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Latest news

University to tackle musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace
(19 Dec 2014)
The University of Manchester is to be part of a major new research centre which will tackle the impact of musculoskeletal disorders on people’s ability to work.

3000 room student village to be developed at The University of Manchester
(18 Dec 2014)
The University of Manchester and the real estate and infrastructure unit of the Abu Dhabi-based investment and development company, Mubadala Development Company, today announce an investment of approximately £175m to develop a three-phase student village on the Owens Park site on the University’s Fallowfield Campus.

University of Manchester confirmed as research powerhouse
(18 Dec 2014)
The University of Manchester’s place as one of the UK’s top research universities is confirmed in the results of the independent Research Excellence Framework (REF) published today (Thursday, 18 December 2014).

A medical school first for patient & public involvement, thanks to donation
(17 Dec 2014)
Trainee doctors at The University of Manchester’s Medical School are to receive greater input into their studies from patients and the public, thanks to a significant donation from the Dr Edwin Doubleday Fund.

Research shows Jaws didn't kill his cousin
(17 Dec 2014)
New research suggests our jawed ancestors weren't responsible for the demise of their jawless cousins as had been assumed. Instead Dr Robert Sansom from The University of Manchester believes rising sea levels are more likely to blame. His research has been published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Politics lecturer gives evidence to Parliament
(16 Dec 2014)
Dr Gabriel Siles-Brügge called to appear before the House of Commons' Business, Innovation and Skills select committee.

Graduate is transforming HIV services for pregnant women in South Sudan
(16 Dec 2014)
A doctor who graduated at The University of Manchester last week (10 December 2014) is already using his skills in the world’s newest country to transform the way authorities care for pregnant women.

Depression in dementia more common in community care, study finds
(16 Dec 2014)
A University of Manchester study of over 400 people in eight EU countries with severe dementia has found that those residing in long-term care homes are less likely to suffer from depressive symptoms than those living in the community.

Cost of cloud brightening for cooler planet revealed
(16 Dec 2014)
University of Manchester scientists have identified the most energy-efficient way to make clouds more reflective to the sun in a bid to combat climate change.

University honours soprano and astrophysicist
(12 Dec 2014)
The University of Manchester has presented honorary degrees to British dramatic soprano Susan Bullock CBE and astrophysicist Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell at its Winter graduation ceremonies.

University part of global declaration on skin health
(12 Dec 2014)
The University of Manchester has played a leading role in the creation of a new global declaration to tackle the serious problems caused by poor skin health.

New targeted drugs could treat drug-resistant skin cancer
(11 Dec 2014)
A brand new family of cancer drugs designed to block several key cancer-causing proteins at once could potentially treat incurable skin cancers, a major new study reports.

Studying politics? Come play in the Data Playground
(11 Dec 2014)
Unprecedented volumes of information about political behaviour, previously only accessible to experts, are to be made available by Britain’s oldest study of electoral behaviour.

Molecular tag team revealed to control cell division
(10 Dec 2014)
Manchester scientists have explored the role of three molecules in controlling the process of cell division in a bid to gain new insight into the transmission of vital signals from a cell’s exterior to its interior.

Having less like-minded friends means Ukip and Greens lose out
(10 Dec 2014)
Ukip and the Greens are disadvantaged because their supporters have less like-minded friends, according to new research by Professor Ed Fieldhouse from The University of Manchester, a Co-Director of the British Election Study.

Academics at Manchester respond to annual Ofsted report
(10 Dec 2014)
Prof Mel Ainscow says that focus on school autonomy is not working.

Chancellor’s graphene visit as details of Sir Henry Royce Institute emerge
(10 Dec 2014)
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne paid a visit to the National Graphene Institute (NGI), as further details emerged about the new £235m Sir Henry Royce Advanced Materials Institute based at The University of Manchester.

Link between power lines and ill-health called into question
(10 Dec 2014)
New evidence suggesting that power lines and mobile phones do not cause physical harm to humans has been found by researchers at The University of Manchester.

