earliest house have today announced that at least two more houses have been found at the site. These houses have now been radiocarbon dated to at least 8,900 BC, several centuries earlier than previously thought.


Game set and match: Judy Murray comes to York

Posted on Thursday 12 April 2018

Former Scottish international tennis player and national coach, Judy Murray, is coming to the York Festival of Ideas to talk about her new book Knowing the Score: My Family and Our Tennis Story.


Explore the universe in new podcast series

Posted on Thursday 12 April 2018

Researchers at the University of York’s Department of Physics have launched a new podcast series focusing on new discoveries in the cosmos and imminent breakthroughs.


£10m to take Yorkshire’s medical technologies expertise to the world

Posted on Tuesday 10 April 2018

Solving the challenges which hamper Yorkshire’s medical technology experts when they attempt to bring innovative products to market is the focus of a new partnership which aims to make inventions more attractive to investors.


Research to raise a few eyebrows: Why expressive brows might have mattered in human evolution

Posted on Monday 9 April 2018

Highly mobile eyebrows that can be used to express a wide range of subtle emotions may have played a crucial role in human survival, new research from the University of York suggests.


Artemisia plant. Fast-track plant breeding in the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products improved this plant as a source of a cure for malaria.
Funding boost announced for the region’s bioeconomy

Posted on Thursday 29 March 2018

The University of York is to lead on a £5million project to develop the bioeconomy across Yorkshire, the Humber region and the Tees Valley.


How the Star Carr site might have looked 11,000 years ago. Image by Dominic Andrews
Prehistoric people resilient in the face of extreme climate events

Posted on Monday 26 March 2018

Pioneering early people who lived at the end of the last ice age actually carried on with life as usual despite plummeting temperatures, a study at a world-famous archaeological site in North Yorkshire suggests.


200 million years of marine diversity predicts uncertain future

Posted on Monday 26 March 2018

Species that live in long-term close proximity to each other, such as the delicate marine ecosystems of the coral reefs, are the slowest to recover from damage, researchers have shown.


Expert Reaction: Safety of self-driving cars under question

Posted on Monday 19 March 2018

A self-driving car hit and killed a woman on a road in Arizona this week. Professor John McDermid, from the University of York's Department of Computer Science, discusses the issues around the safety of autonomous systems:


More people miss NHS appointments when clocks go forward

Posted on Monday 19 March 2018

The numbers of missed hospital outpatient appointments increases following the clock change in the spring, researchers have shown.


York academics contribute to new air pollution report

Posted on Thursday 15 March 2018

Evidence and recommendations from researchers at the University of York have been included in a new air pollution report released by the House of Commons.


Expert Reaction: May's ultimatum to Russia

Posted on Wednesday 14 March 2018

Theresa May has announced a series of measures against Russia after it failed to respond to her request for a response on how a Russian nerve agent was used on UK soil.


Compassion helped Neanderthals to survive, study reveals

Posted on Tuesday 13 March 2018

They have an unwarranted image as brutish and uncaring, but new research has revealed just how knowledgeable and effective Neanderthal healthcare was.


East African climate change means future livelihoods increasingly challenged, say scientists

Posted on Monday 12 March 2018

Research at the University of York suggests that, as in the past, human societies in East Africa will face significant challenges to livelihoods in the future, due to the rapid rate of climate change.


Yorkshire school pupils co-create opera about terrorism

Posted on Friday 9 March 2018

Youngsters affected by the horror of the Manchester Arena bombing have taken part in the making of a new opera exploring extremist violence.


First green-screen Macbeth releases in national cinemas

Posted on Friday 9 March 2018

Researchers, students, and graduates from the University of York have collaborated with feature film production company, Goldfinch Studios, to bring the first green-screen movie adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth to cinemas in the UK.


Fiona Mozley to kick off York Literature Festival

Posted on Thursday 8 March 2018

Fiona Mozley, a University of York PhD student whose debut novel was shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize, will be speaking at the launch of the York Literature Festival on 15 March.


Memories can be decoded from brain waves during sleep, say researchers

Posted on Thursday 8 March 2018

Research at the University of York has shown that the content of newly formed memories can be decoded from brain activity whilst people are asleep.


Expert Reaction: International Women’s Day

Posted on Thursday 8 March 2018

Dr Ann Kaloski-Naylor, from the Centre for Women’s Studies (CWS), comments on events marking International Women’s Day and Feminism in the 21st Century.


