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News archive - April 2008

Museum faces up to its slave trade past
(01 Apr 2008)
A 'promenade' play taking place at one of the country's best loved museums is to tackle the difficult issue of its own links with the slave trade.

Spin-out venture fund achieves first close
(03 Apr 2008)
The University of Manchester and MTI today announce the first close of Europe’s largest institutional fund to have a single university focus – the UMIP Premier Fund (“the Fund”).

Stem cell breakthrough offers diabetes hope
(03 Apr 2008)
Scientists have discovered a new technique for turning embryonic stem cells into insulin-producing pancreatic tissue in what could prove a significant breakthrough in the quest to find new treatments for diabetes.

Manchester highly commended for 'green' education initiative
(04 Apr 2008)
An educational initiative, which will help the next generation of engineers and scientists to work together in more sustainable ways, has been recognised in prestigious national higher education awards.

Graphene gazing gives glimpse of foundations of universe
(04 Apr 2008)
Researchers at The University of Manchester have used graphene to measure an important and mysterious fundamental constant - and glimpse the foundations of the universe.

Modern icon was invented ‘on back of envelope’
(07 Apr 2008)
Autobiographical notes written by the Lancashire inventor of the high speed diesel engine have been recovered from a garage in Manchester after lying forgotten for 25 years.

Sports Travel Leader Backs University Boat Race
(07 Apr 2008)
Sportstours International, one of the UK's leading specialist sports travel companies, has agreed a sponsorship deal with the 2008 “Two Cities Boat Race”.

University honoured with Green Gowns
(09 Apr 2008)
The University of Manchester has won a ‘Green Gown Award’ for its environmental initiatives in student residences.

'Chocks Away!' for University Boat Race
(09 Apr 2008)
This year’s Two Cities Boat Race between the Universities of Manchester and Salford has received a major boost with the news that a Lancaster Bomber will perform a flypast especially to mark the event.

Lindow Man: A Bog Body Mystery
(10 Apr 2008)
Opening 19 April at The Manchester Museum

Rock On! Beijing beckons for Mike
(10 Apr 2008)
Manchester law student Mike Rock is on his way to Beijing to represent Great Britain at this summer’s Olympic Games.

Scientists uncover the potential to control adult stem cells
(10 Apr 2008)
Research being presented today (April 10) at the UK National Stem Cell Network Annual Science Meeting in Edinburgh represents a step towards the use of Adult Stem Cells (ASCs) to repair damaged tissue.

Scaling the heights in the lab... and the great outdoors
(11 Apr 2008)
Six young scientists who are helping to identify the genes behind rheumatoid arthritis are about to scale Yorkshire’s Three Peaks to raise money for their funding body the Arthritis Research Campaign (arc).

Zimbabwean Government ‘helps itself’ to cash lifeline
(16 Apr 2008)
The criminalisation of people who depend on cash and goods from their relatives living abroad has forced almost half of Zimbabweans into extreme ways of avoiding the clutches of ZANU-PF ‘cash barons’ according to a new report.

Graphene used to create world's smallest transistor
(18 Apr 2008)
Researchers have used the world's thinnest material to create the world's smallest transistor, one atom thick and ten atoms wide.

Early parents didn’t stand for weighty kids
(23 Apr 2008)
Scientists investigating the reasons why early humans – the so-called hominins – began walking upright say it’s unlikely that the need to carry children was a factor, as has previously been suggested.

Stephenie named International Student of the Year 2008
(24 Apr 2008)
Stephenie Siew Jean Tiew from the University of Manchester has been named International Student of the Year 2008. The 24-year-old medical student from Malaysia claimed her title in the UK final of the prestigious competition last night (Wednesday, April 23).

Record funding helps scientists study breast cancer protein
(24 Apr 2008)
University of Manchester scientists have been awarded almost £200,000 by charity Breast Cancer Campaign in a bid to find new ways to beat the disease.

University pays tribute to supporters of medical teaching
(25 Apr 2008)
The selfless and public-spirited actions of those who have left their bodies to aid the teaching of future doctors in training will be celebrated at a Service of Thanksgiving in Manchester on Wednesday (April 30).

Shocking attitudes to Great War’s wounded revealed
(28 Apr 2008)
Diaries written by working class soldiers wounded in World War One have revealed how they silently endured brutal treatment by military nurses, doctors, physiotherapists and stretcher bearers.

Newspaper subs blamed for tyranny of nosy commuters
(29 Apr 2008)
Commuters annoyed by fellow travellers who read newspapers over their shoulder can blame subeditors whose page designs are the product of ‘architectural genius’, according to University of Manchester researchers.

Graphene-based gadgets may be just years away
(30 Apr 2008)
Researchers at The University of Manchester have produced tiny liquid crystal devices with electrodes made from graphene – an exciting development that could lead to computer and TV displays based on this technology.