GTC in the Media
'Dance your PhD' contest won by sperm ballet
Metro (USA), 03/12/2013, Kieron Monks
Science magazine's annual "Dance Your PhD" award has been won by Oxford University biologist and GTC alumnus Cedric Tan with his video "Sperm competition between brothers and female choice." The routine features a huge cast performing underwater ballet and costumed theatre. Cedric Tan is interviewed about his video.
Read the Metro interview
Radio: Phil Gayle and Friends, BBC Radio Oxford
GTC Fellow Jonathan Reynolds, a retail expert at Said Business School, is interviewed about 'pop up retailing'.
Difficult but rewarding challenge of foster care
Oxford Mail, 03/12/2013, p.12, Judy Sebba
Senior Visiting Research Fellow at GTC Judy Sebba, director of Oxford University's Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education, writes this week's University Life column. Professor Sebba discusses the challenges faced by children and parents in the fostering system, as well as the ways in which the Rees Centre works with the community: 'The centre aims to find the best ways to improve the lives of children and young people in foster care. We do this by meeting regularly with young people... their foster carers, social workers and teachers.' She goes on to say: 'There are key things we have discovered about what works in foster care... we have learned that support for foster carers is very important in making sure that children stay as long as is needed and that the carers don't give up fostering.'
Radio: The Science Hour, BBC World Service
Fiona Powrie, GTC Fellow and professor of gastroenterology at Oxford University, discusses the immune system in our gut.
Listen again on the BBC website (c.44:00 on the clock)
Poor performers pull out of Pisa
The Times Educational Supplement, 29/11/2013, p.14, William Stewart
Article on countries dropping out of the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) includes comment from GTC Senior Research Fellow Professor Jenny Ozga of the University of Oxford.
Qualifications snobbery holds back poor students
Times Higher Education, 28/11/2013, p8 Jack Grove
“Snobbery” among universities is stopping students from poorer backgrounds gaining degrees using credits accumulated at other institutions, according to a leading educationalist. Calling for a national structure that enables students to transfer credits between different courses and universities, Sir David Watson, GTC Principal, says the UK should adopt the “much messier system” of university admissions used in the US.
In a report for the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, titled Credit Risk? Reviving Credit Accumulation and Transfer in UK Higher Education, Sir David says that a third of all students in the US transfer institutions before graduating, taking their marks with them to their new university.
Radio: Discovery, BBC World Service
Fiona Powrie, Professor of Gastroenterology at Oxford University, is interviewed about the importance of microbes in our gut.
Listen again on BBC iPlayer (around 10:30 on the clock)
Radio: MacAulay & Co, BBC Radio Scotland FM
Nancy Puccinelli from Oxford University is interviewed about the aggressive marketing tactics being employed by some firms selling tea and beer.
Listen again on BBC iPlayer (around 1:20 on the clock)
Oxford professor calls for less snobbery over portable qualifications
Media FHE, 25/11/2013
British universities have been urged to move towards a US-style system of credit transfer where students can switch institutions and trade "portable" qualifications. A stimulus paper launched by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education says that reviving the UK's credit accumulation and transfer system (CATS) is critical if higher education is to prosper in the contemporary world. The paper's author, Professor Sir David Watson, the Principal of Templeton Green College, argues that higher status universities, in particular, need to be less 'snobbish' about the routes that students take.
UK proposes new law to jail doctors, nurses for 'wilful negligence', critics say
Washington Post (US), 19/11/2013, from Associated Press
Article on proposed UK legislation that could lead to doctors and nurses being jailed if convicted of 'wilful negligence' includes comment from GTC Associate Fellow Charles Foster, a medical law expert at Oxford University.
Foster care research
Oxford Mail, 07/11/2013, p.11
An Oxford University review has found children are mostly happy about the decision to go into foster care. However, the review of 17 academic studies from Europe and North America showed the extent to which children were involved in the decision to foster them varied. Director of the Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education, Professor Judy Sebba, GTC Senior Visiting Research Fellow, said: 'An important role needs to be played by social workers and school staff in addressing the needs of children in families who foster, as well as the fostered children themselves.'
Internet chatrooms can help those in distress, says study
BBC News Online, 31/10/2013
Internet forums and chatrooms can have positive effects that should be more widely acknowledged, experts say. The call comes after Oxford University researchers carried out an analysis of 14 different studies looking at how young people use the internet. The review - published in the Plos One journal - said a number of studies had found a link between internet use and self-harm and suicide. But it said others had found the internet could be a positive influence. Report author, GTC Fellow, Professor Keith Hawton of Oxford University said: "Communication via the internet and other electronic means has potential roles in both contributing to and preventing suicidal behaviour in young people. The next step is going to be development of therapeutic interventions using these channels of communication, especially to access those who do not seek help from clinical services."
Read the BBC online news article
Vulnerable teenagers use web to study self-harming
The Times, p. 19, 31/10/2013, Murad Ahmed
Most vulnerable teenagers who commit self-harm or suicide do so after researching how to commit the acts on the internet, according to a study from the University of Oxford. Researchers said there was a 'strong link' between using online forums and chat rooms and an increased risk of suicide among isolated children. Psychologists found that 80 per cent of teenagers who carried out particularly violent acts of self-harm had gone online beforehand to research them. The research also shows that children used online forums to reach out to others, appreciating they could seek support anonymously. 'It seems as though the internet has got some potential for doing good, but in general we found that it appeared to be harmful among teens who were vulnerable,' said GTC Fellow Professor Paul Montgomery, a psychologist from Oxford. Kate Daine, the lead author of the study from Oxford, said: 'There are no known online interventions to date that specifically target young people at risk of self-harm or suicide and yet we find that adolescents who self-harm are very frequent users of the internet.'
Read the Times article online
Times Higher Education, 31/10/2013, p.25
GTC Fellow Carolyn Hoyle of the University of Oxford has been awarded a research grant worth £110,338 by the Leverhulme Trust for her project 'Last resorts: decisions and discretion at the Criminal Cases Review Commission'.
Read the THE article online
Milestone: UCCA creation the true turning point
Times Higher Education, 31/10/2013, p.17, Jack Grove
Sidebar to an article on the 50th anniversary of the Robbins report notes that David Willetts, speaking at a conference to mark the milestone, 'rejected suggestions by Professor Sir David Watson, Principal of Green Templeton College, Oxford, that the UK risked a "sub-prime" student loan crisis, as low earning graduates struggled to repay loans for £9,000 tuition fees. But he admitted the absence of funding options for postgraduates was an issue, saying it was "the new social mobility barrier".'
Teacher training faces crisis
The Independent, 21/10/2013, p.16
Letter: Professor Richard Pring, Emeritus Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford, is one of the signatories to a letter arguing that standards of education are being threatened by a serious and growing shortage of school places and an emerging recruitment crisis in teacher training.
SAP Voice: Five Research Tools To Outperform The Olympic Games
Forbes (USA), 03/10/2013, Susan Galer
Large-scale projects are typically high-risk/high-reward propositions. But it doesn't have to be that way says Alexander Budzier, GTC student (DPhil Management Studies) and senior researcher from the University of Oxford. At last month's SAP Global Business Transformation Summit in Washington Budzier outlined five research tools companies can use to better manage the risk and complexity of mega-projects. His suggestions are based on research into over 4,200 IT projects totalling $85 billion from 28 companies.
Insects: Female Fruit Flies Like One Mate, or His Brother
New York Times, 01/10/2013, p.D4, Sindya N Bhanoo
The love life of a fruit fly is complicated, according to researchers at Oxford University. In a new paper in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, scientists report that while male fruit flies do not like to mate with the same female twice, females prefer to mate with the same male. And while females will also mate with the brother of a previous mate, males avoid mating with a mate's sister. The study of how fruit flies respond to the relatives of previous mates is the first to look at the 'in-law effect,' said lead author Dr Cedric Tan, a GTC alumnus (DPhil Zoology 2009) and a zoologist at Oxford.
Read the New York Times article online
Pupils 'being damaged by endless tests set by Gove'
The Times, 01/10/2013, p.1, Greg Hurst
Oxford academics Dr Tony Eaude, a GTC alumnus (DPhil Educational Studies 1999), and GTC Emeritus Fellow Professor Richard Pring are among 200 signatories to a letter, published in The Times, calling for Education Secretary Michael Gove's school reforms to be suspended. The letter argues that 'incessant testing' and school performance targets risk damaging the quality of childhood. It demands that Mr Gove's new national curriculum, exam reforms and school performance measures are halted while a commission of teachers, academics, authors and business leaders look at alternatives. Other signatories to the letter include the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.
Sibling relationships can alter sexual behaviour in fruit flies
The Conversation, 25/09/2013
Fruit flies adopt a mating strategy based on sibling relationships and the sexual familiarity of potential mates, according to research carried out at Oxford University, including first author GTC alumnus Dr Cedric Tan (DPhil Zoology 2009). Male fruit flies like to have a variety of unknown sexual partners, but female fruit flies prefer the same mate or their 'brothers-in-law'. Although this 'in-law effect' has no clear explanation, it is speculated that males benefit from mating with dissimilar females through the higher genetic diversity of their offspring. Females, on the other hand, may prefer to mate with familiar males to avoid the health risks posed by allowing sperm from multiple partners into their bodies.
Read the article online
The 'in-law effect': Male fruit flies sleep around but females keep it in the family
Article quotes GTC alumnus Dr Cedric Tan (DPhil Zoology 2009), first author of the paper.
Radio: Malcolm Boyden, BBC Radio Oxford
An Oxford University study of mating preferences in fruit flies has found that males and females respond to the sexual familiarity of potential mates in fundamentally different ways. The paper's author, GTC alumnus Dr Cedric Tan (DPhil Zoology of Oxford University's Department of Zoology, is interviewed about his findings. He explains that males prefer to have a variety of partners, whereas females show a preference for their previous mate or their previous mate's brothers.
Why big IT projects crash
Financial Times online, 18/09/2013, Henry Mance
Article on the failure of project overspend mentions a 2011 study from Bent Flyvberg and GTC student Alexander Budzier (DPhil Management Studies) at Oxford University's Saïd Business School, which analysed IT projects exceeding their budgets.
TV: Today Tonight, Seven Network (Australia)
Report about new research conducted by GTC Fellow Paul Montgomery, Professor of Psycho-Social Intervention at the University of Oxford, which suggests that foods containing Omega-3 can help children who are struggling with reading. A diet containing the fats found in foods like fish, seafood and some algae were also shown to improve the behaviour of the study group of schoolchildren, who were from mainstream schools in Oxfordshire, England. The report contains several interview clips with Professor Montgomery.
US study raises controversial prospect of blood tests to identify people at risk of suicide
The Independent online, Heather Saul, 20/08/2013
A US study has found biomarkers in the blood can be used to identify people at risk of suicide, raising the controversial prospect of a blood test providing early warning of suicide attempts. But Professor Keith Hawton, GTC Fellow and director of the Centre for Suicide Research at Oxford University, has urged caution about the results, saying: "There is a big difference between finding differences between groups (as in this study) compared with risk in actual individuals, the latter being the real test of predictors."
US-Zeitungsbranche: Milliardaere auf dem Vormarsch
Die Welt (Germany), 07/08/2013
Professor Robert Picard, GTC Research Fellow and Director of Research at Oxford University's Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, comments on Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' purchase of the Washington Post.
Fit for Purpose: Changing in a Changing World
Huffington Post (USA), 05/08/2013, Valerie Keller
Article by Valerie Keller, GTC alumna (Executive MBA 2009) and Associate Fellow at the Said Business School at Oxford on change in organisations.
