Southampton in the news

Some of the stories featuring University of Southampton staff and students that are making the news in October 2014. If you see coverage of the University that you think should be included here, please contact the media relations team in Communications and Marketing 023 8059 3212, email

Launch of Photonics Institute

There was high profile coverage in a number of key media titles in Singapore including The Straits Times, The Business Times and Channel News Asia for the launch of The Photonics Institute, in partnership Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

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Could copper help to prevent the spread of Ebola?

Professor Bill Keevil was interviewed by BBC World Service about his work into antimicrobial copper, which could be used to help prevent the spread of Ebola. Listen to the interview here - Bill is on at 41:25.

There was further coverage by BBC Radio Solent, Wave 105, International Business Times and The Daily Echo.

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New feather findings get scientists in a flap

New research into the structural make-up of feathers by Christian Laurent from Ocean and Earth Science appeared in The Daily Mail, Futurity, Science Daily and

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Pushing the boundaries

A new experiment to test the foundations of quantum mechanics, led by Dr James Bateman, from Physics and Astronomy, was reported by Science Daily, ECN magazine, Nature,, Nanowerk and Space Daily.

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Dementia on Today

Professor Hugh Perry from Biological Sciences was interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Today programme about people’s fear of dementia and the diagnosis and that people sometimes hide their symptoms.

Listen to the interview here: Hugh is on at 02:45:43.

Space rocket students

CNN, Yahoo News, The Mirror, The Scotsman and numerous TV stations across America all reported on the world's first 3D-printed rocket Vulture 2, designed by Engineering students, which will be launched later this year.

Sunlight and obesity

Exposure to moderate amounts of sunshine may slow the development of obesity and diabetes, a study involving University researchers has suggested. The story received wide media coverage including BBC online, The Daily Express, Daily Mail, Daily Echo and The Mirror. Many medical news websites also published the story.

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Professor Dame Jessica Corner

BBC Radio Solent
conducted and in depth interview with Professor Jessica Corner about recently being awarded a Damehood by the Queen and her illustrious career to date.


Multi-sensory environments

Research by Lesley Collier has shown that if you adapt the sensory environment of a person with dementia, their ability to do everyday tasks improves. The research has culminated in an online guidebook and was recently part of an exhibition at Somerset House. Medical news websites such as and Medical Xpress covered the story.

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Threats to Great Barrier Reef

Dr Jörg Wiedenmann, Professor of Biological Oceanography and head of the Coral Reef Laboratory, gave a live interview to BBC World News commenting on the threats that coal mining and global warming impose on the Great Barrier Reef.

How to get to 100

An exhibition by the ESRC Centre for Population Change at the University of Southampton, held in the city's West Quay centre, has gained media coverage in the Southern Daily Echo and on BBC Radio Solent.

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Oldest Art

Southampton archaeologist Alistair Pike has commented in New Scientist, USA Today, The Scotsman and Nature on the discovery of what is thought to be the world's oldest art in Indonesia.

Place Hacking

Geographer Bradley Garrett has appeared on BBC Radio 4's Thinking Allowed talking about 'place hacking' and his new book 'Explore Everything: Place-hacking the City'.

Trust Me I’m a Doctor

Professor Martin Feelisch appeared on BBC Two’s Trust Me I’m a Doctor programme speaking about nitric oxide levels in the skin and its reaction to sunlight. This follows a study Professor Feelisch recently had published. Click here for more details.

Microsoft row comment

ITV News at 10 interviewed Professor Dame Wendy Hall from ECS to get her response to comments by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella who said it's “good karma” for women to wait for a raise.

Dame Wendy also appeared in the Financial Times talking about the future of the Internet.

Pride of Britain

Professor Nigel Shadbolt from ECS appeared on the Pride of Britain Awards on ITV One giving his reflections of working with Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web and Southampton professor, who won the prestigious judges' special award for outstanding achievement.

Nigel was also interviewed by BBC Radio Solent about his appearance.

