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GTC in the Media


Click on the links for media coverage for previous years: 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Whose side are we on?
Times Higher Education, 24/04/2014, p.40, Thomas Docherty

Professor Thomas Docherty, University of Warwick, argues that universities should take a stand against market competition. He claims the 'marketisation' of higher education is increasing inequalities between institutions, which weakens the sector as a whole. The article mentions a claim by GTC Principal Sir David Watson, Professor of Higher Education at Oxford, that the UK's real elite consists of only five universities (Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, LSE and Imperial).

Read the THE article online

Mongolia: 'The Gobi desert is a horrible place to work'
The Guardian online, 20/04/2014, Tania Branigan

Article on Mongolia includes comment from GTC student Ariell Ahearn-Ligham (DPhil geography and the Environment), who is researching herding at Oxford University.

Read the Guardian article online

Neuer Partner, altes Problem
Deutsche Welle, 18/04/2014, Jan D Walter

Marc Szepan (DPhil Management Studies) is quoted in article regarding China's investment strategy in South America.

The article was run in several languages including German, Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese.

Read the Deutsche Weller article online (in German)

Radio: Charles Nove, BBC Radio Oxford
14/04/2014, 8.25am

DrJohn Lennox, GTC Fellow Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, discusses how science and religion can complement each other.

Listen again on BBC iPlayer (c.2:25:00 on the clock)

Printers play a game of digital survival

International New York Times, 12/04/2014, p.10, Georgi Kantchev

Article on the effect of digital technologies on the traditional printing industry includes comment from GTC Fellow Robert Picard, a professor of media economics at the University of Oxford.

Read the New York Times article online

Radio: The Report, BBC Radio 4
10/04/2014, 20:09

GTC Senior Visiting Research Fellow Professor Sir Rory Collins of the Nuffield Department of Population Health at Oxford University contributes to a programme looking at the use of statins - cholesterol-lowering drugs - to reduce the risk of heart disease.

Listen again on BBC iPlayer

Do preventive home visits work?
The Guardian online, Social care network, 07/04/2014, Evan Mayo-Wilson, Sean Grant and Paul Montgomery

Comment: Sean Grant (DPhil Social Intervention) and GTC Fellow Paul Montgomery of the University of Oxford, together with Evan Mayo-Wilson of UCL, say that their comprehensive review of trials on home visits is inconclusive on their benefits: ‘The number of older people in the UK has increased in recent decades, and surveys show that many people want to continue living in their own homes as long as possible…Trials and reviews of preventive home visits have reported inconsistent effects. For this reason, we conducted a systematic review of randomised trials to identify the overall effects of home visits and to identify factors that might make some programmes more effective than others…On average, these programmes did not reduce hospitalisation, long-term care or mortality. That is, there were no consistent differences between older adults receiving home visits and those who did not.’

Read the Guardian article online


Better nutrition for babies and mothers key to growth, emerging countries told
Article in GMA News, The Philippines (20 March 2014)

Article about the Emerging Markets Symposium hosted in Oxford in January 2014 by GTC mentions that experts have called on the governments of 22 emerging economies, including the Philippines, to put more resources into early childhood and maternal care after new studies showed a bigger payoff for countries where adults enjoyed good nutrition starting from the fetal stage.

Read the GMA News article online

China im Wandel - Interview mit Marc Szepan (China in Transformation - Interview with Marc Szepan)
Märkte und Zertifikate" ("Markets & Certificates" - Royal Bank of Scotland customer magazine), April/May 2014, pp: 29-32.

Marc Szepan (DPhil Management Studies) is interviewed about the current state of the Chinese economy with particular reference to the financial sector and future prospects for Chinese economic reforms.

