September 10, 2010

Warwick Week – Kelly Holmes, Swimming the Channel, World Rankings, Spending Cuts

Warwick in the News

Olympic star Dame Kelly Holmes visits Warwick
Double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes will be visiting the campus this weekend to work with 21 talented young middle distance athletes who are part of her ‘On Camp with Kelly’ mentoring and education initiative.
Find out more >>

Sociologist swims the English Channel for her research
Prof Karen Throsby, Department of Sociology swam the English Channel in 16 hours and nine minutes last week as part of her research into “embodiment and identity in an extreme sporting culture”.

Vince Cable highlights WMG as “outstanding” centre of innovation and industry partnership
WMG was hailed as a role model of partnership between science research and industry in a key speech by Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Dr Vince Cable at an event on Wednesday.


Warwick ranked 53 in the world
In the latest QS World University Rankings published on Wednesday 8th September, the University climbed five places on the previous year to be ranked 53rd overall in the world.
Read Vice-Chancellor Professor Nigel Thrifts comments on global university ranking >>

Institute of Digital Healthcare
The University of Warwick has joined forces with NHS West Midlands to create the new Institute of Digital Healthcare, a collaboration aimed at improving people’s health and wellbeing through the use of innovative technologies.
Read the press release >>

Director of the Centre for Lifelong Learning retires after 20 years
Dr Russell Moseley, Director of the Centre for Lifelong Learning has retired after more than 20 years. During his time at the University, Dr Moseley has been a champion for widening participation in education for adults across Coventry and Warwickshire.
Read the announcement >>

Research News

High profile celebrity illnesses can be good for public health
New research suggests that high profile celebrity illnesses can be good for public health. The study from researchers at Warwick Medical School also showed that media coverage of Jade Goody’s illness led to 100,000 more cervical cancer screenings.

Short sleepers at higher risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease
People who sleep less than six hours a night may be three times more likely to develop a condition  which leads to diabetes and heart disease according to new research from Warwick Medical School.


Spending cuts: what the economists say

With the government Comprehensive Spending Review due in October, the BBC asked leading economists for their view on the impact of budget cuts. Read the comments on the BBC website.

In a highly critical speech to the Lords in July, the former Tory peer accused the government of "grotesque exaggeration of the dangers of debts and deficits":

"To advocate capital cutting at a time of recession is the worst remedy that one could possibly have.

"It is an insane policy and it will not only destroy the coalition, but it will do enormous damage to the country."

He rejects the idea that failing to cut the deficit will hurt future generations.

"A deficit does not impose a burden on future generations. There is no repayment burden because the government, unlike private individuals, can and normally does repay their maturing debts by continuing to borrow.

"If, however, the public deficit is cut now, there will undoubtedly be a burden on both present and future generations.

"Income and profits will be lowered straightaway; profits will fall over the medium term; pension funds will be diminished; investment projects will be cancelled or postponed; and schools will not be rebuilt, with the result that future generations will be worse off."

September 03, 2010

Warwick Week – IGGY, Learning Grid, Soccer in China, Blair's Memoirs

Warwick in the News

IGGY in Botswana
Last  week, some of the world’s brightest young people took part in the IGGY U Summer School in Botswana thanks to a special partnership between the Botswana Ministry of Education and Skills Development (Education Hub) and the International Gateway for Gifted Youth (IGGY). Young people from Botswana, South Africa, Brunei, Ghana, Tanzania, and the UK will enjoy special courses in Mathematics, Creative Writing, Chemistry, Physics, Marketing and Entrepreneurship.
Read more on the THE website >>

Learning Landscapes
Warwick’s Learning Grid has been held up as shining example of creativity in campus design in a Guardian article on the revolution in University architecture and design.

…the Learning Grid is, according to its manager, Rachel Edwards, "a technology-rich, flexible and informal learning environment, open 24/7 with a capacity for 300 people". Essentially, this is a fusion of a library and a common room. It allows disciplines to cross. It encourages students to help one another as well as themselves. It is generating fresh lines of research. "It's been breaking down the gap between students and teachers," says Neary, "with students becoming part of the academic project rather than consumers of dispensed knowledge."”