‘Dog-Speak’ important for social bonding between pet and owner

Posted on Tuesday 6 March 2018

Scientists at the University of York have shown that using ‘dog-speak’ to communicate with dogs is important in relationship-building between pet and owner, similar to the way that ‘baby-talk’ is to bonding between a baby and an adult.


Tropical forest protection schemes fail to compete with rubber plantations

Posted on Friday 2 March 2018

Efforts to protect tropical forests in Southeast Asia may fail because protection payments are too low to compete with potential profits from rubber plantations, new research has revealed.


Expert Reaction: What do we know about the impact of pollution on health?

Posted on Friday 2 March 2018

In a report on the impact of pollution on health, Chief Medical Officer of England, Dame Sally Davies, has called on the NHS - as one of the world's largest employers - to cut its pollutant footprint and blaze a trail for the rest of the country to follow.


World Book Day: What do fictional characters tell us about the real world?

Posted on Thursday 1 March 2018

World Book Day is an opportunity to celebrate literature and literary characters, as well as an excuse for school children to dress-up as their favourite hero, villain, or heroine from books throughout history.


World Book Day: Is reading good for our health?

Posted on Thursday 1 March 2018

Georgia Ingles, PhD student from the University of York’s Centre for Early Modern Studies, discusses the various ideas behind therapeutic reading:


Expert Reaction: Study of cannabis potency in the UK

Posted on Wednesday 28 February 2018

Mental health lecturer Ian Hamilton comments on new research which reveals that the UK cannabis street market is increasingly dominated by very high potency varieties of the drug.


Bonobo and chimpanzee gestures share multiple meanings

Posted on Tuesday 27 February 2018

Two closely related great ape species, the bonobo and chimpanzee, use gestures that share the same meaning, researchers have found.


Research challenges use of off-label drug to treat osteoarthritis

Posted on Monday 26 February 2018

An off-label drug prescribed to treat osteoarthritis of the hand when conventional medication has failed is ineffective, according to a study involving researchers from the University of York.


Global fossil fuel emissions of hydrocarbons underestimated

Posted on Monday 26 February 2018

Global levels of ethane and propane in the atmosphere have been underestimated by more than 50 per cent, new research involving scientists at the University of York has revealed.


University of York to launch online degrees in Business Leadership

Posted on Monday 26 February 2018

The University of York has announced a major new partnership with Higher Ed Partners (HEP) UK to offer online Masters degree programmes.


Strawberries safe for children with cancer

Posted on Friday 23 February 2018

A new review from researchers at the University of York suggests dietary guidelines for children with cancer should be changed to allow them to eat strawberries and other fresh foods while undergoing chemotherapy.


More than 200 million medication errors occur in NHS per year, say researchers

Posted on Friday 23 February 2018

A study has revealed an estimated 237 million medication errors occur in the NHS in England every year, and avoidable adverse drug reactions (ADRs) cause hundreds of deaths.


Scottish hospitals see slower decline in deaths

Posted on Thursday 22 February 2018

Researchers at the University of York have found that Scottish hospitals have experienced slower reductions in inpatient deaths than their English counterparts.


Digestive ability of ancient insects could boost biofuel development

Posted on Thursday 22 February 2018

A study of the unusual digestive system of an ancient group of insects has provided new insights into future biofuel production.


Fungal enzymes could hold secret to making renewable energy from wood

Posted on Friday 16 February 2018

An international team of researchers, including scientists from the University of York, has discovered a set of enzymes found in fungi that are capable of breaking down one of the main components of wood.


GP funding has “unfair London bias”

Posted on Thursday 15 February 2018

New research involving researchers at the University of York has revealed that primary care funding in England is not distributed according to local health needs.


Self-delivered cardiac rehabilitation programmes could benefit harder to reach communities

Posted on Thursday 15 February 2018

Self-delivered cardiac rehabilitation (CR) programmes could benefit some “harder to reach” members of society, new research by the University of York reveals.


Expert Reaction: Anti-harassment guidelines announced for film industry

Posted on Wednesday 14 February 2018

Actress and HeForShe spokesperson, Emma Watson, has welcomed new guidelines to help prevent sexual harassment and bullying in the British film, television and gaming industry.


Could sugar chains be the answer to bone growth in osteoporosis?

