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Health - Administration - 03.07.2018
Research tackles global issues
Durham University's research is tackling global issues thanks to its success in securing over £13m funding across 11 projects since 2016. The University has an excellent track record of being awarded funding from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). The GCRF supports cutting edge research to address challenges faced by developing countries.

Administration - 03.07.2018
’Chaotic’ government reforms are failing to tackle education inequality
Two-thirds of head teachers believe that inequalities between schools are becoming wider as a result of current government policy, according to a new 'state of the nation' report by the UCL Institute of Education (IOE). The four-year study, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, evaluated the government's 'self-improving school-led system' (SISS), which has become an overarching narrative for education policy since 2010, making schools more autonomous and accountable for their own improvement.

Administration - Economics / Business - 28.06.2018
Mend the gap: solving the UK’s productivity puzzle
When it comes to the output, education and wellbeing of the Great British workforce, our towns, cities and regions exist on a dramatically unequal footing. A new, wide-ranging research network hopes to find answers to a decades-old problem - the UK's productivity gap. There's a narrative that the UK is a very rich country, but many regions of the UK outside the capital are poor.

Health - Administration - 20.06.2018
Existing treatment could be used for common ’untreatable’ form of lung cancer
A cancer treatment already approved for use in certain types of cancer has been found to block cell growth in a common form of lung cancer for which there is currently no specific treatment available. The new findings suggest that a large number of patients could benefit from this treatment - a second generation EGFR inhibitor (a drug that slows down or stops cell growth) - if used in combination with additional therapies.

Transport - Administration - 31.05.2018
How Imperial’s findings on post-Brexit borders caught the eyes of politicians
Dr Ke Han has reflected on his work to predict post-Brexit traffic conditions on the M20/A20 motorway in Kent. Imperial College London's Dr Han has warned of 'paralysis' on the M20/A20 motorways if we don't avoid customs delays after the UK leaves the European Union (EU). Commissioned by the BBC , his team created simulations of how motorway queues could stack up after longer border checks per vehicle at the ferry port in Dover , and at the Eurotunnel port in Folkestone, both in Kent.

Transport - Administration - 31.05.2018
How Imperial’s findings on post-Brexit border issues caught politicians’ eyes
Dr Ke Han has reflected on his work to predict post-Brexit traffic conditions on the M20/A20 motorway in Kent. Imperial College London's Dr Han has warned of 'paralysis' on the M20/A20 motorways if we don't avoid customs delays after the UK leaves the European Union (EU). Commissioned by the BBC , his team created simulations of how motorway queues could stack up after longer border checks per vehicle at the ferry port in Dover , and at the Eurotunnel port in Folkestone, both in Kent.

Administration - Social Sciences - 23.05.2018
Government’s grammar school funding won’t improve children’s outcomes
Grammar school pupils do not gain any advantage over children who do not attend a grammar school by age 14, according to a new study from UCL. In the first study of its kind, researchers from the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) looked at a range of social and emotional outcomes, including young people's engagement and well-being at school, their aspirations for the future, in addition to educational attainment levels, to determine the benefits of attending a grammar school.

Innovation - Administration - 11.05.2018
US boycott of Chinese researchers could ’stifle’ global progress
Academics are warning that proposed measures by the Trump administration to restrict Chinese researchers from working in the US could 'stifle' global progress. The White House is discussing whether to limit the access of Chinese citizens to the United States , including restricting certain types of visas available to them and greatly expanding rules pertaining to Chinese researchers who work on projects with military or intelligence value at American companies and universities.

Health - Administration - 02.05.2018
Drinkers support clearer labelling on alcohol products
New research led by the University of Bristol has found that drinkers support clearer labelling of alcohol products, including the provision of unit, calorie and health information, which would address current gaps in public knowledge. Improving the formatting of existing industry standard labels to display unit and calorie information per serving, and as proportions of recommended low-risk guidelines, can enhance understanding about the health impact of alcohol consumption.