Read the full article on the Guardian website >>

Soccer kits in China

Research by leading football brand expert Sue Bridgewater shows the Chinese passion for sportswear is a major income driver for the world’s leading football clubs. Sue Bridgewater is Associate Professor of Marketing and Strategy at Warwick Business School and also runs the University’s Centre for Management in Sport.
Read more on the China Daily website >>


Two New US Higher Education Roles for University of Warwick’s Vice-Chancellor
Last week we told you about Vice-Chancellor Professor Nigel Thrift's appointment as a Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission Commissioner by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). He has also now been asked to join the American Council on Education’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Global engagement which will look at US Universities response to the increasingly globalised landscape of higher education.
Find out more >>

West Midlands Chemistry Technician of the Year
Mass Spectrometry Technician Philip Aston has made the shortlist for the prestigious title of West Midlands Chemistry Technician of the Year. He is one of nine hopefuls hoping to take home the award, which will be handed out at a special ceremony on September 15.
Read the Press Release >>

Portfolios for the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Pro Vice-Chancellors 2010-2011
Earlier in the year, the posts of Deputy Vice-Chancellor and the Pro Vice-Chancellors were announced. Each year, the roles of these post-holders is amended to reflect the strategic priorities of the University and the portfolios for those posts have now been announced. 
Find out more >>


Unshaken, nor stirred - Associate Prof Steven Kettell from Politics and International Studies comments on the publication of Blair's Memoirs

The publication of Tony Blair's memoirs comes at an opportune moment in British politics. With the New Labour years now receding into the past, and with the new Coalition government seeking to remould the political and economic landscape in its own image, questions about the Labour legacy and its place in the pantheon of British government, are likely to become increasingly germane. The larger part of this debate will, naturally, turn on the Premiership of Tony Blair; the political sun around which the Labour project itself revolved. And so it is that Blair's own contribution has now arrived.

Coming from a Prime Minister who, by the end, had become almost consumed by his desire for a legacy, the publication of his own view of events should be seen as nothing less than a directly personal attempt to stake the claim for his place in history. And history, at least that of the recent variety, is the stuff of which this book is made. Ten years in office offers nothing if not an opportunity to reflect, and Blair's reflections are wide-ranging in scope: from Princess Diana to devolution, from public sector reform to peace in Northern Ireland, from the politics of world leadership to the minutiae of life as Britain's most senior politician.

But two issues, above all else, loom large across the pages: Blair's spiked relationship with his Chancellor, and forlorn successor, Gordon Brown, and his decision to partake in the American-led invasion of Iraq. The foremost of these gives Blair the chance to even a score that one senses has been long in gestation. In an adroitly mustered kick-and-tell, Blair makes clear that it was on his talents and vision, rather than those commanded by Brown, that the electoral success of New Labour was built. Brown, so we are told, was simply ill-equipped and ill-suited to deal with the challenges of the modern Premiership, with Blair's faint praise for his intellectual abilities serving merely as the prelude to a more damning indictment of his poor leadership, strange behaviour and lack of emotional intelligence.

If Blair's antipathy towards Brown is hardly surprising, however, then nor is the line taken in defence of the Iraq war. Faced with allegations of deceit over its reasons, and charged with incompetence over its aftermath, Blair's position retains an uncompromising posture. The threat from Iraq, we are told, remained real (even if this has now been downgraded to a question of intent), as does the civilisational necessity of winning the broader war on terror.

But this raises the most obvious and paradoxical point of the Blair memoirs; namely, that the more they assert the less they convince. On Brown, Blair's claims to political omniscience concerning a calamity-in-waiting are tainted by his public support (albeit belated) for the succession, while on Iraq, Blair's claim to have been unaware of the problems that would be faced in the postwar arena, coming in light of numerous warnings made ahead of the invasion, does more to raise questions about his political judgement than to expunge culpability from the record.

Scholarly dissection of New Labour is set to enjoy a leisurely ebb-and-flow, as measurable comparisons emerge in light of the Coalition's record in office, but for Blair, now three years departed from office, the public die has already been cast. Those for whom the New Labour years are regarded as a wasted opportunity to break the Thatcher mould, and for whom the rottenness of the last Parliament was, to no little degree, a reflection of a self-serving political class cultivated and encouraged by the Blair administrations, are likely to remain unconvinced by repeated asseverations of good intention. If this hand was too frequently played by Blair during his time at the high seat of power, then its ability to carry any weight of sincerity now that he finds himself far from it is even more diminished. Even the donation of Blair's not-inconsiderable royalties to the Royal British Legion has failed to silence his critics; and the cynically-minded may allude (not too-ungraciously, perhaps), that the memoirs will, in any case, do little to dent his status in the cash-rich world of international media celebrity. To that extent, at least until the revisionists take their turn, Blair's legacy in the minds of many looks set to remain a vainglorious and unhappy one. His memoirs will do little to change it.