New monitor reveals stark realities of poverty in Greater Manchester
(10 Dec 2014)
The Greater Manchester monitor, created by academics at Manchester, measures levels of poverty across the city region and tells what life is like for residents living below the poverty line.

Ukip not winning over the politically disengaged
(09 Dec 2014)
New research from the British Election Study has revealed that contrary to the popular view, Ukip is no more successful at winning over the politically disengaged than the other parties.

British Election Study film out now
(09 Dec 2014)
The British Election Study is today launching a 12-minute film showcasing its essential task of throwing light on politics in a crucial period for British democracy.

Food Poverty: Expert on foodbanks available for interview
(08 Dec 2014)
Dr Kingsley Purdam from The University of Manchester is an expert on food insecurity and foodbanks.

Author makes top politics books list twice
(05 Dec 2014)
Two books by Dr Rob Ford, a political scientist from The University of Manchester, have featured in the media’s lists of top politics books of the year.

University announces new graphene partners
(05 Dec 2014)
Two more companies have finalised collaborative partnerships with The University of Manchester to work on graphene applications of the future.

EU politicians debate Britain and Europe
(05 Dec 2014)
A debate between what were some of the country’s most experienced MEPs is taking place at The University of Manchester on December 11.

Hitachi, Salford Royal FT, Salford CCG, and NWEH partnership to target diabetes
(05 Dec 2014)
Treating type 2 diabetes costs the NHS £8.8bn each year and despite being largely preventable its prevalence continues to increase. In Salford, one in ten men over the age of 60 has diabetes. A major driver for the development of diabetes is obesity, which markedly increases the risk of developing the disease.

Is publishing in high impact journals the key to career progression?
(05 Dec 2014)
Economists working in academia are being advised to think twice before publishing in high impact journals.

Discovery Centre awards joy
(04 Dec 2014)
Staff at the award-winning Discovery Centre at the University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Observatory are celebrating again after scooping ‘Team of the Year 2014’ in the tenth Annual Cheshire Tourism Awards.

More evidence for impact of lung cancer targeted therapy from trial
(04 Dec 2014)
An international study involving Manchester researchers has found that for previously untreated lung cancer patients with a particular genetic change, a new targeted therapy is better than standard chemotherapy.

Smartphone game helps children to improve asthma inhaler technique
(04 Dec 2014)
Researchers at The University of Manchester and Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have developed a new interactive smartphone game can help children use a key asthma inhaler (‘a spacer’) far more effectively, allowing them to breathe more easily.

Osborne announces major new research and innovation institute
(03 Dec 2014)
The University of Manchester will be home to a new national research and innovation centre in advanced materials, Chancellor George Osborne has announced today in his Autumn Statement.

New funding to tackle major cause of sight loss
(03 Dec 2014)
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of severe sight loss in the UK, accounting for more than half of people registered as severely sight impaired.

Rare treasure made by Elizabethan mapmaker goes on display in Manchester
(03 Dec 2014)
A unique 17th century map of Lancashire recently found in The University of Manchester’s John Rylands Library has been placed on public display for the first time.

Manchester Centre for Global Women’s Health named WHO Collaborating Centre
(03 Dec 2014)
The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially partnered with a research centre at The University of Manchester which promotes improvements in women’s health in low and middle income countries.

Ethnic inequalities mapped across England and Wales
(03 Dec 2014)
New online profiler from Manchester's Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity measures education, employment, health and housing inequalities between ethnic minorities and White British residents in every area of England and Wales

New cause of child brain tumour condition identified
(02 Dec 2014)
Doctors and scientists from The University of Manchester have identified changes in a gene, which can increase the risk of developing brain tumours in children with a rare inherited condition called Gorlin syndrome.

Current way of detecting gene mutations misses people at high risk of cancer
(01 Dec 2014)
Research led by a University of Manchester academic on the BRCA gene mutation in the Jewish population shows that the current process of identifying people which relies on assessing someone’s family history, misses half the people who have the mutation and are at risk of developing cancer.

UK forces 'early leavers’ more likely to have mental health problems
(01 Dec 2014)
Each year, some 22,000 personnel leave the UK regular forces. Many leave before completing their service and are classed as ‘early leavers’. New research from The University of Manchester shows that early leavers are more likely to have mental health problems than non-early leavers, and that these are likely to respond to specialist psychological treatment services.

