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News archive: Research press releases 2023

Following a star: Study explores the remarkable ways traditional cultures use their environment to navigate

Posted on Thursday 21 December 2023

A study has shed new light on remarkable feats of navigation from cultures across the world: from sailors in the Marshall Islands using wave patterns to navigate the vast Pacific Ocean, to indigenous communities in Alaska using stars to find their way across the Yukon.

Tools for tackling social inequality in health and wellbeing developed by researchers

Posted on Wednesday 20 December 2023

Researchers have developed a series of “smart decision tools” to help governments reduce social inequality in health and wellbeing.

University of York to lead project that puts teamwork at the heart of research culture

Posted on Friday 15 December 2023

The University of York and Mahidol University in Thailand are collaborating on a major project which will identify ways of supporting fair and responsible research processes and outcomes.

University of York and Hull York Medical School part of £5m project to research health inequalities across North Yorkshire

Posted on Wednesday 13 December 2023

Researchers from the University of York and Hull York Medical School are part of a major collaboration looking to identify the causes of health inequalities across North Yorkshire, and help improve the lives of the most vulnerable residents.

A good night’s sleep may help to generate false memories, a new study reveals

Posted on Monday 11 December 2023

From misremembering that movie quote to forgetting that vital ingredient from the shops for the evening dinner, the human memory is not always reliable. Now, researchers have discovered that sleep may play a key role in distorting memories, but perhaps in a good way.

Children born moderately early are at an increased risk of developmental disorders, according to new research

Posted on Thursday 7 December 2023

Children born between 32 and 38 weeks’ gestation are more likely to have developmental disorders – such as language delay, cognitive impairment, ADHD and Cerebral palsy – compared with children born at full term, according to a major new study.

Researchers map crocodile family tree to shed light on their evolution

Posted on Monday 4 December 2023

Researchers have mapped the family tree of crocodiles and their extinct relatives to shed new light on why there are so few species of the giant reptiles living today.

Professor of Health Economics appointed as Inaugural Chair to prestigious WHO committee

Posted on Monday 4 December 2023

A University of York academic has been appointed to a prestigious World Health Organization (WHO) advisory group.

Scientists to deliver bio-based solutions to key industry challenges

Posted on Wednesday 29 November 2023

Two University of York research projects have been awarded funding, as part of a £42 million programme, to work with industry partners in co-developing new sustainable technologies for health care, agriculture, cosmetics and wastewater treatment.

Urgent action needed to develop climate interventions that support healthy ageing

Posted on Tuesday 28 November 2023

A new UK-wide research project has found a ‘critical’ need for urban interventions that mitigate the negative impact of extreme weather on the health and wellbeing of older people.

New report reveals servicewomen in the British military are being badly let down when reporting sexual violence

Posted on Monday 27 November 2023

Servicewomen in the British military are being badly let down when reporting sexual violence, with some victims even punished for breaches of military rules when making a report, new research reveals.

Reading ‘beats’ TV for sparking imaginative thinking, says expert

Posted on Monday 27 November 2023

Reading books is more effective at stimulating the imagination compared to watching images and stories unfold on screen, a new study has suggested.

Researchers to explore contraception for grey squirrels to tackle Lyme disease

Posted on Thursday 23 November 2023

Researchers will explore the effect of contraception on grey squirrel populations in a bid to control numbers and tackle the growth of Lyme disease around the UK.

North Yorkshire woodland research project will explore the impacts of extreme weather

Posted on Thursday 23 November 2023

University of York researchers are monitoring how the creation of England’s biggest new native woodland could help stave off the worst effects of climate change, such as flooding.

Pioneering the future of live performance with a new R&D lab

Posted on Wednesday 22 November 2023

Experts at the University of York are redefining live events with the CoSTAR LiveLAB, a brand new state-of-the-art research and development facility at Production Park in Wakefield.

New research advances understanding of cancer risk in gene therapies

Posted on Thursday 16 November 2023

Researchers from the University of York, Boston Children's Hospital and the Wellcome Sanger Institute have discovered that “cell competition” following gene therapy results in the accumulation of stem cells with genetic mutations which make them grow faster.

Left-handers aren’t better spatially, gaming research shows

Posted on Thursday 9 November 2023

Leonardo Da Vinci was one, so too Albert Einstein and Joan of Arc, while the footballer Diego Maradona was famous for using his against England, we are of course talking about left-handers.

