All entries for August 2005

August 31, 2005

University Expert – Oil Prices

Hurricane Katrina has created serious problems for oil production and distribution in the Gulf of Mexico compounding oil prices rises at a time of increasing global demand and supply instability. The knock on effects for regional and global economies could be profound.

Dr Andrew Oswald, Economics, is an expert in oil markets and pricing.

Dr Oswald can be contacted on 07876 217717.

You can also contact Richard Fern, Press Officer, on 024 7657 4255.

August 16, 2005

Embryo Research – University Expert

Laws governing fertility treatment and embryo research are to be overhauled for the first time in 15 years, after a public consultation.*

Dr Geraldine Harshorne is an expert in the science of human fertilisation and early embryo development, IVF and the ethics of cloning.

She said: "I welcome the review and the public consultation – it's very important that researchers and those offering fertility treatment inspire public confidence.

"The review is crucial for the success of this country in this field of research.

"There is rigorous control of research on embryos, and we need to be sure we are operating as the public would like us to operate.

"The 1990 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act was based on the Warnock report in 1984 and a great deal has changed since then. For instance, human rights legislation no longer allows us to discriminate, but the Act refers to the right of a child to a father.

"It's vital that scientists be aware of ethical issues and have a view – and there is always a right of conscientous objection – that's right and proper."

Contact Dr Hartshorne on 07973 802528 or press officer Richard Fern 07876 217740 for further comment.

Research says 60% of University applicants already in part–time jobs

Writing about web page

A new survey of university applicants challenges the assumption that many young people first take on significant part-time employment only on entering university. The survey of 500 young university applicants attending open days at the University of Warwick reveals that in fact 60% of them already have part-time employment and come with a clear expectation that the university they choose must be able to offer a professional service to provide them with new part-time employment opportunities to replace those they may have to give up on moving to attend university.

August 11, 2005

New Database of Celebrity Gossip & PR launched (for the 15th century…)

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Researchers from the University of Warwick have created a fully searchable database of more than 250 rare Renaissance festival books (designed to document festivals mounted to mark and promote key events in the lives of Renaissance celebrities) which is now available for the first time on the British Library's website at

Research Calls for more Working Class & Ethnic Minority School Governors

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In the late 1908s, the Conservative government created more than 400,000 "volunteer citizens" to join school boards of governors. This was the "largest democratic experiment in voluntary public participation", said the report by researchers from The University of Warwick, Glasgow Caledonian, Queen's Belfast and Birmingham universities and the Centre for Public Scrutiny.

August 08, 2005

Sporting Heroes

The summer's sporting calendar is starting to hot up. Englands cricket fans are hailing a new hero after Andrew Flintoff's epic performance against Australia in the Ashes series. In Helsinki Britains' athletes compete for glory in the World Championships and with the football season under way a new generation of young stars are competing with established favourites to capture the eyes of the nation.

What is it about these sporting men and women that makes them such popular and influential celebrities? How do our sporting heroes influence our wider cultural and social lives?

Dr Andrew Parker, Sociology, is an expert in the Sociology of sport and sporting culture.

Dr Parker is available for interview on this topic. To arrange for an interview please contact Peter Dunn in the Press Office on 024 7652 3708/07767 655860 or email him on

August 05, 2005

Double Academic Honour for University of Warwick Researchers

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Two Warwick academics have been elected as Fellows of the prestigious British Academy, the national academy for the humanities and the social sciences.

Professor Bernard Capp, from the Department of History, and Professor Colin Crouch, from the Warwick Business School are both joining the Fellowship this year.

August 03, 2005

University Offers Free Help for Coventry Children with Weight Problems

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The University of Warwick has just received funding to provide a free pilot programme for 30 families in Coventry with children aged 7–11 year old who face problems with their weight.

The free pilot programme, funded by the Department of Health, will be run and evaluated by Warwick Medical School in the Autumn.

August 02, 2005

Researcher Warns Space Weather Hole Blocks Manned Mars Mission

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Research published in the journal Space Weather warns that massive gaps in our understanding and monitoring of space weather will effectively block US plans for a manned mars space mission. The study, led by University of Warwick researcher Dr Claire Foullon, draws on work that Dr Foullon and colleagues carried out for the European Space Agency on radiation hazards and space weather.

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