Read the interview online (in German)

'Russellers' are not all they claim, senior scholar warns
Times Higher Education, 03/04/2014, p.12, John Morgan

The two key threats to the sector's 'controlled reputational range' in the coming wave of student expansion are the government's concern to ease the path for alternative providers and the "divisive behaviour of the sector itself, especially through the mission groups", Sir David Watson, Professor of Higher Education at the University of Oxford, told a seminar hosted by the Higher Education Policy Institute in London on 26 March. Sir David, who is also Principal of Green Templeton College, Oxford, argued that in previous waves of expansion - such as that following the Robbins report and the transformation of polytechnics into universities in 1992 - the sector had safeguarded quality through its own shared commitment to academic standards. He noted that the UK's external examiner system, where academics are involved in marking and assessment at institutions other than their own, was "envied by other systems". On private providers, Sir David said the government's approach was symptomatic of its wider view beyond higher education: a "fear that if the private sector is regulated to public sector standards it will simply not play". And in the context of the need to protect a 'controlled reputational range' in the sector, he continued: "Particularly dangerous, I think, is the bottom half of the Russell Group ...The problem with the Russell Group is that it represents neither the sector as a whole [nor], in many cases, the best of the sector". Sir David also argued that people in the sector looking for unity "must look for it in the right places - it won't simply be legislated into being".

Read the THE article online

Study: men who started smoking as boys could be more likely to father obese sons

The Independent online, 03/04/2014, Steve Connor

GTC Fellow Professor Sir Richard Peto of Oxford University comments on a study led by Bristol University that found men who start smoking as children go on to have fatter sons. Professor Peto says the study does not provide good evidence.

Read the Independent article online

More support needed for retail innovation to boost European economic recovery, say experts
Times of India, Hemali Chhapia, 27/03/14

A poor understanding of the sector and lack of financial, research, and policy support is hampering innovation in retailing and getting in the way of economic recovery across the European Union, say retail experts who have made 17 specific recommendations to European governments, universities, trade associations and retailers in order to boost innovation and competitiveness in this inherently dynamic and economically important sector. The recommendations are detailed In the Final Report from The European Commission's Expert Group on Retail Sector Innovation, an international team of retailers, academics and innovation specialists chaired by GTC Fellow Dr Jonathan Reynolds of the Oxford Institute of Retail Management at Said Business School, University of Oxford.

Read the Times of India article online

Patients' views 'are still being ignored'
The Times, 27/03/2014, p.6, Chris Smyth

Patients' views on their care are routinely ignored despite a decade of NHS surveys and ratings, experts say. Oxford researchers say it is "depressing" that the collection of so much data has ended up changing so little. Writing in the BMJ, they say it is "unethical to ask patients to comment on their experiences if these comments are going to be ignored". They write: "While most NHS patients give mainly positive reports about their experiences, some problems crop up repeatedly: the failure to provide appropriate information about prognosis and treatment; not enough involvement in decisions; weak support for self care; lack of empathy and emotional support; fragmented and poorly co-ordinated services." The NHS began surveying inpatients in 2002 and there are at least ten regular national surveys of how people are treated by the NHS. Angela Coulter, the lead author of the paper and GTC Common Room Member, said the Friends and Family Test, which asks patients whether they would recommend a hospital or GP was the "the least useful" of the many surveys, which so far showed little sign of making improvements.

Read the Times article online

Radio: Kat Orman, BBC Radio Oxford
27/03/2014, 15:50

Interview with Angela Coulter who has been studying patients' views on the NHS for 30 years, and has released a study on how the NHS can react better to patient feedback.

Listen again on BBC iPlayer (Around 2.49 on the clock)

Radio: Thinking Allowed, BBC Radio 4
26/03/2014, 16:17

GTC Research Fellow Elaine Chase of the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford considers the way that shame and stigma have been experienced by British people receiving welfare aid throughout history. Sohail Choudhry, also of Oxford University, says that Pakistanis on the breadline also feel shame, but were also more inclined to blame the government and the 'big guns' for their reduced state.

Listen again on BBC iPlayer

Radiation improves odds for some women after mastectomy
Reuters (US), 25/03/2014, Andrew Seaman

Women who have their breasts removed because of cancer may benefit from receiving radiation if they still have traces of cancer in their lymph nodes, suggests a new analysis. Radiation reduced the risk of death and of cancer returning among women who had cancer cells detected in the cluster of nodes under the arms after a mastectomy. The nodes are part of the lymphatic system, a conduit for immune and other cells. Dr Sarah Darby, GTC Fellow and one of the study's authors from the Early Breast Cancer Trialists' Collaborative Group at the University of Oxford, comments on the findings.