Michael Gove warned over teacher recruitment
The Times online, Unattributed, 30/07/2013
The university think tank million+ has said that the Education Secretary Michael Gove is risking a potential "crisis" in teacher recruitment, with predictions that thousands of teacher-training places have been left unfilled in the new School Direct programme. Article includes a quote from John Furlong, GTC Emeritus Fellow and Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Oxford, who said: "For the first time since the early 1990s, we are seeing the issue of teacher shortages. The rapid development of an untested system (School Direct) is unwise and unhelpful." The report also includes a comment from a Department for Education spokesperson: 'School Direct is a response to what schools told us they wanted ... The programme is proving extremely popular ... Last year, outstanding providers like Oxford University and the Institute of Education became involved with School Direct.'
Royal Society prizes for three professors
Oxford Mail (in brief), p. 9, 24/07/2013
Three professors at Oxford University have been named prizewinners by the Royal Society for outstanding research and contributions to science, including GTC Honorary Fellow Professor Sir Walter Bodmer. Sir Walter, of the Department of Oncology, has received a Royal Medal for his contributions to research into genetic disease. The Buchanan Medal has been awarded to Professor Douglas Higgs, head of the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, for his work on the regulation of the human alpha-globin gene cluster. Professor Frank Close OBE, Fellow Emeritus at Exeter College, is the winner of the Michael Faraday Prize for his work in science communication.
We're parched in the driest June and July for 195 years
Oxford Mail, p.3, 20/07/2013, Emma Harrison
Oxford is set to experience its driest June and July combined for nearly 200 years as the city continues to bake in the sunshine. Records from Oxford University's Radcliffe Meteorological Station show that so far this month 1.7 millimetres of rain fell in the city, a stark difference to last July's total of 101.3mm. So far the combined June and July rainfall is 19mm, making it the second driest on record at the station. PhD student Ian Ashpole, who takes the measurements for the station at Green Templeton College, said: "It's currently set to be the direst July since 1825 and third driest on record. It has been very warm too, but the current mean air temperature has been exceeded in 11 previous Julys, most recently 2006."
Read the Oxford Mail article online
First Indigenous Australian students at Oxford look to rewrite history
The Guardian online, 05/07/2013, Oliver Laughland
Feature article about the indigenous Australian students studying at Oxford University, saying: 'Oxford University's seven-strong group of Aboriginal students are reshaping history.' The article mentions GTC student Krystal Lockwood who is studying for an MSc in Evidence Based Social Intervention under the Charlie Perkins scholarships and is one of the first Aboriginal students to come to Oxford.
Radio: Mark Cummings, BBC Radio Gloucestershire 02/07/2013, 07:10
Professor Robert Walker, GTC Fellow based in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at Oxford University, is interviewed about his research which suggests that the poor are made to feel a sense of ‘shame’, following the news that schoolchildren who qualify for free school meals are not claiming them.
Fish really does make kids clever
Daily Express (Scotland), 28/06/2013, p.35, Jo Willey
It has long been claimed that fish is good for the brain - and now a study has discovered children who struggle with reading have low levels of essential fish fats in their blood. Omega-3 fatty acids called EPA and DHA, found in fish and seafood, are essential for the brain's structure and function as well as for maintaining a healthy heart. Research carried out at Oxford University and published in the journal PLOS One found children's blood levels of DHA 'significantly predicted' how well they were able to concentrate and learn. Blood omega-3 levels were studied in 493 UK schoolchildren aged from seven to nine. GTC Fellow Professor Paul Montgomery, co-author, said: 'We found levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the blood significantly predicted a child's behaviour and ability to learn. Higher levels in the blood, and DHA in particular, were associated with better reading and memory, as well as with fewer behaviour problems.'
Radio: Witness, BBC World Service
Programme on research by Sir Richard Doll, the first Warden of the former Green College, which first demonstrated the link between smoking and lung cancer. The programme includes archive footage of Sir Richard Doll and an interview with Sir Richard Peto, GTC Fellow and professor of medical statistics and epidemiology at Oxford University, who joined the research team in the late 60s and in 1970 moved to Oxford with Sir Richard Doll, who had been appointed Regius Professor of Medicine at the University. Sir Richard Peto discusses the longitudinal nature of the research and how it took many years for media and public perceptions of the risks of smoking to change.
The Global Search for Education: Women Part 3
Huffington Post, CM Rubin, 19/06/2013
The third and final part of a series by Cathy Rubin on gender equality featuring some of the findings and recommendations of last January's GTC Emerging Market's Symposium. The article features commentary from GTC fellow Linda Scott (DP World Chair for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Said Business School), as well as EMS particpants Mary King (Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, University for Peace), and Sir George Alleyne (Chancellor of the University of the West Indies and former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean).
The Global Search for Education: Women Part 2
Huffington Post, CM Rubin, 10/06/2013
The second part of a three part series by Cathy Rubin on gender equality featuring some of the findings and recommendations of last January's GTC Emerging Market's Symposium includes commentary from Ian Scott, GTC Associate fellow and Director of the Emerging Markets Symposium, and participants Suman Bery and Jeni Klugman.
Do you need to get down with the kids?
The Times Educational Supplement Scotland, 07/06/2013, p., p.22, Unattributed
Article on how to boost students' engagement with study in the classroom includes comment from GTC alumnus Tony Eaude (DPhil Educational Studies 1999), an honorary research fellow at the University of Oxford's department of education.
Radio: David Prever, BBC Radio Oxford
GTC Fellow Dr Jonathan Reynolds from the Oxford Institute of Retail Management is interviewed about his research, which examines retail diversity in the UK high streets over the last 30 years.
Listen again here (1:09 on the clock)
The Global Search for Education: Women Part 1
Huffington Post, CM Rubin, 06/06/2013
The first part of a three part series by Cathy Rubin on gender equality featuring some of the findings and recommendations of last January's GTC Emerging Market's Symposium includes commentary from GTC Principal Professor Sir David Watson, GTC Fellow Professor Linda Scott, Governor Madeleine Kunin, and President of Bryn Mawr College Jane McAuliffe.
Radio: Malcolm Boyden, BBC Radio Oxford
The Department of Health is giving £4m to four NHS centres including Oxford to improve the diagnosis of cancer and other diseases. GTC Research Fellow Dr Matthew Thompson of Oxford University, clinical lead of the Oxford centre, is interviewed.
Listen to the interview here [c.2:07 on the clock]
TV: BBC South Today Oxford, BBC One
Watch the interview here [c.4:50 on the clock]
New device keeps liver alive outside body
Huffington Post, 20/05/2013
Article on OrganOx, a device which earlier this year was successful in keeping a liver functioning outside the body before transplantation into a patient. OrganOx was developed by Peter Friend, director of Oxford Transplant Centre, and Constantin Coussios, biomedical engineering professor at Oxford University.
Academies are not the way forward for education
The Observer, 19/05/2013, p.38
Letter from GTC Emeritus Fellow Professor Richard Pring, contesting an argument in favour of academies by Will Hutton previously published in The Observer: '[Academies are] certainly not [the solution] on the basis of the evidence so far available. Despite the extra funding that such schools received (including the £1bn over the budgeted sum) and despite (according to the recent RSA report) the apparent manipulation of admissions to improve results, the academies as a whole do not compare well with those schools that remain accountable to the local community.'
Times Higher Education, p. 42-45, John Furlong, 02/05/13
Comment by John Furlong, GTC Emeritus Fellow and professor of educational studies at Oxford University, where from 2003 to 2010 he served as director of the Department of Education. Article discusses the role of universities in providing professional preparation to teachers and changes to the structure of teacher training in England announced by Michael Gove that will see more than half of all teacher training places delivered by schools rather than universities.
Times Higher Education, p. 5, John Gill, 02/05/13
Editorial on teacher training programmes at universities and the government’s changes to teacher training funding notes a comment piece in the magazine by John Furlong, GTC Emeritus Fellow and professor of educational studies at the University of Oxford.
New Device Keeps Liver Alive Outside Body
Forbes Magazine online (USA), 'Singularity University' section, Peter Murray, 01/05/13
In what's being called a medical first, doctors have been able to keep a liver functioning outside the body and then transplant it into a patient. The device is much better at preservation than the current method, cooling livers with ice. By extending the health of donated livers, the new device could not only increase the chances those who desperately need the organs will receive them, it could also improve the outcome of recipients. OrganOx was developed by Peter Friend, GTC Fellow and director of Oxford Transplant Centre, and Constantin Coussios, biomedical engineering professor at Oxford University. It keeps livers alive by keeping them at body temperature and circulating red blood cells through them that deliver nutrients and oxygen.
Read the Forbes online article
Is gap year volunteering a bad thing?
BBC Magazine online, 01/05/2013
Volunteering abroad to build schools or dig wells might make people feel good about themselves - but it can be detrimental to those who are supposed to be helped, writes GTC alumna Daniela Papi (MBA 2011) who has founded a tour company based on her principles.
A special 5 live investigation looks at the issue of gender-based abortion in countries including India and China. The programme included interviews with Shaukat Aziz, Tsung-Mei Cheng of the GTC Emerging Markets Symposium and GTC fellow Stephen Kennedy and research for the programme was done by GTC postgraduate medical student Katharine Knight.
Listen again here (available until Thursday 2 May)
Could your medicine give you a drink problem?
Daily Mail, 23/04/2013, p.49, Jerome Burne
An article on the difficulty of picking up and reporting uncommon side effects of drugs, and the role of drug companies and regulators, includes comment from GTC Honorary Fellow Sir David Weatherall, Regius Professor of Medicine Emeritus at Oxford University.
MPs and academics call for nuclear review: full letter
Sunday Telegraph online, 06/04/2013
In an open letter to the Sunday Telegraph, MPs and academics have called for the National Audit Office to review nuclear negotiations between the Government and EDF Energy over financial support for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in Somerset. The signatories include GTC Research Fellow Dr Sarah J Darby, Senior Researcher, Lower Carbon Futures, in the Oxford University Environmental Change Institute.
Read the letter online
Letters: Benefit cuts and rhetoric undermine a bastion of civilised society
The Guardian online, letters, 27/03/13
Professor Robert Walker, GTC Fellow and Professor of Social Policy in the University Department of Social Policy and Intervention is one of the signatory's of a letter urging the government to reconsider the benefit cuts scheduled for 1 April and to ensure that no further public spending cuts are targeted on the poorest.
When Women Do Well, Everyone Does Better
Huffington Post World, Madeleine M Kunin, 25/03/1013
Kunin, a participant in GTC's Emerging Markets Symposium in January, writes about the importance of gender equality in creating a more prosperous ans stable world. "Restrictions on women - either to education or to their safety - act like a dead weight on the best-laid plans to boost economic growth and political stability. This was the message from the symposium I recently participated in on 'Gender Inequality and Emerging Markets' at Green Templeton College at Oxford University."
Gender Inequality in Emerging Markets
Heartfile E-Forum, Ian Scott, 14/03/2013
Ian Scott, GTC Associate Fellow and Director of GTC's Emerging Markets Symposium, argues that gender inequality must be eliminated from emerging markets as in other countries because it is morally wrong and because it is bad economics.
SRF [Swiss radio & television, largest Swiss broadcaster in German]
Professor Peter Friend, GTC Fellow, is interviewed about a device developed at Oxford that can keep livers alive outside the body.
See the SRF online article with video here.
