University of Leicester in the News: 27 June – 3 July 2011

Posted by pt91 at Jul 05, 2011 02:10 PM |
A regular review from the Press Office of coverage of the University in the media
University of Leicester in the News: 27 June – 3 July 2011

Credit: NASA

New funding for research into breast cancer, led by Dr Jacqueline Shaw of the Department of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine  received a substantial piece in the Leicester Mercury (27 June). It was also covered by (27 June), (27 June), (27 June) and Labmate Online (27 June), among others.

DNA fingerprinting pioneer Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys was quoted in several articles on the proposed closure of the Forensic Science Service, including in The Independent (3 July), The Guardian (1 July), Chemistry World and U.TV.

Students from the Department of Physics and Astronomy have published their latest edition of the Journal of Physics Special Topics, which attracted significant coverage in The Guardian (27 June) and Soccerlens‎ (27 June) thanks to a study on how a game of football would work in the Martian environment.

The National Space Centre celebrated its tenth anniversary this week and BBC Leicester hosted a picture gallery to mark the occasion that highlighted the University’s involvement in the centre and the ExoMars project.

Geography student Alexandra Rees spoke to the (28 June) about the benefits that volunteering abroad brought her before she came to the University.

Student volunteers at the University bagged themselves a full page feature in the Leicester Mercury (28 June) about their contributions to the Big Green Week and Big Tidy Up events. The Leicester Mercury (28 June) also highlighted the University’s Innovation Partnerships Networking Breakfast, hosted by Dr Maggie Philbin.

Professor Malcolm Shaw was interviewed by the Brazilian national newspaper Mundo (28 June) about the situation in Libya and the International Criminal Court.

There have been a number of recent approaches from media:

  • Dr Neil Chakraborti and Jon Garland from Criminology have been approached by BBC1's InsideOut programme for a feature on rural racism.
  • Economist Dr Gaia Garino is filming for a BBC programme on payment protection insurance (PPI).
  • Professor Clive Ruggles from Archaeology and Ancient History, was interviewed for a film project called 'Ancient Skies'.
  • The Department of Engineering hosted a visit on behalf of Building Design magazine for a feature in their 'Inspiration' series.
  • Dr Ron Hsu was interviewed by a film crew from The Chinese Channel on NHS reforms.