August 27, 2010

Warwick Week – Vince Cable, Radio 1, Universities that Count and Diabetes

Warwick in the News

Vince Cable MP visits Campus
The Rt Hon Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills was at the University on Tuesday visiting WMG. Dr Cable was visiting the campus as part of a tour of the Midlands to see three engines of economic growth. He took a close inspection of the “WorldFirst Formula 3 racing car” before meeting regional business leaders.
Read about Vince Cable’s visit in the Birmingham Post >>

RaW take over Radio 1
Warwick graduates, Adam Wilbourn and Ben Anderson will be taking over Radio 1 on the 30th August with their award-winning RaW show The Big Chewsie. The pair picked up Best Entertainment Award at the annual Student Radio Awards 2010 and also the prestigious Kevin Greening Award for creativity. The show airs at 4:00am on the 30th August (Bank Holiday Monday) but if you can't listen live you can listen again on BBC iPlayer.
Find out more >>


Professor Nigel Thrift Appointed as Commissioner by the FCO
Vice-Chancellor Professor Nigel Thrift has been appointed as a Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission Commissioner by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). Professor Thrift started his three year appointment on 1 August 2010.
Read the story >>

Women in SET
The University has been recognised by the Athena Swan Charter for its good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology (SET). The University has been awarded bronze status with the Chemistry and Physics departments both awarded silver status.
Read the press release >>

Warwick Counts!
We have been ranked joint third in this year’s Universities That Count (UTC) for its environment and social responsibility. Run by Business in the Community, the benchmarking scheme looked at 29 universities’ approach to, and management of environment and social responsibility issues.
Read the story >>

Warwick Arts Centre: Autumn/Winter Programme
Warwick Arts Centre promise to lift spirits this Autumn with their new season programme. The theatre programme includes The Author by Tim Crouch, Kneehigh Theatre return with two shows, The Red Shows and Hansel and Gretel and Simon Stephens brings his new play Punk Rock. There will be music from Polar Bear, The National, and the Divine Comedy, and South Africa comes to Coventry with Hugh Masekela and The Mahotella Queens. There is also a packed dance programme including Hofesh Shechter Company's highly anticipated new dance work Political Mother.
Book now on the Warwick Arts Centre website >>

Research News

Diabetes can cause a sugar coating that smothers body’s immune defences
Research led by the Warwick Medical School at the University of Warwick has found that unhealthy glucose levels in patients with diabetes can cause significantly more problems for the body than just the well-known symptoms of the disease such as kidney damage and circulation problems.
Read more on Science Daily >>

Research Grants
Dr Matthew Turner, Department of Physics has received a research grant of £946,094 form the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to carry out research into mixed and active membranes.
Full list of grant winners >>

Vince Cable MP visits WMG

Pictured: Vince Cable MP with Kerry Kirwan of WMG

August 20, 2010

Warwick Week – A–levels, IGGY, Junk Food, Ofsted and 100 Days of Coalition

Warwick in the News

A-level Successes
Students across the country received their A-level results yesterday (Thursday 19th August). Warwick was as popular as ever with 23,349 UK and EU applicants for 2,851 places.

IGGY U in Botswana
This week, some of the world’s brightest young people are taking part in the IGGY U Summer School in Botswana thanks to a special partnership between the Botswana Ministry of Education and Skills Development (Education Hub) and the International Gateway for Gifted Youth (IGGY). Young people from Botswana, South Africa, Brunei, Ghana, Tanzania, and the UK will enjoy special courses in Mathematics, Creative Writing, Chemistry, Physics, Marketing and Entrepreneurship.
Read the press release

The Books That Made Me: China Miéville
China Miéville, Associate Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies and award-winning fantasy writer was interviewed for The Guardian Books Podcast this week.
Listen again - The Books That Made Me: China Miéville

Tax on junk food
With renewed calls for a tax on junk good, Professor Elizabeth Dowler, Department of Sociology argues that any attempt to promote healthy heating must also try to tackle some of the social justice issues that lie behind consumer choices.
Read the story

