Reporter 426, 2 November 1998

In the news

Rotten stinks and the sweet smell of success

The region’s newshounds had little trouble sniffing out research from the Civil Engineering department last week. The Yorkshire Evening Post and Yorkshire Post both reported on the efforts of Dr Nigel Horan and Maria Catala to take the nasty smell away from sewage sludge. The story was also featured on BBC Radio Leeds and Aire FM.

The Financial Times covered the success story of GMAP, the University company established by Vice-Chancellor Alan Wilson and Professor Martin Clarke and sold last year to US geographical systems company Polk ‘in a £3m deal’. The FT used GMAP as an example of how academic research projects can be successfully turned into sound businesses.

The Yorkshire Evening Post quoted University Professor Bob Howard, in response to research that has found the number of people in Yorkshire contracting cancer has risen by 40 percent in the last 20 years. Nearly 19,000 people are now suffering from a range of cancers, compared with just over 13,000 in 1976 according to the Northern and Yorkshire Cancer Registry. Professor Howard stated that the main reason for the huge rise is due to people living longer. He pointed out that increases in cancer such as breast and prostate can be partly attributed to environmental and demographic factors.

The Independent on Sunday recalled the days of Jack Straw and Clare Short at the University in an analysis of cabinet members who were active in student politics. The paper highlighted Mr Straw’s days as president of the Students Union in 1967, pointing out his opposition to the legalisation of cannabis and that he always wore a collar and tie, aiming to be ‘respected not respectable’.

University of Leeds graduates who have gone on to extremely successful careers were featured in the Yorkshire Post and The Guardian. The latter profiled Christopher Leslie, a former politics and parliamentary studies student who is now MP for Shipley and has just taken his first step on the Ministerial ladder as parliamentary private secretary to Lord Falconer.

The Yorkshire Post featured law graduate Mark Byford who has been appointed chief executive of the BBC World Service, who pointed out he began his career in journalism by crossing the road from the University and knocking on the door of the BBC.

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