University of Glasgow in the media

Published: 8 June 2012

Here's a roundup of the University's coverage in May

May might have meant exams, but the demands of the media continued, with stories, comment and analysis from the University of Glasgow featured across print, online, social medial, broadcast and international outlets. 

Research that did particularly well this month included a report into health and economic circumstance; potential new methods for treating head and neck cancers that deliver more concentrated chemotherapy drugs in the area around the tumour with lower doses for nearby organs; a study into the effects of everyday pollution on male fertility;  a team from the University of Glasgow that is working with colleagues from the University of Nevada in using space technology to chart the speed at which the Sierra Nevada range is growing; and a project that is charting the behaviour of birds.

With the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in mind, a team from the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre created the world’s smallest commemorative coin, made from a tiny sliver of diamond. It was a story that featured across the print, online broadcast and international media, including Newsnight Scotland on BBC TV. A feature on the work of the Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History was broadcast on Reporting Scotland – the reporter following the journey of an 19th century student gown as it underwent restoration.

Expertise in the university was again utilised by different parts of the media. Dr Laurence Grove gave his views on the French election to BBC radio and also authored a double page opinion feature for the Scotsman, whilst Professor Sonke Neitzel also wrote a lengthy article for the Scotsman to coincide with the National Identities Conference and later on Newsnight Scotland.  The Shereen Nanjiani current affairs programme on BBC Radio feature a lengthy profile interview with Professor Eddy Liew, who had just been confirmed as a Fellow of the Royal Society. Our young alumnus, the chart topping Emeli Sande was the main cover story in the Sunday Sun magazine mentioning – as she invariably does – her links to the University of Glasgow. 

A crew from the Henan Film and Television group spend two days on campus filming for a series of programmes to be aired in China on university education in the United Kingdom.  As well as talking to students and filming across campus, including the library, the Hunterian, the Confucius Institute and the BHF Glasgow cardiovascular centre, the team also interviewed Professor Frank Coton, Dr Quintin Cutts, Professor Jane Ducket and Dr Vicky Gunn.   

For international coverage, May was another good month with 816 articles picked up across the globe – 749 of them outside Europe. There was good exposure in Indian media outlets the Times of India, Hindustan Times, Financial Express, Deccan Herald, New Indian Express and The Statesman, of research stories and also new PGT programmes. In fact India accounted for 8% of all non-European coverage.

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First published: 8 June 2012

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