The University of Manchester attracted £25m of research income last year - higher than Oxford and Cambridge. The figures, from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), show that Manchester attracted £24,831,000 from UK industry, commerce and public corporations between 2016/17. It places Manchester above other elite universities such as Cambridge, Imperial and Oxford. Through its Business Engagement Support Team, which acts as a gateway to research, recruitment and consultancy services, the university works with a range of different organisations from large multinationals such as Unilever, Astra Zeneca and Rolls Royce, to small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The work involves conducting clinical trials on new drugs, developing lightweight materials that make aircraft more efficient, applying digital skills to manufacturing, and understanding how companies can influence their consumers towards more environmentally-friendly behaviour. Commenting on the new data, Professor … [Read more...] about University of Manchester tops UK table for business research income
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For the fifth year in a row, a team of Cambridge’s brightest are about to do battle in the toughest quiz show on TV. It’s become second nature for the city to have a team in the University Challenge final, and this year it’s four students from St John’s College who are stepping up to the plate to take on Oxford’s Merton College, as well as the fiendish questions of host Jeremy Paxman. It’s the first time a team from John’s has made the final of the long-running show, which first began in 1962. The team have stormed their way through the contest, winning every match so far. In their semi-final appearance they defeated the University of Edinburgh 270-60, gaining 95 points before Edinburgh even got their first starter question. Read More University Challenge The team remained fast on their buzzers, lengthening their lead by correctly answering questions on pineapple-producing countries, Lord William Bentinck, native languages, and composer … [Read more...] about Who are the St John’s team in the University Challenge final?
Quidditch fans from the University of Chester dusted off their broomsticks and carried off their first national trophy. The university’s team proved they are all Keepers, as well as Seekers, Chasers and Beaters, with their cup winning outing in this year’s British Quidditch Cup (BQC). The event took place in Oxford where the first ever cup took place back in 2013. Since then, the sport is said to have grown in popularity and has become increasingly competitive with 32 teams competing in this year’s national competition organised by the official governing body of Quidditch in the UK. Developed from the fictional game in JK Rowling’s hugely successful series of Harry Potter books, Quidditch is a unisex, full contact sport of two teams of seven players played on a hockey rink-sized pitch. While in the wizarding world Quidditch is played on flying broomsticks, in the muggle world some adaptations have had to be made. The main objective is for three chasers and a … [Read more...] about University of Chester Quidditch team celebrate cup triumph
A 205 million year-old bone discovered in the UK belonged to a sea reptile approaching the size of a blue whale, according to experts.The jaw bone, found on the beach at Lilstock in Somerset, has been identified as that of a giant ichthyosaur. It could have measured up to 26m in length and be one of the largest ichthyosaurs ever known, according to a study published in journal PLOS ONE.The largest reported ichthyosaurs – the shastasaurid – lived during the late Triassic period, around 200 to 235 million years ago, and ranged from 6m to more than 20m long.Paul de la Salle, a fossil collector and co-author of the study, discovered the jaw bone in May 2016.“Initially the bone just looked like a piece of rock but, after recognising a groove and bone structure, I thought it might be part of a jaw from an ichthyosaur,” he said.He later returned and found more pieces measuring around one metre in length.The specimen was identified as an incomplete bone, known as a … [Read more...] about Experts: UK bone belongs to prehistoric aquatic reptile the size of a blue whale
The number of EU-born graduates in Britain fell by 50,000 during the last three months of 2016, according to a new report that says the fall could be due to the Brexit vote.The total number of EU-born citizens in the UK dropped by a similar number, to a total of about 2,300,000, according to the Resolution Foundation think tank.The data is quarterly – collected every three months – and the foundation warns that the findings can be volatile. But the report's author Stephen Clarke, a research and policy analyst at the foundation, said in a statement that while "it’s too early to draw any firm conclusions … it seems the [Brexit] vote has already had an effect"."The initial reduction appears to have been driven by graduates," he said, "with some of the fastest falls being in finance and the public sector." He said companies should be prepared for a drop in the availability of skilled migrant labour, "not just the lower-paid sectors which have dominated much of the … [Read more...] about The Number Of EU Graduates In Britain Has Dropped, And It May Be Because Of Brexit