Read the Reuters article online

Doctors' doubts over statins 'may be putting lives at risk'

The Guardian, 22/03/2014, p.1, Sarah Boseley

Doctors worrying about the safety of cholesterol-reducing statins are creating a misleading level of uncertainty that could lead to the loss of lives, GTC Associate Fellow Professor Sir Rory Collins of Oxford University has said. He believes GPs and the public are being made unjustifiably suspicious of the drug, creating a situation that has echoes of the MMR vaccine controversy. Sir Rory, one of the country's leading experts on the drug, is particularly unhappy with the British Medical Journal, which has run well-publicised articles by two critics of statins that he argues are flawed and misleading.

Statins are currently being taken in the UK by 7 million people who have at least a 20% risk of a heart attack or stroke in the next 10 years. Following a major study overseen by Collins' team at Oxford in 2012, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) recommended in February that they should be given to people at only 10% risk - potentially dramatically increasing the number of people taking them.

Sir Rory criticised two papers published by the BMJ which both said statins did not reduce mortality and that side effects meant they did more harm than good.

Read the Guardian article online

See also:
Radio: Today, BBC Radio 4
22/03/2014, 07:51
Professor Sir Rory Collins of Oxford University and Dr Fiona Godlee, Editor of the BMJ, are interviewed.

Listen again on BBC iPlayer [51.21 on clock]

Fears over statins 'are misleading'
BBC News online, 22/03/2014

Patients are dying over GPs' fear of statins, says expert

Daily Mail, 22/03/2014, p.12, Sian Boyle

Statins scaremongering will cost lives, expert warns

The Daily Telegraph, 22/03/2014, p.8, James Edgar

Why the Dutch are so tall
Business Standard (India), 19/03/2014, Suman Bery

Comment piece on the height of Dutch people mentions a ‘conference on maternal and child health in Oxford organised under the sponsorship of the Emerging Markets Symposium, an activity of Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford’.

Read the Business Standard article online

Radio: Jason Mohammad, BBC Radio Wales
18/03/2014, 12:08

John Lennox, GTC Emeritus Fellow and Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University, discusses the significance of the apparent discovery of gravitational waves.

Listen again on BBC iPlayer [Around 2:05 on the clock]

BMJ Awards 2014: Clinical leadership team award
BMJ 2014; 348: g2051, 11/03/2014, Adrian O'Dowd

The article looks at the programmes nominated for this year's BMJ Award, including GTC's Management in Medicine Programme, which works to train junior doctors in the Thames Valley in management and leadership.

Read the BMJ article online

Why the wealthiest countries are also the most open with their data

Washington Post (USA), 14/03/2014, Emily Badger

New graphs released by the Oxford Internet Institute compare the openness of 70 countries in releasing their data, using information based on the Open Knowledge Foundation's Open Data Index. The UK was classed as the most open, followed by the US, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands and Australia, while less economically developed countries were much less open with their data. The article's author points out that "the reasons why open data looks like the luxury of rich economies are many, and they point to the reality that poor countries face a lot more obstacles to openness than do places like the United States. For one thing, openness is also closely correlated with Internet penetration. Why open your census results if people don't have ways to access it (or means to demand it)?" Mark Graham, GTC Research Fellow and Director of Research at the OII also comments: "And it is imaginable that governments in rich economies simply have more manpower to throw at the problem...You can't really enact an open data strategy on autopilot: you need an actual implementable strategy."

Read the Washington Post article online

Mounting pressure on social care to build evidence base
The Guardian online, 13/03/2014, David Brindle

Two new reports suggest that the social care sector needs to prove the positive benefits of what it does. One, from spending watchdog the National Audit Office questions the "weak" evidence base upon which social care services are commissioned and provided from a standpoint of cost-effectiveness. The second report, by a joint team from the University of Oxford and University College London, asserts that there is "no consistent evidence" to show that providing homecare to older people results in any benefit. After studying 64 randomised control trials (RCTs) over 20 years, researchers could find "no advantage" in having homecare as opposed to coping without. Study author and GTC DPhil student Sean Grant, from Oxford's Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention, says: "We are not saying that those people currently getting homecare visits should have this service withdrawn." It is possible, he accepts, that some services provide some benefit that is obscured by poor measurement and reporting. However, Grant adds: "This review is pointing out that despite homecare visits being available to the elderly in many countries, there is no robust, consistent evidence to show they provide any benefit to the elderly that we can measure." The Oxford and UCL study looked at RCTs covering 29,000 older people mainly in the UK, Canada and the US. It found that no direct value could be attributed to homecare in terms of death rates, falls, risks of injury and illness, rates of admission to hospital or care homes, or overall quality of life.

