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Latest news

New star-shaped molecule breakthrough
(22 Sep 2014)
Scientists at The University of Manchester have generated a new star-shaped molecule made up of interlocking rings, which is the most complex of its kind ever created.

Fracking’s environmental impacts scrutinised
(21 Sep 2014)
Greenhouse gas emissions from the production and use of shale gas would be comparable to conventional natural gas, but the controversial energy source actually faired better than renewables on some environmental impacts, according to new research.

The Blair Supremacy - a study in the politics of Labour’s party management
(20 Sep 2014)
A ground-breaking new book investigating the management of the Labour Party during Tony Blair's leadership - published by Manchester University Press - will be debated at a Labour Party Conference fringe event (open to the media) on Monday.

Economist Jim O’Neill: Scotland debate shows communities want more power
(20 Sep 2014)
Leading economist Jim O’Neill, who wrote a report arguing that over-centralised decision-making in Whitehall is ‘stifling economic growth’, is speaking at The University of Manchester on Tuesday (23 September). A press conference has been planned ahead of his public lecture.

Railway-style discount pricing could slash our fuel bills (MEDIA CALL)
(19 Sep 2014)
In a bid to beat fuel poverty energy consumers who make off-peak choices similar to frugal railway passengers could in the future be rewarded with big discounts on their bills, says an expert from The University of Manchester.

Royal Society Fellowships for graphene researchers
(19 Sep 2014)
Two University of Manchester graphene and 2D materials scientists have been awarded Royal Society Research Fellowships.

University to host events for Labour Party Conference
(19 Sep 2014)
The University of Manchester is hosting a number of events inside and outside Manchester Central at this year’s Labour Party Conference.

Grant to Advance Pancreatic Cancer Early Diagnosis Test
(18 Sep 2014)
The British company Abcodia has won a European Commission grant to advance the early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer using technology developed in collaboration with the renowned biostatistician Professor Carlo Berzuini from The University of Manchester.

New agreement signed with National Grid
(17 Sep 2014)
The University of Manchester and National Grid have today signed an agreement that reaffirms their commitment to supporting energy system innovation.

Watch: Bioethicist Sarah Chan on morality, cruelty and freedom
(17 Sep 2014)
The Deputy Director of our Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation took part in a filmed debate as part of the HowTheLightGetsIn festival.

Twisted graphene chills out
(16 Sep 2014)
When two sheets of graphene are stacked in a special way, it is possible to cool down the graphene with a laser instead of heating it up, University of Manchester researchers have shown.

New funding offers hope in the battle against pancreatic cancer
(16 Sep 2014)
The national charity Pancreatic Cancer UK has announced an award of over £74,000 to Dr. Cathy Tournier at The University of Manchester as part of its second annual round of Research Innovation Fund (RIF) grants, amounting to half a million pounds.

Alzheimer’s funding boost for Manchester scientist
(16 Sep 2014)
A dementia researcher based at The University of Manchester and Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has landed a £30k award from Alzheimer’s Research UK for a pioneering research project getting underway this month.

New method to increase chance of survival for some cancer patients
(16 Sep 2014)
Scientists from The University of Manchester have found that offering radiotherapy to patients with small cell lung cancer in addition to chemotherapy improves their chances of survival two years after treatment.

Story of WW1 volunteers from St. Helens revealed in new book
(16 Sep 2014)
The full behind the scenes story of 3,000 men from St. Helens who fought in the First World War is uncovered in a book being launched this month.

President’s visit to Melbourne and Hong Kong
(15 Sep 2014)
Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester, will be giving the prestigious Sir Robert Menzies Oration on Higher Education at the University of Melbourne, Australia, tomorrow (Tuesday, 16 September).

Martian meteorite yields more evidence of the possibility of life on Mars
(15 Sep 2014)
A tiny fragment of Martian meteorite 1.3 billion years old is helping to make the case for the possibility of life on Mars, say scientists.

‘Jaws’ lived in Doncaster
(15 Sep 2014)
Sharks, swamps and a tropical rainforest teeming with life – it’s not what comes to mind when you think of Yorkshire, England. But for the first time evidence of Doncaster’s 310-million-year-old past, including a fossilised shark egg case, has been discovered in a derelict mining tip.

New species of electrons can lead to better computing
(12 Sep 2014)
Electrons that break the rules and move perpendicular to the applied electric field could be the key to delivering next generation, low-energy computers, a collaboration of scientists from The University of Manchester and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found.

Graphene paints a corrosion-free future
(11 Sep 2014)
A thin layer of graphene paint can make impermeable and chemically resistant coatings which could be used for packaging to keep food fresh for longer and protect metal structures against corrosion, new findings from The University of Manchester show.

