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News archive - October 2011

University gives project managers a boost with joint Masters course
(03 Oct 2011)
The University of Manchester has launched an international, industry-led MSc to produce the next generation of world-class project managers.

£50m boost for graphene research
(03 Oct 2011)
The University of Manchester welcomes the £50m investment announced today by the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne into graphene, the world’s thinnest, strongest and most conductive material.

Monkeying around at the start of the Manchester Science Festival
(06 Oct 2011)
Professor Brian Cox ushers in this year’s Manchester Science Festival with his brilliant and irreverent BBC Radio 4 show at The University of Manchester next week.

Concern over accuracy of suicide rates in England and Wales
(07 Oct 2011)
The increasing use of “narrative verdicts” by coroners in England and Wales may be leading to greater underestimation of suicide rates, warn experts.

Graphene’s ‘Big Mac’ creates next generation of chips
(10 Oct 2011)
Scientists at the University of Manchester have come one step closer to creating the next generation of computer chips using wonder material graphene.

Tóibín Hollinghurst event sells out
(10 Oct 2011)
Acclaimed novelist and journalist Colm Tóibín, newly appointed as Professor of Creative Writing at The University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing, today hosts the first in a series of high-profile public events.

A stamp of approval - 'J' is for Jodrell
(11 Oct 2011)
The world-famous Jodrell Bank Observatory has been chosen to represent the letter 'J' in a new set of stamps featuring an A to Z of iconic landmarks from all four countries in the UK.

Alex de Waal to speak on peacekeeping in Darfur
(12 Oct 2011)
The Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation Alex de Waal is to speak about the violence in Darfur at The University of Manchester this week (13 October)

Sir Alex receives University's highest honour on Foundation Day
(12 Oct 2011)
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has this evening received an honorary degree from The University of Manchester to mark his 25 years in charge of the club. The award also recognises his role in shaping Manchester’s worldwide reputation.

£1.6m grant success for bioprocessing research
(13 Oct 2011)
The University of Manchester has secured two project grants worth a total of £1.6 million from the Bioprocessing Research Industry Club (BRIC).

Skin cancer research awarded major European grant
(13 Oct 2011)
University of Manchester researchers looking into skin cancer have been awarded a prestigious European Research Council grant worth €1.5 million.

Jodrell Bank given Royal seal of approval
(13 Oct 2011)
Prince Andrew, Duke of York, praised the achievements of astronomers and scientists at Jodrell Bank on a visit to the Observatory last week.

Threatened Syrian citadel gives up secrets in midst of conflict
(14 Oct 2011)
An archaeologist working in Syria has solved the mystery of why one of Islam’s earliest fortresses dropped out of the historical record around 1,100 years ago.

Antiviral drugs may slow Alzheimer’s progression
(17 Oct 2011)
Antiviral drugs used to target the herpes virus could be effective at slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), a new study shows.

Viking boat burial find is UK mainland first
(19 Oct 2011)
The UK mainland’s first fully intact Viking boat burial site has been discovered by archaeologists working in the Scottish Highlands.

Bridging the global divide: Manchester stakes its claim
(20 Oct 2011)
David Owen is to be guest speaker at a special meeting in Manchester on Wednesday (October 26) to launch a new initiative that is guaranteed to put the city at the forefront of global health.

Children get expert help on their Ancient Egypt project
(20 Oct 2011)
Children at Moorlands Junior School in Sale are getting expert help with their project on ancient Egypt.

University honours Linda Norgrove
(20 Oct 2011)
The University of Manchester is today (20 October) honouring the Scottish development worker Linda Norgrove, just over a year after she was kidnapped and killed in Afghanistan.

Manchester’s ‘first step’ to perfect drug combinations
(24 Oct 2011)
Scientists at The University of Manchester have discovered a way of speeding up the creation of perfect drug combinations, which could help patients recovering from critical health problems such as stroke, heart attacks and cancer.

Four Manchester academics elected to Academy of Europe
(25 Oct 2011)
Four University of Manchester academics have become members of one of the world’s most prestigious academic bodies.

North East could solve riddle of lost Blake collection
(26 Oct 2011)
A collection of lost colour prints and illuminated books by the iconic artist and poet William Blake - potentially worth millions of pounds - is waiting to be discovered somewhere in the north east of England , according to a University of Manchester art historian.

Skin scientists hope to increase public understanding of psoriasis
(26 Oct 2011)
University of Manchester researchers will be raising awareness of the skin condition psoriasis at two public events this autumn.

Science Spectacular brings down the curtain on Manchester Science Festival
(27 Oct 2011)
This weekend sees a Spectacular end to the Manchester Science Festival, featuring drunken flies, glow in the dark ice cubes and many other weird and wonderful phenomena.

Red Cross global health partnership launch: invitation to guest lecture
(28 Oct 2011)
The University of Manchester and The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) will be launching a partnership in the field of global health on Tuesday, 1 November.

Ambitious new building project at Manchester Business School
(31 Oct 2011)
The University of Manchester and Bruntwood have joined forces to drive forward a multimillion pound property development for Manchester Business School.

A dog’s life: £500k study launched into man’s best friend
(31 Oct 2011)
University of Manchester researchers have launched one of the largest studies into the relationship between man and his ‘best friend’ to explore how humans have influenced the characteristics of domestic dogs through breeding, feeding, training and socialising.