Read the Guardian online article

(China's) Trade with Eastern Europe is Equivalent to Ten Percent of Total Trade Volume: A Conversation with Marc Szepan (Handel mit Osteuropa entspricht zehn Prozent des Handelsvolumens: Ein Gespräch mit Marc Szepan)
52° LIVE - Die Mittelstandsseite aus Hannover, Issue 5.4 | Special - Mittelstand: Aufbruch in Osteuropa (Small and Medium Sized Enterprises: Awakening in Eastern Europe), March 2014

GTC student Marc Szepan (DPhil Management Studies) is interviewed in a special issue of the online customer magazine of NORD/LB Norddeutsche Landesbank about China's investment strategy in Eastern Europe.

Read the interview (in German)

Home care visits are of little benefit to the elderly, study finds
Daily Telegraph, 13/03/2014, p.8

Home care visits are of 'no proven benefit' to elderly people, a study claims. Researchers found pensioners who receive such visits do not live longer or have more independent lives. In what is thought to be the biggest review of academic literature on home care visits, researchers from the University of Oxford and University College London conclude there is 'no consistent evidence' to show they lead to the elderly living longer or having more independent lives than those without any visits. Sixty-four trials, mainly in the United States, Canada and Britain, were analysed and researchers say that they cannot rule out the possibility that some programmes involving home visits may be effective, but neither is there significant evidence of benefit. The researchers conclude that they cannot support government policies that make home care visits widely available to the elderly. GTC Fellow Professor Paul Montgomery of Oxford University and Dr Evan Mayo-Wilson, formerly of Oxford University, are quoted.

TV: BBC 1 Oxford, South Today
11/03/2014, 18:30, 22:25

Report on a review of international studies by the Rees Centre for Fostering and Education at Oxford University on the best outcomes for teenage mums in the care system. Report includes interview with Professor Judy Sebba, GTC Senior Visiting Research Fellow.

Watch again on BBC iPlayer

Radio: Phil Gayle and Friends, BBC Radio Oxford
11/03/2014, 08:26

Listen again on BBC iPlayer (around 2:26 on the clock)

What is life like when your period means you are shunned by society?
New Statesman, 1/03/2014, Rose George

Article on 'menstrual taboos' in the developing world includes comment from GTC Fellow Dr Catherine Dolan of the University of Oxford's Said Business School.

Read the News Statesman article online

The Maternal Thread of Life
Project Syndicate, 11/03/2014, Sania Nishtar

Article highlighting the issues raised at GTC's Emerging Markets Symposium on maternal and child health and nutrition which took place at Egrove Park, Oxford in January 2014. The author argues that initiatives such as school-based food programmes should be backed by policies that foster positive  nutritional choices and initiatives that enhance public knowledge of nutrition

Read the Project Syndicate article

Also published in:

The Timaru Herald, New Zealand (18 March 2014)

El Nacional, Venezuela (17 March 2014)

Business Day, Nigeria (17 March 2014)

The Jakata Post, Indonesia (16 March 2014)

Al Jazeera, Qatar (13 March 2014)

Al Shabiba, Oman (13 March 2014)

Il Sole 24 Ore, Italy (12 March 2014)

Les Echos, France (12 March 2014)

Today's Zaman , Turkey (11 March 2014)


Internet is the new doctor
Times of India, 06/03/2014

More and more people today are using internet to learn and share health problems - a remarkable shift that has gained momentum in the last decade, a new research finds. This study examined interviews with patients conducted between 2001 and 2013 and explored how people talked about internet - capturing changing attitudes towards the use of internet for health. "By 2013, the web has become an almost routine part of many people's experience of health and illness. The internet has transformed how people make sense of and respond to symptoms, decide whether to consult, make treatment choice, cope with their illness and connect to others," said Professor Sue Ziebland, GTC Research Fellow from the University of Oxford.

