University of Leicester in the News: 23 – 29 May

Posted by pt91 at Jun 01, 2011 05:17 PM |
A regular review from the Press Office of coverage of the University in the media
University of Leicester in the News: 23 – 29 May

Credit: ESO/A. Roquette

University of Leicester Professor Stan Cowley featured in a whole page of the Leicester Mercury (30 May) when he was interviewed upon his election as a Fellow of the Royal Society for his work in space science.

Leicester astronomers were the source of another big hit in the media this week thanks to the observation of what could be the oldest cosmic explosion ever seen in the universe. The story was run by BBC Online (25 May) and the Daily Mail (26 May) as well as the Leicester Mercury (26 May), Daily Record (26 May), Science Daily (25 May) and PhysOrg (27 May).

When nearly a hundred students from the University slept rough to raise awareness of the plight of the homeless, the Leicester Mercury (24 May) dedicated almost a full page, with pictures.

The London Press Service (17 May) published a feature on the University’s Materials Technology Integration Centre, with interviews with engineer Professor Sarah Hainsworth and Head of Department Professor John Fothergill.

Dr Richard Jones from our School of Historical Studies took part in ‘Double-top Domesday’ for BBC Radio 4’s Making History (24 May).

The Department of Sociology’s John Williams commented in a Daily Telegraph (23 May) article on the absence of female voices in sports commentating.

Finally, historian Alun Wyburn Powell spoke to BBC Radio 4’s Westminster Hour (29 May) about how to bring coalition governments to a conclusion when they have fulfilled their purpose.