Professor honoured for dementia work
(01 Dec 2014)
The University of Manchester’s Professor Alistair Burns has been made an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in recognition of his work in raising the profile of old age psychiatry and increasing understanding of dementia.

National award for school governors initiative
(28 Nov 2014)
The University of Manchester has won a second consecutive national award for outstanding contribution to the local community for a project which has seen 241 staff and alumni use their skills as school governors.

Manchester scientists boost NASA’s missions to Mars
(27 Nov 2014)
Computer Scientists from The University of Manchester have boosted NASA space missions by pioneering a global project to develop programs that efficiently test and control NASA spacecraft.

Why drying washing indoors can pose a health threat
(27 Nov 2014)
As winter approaches doctors are warning that wet washing dried indoors can pose a serious health threat for people with weakened immune systems or severe asthma.

The unbelievable underworld and its impact on us all
(26 Nov 2014)
A new study has pulled together research into the most diverse place on earth to demonstrate how the organisms below-ground could hold the key to understanding how the worlds ecosystems function and how they are responding to climate change.

Protons fuel graphene prospects
(26 Nov 2014)
Graphene, impermeable to all gases and liquids, can easily allow protons to pass through it, University of Manchester researchers have found.

Public health interventions needed to tackle grim reaper of 'lifestyle' diseases
(25 Nov 2014)
Interventions such as the smoking ban help to break habits instead of relying on individuals to make the right decision for their health

Researchers identify new ways to drain cancer’s ‘fuel tank’
(25 Nov 2014)
Scientists at the University of Manchester have discovered a potential weakness in cancer’s ability to return or become resistant to treatment, by targeting the ‘fuel’ part of stem cells which allows tumours to grow.

University Project helps local Roma community campaign for street clean-up
(25 Nov 2014)
MigRom work aims to improve community relations for Roma community in Manchester

The University and World War I: a centenary commemoration
(24 Nov 2014)
The University will remember the sacrifice of those who went before with a centenary commemmoration at Whitworth Hall

Manchester researchers develop computer games to prevent falls in the elderly
(24 Nov 2014)
A team from Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) and The University of Manchester has developed new computer games in collaboration with MIRA Rehab Limited and tested by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Falls Prevention Team and its patients, designed to significantly reduce the likelihood of falls at home and in the community among older people.

NEWS BRIEFING: One year since the protests began in the Ukraine
(21 Nov 2014)
Dr Olga Onuch is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at The University of Manchester and a Research Fellow at Nuffield College at the University of Oxford.

£50m investment to develop lung cancer drugs
(21 Nov 2014)
The Cancer Research Technology Pioneer Fund (CPF) today (Friday) has announced a collaboration with the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute Drug Discovery Unit, at The University of Manchester, to develop a promising class of drugs called RET inhibitors to treat cancer.

Entrepreneurship shouldn’t be a silver bullet for fighting poverty
(20 Nov 2014)
As Global Entrepreneurship Week, the world’s largest campaign to promote entrepreneurs, comes to a close an academic from The University of Manchester warns that entrepreneurship shouldn’t be a silver bullet for fighting poverty.

Manchester to host commercial graphene workshops
(20 Nov 2014)
The University of Manchester’s £61m National Graphene Institute will open its doors to some of the world’s leading companies next year to discuss the commercialisation of graphene applications.

Manchester honoured in sustainability awards
(20 Nov 2014)
The University of Manchester has been ‘highly commended’ in the Green Gown Awards for ‘The Works’, an initiative which helps unemployed people resident in disadvantaged areas to improve their skills and employment prospects.

University Library wins Digital Preservation Award
(20 Nov 2014)
The University of Manchester Library received the Safeguarding the Digital Legacy award at the international Digital Preservation Awards in London this week.

National School status for care research centre confirmed
(20 Nov 2014)
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has announced that The University of Manchester’s Centre for Primary Care will continue to be part of the prestigious NIHR School for Primary Care Research.