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WARWICK STUDENTS IN TOP TEN FOR TEACHING HOURS

Research by the Higher Education Policy Institute has revealed that Warwick students enjoy some of the most extensive teaching and contact hours of all English universities. Warwick was ranked in the top ten in six of the subject tables produced by the study.

ECONOMICS PROFESSOR WINS TOP TEACHING AWARD

Professor Robin Naylor, of the Department of Economics, was awarded the National Student Nominated Learning and Teaching Award of the Economics Network for 2006. This award allows economics students to identify and nominate their most inspiring and dedicated teaching staff.

FANFARE FOR WARWICK

Composer Michael Nyman, who was awarded an honorary DLitt at this year’s winter degree ceremonies, has written two new pieces of music for the University’s Degree Congregation. His Warwick Fanfares accompany the academic procession as it enters and leaves the Butterworth Hall.

PRIZE FOR ART HISTORIAN

Dr Donal Cooper, of the History of Art Department, has won one of the 2006 Phillip Leverhulme Prizes with a value of £70,000. These prizes reward outstanding young scholars of substantial distinction and promise.

WARWICK PLUMBER WINS TOP AWARD

The only female plumber in the University’s Estates Department has won an award from Warwickshire College. Jane Cummings was awarded the Alan Heath Shield as the top NVQ Level III plumbing student at the college.

BABY CALMING

Researchers in Warwick Medical School suggest that giving babies a light massage helps them sleep through the night, cry less and build better bonds with their parents. Dr Angela Underdown, who led the project, suggests that this is probably due to lower levels of hormones such as cortisol.

MEDAL FOR UNIVERSITY’S PRO-CHANCELLOR

John Leighfield, the University’s Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council, has been awarded this year’s Mountbatten Medal for the Institute of Engineering and Technology, in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the promotion of electronics and information technology and their application.

RECYCLED PAPER HELPS BEAT PLANT DISEASE

A study by the University’s horticultural research arm, Warwick HRI, has revealed that recycled paper-based compost can help to fight plant disease. Dr Ralph Noble’s research showed that replacing around 20% of the volume of soil or peat by compost gave major disease control benefits.

KEEPING BROCCOLI GREEN

Scientists at Warwick HRI have been awarded £500,000 to research into lengthening the shelf life of broccoli – notorious for turning yellow in the fridge quite soon after being bought. They hope that by studying the make-up of broccoli they will also learn more about keeping other vegetables fresh.

AWARD FOR DAVID DABYDEEN

Professor David Dabydeen (Centre for Translation and Comparative Cultural Studies) has won the Hind Rattan Award for his outstanding contribution to the literary and intellectual life of the Indian diaspora. The award was presented in January by the NRI Welfare Society of India at the International Congress of Non-Resident Indians.

WARWICK RESEARCHER TO UNDERTAKE HOUSING REVIEW

The government has asked Professor Martin Cave, of the Centre for Management Under Regulation, to review the regulation of social housing in the UK and consider options for reform. This will be the first independent review of social housing for over 30 years.