Research centre launched to tackle life-threatening side-effects of childhood cancer treatments

Posted on Thursday 9 November 2023

Across the UK, 2,418 children and teenagers are diagnosed with cancer each year, and of all children who die, one in three die not because of cancer but because of the side effects of treatment.

‘Alien’ wasps thriving in tropical forests, study finds

Posted on Wednesday 8 November 2023

Researchers say they have discovered high diversity of Darwin wasps in a tropical rainforest in Brazil, wasps which were previously thought to thrive more in cooler habitats.

Long Covid in women may be linked to inflammation levels at peak of infection, new research suggests

Posted on Monday 6 November 2023

Women who have mild inflammation in the acute stages of Covid-19 infection may be more likely to experience a particular set of Long Covid symptoms, according to new research.

Low-income families “terrified for winter” as inflation stays high, according to research

Posted on Thursday 2 November 2023

Low-income families continue to be hardest hit by the cost of living crisis as inflation stays high, according to new research from the University of York.

Nurses need a ‘voice’ in decision-making to improve retention, research shows

Posted on Wednesday 1 November 2023

Nurses working in general practice during the Covid-19 pandemic felt largely ‘forgotten’ and undervalued, with many considering future career changes, according to the findings of a new study.

Researchers evaluate potential of using multi-cancer blood test in national screening

Posted on Monday 30 October 2023

Researchers at the University of York are evaluating the potential financial and resource implications of rolling out a new multi-cancer early detection blood test across the UK.

“Get back to school” headlines eroded teacher wellbeing during the pandemic, new research shows

Posted on Friday 27 October 2023

Intense public pressure on teachers to “get back to school” during the Covid lockdowns deepened an already widespread sense that they were undervalued, and left some actively rethinking their careers, research from the universities of York and Cambridge shows.

Researchers to investigate Stone Age settlements preserved under Baltic and North Seas

Posted on Friday 27 October 2023

A University of York Archaeologist is part of an international research team who have been awarded a grant of more than £11.5 Million to explore the now-submerged landscapes of our Stone Age ancestors, hidden beneath the waters of the Baltic and the North Sea.

UK screen industry failing to tackle sexual harassment, according to new report

Posted on Monday 23 October 2023

The UK film and screen industry is failing to tackle sexual harassment, with some victims punished or victimised if they do speak out, according to a new report looking at the experiences of staff in a range of roles across the television and film industry.

Study reveals our European ancestors ate seaweed and freshwater plants

Posted on Tuesday 17 October 2023

For many people seaweed holds a reputation as a superfood, heralded for its health benefits and sustainability, but it appears our European ancestors were ahead of the game and were consuming the nutrient-rich plant for thousands of years.

Surf and turf: Early farmers on the Baltic coast bucked New Stone Age trends and incorporated fish into their diets

Posted on Monday 16 October 2023

Pioneering early farmers who arrived on the Baltic coast from six thousand years-ago may have taken up fishing after observing indigenous hunter-gatherer communities, a major new study has found.

How looking at other people's selfies can make us feel bad about our own bodies

Posted on Thursday 12 October 2023

New research suggests a link between viewing pictures of idealised bodies on social media and feeling dissatisfied with our own bodies.

Experts warn of risk of civil unrest in UK due to food shortages

Posted on Monday 9 October 2023

Food shortages caused by extreme weather could lead to civil unrest in the UK, according to a new study which has surveyed some of the country’s leading food experts.

New report lays bare the realities of the cost of living crisis for families on low income

Posted on Wednesday 4 October 2023

A new report lays bare the realities of the cost of living crisis for families on low income and offers an insight into local councillors’ fears of a “sense of crisis” in the communities they serve.

First time test of UK / Ireland quantum communications with underwater cable

Posted on Tuesday 3 October 2023

Researchers have successfully tested a fibre-optic cable to pass quantum communications under the Irish Sea between the Republic of Ireland and England.

Government reneging on food policy plans, say experts

Posted on Monday 2 October 2023

A year after publication of the UK’s 2022 Food Strategy, the Government has abandoned promises to transform the national food system and crucial targets on health, climate and nature will be difficult to meet, a group of eminent food system experts warn.

York joins The Turing University Network to advance responsible AI development

Posted on Monday 2 October 2023

New network membership to support the University’s leading research in safe and responsible artificial intelligence (AI) systems.

Hull York Medical School launches Skin Research Centre

Posted on Tuesday 26 September 2023

A new Skin Research Centre is today (Tuesday 26 September) being launched by Hull York Medical School - bringing together leading scientists, clinicians and advanced technology experts to improve skin health globally.