Read the Times of India article


How oily fish could help our children sleep better
Daily Mail, 06/03/2014, p.7, Jenny Hope

Boosting levels of omega-3 fatty acids resulted in children sleeping for longer and waking up less in the night, a study has shown. Oxford University researchers gave children rated as poor sleepers omega-3 [algae] supplements for four months, or a dummy capsule. They studied 352 children aged seven to nine who were struggling readers at a mainstream primary school. They found children taking the daily omega-3 supplement had 58 minutes more sleep and seven fewer waking episodes per night compared with those on the placebo. Oxford researchers Professor Paul Montgomery - a GTC Fellow -  and Dr Alex Richardson are quoted.

Read the Daily Mail article online

Oxford research aids London and Berkshire hospital ward care
BBC News online, 05/03/2014

Research by the University of Oxford is being used to improve patient care on hospital wards in London and Berkshire. Videos of patients and families recounting their experiences were used to trigger discussions between doctors, nurses and their patients. As a result, a raft of minor changes are being trialled at Royal Brompton & Harefield Trust in Chelsea and the Royal Berkshire Trust in Reading. The changes include installing clocks in sight of intensive care beds. This was after researchers discovered patients often had no sense of what time of day it was. The wards are also issuing V-shaped pillows to recovering patients and providing better information about their treatment. Lead researcher and GTC Research Fellow Dr Louise Locock, of the Health Experiences Research Group at the University of Oxford, said: 'The challenge is to find ways of enabling organisations to learn from this evidence, to move beyond gathering data and really use patient experiences to improve care.'

Read the BBC News online article

Coming round needn't be a nightmare
The Guardian, p. 34, 05/03/2014, Anna Bawden

Article on a new project in which patients and NHS staff work together to improve services, which was designed by academics from Oxford University's Health Experience Research Group. The Oxford academics compiled short videos about patients' experiences of intensive care and lung cancer services. The videos were drawn from Oxford University's HealthTalkOnline archive of more than 3,000 patients talking about their illnesses. They formed the basis for small group discussions between medical staff, managers, patients and relatives who identified priorities for change. The article quotes GTC Research Fellow Louise Locock, director of applied research at Oxford university's health experiences research group.

Read the Guardian article

Radio: Simeon Courtie, BBC Radio Wiltshire
28/02/2014, 10:16

Mark Harrison, GTC Fellow and professor of the history of medicine at the University of Oxford, comments on the effect of venereal diseases on the troops during the First World War, and the unpleasant treatments they could expect to receive.

Listen again on BBC iPlayer [1:16:00 on the clock]

The Guardian University Forum 2014
The Guardian online, 26/02/2014, Claire Shaw and Abby Young-Powell

Round-up of the Guardian University Forum 2014, where speakers included Professor David Watson and Dr Scott Blinder of Oxford University. They talked about the changing higher education landscape and immigration respectively.

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Tug of war won't topple universities, says Oxford professor
Guardian Online, 25/02/2014, Lucy Ward

UK universities are being buffeted by "feverish" contradictory claims that, on the one hand, they cannot survive the present turbulent economic times and, on the other, that they can fix all the country's problems, a leading academic will warn at a Guardian conference on Wednesday. Professor Sir David Watson, Principal of Green Templeton College, Oxford and professor of higher education, will reject the view of some critics that "the game is up" for the traditional model of the university. He will argue that institutions have ridden out previous panics over their role in society - such as fears over expansion of student numbers in the 1960s and, more recently, the dawn of the internet age - and will again adapt to new demands.

Read the Guardian Online article

Weather Eye: rainy records
The Times, 20/02/2014, p.57, Paul Simons

Feature on rainfall records notes that Thomas Hornsby, Professor of Astronomy at Oxford University, had the Radcliffe Observatory (now at the heart of GTC) built in 1772, making it one of the earliest weather recording stations. Article refers to the finding that January 2014 was the wettest since records began in Oxford, the previous wettest January being in 1852.