Science of Discworld
Honorary graduate and author, Sir Terry Pratchett was interviewed on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire this week. Terry Pratchett collaborated with Warwick academics Professor Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen on the Science of Discworld books.
Listen again (2:21.47)


‘Outstanding’ result from Ofsted for Warwick teacher training courses
Teacher training programmes at the University of Warwick have been judged as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted inspectors. Ofsted, Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills, has awarded the ‘outstanding’ provider status to the Warwick Institute of Education.
Read the press release

Success for Malaysian alumnus
Nadza Abdul (MBA 1995-96), the Chief Operating Officer of PosLaju National Courier, Malaysia's national and largest domestic courier company, was recently awarded the 2010 Outstanding Entrepreneurship Award. The award is one of Asia Pacific's most prestigious entrepreneurship awards.
Read more on the Alumni and Friends website

British Academy Fellow
Professor Graham Loomes, Department of Economics has been elected to the Fellowship of the British Academy.  The British Academy Fellowship are approximately 900 scholars who have achieved distinction in the humanities and social sciences.
Find out more on the British Academy website


100 days of Coalition  - Professor Wyn Grant, Department of Politics and International Studies
This week Britain's Coalition Government marked 100 days in office. Why are we so preoccupied with a time span of 100 days when President Kennedy said that 1000 days was too little to achieve anything? The original Hundred Days was the period between the arrival of Napoleon in Paris after his escape from Elba to his removal after the Battle of Waterloo. The term gained political currency when President Roosevelt got the New Deal off to a good start in his first hundred days in office. As prime minister in the 1960s Harold Wilson promised 100 days of dynamic action, but the reality was more disappointing.

One test of success for the Coalition Government is that it has survived for 100 days without any major rifts appearing. Indeed, there have been fewer tensions between ministers than in many single party governments. There has been grumbling about their lack of influence from MPs the right of the Conservative Party and from Liberal Democrat backbenchers, but it has had little real effect.

The real tests for the Coalition Government are still to come. One will be when the Comprehensive Spending Review is published in October. Some cuts in public spending have already been announced, but then their full extent will hit home. Another will be getting the referendum of the alternative vote through Parliament and then, as far as the Liberal Democrats are concerned, winning it. 100 days is not a real test of five years.

August 13, 2010

Warwick Week: Extreme Sports, Internships, Tata, Diabetes

Warwick in the News

Swimming the Channel
Dr Karen Throsby, Department of Sociology, was on Radio 4 Women’s Hour this week discussing her plans to swim the channel as part of her research in to extreme sports, gender and obesity.
Listen again
Find out more about Karen Throsby’s research

This week, BBC News Magazine looked at the “must-have” role of internships for young jobseekers. Professor Kate Purcell from the Institute for Employment Research at Warwick comments on the importance of relevant work experience, particularly in competitive job markets.
Read the full story on the BBC website

Football wages and transfer fees
With the new football season underway, Professor Wyn Grant comments on transfer targets and football wages and how increasing costs are impacting on clubs decisions to buy new players.
Read the story


Prof Lord Bhattacharya in search for Tata Chairman
Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharya has been announced as one of five experts on a panel to recruit a successor to Ratan Tata, Chairman of Tata Motors who is retiring in December 2012.
Read more on the Tata website

Read the story on the Times of India website

Government Advisor for Equality and Diversity

Monder Ram, Visiting Fellow at the Industrial Relations Research Unit at the University has been appointed to the new government advisory group to shape best practice for equality and diversity. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has established the Equalities Advisory Group (EAG) to act as an advisory body to the BIS Equality and Diversity Governance Board.
Read the story

Research News

Research Grants
Professor Sallie Lamb, Professor of Rehabilitation and Director of Warwick Clinical Trials Unit has been awarded a grant of £2,509,848 for research in to the prevention of fall-related injuries trial (Pre-FIT). Dr Daniel Branch, Department of History has won a grant of £286,948 to research Empire loyalists: histories of rebellion and collaboration in the British Empire.
Full list of grant winners on the Times Higher Education website

Nurses and Type 2 diabetes
Research has shown that a training programme for general practice nurses has had a significant impact on people struggling to keep their type 2 diabetes under control. The research team has evaluated the impact of the ‘Warwick Diabetes Care Intensive Management of Type 2 Diabetes’ programme over three years. The course shows nurses how to help people initiate insulin therapy as part of their daily routine.
Read the Press Release

