Southampton in the News - February 2011

Some of the stories featuring University of Southampton staff and students that made the news in February.

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 press@soton.ac.uk

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BBC Breakfast
ran a feature about the University launching the world's first master's degree in unmanned automated vehicle design.

Watch the item here.

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Ed D'Souza from Winchester School of Art has featured in an article in the Times of India examining the future of graphic arts and its increasing globalism.

Read more about graphic arts and Ed D'Souza, click here

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Pioneering research by Professor Sandor Veres, an expert in autonomous control systems, that allows spacecraft to be controlled by artificial intelligence was the subject of articles in The Sunday Telegraph, The Daily Mirror, The Daily Echo, Hampshire Chronicle, ITV Meridian, The Times of India, The Tehran Times, The Engineer, and websites around the world. Sandor also did interviews with BBC Radio Solent (listen again at 36 minutes) and The Coast 106FM.

Read our press release here.
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There was widespread national and regional media coverage about Denise Westgate, the first person in the UK to receive a totally implantable hearing aid, thanks to the work of the South of England Cochlear Implant Centre (SOECIC), based at the University. The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail, Metro, BBC News online, BBC TV South, ITV Meridian, The News, Breeze 107FM, The Engineer and various technology and health websites all covered the story.

Read our release here.
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The University's efforts to complete critical conservation work on the Wellington Archive has featured on ITV Meridian. Head of Special Collections at the Hartley Library, Professor Chris Woolgar, was interviewed as part of a report which looked towards the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.

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Professor of English John McGavin's research into early-modern London theatres has featured in the Daily Telegraph, Daily Express and the Mirror newspapers. John spoke on BBC Radio Solent about the international EMLoT project, to bring together a wealth of documentary evidence on 16th and 17th century theatres on a new database.

Read our press release, click here

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The premiere of a lost Vivaldi flute concerto discovered by University of Southampton research fellow Andrew Woolley has received further media coverage. Following extensive coverage in October and a piece on BBC Radio 4's Front Row, it has now been reported by Scottish television station STV. Its premiere in Philadelphia in the United States is also receiving publicity, click here

For previous media coverage, click here

To link to the Front Row feature, click here (at 15'15")

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Tim Leighton, Professor of Ultrasonics and Underwater Acoustics in ISVR, featured on BBC4's 'The Secret Life of Waves'. Watch a preview of the show here.
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The Times Higher Education reported on the University's reform of the undergraduate curriculum to offer students "breadth and depth" to coincide with the rise in tuition fees. Vice-Chancellor Professor Don Nutbeam and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education Professor Debra Humphris outlined the details of the reforms.
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Ocenanographer Dr Simon Boxall appeared in The Daily Mirror and The Daily Echo when he said that melting Arctic ice will bring more freezing winters. Simon was also quoted on BBC Online and in the Daily Telegraph, The Independent and The Sun.
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Vice-Chancellor Professor Don Nutbeam talked about the importance of postgraduate funding in an opinion piece for The Guardian.
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Ed D'Souza, Winchester School of Art

Ed D'Souza, Winchester School of Art

Ed was in the Times of India speaking about graphic arts

Professor Sandor Veres

Professor Sandor Veres

The Otologics ‘Carina’ middle ear implant

The Otologics ‘Carina’ middle ear implant

It is the UK’s first totally implantable hearing aid

London, 1599

London, 1599

Looking from the north towards the south

Professor Debra Humphris

Professor Debra Humphris

Professor Don Nutbeam

Professor Don Nutbeam