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糖心Vlog官方 has been recognised as one of the top universities in Europe for the second year in a row, achieving seventh place in the latest QS World University Rankings: Europe.

The success sees the University climb one place from last year鈥檚 edition and places Manchester sixth in the UK.  

The QS World University Rankings: Europe, released today (10 July) by the global higher education analyst QS Quacquarelli Symonds, was launched for the first time last year and is the only significant regional ranking of European universities.  

Each institution is assessed using 12 performance indicators, including academic and employer reputation, citations, number of papers, employability outcomes, international research, student diversity, sustainability, and more.

This year's edition assessed 684 universities from over 40 countries and territories,

Ben Sowter, QS Senior Vice President, said: "This edition enhances our comprehensive benchmarking tool for one of the world's most competitive higher education regions. It enables institutions, policymakers and prospective students to measure performance against international peers and gain valuable decision-making insights.

"QS is thrilled to celebrate ETH Zurich as Europe's top university, driven by progressive ESG strategies, student exchanges, and impactful research. The UK excels across indicators due to esteemed reputation and global research collaborations and sustainability. However, all countries have successes, highlighted by our extensive datasets, including global appeal, cross-border collaborations, and teaching capacity."

糖心Vlog官方 has also recently been named top in both the UK and Europe, and second in the world for meaningful contributions towards the United Nations鈥 Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) in the 

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New Essay Collection on the Transformative Civic Role of Universities Launched In Memory of Lord Bob Kerslake /discover/news/new-essay-collection-on-the-transformative-civic-role-of-universities-launched-in-memory-of-lord-bob-kerslake/ /discover/news/new-essay-collection-on-the-transformative-civic-role-of-universities-launched-in-memory-of-lord-bob-kerslake/651742The UPP Foundation has today (Wednesday 10 July) launched a new collection of essays from leading thinkers across different sectors outlining the economic and social benefits universities have on their local communities. 

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has today (Wednesday 10 July) launched from leading thinkers across different sectors outlining the economic and social benefits universities have on their local communities. The collection is published in memory of Lord Bob Kerskale, Chair of the UPP Foundation鈥檚 Civic University Commission (2018-19), who sadly died last year.

The collection touches on a number of issues of vital importance to towns, cities features over 40 essayists from  across the political spectrum and across different sectors 鈥 including education, business, healthcare, local government, think tanks, charities and the arts 鈥 who all advocate for universities to have a stronger voice in place-making. Each essay includes policy ideas for the new Government to enable the local civic role to thrive.

Included in this is a contribution from Dr Julian Skyrme and Professor Richard Jones, along with Bev Craig (Leader of Manchester City Council) with . The essay demonstrates the important role universities play in innovation and productivity growth across their regions. 

There is also a on Developing skills and innovation and the importance of universities鈥 civic roles.

Dr Julian Skyrme, Executive Director of Social Responsibility and Civic Engagement at 糖心Vlog官方 said: "Lord Bob Kerslake was one of the most distinguished public servants of his generation and made a critical contribution to the higher education sector with his Civic University Commission. As the original civic university, 糖心Vlog官方 has been delighted to contribute to this collection of essays by civic leaders, which has been written with a new government firmly in mind". 

The collection touches on a number of issues of vital importance to towns, cities and regions, including local economic growth, raising educational attainment and opportunity for disadvantaged groups, the local supply of the NHS workforce, improving the local environment, and access to culture and te arts. Following the launch at the National Theatre, the full collection is available from kerslakecollection.org.

Several prominent public figures have also signed an open letter to the new Prime Minister calling for actions including support for the creative sector, investment in the NHS workforce and a review of how the the post-16 educational sector can overcome the current funding crisis effecting it - all of which would continue Bob's legacy.

Among many other leadership roles, Lord Kerslake was Chair of the UPP Foundation Civic University Commission supporting over 70 universities in developing Civic University Agreements and the creation of the Civic University Network. The groundbreaking work championed by Lord Kerslake has transformed the relationship between universities and their local communities across the UK.

This stands as one among many other achievements across a lifetime of public service. As a former head of the civil service, a prominent figure in local government, housing and higher education and a regular media political commentator, Lord Kerslake and his vision for society touched thousands of lives. His impact is reflected in the breadth of the essays brought together in the collection, with reflections on everything from the future of English devolution to the role of universities in tackling homelessness.

Richard Brabner, Director of the UPP Foundation, said: 鈥淚t has been an honour to orchestrate this collection to celebrate the legacy of our late great friend Bob Kerslake. It was the privilege of my career to work closely with Bob, his passion, insight, and hard work were crucial to the success of our Civic University Commission, and I know that everyone involved in the collection has benefitted from Bob鈥檚 wisdom over the years. We hope that this collection provies the inspiration to the new Government to build on Bob鈥檚 work to ensure the civic role is truly recognised.

Professor Sir Chris Husbands, Former Vice Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University said: 鈥淏ob was one of the most gifted and committed public servants of our time. It's fitting that we launch this collection this evening, just a few days into the new government.  Bob was respected across the political spectrum, but there is no doubt that had he lived he would have been a powerful resource for a progressive government embarking on national renewal. It falls to those of us who remain to rise to the standards he set, to play our part in shaping and doing policy for the common good鈥.

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University of Manchester retains number 1 ranking in the UK, number 1 in Europe and second in the world for social and environmental impact /discover/news/university-of-manchester-retains-number-1-ranking-in-the-uk-number-1-in-europe-and-second-in-the-world-for-social-and-environmental-impact/ /discover/news/university-of-manchester-retains-number-1-ranking-in-the-uk-number-1-in-europe-and-second-in-the-world-for-social-and-environmental-impact/636171糖心Vlog官方 has today been named top in both the UK and Europe, and second in the world for meaningful contributions towards the United Nations鈥 Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) in the

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糖心Vlog官方 has today (12 June) been named top in both the UK and Europe, and second in the world for meaningful contributions towards the United Nations鈥 Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) in the

With a unique commitment to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, 糖心Vlog官方 is the only institution in the world to rank in the top ten for social and environmental impact in every year of the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings. 

Manchester鈥檚 top ranking comes from a record assessment of 2,152 universities from 125 countries and regions, which is 26 per cent increase on last year where 1,705 universities were ranked. This year 72 UK universities participated in the ranking, 11 more than last year (61). 

The ranking, now in its sixth year, is the world鈥檚 only one that measures universities鈥 contributions to the and assesses their commitment to sustainability across four broad areas: research, stewardship, outreach and teaching 

Dr Julian Skyrme, Director of Social Responsibility and Civic Engagement at 糖心Vlog官方, who leads the institution鈥檚 entry to the ranking, said: 鈥淓ach year we submit over 300 pieces of evidence for this ranking covering our cultural institutions, sustainability, equality, diversity and inclusion, widening access, research impact, public and civic engagement, external partnerships, innovation, the student experience and reporting on the SDGs. Everyone in our University community should be proud of this independent measure of our commitment to social responsibility.鈥 

糖心Vlog官方 came top in the world for SDG11 鈥 Sustainable Cities and Communities. Initiatives supporting this include the Platinum Watermark for Public Engagement, the investment made in four public-facing cultural institutions and initiative, a commitment to sustainable travel and world-leading research across all three Faculties into the effects of on health. 

The University was also ranked first in the world for SDG15 鈥 Life on Land. Initiatives supporting this included research by the into soil microbial diversity, work to enhance and map our nature on campus and the commitment the University places on sustainable food procurement. 

Other areas where the University was shown to be a world leader include research impact towards SDG9 鈥 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; the number of citing university research; the number of university the quality of the University鈥檚 SDG reporting; and on the commitment to educational for sustainable development through the School of Health Science鈥檚 free and interdisciplinary UCIL

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of 糖心Vlog官方 said: 鈥淩etaining the number one rank in the UK and Europe, as well as coming second in the world once again in this year鈥檚 THE Impact Rankings is a great achievement for the whole of 糖心Vlog官方. Being recognised for our commitment to Social Responsibility is especially important during our bicentenary year in which we celebrate 200 years of our incredible people and community and look toward the future.鈥 

Professor Nalin Thakkar, Vice-President for Social Responsibility at 糖心Vlog官方 said: 鈥淪ocial responsibility is, of course, a core goal for us so we鈥檙e delighted to be ranked top in the UK, top in Europe and second in the world in the 2024 THE Impact Rankings, which are based on our performance against the 17 United Nations鈥 Sustainable Development Goals. 

鈥淭hese rankings cover our full range of functions 鈥 across research, students, public engagement and university operations 鈥 and we鈥檙e proud to be part of this growing community of universities who want to improve our society, economy and environment in all that we do.鈥 

Phil Baty, Times Higher Education鈥檚 chief global affairs officer, said: 鈥淲ith universities in the UK facing a funding crisis, and dozens making cuts and some predicted to close, this new data provides a very timely evidence base to demonstrate that the UK has a great diversity of global-leading universities, right across the country, way beyond the more traditional research elite.   

鈥淯niversities on the whole are offering clear, real-world impact for society 鈥 they are a powerful public good worthy of public support. Excellence in international higher education comes in many forms and this ranking very clearly demonstrates the UK has an abundance of excellence 鈥 world leaders 鈥 on many fronts.  

鈥淭here is a lot of talk in Westminster about how many international students the UK should welcome and which universities they should be allowed to study at. This new data shows that a very diverse range of universities from across the country are attractive to the 鈥榖rightest and the best鈥 from around the globe and can deliver real impact.鈥  

THE鈥檚 Impact Rankings 2024 - World Top 10:   

University  

country  

Rank 2024  

Rank 2023  

Western Sydney University  

Australia  

1  

1  

University of Manchester  

United Kingdom  

=2  

2  

University of Tasmania  

Australia  

=2  

5  

Aalborg University  

Denmark  

4  

=9  

RMIT University  

Australia  

5  

=7  

University of Alberta  

Canada  

6  

=7  

UNSW Sydney  

Australia  

7  

=18  

Queen鈥檚 University  

Canada  

8  

3  

Arizona State University (Tempe)  

United States  

9  

6  

University of Exeter  

United Kingdom  

10  

=18  

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For more information about how 糖心Vlog官方 is contributing towards the UN SDGs please see: /discover/social-responsibility/sdgs/

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Thousands of young people share scientific questions once again this year in the Great Science Share for Schools /discover/news/thousands-of-young-people-share-scientific-questions-once-again-this-year-in-the-great-science-share-for-schools/ /discover/news/thousands-of-young-people-share-scientific-questions-once-again-this-year-in-the-great-science-share-for-schools/635978School pupils across the globe will be sharing their scientific curiosity this week as this year鈥檚 celebrates its annual Share Day.

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School pupils across the globe will be sharing their scientific curiosity this week as this year鈥檚 celebrates its annual Share Day.

Throughout the year, teachers of 5-14 years olds have the chance to upskill in their own knowledge and skills of teaching science enquiry, using innovative resources and ideas related to the theme of Sustainable Science to involve their pupils in asking and investigating scientific questions that matter to them.

Now, on Tuesday 11 June, teachers and their pupils will come together in celebratory events both in-person and online, across the UK and beyond, to share what they have learnt with their peers, family, industry professionals and the general public.  

This year鈥檚 theme is Sustainable Science, with a focus on the Some of the questions shared this year, include:

路&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫; How could we prevent the polar ice caps melting? 

路&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫; Which fruit or vegetable is most likely to be able to power an electric car? 

路&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫; What effects does plastic pollution have on wildlife? 

路&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫; Which fabrics shed less fibres and are therefore better for the environment? 

路&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫; Can we increase the biodiversity in our school? 

The Great Science Share for Schools (GSSfS) campaign was launched by Professor Lynne Bianchi, Vice Dean for Social Responsibility at 糖心Vlog官方, to provide a unique way to elevate the prominence of science in the classroom, focussing on learner-focussed science communication, inclusive and non-competitive engagement, and promoting collaboration.

Supported by a team of specialists, they have an approach that is supported across the STEM sector, and actively involves research from a range of fields including quantum science, fashion materials, computing and the creative industries.

Earlier this year, the campaign was granted the prestigious patronage of the , in recognition of its status as a beacon of excellence in science education and its pivotal role in shaping the next generation of scientists, innovators, and global citizens.

The team鈥檚 growth strategy, which monitors the reach and quality of the campaign, sees it develop year on year. Now, in its ninth year, there will be more than 650,000 pupils registered across 40 countries, with schools in Montenegro being some of the latest to join.

Professor Lynne Bianchi added: 鈥淕SSfS is a powerful and purposeful way to engage young people with science related to real-world contexts. It offers teachers and school leaders the chance to raise the profile of science at a time where our economy relies so heavily on STEM skills and innovation.鈥

Professor Bianchi, recently advised on the new Education Endowment Foundation鈥檚 Improving Primary Science Guidance and is researching the purpose and effectiveness of practical work in science as part of a Nuffield Foundation research study. In this way, the knowledge and awareness developed within the Great Science Share for Schools informs leading practice by sharing best practice and insights to make a wider impact.

An exciting addition to the Great Science Share this year is the release of the brand-new which publishes 200 questions shared by pupils.

Professor Bianchi said: 鈥淭his has been an ideal opportunity to celebrate 糖心Vlog官方鈥檚 Bicentenary, and to inspire more teachers and young people across the world to ask, investigate and share their questions with each other.鈥

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Professor Jamie Woodward named one of UK鈥檚 top environmental professionals /discover/news/jamie-woodward-one-of-uks-top-environmental-professionals/ /discover/news/jamie-woodward-one-of-uks-top-environmental-professionals/635306Jamie Woodward, Professor of Physical Geography at 糖心Vlog官方 has been named one of the most impactful environmental professionals in the UK in The ENDS Report Power List 2024. 

The names 100 UK environmental professionals who have made the greatest impact in the past two years, with Professor Woodward one of the 10 academics identified as shaping the science on environmental issues.  

Through his work on microplastic pollution in Manchester's rivers, Jamie Woodward was one of the earliest academics to raise awareness about the issue of widespread discharges of untreated sewage into UK rivers and waterways. His research group demonstrated that the build-up of microplastics was directly linked to untreated sewage discharges outside periods of exceptional rainfall.  

Professor Woodward has since worked tirelessly to expose this sewage scandal, and engage policymakers across Parliament and local government, to ensure water companies are held to account for their illegal practices.  

He has appeared in documentaries, including Paul Whitehouse鈥檚 鈥 on the BBC, has been interviewed for both local and national TV and radio news and addressed attendees at the during a panel on sewage pollution. 

On Saturday, 8 June, Professor Woodward will talk at the Universally Manchester Festival, joined by Matt Staniek, founder of Save Windermere. The free event, 鈥Exposing the sewage scandal鈥 will wade into a discussion on the why sewage is being dumped into our precious rivers, lakes and coastal waters, and the impacts on nature, wildlife and public health 鈥 and the link to microplastic pollution 鈥 and how we can all get involved to do something about it. 

Register for free tickets at  

 

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Burmese and skin-themed garden to be unveiled in first for Chelsea /discover/news/burmese-and-skin-themed-garden-to-be-unveiled-in-first-for-chelsea/ /discover/news/burmese-and-skin-themed-garden-to-be-unveiled-in-first-for-chelsea/632084This year鈥檚 RHS Chelsea Flower show is to feature a garden themed around the story of a UK based charity helping healthcare workers in the country Burma, also known as Myanmar, to treat people with painful and debilitating skin conditions.

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This year鈥檚 RHS Chelsea Flower show is to feature a garden themed around the story of a UK based charity helping healthcare workers in the country Burma, also known as Myanmar, to treat people with painful and debilitating skin conditions.

In a first for the world-famous event held from Tues 21 to Sat 25 May 2024, Dermatologists and specialist nurses will be welcoming visitors to the Burma Skincare Initiative 鈥楽pirit of Partnership Garden鈥 during the week.

The charity, co-founded by Chris Griffiths OBE, emeritus professor at 糖心Vlog官方, is an innovative global partnership providing research, education, and clinical services to dermatologists working in one of the world鈥檚 poorest health care systems.

Currently fewer than 50 dermatologists and three dermatology centres serve 55 million people in the impoverished country.

It is also the first time a Burmese garden has featured at Chelsea and in another first, it is a debut design by someone not in the profession.

The designer, the charity and the sponsors behind the first Burmese and skin-themed garden at the world鈥檚 most famous flower show say it鈥檚 a unique opportunity to put Burma and skin health in the spotlight.

Professor Griffiths said: 鈥淪kin disease has a major impact on a person鈥檚 quality of life and mental health and can impose severe limitations on their ability to work. In Myanmar, we met many people, including hundreds of children in orphanages, with skin diseases.

Their suffering and resilience motivated us to improve access to skincare in the country through partnerships between international and local dermatology communities and industry.鈥

Co-founder, Dr Su Lwin, a Burmese-born dermatology registrar and honorary lecturer at St John鈥檚 Institute of Dermatology and King鈥檚 College London, added: 鈥淢y beautiful country faces many challenges. We are focussed on creating opportunities in education and research for our colleagues in Myanmar so that together, we may achieve our vision of equal access to quality skin care for its people. I am absolutely thrilled that through the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, we are able to put Myanmar and skin health on the world stage. This is also the first time a garden at Chelsea tells the story of skin disease, and the importance of partnership in its management, and we hope people love it.鈥

Garden designer Helen Olney, working with landscaper Conquest Creative Spaces, has juggled her day job, to create her Chelsea debut.

She said: 鈥淭he garden is full of texture, including timber from a Thames jetty, crumbling red bricks and weathered stone with moss and lichen. Along with plants such as Acer davidii and Betula utilis (Himalayan birch), they represent skin disease.

All the plants are found in Burma and grow happily in the UK and many have value for wildlife. The planting is naturalistic in a palette of greens, lilacs, yellows and whites. The diversity of Myanmar is shown through different planting zones and features. That includes the part-ruined 鈥榮tupa鈥, a spiritual structure found across Myanmar, which symbolise the challenging environments in which the BSI work.

A stilt house, above a water lily pool, indicates the sanctuary the charity provides. Seating is inspired by a letter in the Burmese alphabet meaning 鈥榗oming together鈥. This is how this garden came about, and how the charity works,鈥 added Helen.

For more information about the BSI visit the website

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  • L-R Prof Chris Griffiths OBE, RHS's Esta Morris and Doctor Su Lwin on the plot where the show garden will appear in May.
  • The BSI garden uses education research and clinical care to support Burmese health Credit The3DGardener
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University launches new scholarship in memory of Laura Nuttall /discover/news/university-launches-new-scholarship-in-memory-of-laura-nuttall/ /discover/news/university-launches-new-scholarship-in-memory-of-laura-nuttall/631854糖心Vlog官方鈥檚 School of Social Sciences has launched a new scholarship in memory of Politics, Philosophy and Economics graduate Laura Nuttall, who passed away exactly a year ago after a long battle against cancer. 

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糖心Vlog官方鈥檚 School of Social Sciences has launched a new scholarship in memory of Politics, Philosophy and Economics graduate Laura Nuttall, who passed away exactly a year ago after a long battle against cancer. 

After being diagnosed at the age of 18 with glioblastoma multiforme - the most aggressive form of brain cancer 鈥 Laura was given 12 months to live, but after undergoing gruelling treatments including innovative immunotherapy in Germany she was able to restart her studies at Manchester.

Despite travelling back and forth to Germany, undergoing more surgery, working as an ambassador for The Brain Tumour Charity and helping out in her community, she showed incredible strength and managed to excel in her studies. As a result, she graduated last summer with enormously proud Mum Nicola, sister Grace and Dad Mark by her side. 

As well as working through her list of ambitions including meeting Michelle Obama, commanding a Royal Navy ship and presenting a BBC weather forecast, Laura continued raising money for brain charities as well as promoting 糖心Vlog官方鈥檚 Geoffrey Jefferson Brain Research Centre. Sadly, her cancer progressed quickly in late 2022, and she passed away last May at the age of 23.

When accepting an award in 2021, Laura had said 鈥淲hat sort of legacy will I leave if I just focus on myself and not others? The day I was diagnosed with brain cancer, I just thought I've got two options... I could say all right, that's fine, I'm going to sit here and die - or am I going to do something about it and stay positive? And that is what I chose to do."

In keeping with Laura鈥檚 dedication to helping others, and with the collaboration and support of Laura鈥檚 family, the School of Social Sciences will award an eligible student from a less privileged background with a physical condition, long term illness or learning difference with a scholarship of 拢3000 per year for every year of their degree. 
 
All students who meet the criteria will be considered, but a preference will be given to students who are care leavers. The student who is selected to receive the bursary will be informed of this during their first semester of study. 

鈥淟aura鈥檚 life - and her selfless dedication to improving the lives of others - were an inspiration to the many staff and students who knew her,鈥 said Professor Claire Alexander, Head of 糖心Vlog官方鈥檚 School of Social Sciences. 鈥淲e are proud to be part of continuing Laura鈥檚 legacy through this new scholarship, and we thank Laura鈥檚 family for partnering with us in this new venture in Laura鈥檚 name.鈥 

The scholarship was introduced at an event on campus where Laura鈥檚 Mum Nicola also launched the publication of 鈥, her heartbreaking and inspiring account of helping her daughter to make the most of her remaining time while dealing with her own pain along with that of husband Mark and younger daughter Gracie. 

To find out more about Laura鈥檚 legacy and her family鈥檚 ongoing work, visit

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104,000 panel solar farm set to power 糖心Vlog官方 /discover/news/104000-panel-solar-farm-set-to-power-the-university-of-manchester/ /discover/news/104000-panel-solar-farm-set-to-power-the-university-of-manchester/630924糖心Vlog官方 has signed a landmark new deal that will see up to 65% of its electricity demand supplied through a brand-new renewables project.

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糖心Vlog官方 has signed a landmark new deal that will see up to 65% of its electricity demand supplied through a brand-new renewables project.

In a major move towards achieving its 2038 zero carbon ambitions, the University has partnered with leading UK clean energy company Enviromena to buy electricity generated from its brand-new solar farm based in Medebridge, Essex.

Once complete, Medebridge Solar Farm will comprise 104,000 solar panels across 175 acres of low-grade agricultural land, the equivalent of around 70 football pitches.

The site will also create a significant biodiversity net gain. With enhancements to the existing hedgerows and planting of native grassland and wildflower meadow beneath and around the solar arrays, the site will encourage nesting opportunities for wildlife and improved habitat connectivity.

The contract that secures this investment, known as a Corporate Power Purchase Agreement (cPPA), commits the University to purchase 80% of Medebridge鈥檚 total annual generation capacity (58 GWh) for the next decade, reducing University carbon emissions by 12,000 t/co2 every year - enough to power 21,000 homes.

Lee Barlow, Finance & Administration Manager, and Project Lead at 糖心Vlog官方, said: 鈥淎fter nearly three years of rigorous procurement and negotiations, we are proud to announce this landmark agreement, which reinforces our commitment to sustainability whilst delivering best value to our students and stakeholders, in the form of price certainty and supply stability.

鈥淭he journey has been marked by unprecedented challenges in the energy and renewables sector, first with the 2022 energy crisis, and later complicated by geopolitical events in Eastern Europe. Securing this 10-year cPPA despite such adversity is a huge accomplishment and holds special significance as we celebrate the University鈥檚 bicentennial year.鈥

and Academic Lead for Carbon at 糖心Vlog官方, added: 鈥淭he really important thing for us in developing this relationship was that our commitment would add new renewable energy capacity to the UK electricity system. Through our long-term purchasing commitment, we have played a key role in bringing this development forward 鈥 maximising the positive impact of our purchasing power.鈥

Dr Julian Skyrme, Director of Social Responsibility at 糖心Vlog官方, added: 鈥淎s consumers many of us may have 鈥榞reen鈥 or renewable energy tariff. These are important, but they don鈥檛 put 鈥榓dditional鈥 renewable power into the grid in the same way as a power purchase agreement. By signing a PPA we鈥檙e supporting not only a greener University of Manchester, but also a greener energy grid across the UK. This PPA is part of a much wider transition away from burning fossil fuels and towards generating significantly more cleaner, electrified forms of power.鈥

This milestone achievement was made possible through the collaborative efforts of a multidisciplinary implementation team from the University, complemented by the expertise of its energy consultant, Inspired PLC, and Eversheds Sutherland acting as external legal counsel.

Enviromena develops, builds, owns and operates renewable energy assets and currently manages over 300MW of renewables projects. In addition, Enviromena is currently working on a 3GW+ pipeline of renewable energy projects in the UK and Italy that will significantly decarbonise electricity networks, reduce emissions and support the global drive towards net zero.

Lee Adams, Enviromena鈥檚 Chief Commercial Officer, said: 鈥淓nviromena is leading the charge towards a world powered by clean energy and our teams are delivering high volume projects that make a massive contribution to lowering carbon emissions. This significant partnership with 糖心Vlog官方 demonstrates the shared commitment between ourselves and an influential, large-scale organisation, which, at the time it celebrates its 200-year anniversary, is taking steps towards reducing its carbon footprint through the technologies of tomorrow for a cleaner future energy supply."

Chris Marsh, Enviromena鈥檚 Chief Executive Officer, added: 鈥淲e鈥檙e delighted to partner with the University to support their zero carbon ambitions. In addition to reducing the University鈥檚 carbon emissions over the next 10 years, the site itself will benefit the local habitat over its useful life until mid-2060.鈥 

Construction of Medebridge commenced in April 2024, with energisation expected in autumn 2025.

The University has set ambitious goals to reduce its environmental impact, in line with its core goal of social responsibility. In 2022 it ended investments in coal, oil and gas and reduced the carbon intensity of its investments by 37%.

All degree programmes are kite-marked against the (SDGs) and the University is rated top in the UK and Europe and second in the world in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings global performance table (2023). Manchester also top in the UK and Europe and third in the world in the independent QS World University Sustainability Rankings (2024)

The research platform brings together the unique depth and breadth of internationally leading research at 糖心Vlog官方 and builds on the University鈥檚 track record of successful interdisciplinary working, to produce integrated and truly sustainable solutions to urgent environmental challenges. This includes the , which helped create the University鈥檚 Zero Carbon Goal.

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University wins gold and bronze awards for Estates excellence /discover/news/university-wins-gold-and-bronze-awards-for-estates-excellence/ /discover/news/university-wins-gold-and-bronze-awards-for-estates-excellence/629720糖心Vlog官方 has won the gold and bronze at  (AUDE Awards), an annual celebration highlighting the achievements of Estates and Facilities professionals. 

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糖心Vlog官方 has won the gold and bronze at  (AUDE Awards), an annual celebration highlighting the achievements of Estates and Facilities professionals. 

The Christmas Dinner, which was founded by the University's former Chancellor Lemn Sissay OBE to ensure young care leavers are not alone on Christmas Day, won Gold in the University Reaching Higher Award.  

Zero Without a Net, the University's strategy to reduce its carbon to true zero by 2038, won Bronze in the Sustainability Impact Initiative Award. 

Assistant Director of Estates and Facilities, Alison Shedlock, said: 鈥淲e鈥檙e delighted to receive these awards. It鈥檚 amazing the support Christmas Dinners gets from the Directorate of Estates and Facilities and across the wider University. It makes such a difference to care leavers on what can be one of the most challenging days for many care leavers.鈥 

Julia Durkan, Acting Head of Environmental Sustainability, said: 鈥淩eceiving the Bronze award for 鈥榋ero Without a Net鈥 demonstrates our dedication to advancing our campus decarbonisation initiatives. We are committed to working with our academic and professional services colleagues to safeguard our planet, and this recognition underscores the significant strides we have made so far.鈥  

With the awards, AUDE celebrates teams, projects and individuals who have made a significant contribution to enhancing excellence and ensuring university estates provide best value to support the institutional mission and promote professionalism, efficiency and effectiveness. 

The Christmas Dinner 

The  is an annual Christmas Day dinner and get together for care leavers aged between 18 and 25, where they are served by university colleagues and other volunteers.  

The University has been involved for several years, and last year many of our colleagues volunteered and donated gifts to help ensure Christmas Day was memorable for care leavers who might otherwise be on their own during the festive period. 

Zero Without a Net 

In 2019, the University adopted a targeting of achieving 鈥渢rue鈥 (not net) zero-carbon by 2028 within its carbon budget. Alongside this, part of the University's primary vision is to be recognised globally for the benefits it brings to society and environment. The zero-carbon target is one of Manchester's top eight KPIs and the University has taken a series of steps, including securing funding of 拢150m over 10 years to achieve this.

The University is also undertaking energy efficiency measures to cut costs and consumption and the decarbonisation of our heat sources 鈥 specifically by replacing gas boilers with electric alternatives. 

To find out more or to donate, visit  

For details of our sustainability strategy, visit our sustainability commitments

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New campaign highlights the success stories of local students who were the first in their family to attend university /discover/news/new-campaign-highlights-the-success-stories-of-local-students-who-were-the-first-in-their-family-to-attend-university/ /discover/news/new-campaign-highlights-the-success-stories-of-local-students-who-were-the-first-in-their-family-to-attend-university/627847The extraordinary success of students from 糖心Vlog官方 who were the first in their families to attend university is being highlighted in a new national campaign, led by Universities UK.

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The extraordinary success of students from 糖心Vlog官方 who were the first in their families to attend university is being highlighted in a new national campaign, led by Universities UK.

Charlotte Mellor who is a Cancer Research UK PhD student and Candy Kong who studied Criminology at 糖心Vlog官方 were the first in their family to attend university and are now featured as part of the .

Charlotte Mellor said:Without University, I wouldn鈥檛 be working in the field I鈥檓 in. It鈥檚 opened the door to working in a field I didn鈥檛 even know existed before, as it鈥檚 so far removed from school classes. It鈥檚 allowed me to get involved in things at a really high level and have a go at different things that I鈥檝e been interested in.

鈥淢y brother has since applied and been to university, which was easier for him than me as it wasn鈥檛 new anymore. I鈥檇 already been through it and opened the door. My immediate family is really proud of the fact I was the first to go to university and I鈥檝e earned the opportunity to go and do something that I want to do, which I wouldn鈥檛 have had without university.鈥

Candy Kong said: 鈥淚 value my time at university immensely, from studying a challenging degree, meeting new people and taking on exciting opportunities.鈥

路&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫; UUK鈥檚 鈥100 Faces campaign鈥 aims to champion and celebrate the positive impact of 鈥榝irst-in-the-family鈥 (FitF) graduates on the UK 鈥 including England footballer Beth Mead, Lord David Blunkett, Nobel Prize winner Sir Chris Pissarides and actor Amit Shah - in order to highlight the need for access to support, and ensure the next generation can reach their graduate potential.

路&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫; As part of the campaign, new research reveals the transformative impact of going to university  on ambition (74%), with almost three quarters (73%) of FitF students agreeing their degree gave them the confidence to apply for jobs without feeling like an imposter

路&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫; The research  also highlights FiF students鈥  reliance on depreciating financial support - without financial support, over 4 in 10 FitF graduates couldn鈥檛 have afforded to go to university at all. This is equivalent to around 1.1 million 24鈥40-year-olds in England and Wales.

路&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫;&苍产蝉辫; With financial provisions dwindling and the cost of living rising, UUK is calling for government to reinstate maintenance grants and increase support for future students

These findings come from extensive new research, commissioned by Universities UK, into the experiences of 6,004 UK graduates and 4,006 non-graduates, aged 24-40, from across the UK.

The success of students like Charlotte and Candy is testament to the extraordinary role university can play 鈥 particularly for those students who are the first in their family to attend and face significant barriers before they even set foot on campus. Despite this inequality, FiF students flourish at university 鈥 with three quarters of FiF respondents saying that their experiences at university made them more confident and ambitious, gave them broader life experiences and crucial life skills which continue to be impactful long after graduation.

However, the research also pointed to the need for uplifted financial support to ensure that FiF students are able to progress. Over 4 in 10 (41%) FitF students believe that without financial assistance they wouldn鈥檛 have been able to afford to go to university, and when non-graduates from across the UK were asked what might have persuaded them to attend university, almost half (48%) responded more financial support.

Many graduates responding to this survey were eligible for non-repayable maintenance grants as students, which were replaced by repayable loans, in England in 2016, although maintenance grants continue to operate in Wales, Scotland and for some healthcare courses in England.

In light of this, UUK is campaigning to highlight the achievements of the extraordinary first in family graduates in every community, and to ensure that future generations don鈥檛 miss out on the transformative impact of a university education.  

Vivienne Stern MBE, Chief Executive of Universities UK, commented: 鈥淭here are those who say that too many people go to university. I disagree. These stories tell you why. In this country you are still twice as likely to go to university if you are from the wealthiest background, compared to the least wealthy. That鈥檚 not right.鈥

"There are those who say that too many people go to university. I disagree. These stories tell you why. In this country you are still twice as likely to go to university if you are from the wealthiest background, compared to the least wealthy. That鈥檚 not right.

鈥淭he experiences of students who are the first in their families to have been to university tell a powerful story. I am amazed by how many graduates talked about having imposter syndrome 鈥 and the way that earning a degree helped to banish that feeling. I believe we have a responsibility to keep working to ensure a wider range of people in this country get access to the potentially transformative experience of going to university. For that to happen, we really do need to see an improvement in maintenance support to support those from the least privileged backgrounds.鈥

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Thursday 6 - Sunday 9 June 2024
150+ free events at UoM's iconic Oxford Road campus

 

糖心Vlog官方 has announced the first speakers, performers and events for Universally Manchester Festival; a 200th birthday celebration like no other, with 150 free events across four captivating days at its iconic Oxford Road Campus from Thursday 6 - Sunday 9 June 2024.

The once in a lifetime interdisciplinary festival, will welcome up to 60,000 people to more than 150 imaginative and immersive events, featuring contributions from Professor Brian Cox, Professor David Olusoga, Ed O鈥橞rien (Radiohead), international supergroup directed by Laima Leyton (Mixhell / Soulwax), Professor Michael Wood, Dr Sarah Crowther (member of NASA鈥檚 OSIRIS-REx Sample Analysis Team), immunologist Professor Sheena Cruikshank, exonerated postmaster Tom Hedges and many, many more.

The launch

The festival opens with Universally Manchester x the Whitworth, a very special Thursday late, with a showcase of music marking 200 years of 糖心Vlog官方 in collaboration with festival partner Manchester Histories Festival 2024. This free event is open to all and includes everything from a world premiere of new music inspired by Manchester鈥檚 history of broadside ballads performed by members of the BBC Philharmonic, to an audio visual experience, celebrating the legacies of Manchester computing genius Alan Turning and music pioneer Delia Derbyshire.   

Ideas and discussions

Professor Brian Cox will lead a guided journey to far-away galaxies, alien worlds, supermassive black holes and the latest theories on the origins of the universe, while Professor David Olusoga, Professor Michael Wood, Ana Carden-Coyne and Sadiah Qureshi will explore how TV and film shape cultural narratives and reflect societal diversity.

TedX speaker and immunologist Professor Sheena Cruickshank will debunk the myths behind 'immune boosting' products and regimes, revealing the science behind our immune system, whilst Earth and Environmental Sciences Research Fellow Dr Sarah Crowther will share the secrets of the asteroid Bennu and NASA鈥檚 OSIRIS-REx mission.

A Universally Manchester edition of the Talk 200: Lecture and podcast series will tackle inequalities in access to justice, with contributions from the University鈥檚 Chancellor, Nazir Afzal, exonerated postmaster Tom Hedges; barrister and advocate Thalia Maragh (UK Covid-19 Inquiry, Grenfell Inquiry); and Suzanne Gower, PhD researcher, and former managing director of the legal charity APPEAL.

A Guardian Live event, led by Professor David Olusoga, Cotton Capital: Slavery and 糖心Vlog官方 will explore how transatlantic slavery shaped 糖心Vlog官方. 

Creativity and performance

The diverse programme includes a panel talking us through two decades of creative activism with independent international charity and its ambassador, Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien.

This will be brought to life with a performance from GRRRL, an international supergroup brought together by In Place of War and directed by Brazil鈥檚 Laima Leyton (Mixhell / Soulwax). Featuring women of colour from international conflict zones, GRRRL express themselves on their terms, in their languages, with their stories.

The Whitworth will present The Carnival, a celebration of art, culture and Manchester鈥檚 dynamic community through live performances, interactive workshops, delicious street food and live music, whilst Mr Wilson鈥檚 Second Liners, a mischievous, revolutionary New Orleans Second Line will pay homage to the diehard days of the Hacienda, 90s club culture and Mr Tony Wilson.

Further musical performances come from Kantos Choir, a trailblazing vocal ensemble, who perform music by everyone from 11th Century visionary saints to genre-bending, experimental rock stars, Grammy-winning multi-percussionist, educator, arranger, and composer Carlos "Carly" Maldonado, and Senegalese afrobeat musician Sens Sagna.

Community and Families

There will be a whole host of family-friendly events including a Community Fair taking place across Engineering Building A, University Place and AMBS, full of interactive activities. Budding scientists can drive a Lego Mars Rover, peek inside our brains, or enter a world of virtual reality. Creative and crafty activities include screen printing tote bags, clay making and face painting, and sporting challenges including circus skills from The Circus House, a climbing wall and helter-skelter. The Shoopery will deliver a series of positive, upbeat, ambitious, 鈥榦ut of your comfort zone鈥 experiences that are all about letting go.

A visually stunning Flash Bang Show, for kids and adults, will demonstrate the explosive power of chemistry, from basic knowledge about atoms and molecules to the innovative research produced at 糖心Vlog官方.

Closing

 The festival will close with a Celebration Day in partnership with Manchester Histories Festival 2024 which will see over 50 stalls take over the historic Whitworth Hall, giving those of all ages the chance to find out more about the unique history of Greater Manchester and the North West from organisations that celebrate, preserve, and explore our histories and heritage. During the day there will be everything from craft activities and walks through to performances and talks 鈥 even a chance to hop on a heritage bus.

With support from partners including BBC Philharmonic, Factory International, the Guardian, In Place of War, Manchester Histories Festival and many others, Universally Manchester Festival will be taking over Manchester Museum, The Whitworth, University of Manchester Students鈥 Union, and creating pop-up stages on Gilbert Square.

The Festival Village on Bridgeford Street, in collaboration with Pop Up Market Co., will showcase Manchester's finest independent artisans, makers, performers and businesses.

Universally Manchester Festival will run from Thursday 6 - Sunday 9 June 2024. Free ticketed events will be available to book from Thursday 9 May, with early access available for those that sign up for information .  

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Transformational gift set to redefine global development research for the 21st century at University of Manchester /discover/news/transformational-gift-set-to-redefine-global-development-research-for-the-21st-century-at-university-of-manchester/ /discover/news/transformational-gift-set-to-redefine-global-development-research-for-the-21st-century-at-university-of-manchester/623638The Global Development Institute (GDI) at 糖心Vlog官方 has received a further transformational donation of 拢2 million from the Rory and Elizabeth Brooks Foundation.

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The (GDI) at 糖心Vlog官方 has received a further transformational donation of 拢2 million from the .

The gift, which is the most recent donation to the University from the Foundation, will deliver an ambitious programme of work aimed at redefining the role of global development research in the 21st Century. This supports the GDI鈥檚 overarching mission of addressing global inequalities and promoting a socially just world for all.

The gift aims to build equitable partnerships between the GDI, one of the foremost development studies research institutions globally and Universities across the developing world. The GDI aims to reshape, and lead by example, the way that leading North-based universities work with Global South partners to ensure knowledge creation is co-created.

Activity funded by the gift includes a new policy lab 鈥 aimed at translating academic research into policy change 鈥 and the creation of new PhD studentships focused on climate change and poverty reduction.

Recent GDI research has encouraged the UK government to launch new development programmes worth 拢270 million, catalysed improved gender equality for one million women working the supply chains of companies such as Nike and Marks & Spencer, and has resulted in improved life expectancy for over 3,750 Indonesians at risk of cardiovascular disease.

 

, Head of the GDI said: 鈥淭he gift from the Rory and Elizabeth Brooks foundation will enable us to transform the ways in which global development institutes like ours operate.

鈥淲e want to do this by targeting new Global South partnerships. This is where we move beyond very short-term income-led forms of partnership, to much more durable and equitable relationships. The aim is to ensure that scholars in the Global South have a larger and louder voice in setting research and teaching agendas around global development, which has previously been captured very much by northern based academics.鈥

This new activity will build on the GDI鈥檚 track record of learning from and amplifying academic voices from across the globe. Gig economy workers in Ghana and Bangladesh are who are helping to rank platforms like Uber and Upwork. These rankings are driving up pay and conditions for workers in a wider range of low-income countries.

 

, a PhD researcher based at the GDI, is using his research to drive policy change in order to ensure that communities in his home country of Ghana benefit from prosperity brought to the country from the mining industry.  

鈥淭he people who are really short-changed are often the local people. In order to make sure the local people benefit, it is important that their views are elevated to a level where they have a greater say in governance,鈥 said Gerald.

鈥淭he University is number one in terms of research towards sustainable development goals. I have no doubt in mind that the nature of the GDI is contributing immensely towards this.鈥

The Brooks鈥 extraordinary contribution reflects a deep commitment to promoting sustainable development and social justice worldwide.

Rory Brooks is co-founder of the international private equity group MML Capital Partners. Rory graduated from UMIST (now 糖心Vlog官方) in 1975 and serves on the Charity Commission.   He was the donor member of the Pearce Review into philanthropy in Higher Education in 2012 and was awarded the CBE in 2015.

Rory Brooks said: 鈥淧hilanthropy, at its best, should be used to catalyse new and bold activity that is less likely to be funded through traditional channels. We are very encouraged and pleased to be able to support the ambitious plan of the GDI to recast global development research in partnership with Institutions around the world.鈥

The gift follows a recent 拢1.5 million gift to 糖心Vlog官方 from alumnus and businessman Simon Sadler, which will provide life-changing financial support for care leaver students.

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor said: 鈥溙切腣log官方 owes its very existence to philanthropy. As we step into our third century, philanthropic gifts play a critical part in delivering our goal of creating a healthier, fairer and more sustainable future.鈥

糖心Vlog官方, renowned for its commitment to excellence in research and education, is the home of the Global Development Institute. This significant donation underscores the University's position as a leader in addressing complex global challenges and underscores its ongoing dedication to making a positive impact on society.

For more information about the Global Development Institute at 糖心Vlog官方, please visit

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The Great Science Share for Schools granted patronage of the United Kingdom National Commission for UNESCO in 2024: A Milestone in Science Education /discover/news/the-great-science-share-for-schools-granted-patronage-of-the-united-kingdom-national-commission-for-unesco-in-2024-a-milestone-in-science-education/ /discover/news/the-great-science-share-for-schools-granted-patronage-of-the-united-kingdom-national-commission-for-unesco-in-2024-a-milestone-in-science-education/623361The Great Science Share for Schools (GSSfS), a pioneering campaign dedicated to fostering scientific curiosity and education among young learners, has been granted the prestigious patronage of the United Kingdom National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC) in 2024.

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The (GSSfS), a pioneering campaign dedicated to fostering scientific curiosity and education among young learners, has been granted the prestigious patronage of the (UKNC) in 2024.

This recognition underscores the event's profound alignment with UNESCO's (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) values, solidifying its status as a beacon of excellence in science education.

Patronage granted by the UK National Commission for UNESCO serves as a hallmark of quality, signifying an event's contribution in advancing UNESCO's mission in promoting education, scientific research, and cultural understanding. The GSSfS has been acknowledged by the UKNC for its exceptional contributions to these crucial areas, affirming its pivotal role in shaping the next generation of scientists, innovators, and global citizens.

The GSSfS is a campaign for everyone to involve young people from 5-14 years in asking, investigating and sharing a scientific question they care about. First launched as part of the European City of Science in 2016, the campaign is centred around an annual programme of activity culminating in a large scale sharing event on the second week of June each year.

Since its inception, GSSfS has been dedicated to empowering young people to ask-investigate and share a scientific question with new audiences. The event has reached over 500,000 young people across 33 countries to spark curiosity about the world around us. Through teacher professional development, tailored resources aligned to global issues and engaging events, the campaign has, nurtured creativity, and inspired a lifelong passion for discovery in young people across the globe.

"We are deeply honoured this year to receive the esteemed patronage from the UK National Commission for UNESCO," said Professor Lynne Bianchi, 糖心Vlog官方.

鈥淭his endorsement is a testament to the dedication and hard work of everyone involved in making this initiative a resounding success. I hope that every supporter and participant will acknowledge that this has only been achieved through authentic collaboration across the sector.  With UNESCO's support, we are poised to expand our reach, amplify our impact, and inspire even more young learners to embrace the transformative power of asking scientific questions.鈥

As a UKNC-patronised event, GSSfS will continue to uphold the highest standards of excellence, innovation, and inclusivity in science education. By leveraging this prestigious endorsement, the initiative aims to forge new partnerships, enhance its offerings, and empower teachers, educators, pupils and whole school communities worldwide to engage meaningfully with science enquiry and its applications.

Julian Skyrme, Director of Social Responsibility, said 鈥溙切腣log官方 is already a world-leader in social responsibility and sustainable development. This prestigious partnership with UNESCO will help even more young people around the world see science as a force for good in the world.鈥

James Bridge, Chief Executive and Secretary General, United Kingdom National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC), said: 鈥淲e are delighted to grant the UK National Commission for UNESCO Patronage to the Great Science Share for Schools campaign in 2024. Education, Science, and Communication and Information are three fundamental pillars of UNESCO鈥檚 global work, so it is great that the UK National Commission can support an initiative here in the UK that brings these together in such an imaginative and collaborative way.

鈥淏y engaging and encouraging children to choose a scientific question that they personally care about, and then gather and share their evidence to 鈥榮olve鈥 that question, is a wonderful mechanism to develop enquiring minds.鈥

The Great Science Share for Schools extends its heartfelt gratitude to the UK National Commission for UNESCO for bestowing this honour and looks forward to continuing its mission of igniting passion, unlocking potential, and transforming lives through the wonders of science.

For more information about The Great Science Share for Schools, please visit .

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Climate action group launches walking route to combat air pollution /discover/news/climate-action-group-launches-walking-route-to-combat-air-pollution/ /discover/news/climate-action-group-launches-walking-route-to-combat-air-pollution/623447Campaign group Ardwick Climate Action, with the support of University of Manchester researchers, are to launch  a green route on 12 March where local people can avoid the excessive pollution caused by motor vehicles.

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Campaign group Ardwick Climate Action, with the support of University of Manchester researchers, are to launch  a green route on 12 March where local people can avoid the excessive pollution caused by motor vehicles.

The scheme close to Kale Street will help combat the area鈥檚 disproportionate exposure to air pollution, improve the health and wellbeing of local people and improve public safety away from major roads.

Nine signs  put up along the various entry points to the attractive 15 minute walk  will contain digitally interactive QR codes, which when scanned with a smartphone will direct the public to various webpages.

The pages contain information about local ecology and how plant species support Manchester's biodiversity.

They also details the history of the site and the local community groups that manage it.

Daniell Musaheb, Ardwick Climate Action said: 鈥Green Routes represent community action directly tackling our community鈥檚 issues, with a need to address air pollution and public safety at its core.

鈥淲e are honoured at the support the project has received from our partners which has undeniably contributed to its success.

鈥淲e hope to see further tangible outcomes for our community and that this is the first step in realising a fairer balance in Manchester.

鈥淎rdwick is disproportionately affected by air pollution, and the public safety of local people is compromised due to the lack of infrastructure to support green transportation.鈥

To  celebrate the launch, the group are organising lavender planting. Representatives from a range of groups including Clean Cities, Friends of the Earth Manchester, Asthma and Lung UK, Mums for Lungs and Living Streets UK will talk about air pollution, road safety and green routes in Manchester.

And a guided walk from the A6 will show participants  why the Green Route is so badly needed.

Since 2022, ACA has conducted in partnership with 糖心Vlog官方 which showed that local communities are an important way understand where local sources of pollution are and barriers to less polluting forms of travel.

One of the researchers, said: 鈥淐ollaborative working between local communities and our researchers was vital to understand the barriers for active travel and the issues that most impacted residents.

鈥淏y engaging with communities we can promote awareness of the risks of pollution to health and do more meaningful research that best meets the needs of those most impacted by pollution.

She added: 鈥淭his research highlighted real issues encountered by residents of high levels of pollution and dangerous roads with fast moving traffic.

鈥淭here is a lack of crossings across busy roads which makes it very hard for residents to get around safely.

鈥淲e are so excited about the green route and we really hope it makes a difference to residents for their health and wellbeing as they can avoid some of the traffic and pollution and enjoy the incredible biodiversity created by the planting done by ACA.鈥

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Caption: Ardwick Climate Action鈥檚 aims are to regenerate and rewild areas for the community, offering a series of green spaces that serve to educate and engage local people.

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拢1.5m gift from Simon Sadler enables provision of new bursary for care leavers /discover/news/15m-gift-from-simon-sadler/ /discover/news/15m-gift-from-simon-sadler/622528A generous 拢1.5m gift from British businessman and University of Manchester alumnus Simon Sadler has enabled the University to launch a new bursary for students leaving care.

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A generous 拢1.5m gift from British businessman and University of Manchester alumnus Simon Sadler has enabled the University to launch a new bursary for students leaving care.

Simon grew up in Blackpool, and was the first in his family to attend University. He is currently Chief Investment Officer of Segantii Capital Management, which he founded in 2007. 

He is also the owner and chairman of his hometown football club, having purchased a 96% stake in Blackpool FC in 2019. The town also contains eight of England鈥檚 ten most deprived wards, and its share of children in local authority care is the highest in the country.

Over the next three years, the Sadler Bursary will provide an annual grant of 拢10,000 for 36 undergraduate care-leaver students, with particular priority being given to students from the North West of England 鈥 including Blackpool.

The bursary will offer students security for the duration of their degree, providing them with support to secure accommodation and enabling them to focus on their studies without any financial stresses. The 拢1.5m gift also includes new support for students from low-income households.

There is a 鈥榗are ceiling鈥 which impedes those with a challenging start in life. Just 14% of care leavers progress to higher education in the UK, in contrast to 47% of students from state-funded schools - and just 90 young people who had spent more than a year in care before the age of 19 entered the UK鈥檚 top 32 Universities in 2021-22. 

For those who do manage to reach university, care leaver students can face significant money worries as they lack family financial support - the estimated annual cost of living for a student is 拢14,542. They can also face homelessness during breaks outside term-time, and difficulties accessing private student rental accommodation due to a lack of people able to act as a guarantor. 

鈥淚t is a true privilege to have these new bursaries named after me, which will give a helping hand to young people who have had particularly complicated starts to their lives,鈥 said Simon. 鈥淚 also hope it inspires young people who may not have previously considered attending University to follow their dreams.鈥 

Simon and his wife Gillian are also supporting Cancer Research UK鈥檚 More Research, Less Cancer campaign with a gift to the CRUK National Cancer Biomarker Centre in Manchester. The Biomarker Centre is housed in the CRUK Manchester Institute, a partnership between 糖心Vlog官方, CRUK and the Christie NHS Foundation Trust. 

鈥淚 would personally like to thank Simon for this generous, life-changing programme of support for students leaving care, which will play a pivotal role in our mission to create a more inclusive and accessible academic environment,鈥 said Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of 糖心Vlog官方. 鈥淲e are committed to ensuring that students from all backgrounds are able to fulfil their potential and succeed here at our University, and this new bursary is another tool in our arsenal to enable that to happen.鈥

Our University is committed to supporting care leavers and estranged students throughout their studies, and offers tailored support to these students. This includes various financial packages such as The Manchester Bursary, the  and the  - which are all generously supported by donors. The Access & Success Fund also provides accommodation grants for care experienced and estranged students, ensuring they are not left without somewhere to go during the summer break.

Students are also provided with named contacts who help them to navigate and access university support services, assist with accommodation, finances and settling into university life, provide career guidance, put them in touch with other care experienced or estranged students, and provide a listening ear whenever they would like to speak to someone.

Care experienced and estranged students are also offered paid work at the University as a Student Ambassador, which is a great opportunity to access to flexible, paid, part-time work, meet other students and develop people skills. Ambassadors are also offered the chance to act as role models on the projects that we run with looked-after young people by talking about their experiences of education.

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Manchester recognised as UNESCO City of Lifelong Learning /discover/news/manchester-recognised-as-unesco-city-of-lifelong-learning/ /discover/news/manchester-recognised-as-unesco-city-of-lifelong-learning/620819Manchester has today become a UNESCO City of Lifelong Learning, in recognition of outstanding efforts to make lifelong learning a reality for all, with 糖心Vlog官方 acting as a key partner.

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Manchester has today become a UNESCO City of Lifelong Learning, in recognition of outstanding efforts to make lifelong learning a reality for all, with 糖心Vlog官方 acting as a key partner.

Manchester is one of 64 cities, from 35 countries, to join the (GNLC).

The UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities is an international network comprising of 356 cities that successfully promote lifelong learning across their communities.

A key feature of UNESCO learning cities is the connections between education and skills, communities, employers and the public sector. Manchester鈥檚 lifelong learning application was co-designed with 150+ organisations.

糖心Vlog官方 is leading on digital skills as part of Manchester鈥檚 lifelong learning approach, a movement of people, services and place, to connect, validate and nurture learning, to support the city economy and to promote high quality and inclusive learning, for all aspects of our life.

Professor Danielle George, Associate Vice President Blended and Flexible Learning at 糖心Vlog官方, said: 鈥淢anchester is a city that creates and reinforces social cohesion, economic and cultural prosperity, and sustainable development. 糖心Vlog官方 is so proud to be part of this exciting network and to support our wonderful city facilitate lifelong learning for all and help realise the universal right to education.鈥

The University鈥檚 Flexible Learning Programme contributed to the successful bid and continues to focus on delivering flexibility in terms of place, pace and pathway. We aim to develop inclusive and accessible education to be a learning partner for life. To address the challenges around accessing talent and sector-specific digital skills, our Flexible Learning Programme, supported by Turing Innovation Catalyst Manchester, will lead on the development of Manchester鈥檚 Digital Skill Framework (MDSF). This ecosystem will bring together industry, training providers and relevant stakeholders together to co-design a user-focused digital skills framework.

Professor Ang Davies, Academic Lead for Flexible Pathways and Lifelong Learning at 糖心Vlog官方, said: 鈥淢anchester鈥檚 ambitions to become a global city of digital innovation are evident in the city鈥檚 digital strategy. Building a strong talent pipeline and addressing digital skills gaps in areas such as data science and AI will be critical. We are delighted to be working with the city on its lifelong learning programme to develop Manchester鈥檚 digital skills framework, allowing us to address the gaps and match provider expertise with employer demand.鈥

Find out more: manchester.ac.uk/discover/teaching-and-learning-excellence/flexible-learning 

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University awarded Silver Athena Swan /discover/news/university-awarded-silver-athena-swan/ /discover/news/university-awarded-silver-athena-swan/620056Silver award recognises advancement of gender equality and our work to embed inclusivity across the University.

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糖心Vlog官方 has been awarded a Silver Athena Swan award. A Silver award recognises advancement of gender equality and our work to embed inclusivity across the University.

The Athena Swan Charter supports universities in addressing gender inequalities and helps foster greater inclusivity for students and staff in all disciplines and roles, irrespective of sex and gender identity. 

This Silver award recognises the progress and impact made towards gender equality and endorses future university plans that will help  overcome remaining challenges and embed inclusivity for all people across the University. 

Our Athena Swan application was based on a critical self-assessment of existing circumstances, what has worked, what has been less successful, and what steps are now needed to take to achieve gender equality.  

Evidence was gathered through surveys and conversations with people from across the University and wider community. Thorough student and staff data analysis was also conducted. These steps are vital to a community-led approach to gender equality and to ensure that Athena Swan is an effective mechanism for meaningful change. 

A progressive action plan has been co-created with the university community and is aligned with the . The wider community will be consulted throughout a five- year action plan so that ongoing gender equality challenges are addressed whilst also being watchful for emerging issues.   

Nalin Thakkar, Vice President for Social Responsibility  said: 鈥淒espite making significant progress, we have not achieved gender equality across our organisation. We know positive impacts don鈥檛 reach everyone and that gendered issues persist. We are also aware that there is a need for balance in considering issues specific to different characteristics and we are committed to taking an intersectional approach.

鈥淲e are looking forward to continuing to work together to achieve our equality, diversity and inclusion ambitions.鈥

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University of Manchester and SPIE announce $1million endowment for postgraduate scholarships /discover/news/university-of-manchester-and-spie-announce-1million-endowment-for-postgraduate-scholarships/ /discover/news/university-of-manchester-and-spie-announce-1million-endowment-for-postgraduate-scholarships/619002糖心Vlog官方 and have announced the establishment of the SPIE-Manchester Postgraduate Scholarship in Photonics.

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糖心Vlog官方 and have announced the establishment of the SPIE-Manchester Postgraduate Scholarship in Photonics.

The $500k gift from the will be matched 100% by the University and will be used to support both early-career and returning researchers from the University鈥檚 Photon Science Institute in partnership with the Royce Institute, the UK鈥檚 national institute for advanced materials research and innovation.

The partnership was announced today (29 January) during the SPIE Photonics West conference in San Francisco.

Photonics is the study of light and its interactions to develop technologies that impact our daily lives, from fibre optics for communications, microscopy for medical applications, light sources for displays such as smartphones, to next generation quantum applications.

With a goal of increasing diversity in the subject, the SPIE-Manchester Postgraduate Scholarship will have a particular focus on funding individuals returning to research following a career break or time in industry, and those pursuing unconventional career pathways or part-time study (situations often necessitated by caring responsibilities, for example).

Aligning current research and industrial needs for a robust training pipeline, an additional unique feature of the scholarship is an optional final-year placement of up to 12 months, during which students can develop industry-relevant skills in collaboration with local optics and photonics companies.

SPIE CEO Kent Rochford, added: 鈥淔or many researchers and engineers, the traditional educational paths are barriers to their success.

鈥淭he SPIE-Manchester Postgraduate Scholarship in Photonics aims to remove those barriers and provide exciting opportunities for early-career researchers and those who may be pursuing unconventional career paths. Working internally at the University鈥檚 Photon Science Institute with the option of an industry-focused placement, promises to benefit young researchers as well as our future diverse workforce. I very much look forward to meeting the leaders in optics and photonics technologies who will emerge from this dynamic partnership between SPIE and 糖心Vlog官方.鈥

The scholarship is the 11th major SPIE gift to universities and institutes as part of the Society's ongoing program to support the expansion of optical engineering teaching and research.

The  was established in 2019 to increase international capacity in the teaching and research of optics and photonics. With this latest gift, SPIE has provided more than $4 million in matching gifts, resulting in more than $11 million in dedicated funds. The SPIE Endowment Matching Program supports optics and photonics education and the future of the industry by contributing a match of up to $500,000 per award to college, institute, and university programs with optics and photonics degrees, or with other disciplines allied to the SPIE mission.

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University awarded Disability Confident Leader status /discover/news/university-awarded-disability-confident-leader-status/ /discover/news/university-awarded-disability-confident-leader-status/618884University of Manchester is one of 13 UK universities to be awarded Disability Confident Leader status.

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糖心Vlog官方 has been awarded Disability Confident Leader status following a Disability Confident submission and its validation by the .  The University is one of only three in the Russell Group and 13 UK universities to be awarded this status. 

The Disability Confident scheme, accredited by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), helps employers recruit, retain and train great people. Disability Confident organisations play a leading role in changing attitudes about, and increasing understanding of, disability. There are three levels of the scheme with Leader being the highest.  

The University's Disability Confident Leader submission focused on the people we employ including staff, PGRs, apprentices, and those undertaking work experience and work placements. It also highlighted how data is reported and includes an ongoing commitment to annually report the Disability Pay Gap. 

The successful Disability Confident Leader application was based on evidence generated through conversations with colleagues in the Disabled Staff Network and across the University about their lived experiences and professional practice.  The reporting captured both positive and negative experiences and reflected these honestly in the submission.  

The application focuses on all three pillars of the :  

  • Inclusive Environments and Cultures; 
  • Diversity and Equity in our community; 
  • Inclusive Practice. 

The University was able to demonstrate how it strives to be disability-inclusive and endeavour to ensure that disabled colleagues feel they belong, and that the University is a great place to work, whilst recognising that there is work to be done in achieving this. 

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It is only the beginning of the University's leadership journey comments provided by the Business Disability Forum will be used to co-create a robust action plan.   

Actions will be assigned to individuals to track progress and ensure accountability. Everyone has a role to play in eliminating discrimination and advancing disability equality. 

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University launches pioneering study with Greater Manchester local authorities in bid to tackle domestic burning habits and air pollution /discover/news/university-launches-pioneering-study-with-greater-manchester-local-authorities-in-bid-to-tackle-domestic-burning-habits-and-air-pollution/ /discover/news/university-launches-pioneering-study-with-greater-manchester-local-authorities-in-bid-to-tackle-domestic-burning-habits-and-air-pollution/616782糖心Vlog官方 has launched a study in partnership with Greater Manchester鈥檚 10 local authorities to better understand the use of log burners and solid fuel fires and their impact on air pollution in the region.

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糖心Vlog官方 has launched a study in partnership with Greater Manchester鈥檚 10 local authorities to better understand the use of log burners and solid fuel fires and their impact on air pollution in the region.

The initiative, funded by a Defra Air Quality Grant, seeks to understand the motivations behind burning solid fuels in homes and gardens, improve community knowledge and influence behaviour and improve public health in Greater Manchester.

Smoke from log burners, domestic fires and garden bonfires contain tiny particles called particulate matter (PM2.5) that can damage people鈥檚 health, increasing the risk of respiratory conditions, such as asthma, and lead to more serious health conditions. 

The study 鈥 led by 糖心Vlog官方 on behalf of Greater Manchester鈥檚 10 councils 鈥 aims to understand the link between household burning practices (indoor and outdoor) and local air quality.

Over the next two years, the research partnership will help inform a public health campaign across the city region to raise awareness around the negative impacts of domestic burning, with the aim to reduce particulate matter emissions through reduced and cleaner burning habits.

The survey will run until February 2024 and invites both people who burn at home and those that do not to take part.

Those that complete the survey can enter a draw to win one of five food vouchers. The link to the survey can be found

In conjunction with the study, Greater Manchester has launched an to educate residents about the health impacts and regulations surrounding domestic burning. Over 40 air quality monitors will be strategically placed across the region to better understand the link between domestic burning and PM2.5 air pollution.

The study is one of many research projects at the University which is looking into the

Residents who do need to burn this winter are being encouraged to follow these guidelines:   

  • Find out if you are in a 鈥 if so your stove needs to be Defra-exempt and you must only use approved fuel.    
  • Only burn clean seasoned wood with a moisture content of less than 20% or dried for a minimum of two years, or use 鈥楻eady to Burn鈥 approved manufactured solid fuels.   
  • Do not burn rubbish or general waste.   
  • Get your chimney swept each year and your stove checked.   
  • Do not let your fire smoulder overnight. 

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Study exposes oppression of mothers in Brazil鈥檚 family courts /discover/news/study-exposes-oppression-of-mothers-in-brazils-family-courts/ /discover/news/study-exposes-oppression-of-mothers-in-brazils-family-courts/614201Thirteen Brazilian mothers who say they are victims of domestic violence have told researchers of their harrowing experiences inside that country鈥檚 family court system.

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Thirteen Brazilian mothers who say they are victims of domestic violence have told researchers of their harrowing experiences inside that country鈥檚 family court system.

The qualitative study - led by Dr Elizabeth Dalgarno from 糖心Vlog官方 - is published today  in the journal of social welfare and family law.

The mothers had taken violent partners to court only for some of them to lose custody and residence of their children over counterclaims of parental alienation.

Parental Alienation is a that asserts when a child has a negative stance towards one parent, typically the father, the child鈥檚 preferred parent, typically the mother, is to blame.

When victim-survivors report abuse and violence, parental alienation is often used to denounce and disqualify reports of abuse, implying that mothers are lying and manipulating children.

A law introduced in Brazil in solidified the concept into legislation.

The current Government under President Lula da Silva shows no sign of a revoking it. In fact, the country is on track to making so-called parental alienation a criminal offence, .

Speaking publicly about this abuse in the family court and inability to pay child support can result in a prison sentence for mothers in Brazil, whereas child rape and other acts of violence including illegal firearms possession and associated violence by fathers did not, the study found.

In the study, all the mothers reported multiple health conditions associated with family court proceedings, conceptualised by the researchers as Court and Perpetrator Induced Trauma (CPIT).

Eight of the 13 cases included child sexual abuse. Five mothers reported that police-led criminal investigations into child sexual abuse were closed due to allegations of parental alienation in family court.

 

Some mothers were being sued or threatened with being sued for slanderous defamation, and another was propositioned by the state prosecutor to withdraw the criminal charges of domestic violence and child sexual abuse , in exchange for the father鈥檚 custody application to be withdrawn.

All the mothers had been accused of Parental Alienation and all the fathers had been accused of domestic violence by the mothers.

The mothers reported being subjected to much harsher treatment by the courts than fathers accused of DV, and reported maternity problems, musculoskeletal, autoimmune, and respiratory conditions and a broad range of mental health implications including suicide and other trauma responses.

The study also found:

  • Irrespective of the abuse or violence reported by mothers and children, the fathers maintained some form of direct contact with the children.
  • Three mothers lost custody of their children with one having no contact at all.
  • Five out of eight criminal investigations into child sexual abuse, child rape and domestic violence by fathers were closed following parental alienation claims in the family courts.
  • None of the mothers鈥 allegations of violent crime raised in court by mothers and children were passed on to police and criminal prosecutors.

Lead author Dr Dalgarno said: 鈥淭here are growing concerns around the world about the weaponisation of the pseudo-concept 鈥楶arental Alienation鈥 in the family courts against women.

鈥淚n a country which has one of the highest rates of femicide in the world, it鈥檚 fair to argue that Brazil is a very difficult country to be a victim of domestic abuse .

, around one-third of Brazilian girls and women were found to have suffered Intimate Partner Violence with more than half of the perpetrators current or former 鈥榩artners鈥.

鈥淭he family courts in Brazil provide an opportunity for this violence to increase, where perpetrator fathers use 鈥楶arental Alienation鈥 and similar variations, to penalise mothers and children.

鈥淲e call on the Brazilian government to urgently investigate links between harm to health and the family courts and to strengthen human rights protection for women and child victims.鈥

Quotes from some of the women in the paper:

Helena: 鈥淚t is a feeling of injustice, helplessness . . . I understood that you get into that [court] to lose. We don鈥檛 have any chance, any chance. That鈥檚 just staging, you are going to lose it, you can be sure about it. We are only used to fill the experts and the lawyers鈥 pockets, our own lawyers . . . we don鈥檛 have any chance . . . I felt betrayed鈥.

Vania : 鈥淚 think that what hurts me the most is the fact that, despite I knew I was a victim-survivor, just like my son was, I was feeling like a criminal. . .I never had criminal incidents, I had never been involved with drugs, I always had a straight life. On the other hand, the father already had criminal records, but they haven鈥檛 even taken that into consideration. Nothing, nothing, nothing . . . the more we report the more we are punished. That was my fear. I would say, by using an expression 鈥淪wim, swim and die at the beach鈥.

Beatrice: 鈥淚t鈥檚 like you鈥檙e the prey for years . . . No animal could survive that, I think, would die of stress, I don鈥檛 know, if you put in a small cage a zebra, and a bunch of lions around about, what would happen to the zebra in the cage? I don鈥檛 know.鈥

Helen: 鈥淚 think it was also due to stress, cortisol, stress hormone, gastritis, nightmares . . . for there were so many petitions accusing me of so many nonsense things. I was called a hooker, then a bad wife, then a murderer . . . there was no point in proving in the Family Court that that was not like that for they would just keep going 鈥淣o, it is鈥. We become the dead dog that everybody kicks.鈥

The paper Swim, swim and die at the beach鈥: family court and perpetrator induced trauma (CPIT) experiences of mothers in Brazil is available

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Backing for bid where Mancunians鈥 first-hand experiences can drive health policy and progress /discover/news/backing-for-bid-where-mancunians-first-hand-experiences-can-drive-health-policy-and-progress/ /discover/news/backing-for-bid-where-mancunians-first-hand-experiences-can-drive-health-policy-and-progress/613412Manchester鈥檚 commitment to tackle health inequalities has been further boosted by funding news for research that can connect the Council, University of Manchester researchers and local people as a way of working together to improve health outcomes. 

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Manchester鈥檚 commitment to tackle health inequalities has been further boosted by funding news for research that can connect the Council, University of Manchester researchers and local people as a way of working together to improve health outcomes. 

Over the last year, Manchester has been working on a bid to be a funded Health Determinants Research Collaboration (HDRC), which is a local-government led partnership, to increase research capacity in areas where there are high levels of need or deprivation. 

Manchester submitted a proposal to the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) where every part of the Council鈥檚 work and decision-making can plug into HDRC findings to influence decisions and change how services work 鈥 especially by listening to less-heard voices in the community. 

The proposal also linked to a wide spread of other key players including voluntary and faith organisations, public and private sector partners, so that they too, can routinely use its research to inform current and future planning. 

And, now, the city has just heard that it has been identified as one of a number of areas that the NIHR would like to see undertake further development from January 1, 2024, with the expectation of becoming a full HDRC a year later in January, 2025. 

Councillor Thomas Robinson, Executive Member for Healthy Manchester and Social Care at Manchester City Council, said: 鈥淭his is a unique bid because it means that local people are at the heart of shaping policy and connecting with academia based on their own experiences. Too often communities are presented with pre-set solutions that they don鈥檛 relate to. The HDRC brings a new era in trust where local people can make their own health priorities the subject of research - and will then see the impact on local decisions. 

鈥淣ot only is that right, but it is key theme of our Making Manchester Fairer Programme. That鈥檚 our five-year action plan to address health inequity and preventable deaths by looking at all the social factors that mean that some people in the city die earlier than others.  

鈥淢anchester is an incredible world-leading city and that鈥檚 why we want to make sure that those opportunities and expectations can be experienced by everyone who lives here.鈥 

, Academic Lead for the HDRC, said: 鈥淭his is a unique opportunity to build on our inclusive research for the full HDRC in 2025.   

鈥淢anchester has a proud record of partnership work to bring together communities, voluntary organisations and policy partners. Our evaluations have demonstrated how including communities helps in all aspects of tackling inequalities and making sure that we don鈥檛 leave anyone behind. 

鈥淧utting people at the heart of this exciting new initiative is vital for inclusive research and improving health and wellbeing. We look forward to building on our research-active communities and research-responsive policies to tackle inequalities together.鈥 

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Inspirational student graduates with distinction in public health /discover/news/inspirational-student-graduates-with-distinction-in-public-health/ /discover/news/inspirational-student-graduates-with-distinction-in-public-health/613457A woman who came to the UK from Hungary in 2005 graduates today (11/12/23) with a Master in Public Health at 糖心Vlog官方, receiving a distinction.

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A woman who came to the UK from Hungary in 2005 graduates today (11/12/23) with a Master in Public Health at 糖心Vlog官方, receiving a distinction.

Mother of three Eliza Varga is also the first recipient of the Sally Bradley Memorial Prize, given to high achieving students studying public health.

Dr Bradley, a former GP, Director of Public Health in Manchester and Medical Director was tragically killed in a terrorist attack while holidaying in Sri Lanka.

Her brother Lord Keith Bradly 鈥 a Labour Party politician and honorary special advisor to 糖心Vlog官方 - created the award in his sister鈥檚 name.

Lack of funds forced Eliza to abandon a degree in Hungary, and a few months later she found herself living in a tiny room in Wilmslow.

She immediately found work and, as her language skills improved, so did her job opportunities, eventually moving to Stockport where she met her husband Josh.

In 2010, she enrolled at 糖心Vlog官方 and graduated in zoology in 2015.

 

Eliza said: 鈥淚 always loved animals as my family kept some livestock in Hungary, so I studied Zoology. Being a mature student posed its challenges, but the university's foundation year program offered me a gateway to a new life.

鈥淢y journey wasn't smooth; but The University supported me throughout, allowing me to graduate with good results and people wanted me to succeed.鈥

In 2021 Eliza enrolled in the Master of Public Health programme at 糖心Vlog官方, because she said, of its reputation for trying to better understand and address health inequalities.

Manchester was one of the first  Universities to run an online public health programmes, and now has have over 2000 alumni from 80 countries over the 20 years it have been going.

Eliza added: 鈥淎s a mother of three young children, I had to study at night, managing a household, and facing financial and other challenges. It was a Herculean task.

鈥淭he online option was brilliant: online is so much more inclusive to people with other commitments in their lives.

鈥淢y university journey was as much about personal growth as it was about academic achievement. I discovered my resilience and ability to keep going despite the challenges in the hope of one day being able to help others. 

鈥淚 would like to thank my family, friends and my wonderful teachers at the University, especially, Professor Arpana Verma, I am so grateful they believed in me.鈥

When asked what Sally Bradly Memorial Prize meant to her, Eliza said: 鈥淭his award symbolises the intersection of my personal journey with the legacy of an inspiring figure in public health, Dr Sally Bradley.

鈥淚t motivates me to continue making meaningful contributions to the field, honouring both Sally's memory and the support I've received throughout my studies.鈥

Building on her journey, Eliza now has a job focusing on inclusive research and intends to pursue her research career with a PhD, here at The University.

Professor Arpana Verma, who leads the Master鈥檚 programme in public health was a colleague of Sally Bradley.

She said: 鈥淲e are so incredibly grateful to Lord Bradley and Sally鈥檚 family for this prestigious award. Being able to celebrate Sally鈥檚 life and achievements through the prize that is given to one of our own masters student who has excelled in the programme and lives and works in the city that Sally was so proud of.

鈥淪ally was a mentor to me and so many of my colleagues during her time as Director of Public Health in Manchester and Medical Director of Pennine Acute NHS Trust.

鈥淓liza has not only gained a distinction in her degree, she produced a high quality dissertation for Manchester City Council and we thank David Regan, Director of Public Health for his help with both the research and the development of the prize.鈥

She added: 鈥淲e are proud of our flexible online learning Masters in Public Health that facilitates higher education for students who have to juggle work and caring responsibilities.

鈥淥ur University鈥檚 Flexible Learning Strategy exemplifies the vision and progress for lifelong learning we embody through bringing online education to a population that may not previously have been able to study.

鈥淲e celebrate today鈥檚 graduation ceremony as a tribute to Sally鈥檚 legacy, Eliza鈥檚 achievements and the achievements of all our students.鈥

Lord Keith Bradley said: 鈥淚 am extremely grateful to the University for approving this new award in memory of my dear sister Sally.

鈥淪ally made a huge contribution to health in Manchester and Eliza is a very worthy recipient of this award in Sally鈥檚 memory.

鈥淓liza will contribute to the work of public health which is so vital to the wellbeing of our local population.鈥

Images: Eliza's children Zack (6.5), Eli (4.5), and Evelyn (3)   with Husband Josh; Eliza

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University of Manchester wins Platinum Engage Watermark for excellence in public engagement /discover/news/university-of-manchester-wins-platinum-engage-watermark-for-excellence-in-public-engagement/ /discover/news/university-of-manchester-wins-platinum-engage-watermark-for-excellence-in-public-engagement/613204糖心Vlog官方 has been awarded a Platinum Watermark award by the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE), which recognises universities鈥 engagement with the public. Manchester is only the second university to be successful in achieving the Platinum award. 

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糖心Vlog官方 has been awarded a award by the (NCCPE), which recognises universities鈥 engagement with the public. Manchester is only the second university to be successful in achieving the Platinum award. 

Sophie Duncan, Co-director of the NCCPE said: 鈥淎t the NCCPE, as well as challenging the sector and campaigning for change, we champion excellent practice. We鈥檙e delighted to be able to award Manchester a Platinum Engage Watermark for their sustained and deep-rooted commitment to public engagement, which has been informed by consultation with staff, students and partners鈥.  

Winning a Platinum Engage Watermark is a significant achievement. It is the highest honour that can be awarded to an institution and recognises exceptional strategic leadership of public engagement; high standards of professional support; and excellence in partnership working.  It also evidences that the institution has a profound grasp of challenges ahead and of areas of relative weakness, with a commitment to addressing these. 

Key features of 糖心Vlog官方鈥檚 approach which drew special praise from the assessors included its efforts to open up the campus and cultural institutions to become more welcoming and accessible for community use, the involvement of partners and communities in shaping the research and teaching at the university, and the very significant commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Dr Julian Skyrme, Director of Social Responsibility at 糖心Vlog官方 said: 鈥淲e鈥檙e delighted to receive this prestigious Platinum award for public engagement. We鈥檝e prioritised new forms of public engagement through our emphasis on civic partnerships, our cultural institutions and in creating a local Citizens鈥 Panel. We鈥檙e grateful for the support and constructive challenge throughout the Watermark process and the commitment our staff, students and community partners play in delivering our core goal of social responsibility.鈥  

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of 糖心Vlog官方 said: 鈥淎s a passionate advocate for public engagement, I鈥檓 proud that we have embedded a culture of high-quality practice through our core goal of . We are delighted to be recognised nationally with a prestigious Platinum Watermark for our sustained excellence and leadership in public engagement.鈥 

Cllr Bev Craig said: 鈥淎s the leader of Manchester City Council and lead for greater Manchester Combined Authority for economy and Inclusive growth, I am proud that we have 糖心Vlog官方 as a civic partner. This award is great recognition for the University鈥檚 collaborative work with local communities, councils, business and civic partners to address to address real priorities and realise mutual benefit through the GM Civic University Agreement.鈥 

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Manchester is top in Europe once again in sustainability rankings /discover/news/manchester-is-top-in-europe-once-again-in-sustainability-rankings/ /discover/news/manchester-is-top-in-europe-once-again-in-sustainability-rankings/612973糖心Vlog官方 has been rated top in the UK and Europe, and third in the world, in the independent QS World University Sustainability Rankings, echoing its performance in the Times Higher Education Impact league table earlier this year.

