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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

Spectacular supernova’s mysteries revealed
(22 Aug 2014)
New research by a team of UK and European-based astronomers is helping to solve the mystery of what caused a spectacular supernova in a galaxy 11 million light years away, seen earlier this year.

Insulin offers new hope for the treatment of acute pancreatitis
(21 Aug 2014)
Scientists from The University of Manchester have discovered that insulin can protect the cells of the pancreas from acute pancreatitis – a disease for which there is currently no treatment.

Syrian crisis: media experts
(21 Aug 2014)
A year after President Bashar al-Assad of Syria is alleged to have used sarin gas to kill more than 1,000 people in a Damascus suburb, President Obama said in a statement this week that the US forces have completed the destruction of the deadliest chemical weapons in Syria’s arsenal.

Scientists learn more about rare skin cancer that killed Bob Marley
(20 Aug 2014)
Cancer Research UK-funded scientists in Manchester have discovered that acral melanomas – the rare type of skin cancer that caused reggae musician Bob Marley’s death – are genetically distinct from other more common types of skin cancer, according to a study published in the journal Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research.

“Social networks not serious competition for eBay,” says expert
(20 Aug 2014)
On the 15 year anniversary of eBay UK being launched, an economist from The University of Manchester says social networks are not serious competition for eBay as a selling platform.

Scientists show both types of diabetes are caused by same underlying mechanism
(20 Aug 2014)
Work by scientists at the Universities of Manchester and Auckland suggest that both major forms of diabetes, type-1 and type-2, are the result of the same mechanism.

Entrepreneurial graphene scientist sets the standard
(20 Aug 2014)
A University of Manchester graphene scientist has won a prestigious award for his business proposal to set up a standards service for the one-atom thick material.

Professor Danielle George to make sparks fly in 2014 CHRISTMAS LECTURES®
(19 Aug 2014)
Electrical engineer from The University of Manchester set to deliver the 2014 CHRISTMAS LECTURES at the Royal Institution.

Success is brewing for enterprising alumni
(15 Aug 2014)
Former Manchester students Paul Delamere and George Grant have tasted success with their start-up, ShinDigger Brewing Co.

University climbs three places in international league table
(15 Aug 2014)
The University of Manchester has risen three places to 38th in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2014.

Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw dies aged 101
(14 Aug 2014)
Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw, former member of the Court of The University of Manchester and Deputy President of UMIST for 10 years, has died aged 101.

Bruntwood and The University of Manchester submit plans for MBS phase two
(14 Aug 2014)
Bruntwood and The University of Manchester have today submitted plans for phase two of the £50 million redevelopment of Manchester Business School (MBS), a key asset in the Manchester Corridor area

New tool could drastically reduce the number of potential future hip fractures
(13 Aug 2014)
A new tool is being developed by experts in Manchester which automatically searches medical images for early signs of osteoporosis in the spine by identifying fractures there and could help reduce the number of future potentially fatal hip fractures.

Manchester professor mobilises medics to treat the injured in Gaza
(11 Aug 2014)
A University of Manchester professor has helped to organise a group of NHS medical professionals to travel to Gaza to help treat hundreds of those affected by the crisis.

First patient trials new treatment for rare inherited disease
(11 Aug 2014)
Researchers at The University of Manchester and The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital have recruited the first child into a new study, which aims to evaluate the clinical effectiveness of a treatment developed in Manchester.

Celebrity promotion of charities ‘is largely ineffective’
(11 Aug 2014)
Celebrity promotion of charities is ineffective at raising awareness, but can make the stars more popular with the public, new research says.

Manchester experts offer support to families displaced by conflict in Syria
(07 Aug 2014)
Families living in and affected by the conflict in Syria have been receiving parenting advice from experts at The University of Manchester via a daily bread delivery service.

Financial incentives in hospitals only reduce patient death rates in short-term
(07 Aug 2014)
Pay-for-performance schemes – which reward hospitals financially for improving the quality of care provided to patients – only reduce patient death rates in the short term, according to new research by The University of Manchester.