Grieving husband pushes bill for unproven remedies
Yahoo News, 13/03/2013, Maria Cheng
GTC Associate Fellow Charles Foster, a barrister who teaches medical ethics at Oxford University, comments on a bill proposed by Lord Maurice Saatchi (a member of the House of Lords) that would allow doctors to use experimental therapies even if there is no proof they work. Foster said Saatchi's bill could be important in addressing doctors' misconceptions of what the law allows. "It could change the zeitgeist of the medical profession and make them more willing to try new things," he said.
Read the Yahoo News article online
Radio: Health Check, BBC Radio 4
The long-awaited results of the biggest clinical trial that has ever been carried out have just been published in the medical journal The Lancet. One million young children from 10,000 Indian villages took part and the idea was to trial two health interventions, deworming and Vitamin A supplementation, which are often thought of as magic bullets. Sir Richard Peto, GTC Fellow and Professor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology at the University of Oxford, speaks exclusively to Health Check about the results.
[The five-year trial was conducted by Oxford University (CTSU) with King George's Medical University in India.]
'One Billion Rising' - Universities must play a role
University World News, 09/03/2013, Brenda Gourley
Gourley, a participant i the recent GTC Emerging Markets Symposium on Gender Inequality in Emerging Markets argues that higher education institutions must take a lead in gender equality issues.
Read the article online
Other coverage of the Symposium:
A moral issue that challenges us
The Church Times, 08/03/2013, Elaine Storkey
International Women's Day: A Time to Reflect on What Has Been Done to Secure World Gender Equality
The Huffington Post, UK, 08/03/2013, Baroness Mary Goudie
Gender Equality Pays Off in Brazil
The Huffington Post, World, 07/03/2013, Otaviano Canuto
Gender Equality and Economic Growth in Brazil
Economic Premise note published by The World Bank by Pierre-Richard Agénor and Otaviano Canuto (March 2013)
The Economic Benefits of Educating Women
Bloomberg Businessweek, 07/03/2013, Kathy Matsui
Education Is Indispensible in Tackling Gender Inequality
The Huffington Post, UK, 06/03/2013, Sir George Alleyne
TV: BBC News at Six, BBC One
Ian Christie was dying from liver failure and needed a transplant. But instead of the donor liver he was to receive being stored 'on ice', in a world first it was kept functioning at body temperature on a machine developed at Oxford University. The technology is the result of 15 years of work by an engineer and a surgeon at Oxford. GTC fellow Professor Peter Friend is interviewed about the research. Ian Christie and the surgeon who performed the transplant at King's College Hospital are also interviewed.
See the report here
Machine helps liver function outside the body
Financial Times, 16/03/2013, p.3, Clive Cookson
Patients given livers that machine had kept 'alive'
The Daily Telegraph, 16/03/2013, p.16, Sam Marsden
Human livers kept 'alive' out of body in donor breakthrough
The Independent, 16/03/2013, p.13, Tom Peck
Radiation Treatment's Heart Risk Is Called Modest
New York Times online (USA), 13/03/2013, Denise Grady
Radiation treatment for breast cancer can increase a woman's risk of heart disease, doctors have long known. But the size of the added risk has not been clear. Now, a new study offers a way to estimate the risk. It finds that for most women the risk is modest, and that it is outweighed by the benefit from the treatment, which can halve the recurrence rate and lower the death rate from breast cancer by about one-sixth. According to the study, a 50-year-old woman with no cardiovascular risk factors has a 1.9 per cent chance of dying of heart disease before she turns 80. Radiation treatment for breast cancer would increase that risk to between 2.4 percent and 3.4 percent, depending on how much radiation hits the heart. "It would be a real tragedy if this put women off having radiotherapy for breast cancer," said Sarah Darby, GTC Fellow a professor of medical statistics at the University of Oxford in Britain, and the lead author of the study, published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine.
Heart risk rises with breast cancer radiation
Reuters, 13/03/2013, Gene Emery
The radiation that might cure a breast cancer may also raise a woman's risk of having a heart attack or heart disease later in life, according a new study that looked back at the cases of 2,168 women in Sweden and Denmark. The risk "begins within a few years after exposure, and continues for at least 20 years," the researchers report in the New England Journal of Medicine. And that risk rises, they found, in proportion to the dose of radiation the heart receives. The researchers said the results should not be a cause for alarm and will allow doctors to factor any potential risk it into cancer treatment planning. "Doctors can now estimate the risk and know that in most cases it will be very small so they can reassure their patients," said lead author of the study, GTC Fellow Professor Sarah Darby. "The results of our study should not scare women off having radiotherapy," she added."It is a life-saving procedure."
Read the Reuters article online
Also covered in the following (click title to read article):
Study: Radiation for breast cancer can harm hearts
Associated Press (USA), Marilynn Marchione, 13/03/2013
Study: Radiation for Breast Cancer Can Harm Hearts
Time magazine, via AP, 13/03/2013, Marilynn Marchione
Heart risk rises with breast cancer radiation
Chicago Tribune, via Reuters, 13/03/2013, Gene Emery
Study: Radiation for breast cancer can harm hearts
San Francisco Chronicle, via AP, 13/03/2013, Marilynn Marchione
Study: Radiation for breast cancer can harm hearts
Huffington Post (USA), via AP, 13/03/2013, Marilynn Marchione
New study says breast cancer radiation treatment harms women's hearts
Global Post (USA), Kristin Deasy, 13/03/2013
Radiotherapy raises CVD risk in breast cancer patients
Nurse.com (USA), 13/03/2013
Heart risk rises with breast cancer radiation
Fox News online, 14/03/2013, via Reuters
Cancer Treatment Takes Toll on Heart
ABC News online (USA), via MedPage Today, 14/03/2013, Michael Smith
'Night shift link' to ovarian cancer
BBC News online, 15/03/2013
Report on news that US researchers have found a link between working night shifts and ovarian cancer includes comment from Professor Valerie Beral of the University of Oxford, who said that there could be a number of other factors which should be taken into account.
Emerging Markets' Feminine Future
Project Syndicate, HE Shaukat Aziz, 01/03/2013
Following the meeting of GTC's Emerging Markets Symposium in January at Egrove Park in Oxford on gender inequality, Chairman of the EMS steering committee and former Prime Minister of Pakistan, writes about the symposium's conclusions: "First and foremost, national policymakers must take concrete, comprehensive action to ensure that women are forced to abandon neither productive nor reproductive activities. To this end, governments should implement measures that guarantee, directly or indirectly, affordable child- and elder-care support systems for working parents."
KiniBiz, Malaysia, 05/03/2013
The Independent, Bangladesh, 05/03/2013
The Timaru Herald, New Zealand, 05/03/2013
Stabroek News, Guyana, 05/03/2013
L'Orient-Le Jour, Lebanon, 04/03/2013
The Bangkok Post, Thailand, 04/03/2013
Today's Zaman, Turkey, 03/03/2013
صباح جديد New Sabah, Iraq, 03/03/2013
Nation of Change, US, 03/03/2013
иноСМИ (inoSMI), Russia, 02/03/2013
Tribuna Libre de Almendron, Spain, 01/03/2013
Il Sole 24 Ore, Italy, 01/03/2013
11 Critical Steps for Emerging Markets
Gender Features, Dissemination by The World Bank, 28/03/2013
La Igualdad de Género
El Colombiano, Rodrigo Botero, 28/02/2013
Rodrigo Botero, former member of the Emerging Markets Symposium steering group and former Colombian Minister of Finance, writes about the outcomes of the 2013 symposium on gender equality.
Read the El Colombiano article online (in Spanish)
Women's Vital Role in the Emerging Markets
The Huffington Post, UK, Baroness Mary Goudie, 27/03/2013
Baroness Goudie, who attended the Emerging markets Symposium on gender equality, outlines a number of areas where women's roles can be improved and supported within emerging countries, including education, technology, access to finance and human and sex trafficking.
One Billion Rising, and more
Blog in Waging Nonviolence, Mary Elizabeth King, 21/02/2013
Mary Elizabeth King, who attended the recent Emerging Markets Symposium on gender inequality, argues that advances for women benefit societies. "The symposium recognized the value of leveraging technology in the sharing of information to help break the isolation of women. It recommends that emerging-market governments enable women to experience reproductive autonomy and sexual sovereignty, including criminalizing the neo-naticide and infanticide that result in imbalanced gender ratios. It encourages private-sector employers to create solutions for child care, elder care and other work-life challenges of employed parents of both sexes."
A irmã de Freud
O Estado de S.Paulo, Eliano Cardoso, Brazil, 13/02/2013
A report on the Emerging Markets Symposium on gender inequality held in Oxford in January 2013.
Read the O Estado de S.Paulo article online (in Portuguese)
Why gender will matter for India
Business Standard, Suman Bery, 04/02/2013
Suman Bery, a member of the steering committee of the Emerging Markets Symposium, explains why gender is an important issue for economic development.
Women's vital role in emerging markets
Letter in The Guardian, 31/01/2013
Letter signed by Lady Justice Ang'awa (Judge of the high court of Kenya), Rodrigo Botero (former finance minister of Colombia), Baroness Mary Goudie, Prof Linda Scott (DP world chair for entrepreneurship and innovation, Said Business School, University of Oxford), Prof Ngaire Woods (Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford), Shengman Zhang (chair, Citi Asia Pacific). "We recently participated in a symposium at Green Templeton College, Oxford, where 50 leaders from government, the public and private sectors, business, civil society and academe agreed that gender inequality may be more acute in emerging markets and the need for national and international action more urgent than anywhere else in the world."
Is it even possible to live a celibate life?
BBC News online, Tom de Castella, 05/03/2013
Article on whether celibacy is possible includes comment from GTC Emeritus Fellow John Wass, Professor of Endocrinology at Oxford University, who notes that men are driven by testosterone to want sex.
How men are seduced by red shop price labels
Daily Mail, p.11, Unattributed, 05/03/2013
Researchers have discovered that men are seduced by red price labels, while women see through the marketing ploy. Faced with sales prices written in red, men in the British study believed they were saving nearly twice as much as when the cost was laid out in black and white. Lead researcher and GTC Visiting Research Fellow Dr Nancy Puccinelli said: "Essentially, women are better shoppers than men and spend more time shopping. They appear to be immune to the effects of prices in red because they tend to process advertisements in greater depth, and are more sceptical. But when men see prices in red they feel more positive and think there are greater savings to be had."
Radio: Call Kaye, BBC Radio Scotland
06/03/13, 08:52 & 09.45
Dr Nancy Puccinelli of Oxford University is interviewed about her research into how the use of colour can affect consumers' perception of price, and in particular how men are more likely to perceive something is a bargain if its price label is in red rather than black.
Listen to the interview again [34.31 on clock]
9 store tricks to get you to spend
The Daily Mirror (Scotland), p. 8, Ruki Sayid, 06/03/13
Article on retailers' tricks to try and get consumers to spend more while in shops notes that an Oxford University study found British men believed they were saving twice as much when buying red-tag items as when the cost was shown in black and white. Lead researcher Dr Nancy Puccinelli said: 'When men see prices in red they feel more positive and think there are greater savings to be had. Men appear particularly susceptible to the effects of red colour, possibly for evolutionary reasons.'
Analysis: Tough times for soccer, and Italy
USA Today, Kim Hjelmgaar, 27/02/13
Article about recent match-fixing scandals in European football includes comment from GTC alumnus Declan Hill (DPhil Sociology 2004), a leading authority on match-fixing who has a doctorate from Oxford University on the topic.
East Asian medicine in South Korea
The Society of Korean-American Scholars, 20/02/2013
The association for renowned Korean academics based at US universities featured a synopsis of a paper by Seonsam Na (DPhil Anthropology) article in its weekly, globally distributed online newsletter. Na's paper (originally published in the Harvard Asia Quarterly) looks at the unique bipartite healthcare system where Western and eastern medicine stand equally side-by-side.
Read the newsletter article online (English language)
Fall in paracetamol deaths 'linked to pack limits'
BBC News online, 08/02/2013
Deaths from paracetamol overdoses fell by 43% in England and Wales in the 11 years after the law on pack sizes was changed, according to an Oxford University study published in the BMJ. In 1998, the government restricted pack sizes in the UK to 32 tablets in pharmacies and 16 in other shops. Using figures from the Office for National Statistics, the Oxford researchers looked at deaths involving paracetamol in people aged 10 years and over between 1993 and 2009. They found there were 765 fewer deaths after the legislation was introduced in 1998 than would have been predicted based on trends dating back to 1993. The study also found that patients registered for a liver transplant because of a paracetamol overdose had reduced by 61% following the legislation. Professor Keith Hawton, GTC Fellow and lead researcher, from the University of Oxford Centre for Suicide Research, said lives had been saved since the change in the law: "While some of this effect could have been due to improved hospital management of paracetamol overdoses, we believe that this has in large part been due to the introduction of the legislation... We are extremely pleased that this measure has had such benefits, but think that more needs to be done to reduce the toll of deaths from this cause." Despite the reduction in deaths from paracetamol, the study found there had been no decline in overdose cases after 1998.
Does FDI provide spoils, or does it just spoil?
China Daily, 28/01/2013, Xiaolan Fu
Article by Xiaolan Fu, GTC Fellow and professor of technology and international development, on foreign direct investment in China, in which he mentions a survey in Guangdong province jointly carried out by Oxford University and Guangdong University of Foreign Studies.
Read the China Daily article online
Time to rethink an old business model
The FT, Andrew Hill, 28/01/2013
Article about the management benefits and challenges of partnerships includes comment from GTC Fellow Tim Morris who is based in the Saïd Business School.
Read the FT article online
When You're Stuck in the Antarctic, Who You Gonna Call?
Time magazine, Ian Lloyd Neubauer, 29/01/2013
Article on the rescue of yachtsman Alain Delord off the coast of Tasmania includes comment from GTC Emeritus Fellow Chris Bulstrode, Emeritus Professor in trauma at the University of Oxford and chief medical officer on the cruise liner Orion which rescued him.
East Asian Medicine in South Korea
Akomnews.com, January 2013
Korean health sector newspaper features 'East Asian Medicine in South Korea', a paper by GTC student Seonsam Na (DPhil Anthropology) which appeared in the Harvard Asia Quarterly, a professional academic journal affiliated to the Harvard University Asia Center. The paper looks at the unique bipartite healthcare system where Western and eastern medicine stand equally side-by-side.
Radio: The Forum, BBC World Service
Catherine Dolan, GTC Fellow and an anthropologist based at the Said Business School, discusses the intersection of business and poverty in Africa.
Listen again here (c.01:00 on the iPlayer clock)
Grave concerns for sailor adrift on a life raft south of Tasmania as rescue described as a 'very big if'
The Age (Australia), Ian Lloyd Neubauer, 19/01/12
Article on the search for Alain Delord, a lone yachtsman who got into severe difficulties south of Tasmania, includes comment from Chris Bulstrode, GTC Emeritus Fellow and emeritus professor in trauma at Oxford University, and chief medical officer on the Orion, the only vessel which responded to his distress call. [Mr Delord was later rescued]
Exploitation of the workers
University of Oxford Magazine, pp. 20-21, January 2013
GTC Emeritus Fellow Keith Frayn writes about publishers' contracts that academic authors are expected to sign and the implications of copyright transfer.
Times Higher Education, p. 33, 17/01/13
Xiaolan Fu, GTC Fellow, has been awarded £480,713 from the DFID-ESRC Growth Programme to study 'The diffusion of innovation in low-income countries'.
How refugee entrepreneurs help themselves and their host economy
AlertNet (Reuters' humanitarian news site), 18/12/2012, Astrid Zweynert
Alexander Betts, GTC fellow and a lecturer in refugee studies at Oxford University, launched the Humanitarian Innovation Project (HIP) last month with the aim of tracking and documenting how refugees in countries like Uganda have thrived through their own entrepreneurial drive coupled with the right to work. The project will also look at innovative measures needed to help refugees expand their enterprises and stimulate the economies of their host countries, such as access to education, credit and incubators to make it easier to start up a business.
Read the AlertNET article online
Put innovation at the heart of refugee protection work
Guardian online (Professional), 04/01/2013, Alex Betts
Comment piece by Alex Betts, GTC Fellow and lecturer at the Department of International Development, University of Oxford. He suggests the traditional model of refugee protection is donor-state funded and prioritises keeping people alive, but can be inefficient. It could fail to make use of the best products and processes available, and prove unsustainable, requiring public money to be endlessly channelled into warehousing people. He is director of the Humanitarian Innovation Project, which aims to draw upon untapped resources or build upon refugees' own skills, aspirations, and entrepreneurship.
Read the Guardian article online
Radio: Phil Gayle, BBC Radio Oxford
The news headlines include a report by the Royal College of Physicians on obesity care in the NHS. GTC Emeritus Fellow Professor John Wass of Oxford University, one of the authors of the report, comments.
Listen online (c.2:00.20 on player clock)
SA Power 100 - 2012: Lucie Cluver
The South African online, Jeremy Kuper, 12/12/12
Profile of Lucie Cluver, a GTC alumna (DPhil Social Work) a lecturer in evidence-based social intervention at the University of Oxford and Fellow of Wolfson College, in which she discusses her research into the lives of AIDS-affected children in South Africa. Dr Cluver has been listed in the publication's South African Power 100 annual list.
The sector shalt be free, fair and never satisfied
Times Higher Education, Jack Grove, 13/12/12
GTC Principal Professor Sir David Watson's Presidential Address to the Society for Research in Higher Education annual conference on 12 December is highlighted. In his Address, Sir David proposed ten commandments for the sector, including 'strive to tell the truth', 'be fair' and 'never be satisfied'.
Bigger Role Seen for Breast Cancer Drug
New York Times (USA), p. A24, Andrew Pollack, 06/12/12
The widely prescribed drug tamoxifen already plays a major role in reducing the risk of death from breast cancer. But a new study suggests that women should be taking the drug for twice as long as is now customary. In the study, patients who continued taking tamoxifen for 10 years were less likely to have the cancer come back or to die from the disease than women who took the drug for only five years, the current standard of care. ‘Certainly, the advice to stop in five years should not stand,’ said Professor Richard Peto, GTC Fellow, a medical statistician at Oxford University and senior author of the study.
Interview with GTC student Seonsam Na (DPhil Anthropology) in a Korean professional healthcare newspaper about his work in Korea as an anthropologist.
Informing girls about puberty has many benefits
Voice of America online and radio, Joe DeCapua, 01/11/12
Helping African teenage girls deal with puberty has the added benefit of increasing their attendance at school. A new study in the journal PLOS One says simple, low cost interventions can have long-term positive results. The study of 120 teenage girls in secondary schools in Ghana was led by Professor Paul Montgomery of Oxford University. Girls in one group received free sanitary pads and lessons on puberty. Their attendance increased by six days over a 65 day term. But the study showed that a second group who did not receive the pads, but did receive the lessons, had a similar increase after about five months. Includes interview with Professor Montgomery.
Read the Voice of America online article
Prof's warning about strokes
Oxford Mail, p. 9, 02/11/12
Peter Rothwell, GTC Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Clinical Neurology at Oxford, has spoken out after a poll for the Stroke Association found that most people were not aware of the symptoms of transient ischaemic attack (TIA), also known as mini-stroke. More than two-thirds of 2,000 people surveyed did not recognise the signs of a TIA. Professor Rothwell warned that those suffering a TIA were likely to go on to have a major stroke unless they received urgent medical attention.
Women smokers who quit by 30 'evade earlier death risks'
BBC News online, James Gallagher, 27/10/2012
Women who smoke can increase their life expectancy by ten years if they quit the habit before middle age, new research suggests. A study of more than 1.3 million women found that stopping before the age of 40 avoids more than 90 per cent of the increased risk of dying caused by continuing to smoke. The research, based on results from the Million Women Study, is published in The Lancet to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Sir Richard Doll, one of the first people to identify the link between lung cancer and smoking. Professor Sir Richard Peto, GTC Fellow and Professor of Epidemiology at the Univesity of Oxford, is a co-author of the study.
Read the BCC News online article
Other coverage of this research includes:
Death rate treble for woman who smoke into middle age
The Guardian, p.12, Sarah Boseley, 27/10/2012
Women risk dying 10 years early if they keep smoking, says study
The Independent, p.5, Jeremy Laurance, 27/10/2012
Women who quit smoking by 40 can live an extra decade
Daily Telegraph online, 27/10/201
Smokers who ditch habit 'live up to ten years longer'
ITV News online, 27/10/2012
Ex-Smokers Can Gain An Extra 10 Years, Says Million Women Study In The Lancet
Huffington Post UK (via Press Association), 27/10/2012
How Can Women Who Smoke Add 10 Years To Their Lives?
Forbes magazine (USA), Robert Glatter, 26/10/2012
Thousands miss the early warning signs of stroke with two thirds not able to recognise the symptoms of a mini attack
Daily Mail online, Unattributed, 29/10/12
Thousands of Britons risk suffering a full-blown stroke because they fail to recognise the small, early warning of a 'mini attack'. Two-thirds of people do not recognise the symptoms of a small stroke and three quarters would not go to the emergency room if they did experience them, a charity survey found. One in ten people who suffer the symptoms of a transient ischemic attack (TIA) go on to have a stroke within a week if they remain untreated, the Stroke Association said. Lead researcher of the project, Peter Rothwell, GTC Senior Research Fellow and professor of clinical neurology at Oxford said: 'A TIA is an emergency and a significant proportion of people will go on to have a major stroke if they don't seek urgent medical attention. However, this poll suggests that the signs of a TIA are still being ignored. This needs to change.'
Targeted cancer drugs are not living up to expectations, say experts
The Guardian online, Sarah Boseley, 28/10/12
Progress against cancer is stalling, with the latest targeted cancer drugs failing to live up to expectations and priced so high that treatment is becoming unaffordable even in rich countries, according to experts at a meeting of nearly 100 eminent cancer specialists from around the world. The meeting of the World Oncology Forum, organised by the European School of Oncology and attended by experts such as epidemiologists Sir Richard Peto, GTC Fellow and an epidemiologist at Oxford University.
Reading between the lines
Oxford Times, In Business, October 2012, Jonathan Reynolds, p.17
Article by Dr Jonathan Reynolds, GTC Fellow and academic director of the Oxford Institute of Retail Management at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School, in which he offers advice to high street booksellers feelings squeezed by e-book sales.
Retail reform is in the doing
The Indian Express, 02/10/2012
Richard Cuthbertson and Malobi Mukherjee argue that regulations to achieve specific objectives can allow both domestic and foreign retailers to thrive in India.
Jon Horbaly, co-founder of Oxford nanoSystems has just completed the Oxford MBA programme. In this interview he talks about how he started, the challenges and funding the business.
5 Tips for How to Solve the World's Biggest Problems (and Maybe Make a Billion Dollars Along the Way!)
Huffington Post Italy, Blog, 6/10/2012, Daniela Papi
Former Oxford student Daniela Papi writes about the lessons she learned from her final assignment for her MBA at Oxford's Saïd Business School. She took on the option of doing a strategic consulting project for an energy start-up in Tanzania and says what she learned can be applied far beyond her MBA studies.
