Friday, 4 September 2009

HE Scotland's Friday Round-Up (04/09/2009)

Notable stories appearing on the HE Scotland Twitter feed in the last seven days included...

In policy and funding news:

In student news:

In research news:

  • The Times Higher Education magazine published Research Council funding statistics showing that, amongst Scottish institutions, Edinburgh and Glasgow universities take the lion's share of grants whilst the University of Strathclyde leads in terms of success rate. Overall, the stats showed that increased competition across the UK as a while means that the chance chances of a research grant application being successful were all-time low, something about which the RCUK chair was reported to be 'awfully concerned':
  • Edinburgh University researchers' findings called into question the wisdom of taking an aspirin everyday and the news was reported globally. The extensive media coverage included pieces in The Times and The Herald.
  • St Andrews University researchers achieved similar media ubiquity with a press release announcing that girls at single-sex schools are more attracted to feminine looking boys. The BBC and The Scotsman were just two of the many outlets to pick this up.
  • The biology sector in the capital received a boost with the announcement of a major initiative in synthetic biology at Heriot-Watt University and a significant appointment at Edinburgh University' BioQuarter, where Simon Best is to lead commercialisation activity.
  • In our competition for the best sector media release title, this week's competition was declared a dead heat between the University of Dundee's:

  • The Face of Evil reconstructed in Dundee
  • and St Andrews University's:

  • Lecture proves levitation isn't just science fiction
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