Reporter 456, 9 October 2000

In the news

Research into inequalities in health by geographers Dr Richard Mitchell and Professor Daniel Dorling, featured in the last edition of the Reporter, attracted the attention of the national newspapers this week. The study, highlighted in both The Times and The Guardian, found that more than 10,000 lives could be saved each year if full employment were achieved, child poverty eliminated and the north-south divide was narrowed.

Having already featured in Reporter 453, the work of mathematicians Professor Malcolm Bloor and Dr Mike Wilson has received national press coverage. Their research, currently helping manufacturers save millions of pounds on testing the performance of different designs of products, appeared in the Times Higher.

The Yorkshire Evening Post reported that the University has been given a grant of almost £280,000 by the Higher Education Funding Council for England. The grant, the largest of 31 given to institutions in a round of funding for reachout activities, will be used to improve the infrastructure for collaborative links with businesses and the community.

The new MBA in information management received a mention in The Guardian this week. The University has teamed up with the world’s third largest software company to create the new course.

A partnership between the University and the UK’s largest NHS trust – Leeds teaching hospitals – was announced in the Yorkshire Evening Post. It will link data networks, allowing expertise to be shared. Ted Woodhouse, the trust’s director of information services, said: "Clinicians can now access many databases which will improve patient care."

Also featured in the Yorkshire Evening Post was Professor John Fisher for his research into hip replacements. His team from Mechanical Engineering is investigating ways in which the ball and socket of an artificial hip undergo a tiny separation during the swing, causing wear and tear.

Finally, the centre spread in Reporter 455 prompted a report in The Times on Colour Chemistry’s international research linking given shades to the emotions they provoke.

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