University of Glasgow in the media

Published: 5 July 2012

There was a strong media showing from a selection of stories during June, a month that is traditionally quite slow for press coverage.

There was a strong media showing from a selection of stories during June, a month that is traditionally quite slow for press coverage. Many were reported in international and UK media, including print, broadcast and online.

Some of the most prominent included: 

  • A new project that aims to develop an internet search engine that will connect sensors from around the physical world
  • A long term study that revealed men who consumed more than seven cups of tea a day may have a higher risk of prostate cancer
  • Research that found regular outdoor exercise improved mental health wellbeing.

A specially commissioned film on re-offending was shown on campus in front of the Cabinet Secretary for Justice. Both the Sunday Herald and the BBC devoted coverage to the research that underpinned this project.  There was great exposure for work into gravitational waves that featured on Newsnight Scotland; the 150th anniversary of the Vet School was recognised in a four part double-page series that ran across the Evening Times; and there was continued coverage of the world’s smallest diamond tribute to the Queen to mark the Diamond Jubilee.

Internationally, there were over 750 articles around the world, picked up by our media monitoring, with the tea study attracting interest in China and India as you might expect for these great tea-producing nations! The internet search engine story gained a lot of coverage in the US and India. Also in India, we promoted our MSc in Translational Studies in the Deccan Herald and secured an interview in the Times of India’s Chennai edition for Prof Christine Edwards to talk about her efforts to promote good nutrition.

Commemoration Day saw the awarding of honorary degrees to figures ranging from Rolf-Deiter Heuer of CERN in Switzerland to journalist and broadcaster Jackie Bird. Pictures of the day appeared across the newspapers, and Jackie was even introduced as Dr Bird on Reporting Scotland.

Colleagues also provided comment and analysis on issues ranging from a re-imagined stage version of Macbeth (which appeared on Channel 4 News) to transport issues in Edinburgh.   One significant output that we neglected to mention in our last review was John Butt’s interview and live broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 22 May.

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First published: 5 July 2012

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