Read the Times article online

Empowerment in women plan is investigated
Oxford Mail, p.24, 20/02/2014#

Researchers at Oxford University are investigating a scheme aimed at empowering women. American retail giant Walmart has hired them to examine its Empowering Women Together Scheme, which it launched internationally in 2011 to boost female-run businesses. The independent study is being conducted by GTC Fellow Professor Linda Scott of the Saïd Business School. She said 'There has been a growing realisation that increasing women's incomes has profound positive effects on national competitive.'

Radio: BBC Radio Wiltshire, Ben Prater
18/02/2014, 08:44

Professor Mark Harrison from Oxford University comments on what were known as 'Bad Boy' camps, venereal disease units for soldiers during World War One. One of the camps was based at Chiseldon near Swindon and the camps feature in the BBC's new World War One At Home series.

Listen again on the BBC website (Around 2:13 on the clock)

Why Russian Men Don't Live as Long
New York Times, 17/02/2014, p.D5, Rachel Nuwer

The probability that a Russian man will die before he turns 55 is 25 percent. Russia's life expectancy is exceptionally low compared with that in other developed countries. While American men have a 1-in-11 chance of dying before their 55th birthday, in Russia the odds are 1 in 4. "The main reason for the extraordinary difference in premature death between Western and Eastern Europe is alcohol," said study author Richard Peto, GTC fellow and professor of epidemiology at the University of Oxford."'Russians are drinking spirits dangerously."

Read the New York Times article online

Call for a more creative country
China Daily, 17/02/2014, Zhang Chunyan

Article about the new book by GTC Fellow Fu Xiaolan, director of the Technology and Management for Development Centre at Oxford University. In China's Role in Global Economic Recover, she argues that China has invested a lot in innovation and has grown extremely quickly, but that it urgently needs to upgrade the level and efficiency of innovation.

Read the China daily article online

Radio: Broadcasting House, BBC Radio 4
16/02/2014, 9.31am

Oxford University claims the longest set of weather records at the Radcliffe Meteorological Station - situated in the gardens at Green Templeton College - which date back to the 1760s. This January has been the wettest month on record, but there was almost as much rain in 1852, which had held the record for January until now.  Dr Ian Ashpole, a researcher at the University, is interviewed about the weather station.

Listen to the interview on the BBC website (c.31:00 on the clock)

Radio: Nick Piercey, BBC Radio Oxford

16/02/2014, 12.36pm

GTC Fellow Dr Stephen Harris of Oxford University's Botanic Garden describes the Garden's plant of the week.

We must not starve Afghanistan's children of the help they need
The Guardian, 31/01/2014, p.37

Letters: Sir David Watson, Principal of Green Templeton College, is one of the signatories to a letter on the need to 'take a fresh, longer-term perspective on social investment in pre-conception, neonatal, child health and nutrition', noting a recent symposium on maternal and child health and nutrition in emerging markets at Green Templeton College, Oxford.

Read the Guardian letter online

Vodka blamed for high number of early deaths in Russia
The Independent online, 31/01/2014, Antonia Molloy

A new study by the Russian Cancer Centre, Oxford University, and the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer in France has found that 25 per cent of Russian men die before they are 55 and that most of these deaths are attributable to alcohol consumption. This figure compares to 7 per cent in the UK. Over the past 30 years, there has been a positive correlation between the easier availability of vodka and premature death statistics, say scientists.

'Russian death rates have fluctuated wildly over the past 30 years as alcohol restrictions and social stability varied under Presidents Gorbachev, Yeltsin and Putin, and the main thing driving these wild fluctuations in death was vodka,' said study co-author Professor Sir Richard Peto, a GTC Fellow. 'This has been shown in retrospective studies, and now we've confirmed it in a big, reliable prospective study.'

Researchers tracked about 151,000 adult men in the Russian cities of Barnaul, Byisk and Tomsk from 1999 to 2010.

Read the Independent article online

You thought it was bad but January is now confirmed as wettest winter month since 1767
The Observer, 02/02/2014, p.8, Damian Carrington

Recent rainfall in southern and central England has produced the wettest winter in almost 250 years, according to figures from the world's longest-running weather station. The rainfall measured at the historic Radcliffe Meteorological Station which is based at Green Templeton College in January was greater than for any winter month since daily recording began there in 1767, and three times the average amount.