Taking Omega-3 every day could help children who have poor reading skills
Daily Mail, 07/09/2012, Katharine Barney
A University of Oxford study shows that children with poor reading skills could have their performance boosted by taking daily supplements of fatty acids found in seafood and some algae. Taking daily supplements of omega-3 DHA improved reading performance for the poorest readers (those in the lowest fifth of the normal range) and helped these children to catch up with their peer group: Paul Montgomery, GTC Fellow and Professor of Psychosocial Intervention was one of the researchers who carried out the study.
Read the Daily Mail article online
Radio: Toby Anstis, Heart Thames Valley
A new research centre which will look at how to improve how children in foster care do at school was officially opened at Oxford University on Thursday. The Rees Centre [for Research in Fostering and Education] is thought to be the first of its kind in the UK. The Director of the Rees centre is GTC Senior Visiting Research Fellow Professor Judy Sebba.
Educational help for foster children
Oxford Mail, 28/09/12, p.5, Unattributed
Children's Minister Edward Timpson launched the Rees Centre, Oxford's centre for research in fostering and education, yesterday. The centre will examine how policy makers and agencies can improve life for children and young people in care. The Director of the Rees centre is GTC Senior Visiting Research Fellow Professor Judy Sebba.
Figures reveal dramatic inequalities between universities
The Guardian, p. 32, Roger Brown, 25/09/12
Comment piece by Roger Brown, professor of higher education policy at Liverpool Hope University, on his study which ranked universities by income from all sources per full-time equivalent student in 2010-11. Cambridge came top with £65,840 per student, followed by Imperial on £48,820 and Oxford on £46,820. The article references the Prosperity Index, published in Education Guardian in 1999 by GTC Principal, Professor Sir David Watson and Rachel Bowden: the index ranked universities by income from all sources per full-time equivalent student as a quantitative measure of the institutional resources a student would experience.
Radio: James Cannon, BBC Radio Oxford
The Wolfson Foundation has given £4 million to Oxford University for research into stroke and dementia prevention. Professor Peter Rothwell, GTC Fellow, who will lead the new centre, is interviewed.
Listen to the interview (c. 1:05.19 on iPlayer clock)
Silent strokes' find voice in new centre
FT Weekend, Magazine, p. 50, Clive Cookson, 08/09/2012
The focus on Alzheimer's disease in medical research and the mass media has distracted attention from the other common cause of dementia in old age: strokes, blood clots and other vascular events in the brain. So the Wolfson Foundation, one of Britain's leading medical research charities, is giving £4m to set up a Centre for the Prevention of Stroke and Dementia at Oxford University. Peter Rothwell, GTC Fellow, who will lead the new centre at the John Radcliffe Hospital, believes that big benefits can be achieved in the relatively short term through better early diagnosis, more reliable prognosis and more effective use of existing preventive treatments.
Read the Financial Times article online [scroll down for article]
Single gene mutation found to cause insulin sensitivity
Fox News online, Loren Grush, 13/09/2012
Oxford researchers have discovered the first single gene responsible for insulin sensitivity in humans. Since the opposite condition of insulin resistance is a significant marker of type 2 diabetes, the discovery could potentially lead to new pathways for diabetes drugs and future treatments. Study author Dr Anna Gloyn, GTC Research Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism at Oxford University, is quoted.
New insight into genetic cause of insulin sensitivity
The Indian Express (via agencies), 13/09/12
Scientists ID Gene for Insulin Sensitivity
Health magazine online (USA, via HealthDay News), 13/09/2012
Obesity Gene Discovery May Lower Risk For Diabetes
Medical Daily (USA), Nikki Tucker, 13/09/2012
Scientists find insulin sensitivity gene, may lead to new diabetes treatments
Examiner.com (USA), Anne Seccombe, 13/09/2012
Gene responsible for insulin sensitivity discovered
How door-to-door business can empower rather than repress women
The Guardian online, Sustainable Business, Linda Scott and Catherine Dolan, 06/09/12
Article co-authored by Linda Scott and Catherine Dolan, both GTC Fellows based at Oxford University's Saïd Business School, discussing links between women's equality and better development outcomes. Article mentions their recent study showing how selling beauty products through Avon has been shown to help impoverished black South African women achieve economic autonomy.
Radio: Rod Whiting, BBC Radio Lincolnshire
Robert Walker, GTC Fellow and Professor of Social Policy at Oxford University, discusses a study he is leading which investigates whether shame is part of being poor.
Listen to the interview (c.1:09:00 on the iPlayer clock)
Radio: Health Check, BBC World Service
Valerie Beral, GTC Fellow, comments on the link between lifestyle and cancer risk.
Listen to the interview (c.01:00 on the iPlayer clock)
'He is not the God of the gaps, he is God of the whole show'
The Times, 18/08/2012, p.70, John Lennox
Article by John C Lennox, Professor of Mathematics and Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton College, disputing the claim made recently by physicist Lawrence Krauss that the verification of the Higgs particle makes it "...arguably more relevant than God".
Read The Times article online
Campaign to reduce parents' rights over their ill children
Jewish Tribune, 16/08/2012, p.10, Unattributed
Report on an article in the Journal of Medical Ethics on the rights of religious parents to refuse to allow the withdrawal of medical treatment from terminally ill children on grounds of faith includes comment from Oxford University's Charles Foster
Parents who believe in miracles 'torturing' dying children, doctors warn
Telegraph online, 14/08/2012
Terminally ill children are subjected to needless suffering amounting to “torture” by parents who refuse to allow the withdrawal of treatment because of their religious beliefs, leading doctors have claimed. In an article published in the Journal of Medical Ethics they warned that families with deeply held hopes for a “miraculous” recovery were increasingly being allowed to “stonewall” medical opinion. The article quotes GTC Associate Fellow and barrister Charles Foster, who argues that there is a place for religion in life and death decisions.
Genetic links to diabetes probed
Press Association, 12/08/2012
Ten further DNA 'hotspots' linked to the most common form of diabetes have been uncovered by scientists, bringing the total identified to more than 60. International experts probed deeper than ever into the genetic differences between individuals that affect the risk of type 2 diabetes. Lead investigator Professor Mark McCarthy, GTC Senior Research Fellow based at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics at Oxford University, said: 'The 10 gene regions we have shown to be associated with type 2 diabetes are taking us nearer a biological understanding of the disease. It is hard to come up with new drugs for diabetes without first having an understanding of which biological processes in the body to target. This work is taking us closer to that goal.'
Scientists Probe Genetic Links To Diabetes
Huffington Post UK (via Press Association), 13/08/2012
Competition forces groups and members to jockey for position
Times Higher Education, p. 11, John Morgan, 26/07/12
Article about how policy changes are affecting mission groups, such as the Russell Group, includes comment from GTC Principal Professor Sir David Watson. The article also states that “others” say “the real power lies with universities such as Oxford and Cambridge, to whom Russell Group membership is peripheral”.
Read the THE article online
Sports items fail to garner any medals
International Herald tribune, p8, Nicholas Bakalar, 25/07/12
A University of Oxford study led by GTC Research Fellow Dr Matthew Thompson has found no evidence to support claims that sports products, such as drinks, can improve performance.
South Africa's Avon ladies get the scent of a better life
Sydney Morning Herald online (Australia), 05/07/12, David Smith
A three year academic study by Oxford University researchers found that becoming an Avon lady in South Africa is often a route to financial independence and greater self-confidence. It found Avon representatives' income put them in the top half of black women in their communities and brought them in line with what a black South African man earns. Professor Linda Scott of Oxford University, a leader of the project, comments on the research.
Listen to the interview on the BBC iPlayer (c.31:00 on iPlayer clock)
South Africa's Avon ladies find their calling
The Guardian, p. 20, David Smith, 04/07/12
A three-year academic study by Oxford University researchers, funded by a £160,000 grant from the British government, has found that becoming an Avon lady in South Africa is often a route to financial independence and greater self-confidence. The Oxford research included surveys with 300 black Avon representatives and 77 customers, plus interviews with Avon's management, representatives and consumers. Avon representatives' income in South Africa put them in the top half of black women in their communities, and brought them in line with what a black South African man earns. Three out of four representatives told the survey Avon had helped them achieve financial autonomy, and nearly 90% said they had learned skills from Avon that could be transferred to other employment. Professor Linda Scott, a leader of the project, said: 'I was not prepared for the way the women felt about it. We came to call it "lipstick evangelism". There was a significant number who had sad stories - they had been raped; they had HIV - and they took up Avon as a last resort.'
Read the Guardian article online
Avon Helps Women Claim Independence In South Africa, Study Says
Huffington Post (USA), Rebecca Adams, 03/06/12
Weather: Wettest June since 1852
Oxford Times, 03/07/2012
Figures recorded by researchers at the Radcliffe Meteorological Station at Green Templeton College in Woodstock Road have recorded that this year saw the wettest June since 1852. Ian Curtis of Oxford University's School of Geography and the Environment said: 'Research has shown that 349.2mm of rain fell in the three months from April until June.'
Radio: Good Morning Scotland, BBC Radio Scotland
Social media sites should be harnessed to prevent suicide among young people, according to researchers from Stirling and Oxford Universities, including GTC Fellow Professor Keith Hawton. They say social networking sites could help build on government campaigns to provide support for vulnerable young people.
Listen again on BBC iPlayer (c.1:04:00 on iPlayer clock)
London 2012 will be ‘most expensive Games ever’
The Independent, p.12, Tom Peck, 26/06/2012
The London Olympics will be the most costly Games ever, a study which has been co-authored by GTC alumna Allison Stewart suggests. A report by Oxford University’s Said Business School, dealing only with “sport-related costs” and ignoring expensive infrastructure projects, such as those commissioned for the Beijing and Athens Games, puts London’s final bill at £8.4bn. The sum, including security, transport, the opening and closing ceremonies and the construction of venues and the athletes’ village, leaves the London Games 101 percent over its original 2004 budget. The £8.4bn combines public sector subsidies with private funds raised by the London Organising Committee from sponsorship and ticket sales.
Read the Independent online article
Other coverage (click on title to link to articles):
London Olympics most over-budget Games since Atlanta 1996
Bloomberg Businessweek (USA), Chris Spillane, 24/06/2012
London 2012 will be most expensive Olympics ever
City AM, p.15, James Waterson, 26/06/2012
London Olympics May Be Most Expensive Games Ever
Forbes (USA), John M. Clarke Jr, 25/06/2012
Social media 'could cut suicide'
BBC News online (Scotland), 22/06/2012, Reevel Alderson
Social media sites should be harnessed to help prevent suicide among young people, according to researchers from Stirling and Oxford Universities writing in The Lancet. They said the sites could help build on government campaigns by providing support for vulnerable young people. Professor Keith Hawton, GTC Fellow who is based in the University's Centre for Suicide Research said: "Although suicide is uncommon in adolescents compared with non-fatal self-harm, it is always a tragic outcome… Further research in this area is urgently required if we are to make any headway in reducing the number of young people who either cause themselves significant harm or take their own lives."
New Guru: Linda Scott
Economic Times of India, Unattributed, 08/06/12
Profile of Linda Scott, DP World Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Oxford University’s Said Business School. Her current work is focused on women's empowerment in emerging marketsand changing symbol systems in the globalising consumer culture.
Scholars carry Charlie Perkins banner
The Australian online, Lauren Wilson, 31/05/12
Indigenous Australians will have more chances than ever to study overseas, as the Australian and British governments pledged almost half a million dollars to support indigenous education overseas. The government yesterday announced $200,000 for the Charlie Perkins Scholarship. Australian National University graduate Kyle Turner is one of three scholarship recipients this year. He will undertake a doctor of philosophy in public health at Jesus College at Oxford University. The other recipients include University of Melbourne's Lilly Brown, who will study a master of philosophy at Cambridge, while Griffith University's Krystal Lockwood will undertake a master of science at Green Templeton College.
An evolving Bod
The Times, p. 23, Unattributed, 28/05/12
Letter from GTC Emeritus Fellow Sir Muir Gray, Nuffield Department of Surgery, Oxford University: '"The Bodleian Library is not what it was" (letter, May 22), and a good thing too. I love the treasures and the light shining through the windows of Duke Humfrey's Library, but the Bodleian Library is a great engine house in the knowledge business, not a museum. A library has to evolve or become irrelevant and the Bodleian is doing just that, changing to provide a service for scholars worldwide, as well as those fortunate enough to be able to work in the library. The Bod serves me wherever I am working - currently in Sicily - because, sadly, I am rarely able to be in that wonderful great wedding cake of a building, the Radcliffe Camera. Sir Thomas Bodley would have loved the internet and required his library to exploit it as well as storing great treasures, and that is what is happening in Oxford right now.'
One-third of US homeless people is obese: Study
Philadelphia Inquirer (USA), Unattributed, 19/05/12
One-third of homeless people in the United States are obese, about the same rate as the general population, a new study has found. According to researchers at Harvard Medical School and the University of Oxford, the high rate of obesity among homeless people may be due to their reliance on cheap foods that contain high levels of fat and sugar. Another possible explanation could be physiological - chronic food shortages cause the body to adapt by storing fat reserves. The researchers examined the body mass index (a measure of body fat based on height and weight) in more than 5,600 homeless men and women in Boston and found that 32 percent were obese, just under 6 percent were morbidly obese and just under 2 percent were underweight. "This study highlights the importance of the quality, as well as the quantity, of food that the homeless are consuming," said study co-author and GTC Fellow Paul Montgomery, a professor of psycho-social interventions at the University of Oxford. "Interventions aimed at reducing obesity in the homeless, such as improving nutritional standards in shelters or educational efforts at clinical sites, should be considered in light of these findings."
Read the Philadelphia Inquirer article online
In praise of ... Theodore Zeldin
Guardian, Editorial, 16/05/2012
Today in London, the French ambassador will present the order's senior rank, commander of the legion of honour, to an Englishman. GTC Associate Fellow Theodore Zeldin, historian of French life and presiding spirit of the Oxford Muse Foundation, which aspires to forge trust between strangers, is only the second foreigner to receive the honour this year.
Steroids cut sinus infection symptoms slightly
Reuters UK, Kerry Grens, 16/05/12
Nasal spray steroids, taken for three weeks, help to shorten the length of time people feel pain and congestion from a sinus infection, according to a new review of several studies. Antibiotics themselves are not extremely helpful - and most people who take them will see no benefit. But for patients or doctors seeking a way to speed up the course of an illness, nasal spray steroids might offer an alternative to antibiotics. The team gathered data from six different studies that compared steroids to another spray that had no active ingredients. "But the effect is not huge. It's about the same as giving them an antibiotic," said GTC Research Fellow Dr Matthew Thompson, the senior author of the study and a researcher in the department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford in England.
Historic reading at oldest station
Oxford Times, p. 11, 17/05/12, Andrew Ffrench
Interview with doctoral student Helen Pearce of the School of Geography, whose daily recording of measurements from the weather station at Green Templeton College has shown that April was the wettest month in Oxford since scientists began taking records at the site 245 years ago. She said: "This is the oldest weather station in the country and I'm pleased to be part of that history."
New fostering research centre
Oxford Mail (in brief), p. 22, 15/05/12
Oxford University has created a new centre to conduct research into improving outcomes for foster children and those in care. GTC Senior Visiting Research Fellow Professor Judy Sebba said: "It will play a vital role in understanding and shaping foster care practice and educational outcomes for children in care more generally".
How we start getting fat just three hours after a big meal
Daily Mail -Main-, 14/05/2012, p.3, Fiona Macrae
Researchers from Oxford University have discovered how quickly the fat in a meal is converted into fatty tissue around our bodies. They found that the average person can add the equivalent of 2-3 teaspoons of fat to their waist within hours of eating. With a high fat meal, the quantity of fat deposited can be greater, especially if the food is consumed earlier in the day - such as with a fried breakfast. It has long been thought that fatty meals led to weight gain, but it was believed that the process was gradual. However, research by Professor Fredrik Karpe and GTC Emeritus Fellow Professor Keith Frayn suggests a far more complex picture. 'The process is very fast,' Fredrik Karpe, professor of metabolic medicine, said. 'The cells in the adipose tissue around the waist catch the fat droplets as the blood carries them and incorporates them into the cells for storage.'
A fry-up on the lips... and 3 hours later fat's on the hips
Metro -Main-, 14/05/2012, p.16, Hannah Crown
Waisting little time
New York Post online (USA), (via Sunday Times), 13/05/2012, Unattributed
British scientists discover that high fat foods hit the waistline three hours after being eaten
Daily Telegraph online (Australia) (via Daily Mail), 14/05/2012, Unattributed
Food can turn into body fat in hours
The Australian online, (via Sunday Times), 14/05/2012, Unattributed
Fall in deaths following withdrawal of pain killer
HealthCanal.com, Unattributed, 09/05/12
There has been a major reduction in deaths involving the pain-relief drug co-proxamol since it was withdrawn in the UK in 2005, an Oxford University-led study has found. The findings of the study by Professor Keith Hawton of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford and colleagues show that the withdrawal of co-proxamol has not seen an increase in deaths involving other pain killers. Professor Hawton and colleagues assessed the impact of co-proxamol withdrawal in England and Wales by comparing data on pain relief prescribing and suicide rates collected between 1998 and 2004 with data collected between 2005 and 2010. They found that on average, from 2008 to 2010, there were 20 deaths related to co-proxamol per year, including suicides and accidental poisonings. It was more than 250 per year during the 1990s.
April 'was Oxford's wettest since records began'
BBC News online, 04/05/2012
According to staff at the Radcliffe Meteorological Station, which is situated in the gardens of Green Templeton College - the city has experienced the wettest April since records began.
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April deluge sets new record for university centre
Oxford Mail,10/05/2012, Andrew Ffrench
April was the wettest in Oxford since records began
Oxford Mail, 05/05/2012, Unattributed
Wettest April in UK since 1767 according to longest rainfall dataset
PhysOrg.com, 07/05/2012, Unattributed
Aspirin Really Is Kind of a Wonder Drug, Studies Continue to Show
The Atlantic online (USA), Alice Walton, 30/04/12
Three new studies by the same research team at the University of Oxford have shown that aspirin over the long term can reduce the risk of cancer - and its spread through the body. The team's earlier work had shown that daily aspirin could reduce cancer risk over the next 20 years. Now, GTC Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Clinical Neurology Peter Rothwell and his team have expanded on their original findings. In one large scale review of 51 earlier studies, people who took less than 300 mg of aspirin every day had a 25 percent reduced risk of developing any type of cancer after three years. It reduced the risk of death from cancer by about 15 percent. The longer people took aspirin, the better: after five years, the risk of death was reduced by 37 percent in aspirin-takers. Another study determined how aspirin affected the spread of cancer once it had developed, and a third study was a confirmation of aspirin's effects on metastasis.
New self-cleaning glass could help prevent fogging and glare
NewsTrack India (via ANI), Unattributed, 30/04/12
Article about a new self-cleaning glass that is able to resist fogging and glare effects invented by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology includes comment from Andrew Parker, a senior visiting research fellow at GTC.
Comments by Andrew Parker also in:
Amazing new glass not only self-cleans but avoids glare and fogging
MSNBC online, Technolog blog (via Future of Tech), Unattributed, 27/04/12
MIT Glass Innovation Is Self-Cleaning, Resists Glare (VIDEO)
Huffington Post (USA) (via Innovation News Daily), Unattributed, 26/04/12
Revolutionary Glare-Free Glass Could be in Your Smartphone in the Future
International Business Times online (Australia), Ranina Sanglap, 30/04/12
Anti-fog glass is glare-free and self-cleaning
TG Daily, Emma Woollacott, 30/04/12
Researchers create anti-fogging, self-cleaning, glare-free glass
GMA News online (Philippines), Unattributed, 30/04/12
My stupid, sexist mistake
Red Online (UK), Saskia Graville, 25/04/12
Comment piece mentions a lecture on women and economics by GTC Fellow Professor Linda Scott at Oxford University's Saïd Business School.
Radio: Beyond Belief, BBC Radio 4
Dr John Lennox, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, is one of those debating whether modern physics leaves any room for the existence of God.
Bottom of the pyramid selling
The Economist online, 19/04/12
Article on a study by GTC Fellows Professor Linda Scott and Dr Catherine Dolan - both based at the Saïd Business School - into a rural sales programme run by an NGO that employs struggling Bangladeshi women. GTC student Mary Johnstone-Louis (DPhil Management Studies) was also a member of the research team.
Mobile stroke unit roughly halves time to diagnosis and treatment of patients with suspected stroke
Medical Xpress, 11/04/2012
Article on a German study examining the benefits of specialised ambulances or mobile stroke units for assessing patients suspected of having a stroke quotes from a commentary by Professors Peter Rothwell, GTC Fellow, and Alastair Buchan of Oxford University.
College puts in new pavilion plan
Oxford Mail, p14, 11/04/12
A sports pavilion look set to be built for Oxford University's youngest college. Green Templeton College, off Woodstock Road, has submitted a planning application to contract a pavilion which will be used for a maximum of 10 years. It will replace the college's gym, which has space for just one rowing machine and one treadmill.
The insider's guide to cancer prevention
The Guardian, Oliver Laughland, 07/04/2012
Feature article looks at how some cancer experts and clinicians have taken steps to change their lifestyles. Peter Rothwell, GTC Senior Research Fellow and professor of clinical neurology at the University of Oxford, explains how he started taking a daily low-dose aspirin around three years ago after his research into the effects of aspirin on cancer prevention 'really started getting interesting'.
Resetting the compass
Times Higher Education, Professor Sir David Watson, 04/04/2012
GTC Principal Sir David writes about the Emerging Markets Symposium hosted by GTC, which this year focused on tertiary education, and the personal conclusions he took away from the intensive three-day meeting. These include the necessity of balancing the individual and social returns on participation and success in higher-level education and training, and how best to deploy private sector investment for public purposes.
Women's height linked to ovarian cancer
BBC News online, Helen Briggs, 03/04/2012
Taller women have a slightly higher risk of ovarian cancer, according to a review of studies. Obesity is also a risk factor among women who have never taken HRT, say international researchers. Previous studies have suggested a link, but there has been conflicting evidence. Lead researcher Professor Valerie Beral of Oxford University's Cancer Epidemiology Unit and a GTC Fellow told the BBC: 'By bringing together the worldwide evidence, it became clear that height is a risk factor.' She said there was also a clear relationship between obesity and ovarian cancer in women who had never taken HRT. 'Ovarian cancer can clearly be added to the list [of cancers linked to obesity],' she added.
Time for economists to eat humble pie ... again
Financial Times, p. 13, Stein Ringen, 28/03/12
Article by Stein Ringen, Professor of Sociology at Green Templeton College, Oxford University, on Angela Merkel's handling of the Eurozone crisis.
Read the FT article online
Guide for the hard-knock office
Financial Times, p. 14, Alanna Petroff, 27/03/12
A piece looking at bullying in the workplace and how to deal with it includes comment from GTC Visiting Reseacrh Fellow Nancy Puccinelli, a professor and psychologist at the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School. Alanna Petroff, the author of the article, is a GTC alumna who graduated in 2011 with an MBA.
