Reporter 461, 12 February 2001

In the news

The launch of the world’s largest genetic heart disease study by researchers at the Unit of Vascular Medicine was covered by local and national press. The £2.5m project will investigate links between coronary heart disease and families. Professor Alistair Hall, joint leader of the study, said: "People who have at least one close family member with early coronary heart disease are more likely to develop similar problems themselves." Their appeal for brother and sister volunteers who have suffered heart disease was featured in the Daily Telegraph and the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Professor Mike Savage from the Department of Physics and Astronomy was featured in the Times Educational Supplement suggesting ways universities could support weak maths students. He believes students on maths based degree courses should be given a test on entry and that a national database be set up for questions.

A Financial Times survey has ranked Leeds University Business School among the top 100 business schools in the world. Rated number 88 out of 100 the Business School is a new entry in the survey. Nearly 140 business schools world-wide were invited to take part in the survey which produced a ranking of the best 100 schools with a full-time MBA programme running for at least three years. Leeds was also placed third in the category for research in Europe.

The success of the Institute for Transport Studies’ electronic braking system was noted by The Guardian, Yorkshire Post, and Yorkshire Evening Post. The government has commissioned a trial of the speed limiters in cars which could lead to computer-controlled overrides as a standard fitting within five years. The electronic system physically prevents a car from breaking the speed limit by using a satellite navigation system. According to the Institute the tests were "highly reliable".

Michael Barkham was featured in the Times Higher with the results of his survey of almost 2,000 students. He found that students living at home are far happier than their friends in university halls, while students living in flats are the most dissatisfied of all. Dr Barkham said the survey, "revealed a strong correlation between worry about finances and student well-being."

When the International Herald Tribune, a world daily newspaper, looked at the debate surrounding the BSE crisis it turned to Professor John Kent from the Department of Statistics for an opinion. Professor Kent said that mathematical models detailing the extent of the crisis were not to be trusted because scientists do not know how much is an infectious dose and do not know how many people ate infected meat.

The international theme continues with a mention for the University in India Weekly. In a piece about the British rail crisis the paper features P K Goel, Executive Director of Passenger Marketing, who spent a year studying for a masters degree in Transport Economics at the University. He said: "I never thought I would see the day when Indian railways were held up as a model."

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