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News archive - May 2012

‘Biggest ever’ computer conference to honour Alan Turing
(01 May 2012)
The University of Manchester will this year host the biggest event in the history of Computer Science to celebrate the centenary of Alan Turing, the father of the modern computer.

Passover treasure launches on iBookstore
(01 May 2012)
A fourteenth-century Jewish masterpiece, painstakingly preserved by experts at The University of Manchester’s John Rylands Library, is launched on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch this week.

Suicide risk for older people who self-harm
(01 May 2012)
Older people who self-harm are at much greater risk of suicide than both the general population and younger adults who self-harm, a new study has found.

Manchester lecturer wins Blackboard award
(02 May 2012)
Dr Drew Whitworth from The University of Manchester has been honored by education technology company Blackboard for the innovative way he uses their software for his teaching.

Scientist awarded Royal Society fellowship
(03 May 2012)
A University of Manchester stem cell researcher has been awarded a prestigious Enterprise Fellowship Grant from The Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

The science of poetry
(03 May 2012)
For most engineers and scientists, wandering lonely as a cloud or being compared to a summer rose are not phrases which normally enter their minds.

National charity role for kidney disease expert
(03 May 2012)
A major UK charity which funded a promising young kidney disease researcher back in 1992 has now invited him to join its Board of Trustees.

University joins UK Electronics Skills Foundation
(03 May 2012)
The University of Manchester has joined the UK Electronics Skills Foundation, which seeks to reverse the decline in the number of UK graduates entering the electronics industry by linking talented electronic engineering degree students with companies for scholarships with work experience.

Bacteria discovery could lead to antibiotics alternatives
(03 May 2012)
Scientists have discovered an Achilles heel within our cells that bacteria are able to exploit to cause and spread infection.

MPs visit Sir Bobby to learn more about Find A Better Way
(04 May 2012)
Find A Better Way, the charity founded by Sir Bobby Charlton to improve the lives of individuals and communities around the world affected by landmines, will host a visit of prominent Westminster MPs at the University of Manchester today.

Manchester students make international mark as conductors
(08 May 2012)
A third year University of Manchester music student has signed up with one of the world’s leading music agencies Intermusica.

Casken string quintet gets UK premiere
(10 May 2012)
The University of Manchester’s resident string quartet are to premiere a major work of one of the UK’s leading composers at the Martin Harris Centre tomorrow(11 May).

Celebration day for Queen’s Anniversary Prize
(10 May 2012)
The University of Manchester last week celebrated the award of a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education for the Dalton Nuclear Institute.

Former UN adviser to join Manchester Medical School
(11 May 2012)
The University of Manchester’s Medical School has appointed Mukesh Kapila as Professor of Global Health and Humanitarian Affairs.

Winterson becomes Manchester Professor
(14 May 2012)
One of the country’s best known literary figures is to become a professor of creative writing at The University of Manchester.

Cities must adapt to our changing climate, say leaders
(14 May 2012)
UK cities must take more urgent and integrated action to adapt to our changing climate, according to some of the region's leading businesses and public sector representatives.

Renowned China experts deliver 2012 China lecture
(15 May 2012)
This year’s China lecture at The University of Manchester is to be delivered by world renowned historian Professor Peter Perdue.

Saving the planet, one microwave at a time
(16 May 2012)
The vast majority of the millions of microwave ovens thrown away every year could be easily fixed and reused, according to University of Manchester research.

Research excellence honour for life scientist
(17 May 2012)
A Manchester scientist is one of just 55 biologists worldwide to be recognised by the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) for their excellence in research.

Psychiatric units safer as in-patient suicide falls
(17 May 2012)
Suicides by psychiatric in-patients have fallen to a new low, research published today (Thursday) has found.

Ryman wins one of world’s top science fiction prizes
(21 May 2012)
A University of Manchester creative writing lecturer has won one of science fiction’s most coveted awards for his novelette ‘What We Found’.

Government should widen laws to combat widespread labour abuse
(22 May 2012)
The Government should act urgently to stop the widespread abuse of foreign workers, say crime experts at The University of Manchester.

ANALYSIS: absentee Egyptian votes and this week’s Presidential elections
(22 May 2012)
Dr Solava Ibrahim, University of Manchester. She is a Lecturer in international Development at the Institute for Development Policy and Management, The University of Manchester.

University sports star to carry Olympic torch today
(22 May 2012)
University of Manchester student, Blaire Hannan, will carry the Olympic torch into her home town of Bristol this afternoon.

“We need more than peace to stop the wars”
(23 May 2012)
A new film launched on Thursday (24 May) co-curated by a University of Manchester lecturer and shown at the prestigious Imperial War Museum in London, is to argue that winning the peace is just as important as winning the war.

Netball star to represent GB
(23 May 2012)
University of Manchester student Beth Cobden, has been selected to represent Great Britain in the first ever FISU World University Netball Championships in South Africa.

Boat Race bragging rights remain with Manchester
(24 May 2012)
The University of Manchester has stormed to victory in this year's Two Cities Boat Race, winning five out of the seven races to beat local rivals the University of Salford.

University Challenge team off to the Far East
(24 May 2012)
The University of Manchester’s successful University Challenge team has been invited to take part in an international televised tournament in Japan.

Rowing star to join torch relay
(25 May 2012)
University of Manchester student, 21-year-old Zak Lee-Green, will be an Olympic Torchbearer in his home town of Cardiff tomorrow.

Location chosen for world’s largest telescope
(25 May 2012)
The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is planned to be the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope, capable of helping answer questions about the early formation of the Universe.

Female fat prejudice persists even after weight loss, study finds
(30 May 2012)
Overweight women may never escape the painful stigma of obesity – even after they have shed the pounds, new research suggests.

Olympic torch arrives at University
(30 May 2012)
The Olympic torch relay arrives at The University of Manchester tomorrow as it scales the magnificent Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory.