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Administration - Economics / Business - 19.04.2012
New technique may help severely damaged nerves regrow and restore function
New technique may help severely damaged nerves regrow and restore function
New technique may help severely damaged nerves regrow and restore function Engineers at the University of Sheffield have developed a method of assisting nerves damaged by traumatic accidents to repair naturally, which could improve the chances of restoring sensation and movement in injured limbs. In a collaborative study with Laser Zentrum Hannover (Germany) published today (23 April 2012) in the journal Biofabrication , the team describes a new method for making medical devices called nerve guidance conduits or NGCs.

Administration - 16.04.2012
Can social media detect the changes in public mood?
Can social media detect the changes in public mood?
New research has analysed the mood of Twitter users in the UK and detected various changes in the mood of the public. In particular, the researchers observed a significant increase in negative mood, anger and fear, coinciding with the announcement of spending cuts and last summer's riots together with a possibly calming effect during the royal wedding.

Environment - Administration - 30.03.2012
Assessing protected area effectiveness
Assessing protected area effectiveness
A new study published in Conservation Letters aims to measure whether parks and reserves in the tropics succeed in protecting forests Just as deforestation rates in remote protected areas should not be compared with deforestation rates from more accessible and lower altitude unprotected areas, it is also critical to control for government-mediated access in the form of regulations governing unprotected lands.

Administration - Health - 26.03.2012
Feeling better for longer
Feeling better for longer
Research into the effectiveness of staff counselling reveals that workplace support can have a striking and sustained effect for employees with workplace or personal difficulties. Staff leave counselling with a far greater sense of well-being and much more able to cope with the demands of their working lives." —Jill Collins A study into the effectiveness of staff counselling at the University of Cambridge has revealed that such services can make a significant and lasting improvement to the lives of people with work-related stress and other problems.

Health - Administration - 21.03.2012
Nursing workforce issues study
Results of the international RN4CAST study into links between nursing workforce issues and patient outcomes in 13 countries have been published in the British Medical Journal today. The study in England, which was led by researchers at the National Nursing Research Unit (NNRU) at King's College London and the University of Southampton, reveals that the levels of "burnout" and job dissatisfaction experienced by English nurses are some of the worst in Europe.

Pedagogy - Administration - 20.03.2012
How to assess quality of childcare
A new study concludes that Ofsted grades are too broad to provide a detailed measure of quality in nurseries and preschools. The study carried out by the University of Oxford and A+ Education for the charity, Daycare Trust, found that Ofsted reports are best used alongside other existing quality assessments.

Event - Administration - 20.02.2012
Sussex showcases academic research online
Sussex showcases academic research online
Sussex showcases academic research online Months of work culminated this week with the launch of Sussex Research Online (SRO), which showcases the University's research to the external world and contains a record of all research 'outputs' by academics at Sussex. SRO contains information about peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, reports, PhD theses and other publications - providing direct online access to the full text where possible.

Health - Administration - 14.02.2012
Patients’ online hospital reviews reflect data on hospital outcomes
Imperial College London Media Release Patients' ratings of hospitals tally with objective measures of the hospital's performance, according to an independent study published today in Archives of Internal Medicine . Since 2008, patients have been able to post comments on and rate hospitals using the NHS Choices website, in the same way as they might rate a hotel on Tripadvisor.

Life Sciences - Administration - 02.02.2012
Research into possible Woodchester wild cat finds no cat DNA on deer
University of Warwick and National Trust : Research into possible Woodchester wild cat finds no cat DNA on deer Extensive DNA tests by experts at the University of Warwick on two deer carcasses found in Gloucestershire have not found any indication of a big cat presence. The National Trust asked the University to test a roe deer carcass found near Woodchester Park, Gloucestershire in early January after examination of the wounds led to speculation that it may have been killed by a big cat.

Administration - 16.01.2012
New evidence links inequality in England to increased crime
New evidence links inequality in England to increased crime Research carried out at the University of Sheffield shows areas where there is more inequality suffer from more cases of burglary, robbery, violence, vehicle crime and criminal damage. The study compared Home Office figures for a wide range of crimes from 2002-2009 in Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRP) against factors including inequality, unemployment, residential turnover and educational achievement in the same areas.

