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At The University of Manchester news breaks every day, whether it's a new discovery by one of our academics, an award won by one of our students, or an upcoming event at one of our visitor attractions.

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Latest news

Manchester researchers call for antifungal drugs boost
(27 Mar 2015)
No new antifungal drug has been licensed since 2006, and the last new class of antifungal emerged in 2002. With an estimated 300 million people worldwide with serious fungal disease and 1.3 to 2 million deaths, new agents are desperately needed.

Sea slug provides new way of analysing brain data
(27 Mar 2015)
Scientists say our brains may not be as complicated as we once thought – and they’re using sea slugs to prove it.

Snowflakes become square with a little help from graphene
(26 Mar 2015)
An atomically thin layer of water freezes at room temperature to form square ice with symmetry completely alien to water molecules, University of Manchester researchers have found.

How the work of Weizmann is inspiring scientists today thanks to Lord Alliance
(26 Mar 2015)
Exactly 100 years after the first President of Israel, Chaim Weizmann, made his vital discovery about acetone at The University of Manchester, the institution is celebrating his legacy through new scientific discoveries made in collaboration with the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel thanks to the generosity of Lord Alliance.

Effect of natural sweetener Xylitol in preventing tooth decay still unproven
(26 Mar 2015)
New research from The University of Manchester out today (26 March) concludes that there is limited evidence to show that xylitol is effective in preventing dental cavities in children and adults.

Apprentice Nicole is a true team player
(25 Mar 2015)
The University has launched its 2015 apprenticeship campaign to encourage managers across the organisation to consider hiring apprentices when suitable vacancies arise and has set a target of at least 100 apprentices in post by the end of the year.

Blood test could help bowel cancer patients avoid drug side-effects
(25 Mar 2015)
Manchester researchers have provided early evidence to suggest that a blood test could be used to identify bowel cancer patients that may benefit from more intensive chemotherapy.

Justification for arming rebels in Ukraine and Syria under the spotlight
(25 Mar 2015)
An expert on the ethics of war from The University of Manchester is leading a debate on the ethical issues surrounding the arming of rebels in territories like the Ukraine and Syria (25 March).

BES reveals scale of voter discontent with Tory policy record
(24 Mar 2015)
The British Election Study has revealed the Conservative’s record on key policies could be seen as an electoral liability.

Mental health report finds staffing problems linked to ward suicides
(24 Mar 2015)
Suicidal patients who are under observation may be put at risk by relying on inexperienced staff and agency nurses, according to a new report issued today.

Have a say in the national direction of womb cancer research
(23 Mar 2015)
A national group of researchers, medical bodies and charities, led by The University of Manchester is looking for help in setting the top priorities for fighting womb cancer, with a survey launched today (23 March 2015).

Moai Hava arrives at Manchester Museum
(23 Mar 2015)
Manchester Museum received a new arrival on Friday (20 March): a moai, commonly known as an Easter Island Head.

Project to reduce violence in Panama City with improved parenting
(23 Mar 2015)
University of Manchester researchers have piloted a parenting trial which aims to improve child behaviour in Panama City – the place with the eighth highest murder rate in the world.

Chancellor officially opens National Graphene Institute
(20 Mar 2015)
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has officially opened the £61m National Graphene Institute (NGI) at The University of Manchester.

Eclipse LIVE
(20 Mar 2015)
A spectacular eclipse was witnessed by millions of people in the UK as Stargazing LIVE broadcast a special edition of the show from Jodrell Bank.

Breast implants could become safer thanks to cell-friendly surface
(19 Mar 2015)
Scientists at The University of Manchester have created an enhanced surface for silicone breast implants which could reduce complications and make them less likely to be rejected by the body.

University online course wins national award
(19 Mar 2015)
The University of Manchester is celebrating winning a national award for its Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) “Introduction to Physical Chemistry”.

