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News archive - December 2011

Manchester jet engine project takes FLITES
(01 Dec 2011)
The University of Manchester is leading a £2.7m research project to create a key component in reducing jet engine emissions.

University staff can really pack a punch
(02 Dec 2011)
Staff and students at The University of Manchester are being encouraged to take up boxing, to improve their well being and to help them deal with stress.

President welcomes first Alan Gilbert Memorial Scholar to Manchester
(02 Dec 2011)
The University’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, has hosted a celebration evening for 12 new students studying at Manchester on the acclaimed Equity and Merit Scholarship Programme.

Swimming starlet wins gold in Canada
(02 Dec 2011)
University of Manchester swimmer Rebecca Guy has won gold at the Canada Cup meeting in Toronto.

Anti-inflammatory chemical could prevent stroke damage
(05 Dec 2011)
Drugs that block inflammation in the brain could help patients who have a stroke or a brain haemorrhage, Manchester scientists said today (5 December) at the British Society for Immunology Congress in Liverpool.

Stunning edition of Dickens’ Christmas classic available on iBookstore
(05 Dec 2011)
An exquisite handwritten edition of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, kept at The John Rylands Library, is now available on the iBookstore.

University poet one of Irish Times top five
(06 Dec 2011)
A collection of poetry by a creative writing lecturer based at The University of Manchester has been named as one of the top five books of 2011 by a group of top writers in the Irish Times.

How sustainable is nuclear power for the UK?
(08 Dec 2011)
Nuclear power could contribute significantly to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the UK but this would lead to considerable impacts on natural resources and the environment, a report from The University of Manchester claims.

Social media ‘not to blame’ for inciting rioters
(08 Dec 2011)
A study of 2.4 million Twitter messages from the time of the riots has found that politicians and other commentators were wrong to claim the website played an important role in inciting and organising the disturbances.

Dilemmas of humanitarian aid under the spotlight
(08 Dec 2011)
Experts from The University of Manchester and an influential NGO are to discuss the choices and dilemmas of modern humanitarian aid today (8 December)

University partners awarded MRC fellowship scheme
(08 Dec 2011)
The Universities of Manchester and Liverpool have been awarded funding to support the North West MRC Fellowship scheme in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

£1 million drug treatment study launched
(08 Dec 2011)
University of Manchester researchers have been awarded £1 million to investigate the effectiveness of the Department of Health’s ‘Payment by Results’ (PbR) schemes in the treatment of addiction.

New facility is moot point for legal beagles
(09 Dec 2011)
Three judges, two QCs, students and lecturers opened a new facility for students in the School of Law at The University of Manchester, when they took part in a mock legal case yesterday.

Flying into the eye of the storm
(09 Dec 2011)
University of Manchester scientists flew into the middle of the violent storms battering Scotland yesterday to measure the huge impact of the winds.

Humbug! Xmas Carolathon is treat for Dickens fans
(13 Dec 2011)
Students and staff from The University of Manchester are bringing Ebenezer Scrooge and Bob Cratchit to the masses by reading - and rereading - A Christmas Carol at different locations across the city over 10 hours tomorrow (14 December).

The Northern Way – how the North can become the world’s nuclear base
(13 Dec 2011)
The North of England has the opportunity to become one of the world’s leading nuclear manufacturing hubs, creating many thousands of new jobs and generating substantial economic growth for the UK, according to a University of Manchester report.

Medic through to national final of surgical skills competition
(13 Dec 2011)
A fifth-year medical student from The University of Manchester has won the North West heat of a nationwide surgical skills competition run by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd). Geraldine Klein will now go to the grand final in Edinburgh where she will compete to win a trip to Johnson & Johnson’s skills centre in Hamburg, Germany.

Lecturer visits Africa to see fruit of his labours
(14 Dec 2011)
A retired University of Manchester lecturer has returned to East Africa to see the skills of two of his former students put to good use.

Award success for chemical engineers
(19 Dec 2011)
Two University of Manchester academics have received awards for the quality of their research into sustainable chemical engineering.

Manchester inspires future Olympians
(20 Dec 2011)
The University of Manchester has been awarded the Inspire Mark by the London 2012 Inspire programme for an event organised to engage with local schools and educate children about various aspects of the 2012 Games.

Human skull study causes evolutionary headache
(20 Dec 2011)
Scientists studying a unique collection of human skulls have shown that changes to the skull shape thought to have occurred independently through separate evolutionary events may have actually precipitated each other.

£430,000 study to test new drug preventing heart disease in diabetics
(20 Dec 2011)
A drug that removes excess copper from people with diabetes resulting in improved function of the heart is to be tested in a national trial led by researchers in Manchester.

Disabled student defies odds to graduate
(21 Dec 2011)
A disabled student who was told she would never walk or talk again has been awarded a 2:1 degree in criminology at The University of Manchester.

£2 million grant for brain study
(21 Dec 2011)
University of Manchester scientists have been awarded £2 million to explore the brain processes involved in ‘semantic cognition’ and the different ways in which it can break down in various neurological conditions, such as stroke and dementia.

Site of earliest house is scheduled by the Government
(21 Dec 2011)
One of Yorkshire’s most outstanding historical sites has been given protection by Heritage Minister John Penrose.