Reporter 440, 11 October 1999
The world's press descended on the campus at the end of last month after the Daily Telegraph proclaimed a University team had 'reversed the menopause'.
The press office phones nearly melted during the following hours as all the other major papers, radio stations and TV networks chased Professor Roger Gosden from the department of paediatrics and obstetrics, who was booked on a flight to Canada the next morning (see page one). Professor Gosden agreed to attend a press conference that afternoon, together with his colleague Mr Tony Rutherford.
The conference was beamed live around the world by Sky News, and Mr Rutherford was interviewed during the lead item on the BBC Six O'Clock News.
Several front page stories, news bulletins and feature items later Professor Gosden left to pack his suitcases and the press office staff returned to face a second onslaught from the North American media, who were just waking up to the news. We spoke to journalists in over a dozen countries including the US, Canada, Ireland, South Africa, Hungary, Australia, France, Turkey and Holland.
The Guardian placed the University second overall in its league tables for students. See page three for more details.
Professor Ed Stentiford of civil engineering advised the Yorkshire Evening Post on the best recipe for compost. Professor Stentiford's research, aimed at reducing landfill, was featured in Reporter 439 and the YEP decided 'you can't beat eggs for a perfect compost recipe'.
Both the Yorkshire Evening Post and Yorkshire Post warned drivers they may have to pay to enter the city centre of Leeds, following a report by the University and traffic consultants MVA.
The feasibility study suggested the City Council could raise £130,000 a day by restricting access to the zone within the inner ring road. Commuters would need to stump up £10 a week to drive into Leeds.
A joint programme with Leeds Metropolitan University offering free places on courses in business also made it into the pages of the Yorkshire Evening Post.
The ENABLE programme includes the cost of fees, child care, meal vouchers, travel costs and even stationery. "It's no joke, this really is a free course," said University project leader Mike Parks.
The law department's new postgraduate course in cyberlaw was reported in the Yorkshire Post. Director David Wall told the paper the course reflects the way the law is having to change to reflect the new IT age.
The course begins in February and will cover censorship and cybertrade as well as the Internet's 'dark side': cybercrime and obscenity.
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