Chancellor’s £20m to use cities’ data to improve healthcare
(19 Mar 2015)
The Northern Health Science Alliance of leading northern universities, including The University of Manchester; teaching hospitals and Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) will set up the world’s first partnership using large-scale data to drive public sector reform in health and social care across a 15 million strong population in the North of England.

Economists count true business costs of climate change
(19 Mar 2015)
Businesses must consider the true financial costs of climate change in order to better prepare for the future, according to the authors of a new climate change adaptation report prepared for one of the country’s largest social housing providers.

BooHoo.com co-founder opens Manchester’s Dragons Den
(18 Mar 2015)
The co-founder of Boohoo.com is kick starting a ‘dragons den’ style pitching event for students and graduates from The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Eclipse will be STAR of the show
(17 Mar 2015)
Stargazing LIVE comes to Jodrell Bank for the fifth time and this year is extra special as there will be a live broadcast of the solar eclipse.

Scientists make surprising finding in stroke research
(17 Mar 2015)
Scientists at The University of Manchester have made an important new discovery about the brain’s immune system that could lead to potential new treatments for stroke and other related conditions.

Power boosting technology to light up national science fair
(13 Mar 2015)
A ground-breaking innovation that could make electricity pylons smaller while boosting our power supply will be showcased by The University of Manchester to thousands of aspiring engineers and scientists.

Celebrating science as part of British Science Week 2015
(13 Mar 2015)
The University of Manchester is proud to be supporting British Science Week (13 to 22 March), a ten-day programme of science, technology, engineering and maths events and activities across the UK for people of all ages.

Students find out why the mind matters at psychology event
(13 Mar 2015)
More than 200 secondary school pupils from Greater Manchester got hands-on with psychological sciences at The University of Manchester on 11 March in a series of lectures and demonstrations by psychology researchers.

Presentation is key in antenatal information, research suggests
(13 Mar 2015)
The font type of written text and how easy it is to read can be influential when it comes to engaging people with important health information and recruiting them for potentially beneficial programmes, new research by The University of Manchester and Leeds Beckett University has found.

Three landmark agreements enhance relationships with Mexico
(13 Mar 2015)
The University of Manchester has signed three major agreements with Conacyt, an organisation which promotes and strengthens the scientific development and technical modernisation of Mexico.

Major report on powdered cocaine use launched
(12 Mar 2015)
The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) has today (12 March) published a major report on powdered cocaine and its impact on British society which was authored by a group led by a University of Manchester academic.

New Vice-President and Dean for EPS faculty
(12 Mar 2015)
Professor Martin Schröder has been appointed as the new Vice-President and Dean for the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at The University of Manchester.

Manchester climate instruments take a ride on NASA’s Global Hawk
(12 Mar 2015)
A cutting-edge science instrument developed by The University of Manchester researchers took to the skies aboard NASA’s Global Hawk research aircraft for the first time.

Linguistically diverse city opens its language barriers
(12 Mar 2015)
Manchester – one of the most linguistically diverse cities in Europe – is getting a unique new service aimed at helping to break down language barriers and integrate local communities.

Asian Monsoon rains drove mammal evolution
(11 Mar 2015)
New research has shown that the Asian monsoon rains played a key role in the evolution of mammals.

President and Vice-Chancellor shows Manchester to the world at MIPIM
(10 Mar 2015)
Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell has spoken at MIPIM, one of the world’s largest property conferences today.

Manchester researcher takes gold for biology display in Parliament
(10 Mar 2015)
A palaeontologist at The University of Manchester won the gold award at a competition in the House of Commons for the excellence of his biological research and claimed a £3,000 prize.

University supports Manchester International Festival
(10 Mar 2015)
For the first time, The University of Manchester is a Silver Supporter of the Manchester International Festival (MIF), which takes place between 2 and 19 July 2015.

Being 'laid off' leads to a decade of distrust
(10 Mar 2015)
New research finds that trust can be so badly dented following a job loss that even finding new work does not overcome the problem.