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糖心Vlog官方 has been rated top in the UK and Europe, and third in the world, in the independent , echoing its performance in the Times Higher Education Impact league table earlier this year. 

The latest news shows how the University鈥檚 work across research, teaching, and social responsibility is impacting progress and society around the world and changing people鈥檚 lives for the better. 

QS, which also publishes the globally influential QS World University Rankings, launched the Sustainability Rankings in 2022. The ranking draws on evidence such as policies and case studies, and sources such as staff and alumni surveys and research data. More than 1,400 universities from 95 countries are assessed on environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria. 

Dr Julian Skyrme, Manchester鈥檚, Director of Social Responsibility, who led the submission to the ranking, said: 鈥淭his ranking by QS uses a wide range of unique evidence points drawing on our research, teaching, public engagement and university operations. A remarkably similar picture has emerged to that found in the THE Impact Ranking, where we are also top in Europe. This success reflects the impact that thousands of our staff, students, alumni and external partners make to improve our world and should be a source of pride for our whole community.鈥 

At Manchester, many of these efforts are focused on working towards the UN鈥檚 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

In research this includes Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation. In one example of this, as part of a joint India-UK water quality project, a team of Manchester researchers carried out ground-breaking work on arsenic exposure in India. Arsenic-contaminated groundwater used for drinking and crop irrigation poses a serious health risk, and this research established the extent of exposure and how this toxic metal enters well water.  

University research was also highly rated by QS against Goals 1 (No poverty), 2 (Zero hunger), and 3 (Good health & wellbeing). 

For evidence for its work around teaching, Manchester submitted examples of its commitment to the SDGs through the where students from any degree can take additional short courses to boost their employability or personal development. This can include setting up a business or creating a sustainable future.  

On public engagement, the University shared evidence from its museums, galleries and libraries and how it involves local citizens in decision-making through a Civic Panel.  

And evidence on University operations included work to decarbonise the campus, supporting and a commitment to fostering .  

Professor Nalin Thakkar, Vice-President for Social Responsibility, said: 鈥淧eople want to work and study at Manchester in part because we are so committed to social responsibility. It means that we have thousands of inspiring people coming up with ideas and making a difference through their work and study every day. The QS ranking shows just how much of an impact all of these actions can have, not just on campus but for people all around the world who we may never meet but who will live better lives as a result of someone鈥檚 work here in Manchester.鈥 

There is more information on how 糖心Vlog官方 is making progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals online. 

More information on the methodology and weighting can be found on the .

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University of Manchester wins top prize at Green Gown Awards /discover/news/university-of-manchester-wins-top-prize-at-green-gown-awards/ /discover/news/university-of-manchester-wins-top-prize-at-green-gown-awards/612816糖心Vlog官方 has won the 鈥2030 Climate Action鈥 prize at the prestigious UK & Ireland Green Gown Awards in recognition of its 鈥渇orward looking and innovative鈥 work to decarbonise the University's operations.

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糖心Vlog官方 has won the 鈥2030 Climate Action鈥 prize at the prestigious UK & Ireland Green Gown Awards in recognition of its 鈥渇orward looking and innovative鈥 work to decarbonise the University's operations.

The Green Gown Awards celebrate the innovative and change making initiatives and projects in sustainability across the further and higher education sectors, and the University of Manchester claimed the top prize for work supporting its new Environmental Sustainability strategy, which launched in July 2023.

The judges said that they were 鈥渋mpressed with the honest, forward looking, innovative, transferrable, scalable and holistic approaches involving carbon budgeting to help deliver the University鈥檚 Zero Carbon Masterplan with effective ongoing evaluation and realistic assessment of outputs yet to be realised.鈥

The team collected their award at a ceremony at the Titanic Hotel in Liverpool on Thursday, 30 November.

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor, said: 鈥淲inning the prize is a powerful signal to our community about the seriousness with which we are working to our zero carbon target. Our entry is a great example of academic and professional services staff working together and success would be valuable recognition for them.鈥

Richard Smith, Head of Environmental Sustainability at 糖心Vlog官方, added: 鈥淲e are thrilled that the University has been recognised at this year鈥檚 Green Gown Awards.

鈥淲e pride ourselves on basing everything we do on what science demands of us. Our target was devised by our colleagues at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and achieving it requires consistent, urgent action.  

The work on this initiative has been shared with other HE institutions and city neighbours as we rise to the challenge of climate change together. This award is testament to the hard work and dedication of all our colleagues involved in putting this initiative together and making it come to life.鈥

So far, the University has secured 拢157.3m of funding from internal and external sources to deliver its sustainability goals.

It has already begun implementing the strategy with its first air-source heat pumps now in operation, and its first heat pump-only building in construction ready to go live early next year, with much more to come. 

The Environmental Sustainability strategy builds on the University鈥檚 core goals of Teaching and Learning, Research and Discovery and Social Responsibility and stresses the need for all decisions to be taken in the light of our existing carbon commitments.

It also highlights six priority operational areas, all linking back to the United Nations Sustainability Goals: Construction and Refurbishment; Risk and Climate Resilience; Responsible Procurement; Resource Management; Valuing Nature; Travel and Transport.

Charlotte Bonner, CEO, EAUC, who deliver the Green Gown Awards, said: 鈥淭he Green Gown Awards celebrate the most innovative and impactful work being done by those working in the post-16 education sector. The projects, initiatives and people showcased through the awards this year are, as ever, inspirational 鈥 it鈥檚 been a privilege to be part of the judging. I look forward to seeing them flourish in future and to using their examples to springboard further action for sustainability.鈥

The 2023 UK & Ireland Awards are held in association with UK Research and Innovation. Now in its 19th year, the 2023 results showcase 20 Winner and 17 Highly Commended institutions.

Read more about and the other .  

Find out more about environmental sustainability at 糖心Vlog官方.

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Sails and satellite navigation could cut shipping industry鈥檚 emissions by up to a third /discover/news/sails-and-satellite-navigation-could-cut-shipping-industrys-emissions-by-up-to-a-third/ /discover/news/sails-and-satellite-navigation-could-cut-shipping-industrys-emissions-by-up-to-a-third/610155In the vast expanse of the world鈥檚 oceans, a transformation is underway.

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By James Mason, Visiting Academic in Decarbonisation;  Alice Larkin, Professor of Climate Science and Energy Policy;  and Simon Bullock, Research Associate, Shipping and Climate Change.

In the vast expanse of the world鈥檚 oceans, a transformation is underway.

The international shipping sector, made up of thousands of massive cargo ships laden with many of the goods we buy, emits carbon dioxide (CO鈧) roughly equivalent to the entire country of .

Our emphasises the need for immediate action. Reducing shipping emissions by 34% by 2030 is necessary to stay on course with the Paris Agreement鈥檚 1.5掳C goal. But with low-carbon fuel pipelines unlikely to be at the necessary scale until at least the 2030s, how can the industry meet its short-term target?

Enter a new solution with ancient origins: sails. Not the billowing canvases of centuries past but high-tech systems capable of harnessing renewable wind energy to supplement the propulsion from a ship鈥檚 engine.

A number of advanced sail designs are gaining the attention of shipping firms. Two contenders include Flettner rotors, cylinders that spin to generate propulsion, and 鈥渨ingsails鈥, which resemble aeroplane wings and are derived from designs used in yacht racing.

A concept image of a cargo vessel fitted with six vertical wingsails.Wingsails, analogous to aeroplane wings, provide lift on either side. Smart Green Shipping,

Wind propulsion allows ships to use less fuel and so emit less greenhouse gas. However, in our , we found that the real opportunity to slash emissions from shipping this decade lies in combining sails with optimal routes plotted by satellite navigation systems.

An old idea with new technology

Optimised routing is a familiar concept to most of us. You鈥檒l have used it by typing a destination into Google Maps and allowing its algorithms to calculate the quickest way for you to arrive at your destination.

The process is similar for ships. But instead of finding the quickest journey, the software models the ship鈥檚 performance in water to calculate routes and speeds that minimise fuel use.

With optimised routing and sails, ships can deviate from their standard course to seek out favourable winds. The ship may travel a longer distance but the extra power gained by the sails limits the ship鈥檚 fuel consumption and reduces the total emissions over the full journey. The software only suggests routes that guarantee the same arrival time, keeping the ship to its original schedule.

We used a computer model simulation of a cargo vessel with four sails, each taller than Brazil鈥檚 Christ the Redeemer statue at 35 meters high. By calculating the fuel consumption of this large bulk carrier ship on over 100,000 journeys spanning four years and covering 14 shipping routes worldwide, we found that sails can cut annual carbon emissions by around 10%.

The true promise of sails unfolds when optimal routing is used, increasing annual emission cuts to 17%.

Routes with ideal wind conditions have even greater potential. The most promising are typically those far from the equator, such as transatlantic and transpacific crossings, where strong winds can fill large sails. By taking advantage of wind patterns moving across the ocean on these routes, sails and optimised routing can cut annual emissions by over 30%.

Take the journey between the UK and the US as an example. A ship setting out on this voyage will typically experience strong headwinds which generate drag and push the ship backwards, meaning more fuel must be burned to maintain the same forward momentum. But by using sails and optimised routing software on this crossing, ships can avoid these headwinds and steer into more favourable winds.

A cargo vessel with two cylinders rising from the deck.Flettner rotors are smooth cylinders with discs that spin as wind passes at right angles across it. Norsepower,

On the return journey, the ship would typically experience strong winds from behind and the side, which would fill the sails and push the ship on. With optimised routing software the ship can find even stronger winds and fine-tune its direction for the sails to maximise propulsion.

Keeping the 1.5掳C target afloat

The International Maritime Organization (the UN agency responsible for environmental regulation in shipping) has a of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 20%-30% by 2030. The Paris Agreement鈥檚 1.5掳C target .

Our research shows that cuts to CO鈧 of this magnitude are possible this decade using wind propulsion and optimised routing on promising routes. Achieving this will oblige the shipping industry to deploy existing technologies and practices and shift its focus from fuel alone, as will take longer to develop.

As we sail further into the 21st century, our research delivers a clear message to the shipping industry: substantial carbon reductions are feasible this decade. Here is an old idea, one that integrates technology with tradition, that can steer international shipping towards its climate goals.

 

This article is republished from under a Creative Commons license. Read the .

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Report into Parliamentary Art Collections presented at Westminster /discover/news/report-into-parliamentary-art-collections-presented-at-westminster/ /discover/news/report-into-parliamentary-art-collections-presented-at-westminster/607538鈥極ur Parliamentary Art Collection鈥 explores the visual representations of power and democracy and highlights issues of access and inclusion for both artists and audiences across different regionsDr Saskia Warren, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, presented the findings of her report 鈥極ur Parliamentary Art Collection: New Directions for Audiences, Interpretation, and Social Justiceto The Lords Panel and Commons Committee at UK Parliament on 18 October 2023.   

鈥極ur Parliamentary Art Collection鈥 investigates audience engagement and interpretation in the Palaces of Westminster and Parliamentary Art Collection, UK Parliament (comprising 10,000 items). For this project, Dr Warren collaborated with the as part of a Parliamentary Research Fellowship, supported by an ESRC IAA grant. 

The project brings together insights from different perspectives to inform interpretation techniques, issues of display, and event programming to reflect on the role of the Parliamentary Art Collection in the UK and internationally in relation to the public in the 21st century.  

Attending to critical, timely questions of social inequality and justice in relation to collections and issues of display, 鈥極ur Parliamentary Art Collection鈥 explores how stories are told about art works, who visits, and processes of meaning-making. The cross-national Parliamentary study also explored how other institutions are engaging with concerns relating to equality, diversity and social justice in their interpretation, collections, and audience development.  

Through interviews, focus groups, walking tours and workshops, Dr Warren with the Heritage Collections Team, brought together new voices and ideas for interpretation and engagement within a heritage-listed space including exploring issues of equality, diversity and inclusion. 

The Fellowship with Heritage Collections follows on from Dr Warren鈥檚 Arts and Humanities Research Council Leadership Fellowship (2017 鈥 2021), where she led on a programme of research, Geographies of Muslim Women and the UK Cultural and Creative Economy ('CreativeMuslimWomenUK'). Continuing an investigation into the representation, voices and practices of women, minority ethnic, and religious groups within art, heritage, and policy-making, 鈥極ur Parliamentary Art Collection鈥 builds upon key moments in the social history of UK Parliament such as the women鈥檚 suffrage movement and Race Relations Acts (1965, 1968, 1976) that have been shaped by women and minority ethnic groups, and which continue to impact lives today. 

It is anticipated that the research project may bring about changes in interpretation and engagement practices across twelve different countries, through their parliamentary art collections, including addressing issues of access and inclusion for both artists and audiences. 

To receive a copy of the 鈥極ur Parliamentary Art Collection鈥 report, please contact: Saskia.Warren@Manchester.ac.uk

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Researchers to study home based support for deaf infants in South Africa /discover/news/researchers-to-study--home-based-support-for-deaf-infants-in-south-africa/ /discover/news/researchers-to-study--home-based-support-for-deaf-infants-in-south-africa/595215A research project is to investigate a home-based early intervention programme for deaf infants under the age of 6 in South Africa.

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A research project is to investigate a home-based early intervention programme for deaf infants under the age of 6 in South Africa.

This collaborative study between the University of the Witwatersrand鈥檚 and the University of Manchester鈥檚 programme will analyse the programme鈥檚  impact  on their development. It is funded by the UK's Medical Research Council.

Prof Claudine Storbeck  Primary Investigator: South Africa said: 鈥淎round 6,000 deaf children are born in South Africa each year, but the lack of universal newborn hearing screening means that the average age of diagnosis of hearing loss in South Africa is 28 months old.

鈥淭he availability of data on deaf child development and impact of early intervention is sparce and structured early intervention programmes to promote early childhood development in the first three years of life are minimal

鈥淭hose offering South African Sign Language (SASL) as a language option are very rare and largely unavailable to families.鈥

鈥淎s a result, the linguistic, communicative, cognitive, and socio-emotional development of deaf and hard-of-hearing children in South Africa can be delayed, often significantly.鈥

 

Prof Alys Young 鈥 Primary Investigator said: 鈥淩esults from high-income countries show that identification and diagnosis by 3 months of age with family support and early intervention by 6 months of age drastically improve the developmental progress of deaf children.

鈥淭he project will investigate the extent and character of the impact of such a home-based early intervention programme, alongside an understanding of what might mitigate the effectiveness of such a programme of intervention.

鈥淭his is important because home-based early intervention for deaf infants is not universal and the case for its effectiveness is not proven within the wider context of school readiness in South Africa.鈥

The researchers will investigate the HI HOPES early intervention and family support programme, which supports families with deaf and hard of hearing children

Founded in 2006 by the Wits Centre for Deaf Studies as a non-profit programme, it provides families with specialised home-based early childhood development  programme for children from birth to 6.

The project also aims to provide large scale data on the development of deaf children in South Africa that will help to inform the South African Government/UNICEF National Early Learning and Development Standards (NELDS) from birth to four years.

It will also support, age-normed and standardised Early Learning Outcomes Measure (ELOM) 4 & 5 Years assessment tool, developed by South African early learning charity .

An important part of the  work will be the adaptation of the ELOM to ensure suitability for deaf children as well as developing a standardised South African Sign Language (SASL) version to ensure the validity of all items for children who are SASL users.

Prof Storbeck added: 鈥淚t will be possible for the first time in South Africa to accurately evaluate deaf children鈥檚 developmental progress and needs in all domains (not just language) at point of school entry.

For more information on the overall research project, contact: Prof Claudine Storbeck 鈥 Primary Investigator: South Africa,  The University of the Witwatersrand,  claudine.storbeck@wits.ac.za  and Prof Alys Young 鈥 Primary Investigator: UK,  糖心Vlog官方, alys.young@manchester.ac.uk

 

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Leading thinkers debate rights and wrongs of animal research /discover/news/leading-thinkers-debate-rights-and-wrongs-of-animal-research/ /discover/news/leading-thinkers-debate-rights-and-wrongs-of-animal-research/595558Some of the leading thinkers on different sides of  the debate around animal research are to take on the issue in front of University of Manchester staff and students in a live event at the Whitworth Hall on 28 November, between 7pm and 9pm.

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Some of the leading thinkers on different sides of  the debate around animal research are to take on the issue in front of University of Manchester staff and students in a live event at the Whitworth Hall on 28 November, between 7pm and 9pm.

 

The audience at the event, called Culture of care or culture of concern: let鈥檚 debate animal research, will put questions to a panel.

 

On the panel is Wendy Jarrett CEO of Understanding Animal Research (UAR), Penny Hawkins Head of the Animals in Science Department, RSPCA Science and Policy Group and  Celean Camp from CEO of the Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments (FRAME).

 

The event will kick off with the signing of a public pledge to a culture of care at 糖心Vlog官方鈥檚 animal research unit by Dr Maria Kamper, Director of the unit.

 

Register if you would like to take part and send a question you鈥檇 like the panel to debate to animal.research@manchester.ac.uk .

 

The panel will be by chaired by Mike Addelman, communications lead for animal research at 糖心Vlog官方.

 

He said: 鈥淔or centuries, scientists have worked with animals to help answer some of the most important questions in biomedical science.

 

鈥淏ut nowadays, more than 115  million animals are used in research across the world every year.

 

鈥淎nd though the UK sector is the most tightly regulated in the world, some of those animals still experience pain, suffering and distress.

 

He added: 鈥淪o what鈥檚 the future for animal research? Are we able to replace it with more humane alternatives? And how important is a culture of care, not just to the animals themselves, but also the people who work with them?

 

鈥滼oin us to consider the issues.鈥

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University of Manchester achieves Gold rating for Student Outcomes and Silver overall in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2023 /discover/news/university-of-manchester-achieves-gold-rating-for-student-outcomes-and-silver-overall-in-the-teaching-excellence-framework-tef-2023/ /discover/news/university-of-manchester-achieves-gold-rating-for-student-outcomes-and-silver-overall-in-the-teaching-excellence-framework-tef-2023/593725糖心Vlog官方 today (28 September) celebrates its Gold and Silver achievements in the (TEF) 2023, conducted by the Office for Students (OfS). The University is rated Silver overall, Gold for Student Outcomes, and Silver for Student Experience. 

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糖心Vlog官方 today (28 September) celebrates its Gold and Silver achievements in the (TEF) 2023, conducted by the (OfS). The University is rated Silver overall, Gold for Student Outcomes, and Silver for Student Experience.

Gold for Student Outcomes is a well-deserved accolade for our hard-working graduates. It also pays tribute to staff across the university who help prepare our students for fantastic careers nationally and across the globe. 糖心Vlog官方 is ranked 42 in the world for graduate employability by . In the UK, we're the most targeted university by the nation's top graduate employers (). We take immense pride in being ranked number 2 university in the world for our global impact (THE, 2023) and 28 in the world for our overall quality (QS). 

As the UK鈥檚 largest single site university, with a strong sense of place and deep commitment to Greater Manchester and social responsibility, we are proud to be very popular with undergraduate applicants, and to offer a unique and supportive student experience. Schemes such as Stellify help our students stand out in a competitive world with volunteering, and masterclasses on global issues, social responsibility and leadership. Our dedicated teaching and support staff across the University are unquestionably enthusiastic about their roles in enabling students to succeed, and fostering dynamic, hybrid and valuable learning experiences. Their passion and commitment contribute to delivering excellence in the areas that students care about the most.

