University of Leicester in the News: 25 – 7 August 2011

Posted by pt91 at Aug 12, 2011 10:03 AM |
A regular review from the Press Office of coverage of the University in the media

The University received very high-profile coverage in this period, including a blog on teacher training in The Guardian’s (30 July) Higher  Education Network by Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Bob Burgess.

Several academics featured in the media:

Paul Martin, Associate Tutor in the School of Museum Studies was extensively quoted in The Independent (July 26th), discussing the collection of everyday items as memorabilia and the reasons behind doing so.

International coverage came from Professor Panicos Demetriades (Economics), who contributed his opinion on the economic position of Cyprus to the New York Times (27 July) German national newspaper Die Welt (1 August)and a host of local US newspapers, such as the Gainesville Sun (27 July), Sarasota Herald-Tribune (27 July) and Investment International (1 August). He has also been interviewed by two of the main Greek stations (VIMA FM and NET FM)

The University’s involvement in the Juno mission (Physics & Astronomy) launched this month was cited in the Daily Telegraph (10 August). The BBC's Sky at Night (8 August) also featured the James Webb Space Telescope Mid-InfraRed Instrument (MIRI), which the University's Space Research Centre and X-Ray and Observational Astronomy group have been heavily involved in the development of.

An article in the Sunday Mail (August 7th) paying tribute to Lance Corporal Liam Tasker and his sniffer dog, Theo, who were both killed in Afghanistan’s Helmand province included mention of students Laura Tasker and Emma Rushton who are raising money for Help for Heroes. BBC East Midlands Today (3 August) also covered the story.

Course Director for the University’s Certificate in Creative Writing Damien Walter not only had an interview and photograph in the Leicester Mercury (29 July) – they report that he will now be blogging for the Guardian’s Books section.

The Leicester Mercury (23 July) reported on a new book on how Leicester looked during the Roman and Medieval periods, with several pictures from the book. The Sculpture in the Garden exhibition made frequent appearances this week, in their ideas for summer activities to do (1 August) and in a letter by Chairman of Council Roger Bettles (1 August) accompanied by a photograph. Local graphic designer Leigh Spencer has also produced a new video for Youtube on the exhibition.

The Leicester Mercury (2 August) printed a column by Maggie Philbin praising the university’s Innovation Partnership Networking Breakfast.

The Leicester Mercury also gave prominent coverage to the University with praise for the Embrace Arts An(other) Story exhibition in an extensive review (4 August) and a full-page interview (2 August) with Parminder Nagra, in regards to her role as Miss Lovely in the new film ‘Horrid Henry’, which mentions her honorary degree.

Dr Jon Scott, Academic Director of the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology appeared in the Times Higher Education (29 July) in an interview regarding his significant achievement of ‘2011 Bioscience Teacher of the Year’; Professor Helen Atkinson was also featured upon her election as the president of the Engineering Professors’ Council.

The refurbishment of the Students’ Union, designed by contractor Morgan Sindall has featured in an extensive article in Civic and Public Building Projects (July 2011). The article praises the new layout of the Percy Gee Building, with particular focus on its environmental attributes. 

The story of graduate Derek Wileman, who received a Master of Arts in English Local History at the age of 71 despite his battle with Transverse Myelitis in 2009, appeared on (7 August).