NHS trusts earning hundreds of millions of pounds in private income – new study shows

Posted on Tuesday 19 September 2023

Hospital trusts are relying more and more on private income to boost their finances, with one Trust making more than half their income from commercial activities, a new study has revealed.

Viking trade connections stretched over hundreds of kilometres to the Arctic, research shows

Posted on Monday 18 September 2023

Analysis of hair combs made from deer antler has shed new light on the trade routes of Vikings - revealing connections between northern Scandinavia and the edges of continental Europe.

Government funding for research to help pave the way for 6G communications

Posted on Thursday 14 September 2023

The University of York has been awarded £3.1m funding from the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) to support the development of the UK’s growing 5G network and the evolution of 6G communications.

More professional guidance needed to ensure patients know they have choices, study shows

Posted on Monday 11 September 2023

More training is needed to support medical professionals in how to present patients with a choice in their healthcare options, a new study has shown.

In 200 years of animal welfare concerns, cruelty remains a significant issue, study shows

Posted on Monday 11 September 2023

Study into almost 200 years of human-animal relations has shown that animal cruelty still exists, but more hidden, since the birth of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in 1824.

Report highlights link between child poverty and poor educational attainment

Posted on Monday 11 September 2023

University of York academics have contributed to a major report which highlights how a failure to address childhood inequality is creating a “conveyor belt of disadvantage.”

University of York welcomes news UK to rejoin EU's flagship scientific research scheme

Posted on Friday 8 September 2023

The University of York has welcomed the announcement that the UK is to rejoin Horizon, the EU’s flagship science research scheme.

Integrated suicide prevention programme sees deaths reduced by more than a fifth

Posted on Friday 8 September 2023

Researchers in York and the Netherlands have co-designed an integrated suicide prevention programme which has led to a significant reduction in deaths.

Some species of fish are getting smaller, but more research is needed to determine why

Posted on Friday 8 September 2023

A new study has shown that some species of fish are getting smaller, but more research is needed to determine if factors like human fishing, global warming, and food availability are responsible.

Research shows lack of defibrillators in England and Scotland puts lives at risk

Posted on Friday 1 September 2023

Study shows people in more deprived areas of England and Scotland are further away from life-saving equipment, highlighting the risk to life and the need for equal access to defibrillators.

Internet-delivered mental health therapies as effective as standard care, study shows

Posted on Thursday 31 August 2023

Internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) has greater cost-effectiveness and similar clinical effectiveness in comparison to standard care, a study has shown.

Cost to protect globally important forests falls disproportionately on those living closest

Posted on Wednesday 30 August 2023

Local communities are not incentivised to protect tropical forests that are hugely valuable for global climate regulation, a new study has found.

Deprived communities in England experience higher emissions of air pollution

Posted on Tuesday 22 August 2023

Air quality scientists have demonstrated that the most deprived areas in England experience the highest levels of air pollution emissions.

Research sheds new light on York’s thriving medieval Jewish Community

Posted on Monday 21 August 2023

Researchers have shed new light on York’s medieval Jewish population, unearthing new documents and evidence which points to a thriving community where the chief Jewish citizens of the city were also some of the most important figures in England.

Important study calls for major change in how decision-makers value nature

Posted on Thursday 17 August 2023

How people value nature around the world is not properly reflected in key political and economic decisions, a new study has concluded.

60 years of Antarctic ice sheet data released

Posted on Tuesday 15 August 2023

A University of York glaciologist has helped compile a comprehensive dataset of Antarctica's topography - crucial in aiding scientists in making future predictions on ice loss and sea level rise.

Digital puzzle games could be good for memory in older adults, study shows

Posted on Monday 14 August 2023

Older adults who play digital puzzle games have the same memory abilities as people in their 20s, a new study has shown.

Effectiveness of video gameplay restrictions questioned in new study

Posted on Friday 11 August 2023

Legal restrictions placed on the amount of time young people in China can play video games may be less effective than originally thought, a new study has revealed.

It’s official, we like seafood more when we eat it by the sea

Posted on Wednesday 9 August 2023

There’s always something more satisfying about eating a fish supper in view of the sea. But would you be willing to pay more for seafood if it was also within view of the boats that caught it?

New research funding to help shape future health and social care policies

Posted on Tuesday 1 August 2023

The University of York’s Centre for Health Economics (CHE) has been awarded £11m funding by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) to lead two Policy Research Units (PRUs).