August 06, 2010

Warwick Week: TeachFirst, Niqab, Luck and Cloned Meat

Warwick in the News

Teach First Summer Institute on Campus
BBC Radio 4’s PM show were on campus this week (Wednesday) to talk to graduates emerging from the national Teach First Summer Institute. This is the first time the University of Warwick has hosted the Teach First event and around 560 graduates attended to complete the first stage of their six week intensive teacher training. Teach First is an independent charity founded to encourage top graduates, who would not normally enter teaching, to teach for at least two years in challenging secondary schools in London, North West, the East and West Midlands and Yorkshire.
Listen again on BBC iPlayer 0:32.45 (available until Wednesday 11 August)

A Woman’s Right to Choose Should Trump Niqab Ban
Dr Hellyer, Fellow of the Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations (CRER) has this week commented in The National (Abu Dhabi) on the “niqab issue” and a woman’s right to choose. He said, “…within traditions of the West, we are treading on dangerous ground when we begin to legislate what a woman can or cannot wear of her own volition.”
Read the full story on The National website

The Conservation of Luck
In the first of a new series in the Telegraph, Professor Ian Stewart, Institute of Mathematics, takes a look at how we perceive luck and chance and discusses our chances of winning the lottery!
Read the full story on the Telegraph website


Pro Vice-Chancellors 2010-2011
The following academics have been appointed by the University Council to act as Pro-Vice-Chancellors for 2010/11: Professor Koen Lamberts, Department of Psychology for a period of up to 5 years from 1 September 2010; and Professor Tim Jones, Department of Chemistry for a period of up to 5 years from 1 September 2011. They will join Professor Higgott and Ann Caesar who will continue their role as Pro-Vice-Chancellor during 2010/11.Professor Tim Jones has also been elected as Chair of the Board of the Faculty of Science for the 2010/11 academic year.
More information on insite

Mike Glover appointed as Academic Registrar
Following the appointment of Nicola Owen as Deputy Registrar, Dr Mike Glover has been appointed as Academic Registrar and will take up his new role in early October. Mike joined Warwick in January 2002 as Finance Manager in the Leicester Warwick Medical School and was subsequently appointed Senior Assistant Registrar and then School Secretary of Warwick Medical School.
Read more on insite

Research Director of Crop Centre Appointed
The University of Warwick has announced that Dr Rosemary Collier is to take up the role of Research Director of the University’s Crop Centre, part of the new School of Life Sciences, in October.
Read the press release

Research News

The Future of Warwick Ventures
From 1 August, Warwick Ventures began operating as a wholly owned subsidiary company of the University. This development comes just after the 10th anniversary of the creation of Warwick Ventures. During that time it has assessed over 500 inventions, filed over 100 patents, signed 60 licences and created over 40 spin-out companies which now employ almost 200 staff. Chairman, Kevin Gamble, says, "This is an exciting move in the next phase of the development of Warwick Ventures. Those academics and departments who wish to explore the commercial potential of their research will find that from now on Warwick Ventures will be able to make swifter decisions.
Read the press release

The Future of HD TV

Professor Alan Chalmers, International Digital Lab, WMG, has been working with IBM in Austin, Texas, on new technology to enable existing TV sets to display HDR (high-dynamic-range) images that display light and contrast in a way much closer to how the human eye sees them than ordinary photo or video.
Read more in The Engineer

Warwick Comment

Cloned cows: a safe food for humans? Dr Keith Leppard PhD, Department of Biological Sciences
The entry of cloned cattle meat (and possibly milk) into the human food chain is currently preoccupying the British media and the public. But is it just a scare or is there justifiable concern? Let me say at the outset that, if the rules turn out to have been broken, then that should not be condoned. But equally, it needs to be questioned whether the rules themselves are appropriate – is there any reason to think eating cloned animal meat is unsafe?

A cloned animal is special in the way that it is originated, but as a source of food, its safety will be determined in exactly the same way as that of an animal conceived naturally (or what passes for naturally in modern farming!). When we consume meat, we are actually ingesting a complex collection of chemicals that has been put together by the animal it comes from. And the composition of that chemical mix will be determined by the genes of the animal – which code for the enzymes that create the chemical mix - together with the environment it has experienced, most importantly, what the animal has eaten and drunk.