Read the FT article online
Daily dose of aspirin can cut cancer risk and stop its spread, says report
The Guardian, p. 5, Sarah Boseley, 21/03/12
Taking a low dose of aspirin each day may prevent cancer and stop it spreading, according to three papers to be published in leading medical journals on Wednesday. It could also possibly have a use as a treatment for the disease. GTC Senior Research Fellow Professor Peter Rothwell and colleagues at the University and the John Radcliffe hospital, the authors of the studies in the Lancet and Lancet Oncology, have previously shown that long-term daily aspirin, for 10 years or so, reduces the risk of colorectal (bowel) cancer and other common cancers. The new studies reinforce aspirin's claim to be a weapon against cancer. They show that taking daily low-dose pills for just three years can reduce your risk of cancer by about a quarter - 23% for men and 25% for women. The risk of dying of cancer is cut by 15% - and by 37% for those who take aspirin for longer than five years. Rothwell said the effect of aspirin on the spread of cancer was unique and might be useful in treatment. "Previously, no drug has ever been shown to reduce metastasis as a specific effect," he said. "It opens up a completely new therapeutic area."
Read the Daily Telegraph article online
Daily aspirin 'prevents and possibly treats cancer'
BBC News online, Michelle Roberts, 21/03/12
Read the BBC news online article
Hilary Term 2012, Oxford Today Magazine
The Letters' page includes a letter from GTC Principal Professor Sir David Watson about the GTC Common Room and its plans to mark the Tranist of venus in June 2012.
Radio: John Lennox, BBC Radio 4
18/03/12, 5:45am and 2:45pm
A lecture in the BBC's "Lent Talks," a scientific take on the Easter Message, which discusses science and the things and people that do not fit in.
Listen to the interview
World-Class vs. Mass Education
Inside Higher Education online, Doug Lederman, 09/03/2012
Should developing nations expend their money and energy trying to build 'world-class' universities that conduct job-creating research and educate the nation's elite, or focus on building more and better institutions to train the masses? This question was addressed at the Emerging Markets Symposium, a meeting held at Egrove Park in Oxford in January which looked at the issue of Tertiary education in emerging market countries and is a GTC academic initiative. The article mentions GTC Principal Professor Sir David Watson and Associate Fellow, Ian Scott, Director of the Symposium.
Estrogen pills reduce breast cancer risk in study of menopausal women
CBS News online (USA), Health Pop blog, Unattributed, 07/03/12
Article about a new study showing women who take estrogen following menopause had a lower risk of breast cancer includes comment from Valerie Beral, director of the cancer epidemiology unit at Oxford University.
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Learn lessons from underneath the Ivy League
Times Higher Education, p.11, Simon Baker, 01/03/12
The UK's higher education system must become “less precious” and emulate the “messier” half of the US model if it wants to succeed, a leading scholar has argued in an analysis of the policy errors affecting the sector. Sir David Watson, professor of higher education at the University of Oxford and principal of Green Templeton College, Oxford, says that the UK is too fixated on copying the higher-profile elements of US provision, such as the Ivy League universities. Writing in a paper for the Higher Education Policy Institute, Sir David says that the UK must look at how the "other half" of students in the US complete courses: over longer time frames as mature students; by switching between institutions; by dipping in and out of work; and through a mixture of full- and part-time study.
Professor wins research prize
Oxford Mail, In Brief, 02/03/2012, p.7, Unattributed
Professor Fiona Powrie has been awarded the 2012 Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine. Professor Powrie is the Sidney Truelove Professor of Gastroenterology at Oxford University and head of experimental medicine in the Nuffield Department of Medicine based at the John Radcliffe Hospital.
Is early light from FoI just too bright?
Times Higher Education, David Matthews, p. 22, 16/02/12
Article on the fact that Universities UK is lobbying for an amendment to the Freedom of Information Act which would specifically exempt research data from release before findings have been published, includes comment from GTC Fellow Dame Valerie Beral, Professor of Epidemiology at Oxford, who warned of the dangers of the Information Commissioner's Office deciding on how long it is reasonable to wait to turn raw data into a finished paper.
The global search for education: a life of learning
Huffington Post, C M Rubin, 14/02/12
Interview with Professor Sir David Watson, Principal of Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford, on global higher education.
Imbalance of power in education
The Guardian, 03/02/12
Letter: Professor Richard Pring, GTC Emeritus Fellow, comments on the danger of placing too much power over schools in the hands of the Secretary of State for Education:
'The 1944 Education Act, hammered out during the war years, created a "maintained system" of education as a balance of power between central government, local government responsibility, the voluntary bodies (mainly the churches) and the teachers. That balance is now disappearing fast, without the public debate it needs and with hardly a squeak from Labour. The existing education legislation refers to the fast-disappearing "maintained schools", leaving academies and free schools exposed, without the protection of the law, to whatever whimsical ideas are dreamt up by the present or future secretaries of state, to whom they are contracted with minimal accountability to parliament.'
Bric countries need more tertiary education
The Guardian, p. 33, 02/02/12
Letter: Professor Michael Earl, former Head of Templeton College, GTC Honorary Fellow and a former pro-vice-chancellor of Oxford University, and Lady English, a former principal of St Hilda's College, are among the signatories to a letter on the challenge facing higher education in emerging economies: 'The growth of emerging market economies, led by the Bric countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China), is widely perceived as vital to global recovery. The world now needs emerging markets to succeed, but must neither ignore nor underestimate the challenges they face in producing a rapidly growing supply of entrepreneurial, administrative and professional skills ... Emerging market countries are economically, culturally and socially diverse, but all of them must increase access to tertiary education to promote social mobility, reduce economic inequality, and tackle the unforgivable waste in human capital, if their promise is to be fulfilled.'
The letter follows the Emerging Markets Symposium 2012, a GTC academic initiative which identifies and promotes solutions to high priority sectoral issues facing emerging market countries by building consensus among opinion leaders and supporting their efforts to implement solutions in their respective spheres of influence.
Read the Guardian online letter
Radio: Malcolm Boyden, BBC Radio Oxford
It is mentioned that the Million Women Study, which is run by Dame Valerie Beral at Oxford University, showed that if women drink more than two units of alcohol a day, they double their risk of breast cancer.
Listen to the interview (c.1:22:00 on the iPlayer clock)
Le Prix Louis-Jeantet 2012 remis à deux biologistes
Le Temps (daily newspaper in Switzerland), Olivier Dessibourg, 25/01/2012
The German biologist Matthias Mann and the English immunologist Fiona Powrie have been awarded the 2012 Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine, a prize which comes with 700,000 Swiss francs to further their research. Fiona Powrie, a GTC Fellow and professor of gastroenterology at the University of Oxford, won the award for explaining why the immune system, which protects against pathogens, does not attack beneficial bacteria which live in the intestine.
Read the Le Temps article online
Aspirin to ward off heart attacks can do more harm than good, study says
The Times, p. 9, Chris Smyth, 10/01/12
A new study suggests that a daily dose of aspirin, sometimes recommended for people thought to be at risk of heart problems, may be too risky for healthy people. Professor Peter Rothwell of Oxford University says that the timescale of the study was too short to draw conclusions on aspirin's effect on cancer deaths.
Read The Times article online
The happy menopause pill
Daily Mail, p.48, Jane Feinmann, 27/12/11
Article looking at HRT alternative DHEA includes comment from GTC Fellow Professor Valerie Beral, director of the Cancer Research UK epidemiology unit at the University of Oxford.
Another marathon effort for Richard
Oxford Mail, p.14, 10/12/2011, Laura Jones
An Oxford University professor is back on track and preparing to run his 27th marathon after beating cancer. GTC Emeritus Fellow Professor Richard Pring hopes to run the London Marathon in April - two days after his 74th birthday. The education academic was stopped from competing in April after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and a form of rheumatism. But after an operation at the Churchill Hospital and plenty of rest he is hoping to take up the 26-mile challenge again next year.
How the contraceptive pill changed Britain
BBC News Online, 04/12/2011, Rebecca Cafe
Feature on the contraceptive pill includes comment from GTC Fellow Dame Valerie Beral, Professor of Epidemiology at Oxford University.
Read the BBC News Online article
Christmas cheer deters gloomy shoppers
The Daily Telegraph, 03/12/2011, p.20, Unattributed
Research by Nancy Puccinelli, GTC Visiting Fellow and an associate fellow at Oxford University's Said Business School, found that Christmas music, decorations and cheery sales staff deter many shoppers.
Read the Telegraph online article
Festive retailers risk repelling stressed holiday shoppers at Christmas
Garden Center magazine, Unattributed, 30/11/11
In the final days before Christmas many a shopper will be feeling the pressure of the holiday season leading to undue stress. New research by Nancy Puccinelli, GTC Visiting Fellow and Associate Fellow at the Saïd Business School, reveals that this stress may lead to consumers avoiding stores revelling in the festive season. An expert in the psychology of marketing, Puccinelli has studied how consumer mood affects behaviour. She finds that consumers in bad moods will avoid salespeople who are overly positive and upbeat, and retail outlets holding celebrations. The extreme contrast between consumers' negative feelings and the atmosphere in the store, be it festive decorations, overly ebullient salespeople or relentless Christmas music actually makes them feel worse and less willing to purchase. Consumers compelled to remain in the store may ultimately feel more positive but have been found to undervalue the retailer's offerings.
Read the Garden Center magazine article online
'Behaviour doesn't happen in a vacuum'
New Statesman, p38, Sarah Darby, 21/11/11
Q&A with Dr Sarah Darby , deputy programme leader at the Environmental Change Institute, on how to motivate people to reduce their energy consumption.
The 'Avon ladies' of Bangladesh
Guardian online, Hanna Hindstrom, 21/11/11
A feature article on female villagers in Bangladesh who are starting to escape poverty by selling cosmetics and health products in their communities includes quotes from Professor Linda Scott of the Saïd Business School at Oxford University.
Self-harm common in teenagers, Australian study shows
BBC News online, Smitha Mundasad, 17/11/11
A study has found that 1 in 12 people self-harm in their teenage years, but for most the problem will resolve before adulthood. Professor Keith Hawton, Director of the Centre for Suicide Research at the University of Oxford, who wrote the commentary on the study, comments on the findings.
Times Higher Education, p.25, 10/11/11
GTC Research Fellow Dr Louise Locock of the Department of Primary Health Care Sciences and Professor Chris Bonnell of the Department of Social Policy and Intervention has both been awarded research grants by the National Institute for Health Research.
See the THE online listing
Ann's legacy gives hope and strength to millions
Jewish News, p. 4, Unattributed, 03/11/11
Special report on genetic conditions in the Jewish community discusses a new Jewish section on health website healthtalkonline.org, which is based on research from the University of Oxford. The section was launched by Dr Ann McPherson, a Jewish GP, and includes interviews with 40 people of Ashkenazi Jewish descent carefully chosen by researchers from Oxford University to reflect the fact that the Jewish community has a higher-than-average incidence of recessive genetic disorders. Dr Sarah Ryan of the Health Experiences Research Group says: “Individuals and relatives interviewed on healthtalkonline.org discuss how and when to have screening for recessive genetic disorders, which occur only when both parents are carriers of the defective gene.”