We remain committed to continuous improvement and providing exceptional teaching and learning experiences to all our students, regardless of their backgrounds, We look forward to reflecting more on the TEF Panel feedback to celebrate the quality of our teaching and learning, and identify areas requiring further focus. 

April McMahon, Vice-President for Teaching, Learning and Students at 糖心Vlog官方, welcomed the TEF outcomes: 

鈥淭he staff and students of Manchester will be delighted with these results, having overcome so many challenges and made such positive progress in the last four years. Gold for Student Outcomes is a fitting accolade for our fabulous graduates as they step out into the world. It also recognises the support we give to our Manchester students, helping them secure amazing careers. Silver for Student Experience shows the progress made in flexible learning, support for teaching, curriculum and resources, as well as everything our student body does to make Manchester the wonderful place it is.鈥 

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New report highlights University鈥檚 financial aid for students facing realities of cost-of-living crisis /discover/news/new-report-highlights-universitys-financial-aid-for-students-facing-realities-of-cost-of-living-crisis/ /discover/news/new-report-highlights-universitys-financial-aid-for-students-facing-realities-of-cost-of-living-crisis/590725A new report by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) explores how universities are responding to the severe effects of the cost-of-living crisis on students.

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A new report by the explores how universities are responding to the severe effects of the cost-of-living crisis on students.

The new research by Josh Freeman, Policy Manager at HEPI, (HEPI Report 163), is based on a statistical analysis of 140 university responses and interviews with nearly 60 university professionals.

It finds that higher education institutions have adopted a range of strategies to support students, through hardship funds, food and drink discounts and support with health such as sanitary products, coordinated by cost-of-living 鈥榳orking groups鈥, new committees not bound by the usual university processes.

The report probes the rapid responses of two universities with case studies. 糖心Vlog官方 sent 拢170 cost-of-living payments to more than 90% of students, setting up enquiry forms which handled more than 16,000 queries. At Buckinghamshire New University, a programme to provide free activities saves students up to 拢200 a month, and those which received its hardship fund had a 7% higher progression rate than those that did not.

Yet the report also finds that universities are being forced to take steps which would have been unthinkable just years ago. More than a quarter of universities (27%) have a food bank, including one third (33%) of Russell Group universities and nearly two-thirds (63%) of universities in Wales. One-in-ten (11%) also distributes food vouchers.

Josh Freeman, author of the report, said: "This report shows that universities are stepping up as students experience their second major crisis in four years. Rather than leaving innovation to the laboratory, student advisors, university leaders and students鈥 union officers have pushed boundaries to get students more help. But there is more to be done. 

鈥淯niversities should streamline bureaucratic hardship funds and set up processes to move more quickly. And it is past time for the Westminster Government to address the real-terms decline in maintenance support, which leaves too many students at risk of deprivation 鈥 in what are supposed to be the best years of their lives.鈥

Dr Simon Merrywest, Director for the Student Experience at the University of Manchester and author of the Foreword to the report, said: "This report clearly highlights the strength and breadth of the response to the sector to the recent cost-of-living crisis, with co-created solutions between students and university leaders at its heart. The financial squeeze of the last two years has though brought into even sharper relief pressures on students that have been growing for many years. This report raises important questions about whether universities should themselves be the ones to plug the growing gaps in student finance.

Professor Nick Braisby, Vice-Chancellor at Buckinghamshire New University and author of the Afterword to the report, said: "This timely report highlights one of higher education鈥檚 greatest modern-day challenges 鈥 inequality of access, participation and achievement. This challenge is exacerbated by a combination of the cost-of-living crisis and government policy (or lack of policy intervention). Higher education providers are doing what they can to support their students, and this report contains much insight as to how they could provide more and more effective support. BNU is proud to be recognised in the report for our comprehensive award-winning support package, enabled by agile leadership, flexible processes and committed staff. 

"But Universities should not and cannot bear responsibility alone for addressing the cost-of-living crisis facing our students. We concur with the report鈥檚 call for government to do much more 鈥 if they do not, higher education study will simply become unaffordable for many of our students. Ignoring their needs will cause immense damage to our higher education sector, to our society and to our students鈥 life chances. We urge the government to heed this call for action."

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Students trace University鈥檚 and city鈥檚 legacies of transatlantic enslavement in ground-breaking Manchester exhibition /discover/news/students-trace-universitys-and-citys-legacies-of-transatlantic-enslavement-in-ground-breaking-manchester-exhibition/ /discover/news/students-trace-universitys-and-citys-legacies-of-transatlantic-enslavement-in-ground-breaking-manchester-exhibition/590592Opening at the John Rylands Research Institute and Library on 20 September 2023, the 鈥鈥 exhibition explores how profits from slave trading, ownership of enslaved people, and manufacturing with slave-grown cotton funded the cultural and educational development of Manchester.

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Opening at the John Rylands Research Institute and Library on 20 September 2023, the 鈥鈥 exhibition explores how profits from slave trading, ownership of enslaved people, and manufacturing with slave-grown cotton funded the cultural and educational development of Manchester.

New research from students at 糖心Vlog官方 has traced the wealth of five of the most significant founders and funders of the institution to transatlantic enslavement and underpins this new exhibition.  Artefacts and objects from the University鈥檚 collections tell the story of these connections.

The exhibition invites visitors to examine these rediscovered histories and help us answer the emerging question for the city of Manchester and the University: 鈥淲hat should we do next?鈥

Founding a University

Today鈥檚 University of Manchester was founded as two separate educational establishments - Owens College and the Manchester Mechanics鈥 Institution. Manchester Mechanics鈥 Institution was founded in 1824 by a group of businessmen and manufacturers, including Sir Benjamin Heywood, James McConnel and John Kennedy.

Heywood鈥檚 position as Manchester鈥檚 leading banker was built on generations of his family鈥檚 profits from slave trading, while McConnel & Kennedy鈥檚 mills, the largest in Manchester, spun slave-grown cotton imported from the Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia.

Owens College was founded in 1851 with a gift of nearly 拢100,000 (over 拢10 million today) from the estate of Manchester businessman John Owens, who invested heavily in importing slave-grown goods from North and South America, as well as cotton manufacturing.

During their research, students discovered that the land on which the University sits was bought by Murray Gladstone, inheritor of considerable wealth from plantation ownership and enslavement of thousands of people of African heritage.

The exhibition showcases the history of the University鈥檚 cultural institutions, including the John Rylands Research Institute and Library itself, which was built using a fortune derived from the manufacturer of textiles made from cotton cultivated by enslaved people, and became part of the University in 1972.

Experiences of enslavement and treasures of the collections

Alongside letters and archival material that detail 糖心Vlog官方鈥檚 financial and foundational connections are books and documents exploring the experiences of enslaved people linked to those locations and activities.

This includes Olaudah Equiano and Solomon Northup who published accounts of their first-hand experiences of enslavement and Jack Gladstone, an enslaved man who led a revolt of approximately 10,000 enslaved men and women known as the Demerara Uprising.

Also included are items that show how wealth derived from transatlantic enslavement continues to hold high financial and cultural value in objects owned by the John Rylands Research Institute and Library and Manchester Museum.

This includes a richly-decorated 16th century copy of Sh膩hn膩mah (Book of Kings) by Firdawsi虅 donated to Owens College by Samuel Robinson. Robinson inherited his wealth from his father, who manufactured textiles specifically to be traded for captives on the West African coast.

Emerging researchers uncovering hidden connections

The exhibition has been curated by a team of University of Manchester postgraduate students, academics and curators, with the support of external researchers. Core to the exhibition is research conducted by a diverse team of emerging scholars who undertook the Race, Migration & Humanitarianism: Legacies of Slavery and Colonialism in the Modern World module as part of their MA History. The Emerging Scholars programme provided students with paid opportunities to develop their historical research and curatorial skills with the aim of strengthening pipelines for underrepresented and Global Majority students to participate in academic and heritage work. Blog posts written by the team are available on the exhibition website.

Dr Kerry Pimblott, Lecturer in International History said: 鈥Founders and Funders represents the culmination of two years of research conducted by a team of postgraduate students from 糖心Vlog官方鈥檚 History MA programme. The project began in one of our core modules 鈥 HIST64101: Race, Migration & Humanitarianism 鈥 in which students receive a grounding in the global history of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and colonisation before examining the multiple and complex legacies of these world historic phenomena in the present.

鈥淪ince 2021, all students in this module have participated in a series of special workshops to critically examine the legacies of slavery and colonialism in the places they live, study, and work 鈥 Manchester and 糖心Vlog官方. In 2022, we launched the Emerging Scholars Programme and recruited six talented postgraduate researchers, including a plurality of Black and other Global Majority students, to lead on the next stage of the research and exhibition curation.

鈥淎t the heart of the project is an acknowledgment of the longstanding structural inequalities in the discipline of History which have created barriers to access and participation for Black and other Global Majority students (see, Royal Historical Society

鈥淭he Emerging Scholars Programme aims to address this 鈥榖roken鈥 pipeline (, 2019) by providing paid research positions as well as structured mentorship and support from curators and historians based at 糖心Vlog官方 as well as the University of Liverpool鈥檚 Centre for the Study of International Slavery and UCL鈥檚 Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slavery.

鈥淩ecent graduates from the Emerging Scholars programme have gone on to work in the education and heritage sectors and we are looking forward to recruiting more postgraduate researchers to advance this research in the years to come.鈥

Jeevan Kaur Sanghera, MA History graduate and student curator, said: 鈥淲orking on the exhibition, Founders and Funders, as a student curator was a process of getting to grips with just how embedded enslavement, empire and colonisation were essential to the building of Manchester, 'Cottonopolis'. The social life, politics, intellectual culture, finances and kinship networks of Manchester's 19th century residents were intertwined with exploitative colonial practices. This included direct investment in slave voyages or through industry, such as cotton production which was directly linked to Transatlantic enslavement and the labour of enslaved people.

"The exhibition does not simply seek to present this research as facts about arbitrary Manchester residents who funded the foundation of 糖心Vlog官方. It prompts its visitors to begin to understand and acknowledge how embedded enslavement was to these people's lives and their social and financial patronage of Manchester's culture and institutions.鈥

Professor Nalin Thakkar, Vice-President for Social Responsibility at 糖心Vlog官方, said: 鈥淭his is an important step on a journey we started with the initial research into our links to slavery, which we published last year, in conjunction with seeking the views of staff, students and alumni.

鈥淥ur University is entering its 200th year in 2024 and it is incredibly important that our staff and students have undertaken this research, through our MA in History, and that we continue to be transparent in sharing new findings and perspectives.

鈥淭his exhibition, together with other insights, will help inform a broader response being considered by our expert group of staff and students, who are meeting over the coming year to consider how we address our past in positive ways as we enter our third century.

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糖心Vlog官方 offers new scholarships in Mathematics to improve access to postgraduate study /discover/news/the-university-of-manchester-offers-new-scholarships-in-mathematics-to-improve-access-to-postgraduate-study/ /discover/news/the-university-of-manchester-offers-new-scholarships-in-mathematics-to-improve-access-to-postgraduate-study/590253糖心Vlog官方 will partner with the Martingale Foundation to improve postgraduate access to STEM subject through a fully funded scholarship.

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糖心Vlog官方 will partner with the Martingale Foundation to improve postgraduate access to STEM subject through a fully funded scholarship.

The University is one of three new universities chosen to partner with the Martingale Postgraduate Foundation to support passionate and talented students facing financial barriers to pursue postgraduate degrees at leading research institutions in the UK.

A Martingale Scholar will receive a fully funded scholarship to pursue a master's degree in Mathematics at one of the partner universities along with tailored support to apply for a Martingale PhD scholarship. The funding includes all tuition fees and research expenses, including a tax-free stipend for living costs.

糖心Vlog官方 has been at the forefront of mathematics for more than a century and the University has been home to some of the biggest names in the subject during this time, including Alan Turing, Max Newman, Louis Mordell, Violet Cane, and Hanna Neumann.

Martingale Scholarships will enable students from low-income backgrounds to pursue and excel in a master鈥檚 and PhD at the leading School of Mathematics.  

Professor Andrew Hazel, Head of Department, Department of Mathematics, said: 鈥淭he Department of Mathematics at 糖心Vlog官方 is delighted to be partnering with the Martingale Foundation to offer scholarships allowing talented students facing financial barriers to pursue higher degrees in mathematics. The Scholarships complement the Department's existing initiatives to provide access to mathematics education for all students, irrespective of their background, and support the University's commitment to Social Responsibility, one of its three core goals. We are looking forward to welcoming the Martingale Scholars to our Department in 2024.鈥

Incoming Martingale Scholars will have the opportunity to apply for a number of MSc courses offered by 糖心Vlog官方. These are MSc Pure Mathematics, MSc Applied Mathematics, MSc Statistics and MSc Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Logic. Students can experience a sense community in the purpose-built Alan Turing building and develop excellent networks through annual maths-specific careers fairs and employer interview programmes.

Martingale Scholars also join a prestigious development programme that provides training and experiences beyond their university offer to build a pioneering community of STEM leaders.

糖心Vlog官方 joins The University of Bristol and The University of Edinburgh as new Martingale Foundation partners this year. In 2022 Martingale was launched with the founding cohort of five universities: University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, Kings College London, University of Oxford, and University College London, with the inaugural cohort of scholars taking up their place this autumn, leading a new generation of STEM postgraduates.

Applications for the 2024 Martingale Scholarships are open until the 25th of October 2023. Incoming Martingale Scholars now have the opportunity to pursue postgraduate degrees in maths at the University of Manchester.

For more information on how to apply, application guidance and deadlines, please visit www.martingale.foundation.

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Two University of Manchester Students Awarded Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship /discover/news/two-university-of-manchester-students-awarded-freshfields-stephen-lawrence-scholarship/ /discover/news/two-university-of-manchester-students-awarded-freshfields-stephen-lawrence-scholarship/587924Two students from 糖心Vlog官方; Ethan Williams and Binham Seyoum, have been awarded with a prestigious Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship

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Two students from 糖心Vlog官方; Ethan Williams and Binham Seyoum, have been awarded with a prestigious Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship.

The is an incredible opportunity open to exceptionally talented Black men from less socially mobile backgrounds who show potential to succeed in a career in commercial law and other careers in the City of London. Open to first-year students at participating UK universities, the scholarship offers a remarkable chance for eligible students to showcase their potential beyond academic achievement.  

Among a competitive pool of candidates, Ethan and Binham showcased their capabilities throughout the rigorous selection process which included a two-day assessment center at Freshfields in London. Their selection as Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholars is a testament to their remarkable commitment, the opportunities they have received at our university, and the potential within our student body. 

Student Access Success and Development Manager Alex Jackson said: 鈥業鈥檓 delighted that Ethan and Binham have been selected as Freshfield Stephen Lawrence Scholars. Moreover, we are proud of all of our candidates who attended assessment centres in London. All are excellent students and have represented themselves and the institution admirably throughout the selection process.鈥

As recipients of this scholarship, working with professionals of all seniorities at Freshfields and beyond, the expert support Ethan and Binham will receive will include career guidance, skills development, mentoring, interview coaching and if they wish, an alternative route to a guaranteed training contract interview at Freshfields. 

We are immensely proud of their accomplishments and wish them continued success in their future endeavors.

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Warming oceans and rivers cause genomic changes in fish, scientists find /discover/news/warming-oceans-and-rivers-cause-genomic-changes-in-fish-scientists-find/ /discover/news/warming-oceans-and-rivers-cause-genomic-changes-in-fish-scientists-find/583623A study of four common fish species by University of Manchester scientists has revealed that gene expression changes when their developing embryos are exposed to warmer waters.

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A study of four common fish species by University of Manchester scientists has revealed that gene expression changes when their developing embryos are exposed to warmer waters.

The analysis of the small-spotted catshark, zebrafish, European seabass, and the three-spined stickleback is published in the journal .

Though scientists already know that the warming of our rivers and oceans causes direct physiological stress to fish, this study shows the impact on their developing embryos has a deep-seated effect on their gene expression patterns as adults.

These changes may also affect their capacity to respond to future changes in temperature, having consequences for surviving climate change in their adult life.

Scientists have failed to find consistent differentially expressed genes implicated in biological changes linked to global warming.

However, the University of Manchester analysis suggests different phenotypes identified in later life may occur through changes in the organisation of the transcriptome - the genetic code as it is read 鈥 one crucial element of life itself.

Their findings, using sophisticated modelling, show that transcriptomes of developmentally warmed fishes are characterised by an increased disorder in the way genes interact, implying a less structured, more 鈥榬andom鈥 set of gene interactions.

Professor Holly Shiels, from 糖心Vlog官方, said: 鈥淐limate change is a major threat facing animals. As the world鈥檚 oceans and rivers continue to warm the physiological and population level stresses exerted upon fishes will continue to grow.

鈥淚f we are to predict and mitigate the consequences of global warming, it is crucial we understand how it influences an animal鈥檚 biological capacity to respond to future environmental challenges.鈥

Dr Dan Ripley, from 糖心Vlog官方, said: 鈥淥ur findings suggest that exposure to elevated temperatures during the development and growth of an embryo may influence the ability of fish to respond to future challenges they face in later life.鈥

Dr Adam Stevens, from 糖心Vlog官方, added: 鈥淚n our study, we found that developmental warming influenced the relationships between genes. The 鈥榩lumbing鈥 of the system was changed, with knock-on consequences for how it then functions in adulthood.

鈥淭his was absent in animals reared under 鈥榗ontrol鈥 conditions.鈥

The embryos were held in either control conditions, representing everyday temperatures, or warmer treatment conditions, representing future conditions under climate change.

Following embryogenesis, all fish were moved to control conditions, simulating adult fish in the wild moving to find areas at their preferred temperature.

Despite living in their preferred temperature range as adults, genomic differences were found between the groups related to the temperatures they experienced as embryos.

These differences were associated with an altered capacity to respond to future warming as adults.

  • The study was funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Higher Education Innovation Fund through the University of Manchester鈥檚 Knowledge and Innovation Hub for Environmental Stability, and the pump priming fund through the University of Manchester鈥檚 Cardiovascular Division.
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Manchester academics tackle 鈥渉idden problem鈥 of textile waste in the football industry /discover/news/manchester-academics-tackle-hidden-problem-of-textile-waste-in-the-football-industry/ /discover/news/manchester-academics-tackle-hidden-problem-of-textile-waste-in-the-football-industry/582542A new partnership dedicated to tackling the impact of textile waste in the football industry has been launched between 糖心Vlog官方 and R脝BURN Design 鈥 a leading sustainable fashion studio.  

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A new partnership dedicated to tackling the impact of textile waste in the football industry has been launched between 糖心Vlog官方 and R脝BURN Design 鈥 a leading sustainable fashion studio.  

The UK disposes of one million tonnes of textiles every year, 300,000 tonnes of which end up in landfill or incineration. Some figures suggest 10% of global CO2 emissions come from the fashion industry. 

The football sector is a huge contributor to this - approximately 2.45 million Liverpool and 1.95 million Manchester United sports shirts were sold worldwide in 2021 alone. 

The new project, KIT:BAG by R脝BURN, will work with local sportswear suppliers and the local community transform surplus football shirts into unique reusable tote bags, while educating them of the environmental impacts of textile waste and how we can extend the life of our garments. 

It aims to provide a fun, responsible way to keep kits in circulation while shining a light on the large-scale problem in the industry. 