Removing ozone pollution across India could boost food welfare benefits - but requires strategic policy to distribute benefits equitably

Posted on Monday 31 July 2023

Removing ozone pollution across India could boost food welfare benefits by more than four billion dollars a year through avoidance of wheat yield losses of approximately 14%, according to the results of a pioneering international study.

Sparks fly at the University of York

Posted on Monday 31 July 2023

Three research projects have been given funding by the Sparks initiative - an ambitious research programme linked to our vision as a University for Public Good.

Parents and carers call for overhaul of employment support

Posted on Monday 31 July 2023

Researchers have joined parents and carers in calling on the government to reform the benefits system after the latest figures reveal that more than 10,000 claimants in Yorkshire and the Humber have had their benefits sanctioned.

Researcher creates city map from diary of 18th Century York woman

Posted on Thursday 27 July 2023

A researcher has created a map for a walking tour of York based on the diaries of a woman who lived in the city during the Napoleonic Wars.

Groundbreaking research finds Basic Income scheme could save NHS tens of billions of pounds

Posted on Friday 21 July 2023

A basic income scheme has the potential to save the NHS tens of billions of pounds by reducing poverty and improving the nation's mental and physical health, according to new research involving academics at the University of York.

Male killer whales protected by post-menopause mums

Posted on Thursday 20 July 2023

Post-menopause female killer whales protect their sons – but not their daughters – from fights with other whales, new research has found.

UK habitats to be impacted by exposure to climate change - but some more than others

Posted on Tuesday 18 July 2023

All UK habitats are set to be severely challenged by exposure to climate change in coming years, but some are facing far greater difficulties than others, according to a new paper authored by a University of York researcher.

Green sea turtles have fed at same seagrass meadows for thousands of years

Posted on Tuesday 18 July 2023

Green sea turtles have travelled to the North African seagrass meadows to feed for approximately 3,000 years, a new study has shown.

Two-child limit and the benefit cap fail to meet their own aims, study concludes

Posted on Monday 17 July 2023

The benefit cap and the two-child limit has caused hardship to tens of thousands of families, with both policies failing to meet their original aims, according to the findings of a new study.

Owning a pet does not reduce symptoms of severe mental illness, study shows

Posted on Friday 14 July 2023

Living with and having a close bond with a companion animal does not necessarily lead to significant mental health improvements in people with a serious mental illness, say researchers.

Early years programme boosts young children's maths skills by three months

Posted on Thursday 13 July 2023

Researchers have shown that a maths programme can add three months of additional progress to the learning and skills ability of young children.

High-quality sleep promotes resilience to depression and anxiety

Posted on Thursday 13 July 2023

Research has shown quality sleep can help bolster resilience to depression and anxiety.

University of York launches new centre for blood disorder research

Posted on Tuesday 11 July 2023

The University of York is today (11 July) launching the Centre for Blood Research - a pioneering initiative bringing together for the first time a diverse community of researchers and clinical staff.

Global cooling caused diversity of orchids species, study confirms

Posted on Monday 10 July 2023

Global cooling over millions of years appears to have been the major driving factor in the diversity and evolution of terrestrial orchid species, researchers have found.

GPs report working practices that still favour men

Posted on Tuesday 27 June 2023

Women GPs are reluctant to take on senior partnership roles due to fears over maternity leave, sickness pay and work life balance, a new study has concluded.

Demand for children's palliative care expected to rise

Posted on Monday 26 June 2023

Researchers from the University of York have found that the number of children with life-limiting conditions rose by almost a quarter over 10 years in Wales.

Benefit claimants launch guide to demystify applying for Universal Credit

Posted on Thursday 22 June 2023

Benefit claimants are offering a new resource to help guide the 2.6 million people moving onto Universal Credit from tax credits and other benefits.

Researchers to unlock potential of fusion as abundant source of clean energy

Posted on Tuesday 20 June 2023

Researchers are working on a new £12 million research project to speed up the development of fusion as a safe, clean and abundant source of energy.

How will Brixton’s history be remembered?

Posted on Wednesday 14 June 2023

How can you preserve and curate the history of our ‘inner cities’? That’s the question being considered by community activists, academics and curators during an event in Brixton today, run jointly by the University of York and the Brixton Project.

‘Movie Magic and Future Performance’ lab gets go ahead for West Yorkshire

Posted on Tuesday 13 June 2023

A new facility in Wakefield will help drive the next generation of production technologies to revolutionise the UK’s film, TV and performing arts industries.

New research set to increase carbon capture through cropping

Posted on Tuesday 13 June 2023

A new research project aims to help UK farmers and growers to target Net Zero and increase crop resilience.