The latest Met Office data shows that the region from Devon to Kent and up into the Midlands suffered its wettest January since its records began in 1910.  But Ian Ashpole, the Radcliffe Meteorological Observer, said: 'The Radcliffe measurements more than double the length of the Met Office record and give us a better grip on how things are changing.'
Oxford's Radcliffe Observatory was founded to assist astronomers, but while the telescopes have now gone, the weather station has continued its work and now has one of the longest-running series of daily measurements in the world.

Read the Guardian article online

Periodistas reflexionan este viernes en Madrid sobre los retos para la profesion en el nuevo entorno digital
[Journalists reflect on the challenges of a new digital landscape]
El Economista (Spain), 24/01/2014, via Europa Press

GTC Fellow David Levy, director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, presented the 'Digital News Report 2013' in Madrid, a report about the present and future challenges of the profession.

Read the El Economista article (Spanish)

Antidote needed for the toxic digital world
The Sunday Times, News Review, 26/01/2014, p.6, Eleanor Mills

Comment: Eleanor Mills writes about websites that promote or glorify self-harm after the death of a teenager. She includes a series of comments from GTC Fellow Professor Keith Hawton, director of the Oxford University Centre for Suicide Research.

Read the Sunday Times article online

The woman behind the Double X economy
Evening Standard, 23/01/2014, p.26, Rosamund Urwin

GTC Fellow Linda Scott is interviewed about her mission to empower women in the developing world. As part of her role as DP World chair for entrepreneurship and innovation at Saïd Business School, Professor Scott is researching the impact that better sanitary hygiene can have on girls, first in Ghana and now in Uganda: 'Her message? Give a girl a sanitary towel supply and you can educate her for a lifetime: "Before, they'd avoid school [when they were menstruating] or worry so much that they wouldn't remember what they were taught. And these schools don't have books - learning is done by rote - so if you can't focus you might as well not be there." Additionally, disposable pads can increase girls' self-esteem and even offer some protection from sexual violence. "In many of these societies, when a girl starts her period she's considered fair game," Scott explains. "So much so that the men often say the scent or sight of the blood is arousing to them ... If girls use a cloth and don't have the means to keep it clean, eventually it smells and they end up being more vulnerable to sexual attack because of it."...'

Read the Evening Standard article online

Cancer stem cells killed by trial drug
The Sunday Times, 19/01/2014, p.5, Justin Stoneman and Jon Ungoed-Thomas

Report on a new drug treatment developed by British scientists which targets the cancer stem cells that drive tumour growth includes comment from GTC Honorary Fellow Sir Walter Bodmer of Oxford University.

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Miracle play proves a curious piece
Oxford Times, 16/01/2014, Angie Johnson

A review of the Croxto Play of the Sacrament, performed in St John's Chapel, Oxford, as part of the Blood Conference which took place between 8 and 10 January.

Read the Oxford Times review online


Radio: Call You and Yours, BBC Radio 4
14/01/2014, 12:11

GTC Fellow Dr Jonathan Reynolds, from Oxford University's Institute of Retail Management, talks about the health of our high streets and why leases are coming up all at once.

Listen again on the BBC website (Around 8:26 on the clock)

Radio: Annie Othen, BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire
14/01/2014, 12:12

Dr Nancy Puccinelli, GTC Associate fellow, talks about the marketing strategy being taken by retailers to put Easter eggs in the shops so soon after Christmas.

Listen again on the BBC website (Around 2:11 on the clock)

Most people only have a few 'close friends': study
New York Daily News (USA), 14/01/2014

Whether or not they have hundreds of contacts through social media, people still only have a handful of people they consider good friends, a new University of Oxford study finds. Felix Reed-Tsochas, GTC Fellow based at the Saïd Business School, who co-authored the study with Robin Dunbar, professor of evolutionary psychology at Oxford, said: 'At any point individuals are able to keep up close relationships with only a small number of people, so that new friendships come at the expense of "relegating" existing friends.'