Off-duty student nurse’s quick-thinking saves motorist’s life
(06 Aug 2014)
A quick-thinking student nurse has saved the life of a motorist after his car veered off the road and crashed into a pub wall

Materials partnerships offers graphene scale-up potential
(06 Aug 2014)
Morgan Advanced Materials has announced a new joint development agreement with The University of Manchester, aimed at scaling up a new process for manufacturing graphene.

WW1 and us: University launches real-time tribute to the lost
(05 Aug 2014)
The University of Manchester is to publish an emotional tribute to the more than 600 staff and students who lost their lives in World War One, each month, 100 years after they died.

Lung cancer diagnosis tool shown to be safe and effective for older patients
(05 Aug 2014)
A recent study in Manchester has found that a procedure to take tissue samples from lung cancer patients can be used safely in the elderly – allowing doctors to make a more accurate diagnosis and to choose appropriate treatment.

University food fraud research becomes part of global campaign
(04 Aug 2014)
Research by The University of Manchester into food fraud is one of five successful projects to be awarded grants by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Scottishness is a more inclusive national identity than Englishness
(04 Aug 2014)
New research on the Scottish Census data reveals that almost all minority communities in Scotland were more likely to claim a Scottish identity in Scotland, than an English identity in England. The picture is complicated, however, because many minorities in Scotland were just as likely to choose a ‘British only’ identity as a ‘Scottish only’ identity.

Manchester scientists head to tropical rainforests for climate study
(30 Jul 2014)
Scientists from The University of Manchester have teamed up with colleagues in Brazil to venture into the Amazonian rainforest to take part in a pioneering study of the gases emitted by trees which could help us better predict climate change.

Scientists pinpoint bladder cancer patients to benefit from 'tumour-softening'
(30 Jul 2014)
Scientists in Manchester have identified a protein that could help doctors decide which bladder cancer patients would benefit from a treatment that makes radiotherapy more effective, according to a study* published in the British Journal of Cancer (BJC), today (Wednesday).

Unique images bring fossil insects back to life
(29 Jul 2014)
A ground breaking new book that brings together two of the major disciplines behind Jurassic Park is aiming to raise the profile of insect fossils through stunning photographs and unique illustrations.

“Not enough Undecideds moving towards ‘Yes’ vote”
(29 Jul 2014)
New data released by the British Election Study (BES) shows that previously undecided Scottish Referendum voters are more likely to say Yes on September 18, but are not enough in numbers to catch up with No voters.

Graphene surfaces on photonic racetracks
(28 Jul 2014)
Graphene could enable new kind of photonics-based chemical sensors and photo-detectors, University of Manchester researchers have shown.

Drugs used to treat lung disease work with the body clock
(28 Jul 2014)
Scientists from The University of Manchester have discovered why medication to treat asthma and pneumonia can become ineffective.

Piggy-backing cells hold clue to cancer growth
(25 Jul 2014)
Skin Cancer cells work together to spread further and faster, according to a new study published in Cell Reports. The discovery could lead to new drugs to tackle melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer.

Heart attack patients could be treated more quickly after Manchester research
(25 Jul 2014)
Clinical judgement, combined with an electrocardiogram (ECG) and blood test on arrival, is effective in reducing unnecessary hospital admissions for chest pain, a new study shows.

Seeing the same GP at every visit will reduce emergency department attendance
(24 Jul 2014)
Attendances at emergency departments can be reduced by enabling patients to see the same GP every time they visit their doctor’s surgery, a new study shows. This is just one of several recommendations made in a report published today by researchers at the Universities of Manchester, Bristol, UCL and Oxford.

Academics lead walk to commemorate 30th anniversary of Lindow Man
(23 Jul 2014)
Three members of The University of Manchester's staff are working with Transition Wilmslow to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the discovery of Lindow Man - the best preserved bog body to be found in Britain.

Manchester medics set to compete in Commonwealth Games
(22 Jul 2014)
Students from The University of Manchester’s Medical School will be hoping for success in sport as they compete in the Commonwealth Games which begin tomorrow (Wednesday 23 July) in Glasgow.