Vertical farming project to develop low-cost alternative plant protein

Posted on Wednesday 7 June 2023

Scientists from the University of York are collaborating on a new environmentally-friendly research project to use vertical farming facilities to grow amaranth - a new source of alternative plant protein.

Mixing with ‘better educated’ families improves life chances of lower income children

Posted on Wednesday 7 June 2023

Children from low education backgrounds are more likely to enrol in ‘elite’ degree programmes that lead to high paying jobs if they go to school with children whose parents have those degrees themselves, says new research.

Spotlight thrown on diary of York woman from 1800s

Posted on Tuesday 6 June 2023

A diary recording the experiences of a York woman during the Napoleonic Wars has been published, nearly 30 years after it was ‘accidentally’ discovered.

Earliest evidence of funeral practice sheds new light on human evolution

Posted on Monday 5 June 2023

Researchers have found evidence that small brained hominins buried their dead and carved engravings into cave walls associated with the deceased - behaviours thought to be unique to large-brained humans and their ancestors

Costs of expensive new drugs threaten financial sustainability of NHS

Posted on Monday 5 June 2023

New figures show that the total cost of prescription medicines to the NHS in England reached a new high of £17.2 billion in the financial year 2021 –2022, according to a new independent report.

3D scans shed new light on mysterious Roman burial practice

Posted on Saturday 3 June 2023

Archaeologists in York have used 3D scans to study the Roman burial practice of pouring liquid gypsum over the bodies of adults and children laid to rest in coffins - the first time this cutting-edge technology has been applied to Roman burials of this type anywhere in the world.

Teachers reluctant to use technology in music teaching, say experts

Posted on Wednesday 31 May 2023

Music in secondary schools is at risk of extinction unless teachers embrace new technologies and incorporate contemporary genres in the classroom, a leading academic has warned.

Research highlights global impact of smokeless tobacco use

Posted on Wednesday 31 May 2023

A review of government control policies has shown a reduction in global smokeless tobacco use, although there are still gaps in research in some countries.

Scientists unearth forgotten children of the past

Posted on Wednesday 17 May 2023

Scientists have unearthed a story of forgotten children of the past, providing the first direct evidence of the lives of early nineteenth-century ‘pauper apprentices’.

Researchers call for action to end mental health related deaths

Posted on Monday 15 May 2023

Researchers have called for radical changes on a global scale to prevent the growing mortality rates of people with mental health problems.

Universal Credit harmful to mental health of lone parents, study shows

Posted on Monday 15 May 2023

A new study has shown that Universal Credit is harmful to the mental health of claimants, particularly lone parents.

Human eyes really do play ‘tricks’ on the mind, say experts

Posted on Tuesday 9 May 2023

A new study has shown that the human visual system can ‘trick’ the brain into making inaccurate assumptions about the size of objects in the world around them.

£1.2 million partnership to address neglected tropical diseases in Africa

Posted on Wednesday 3 May 2023

Researchers at the University of York are part of a new £1.2 million project to support cost-effective and equitable investments for eliminating neglected tropical diseases in southern and eastern Africa.

Research to shed new light on ‘royal tours’ of iconic King

Posted on Tuesday 2 May 2023

A new study aims to shed light on the royal tours of King Henry VIII, one of the most iconic - and controversial - figures in British history.

New insight into the mystery of ancient Gaza wine

Posted on Wednesday 26 April 2023

Research into grape pips found from an excavated Byzantine monastery in Israel hints at the origins of the ‘mysterious’ Gaza wine and the history of grapevine cultivation in desert conditions.

Catch 22: University of York researcher featured in new marine conservation film - inspired by hit BBC series 'Wild Isles'

Posted on Wednesday 26 April 2023

A new campaigning film made by the same team who devised the acclaimed BBC series ‘Wild Isles’ has been released, featuring University of York research that aims to transform the way businesses think about marine life and the UK’s coastline.

Burnout has far-reaching consequences for teachers’ physical health

Posted on Tuesday 25 April 2023

A new study has highlighted the link between teacher burnout and their physical health.

UK schools to help monitor classroom air quality in massive citizen science project

Posted on Monday 24 April 2023

Schools across the country are being asked to take part in a huge citizen science project to help monitor and evaluate the quality of the air in our classrooms.

‘Safety concerns’ key to Covid-19 vaccination hesitancy in pregnancy

Posted on Thursday 20 April 2023

Pregnant women were hesitant to get the Covid-19 vaccine as a result of mixed public messaging and concerns over safety, according to the results of a study which analysed social media posts.