Read the New York Daily news article online

Science may explain why your friendships fall apart
The Huffington Post (USA), 13/01/2014, Felix Reed-Tsochas

Read the Huffington Post article online

You can't beat a university education

The Guardian, 14/01/2014, p.38, Harriet Swain

An interim report by the British Educational Research Association (Bera) and Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce on the role of research in teacher education suggests that that the education systems that perform best and have improved most, such as in Finland and Singapore, put particular emphasis on research training for teachers. John Furlong, GTC Emeritus Fellow, professor of education at Oxford University and chair of the steering group behind the report, says: 'There is strong evidence that research is important in the best-quality teacher education programmes around the world in at least four different ways: it underpins the knowledge communicated to teachers; teachers need preliminary research skills in order to be able to start thinking about their own work; it helps explain how people develop professionally; and, built into programmes, it monitors what programmes are doing, making sure they are staying up to date with the latest developments about how professionals learn.'

Read the Guardian article online

'Friends limited, despite Facebook'
Oxford Mail, p.11, 13/01/2014

People deliberately limit their social network despite the popularity of social networking sites and mobile phones, according to a new Oxford University study. The research shows that people using mobile phones still put most of their efforts into communicating with a small number of close friends or relatives, and operate a one in, one out policy with friends so their communication patterns stay the same when friendships change. Dr Felix Reed-Tsochas, GTC Fellow based at the Saïd Business School, said people's capacity for maintaining emotionally close relationships was finite. Dr Reed-Tsochas worked on the research with Professor Robin Dunbar from Oxford University's department of experimental psychology.

Chaque média doit se demander dans quel domaine il peut proposer une offre unique
Le Monde (France), 26/12/2013, Alexis Delcambre and Alexandre Piquard

Interview with Dr David Levy, GTC Fellow and Director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University, about the future of news on the internet, based around the Institute’s Digital News Report 2013.

Read Le Monde article online (in French)

Triple tobacco tax will stop 200 million early deaths
Hindustan Times (India), 03/01/2014

GTC Fellow Professor Sir Richard Peto has co-authored a review paper which suggests that tripling the tax on tobacco would cut smoking by a third across the globe, and could prevent 200 million early deaths. Raising the tax would be particularly effective in lower-income countries, but richer countries would also benefit, and the increase in price should stop young people from taking up smoking. Professor Peto said: “Globally, about half of all young men and one in 10 of all young women become smokers, and, particularly in developing countries, relatively few quit. If they keep smoking, about half will be killed by it, but if they stop before 40, they'll reduce their risk of dying from tobacco by 90 per cent.”

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Tripling cigarette tax could stop 200 million deaths
CBS News (USA), 02/01/2014, Michelle Castillo

Researchers believe that tripling cigarette taxes around the globe could prevent about 200 million smoking-related deaths this century. The review article, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, finds that raising the price of cigarettes may help improve the health of people in low and middle-income countries. Study co-author GTC Fellow Professor Sir Richard Peto, from the University of Oxford, said: "This study demonstrates that tobacco taxes are a hugely powerful lever and potentially a triple win – reducing the numbers of people who smoke and who die from their addiction, reducing premature deaths from smoking and yet, at the same time, increasing government income."

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Tripling of tobacco taxes may prevent 200m deaths
Times of India, 03/01/2014

Increasing tobacco taxes is most effective way to cut smoking
UPI (USA), 02/01/2014

Tripling tobacco tax could save 200 million lives (USA), 02/01/2014

The Waste and Corruption of Vladimir Putin's 2014 Winter Olympics
Business Week, 02/01/2014, Joshua Yaffa

Article on the record $51 billion bill for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia includes comment from Bent Flyvbjerg, Professor and Chair of Major Programme Management at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School and Dr Allison Stewart, Associate Fellow and GTC alumna at the Saïd Business School.

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‘Without the web, I’d still be searching for a diagnosis’
BBC News online, 26/12/2013, Jane Dreaper

Article on people searching for health advice on the internet includes comment from GTC Research Fellow Professor Sue Ziebland of Oxford University, who has spent 15 years examining how patients use the internet – including people with cancer. She says: ‘One of the men we interviewed went to his local library to go online and look for information about local support groups. Almost the first thing he found, on one of the voluntary society websites for that particular cancer, was the very distressing five-year survival rate. He was horrified. He shut down the computer and ran out of the library. The information he found was entirely accurate – but perhaps it shouldn’t be on the front page. It’s about signposting.’ Professor Ziebland adds that doctors now routinely discuss the internet as a resource with patients during consultations.

Read the BBC News online article

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