By definition, when an animal clone is created, it has the same genes as an already existing ‘normal’ animal – which we could have eaten with no safety concerns. And once out in the field, the cloned animal is exposed to the same environmental factors as any other animal in the same field. So, there’s no logical reason to expect cloned animal meat to be any different in its chemical composition from normal animal meat and it should therefore be predicted to be safe to eat, even before complex testing to prove the point. And careful reading of the news reports suggests that these tests have been done anyway – and have shown, as logic would predict, no significant difference between the chemistry of natural and cloned meat.

A further point is that the current debate doesn’t apparently refer to the consumption of meat coming directly from a cloned animal, but rather to meat taken from the naturally conceived offspring of such a clone. Any concern about the safety of that meat must be even more tenuous than any worries about the clone itself.

The only potentially valid concerns about the use of animal clones in the human food chain come not from safety considerations, but from ethics. Some people simply regard cloning of animals as morally wrong, while others oppose it on grounds of animal welfare. Everyone is entitled to a view on these points. But from the safety perspective, which should be the issue of concern to the Food Standards Agency, I would argue that a cloned cow should be every bit as fit to eat (or not) as a naturally born one.

July 30, 2010

Warwick Week: India, Partnerships, British Academy, GM Crops and Football

Warwick in the News

Policymakers and researchers in India & Brazil to work with UK to assess university access & economic impact

Policymakers and researchers in India and Brazil will soon be better able to monitor and assess the economic impact of their countries’ graduates, thanks to a new research programme bringing together researchers from India and Brazil with the University of Warwick’s Institute for Employment Research.  

Read the Press Release >>

Global partnerships between universities

University of Warwick Vice Chancellor Professor Nigel Thrift has suggested global partnerships between universities could become so intertwined that they exist under single international "holding companies”. Professor Thrift said business models in the commercial sector, where two firms merge but retain their own distinct identities, could be applied to the academy.

Read the Press Release >>

Warwick students to teach English in rural Indian school

The Church of St Mary The Virgin in Lapworth have raised £700 to help send three students from the University of Warwick to teach at a rural school in India. The three University of Warwick students Hayley Pope, Letitia Bryan and Jessica Vickerage will leave in a few days to teach English to students of Laksh Farm School at the village of Mangar in India.

Read the Press Release >>


British Academy New Fellows 2010

Professor Graham Loomes, Professor of Economics, has been elected as a New Fellow to the British Academy. 

Read the Press Release >>

Research News

GM crop produces massive gains for women’s employment in India 
Research at the UK’s University of Warwick, and the University of Goettingen in Germany, has found that the use of a particular GM crop in India produced massive benefits in the earnings and employment opportunities for rural Indian women. The research led by Dr Arjunan Subramanian of WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group) in the University of Warwick found that the use of GM insect-resistant Bacillus thuringiensis toxin (Bt) cotton generated not only higher income for rural workers but also more employment, especially for hired female labour. 

More on the Globe Democrat website >>

Warwick Comment

With this week marking the two-year countdown to the London Olympics, Terry Monnington, Director of Physical Education and Sport discusses the role the University of Warwick will have to play in the 2012 Games.

"Football is the sport of the moment as a consequence of the substantial media coverage of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the announcement of the host cities for the Olympic football tournament in 2012 and finally the pending decision as to whether England will host the World Cup in 2018. We at the University of Warwick are proud to be playing a key role in supporting this high profiling of English football. 

The reputation of the University of Warwick Centre for Football is growing significantly for a variety of reasons. We have hosted numerous Football Association and Premiership training camps and matches as well as being identified as the Football Village for the Olympic Tournament games being played at the Ricoh Stadium in Coventry. We have also been selected as a training venue for one of the teams that could play their matches at Villa Park in Birmingham, if England is awarded the 2018 World Cup.

The University Centre for Football offers a unique range of benefits for visiting teams; 4* accommodation, minutes away from our high quality pitches. The campus is set on the edge of the City, providing all the essential services of a small town, namely Banks, Post Office, super market, cafes and restaurants and an Arts Centre unrivalled outside of the capital. Yet we are within a short distance of the national motorway system linking us to the country’s major cities. A rail link provides a regular service to London with a travelling time of less than an hour from Coventry.  Finally an international airport in Birmingham is only 25 minutes away from campus."