Lindsay Pressdee, Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Fashion Marketing & Branding Communication at 糖心Vlog官方, said: 鈥淒eveloping meaningful sustainable business models and consumer behaviours remains a key issue within the fashion sector and raises serious environmental concerns.  

鈥淭his project focuses on the overlooked area of sportswear; how we can extend the life of these polyester garments and avoid them going into landfill or incineration, through the key principle of community education. 

鈥淭he initiative aligns with 糖心Vlog官方's objectives of promoting sustainability and social responsibility and by collaborating with Raeburn Design, which follows the REMADE sustainable ethos, we have an excellent opportunity to raise awareness and address this issue.鈥 

Christopher Raeburn, Creative Director at R脝BURN, added: 鈥淎s our business has evolved, we鈥檝e tried, tested and proven our 鈥淩emade, Reduced, Recycled鈥 motif can be scaled and translated into other industries outside of fashion, such as architecture, furniture design, film and cultural placemaking. 

鈥淜IT:BAG by RAEBURN marks our newest venture: bringing circular design solutions to the sports industry. We鈥檙e excited to have the University of Manchester on board as our research partner for this project. Together, we鈥檝e set out a roadmap and a masterplan, now we鈥檙e inviting industry leaders to join us on this journey.鈥 

While many solutions are emerging to tackle the problem of sustainable fashion, the size of the problem relating to official sportswear remains unknown.  

As research partners, academics from the Department of Materials at 糖心Vlog官方 will focus on advancing current knowledge and generating new knowledge in this area. The researchers, including Lindsay Pressdee, Dr Amy Benstead,  Dr Jo Conlon and student intern Lena Bartoszewicz, will look at post-consumer waste, diverting it from landfill and repurposing it into a new usable product - a key part of the circular design model. 

Lindsay added: 鈥淭he waste of sportwear is a hidden problem 鈥 we know that football teams can have on average three kits per season, but we do not know how many people have in their homes, shoved in their wardrobes, or put away in their lofts.  

鈥淭he problem requires a multifaceted approach and any change requires collaboration with consumers, sports clubs, garment recycling schemes, sports brands and producers. 

鈥淚t is difficult to distinguish who is responsible, so we must consider both the sustainable production and consumption of products 鈥 a key principle of which is education.鈥 

KIT:BAG by R脝BURN will launch on Thursday, 27 July with a party at The Lab E20 鈥 Raeburn鈥檚 creative workspace in London. This will be followed by a community event for children and families on Saturday, 29 July.  

The team plan to extend this to Manchester, where they will invite the local community to various workshops and have a go at making their own reusable bags.

 

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糖心Vlog官方 has launched a new Environmental Sustainability Strategy which will provide guidance on the actions the University will take as it works towards its zero carbon 2038 target.

The new strategy builds on the University鈥檚 core goals of Teaching & Learning, Research & Discovery and Social Responsibility and stresses the need for all decisions to be taken in the light of its existing carbon commitments.

The strategy highlights six priority operational areas, all linking back to the United Nations Sustainability Goals:

  • Construction and Refurbishment
  • Risk and Climate Resilience
  • Responsible Procurement
  • Resource Management
  • Valuing Nature
  • Travel and Transport

The strategy has been approved by the University鈥檚 Board of Governors and is endorsed at the highest level of the University. It was developed following extensive consultation with colleagues and students, who shared their views on the actions the University needed to prioritise and where it needed to improve.

The University鈥檚 operational carbon footprint has fallen by 35% since 2007, from approximately 81,000 tonnes CO2e to under 53,000 tonnes in 2022, but more needs to be done across all areas of activity to reach zero carbon by 2038, while cutting emissions as sharply as possible in the run-up to this date.

Professor Nalin Thakkar, Vice-President for Social Responsibility, wants the new strategy to act as a guide for everyone who is part of the University鈥檚 community. 鈥淎chieving this strategy is a challenge which we must all work towards,鈥 he said. 鈥淭he University will be allocating significant funds to this, but we must all contribute through the things we do every day at work and by talking to students and colleagues about the things we are doing to make a difference.鈥

Action already taken by 糖心Vlog官方 includes ending investments in fossil fuel companies and reducing the carbon intensity of other investment holdings. The campus runs on 100% renewable electricity and 94% of the University鈥檚 waste is diverted from landfill. The University has also recently committed to limiting its business travel emissions to no more than half of pre-COVID levels and so far is with this.

Action planned for the future includes proposals to increase energy efficiency, make changes to the Old Quad that promote biodiversity and to shift more of its buildings away from gas boilers to heat pumps.

The strategy also contains commitments to further embed sustainability in the curriculum and take advantage of the world-class expertise of its researchers. Training will be developed for all colleagues including leaders to give them the tools to make changes.

Professor Thakkar added: 鈥淭he future that this strategy lays out is one where we have a campus that is rich in nature, with cleaner air and a lighter footprint on the planet. Some of the measures to achieve this are going to be hard, but everyone in the leadership of the University is committed to making the necessary changes and if we all contribute, we have the ability to be far greater than the sum of our individual parts.鈥

You can read the full list of commitments in the strategy which has now been published as a document .

The Environmental Sustainability Team at 糖心Vlog官方 has been shortlisted for in the 2030 Climate Action category. The awards ceremony will take place in November.

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Children explore global sustainability at Great Science Share for Schools /discover/news/children-explore-global-sustainability-at-great-science-share-for-schools/ /discover/news/children-explore-global-sustainability-at-great-science-share-for-schools/576222As part of the  campaign, more than 500,000 primary and secondary school pupils will take part in a celebratory event where the pupils will get the chance to ask and explore their own scientific questions, take part in experiments and be inspired into science and engineering.

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School children will have the chance to explore their scientific curiosity with top scientists across the country.

As part of the  campaign, more than 500,000 primary and secondary school pupils will take part in a celebratory event where they will get the chance to ask and explore their own scientific questions, take part in experiments and be inspired into science and engineering.

The national campaign was launched by 糖心Vlog官方 to elevate the prominence of science in the classroom.

Now in its eighth year, the campaign has seen exponential growth with over 500,000 primary and secondary school pupils signed up to participate this year. Thousands of schools and STEM organisations across the UK and internationally, will be sharing science on 13 June 2023.

糖心Vlog官方 will host 30 primary and secondary schools from across Greater Manchester in its newly opened

This year鈥檚 theme is Science Around Us 鈥 an idea that provides an opportunity to focus on the important role science has to play in addressing the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

 

The pupils have spent weeks gathering data, analysing, and drawing conclusions about a wide range of questions, including:

  • Does the amount of air pollution affect the amount of biodiversity around our school?
  • Does the material used for the wing of a glider plane affect the distance it travels?
  • Can we identify and classify living things around us?
  • Can we stop or slow down the time it takes for the polar ice caps to melt?
  • Could reflection of light help tackle climate change?

The event at 糖心Vlog官方 will be attended by Councillor Yasmine Dar the Lord Mayor of Manchester, President and Vice-Chancellor of 糖心Vlog官方 Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, Councillor for Baguley Tracey Rawlins, alongside other local business, and education professionals. The guests will be encouraged to listen and question the pupils about their findings as part of this inclusive and non-competitive event. 

Professor Lynne Bianchi, Campaign Director and Director of the Science and Engineering Education Research Innovation Hub at 糖心Vlog官方, said: 鈥淲e are always encouraged by the way teachers and educators make the Great Science Share for Schools their own 鈥 and the engagement figures prove that the campaign continues to make a difference across the UK and internationally. Every scientific question a child is able to ask, investigate and share is a question worth listening to 鈥 and each of us has a responsibility to support our younger generations to that.鈥

 Research states that if children do not develop an identity for STEM before leaving primary school, they are unlikely to be able to do it the older they grow. The events aim to empower children to tell their own scientific stories at a critically influential time - a vital approach to instilling the skills and attitudes towards science from an early age.

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糖心Vlog官方 named number 1 in the UK, number 1 in Europe and second in the world for social and environmental impact /discover/news/the-university-of-manchester-named-number-1-in-the-uk-number-1-in-europe-and-second-in-the-world-for-social-and-environmental-impact/ /discover/news/the-university-of-manchester-named-number-1-in-the-uk-number-1-in-europe-and-second-in-the-world-for-social-and-environmental-impact/575726The University is the only institution in the world to rank in the top 10 in every year the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings have existed.

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The University is the only institution in the world to rank in the top 10 in every year the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings have existed.

糖心Vlog官方 has today been named top in both the UK and Europe, and second in the world for meaningful contributions towards the United Nations鈥 Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) in the .

Manchester鈥檚 top ranking comes from a record assessment of 1,705 universities from 115 countries/regions. As well as ranking first in the UK, 糖心Vlog官方 is also the only UK institution in the global top 10 and the only university in the world to rank in the top ten in every year the Impact Rankings have been running. In addition, the University attained the top spot for SDG 15 鈥 Life on Land and was third for SDG 11 鈥 Sustainable Cities and Communities and SDG 12 鈥 Responsible Consumption and Production.

The ranking, now in its fifth year, is the world鈥檚 only one that measures universities鈥 contributions to the and assesses their commitment to sustainability across four broad areas: research, stewardship, outreach and teaching.

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of 糖心Vlog官方 said: 鈥淎t 糖心Vlog官方 social responsibility is a core goal and is very important to us. So, we鈥檙e delighted to be ranked first in the UK, first in Europe and second in the world in this year鈥檚 THE Impact Rankings, which are based on our performance against the United Nations鈥 Sustainable Development Goals.

鈥淭his builds on our performance in previous years, where we鈥檝e been a global top 10 university for five years running 鈥 the only university in the world to do this.  

鈥淭hese Impact Rankings cover the social and environmental contribution of universities across their full range of functions 鈥 through their research, their students, their public engagement and their operations 鈥 and we鈥檙e proud to be part of this ever-growing community of universities around the world leading work to a make a difference.鈥

The UK has the most universities in the top 100 of the overall table with 26. British universities鈥 progress towards tackling the world鈥檚 greatest challenges are laid out in the .

Phil Baty, Chief Knowledge Officer, THE, commented: 鈥淭he Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, now in its fifth year, is establishing itself as one of the world鈥檚 most important university rankings.  

鈥淚t moves away from the traditional and more narrow approach to rankings and looks at far broader issues 鈥 examining how universities鈥 are improving our world.

鈥淚鈥檓 especially impressed to see how well British universities are doing 鈥 taking more than a quarter of the top 100 places in the overall ranking and with a real diversity of institutions showing excellence. It is testament to how seriously those institutions take those critically important goals and how the UK higher education sector is taking a global lead on international sustainability issues.  

鈥淚t is also inspiring to see even more universities participate and see countries that don鈥檛 normally rank so highly do so well.

鈥淭his is an extremely valuable tool for universities, governments, funders and policymakers to understand how universities are supporting the drive to meet the UN SDGs and what must be done to improve their performance even further in this massively important area.

鈥淭he rankings are also vital for millions of prospective students who are increasingly demanding to see evidence that the universities they consider for their education are committed to sustainability and to helping them to become sustainably minded citizens.鈥

Dr Julian Skyrme, Director of Social Responsibility at 糖心Vlog官方 who leads the institution鈥檚 entry to the ranking, said: 鈥淭he evidence we submitted covers work from a wide range of our functions 鈥 our cultural institutions, equality, diversity and inclusion, widening participation, research impact, public and civic engagement, the student experience and reporting on the SDGs. Everyone in our University community should therefore take enormous pride in this result.鈥

THE Impact Rankings 2023: overall top 10  

Western Sydney University  

Australia  

1  

糖心Vlog官方  

United Kingdom  

2  

Queen鈥檚 University  

Canada  

3  

Universiti Sains Malaysia  

Malaysia  

4  

University of Tasmania  

Australia  

5  

Arizona State University (Tempe)  

United States  

6  

University of Alberta  

Canada  

=7  

RMIT University  

Australia  

=7  

Aalborg University  

Denmark  

=9  

University of Victoria  

Canada  

=9  

Western University  

Canada  

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Making a difference with jobs and skills for local communities /discover/news/making-a-difference-with-jobs-and-skills-for-local-communities/ /discover/news/making-a-difference-with-jobs-and-skills-for-local-communities/573737The stories of four University colleagues take centre stage in a feature in the Manchester Evening News, showing how we offer good quality work and job opportunities to people living in our neighbouring communities. 

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The stories of four University colleagues take centre stage in a feature in the Manchester Evening News, showing how we offer good quality work and job opportunities to people living in our neighbouring communities. The university鈥檚 12,500 employees have joined through a diverse range of routes, including apprenticeships and The Works programme, and enjoy access to a range of additional benefits.

Branko Kovacevic, Samantha Grieve, Lewis Mosey and Alisha Quinn each tell their stories of how they came to work at the University through some of our socially responsible recruitment routes. The University will also be launching a new Apprenticeship strategy in Autumn 2023. 

The full feature and accompanying film can be seen at: 

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Alisha and Lewis both joined as apprentices. Alisha is now a workshop technician in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, while Lewis is an IT service business analyst. 

He says: 鈥淲hat gives me the most job satisfaction is that it is such a calm, collected and empathetic place to work. As an employee, you really want to be cared for by your employer and we are.鈥  

Samantha joined through Kickstart, a government scheme to support people into work, initially as an apprentice before gaining a permanent role as a recruitment support assistant in the People and Organisational Development team.  

And Branko joined the University eight years ago through The Works, our innovative employment and training initiative at the heart of our local community in Ardwick, and now works in the Beehive Cafe in Oddfellows Hall.

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Find out more about the benefits of working at our University: 

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A range of roles and opportunities are available: 

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Raheem Sterling Foundation partners with 糖心Vlog官方 and King鈥檚 College London /discover/news/raheem-sterling-foundation-partners-with-the-university-of-manchester-and-kings-college-london/ /discover/news/raheem-sterling-foundation-partners-with-the-university-of-manchester-and-kings-college-london/570603A partnership between the Raheem Sterling Foundation, 糖心Vlog官方 and King鈥檚 College London has today been announced which will support 14 students with scholarships that will enable them to study at the universities, in a bid to help close the attainment gap for Black British Students, increase social mobility, and support equal access to higher education.

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  • The partnership will see 14 scholarships (seven per university) support residents of Greater Manchester & Greater London over the next three years
  • Applications will be open for young people of Black, African and Caribbean heritage from socio-economically under-represented backgrounds
  • The opportunity will allow students to study for three / four years and gain an undergraduate degree qualification
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  • A partnership between the , 糖心Vlog官方 and has today been announced which will support 14 students with scholarships that will enable them to study at the universities, in a bid to help close the attainment gap for Black British Students, increase social mobility, and support equal access to higher education.

    Applications will be open to young people in the regions of Greater Manchester and Greater London and there will be a number of opportunities over the next three years for students to apply.

    The first four scholarships (two at King鈥檚 and two at Manchester) will be available for students commencing degree programmes in 2023/24.

    Research shows in 2021/22, less than 5% of all UK students starting undergraduate degrees were Black. The partnerships with 糖心Vlog官方 and King鈥檚 College London will support young people from underrepresented backgrounds to gain access to greater education and enable them to achieve their greatest potential.

    Commenting on the partnership, Raheem said, 鈥淭his opportunity will help young people access further education and present them with experiences and opportunities that will enhance their future career prospects. I hope this initiative will be a real game changer over the next few years and I am delighted to be working with two of the finest universities in the world. I wish the recipients of our funding all the very best and look forward to meeting everyone on campus in Manchester and London later this year鈥

    The Raheem Sterling Foundation is committed to greater social mobility, providing better education, and furthering employment opportunities for young people.

    Clive Ellington, Chair of Trustees added: 鈥樷赌橝t the Raheem Sterling Foundation, we believe that access to better education and employment opportunities should be made fair to all young people regardless of financial circumstances and background. The work we do is in pursuit of improving their opportunities, future careers and quality of life and we won鈥檛 rest until we succeed in Raheem鈥檚 vision of achieving this.鈥欌

    鈥樷赌橮artnering with two of the UK鈥檚 most outstanding universities, whose strive for change mirrors that of ours, is a real highlight in our journey to date, and we couldn鈥檛 be happier to announce our commitment to them and the students over the next three years.鈥欌

    For more information on the *courses available, eligibility criteria, and application process, please visit The and websites. 

    糖心Vlog官方 is the world鈥檚 first civic university and first in the UK to have social responsibility as a core goal. 25% of its undergraduate students come from disadvantaged backgrounds 鈥 a significant number in comparison to other universities.

    President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell commented: 鈥樷赌The Raheem Sterling Foundation partnership will give us additional support to enable talented Black students to access higher education, mitigating financial challenges so they are better able to focus on their studies and realise their full potential. I believe that scholarships are a vital tool in helping students to access and progress through higher education, which is why we are so proud to partner with Raheem to invest in talented Black students in Greater Manchester.鈥欌 

    King's College London is one of the leading English Russell Group universities for social mobility, welcoming the highest number of Black undergraduate students and ranking 6th in the most recent social mobility index.

    President & Principal of King's College London, Professor Shitij Kapur said: "Widening participation in higher education makes both King's and the wider world a better place. We are delighted to partner with the Raheem Sterling Foundation to further our work in this area and enable more support for underrepresented students to access higher education, achieve their aspirations and become the change-makers of the future."

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    This opportunity will help young people access further education and present them with experiences and opportunities that will enhance their future career prospects. I hope this initiative will be a real game changer over the next few years and I am delighted to be working with two of the finest universities in the world. I wish the recipients of our funding all the very best and look forward to meeting everyone on campus in Manchester and London later this year.]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2023 12:00:00 +0100 https://content.presspage.com/uploads/1369/9df51bf8-50e3-47ca-930d-c4ea23310470/500_raheemsterlingfoundation.jpeg?10000 https://content.presspage.com/uploads/1369/9df51bf8-50e3-47ca-930d-c4ea23310470/raheemsterlingfoundation.jpeg?10000
    University publishes endowment investments climate report /discover/news/university-publishes-endowment-investments-climate-report/ /discover/news/university-publishes-endowment-investments-climate-report/565008糖心Vlog官方 has published a report into the climate impact of its endowment investments which reveals that, by 31 July 2022, the carbon intensity of its endowment equity investment portfolio has been reduced by 55% from 2019.

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    糖心Vlog官方 has published a report into the climate impact of its endowment investments which reveals that, by 31 July 2022, the carbon intensity of its endowment equity investment portfolio has been reduced by 55% from 2019.

    The University has therefore hit its target of reducing the weighted average carbon intensity (WACI) by 50% by 2027 ahead of time. The University also ended investment in fossil fuel companies in 2021, as part of its .

    Carbon intensity is a measure of carbon efficiency, in which the total amount of carbon dioxide emissions by a company are divided by the level of its activity (as measured in value of sales). The University aims to reach net zero carbon in its investments by 2038 at the latest.

    The Endowment Investment Portfolio Climate Change report for the year ended 31 July 2022 has been prepared with support from Mercer, the University鈥檚 investment adviser.

    As well as updating on progress, the report explains how the University considers climate-related risks in relation to its endowment investment portfolio, how it adopts governance processes and investment strategies, and assesses relevant metrics and targets in order to manage these risks.

    Asset owners like the University sit at the top of the investment chain and, therefore, have an important role to play in influencing the organisations through which they invest (such as asset managers) and companies in which they ultimately invest to provide better climate-related financial disclosures.

    Professor Nalin Thakkar, Vice-President for Social Responsibility, said: 鈥淚鈥檓 really pleased with the progress we have made on this, as it brings us much closer to our ultimate ambition of net zero-carbon in our investments. Publishing this report is part of demonstrating our ambition in a transparent way.

