University of Leicester in the News: 13 – 19 June 2011

Posted by pt91 at Jun 24, 2011 03:00 PM |
A regular review from the Press Office of coverage of the University in the media.
University of Leicester in the News: 13 – 19 June 2011

Credit: BBC

The Festival of Postgraduate Research continued to generate interest this week, with several more research projects making headlines:

  • Research by Claire Fullarton in the Department of Chemistry into an alternative rechargeable battery received significant coverage online, particularly in Nanowerk LLC‎ (15 June), REVE‎ (16 June), Gizmag (15 June) and AZoCleantech (18 June) among others.
  • Sinan Kandemir, PhD student in the Department of Engineering, is helping to create lightweight materials using nanotechnology Nanotechnology News (16 June), Nanowerk LLC (15 June), Science Daily (15 June) and Nanotechnology News (19 June).
  • Economics PhD student Muhammad Saeed was interviewed by Capital FM about his research on the impact of public sector cuts on the economy, while Public Service (13 June) and LocalGov (13 June) also covered the story.

There was great interest from the BBC in work led by Dr Phillip Lindley from the Department of the History of Art and Film using space technologies to virtually reassemble tomb monuments. He was interviewed on BBC News (17 June) and the Today programme (17 June), as well as local radio stations BBC Radio Wales (17 June) and BBC Radio Norfolk (17 June). His work featured prominently on the BBC Home Page.

A study into the success of a medical programme in the United States led to a significant amount of coverage online, on websites such as RxPG NEWS (17 June), RedOrbit (17 June) and Eureka! Science News (17 June).

Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Robert Burgess interview with the Guardian last week on the new Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), was followed by coverage in the Leicester Mercury (17 June), Times Higher Education (16 June) and the Oxford Student (16 June).

The Jamaican Observer (15 June) reported that distance-learning graduates in Jamaica were commended by the Jamaican Minister for Education.

Dr Joanne Singletary was interviewed by BBC Radio Leicester (14 June) about the HERO project jointly run by the GENIE CETL. The work was highlighted as one of the outstanding research projects at a University during Universities Week.

News website Art Daily (19 June) prominently featured the new Picasso ceramic held by Embrace Arts with a substantial photograph.

The Times Educational Supplement (17 June) ran a full feature on the Fibonacci method being taught to schoolteachers in a project run by the School of Education.

Sociology lecturer John Williams gave a comment to several American news outlets on crowd behaviour and violence, including WGN Radio (16 June), the Chicago Tribune (16 June) and the Orlando Sentinel (16 June).