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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

General Election Media Experts
(27 Apr 2015)
Experts from The University of Manchester are available to speak to the media

Inaccurate reporting jeopardising clinical trials
(27 Apr 2015)
Researchers at The University of Manchester say better method reporting in animal experiments could save hundreds of thousands of pounds and stop clinical trials being commissioned that have no hope of a successful result.

Understanding the body’s response to worms and allergies
(27 Apr 2015)
Research from The University of Manchester is bringing scientists a step closer to developing new therapies for controlling the body’s response to allergies and parasitic worm infections.

The Whitworth up for UK’s biggest arts prize
(24 Apr 2015)
Reborn gallery announced as a finalist for the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2015

Manchester joins European consortium to develop liquid biopsies
(23 Apr 2015)
Scientists from the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute will participate in CANCER-ID, an international project to validate blood-based biomarkers for cancer.

Chancellor nominees announced
(23 Apr 2015)
Staff, registered alumni and members of the General Assembly have nominated three candidates for election to be the next Chancellor of The University of Manchester.

Cancer scan could remove need for radiotherapy for cured patients
(23 Apr 2015)
A UK National Cancer Research Institute trial led from the University of Manchester and the Christie NHS Foundation Trust has suggested that in patients with early stage Hodgkin lymphoma the late effects of radiotherapy could be reduced by using a scan to determine those who actually need it.

Election themed images: Satirical cartoons from the 1874 general election
(23 Apr 2015)
With less than 3 weeks to go before the General Election, The University of Manchester Library’s John Rylands Library is highlighting a handful of 19th century satirical prints dating from the 1874 general election.

New finding could help develop test for kidney failure
(23 Apr 2015)
Scientists at The University of Manchester have made an important finding that could help develop an early test for kidney disease.

EXPERT COMMENTARY: Migrant deaths at sea
(22 Apr 2015)
Dr Tanja Müller is a Senior Lecturer in International Development at The University of Manchester and is available for interview about the implications of the migrant deaths in the Mediterranean upon EU and UK politics.

Lessons to be learned from Caribbean treatment of mental health
(22 Apr 2015)
With Caribbean people in the UK nine times more likely than white British counterparts to be diagnosed with schizophrenia, a University of Manchester mental health researcher has visited Jamaica and Barbados to find out what lessons can be learned.

BBC 6 O'Clock News interviews nursing students
(22 Apr 2015)
The BBC's 6 O'Clock News filmed student nurses and asked them about Labour's election pledge to fund an extra 1,000 places.

Fully funded PhD places available in Power Networks and M4DE
(22 Apr 2015)
A fully funded PhD in Power Networks or Materials for Demanding Environments (M4DE) offers the opportunity to gain experience in industry while studying for a PhD.

New drug combination shows promise for breaking breast cancer resistance
(20 Apr 2015)
Researchers from The University of Manchester working with drug development company Evgen Pharma, have developed a new combination of drugs which could overcome treatment resistance and relapse in breast cancer.

New film sheds light on food insecurity in the UK
(20 Apr 2015)
The University has produced the film alongside work it is doing with charities to combat the problem.

Winning the ethnic minority vote could determine who takes Number 10
(20 Apr 2015)
New Race and Elections report includes contributions from Dr Rob Ford, Professor Anthony Heath, Dr Maria Sobolewska and Stephen Ashe

Telling the time by colour
(20 Apr 2015)
Research by scientists at The University of Manchester has revealed that the colour of light has a major impact on how our body clock measures the time of day.

The Whitworth wins North West Building of the Year
(17 Apr 2015)
Prestigious prize for reborn gallery in the park

Watch: The Three Minute Thesis!
(17 Apr 2015)
An 80,000 word thesis would take nine hours to present – our students’ time limit…three minutes!

Flourishing faster: how to make trees grow bigger and quicker
(17 Apr 2015)
Scientists at The University of Manchester have discovered a way to make trees grow bigger and faster, which could increase supplies of renewable resources and help trees cope with the effects of climate change.

New method helps establish south Asian perceptions of dementia
(16 Apr 2015)
Dementia care for south Asian people could be improved after researchers from The University of Manchester adapted a commonly used tool for judging perceptions of the disease.

Religious activities help minorities, but not Muslims, build friendships
(16 Apr 2015)
University of Manchester PhD researcher presents findings to British Sociological Association's annual conference today.

Apprentice Nathan gains nuclear knowhow
(15 Apr 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.

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre project wins SKA engagement funding
(15 Apr 2015)
Engineers working on the Square Kilometre Array, the world’s largest telescope, are being given the opportunity to engage the public in innovative new ways thanks to the award of funding from the Royal Academy of Engineering.