Growing divide in regional health inequalities exposed

Posted on Wednesday 19 April 2023

A new report has found a worrying pattern of lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality and worse health and wellbeing in the North of England.

Parks and green spaces should feel safe to bolster mental health

Posted on Tuesday 18 April 2023

Researchers have co-produced a series of short films with people who have experienced mental illness to show the benefits of outdoor spaces.

How did Western Mediterranean societies inspire medieval ‘Green Revolution’?

Posted on Friday 14 April 2023

A new £8.8 million research project aims to discover how societies across the Western Mediterranean overcame environmental challenges and inspired a ‘green revolution’ over the course of 1,000 years.

Marine snail named after York researcher

Posted on Thursday 13 April 2023

Howard Peters is already unusual among the University of York’s research scientists, having achieved his PhD in 2014, aged 71, but now, six years later, he has added another distinction to his name – the accolade of having a species of marine snail named after him.

University hosts workshop to improve health systems and services across Africa

Posted on Thursday 6 April 2023

Health experts from the University of York were joined by partners from African Union Member States for a major workshop exploring how to promote an increase in domestic funding for health systems and services across the continent.

Personalised care needed for mental illness and physical health conditions

Posted on Tuesday 4 April 2023

People with severe mental illness can struggle to self-manage long-term physical conditions and need personalised support, a new study suggests.

AI-generated music inferior to human-composed works, according to study

Posted on Tuesday 4 April 2023

Researchers at the University of York have found that current AI-generated music is inferior to human-composed music.

Personal finances increasingly play second fiddle to personality, finds lonely hearts ad study

Posted on Tuesday 4 April 2023

Personality has become a more important factor than finances when it comes to dating, a new study has found.

New digital tool could change the way we see cells

Posted on Tuesday 4 April 2023

A free online tool created by researchers at the University of York could help us better understand cell mutation and resistance.

Ancient DNA reveals African and Asian ancestry of medieval Swahili people

Posted on Wednesday 29 March 2023

People living on the ‘Swahili coast’ - the Indian Ocean coast of eastern Africa - have African and Asian ancestry according to new research on ancient DNA.

New partnership to tackle chemical pollution issues in war-torn Ukraine

Posted on Wednesday 29 March 2023

Researchers from Kharkiv and York are launching a new partnership to tackle the many pollution problems faced by Ukraine as it battles with war.

Exhibition celebrates York’s musical heritage

Posted on Monday 27 March 2023

Researchers are appealing for music lovers to share their memories and memorabilia from York’s musical past as part of a new exhibition in the city.

Care leavers face ‘acute challenges’ in transition to adulthood

Posted on Monday 27 March 2023

Care leavers in England are over ten times more likely than their peers to not be working or studying in their 21st year, a new study has shown.

Who put the 'a' in Thomas a Becket? New study sheds light on the “evolution” of the famous name

Posted on Friday 24 March 2023

It is one of the most famous names in British history, a name associated with a gruesome murder which shocked the Middle Ages and changed the course of history.

Poorest children have worse health and educational outcomes in adolescence, new report highlights

Posted on Friday 24 March 2023

Generation Z children born into the poorest fifth of families in the UK are 12 times more likely to experience a raft of poor health and educational outcomes by the age of 17 compared to more affluent peers, according to a new report co-authored by University of York researchers.

Neolithic ceramics reveal dairy processing from milk of multiple species

Posted on Wednesday 15 March 2023

A new study has found evidence of cheesemaking, using milk from multiple animals in Late Neolithic Poland.

Researchers seek views of how extreme weather affects older people

Posted on Monday 13 March 2023

The over 60s are being asked to reflect on how extreme weather affects their health and wellbeing as part of a major new research project.

New social sciences funding to help tackle society’s most pressing challenges

Posted on Tuesday 7 March 2023

The University of York has been awarded £1.25m of government funding to support and enhance its social sciences research.

Report reveals extent of public sexual harassment experienced by Black and minoritised girls in the UK

Posted on Tuesday 7 March 2023

A new report reveals the extent of public sexual harassment (PSH) experienced by Black and minoritised girls in the UK - with many saying it has impacted on their mental health, self-esteem and identity.

GPs left psychologically distressed and overwhelmed by pressures of the pandemic, new study finds

Posted on Monday 6 March 2023

The pressures of the pandemic resulted in some GPs displaying signs of psychological distress and burnout, according to a University of York-led study.

