Reporter 420, 11 May 1998

In the news

University named as industry favourite

The University has the best record for attracting the highest sum of HE funding from private industry and public corporations, according to this week’s Financial Times guide to the Top 100 Universities. The guide, which ranks universities according to criteria including research, teaching, and applications, places Leeds in the top 20 overall.

The THES carried an article by Dr Tom Shakespeare, of the Department of Social Policy and Sociology, on the increasing number of university courses devoted to the subject of disability and the importance of good academic research. He discusses their contribution, since the 1970s, in changing the definition of disability in society and generating a wider understanding of the subject. The University’s own MA course and Disability Research Unit are highlighted as providing a vital role.

Last issue’s lead story on a University project that aims to synchronise time measurements globally is featured in this week’s Guardian Higher. The project, headed by Professor Peter Daly, will have important consequences. In particular, it is hoped that air safety will be improved as timing standards are aligned.

Another article in the Yorkshire Evening Post reported on University research that will help determine the amount of sex and violence in future ITV programmes. The research project, headed by Dr David Morrison, of the Institute of Communications Studies, asked volunteers to watch a selection of television scenes and then edit out any violence or sex they found offensive. The findings will inform the Independent Television Commission submissions to Parliament this month on the content of future programmes. In light of recent publicised cases of parents who have lost a child in violent circumstances and are campaigning for justice, the Yorkshire Evening Post applied expert opinion from the University in an attempt to explain the growing trend. Dr Jenny Firth-Cozens, a principal research fellow in psychotherapy, described the reasons behind such actions as a means of tackling parents’ anger and emotions.

And finally, following on from the article in Reporter 419 focusing on the Centre for Eating Disorders, the Yorkshire Post this week carried news of a further success story. Sue Harris, who battled with anorexia for 20 years, spent many months at the Centre fighting her illness. She has now amazed doctors at the Centre by becoming pregnant, despite the fact that anorexia reduces considerably a woman’s chances of conceiving.

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