Posted on Wednesday 14 February 2018

Scientists at the University of York have shown that altering the structure of sugar chains on the surface of stem cells could help promote bone growth in the body.


Carefully managed fire can promote rare savannah species

Posted on Wednesday 14 February 2018

Carefully managed fires generate the maximum diversity of birds and mammals in savannahs, new research from the University of York suggests.


Valentine's Day: Is Jane Austen really that romantic?

Posted on Wednesday 14 February 2018

Is Jane Austen as romantic as her readers think she is or could she be a good antidote to Valentine's Day? Dr Emma Major, from the University of York's Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies, discusses Austen's depiction of marriage in one of her most celebrated works, Sense and Sensibility.


Widower begins fundraising campaign for lung cancer scholarship at University of York

Posted on Thursday 8 February 2018

A widower is set to run two miles every day for a year to help raise money for a lung cancer research scholarship set up in honour of his wife who died from the disease aged just 37.


New technology could reduce spread of antibiotic resistance genes through compost

Posted on Wednesday 7 February 2018

Scientists at the University of York have found a way to remove antibiotic resistant genes from industrial compost, which could prevent them entering the food chain.


Expert Reaction: #Vote100 in the words of Virginia Woolf

Posted on Tuesday 6 February 2018

Professor Helen Smith, Head of the Department of English and Related Literature, comments on how Virginia Woolf's work gave a voice to the concerns surrounding women's right to vote and earn a reasonable wage:


Rapid land changes forecast for East African savannahs

Posted on Tuesday 6 February 2018

A study, presenting a 5,000-year environmental history of the popular tourist destination, Amboseli National Park in Kenya, has shown that the impact of climate change on land is more rapid than previously thought.


Expert Reaction: 100 years of women's right to vote

Posted on Tuesday 6 February 2018

This year it is 100 years since the Representation of the People Act 1918 - the act which allowed some women in the UK the right to vote.


Patient exposure to X-rays depends on how dentists are paid

Posted on Tuesday 30 January 2018

A major study has found a marked increase in the number of X-rays given by dentists who receive payment for doing them.


Ancient lake reveals a colourful past

Posted on Thursday 25 January 2018

Archaeologists say they may have discovered one of the earliest examples of a ‘crayon’ – possibly used by our ancestors 10,000 years ago for applying colour to their animal skins or for artwork.


Prime Minister announces £20 million for Institute of Coding

Posted on Thursday 25 January 2018

A consortium of more than 60 universities, businesses and industry experts will receive £20 million to tackle the UK’s digital skills gap through a new Institute of Coding.


Sex Pistol cartoons to go on display

Posted on Wednesday 24 January 2018

Artwork sketched on the walls of the Sex Pistols’ London home has gone on display in York.


Gap between rich and poor widening, according to Oxfam report

Posted on Tuesday 23 January 2018

The gap between the super-rich and the rest of the world widened last year as wealth continued to be owned by a small minority, a report by Oxfam has revealed.


Not just for Christmas: Study sheds new light on ancient human-turkey relationship

Posted on Wednesday 17 January 2018

For the first time, research has uncovered the origins of the earliest domestic turkeys in ancient Mexico.


University to award eight Honorary Degrees

Posted on Tuesday 16 January 2018

Leading figures from the world of journalism, politics, business and performing arts are to receive honorary degrees from the University of York this month.


No evidence to support link between violent video games and behaviour

Posted on Tuesday 16 January 2018

Researchers at the University of York have found no evidence to support the theory that video games make players more violent.


York Talks puts University research in the spotlight

Posted on Thursday 11 January 2018

More than 700 people attended a day of inspirational short talks outlining some of the world-leading research taking place at the University of York.


Prestigious Breakthrough Prize awarded to York graduate

Posted on Thursday 11 January 2018

A University of York graduate has been announced as one of five recipients of the prestigious 2018 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences.


Mental health training for North Yorkshire Police

Posted on Tuesday 9 January 2018

Officers and staff at North Yorkshire Police are to receive mental health training developed through a partnership between the police, the University of York and Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV).


Researchers unlocking potential for next-generation medical scanning

Posted on Monday 8 January 2018

Researchers have developed a new way to magnetise molecules found naturally in the human body, paving the way for a new generation of low-cost magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology that would transform our ability to diagnose and treat diseases including cancer, diabetes and dementia.


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