New £60m Engineering Innovation Centre to be based in Manchester
(10 Sep 2014)
Funding provided by the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund, the Technology Strategy Board and Masdar, an Abu Dhabi-based clean technology and renewable energy company

Manchester connected for World Suicide Prevention Day
(10 Sep 2014)
According to The World Health Organization every 40 seconds, somewhere in the world, a person dies from suicide. That adds up to around 800,000 people every year.

Are local or international peacebuilding initiatives more effective?
(10 Sep 2014)
An internationally renowned group of experts are to explain why local peacebuilding initiatives are the most effective way of reconnecting the state to its people.

The Scottish Independence Referendum
(10 Sep 2014)
Scots prepare to vote for the future of their country on 18 September, when they will answer the question: ‘should Scotland be an independent country’, the exact wording of the question which will be posed to them.

Scientists discover hazardous waste-eating bacteria
(09 Sep 2014)
Tiny single-cell organisms discovered living underground could help with the problem of nuclear waste disposal, say researchers involved in a study at The University of Manchester.

Layered graphene sandwich for next generation electronics
(08 Sep 2014)
Sandwiching layers of graphene with white graphene could produce designer materials capable of creating high-frequency electronic devices, University of Manchester scientists have found.

New blood test could offer more tailored treatment of ovarian cancer
(05 Sep 2014)
A new blood test allowing doctors to predict which ovarian cancer patients will respond to particular types of treatment is a step closer following a new study by Manchester scientists.

New giant dinosaur unearthed
(04 Sep 2014)
A new species of dinosaur unearthed in Southern Patagonia, Argentina, may represent one of the most complete examples of gigantic titanosaurian sauropod dinosaurs ever discovered.

Body clock link could aid obesity treatments
(04 Sep 2014)
Scientists at The University of Manchester have discovered that the body clock plays an important role in body fat. Their findings are helping develop new ways of treating obesity and the fatal diseases linked to being overweight.

Current way of diagnosing type-2 diabetes needs to be revised, study shows.
(04 Sep 2014)
The current way of diagnosing type-2 diabetes using blood glucose levels needs to be urgently revised, research by scientists from The University of Manchester and King’s College London suggests.

One of world’s earliest Christian charms found
(03 Sep 2014)
A 1,500 year old papyrus fragment found in The University of Manchester’s John Rylands Library has been identified as one the world’s earliest surviving Christian charms.

Has microfinance lost its moral compass?
(03 Sep 2014)
The industry that provides financial services for people on low-incomes and without access to traditional banking services is morally reprehensible according to new research from The University of Manchester.

Manchester scientists benefit from increased funding in dementia research
(03 Sep 2014)
Alzheimer’s Research UK has increased funding to its Manchester and North West Research Network Centre, which supports pioneering dementia researchers across the region.

Report shows use of care plans in UK is rare with limited benefits
(01 Sep 2014)
The current use of written care plans and care planning in the management of patients with long-term conditions by GPs in the UK is rare, a new study shows. This is just one of several findings of a new study published today by researchers at the Universities of Manchester, Cambridge, Keele and York.

Manchester Professor is new President of European Association of Cancer Research
(29 Aug 2014)
The European Association of Cancer Research has appointed University of Manchester Professor Richard Marais as its new President sitting from 2014 to 2016.

Study shows potential method to better control lung cancer using radiotherapy
(29 Aug 2014)
Manchester scientists are working out how to safely increase the radiotherapy dose given to lung cancer patients – potentially offering improved local control and survival.

Arthritis patients not taking expensive medication, according to research
(28 Aug 2014)
Large numbers of people with severe rheumatoid arthritis are not taking expensive medication as prescribed, according to a new multi-centre study led by researchers in Manchester.

Watch the Skies!
(28 Aug 2014)
A cinematic feast for sci-fi fans at Jodrell Bank Observatory on 3 and 4 October 2014

New tool to probe cancer’s molecular make-up
(27 Aug 2014)
Scientists have shown how to better identify and measure vital molecules that control cell behaviour – paving the way for improved tools for diagnosis, prediction and monitoring of cancer.

New tool to probe cancer’s molecular make-up
(26 Aug 2014)
Scientists have shown how to better identify and measure vital molecules that control cell behaviour – paving the way for improved tools for diagnosis, prediction and monitoring of cancer.

Hormone analysis helps identify horny rhinos
(25 Aug 2014)
The first comprehensive study of captive black rhino reproduction in Europe highlights how hormone analysis could improve the success of breeding programmes.

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.