Apprenticeship has shown universities in new light
(09 Mar 2015)
The University has launched its 2015 apprenticeship campaign to encourage managers across the organisation to consider hiring apprentices when suitable vacancies arise; it has set a target of at least 100 apprentices in post by the end of the year

Understanding of cancer cell enzyme flipped on its head
(09 Mar 2015)
Researchers from Manchester, working with scientists in California, have found that certain molecules long thought to promote cancer growth, in fact suppress tumours, suggesting that therapeutic approaches should aim to restore, rather than block, their activity.

Research explores patient views of GP safety
(09 Mar 2015)
New research conducted by The University of Manchester has found that GPs’ patients can feel alienated by lack of trust, impersonal processes and that this presents problems to improving their safety.

£10bn GP incentive scheme has no impact on premature death
(05 Mar 2015)
A study conducted at The University of Manchester’s Health eResearch Centre found that there was no link between a £10 billion pay-for-performance incentive scheme aimed at GP’s and a reduction in premature deaths.

New Vice-President and Dean announced for Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences
(05 Mar 2015)
The University of Manchester has appointed Professor Ian Greer as the new Vice-President and Dean to lead the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences.

Human rights shake-up needed for Syria, Iraq and Ukraine say legal experts
(05 Mar 2015)
Legal experts from The University of Manchester are campaigning for clarity on how justice can be dispensed in territories like Syria, Iraq and Ukraine.

Update on today’s major incident on North Campus
(04 Mar 2015)
The chemical that caused the major incident on North Campus today has been removed from Pariser Building for safe disposal and the Police cordon around Sackville Street has been lifted.

Indian contribution to WW1 highlighted by Manchester academics
(04 Mar 2015)
The historic and significant role played by Indian soldiers in the First World War is the focus of a public lecture taking at The University of Manchester today (4 March).

Bishop of Manchester to open unique film series
(04 Mar 2015)
The Bishop of Manchester is set to open The Playing God Film Series on Thursday 5 March. This unique film series, which is the first of its kind, will focus on the roles of science and religion in movies.

Apprenticeship was a ‘Turing-point’ for Ramez and his family
(02 Mar 2015)
The University has launched its 2015 apprenticeship campaign to encourage managers across the organisation to consider hiring apprentices when suitable vacancies arise; it has set a target of at least 100 apprentices in post by the end of the year. Here, we talk to Ramez, the second of our featured apprentices:

Experts’ advice for preventing a fall this winter
(02 Mar 2015)
Falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries among older people but, even though the weather continues to be wet and icy, experts from the University of Manchester are showing that falls can be avoided.

Gold and white or blue and black? #TheDress explained
(27 Feb 2015)
Clinical vision scientist, Dr Neil Parry, sheds some light on why millions around the world are confused about the colour of a dress in a photo circulating on the Internet.

University welcomes integration of health and social care in Greater Manchester
(27 Feb 2015)
The University of Manchester has welcomed the news of proposals for the integration of health and social care services in Greater Manchester, providing more opportunities for the benefit of local people.

Manchester is first Russell Group university to offer MA Screenwriting course
(27 Feb 2015)
The University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing is proud to announce the launch of a groundbreaking new postgraduate course, designed to equip emerging screenwriting talent with the practical skills required to succeed in the UK film and television industry.

Synthetic biology breakthrough leads to cheaper statin production
(27 Feb 2015)
University of Manchester researchers, together with industrial partner DSM, have developed a single-step fermentative method for the production of leading cholesterol-lowering drug, pravastatin, which will facilitate industrial-scale statin drug production.

Innovative approach to assessing effectiveness of anti-cancer drugs
(27 Feb 2015)
Manchester scientists have a developed a new method to monitor the effect of anti-cancer drugs on very rare leukaemia stem cells. The approach potentially allows doctors to screen patients and personalise their treatment.