July 23, 2010

Warwick Week: Graduation, England U–19s, Extreme Sports and a Special Relationship

Each week we will be bringing you a round-up of the news from Warwick - the big stories, latest research and perspectives on the latest media headlines.

It’s been a busy week on campus with our summer degree ceremonies – we hope all those graduating students have had memorable occasions. Amongst the 3,500 students graduating, honorary degrees were also awarded to Home Secretary Baron Baker of Dorking, Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford and Fellow of the Royal Society, Professor Sir John Bell FRS and Trade unionist Baroness Brenda Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde amongst others. The Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence (WATE) were also presented to Dr Peter Corvi from Warwick Business School, Jonathan Heron from The CAPITAL Centre, Dr Catherine Lambert from Sociology, Dr Paul Taylor from Chemistry and Dr Nicolas Whybrow from Theatre and Performance Studies.

Warwick in the News

New Chemistry Labs opened by Nobel Prize Winning Chemist
Professor Robert H. Grubbs, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2005, opened our new £2.3 million Chemistry Teaching Labs on Tuesday after receiving his honorary degree at the ceremony on Monday afternoon. Professor Robert Grubbs is Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and is the author of more than 400 publications and has over 80 patents.
Read the press release >>

Good luck to the England Under-19s
The England Under-19 team were training here at the University last week before embarking on the UEFA European Under-19 Championship in northern France. The team trained at the University Sports Centre and were hosted by Warwick Conferences. A few weeks ago, the University also hosted the International Women's Under 23 Tournament featuring England, Norway, Sweden and the USA.
Find out more >>

Top ten performance for Formula Student racing car
A team of undergraduate engineering students have just come 7th overall in the UK and 22nd in the world in an international competition to build a “formula student” racing car. Congratulations to the whole team!
Read the press release >>


New Head for School of Life Sciences
The University has announced that Professor John McCarthy has been appointed Head of the new School of Life Sciences. Professor McCarthy is currently BBSRC Professorial Research Fellow and Director of the Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocentre (MIB) at the University of Manchester. Professor McCarthy will join the University on 1 October 2010.
Read the press release >>

Professor Peter Mack appointed Director of Warburg Institute
Professor of English at the University Warwick, Peter Mack, has been appointed as the new Director of the Warburg Institute and will assume the Directorship from 1 October 2010. The Warburg Institute is one of the 10 prestigious Institutes that make up the University of London’s School of Advanced Study.
Read the press release >>

Partnership with IIT Kharagpur helps establish new IIT Bhubaneshwar
An international partnership between IIT Kharagpur and WMG is helping drive significant expansion for IIT Kharagpur as it moves to support an Indian Government Initiative to increase the number of Indian Institutes of Technology.
Read the press release >>

Research News

Embodiment and identity in extreme sporting culture
Warwick sociologist, Dr Karen Throsby will be swimming the Channel next month as part of a research project sub-titled “Embodiment and identity in an extreme sporting culture”.  Her research aims to explore what motivates people to engage in extreme sports such as Channel swimming. She has funding from the Economic and Social Research Council for two and a half years, towards the end of which she hopes to write a book that will tap into the post-Olympic debate on the motivation to take part in sport.
More on the Guardian website >>

Warwick Comment

A special relationship? – Wyn Grant comments on David Cameron’s trip to America
David Cameron’s visit to the United States for talks with President Obama has once again highlighted the so-called ‘special’ relationship between Britain and the United States. There are those who doubt that there is a special relationship at all and in these talks it was re-christened a ‘special’ relationship. It had a particular character during the Cold War when Britain was an important base for the United States, sometimes referred to as a static aircraft carrier.  

However, anyone who doubts that the relationship is an enduring one in the context of the fight against terrorism should look at the recent book on electronic eavesdropping by GCHQ written by my colleague Richard Aldrich and obtain favourable reviews in the quality press. The intelligence partnership has always been central to the relationship and in that sense it is special.

On this visit David Cameron has been under pressure on the subject of BP, both on the oil spill in the Gulf and unproven allegations that the release of the Lockerbie bomber was in some way linked with an oil deal with Libya. The fact that Cameron opposed the prisoner release in opposition helped him to navigate this tricky issue. However, one of his central objectives on this visit was to attract US investment to boost the UK economy which is why he went to New York and was seen eating a hot dog with the mayor.

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