Pioneering new facility will deliver world-leading air quality research in Yorkshire

Posted on Monday 6 March 2023

Researchers at the University of York have secured funding to run a pioneering £1.2 million three-year project that will become a world-leading facility for the study of indoor air quality – shaping how the homes of the future are built.

Cloud computing hub to launch with £2m EPSRC funding

Posted on Friday 3 March 2023

A new £2 million hub, co-led by the University of York, has been launched to investigate the future potential of cloud computing.

Change in UK fishing habits would protect biodiversity, study shows

Posted on Friday 3 March 2023

Changing the UK's fisheries to focus on a variety of smaller species could significantly reduce the future overall impact on marine ecosystems, help to protect biodiversity, and create a more sustainable fishing industry, say researchers from the University of York.

University of York signs cross-sector statement on EU research programmes

Posted on Thursday 2 March 2023

The University of York has signed a cross-sector statement urging rapid progress on UK association to EU programmes, including Horizon Europe, Copernicus and Euratom.

Research to support Christian faith leaders engage with science

Posted on Wednesday 1 March 2023

Researchers have been awarded a five-year, £6.2million grant to support bishops and senior Christian leaders worldwide to engage with science.

Children and young people with profound learning disabilities to benefit from Intensive Interaction research

Posted on Wednesday 1 March 2023

The National Institute for Health and Care Research has awarded £1.8m to examine the effectiveness of a commonly used communication approach with people with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD).

University of York to lead a REAL Research Unit with an ambitious programme of research on health and social care

Posted on Wednesday 1 March 2023

The Centre for Health Economics (CHE) at the University of York has been selected to lead a major research programme aimed at improving the quality of decision-making in health and social care.

Emmerdale moves into the metaverse

Posted on Monday 27 February 2023

Two University of York initiatives, XR Stories and the Screen Industries Growth Network (SIGN), are to bring one of the UK’s best-loved soaps into the digital metaverse.

Hunt for plant-based alternative in recovery of metals from mining waste

Posted on Thursday 23 February 2023

Researchers are working to find a plant-based alternative for the recovery of gold, silver and copper nanoparticles from mining waste.

Scientists use satellite images to study the degradation of rangelands in Tanzania

Posted on Wednesday 22 February 2023

East Africa’s iconic rangelands - under threat from climate change and human activity - have the potential to recover from repeated environmental shocks and degradation, a new study has concluded.

Mediterranean hunter-gatherers relied on marine resources more than previously thought

Posted on Wednesday 22 February 2023

New research has revealed humans living on the Mediterranean coast 9,500 years ago may have relied more heavily on a fish diet than previously thought.

Research raises concerns over relationship between major US alcohol research institution and the alcohol industry

Posted on Monday 20 February 2023

A new study has uncovered extensive interactions between one of the world’s leading funders of alcohol research and alcohol industry groups, sparking concern about the industry’s influence on science and public health policy.

Neighbourly cooperation can ensure your genes survive, new research finds

Posted on Monday 20 February 2023

Cooperating with your neighbours, especially if they are distant relatives, can be an effective evolutionary strategy, new research has found.

Study shows how non-native languages interact with each other when multilinguals talk

Posted on Thursday 16 February 2023

People who speak more than two languages are more likely to mistakenly use words from the language they’re least proficient in, new research has shown.

Risk-taking crucial for survival of craft brewing industry during pandemic, study reveals

Posted on Wednesday 15 February 2023

Independent craft brewers were able to weather the Covid pandemic by taking risks and being innovative, a new study has revealed.

Guide developed by SEI researchers plays key role in IKEA’s sustainability and climate report

Posted on Wednesday 15 February 2023

A sustainability and climate report by global retailer IKEA used a landmark guide which was developed by researchers from the Stockholm Environment Institute.

Nothing said “love” more than a powder compact, art historians reveal

Posted on Tuesday 14 February 2023

What would a lover give his sweetheart before the swinging sixties? Chocs, flowers or perfume? Back then, there was one present above all that showed you cared… the powder compact.

Killer whale mums pay high price for raising sons

Posted on Wednesday 8 February 2023

Raising sons is an exhausting experience that leaves killer whale mothers far less likely to produce more offspring, new research has found.

Researchers to help identify best types of emergency food service

Posted on Monday 6 February 2023

Researchers at the University of York are working to identify the types of community food support that are most successful at preventing people from needing emergency supplies.

Facing fears in just three hours of therapy could resolve phobias in children

Posted on Monday 6 February 2023

Common childhood phobias, such as fear of spiders, dogs, and needles, could be resolved in a single three-hour therapy session, compared to the several sessions that is current practice, a study has revealed.