Physics - Administration - 21.12.2011
Scientists at University of Sheffield map out Britain's sun spots
Scientists at University of Sheffield map out Britain's sun spots
Scientists at University of Sheffield map out Britain's sun spots Britain is getting brighter according to solar experts at the University of Sheffield who have also revealed the coastal city of Portsmouth was the UK's sunniest place in 2011. At the other end of the sunshine scale, Loch Maree in North West Scotland was found to be the least sunny place in the UK last year.

Health - Administration - 08.12.2011
Child maltreatment shows no signs of significant decrease
New research published in The Lancet (9 December 2011) shows no consistent decrease in the maltreatment of children across several countries over the last two decades. Despite years of policy initiatives designed to achieve it, research revealed by a collaboration between Warwick Medical School and University College London Institute of Child Health (ICH) concludes that despite numerous government policy initiatives designed to achieve a reduction in child maltreatment, none has proved successful.

Economics / Business - Administration - 07.12.2011
Warwick economist to lead 15 million research initiative into private enterprise in developing countries
University of Warwick economics professor Christopher Woodruff will oversee a new initiative that plans to invest 15 million into research on private enterprise development in low-income countries. The initiative, the largest research endeavour undertaken on the subject, is a joint venture co-ordinated by the Centre for Economic Policy Research in partnership with the Department for International Development.

Administration - Health - 28.11.2011
Gene study shows how rising temperatures affect plant growth
Gene study shows how rising temperatures affect plant growth
The molecular mechanism which makes some plants grow more rapidly when the temperature rises has been identified by researchers at the University of Bristol in a paper published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The Bristol scientists, led by Kerry Franklin, with colleagues at the University of Minnesota and the John Innes Centre in Norwich, found that raising ambient temperature from 20?C to 28?C promoted the rapid elongation of stems in plants with the gene PHYTOCHROME INTERACTING FACTOR 4 (PIF4) .

Administration - 17.11.2011
New research claims US imposed ‘democracy’ won’t work for Arab Spring
America needs to listen to the Arab Spring protestors in Egypt and engage with their vision of the future rather than trying to impose a way of life, according to new research from the University of Warwick. In a paper just presented to state department staff at the Library of Congress in Washington DC and due to be personally presented to former US Secretary of State Madeline Albright next month, research fellow Oz Hassan claims the American idea of democracy is too focused on economics and there is a lack of innovation in US Middle East policy.

Administration - 19.10.2011
Increase in negative coverage of disability issues in print media, report finds
There has been a significant increase in the amount of negative reporting of disability issues in the print media, according to a new study by the University of Glasgow. The report, commissioned by disability equality organisation Inclusion London, compared print media articles from 2004/5 and 2010/11 and found a reduction in the proportion of articles which describe disabled people in sympathetic and deserving terms.

Health - Administration - 17.10.2011
Omega-3 fatty acids shown to prevent or slow progression of osteoarthritis
New research has shown for the first time that omega-3 in fish oil could "substantially and significantly" reduce the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis. According to the University of Bristol study, funded by Arthritis Research UK and published in the journal Osteoarthritis and Cartilage , omega-3-rich diets fed to guinea pigs, which naturally develop osteoarthritis, reduced disease by 50 per cent compared to a standard diet.

Health - Administration - 05.09.2011
Translators needed in UK GP surgeries say researchers
Professional interpreters are under-used in the NHS according to new research from the University of Birmingham. The researchers identify language barriers as an increasing obstacle to the provision of healthcare in a paper published in the journal PLoS ONE . Effective communication is instrumental in the delivery of healthcare support and a cross-sectional study of 41 general practices in the UK highlights language disparities between patients and healthcare professionals.

Administration - 01.07.2011
Major palliative care funding review published
A team from the Cicely Saunders Institute at King's College London, partnered with South West Public Health Observatory and Whole Systems Partnership, has made a major contribution to the Palliative Care Funding Review for England, published today (1 July). The review has recommended to Government the introduction of the first ever per-patient funding structure for palliative care in England which could save the NHS up to 180 million a year.

Administration - Economics / Business - 16.06.2011
Extent of kinship revealed for first time: poverty and deprivation common amongst invisible group of children
Extent of kinship revealed for first time: poverty and deprivation common amongst invisible group of children
A major study reveals for the first time the number of children being brought up by a relative instead of their mother or father. 'Spotlight on Kinship Care' is the first study to quantify the number of children being looked after by family members in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and is based on data from the 2001 Census.
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