Ebola testing kit

News that University spin-out company Primerdesign had developed an Ebola diagnostic kit was reported by BBC national news (one o'clock), BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio Solent, The Daily Mail, The Mirror, Daily Echo (front page) and Wave 105.

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Marine biologist Dr Verity Nye disproved the existence of 'Crabzilla' off the Kent coast, with comments in The Daily Mail, The Daily Express and The Huffington Post.

Is there life after death?

The results of the AWARE study into near-death experiences by former Research Fellow Dr Sam Parnia generated worldwide media coverage. The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Daily Mail, Metro, Daily Mirror, BBC World News (TV), BBC World Service (radio), The Spectator, The Huffington Post, Sydney Morning Herald, Times of India, Delhi Daily News, over 15 local BBC radio stations, over 20 TV stations across America, New York magazine, CTV News (Canada), New Zealand Herald, ABC (Australia), RIA Novosti (Russia), China Post, Malaysian Digest, Yahoo News and Gulf Times were just some of the global media outlets that covered the story.

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Giving it away

A study by economists which shows self-made billionaires are more likely to give away a large proportion of their wealth has featured widely in national and international media. The research by Dr Mirco Tonin and his team featured in The Metro, i Newspaper (Independent), Times of India, Business Standard, BBC Radio Solent and numerous UK local newspapers.

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Tracking marine mammals

Swipe, SKY TV's science programme, which is broadcast on TV, online and on Virgin Atlantic flights, featured an interview with Dr Verity Nye about the use of unmanned technology to track marine mammals.

Satellite collision risk

A warning from space debris expert Dr Hugh Lewis about the risk posed by small satellites was reported in New Scientist, Discovery Channel, Space News, Yahoo News, Engineering and Technology magazine, International Business Times, Electronics Weekly, Engineering and Technology magazine, Brazilian Space, Science World Report and a wide range of global news outlets.

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Moon as a cosmic ray detector

A new project, involving Dr Justin Bray and Professor Anna Scaife, to turn the moon into a giant cosmic ray detector was featured in a number of international media, including The Economist, Gizmag, Electronics Weekly, Scientific Computing, Yahoo News, Deccan Chronicle (India), News Tonight Africa and Business Standard.

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The new graphene

Electronics Weekly, Gizmag, Materials World, New Electronics, The Engineer, Engineering and Technology, Nanotechnology News and Product Design and Development were just some of the publications that reported on a new challenger to graphene grown by scientists from the ORC.

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Science fiction becoming reality

There was further coverage for research by Dr Themis Prodromakis, who developed a Star Trek-style tricorder, on The Morning News on News Channel 9 and WSYR News on WWTI in the United States.

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Global AgeWatch Index

Professor Asghar Zaidi's development of an index that ranks the wellbeing of older people across 96 countries received international coverage including Time Magazine, The Daily Mail, The Independent, The Examiner, National Public Radio (USA), ABC Radio (Australia), Globo TV (Brazil), and The Huffington Post (Italy).

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Eye stem cell discovery

Professor Andrew Lotery’s research has discovered that an area of the eye called the corneal limbus that harbours special stem cells that could treat blinding eye conditions. The research was covered by the Daily Telegraph, the Express, Daily Mail, Forbes and the Times of India among others.

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STAG lecture

BBC Radio Solent and The Daily Echo both reported on the STAG Lecture 2014 by Physics Nobel Laureate Gerard 't Hooft.

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The Conversation

A number of Southampton academics have contributed articles and opinion pieces on some of today's topical issues to the news and opinion website, The Conversation.

Sunlight may halt weight gain

Sunlight may halt weight gain

How to get to 100 exhibits

How to get to 100 exhibits

The ESRC Centre for Population Change at the University of Southampton is touring the exhibition round the UK

Self-made billionaires

Self-made billionaires

Economists investigated motivations behind billionaire giving.

Dr Hugh Lewis

Dr Hugh Lewis

Artists rendition of the SKA

Artists rendition of the SKA

Courtesy of SKA Organisation.

Global AgeWatch Index

Global AgeWatch Index