Quality and safety in hospitals to be assessed in new study

Posted on Thursday 2 February 2023

A new study into the quality and safety of patient care in NHS and independent hospitals will look at the substantial changes in the sectors for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic.

New partnership to harness data networks to tackle cybercrime and food security

Posted on Thursday 2 February 2023

A new research programme is developing ways of extracting information from complex datasets to tackle a number of real-world issues, such as cyberattacks, greener power grids, and food security.

The chemistry of mummification – traces of a global network

Posted on Thursday 2 February 2023

A University of York academic was part of an international team of researchers who have shed new light on the chemical substances used by the Egyptian embalmers.

First solid scientific evidence that Vikings brought animals to Britain

Posted on Wednesday 1 February 2023

Archaeologists have found what they say is the first solid scientific evidence suggesting that Vikings crossed the North Sea to Britain with dogs and horses.

Researchers testing flat roof solar panels in UK first

Posted on Tuesday 31 January 2023

Researchers are testing whether flat roof solar technology is as effective as panels currently used on pitched roofs.

Researchers assess value of intervention programme designed to tackle obesity in children

Posted on Monday 30 January 2023

The University of York is leading a national project to assess the value of a community-based intervention programme aimed at reducing obesity rates in preschool children.

Children at risk of destitution as local services struggle under cost of living

Posted on Monday 30 January 2023

A survey of elected councillors has revealed that 80% of local leaders in the UK are concerned that as services struggle as a result of the cost of living crisis, children will face a life of poverty.

New research reveals role faith institutions play in promoting good health

Posted on Thursday 26 January 2023

Faith institutions, such as churches and mosques, can support people to maintain healthy blood pressure and avoid hypertension through education and awareness, the results of a new study have revealed.

Children in the North most vulnerable to cost of living crisis

Posted on Monday 23 January 2023

A new report, co-authored by a University of York academic, has warned that children living in the North of England are among the most vulnerable to rising living costs.

No ‘one size fits all’ heather management method for protecting carbon-rich peatlands

Posted on Monday 23 January 2023

A major study has provided answers to the ways in which heather-dominated peatland can be managed, with a number of methods to choose from to help tackle the impacts of climate change and biodiversity losses.

Call for more government help for low-income families as energy prices escalate

Posted on Monday 23 January 2023

Families are being hit hard by rising energy prices and need targeted government support, according to new research published that found families with dependent children are being overlooked.

School children support future conservation of red squirrels

Posted on Thursday 19 January 2023

Primary school children across the UK are collecting and sending squirrel food to scientists researching the dramatic decline of the native red squirrel population over the last 150 years.

New study shows ‘self-cleaning’ of marine atmosphere

Posted on Wednesday 18 January 2023

Scientists have shed new light on the ‘self-cleaning’ capacity of the atmosphere.

GPs faced pressures of workload, personal risk and public scrutiny during Covid-19, study reveals

Posted on Wednesday 18 January 2023

GPs felt under-resourced, under-valued and worried about widening health inequalities during the pandemic, new research shows.

Community engagement must be prioritised in elephant ivory debate, say researchers

Posted on Wednesday 18 January 2023

A BBC Radio 4 play, involving two PhD students at the University of York, highlights the ongoing issues of the ivory trade - with a focus on bringing the lesser heard voices of African communities to the fore.

Scientists discover how bacteria use electrical spikes to tolerate antibiotics

Posted on Wednesday 11 January 2023

Researchers have uncovered how some bacteria use electrical spikes to overcome antibacterial drugs, potentially leading to ‘superbugs’ that are resistant to antibiotics.

World-famous Avebury site to be brought to life online for first time

Posted on Tuesday 10 January 2023

The archives of the world-famous megalithic monuments at Avebury in Wiltshire are to be digitised and made available online.

People with Long Covid face barriers in accessing healthcare services, study finds

Posted on Monday 9 January 2023

People living with Long Covid (LC) say they face significant barriers in accessing healthcare services, leaving many with a feeling of hopelessness and neglect, a new study has revealed.

Research highlights the uncertainty that Care-Experienced Graduates face

Posted on Monday 9 January 2023

Research at the University of York has highlighted the financial uncertainty that Care-Experienced graduates face when leaving higher education and transitioning into employment.

Study reveals online fake reviewers suffer from pangs of conscience

Posted on Thursday 5 January 2023

The authors of online fake reviews suffer from pangs of conscience, according to a new study which looked at the process behind their creation.

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