University of Leicester in the News: 4 to 10 April
The announcement of the University’s £8 Million Scholarship Programme alongside £9,000 tuition fee brought blanket coverage in publications across the UK thanks to Press Association (6 April) coverage of comments by Business Secretary Vince Cable. The story was covered by the Guardian (6 April), BBC online (6 April), BBC Radio Leicester (6 April), East Midlands Today (6 April), Central News (6 April) and the Leicester Mercury (6 April), among a host of other local newspapers.
Research by a Criminology PhD student on experiences of islamophobia attracted a great deal of media interest, and this week resulted in coverage in Asian Image (7 April) and the Leicester Mercury (5 April), with more to come.
Trade publications continued to cover the news of the University plans to build a Cardiovascular Research Centre at Glenfield Hospital; among them were The Business Desk (1 April), Pharma Times (5 April), Build.co.uk (4 April) and World Architecture News (6 April). The Leicester Mercury (7 April) were also present to photograph the groundbreaking ceremony and Central News (7 April) featured the news and artists impressions of the new building.
Martha Clokie (Infection, Immunity and Inflammation) appeared on BBC online in a feature about Doomsday Bugs and antibiotics (8 April) while BBC Online also featured Andrew Hopper, History, on the subject of Who Was the Greatest General? (8 April).
In other news, Leicester economist Professor Panicos Demetriades commented on the ‘Greek haircut’, how Cyprus’ economy will be affected by a restructuring of Greek debt, in the Cyprus Times (9 April). Distance-learning graduate Atifete Jahjaga was featured in the Economist (8 April) and CNN (7 April) after being elected president of Kosovo. Desert Quartet, installed in the University’s Botanic Garden until recently, was the subject of a full-page feature in The Leicestershire Magazine (April/May). Pc Harvey Watson, whose beat covers the University campus, has been nominated for a Beat Bobby of the Year award; Graham Middleton and Clare Taylor, head of Security and Student Welfare respectively, congratulated him in the Leicester Mercury (8 April).