In Place of War hosts night of music as it brings the arts to conflict areas
(15 Apr 2015)
The award-winning University of Manchester project is marking ten years of work to mobilise communities through the arts

Potential for prediction of progression for early form of breast cancer
(15 Apr 2015)
Scientists in Manchester have identified a way to potentially predict which patients with an early form of breast cancer will experience disease progression.

Ebola analysis finds virus hasn’t become deadlier, yet
(14 Apr 2015)
Research from The University of Manchester using cutting edge computer analysis reveals that despite mutating, Ebola hasn’t evolved to become deadlier since the first outbreak 40 years ago.

University donors crucial to nurture future talent – Brian Cox
(14 Apr 2015)
Physicist and broadcaster Brian Cox has spoken of the “critical” importance of philanthropy in supporting talented young people to go to university and fulfil their potential.

European study provides new insight into public interest in medicines research
(14 Apr 2015)
Researchers at The University of Manchester and Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) have published data for the first time about public knowledge of and interest in the process of medicines research and development (R&D).

Dark Energy Survey creates detailed guide to spotting dark matter
(13 Apr 2015)
The largest single high definition map of mysterious dark matter has been produced, with the help of UK scientists. And it could reveal more about how galaxies formed in our Universe.

Scientists a step closer to developing renewable propane
(10 Apr 2015)
Researchers at The University of Manchester have made a significant breakthrough in the development of synthetic pathways that will enable renewable biosynthesis of the gas propane. This research is part of a programme of work aimed at developing the next generation of biofuels.

Dodo bird verdict given new life by psychosis therapy study
(10 Apr 2015)
A study by researchers at The University of Manchester and the University of Liverpool has examined the psychological treatment of more than 300 people suffering from psychosis, showing that, whatever the therapy, it is the relationship between the patient and therapist which either improves or damages wellbeing.

Sky News’ Stand Up Be Counted Campaign launches at University
(09 Apr 2015)
Sky News’ Stand Up Be Counted campaign - the digital initiative that aims to give 16-25 year olds a voice - will be embarking on a tour of key constituencies across the UK from Monday 13th April, kicking off at The University Manchester.

City appoints new director of healthcare innovation
(08 Apr 2015)
The University of Manchester’s Professor Jackie Oldham has been appointed by the city in a new role to make Manchester a leading centre for healthcare business and innovation.

Complex bacterial challenge in fight against deadly amphibian disease
(08 Apr 2015)
New research from The University of Manchester and the Institute of Zoology has shed light on the complex challenge facing scientists battling one of the world’s most devastating animal diseases.

Archaeologists defy Isis militants by finding new antiquities in Iraq
(08 Apr 2015)
University of Manchester archaeologists are continuing to make significant new discoveries near the ancient city of Ur despite efforts by Islamic State militants to ‘culturally cleanse’ Iraq of its ancient relics.

Mixed picture on the effectiveness of Viagra and related drugs
(07 Apr 2015)
Treating impotence using drugs such as Viagra still leaves older sufferers dissatisfied with their sex lives, according to research by Age UK fellow Dr David Lee.

Study suggests new role for gene in suppressing cancer
(06 Apr 2015)
Scientists at The University of Manchester have discovered that a previously known gene also helps cells divide normally and that its absence can cause tumours.

Communications comp winners go 'Behind the Black Door' of Whitehall
(01 Apr 2015)
Following Alex Aiken’s guest lecture at The University in November 2014, the Careers Service collaborated with Alex and his team to create the ‘Behind the Black Door Competition’

Food security research funding
(01 Apr 2015)
The University of Manchester has been awarded funding to boost research into food security in collaboration with the N8 Research Partnership.

Improving schools from the inside out
(01 Apr 2015)
‘Towards Self-Improving School Systems: Lessons from a City Challenge’ - a new book from professor of education, Mel Ainscow CBE, draws on over ten years of research including the Greater Manchester Challenge.

Consortium signs deal with Basilea to develop resistance-busting cancer drugs
(01 Apr 2015)
A group of academic organisations and funders has entered an agreement with biopharmaceutical company Basilea Pharmaceutica Ltd. to progress a new family of cancer drugs designed to block several key cancer-causing proteins at once.

Why slimy cheats don’t win
(01 Apr 2015)
Darwin’s evolutionary theory predicts survival of the fittest. So why do different survival tactics co-exist, if evolution should always favour the winning strategy?

South-east England ahead on genetic tests for inherited eye conditions
(31 Mar 2015)
New research from The University of Manchester published in the Journal of Community Genetics reveals a stark variation in genetic testing services for inherited eye disease in England.

Graphene’s lightbulb moment
(30 Mar 2015)
A graphene lightbulb with lower energy emissions, longer lifetime and lower manufacturing costs has been launched thanks to a University of Manchester research and innovation partnership.

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.