University of Leicester in the News: 21 - 27 February 2011

Posted by pt91 at Mar 01, 2011 04:38 PM |
A regular review of coverage of the University in the media

Bumper international media coverage across various platforms was achieved during this week thanks to the development of a new wristwatch style device that could revolutionise the measurement of blood pressure. A collaboration between a Leicester team led by Professor Bryan Williams of the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences and a Singapore technology company, the story was featured in many national press, TV news as well as trade and specialist publications and websites.

This included the Daily Telegraph (21 February), Daily Mail (21 February), The Independent (21 February) and the Times (21 February). BBC News (21 February) and ITV News (21 February) broadcast video footage taken at the Biomedical Research Unit at Glenfield Hospital and Professor Williams was interviewed on the Today programme, BBC 5 Live, Classic FM and local UK radio stations. Local newspapers, including the Leicester Mercury (21 February) and the Metro (21 February) also covered the story. Amongst the plethora of media on line were the BBC (21 February), The Engineer (21 February) and Boots WebMD (21 February).

Professor Williams was also involved in the drafting of new guidelines in diagnosing hypertension, which were reported in the Guardian (22 February), Daily Express (22 February) and specialist magazine Pulse (23 February) amongst others.

Dr Rob Ixer, of the University’s Department of Geology, was involved in a study with scientists from the University of Aberystwyth and National Museum Wales that may uncover the origins of the stones comprising Stonehenge. The story was first reported in the Western Mail (23 February) and further web coverage has followed.

A debate organised by the Office for National Statistics on measuring the UK’s happiness and wellbeing received prominent coverage in the Leicester Mercury (21 February) as a whole-page spread thanks to an interview with the Department of Sociology’s Dr David Bartram.

  • Online media coverage, February 2011
  • Print media coverage, 21 - 27 February 2011 (PDF)