University of Leicester in the News: 4 - 17 July 2011

Posted by pt91 at Jul 20, 2011 05:20 PM |
A regular review from the Press Office of coverage of the University in the media

The University’s most prominent coverage came thanks to the graduation ceremonies from 12 – 15 July. A number of the recipients of honorary degrees received coverage of their award, including:

  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s honorary degree was reported in national newspapers The Guardian‎ and the Daily Telegraph (16 July), as well as BBC Radio Leicester (including the John Florance programme on 17 July),the Buxton Advertiser (19 July), Bearsden Herald (19 July), Leicester Mercury (16 July) and others; he was also the subject of the Leicester Mercury editorial (16 July) and a front page photograph.
  • Historian Michael Wood’s honorary degree was featured by the Harborough Mail (12 July) and Lutterworth Today (13 July).
  • Former Leicester City footballer Alan Birchenall was photographed at his graduation ceremony for the front page of the Leicester Mercury (14 July) and was also featured in the newspaper with former Academic Registrar for the University Kathy Williams.
  • The University’s local ‘beat bobby’ Harvey Watson was featured with a photograph in the Leicester Mercury (15 July), in a piece which also mentioned Air Chief Marshall Sir Stephen Dalton.
  • In addition, Jennifer Florance, who graduated from the University with a first, appeared on BBC Radio Leicester (12 July) to talk about the University of Leicester's Lifelong Learning part-time BA programme.

The School of Archaeology and Ancient History’s Dr Ruth Young wrote a piece for the Times Higher Education (7 July) on how the threat of terrorist activity in Pakistan is hindering archaeological work; Professor of Management Stephen Wood co-authored a piece for The Guardian Work (16 July) on how a national measure for happiness could spur employers to improve their employees’ wellbeing; and graduate and former Sabbatical Officer Alex Smith wrote a piece for The Guardian Professional (13 July) on how our Alumni Association is providing support for our graduates.

BBC East Midlands Today (12 July) were on hand to film students at Burrough Hill as they made the surprise find of human remains at an open day organised by the School of Archaeology and Ancient History

The Leicester Mercury’s (6 July) Mr Leicester page dedicated considerable space and a photograph to the Department of Biochemistry’s 50th anniversary celebrations. The Week supplement (7 July) also included a review of the tenth annual sculpture exhibition in the Botanic Garden.

Research on language barriers for parents in the British education system, presented at the Festival of Postgraduate Research by Anupma Mishra, was the third most-read item on research publicity site AlphaGalileo for June.

Professor Martin Barstow, Head of the College of Science and Engineering, was one of several academics to recently comment to the media on national stories. He discussed the future of human spaceflight in the wake of the last space shuttle mission for The Guardian (7 July) and was quoted in the African national newspaper the Mail & Guardian (15 July) and the United States’ The Week Magazine (7 July).

Criminologist Dr Rob Mawby was quoted in Reuters (12 July) and TrustLaw (7 July) about whether the practice of phone hacking will continue in the wake of current investigations.

Professor Mark Purnell and Dr Sarah Gabbott were interviewed by BBC Radio 4's Material World (8 July) about their presentation at the Royal Society exhibition.

The School of Museum Studies' Janet Marstine gave a live interview with BBC Leicester (12 July) on the topic 'Are museums boring?'