    鈥淭his work, and our efforts to decarbonise our campus operations, helps us make a contribution to tackling the climate crisis, alongside our important teaching, research and social responsibility activity.鈥

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    Schoolkids take up the animal research challenge for British Science Week /discover/news/schoolkids-take-up-the-animal-research-challenge-for-british-science-week/ /discover/news/schoolkids-take-up-the-animal-research-challenge-for-british-science-week/565094Schoolchildren from across Greater Manchester flocked to Manchester Museum to see what was on offer for the annual British Science week from 10 鈥 19 of March.

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    Schoolchildren from across Greater Manchester flocked to Manchester Museum to see what was on offer for the annual British Science week from 10 鈥 19 of March.

     

    One highlight was the stall organised by 糖心Vlog官方鈥檚 Biological Services Facility (BSF) 鈥 otherwise known as the animal research unit.

     

    Over the course of two days, the BSF engaged with hundreds of people including schoolchildren, teachers, parents and the public, who were wowed by what was on show.

     

    The youngsters tried their hands at building mouse cages and learning about the types of enrichment the unit provides, while their parents and teachers asked detailed questions about animal research and the type of studies the BSF carries out.

     

    Visitors got to try their hand at a 鈥榤atch the animal with the research鈥 mini game, guessing which species of animal help scientists understand and develop treatments for different diseases, including cancer, diabetes and stroke.

     

    In another interactive game they learned that mice were the most commonly used species in research.

     

    They also tried out the virtual tour of the unit, available on the University website and learned what an embryonic Zebrafish looks like under the microscope

     

    British Science Week is coordinated by the British Science Association and is funded by UK Research & Innovation (UKRI).

     

    It is a ten-day celebration of thousands of events running throughout the whole of the UK with the aim of celebrating science, technology, engineering, and maths.

     

    The organisers aim to make science relevant to everyone and help them discover their own connections with a series of inspiring activities, events and content.

    Zach Bowden Communications, Data and Quality Assurance Officer at the BSF said: 鈥淏ritish Science Week was a brilliant experience and a vital opportunity for us to engage with the public about Animal Research.

    鈥淥ur aim was to highlight our proud record on animal welfare and the contribution animals make to scientific research.

    鈥淭he mini games were particularly popular and our visitors were really fascinated to learn about the types of research carried out and why.

    鈥淲e鈥檙e certain we changed the viewpoints of many groups  with our 鈥榃hich animals are used most in research game鈥.

    鈥淢any people still thought rats and monkeys were common species used by scientists, but we were able to change that and explain how we now focus on alternative species such as Zebrafish.鈥

    Rachael Bowden, a Deputy Manager in the unit said: 鈥淚t was really lovely to see so many people both school children and the public - actively engaging with discussions on animals in research and the technician鈥檚 role in this industry.鈥

    Also on the team was Deputy Manager Natasha Allen. She said: 鈥淚 did not anticipate the amount of engagement we would receive from the public, so it was a very positive experience.

    鈥淜ids of all ages got really stuck into the activities, and they asked a lot of questions. People left our stand feeling more informed, and I really enjoyed the openness of it all.鈥

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    A student from 糖心Vlog官方 is looking to provide relief for people in Malawi, by raising money for two charities working to deliver aid to those in need after a cyclone hit the country.

    Lizzie Beach is an International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response student, and has been on a placement year in Malawi since last September living and working in a home for vulnerable children. She supports them with their emotional and social development, tutors them for their academic studies and helps to improve their spoken and written English, as well as teaching in a nearby primary school. 

    She is doing her placement though Project Trust, a UK-based charity which works in partnership with organisations in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Its volunteers take part in long-term placements alongside local teams to support education, youth development and social care initiatives

    She was at the childrens鈥 home when Cyclone Freddy hit 鈥 luckily the house remained standing and the children were all safe, although the roof developed some major leaks and the garden partially flooded. 

    However, the cyclone caused devastation across her local district of Blantyre and the entire south of Malawi - latest reports are saying that more than 225 people have died in the country, and more than 88000 people have been displaced.

    The dire situation means people have lost their homes and family members, and many have gone for several days without food. To make matters worse, heavy rains are expected to continue and will likely cause more flooding in the coming days.

    With no access to a car or other significant resources, Lizzie is trying to help in any way that she can by raising awareness and money for two charities working on the ground. Road to Relief, who she works personally with, are providing emergency kits which include maize flour, salt, soya, soap, tea, sugar, rice, plastic sheeting, a bucket, water guard and a blanket. The kits cost the equivalent of 拢27, and they are vital to help the people who have been displaced. 

    Another charity, Round Table Malawi, is also working hard to provide emergency aid and support. Both charities will have a direct positive impact on the lives of those who are suffering, but they both need urgent funds to deal with the sheer number of people requiring aid.

    鈥淒uring my degree, I consume so many news and academic articles about disasters across the world - while these are often difficult to read, experiencing such a disaster in real life is completely different,鈥 said Lizzie. 鈥淢y desire and drive to help in the response comes from my personal passion for humanitarian aid, and I also personally know a number of people whose homes were destroyed by the storm.鈥

    To donate to Road to Relief, visit . You can also donate via bank transfer to Memon Association UK (sort code 30-98-97, account number 67538462). 

    To donate to Round Table Malawi, visit .

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    University helps Western Kenya to take major step in healthcare improvement /discover/news/university-helps-western-kenya-to-take-major-step-in-healthcare-improvement/ /discover/news/university-helps-western-kenya-to-take-major-step-in-healthcare-improvement/564608A University of Manchester programme is aiming to level up healthcare provision and education between Nairobi and western Kenya and provide western Kenya with the healthcare powerhouse it desperately needs.

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    A University of Manchester programme is aiming to level up healthcare provision and education between Nairobi and western Kenya and provide western Kenya with the healthcare powerhouse it desperately needs.

    The move will help to promote the development of a Centre of Excellence for Healthcare Education and Training in western and central Kenya by the Ministry of Education.

    The Centre will have its hub in Kisii University and its spokes in Maseno, Masinde Muliro, Egerton, Bomet and Kibabii Universities.

    The approval of the programme by the Kenyan Cabinet will see the Ministry of Education seek just short of 拢1 billion from UK Export Finance and other Development Partners to build six new healthcare campuses in western and central Kenya and licence the Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Nursing programmes from the University of Manchester.

    The Educational Hub will create a workforce capable of dealing with the challenges of providing patient-centred healthcare for non-communicable diseases in the region.

    Professor Keith Brennan, Vice Dean for Internationalisation said: 鈥淏y 2030 non-communicable diseases are set to overtake communicable, maternal, neonatal and nutritional diseases combined as the leading causes of death in Kenya.

    鈥淎ssociated with this rise in mortality is an exponential increase in the morbidity burden associated with cancer, cardiovascular, respiratory and metabolic diseases even amongst the rural communities.

    鈥淭hat is why establishing an education pipeline that can deliver a modern, flexible and resilient healthcare workforce capable of responding to the rising tide of non-communicable diseases is an urgent priority within Kenya.鈥

    He added: 鈥淭he WHO predicts by 2030 that the only continent to see an increasing deficit in healthcare workers will be Africa and that 40% of the global shortfall in healthcare workers, approximately 6 million, will be within the continent.

    鈥淭hat is why developing a resilient and flexible multi-professional health workforce, with strong inter-professional working in Kenya and East African Region is so important.

     鈥淣ew models for health education and training based on modern pedagogical methods, distance learning and competency based in-service training and assessments need to be explored systematically, so that this collective experience may drive further changes in Kenya and the wider region.鈥

    Prof John Akama, Vice Chancellor of Kisii University. Said: 鈥淚 would like to most sincerely thank 糖心Vlog官方, for the strategic role it has played in the conceptualisation and realisation of the Centre of Excellence in Healthcare Education and Training.  This will be a transformative project for the people of Western Kenya and Kenya in general.鈥

    Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization said: 鈥"NCDs are becoming an issue of equity. They disproportionately affect low-and lower-middle-income countries, and in all countries the poorest and most vulnerable are the most at risk and the least likely to have access to treatment."

    Image: Professor Graham Lord, Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health in the Statehouse with HE President William Ruto and HE Simba Arati, the Governor of Kisii County

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    10,000 students to receive second cost of living payment /discover/news/10000-students-to-receive-second-cost-of-living-payment/ /discover/news/10000-students-to-receive-second-cost-of-living-payment/563819As part of a sector-leading 拢9m fund of financial support for students 糖心Vlog官方 is providing payments to 10,000 students to further help with the cost of living crisis.

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    As part of a sector-leading 拢9m fund of financial support for students 糖心Vlog官方 is providing payments to 10,000 students to further help with the cost of living crisis.

    The University has worked in a close relationship with the Students' Union since summer 2022 to . Today, we are announcing the next stage in this support: an additional payment to 10,000 students, which comes from the 拢9million package announced in November 2022.

    We understand that the rising cost of living is a major concern for our students, and we're committed to providing support to help.

    Sam Bronheim, Union Affairs Officer at the Students鈥 Union, commenting on behalf of the elected SU Officer Team, said: 鈥淲e are delighted to announce this second targeted payment to 10,000 students and we鈥檒l continue to collaborate with the University to support the wider student body with the rising cost of living. We鈥檙e also lobbying local and national government, on students鈥 behalf, to introduce greater financial support for the student community鈥.

    Eligible full time students will receive 拢230 and eligible part time students will receive 拢115.

    The payment will be made to:

    Eligible students will receive an email by Wednesday, 8 March confirming that they will receive the payment and asking them to update their bank details on the student system.

    We鈥檙e proud of the cost of living support package we鈥檝e developed with the Students鈥 Union, but we recognise that there are still significant challenges facing the student community. We鈥檙e committed to advocating on behalf of our students to government to improve the situation. For example:

    We agree that that the 2.8% increase in the student maintenance loans provided by the UK Government is insufficient. We're actively working with other universities to encourage a review of this and our President and Vice Chancellor, Professor Nancy Rothwell, has been lobbying government ministers on this issue.

    The Students鈥 Union is making sure that students鈥 concerns are heard by Mayor Andy Burnham through the Greater Manchester Student Assembly and is collaborating with other students鈥 unions to lobby central government.

    We鈥檙e advocating for affordable rents and when Manchester City Council ask us to comment on planning applications, we won鈥檛 support any new student accommodation unless it offers good value for money.

    Our Cost of Living support doesn鈥檛 stop with these payments to students. We also have a support fund that can provide, depending on a financial assessment, non-repayable grants up to 拢2,000; trained advisors on hand to help with a range of money matters; an emergency loan scheme; and mental health and wellbeing support.

    The payment will be made through our own finance system, any students with queries should be directed to our .

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    Professor Dame Robina Shah honoured with 3D statue /discover/news/professor-dame-robina-shah-honoured-with-3d-statue/ /discover/news/professor-dame-robina-shah-honoured-with-3d-statue/561826Professor Dame Robina Shah is one of only 25 women in Engand and Wales to have a living 3D statue of her created as part of the 鈥 initiative.

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    Professor Dame Robina Shah is one of only 25 women in Engand and Wales to have a living 3D statue of her created as part of the 鈥 initiative.

    Robina鈥檚 statue was unveiled in Manchester Central Library by Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, Lord Mayor of Manchester and Deputy Mayor of Stockpport at a ceremony on 24 February. Following its exhibition at the library it will become part of the permanent collection at Mancheter Town Hall when it reopens.

    At the start of 2018, only 158 of the 925 public statues in the UK were of women, and of these only 25 were of non-mythical, non-royal women. The put her forward project was a collaboration between and artists鈥 group that set out to double this figure.

    From June to July 2018 the put her forward team travelled around the country asking the public to nominate women they found inspirational. Hundreds of nominations were gathered through workshops, online nominations and live interviews.

     

    Robina was nominated in recognition of her personal and professional achievements and her ability to compassionately engage with people from all walks of life. During 2018 she was appointed High Sheriff for the County of Greater Manchester by her Late Majesty, The Queen and her statue is dressed in the High Sheriff鈥檚 uniform.

    In 2003 Robina was awarded am MBE in the late Queens Birthday Honours list for services to Children with Disabilities. In 2023, Robina was awarded the title Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE), in the King鈥檚 New Year鈥檚 Honours list for services to patient care. Robina is the first woman of colour in Greater Manchester to be awarded this accolade.

    Born in Manchester and an alumnus of the University, Robina is a Professor of Medical Education and Psychosocial Medicine in the School of Medical Sciences. She is also the Director of the School鈥檚 Doubleday Centre for Patient Experience. She is an Honorary Fellow, Royal College of General Practitioners and Past President of the Society and Medicine Section at the Royal Society of Medicine.

    Robina is an established academic/author with a diverse professional and public service portfolio spanning more than 25 years. She has been shattering stereotypes from an early age through ground breaking research and published work in medical education, disability hate crime and health care policy. She has held several prestigious leadership roles in the NHS, Department of Health, Ministry of Justice and World Health Organisation. She is also passionate about 鈥楩ootball for All鈥 and is a member of the FA Council, Deputy Chair of the Disability Football Committee and Past Non-Executive Director of the FA Women鈥檚 Football Board.

    She said: 鈥淚 feel very humbled to be recognised in this way and I would like to convey my sincere thanks to all those who have supported my life鈥檚 journey.

    鈥淪upport from my family, friends, and colleagues has been incredible, however, the contribution of patients, carers, and service users over decades has been exceptional. Their willingness to share their lived experience has shaped, influenced, and continues to transform how we deliver health and care services for all our people. It has been a team effort and this accolade is for all of us.鈥

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    University ranked 30th in Stonewall鈥檚 Top 100 Workplace Equality Index /discover/news/university-ranked-30th-in-stonewalls-top-100-workplace-equality-index/ /discover/news/university-ranked-30th-in-stonewalls-top-100-workplace-equality-index/559841糖心Vlog官方 has been rated 30th of all employers in the country in the latest Stonewall Top 100 Employers list, which is compiled from the Workplace Equality Index 鈥 the UK鈥檚 leading benchmarking tool for LGBTQ+ inclusion in the workplace.

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    糖心Vlog官方 has been rated 30th of all employers in the country in the latest Stonewall Top 100 Employers list, which is compiled from the Workplace Equality Index 鈥 the UK鈥檚 leading benchmarking tool for LGBTQ+ inclusion in the workplace.

    Stonewall is Europe鈥檚 largest charity for lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning and ace (LGBTQ+) people and each year ranks organisations for their LGBTQ+ inclusion practices against other organisations.

    糖心Vlog官方 scored 113 out of 200 in its Workplace Equality Index submission. Ranking in 30th overall, the University also achieved a Gold award for meeting specific criteria around a number of identified measures for LGBT+ inclusion.

    In addition to this, the University has been awarded a Highly Commended Network Group award, to celebrate the achievements of its LGBTQ+ network group, . The network is fully inclusive and welcomes all lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and non-binary staff as well as anyone who may have an interest or wish to support colleagues, friends and relatives. 

    ALLOUT organises awareness-raising events throughout the year, works with the University on policy development and review, and runs the successful Allies programme which provides training to staff who do not identify as LGBTQ+ but wish to support their colleagues. The network co-chairs are Dominic Bilton, Megan Johnston and James Lea.

    The University uses benchmarking tools as part of its inclusion performance metrics, and taking part in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index has supported this. The submission is compiled by Lead Equality Diversity and Inclusion Partner, Paul Marks-Jones, who also coordinates the University鈥檚 staff networks. The overall sponsor is Patrick Hackett, Registrar, Secretary and Chief Operating Officer.

    Ad猫le MacKinlay, Director of People and Organisational Development at the University said: 鈥淲e have been consistently strong in the Stonewall Index over a number of years; it鈥檚 great to see this trend continue.  It鈥檚 vital to create a culture in which everyone can thrive. We all benefit from diverse viewpoints and perspectives. This is why I鈥檓 very grateful to ALLOUT for their continued feedback and engagement.鈥

    Banji Adewumi, Director of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion at the University added: 鈥淭he Stonewall ranking is a great indication of our inclusivity in practice. This is one of the key measures for our new EDI strategy, which we are working hard to progress. The actions we are taking now, will make our University better for staff and students, and more successful, and hopefully we will continue to move up in this Index as a result.鈥

    February is LGBT+ History Month and ALLOUT have organised lots of events. Further details can be . There are also many events .

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    100 Black British students to have university places funded by new scholarship programme /discover/news/100-black-british-students-to-have-university-places-funded-by-new-scholarship-programme/ /discover/news/100-black-british-students-to-have-university-places-funded-by-new-scholarship-programme/559389More than 100 financially disadvantaged Black British students are to have their university tuition fees fully funded by a new scholarship programme.

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    More than 100 financially disadvantaged Black British students are to have their university tuition fees fully funded by a new scholarship programme.

    has partnered with 26 UK universities to support Black British students who otherwise wouldn鈥檛 be able to afford their place at university.

    The charity has secured more than 拢2.8million from universities to fully fund tuition fees for more than 100 students over the next decade.

    The Foundation is now seeking support from businesses and donors to match the funding commitment to support the students鈥 maintenance and living costs.

    The CSF, which launched in 2021, has secured generous partnerships with 26 UK universities including 糖心Vlog官方 who have generously agreed to cover tuition fees and provide additional support for 11 Cowrie scholars in 2022 and 2023. Imperial College London have agreed to support six Cowrie Scholars from 2023 with not only tuition fees but also a package of support to aid living costs in partnership with CSF.

    The Cowrie Scholarship Foundation鈥檚 (CSF) vision is to transform 100 disadvantaged Black British student lives through education with attendance at UK universities.

    Each of the 26 partner universities, have agreed to cover the tuition fees for at least three students over a decade, with the Foundation covering maintenance and living costs through links with business and individual donors. The first wave of students are already benefitting from the funding grants. The next aim is to unlock the 拢2.8M from 26 universities with matched funding from businesses to enable socio-economically disadvantaged Black British students attend UK universities on full scholarships. CSF will then continue to raise funds, eventually forming an ecosystem, and then to finance scholarships through endowments. Business can make a significant difference with internships, workshops and in providing role models and mentorship underlining the important role of business support.

    Professor Richard Oreffo, Professor of Musculoskeletal Science at the University of Southampton and CSF Founder, a registered charity, said: 鈥淎ccess to university should not be limited by race or social class, but unfortunately, this is not the case for all in our society. This is a positive agenda to level the field for disadvantaged Black British students. We all have a collective responsibility to make a positive difference for the society we want. With the cost of living crisis having a significant impact we need support now more than ever.  

    鈥淚 believe, higher education has the power to transform lives and with the support of universities and businesses we can make a difference not only financially but with internships, role models and workshops. The Cowrie Scholarship Foundation seeks to address a significant barrier: the financial cost of university education and these new scholarships will make a major impact on students鈥 lives.鈥

    Kesiah- Cowrie Scholar 2021 cohort said: 鈥淐SF has opened doors for me that I never thought would be possible. I don鈥檛 feel as financially limited, and opportunities are in abundance.鈥

    Professor April McMahon, Vice-President Teaching, Learning and Students said: "We are extremely proud to have entered into a long-term partnership with The Cowrie Scholarship Foundation to provide scholarships for talented Black British students for whom there may be financial and social barriers to accessing higher education. We believe this is an important opportunity to harness education for positive change. It reinforces our ongoing commitment to provide an environment for students from a wide range of backgrounds to thrive.鈥

    The issues around the participation of disadvantaged Black British students in higher education are complex. Progress in widening access and supporting student success must continue from early school years and, as indicated by a Russell Group Report , the rate of change concerning participation of Black students needs to improve. Issues around progression, application, attainment gap, well-being of disadvantaged students and expectations are also all factors.

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