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469, 24 September 2001
of a new era as two become one
University embarks on a new era this week, with up to
30,000 students due to register for courses at the University's
three campuses in Leeds, Wakefield and West Bretton.
We now have over 22,000 full-time students - more than
any other UK university - and are currently set to become
the country's largest higher education institution within
heads honours roll-call
were heaped on University members over the summer, most
notably in the Queen's birthday honours list, where
the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Alan Wilson, received
a knighthood for services to higher education.
arms make for better impersonations
have discovered one of the most striking examples of
mimicry in the animal world: an octopus which scares
off predators by changing its appearance selectively
to resemble poisonous animals.
hearts and minds
reports are rarely effusive, but when the University
Library won its Investors in People (IiP) award, the
assessor hardly knew where to start, the triumphs and
achievements were so many.
forests and ancient flowers yield clues to climate change
under the frozen wastes of the Antarctic are the fossilised
remains of tropical forests, which flourished over fifty
million years ago but were lost when the Earth's climate
cooled and the polar ice caps were formed. From huge
fossilised trunks to tiny specks of charcoal, scientists
from Leeds are studying the remains of this ancient
habitat. They believe that knowledge of ancient climate
changes will bring understanding of the processes of
global warming which are now melting the ice and snow
of the Antarctic region.
gives green light to road charging
road users and rail passengers are not paying enough
for their travel, according to a University study commissioned
by the Department for Transport, Local Government and