costs the NHS £5 billion a year, according to a study
by Professor Rhys Williams. His findings were reported
in the Financial Times and Independent
with forecasts that the illness could 'swamp' the health
service over the next two decades.
destruction of the Greek city of Helike was explored in
the BBC TV's Horizon. Using his knowledge
of Mediterranean geology Dr Richard Collier in earth sciences
showed how the city was covered by sediment following
an earthquake in 373BC, as featured in Reporter
launch of the Lord of the Rings film generated much coverage
in national and regional press about the author, and former
University lecturer, J R R Tolkien. Made a professor of
dialect during his first academic post in Leeds, he took
inspiration from local words in writing his novels. 'Baggins'
appears in records of Yorkshire dialects at the University,
meaning food taken to work for lunch, noted the Yorkshire
justice student Byungho Im helped North Yorkshire Police
identify the body of a murdered Korean student. Her body
had been found in a suitcase near York in November 2001.
A member of the south Korean police, Byungho had been
surfing websites when he found a plea for information
posted by the woman's family, reported the Yorkshire
Evening Post and Yorkshire Post.
Lodge, professor of European studies, championed the euro
in the THES. She suggested there would be
considerable benefits for UK universities if the country
joined the single currency, explaining that 'research
proposals for EU funding from multidisciplinary teams
will be easier' and it would enable 'business on exchange
students and staff in one currency'.
and gynaecological consultants Nigel Simpson and Professor
James Walker's system to predict when a woman is going
into labour (see Reporter 454) is nearer
to production The confirmation of funding for commercialisation
was covered across the national press. Talking to the
Times, Dr Simpson said 'the money should
enable a prototype to be completed within six months'.
Using faint electrical signals detectable in the womb
the device will pinpoint delivery time to within 48 hours
said the Independent, rather than days or
Andrew Lock's visit to India for Leeds University Business
School was followed closely by the Indian press. The Times
of India described in the increasingly international
nature of research and the Statesman stressed
the University's links with India through its local office.
lecturer Dr Richard Howells joined a debate on racism
for BBC Radio 4's The Message. He suggested
that the media might not have the courage to identify
the root causes of racism, in case attempts to understand
it is mistaken for condoning.
Centre tutor, Becky Smith, was interviewed about teaching
English as a foreign language (TEFL) as a career for YTV's
Jobfinder programme. She outlined her own
career and explained the challenges and benefits of working
in this field.