Health - Administration - 05.04.2018
Outpatient treatment for cancer condition offers effective new approach for patients
A novel approach to treating fluid build-up around the lungs of cancer patients could deliver a more effective home-based treatment for thousands of people who might be approaching the end of their lives, according to a new study led by the University of Bristol and North Bristol NHS Trust. In patients with all types of cancer excess fluid can start to collect between the thin layers of tissue lining the outside of the lung and the wall of the chest cavity.

Health - Administration - 04.04.2018
Researchers to investigate screening for prostate cancer using MRI
A new clinical study will test for the first time if MRI scans can be used for population screening to detect prostate cancer more accurately. The current prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test is considered too unreliable for population screening, but researchers will investigate whether MRI could be used to screen men to pick up cancers earlier and more reliably, potentially helping to save lives.

Health - Administration - 28.03.2018
New study aims to transform treatment for children with arthritis and uveitis
UCL academics will lead a five-year study of childhood arthritis and its linked eye inflammation called uveitis, with the aim of better understanding how to treat the complex condition. The CLUSTER consortium has been awarded £5 million from the UK's Medical Research Council (MRC) with partnership funding from Arthritis Research UK.

Administration - Career - 28.03.2018
Scientists penalised by motherhood, shows research
Female academics with young children find it more difficult to access research funding and generate attention for their results than their male counterparts, according to a new study presented at the Royal Economic Society's Annual Conference (28 March 2018). Analysing the careers of 262 male and female scientists at the University of Turin over a ten-year period, the study shows that women receive less funding than their male peers and citation rates, where research is quoted in other academic work, drop for women with young children.

Health - Administration - 22.03.2018
Warwick contributes to new global research into low back pain
Low back pain affects 540 million people worldwide, but too many patients receive the wrong care. Worldwide, overuse of inappropriate tests and treatments such as imaging, opioids and surgery means patients are not receiving the right care, and resources are wasted. Low back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide, affecting an estimated 540 million people at any one time.

Health - Administration - 21.03.2018
Neglect common in English care homes
The largest-ever survey of care home staff in England, led by UCL researchers, has found that neglectful behaviours are widespread. For the study, published today in PLOS ONE , care home staff were asked anonymously about positive and negative behaviours they had done or had witnessed colleagues doing.

Health - Administration - 08.03.2018
Few global health organisations promote gender equality
Only a select group of the world's top global health organisations have placed gender equality at the centre of their operations, according to a new report involving UCL researchers. The findings come from the new research and accountability initiative, Global Health 50/50, part funded by Wellcome and co-led by Professor Sarah Hawkes of UCL's Centre for Gender and Global Health and Dr Kent Buse of UNAIDS.

Health - Administration - 08.03.2018
Study analyses how far people will travel for specialist cancer care
People are willing to travel 75 minutes longer for specialist cancer surgery if it reduces their risk of complications by 1%, according to new UCL-led research. The study, published today in the British Journal of Surgery, and funded by the NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research Programme, analysed patients' and health professionals' preferences for centralising specialist cancer surgery services.

Health - Administration - 28.02.2018
Fish oil and probiotic supplements in pregnancy may reduce allergy risk
Women who take fish oil supplements and probiotics in later pregnancy may reduce their child's risk of food allergy and eczema. In one of the largest ever research reports of how a pregnant woman's diet affects her baby's allergy and eczema risk, scientists from Imperial College London assessed over 400 studies involving 1.5 million people.

Environment - Administration - 06.02.2018
Researchers call for improvement in collection of quality of life trial data
A new network of advanced air quality monitoring instruments will detect harmful air pollutants and their sources in greater detail than ever before. Three urban air pollution research laboratories, or supersites, are expected to be operational in Birmingham, London, and Manchester by the end of 2018.

Health - Administration - 22.01.2018
Changing GP opening hours might be unlikely to ease rising burden of A&E visits
A new study has found no correlation between satisfaction with GP opening hours and the number of visits to A&E in England. The observational study was led by Imperial College London and is published today in BMJ Quality & Safety. Lead author Dr Thomas Cowling from Imperial and colleagues compared patients' experiences of GP surgeries with the number of A&E visits in their areas in England from 2011-2012 to 2013-2014.