Blair found reverse gear for a referendum
on the European constitution and European
studies professor Juliet Lodge commented on
the impact of a 'No' vote. She spoke to BBC
radio stations across the country including
Cumbria, Leicester, Stoke and Belfast. Professor
Lodge said: "The referendum would be
consultative and would have an impact for
Blair personally but it is unlikely that Britain
would leave the EU as a result of it."
She was also interviewed by Germany's Handelsblatt.
trial of planting trees amongst barley and
winter wheat has proved successful in increasing
crop yields, reported the Guardian
and Environment Times. Speaking
to the Guardian, biologist
Dr David Pilbeam said: "For years, forestry
and agriculture have been separate disciplines,
but by combining them we can bring more trees
back into the landscape, which is great for
wildlife as well as timber and agriculture."
scheme set to create country's first....student
village" led the Yorkshire Evening
Post as the University's housing
strategy was published. The strategy included
plans for a new student village in south Leeds
and was 'drawn up with the help of local people
and the city council,' reported the Yorkshire
Post. The THES described
the strategy as 'higher education's first
comprehensive housing strategy'.
Look North and the BBC Politics
Show featured Dr Joe Holden's work
on the threat to York's archaeological treasures
by the city's flood alleviation schemes (Reporter
496). The schemes threaten to dry out
the ground causing problems for other structures
including sewage pipes and roads.
services uncovered a plot to use osmium tetroxide
in a 'dirty bomb' but professor of environmental
toxicology Alastair Hay described the chemical
as 'only a minor irritant' in the Times.
Speaking to the Independent
he explained the substance was a 'rare catalyst'
: "I don't think it would be a major
hazard and clean-up would not be a major problem."
He also briefed the Guardian
and Channel 4 News on the
new treatment for acne developed by Leeds
microbiologist Professor Keith Holland was
reported by national and regional media. BBC
TV news, BBC Radio news,
and BBC online reported how
the gel would kill the bacteria associated
with acne without causing the side-effects
of many other treatments. The Yorkshire
Evening Post described how the gel
used a 'friendly virus' to attack the acne-causing
bacteria. Speaking to the Daily Mail,
Professor Holland said: "We have shown
it works extremely efficiently to kill P.acnes.
It is easy for us to isolate and the first
studies could be done this summer –
but we need the funding."
news, BBC Radio Leeds, the
Yorkshire Post, the Yorkshire
Evening Post covered the start of
the University's Centenary celebrations and
previews of the Beyond Gold exhibitions. Asked
about his role as Chancellor, Lord Bragg said:
"It's a very small part but a very small
part I'm glad to play. The University started
100 years ago and its achievements have been
colossal, as this exhibition shows."