All entries for May 2005

May 31, 2005

New Range of Plant DNA Libraries Provides Massive Boost to World's Plant Researchers

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Researchers at the University of Warwick's horticultural research arm Warwick HRI have created an extensive new range of libraries of plant DNA that will provide a massive boost to the world's plant researchers. The new collection of DNA libraries is the largest of its type in the world and will provide researchers with a unique resource.

The Warwick researchers have set up a new spin out company "Warwick Plant Genomic Libraries Limited" to develop this powerful new resource for plant researchers. It will be of particular benefit to academic researchers, scientists working in agriculture and horticulture and also to pharmaceutical research teams interested in the medicinal properties of plants.

May 27, 2005

French referendum on the EU Constitution

The French go to the polls on Sunday 29th May to decide whether to accept the EU constitution.

The rest of Europe is following developments keenly as the result is likely to have profound effects on other referendum decisions.

Dr Jim Shields, French, is an expert in modern French politics and is a fluent French speaker.

Dr Shields is available for comment on Sunday and next week. He can be contacted on:

Office: 024 7652 3334
Home: 024 7652 4292

Dr Roger Duclaud-Williams, Politics and International Studies, is an expert in French and British politics and is a fluent French speaker.

Dr Duclaud Williams is available for comment on Sunday and next week. he can be contacted on:

Office: 024 7652 3106
Home: 01926 311385

Planting to Plastic — Farmers & Plastic Makers Join Single Network

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On 21st June, The University of Warwick’s horticultural research arm, Warwick HRI, will host the inaugural meeting of a new network VOPNet (the Vegetable Oil Polymer Network) designed to bring together farmers and polymer producers.

Times Declares Warwick is Top Midlands University

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The Times Good University Guide for 2005/6, published today Friday 27th of May 2005, has once again declared the University of Warwick to be the top university in the Midlands. This ranking is supported by the Guardian newspaper which last month also declared Warwick to be the top Midlands university.

May 24, 2005

Most People in High Value Homes Can Afford Local Taxes

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The value of property is linked more closely to income and ability to pay tax than many people think, according to new research by the Institute for Employment Research at the University of Warwick.

With council tax still a hot issue, a study sponsored by the ESRC and led by Dr Michael Orton, of the University of Warwick, found that the problem of people on low incomes living in high value properties may also be less common than often assumed.

Dr. Orton said: "We found that for owner-occupiers there is overall a clear and positive relationship between household income and property value, with few exceptions. This remains the case when different measures of property value are used, and is the same for couples or single people.

May 17, 2005

All Tracks Lead to Coventry for Network Rail Managers

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The purchase of a new purpose-built residential leadership centre was announced today by Network Rail. The centre will welcome over 4,000 managers and supervisors through its doors over the next two years as Network Rail seeks to strengthen its leadership capability. Network has commissioned the University of Warwick, one of the UK's leading research universities, to provide the training.

May 16, 2005

Women's Poetry Finally Sees The Light After 400 Years of Sex Discrimination

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Some of Britain’s earliest leading women writers have only just beaten 400 years of sex discrimination by the publishing industry which has prevented the publication of much of their work. Researchers from the University of Warwick (and colleagues from Birmingham and the University of London) have ended this 400 year blight and published an anthology of 14 neglected women poets and writers.

Third of a Million Pound Study To Shed Light on UK’s Most Prolific Post War Architect

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A University of Warwick researcher has won a grant of over a third of a million pounds to research the life and work of a man who was arguably the UK's most prolific post war architect – Sir Basil Spence.

Dr Louise Campbell of The University of Warwick's History of Art Department has been awarded a grant of £342,473 by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to conduct the research.

May 13, 2005

University of Warwick Wins £4.1 Million Centre to Boost UK Statistics Research

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The University of Warwick has been awarded £4.1 million by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for a new research centre designed to boost UK statistics research and ensure that the discipline attracts many more young bright researchers.

May 09, 2005

University Expert – The Business of Football

Another football season is drawing to an end. The pressure on clubs to succeed, or at the least avoid failure, is as intense as ever before. The Abramovich billions have transformed Chelsea into a major force, but away from the heights of the Premiership, clubs are struggling to pay the daily bills. And what is the significance of the success of Everton, Bolton and Wigan – clubs who have acheived great things on limited budgets. What does the future hold for Manchester United, the subject of takeover speculation from US businessman Malcolm Glazier.

Dr Susan Bridgewater, Warwick Business School is an expert on marketing and strategy in professional sports and football clubs as brands.

Dr Bridgewater is available for comment on 02476 524341 or 02476 523914 or via email at

Alternatively contact Peter Dunn on (0)24 7652 3708.

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