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Issue 465, 23 April 2001

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Dr Richard Howells of the Institute of Communications Studies was a studio guest on BBC Radio 4ís The Message. The discussion focused on researchers attempts to divide the digital TV audience into six distinct tribes. According to Dr Howells this is a "huge over-simplification". After giving up television for Lent, Dr Richard Howells was back on Radio 4 to discuss how he coped without the medium closest to his heart. Dr Howellís experiences were reported in a diary on the BBC website. After the first week he appeared to struggling, when he wrote: "I feel like a man who hasnít gone outside while everyone else is talking about the weather. Iím not sure what Iím missing, but Iíll bet itís brilliant." However Dr Howells said that throughout the fast he hadnít cheated!

The Yorkshire Evening Post reported the opening of the new £500,000 disability centre, as featured in Reporter 464. Head of Disability Services Judith Russell said, "We now have twice the national average of disabled students studying here. Our new centre will enable us to extend the scope and quality of these services significantly."

Leeds Neurosurgeon Nick Philips at the LGI received local press interest for a new £1m website which uses virtual reality to help doctors train on the Internet. The site, created by Dr Philips using an EC grant, could revolutionise the training of neurosurgeons by providing on-line demonstrations of virtual operations.

Plans to increase the number of student doctors in West Yorkshire from Asian backgrounds was covered in the Yorkshire Evening Post. A new £1m scheme will create a course in which medical students start on clinical sciences studies at Bradford University and transfer to medical school after a year (see page 3).

Jacqui Brown from the Postgraduate Admissions Department appeared in the Mail on Sunday highlighting the advantages of postgraduate study. As the workplace gets more competitive and more students than ever gain degrees, the use of postgraduate courses to advance studies is growing. According to Jacqui, "Postgraduate study places great importance on the development of transferable skills such as communication, analysis, problem solving and teamwork. They also give students excellent networking opportunities."

Dr David Gauntlett has been causing a storm down under after a national newspaper, The Australian featured information about his website The award-winning site turns intellectual figures, such as Germaine Greer, into action figures and trading cards. According to Dr Gauntlett, "Making action figures of serious social theorists is probably the silliest thing you can do with them. But at the same time it raises their profile to an audience who enjoy silly websites more than they enjoy books with titles such as Modernity and Self-Identity.

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