Forget the fads and quack cures! THIS is why you're tired all the time
Daily Mail, p. 50, John Naish, 08/11/11
A feature article on the number of people turning up at their GPs complaining of tiredness, when only around one in five of these patients actually has an identifiable physical illness. Article includes extended comments from GTC Emeritus Fellow John Wass, professor of endocrinology at Oxford University, who is seeing growing numbers of patients referred to him for testing by private doctors who have diagnosed adrenal fatigue. 'Adrenal fatigue is not a diagnosis that is accepted by qualified endocrinologists,' he says. 'When I test these patients' blood, there is nothing to indicate that there is anything wrong with them or their adrenal glands,' he says.
How heart treatment has changed
The Observer (Review), p. 30, Unattributed, 06/11/11
Another feature in the series of articles sponsored by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) looking at BHF-funded research. This week's feature explores how treatments for heart defects have improved over the past 50 years. One of the research projects mentioned is that of GTC Fellow Professor Shoumo Bhattacharya and his team at the BHF Centre of Research Excellence, Oxford University, who are investigating the effect of environment on genes. The Oxford team is using genetic techniques and state-of-the-art imaging technology to study how alterations in these genes affect the structure of the heart and lead to these conditions.
Read the Observer article online
MBA friends with (career) benefits
Globe and Mail (Canada), Alanna Petroff, 03/11/11
GTC alum and Said Business School MBA graduate Alanna Petroff discusses the value of the networks she has built during and following her time at Oxford.
One glass of wine a day increases risk of breast cancer
Daily Telegraph, Rebecca Smith, 02/11/11
This article on a study by researchers at Harvard University which found that women who drink four small glasses of wine a week increase their risk of developing breast cancer by 15%, includes comment from Valerie Beral, GTC Fellow and Professor of Epidemiology at Oxford University.
Daily aspirin cuts risk of colorectal cancer
New Scientist online, 28/10/2011, Linda Geddes
GTC Fellow professor Peter Rothwell commets in an article on Newcastle-led research into the benefits of aspirin for people at high risk of developing bowel cancer. Professor Rothwell led an earlier landmark study on the topic. He said of the new work: ‘It provides the first evidence that aspirin is effective in reducing the very high risk of cancer that these individuals have.’
A mega study and a global trial, to fight killer diseases better
Indian Express, 27/10/2011
The largest ever study to investigate causes of common cancers in India is being carried out through a collaboration between Oxford University in the UK and 12 leading cancer centres in India. Several cancer centres are collaborating in the ambitious project to investigate whether certain factors common in Indian lifestyle are important in influencing the risk of cancer. Among lifestyle trends being investigated are vegetarianism and common spices in the Indian diet. The researchers will study whether these have a beneficial effect in lowering the risk of cancer. The researchers will also investigate if chewing tobacco, burning wood as a fuel indoors, and the adoption of Western lifestyles in Indian cities have a detrimental effect. The study is part of a project initiated by the INDOX Cancer Research Network, a partnership between the University of Oxford and 12 of India's top comprehensive cancer centres, says INDOX director and GTC research fellow Dr Raghib Ali. The study will involve as many as 30,000 people at 12 centres across India.
A step in the right direction
Financial Times, Alanna Petroff, 26/10/11
Article on how studying for an MBA can help women prepare for a career in business by Alanna Petroff, a GTC alumna who holds an MBA from the Said Business School at Oxford. She discusses how her studies at Oxford, including attending events at the Said focused on women in business and the connections she made whilst studying, have helped her career.
Radio: James Cannon, BBC Radio Oxford
20/10/11, 7.07am, 7.31am, 9am
Professor Sarah Darby of the University Clinical Trial Service Unit, GTC Fellow and author of a new report on the effectiveness of radiation treatment after breast cancer, is interviewed. The research has shown that a course of radiotherapy after breast conserving surgery can reduce the rate at which the disease recurs, as well as having a greater effect on death rates than had previously been recognised.
Listen to the interview online (c. 0.06.30 on the iPlayer clock)
TV: South Today, BBC 1
Professor Sir Richard Peto of the Clinical Trial Service Unit is interviewed about new Oxford research into the effects of radiotherapy following surgery for breast cancer patients.
Radiation Therapy After Breast Cancer Surgery Cuts Recurrence, Study Says
New York Times, p A23, Denise Grady, 20/10/2011
Radiation treatment after surgery for breast cancer significantly lowers the risk that the disease will recur in the breast or spread lethally to other parts of the body over the next 10 to 15 years, Oxford researchers say. The new findings mean that radiation prevents recurrences for a longer time and saves more lives than was generally recognised, said Sarah Darby, GTC Fellow and a professor of medical statistics at the University of Oxford and an author of the report.
Prehistoric beetles sported hotrod colours
ABC Science, Jennifer Viegas, 28/09/2011
Article on a study into prehistoric beetles includes extensive comment from Andrew Parker, GTC Honorary Research Fellow and Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, a leading expert on colour in the prehistoric world.
Is the Traditional Corporate University Dead?
Forbes Magazine, Karl Moore, 07/09/11
Article on corporate universities by Karl Moore, Associate Fellow at Green Templeton College.
Learning to Win - Two Approaches to Developing Your People from NFL Quarterbacks
Forbes (USA), 30/08/11, Karl Moore and Devin Bigoness
Article by Karl Moore, Associate Fellow at Green Templeton College, and Devin Bigoness on what NFL head coaches have to teach corporations bout leadership development.
Three MBA pitfalls you may not think of
Globe and Mail, 11/08/11
Diary piece in the Canadian newspaper by GTC MBA student Alanna Petroff, giving advice on studying for an MBA.
John Lennox, Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton and and Professor of Mathematics at Oxford, is recorded in front of an audience in conversation with Rachael Kohn, covering a range of topics in the religion and science debate.
Students not on policy song
The Australian, p. 33, Andrew Trounson, 27/07/11
Article on the views of Professor Sir David Watson, Principal of Green Templeton College, Oxford, about how far universities are becoming instruments of government policy and the effect on students. Watson is a higher education expert and historian who says student activism appears to be undergoing a renaissance in tougher economic times. Even in Australia, where the economic outlook is more robust, government policy to expand participation may not address the skill gaps it is looking to fill. “I am intrigued that a lot of the rhetoric around the world is about higher education in terms of meeting human capital or labour market-oriented outcomes, but that a lot of the student culture is somewhat counter to that in terms of wanting to study other subjects,” he says.
Heart attack: Risk more likely to be inherited than for stroke
Los Angeles Times, 27/07/11
In a study published on Tuesday in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular genetics, scientists at the University of Oxford showed that people are more likely to inherit the risk of having a heart attack than the risk of having a stroke. Senior author professor peter Rothwell, GTC fellow and professor of clinical neurology, said that the study, which confirmed earlier investigations into the heritability of heart attack and stroke, suggested that doctors needed to rethink the way they calculate a person's risk for heart attack and stroke.
The News Industry: by invitation
The Economist, 25/07/11
Dr David Levy, GTC Fellow and Director of the University's Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, is one of the invited guests contributing comments on the Economist website following their 'Future of the News' report.
Exhausting but worth the effort
Financial Time, p12, Alanna Petroff, 25/07/11
Alanna Petroff, GTC MBA student at the said Business School, writes about her experiences of the application process. Alanna writes a regular MBA blog for the paper.
Q&A, ABC Television, Australia
John Lennox, Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton and and Professor of Mathematics at Oxford,is a panellist on Q&A, Australia's equivalent of BBC Question Time, in a religion-themes programme.
The Today Programme
GTC Fellow Professor Dame Valerie Beral, Head of the Cancer Epidemiology Unit at Oxford University, is interviewed about a study she helped to lead showing that taller people have a higher chance of getting cancer.
Gideon Koppel to be Aberystwyth University Professor
BBC News Mid Wales, 18/07/11
Gideon Koppel, an associate fellow at Green Templeton College, has been appointed professor of film at Aberystwyth University. His documentary about a rural community's fight for survival won international acclaim.
Row, row, row your boat
Financial Times, 15/7/11
Green Templeton MBA student Alanna Petroff posts her latest blog entry about joining the Green Templeton Boat Club and enjoying the quintessential Oxford experience of rowing on the Isis.
A little local difficulty
The Economist, 7/7/11
David Levy, GTC Fellow and Director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University, is quoted in an article about how the media is faring in different parts of the world. The article refers to Dr Levy’s book The Changing Business of Journalism and its Implications for Democracy, co-authored by Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, a post doctoral research fellow at the RISJ.
Who would want to be in the driving seat on the road to nowhere?
Times Higher Education, 7/07/11, p.29, Sir David Watson
Comment piece on the higher education White Paper by Sir David Watson, Principal of Green Templeton College: "It's a good, and certainly not a hypocritical, device for Vince Cable, David Willetts and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to have put students at the heart of their White Paper on the future of higher education in England. The test to which they will be held by history is whether they succeed in genuinely improving the prospects - of learning as well as earning - of students across the system, as opposed to getting the coalition government out of a hole."
Sizeable Islamic market neglected by global brands, argues Oxford branding expert
Associated Press of Pakistan, 29/06/2011, Unattributed
A leading expert on Islamic brands is highlighting the untapped potential in Islamic markets which most companies are failing to exploit. Dr Paul Temporal, GTC Associate Fellow and an Associate Fellow at the Saïd Business School’s Executive Education Centre, said: ‘The Muslim market represents a significant untapped market… These days, when companies are facing ever stronger competition in established markets and while many companies are rushing into high profile regions such as China, India and Brazil, the single biggest market in the world has been largely overlooked. Islamic markets could present a potentially greater opportunity for growth with comparatively little competition from international or local brands.’
'I urge India to set an example in openness to the region'
Times Of India, 29/06/2011
Interview with Sarmila Bose, a senior research fellow at Oxford University and former GTC governing body fellow, about her book Dead Reckoning: Memories of the 1971 Bangladesh war.
Read the Times of India article.
Awards: University honours ‘outstanding modern artists’
Oxford Mail, 24/06/11, p.18, Tom Jennings
Professor Dame Valerie Beral, GTC fellow and director of the Cancer Epidemiology Unit for the University of Oxford, is mentioned among recipients of honorary degrees at Oxford Brookes University.
Oxford Times, In Business, p. 35, Maggie Hartford, 16/06/11
Feature on company 'Incuna' mentions one of its projects, the website www.globalhealthtrials.org, which is run by GTC Research Fellow Dr Trudie Lang of Oxford University’s Centre for Tropical Medicine.
Putting Ireland on the map for all the right reasons
Campus Engage Post, May 2011, p.17
Interview with Sir David Watson, GTC Principal, exploring the role of universities in civic engagement and their duties to the local community. How knowledge is effectively and responsibly created, tested and used is important, he argues, while so too is the interaction between university members and their interaction with others outside the institute gates.
People: other changes
Times Higher Education, p. 25, Unattributed, 09/06/11
Round-up of university appointments includes a list of the 44 new Fellows appointed by the Royal Society, including GTC Fellow Fiona Powrie, Sidney Truelove Professor of Gastroenterology. Six other Oxford academics are also honoured: Hagan Bayley, professor of chemical biology; Alan Grafen, professor of theoretical biology; Ian Horrocks, professor of computer science; Alejandro Kacelnik, E P Abraham Fellow, Pembroke College; David Manolopoulos, professor of theoretical chemistry, and Angela Vincent, professor of neuroimmunology.
Five profs get slice of £14m
Oxford Mail in Brief, p.13, 06/062011
Five top medical researchers at Oxford University will share more than £14m of funding from The Wellcome Trust, two of whom are GTC fellows. Professor Fiona Powrie, GTC Fellow, is investigating the interactions between bacteria in the intestine and our immune system, while GTC fellow Professor Peter Rothwell researches stroke prevention. Prof Adrian Hill is leading research into a malaria vaccine, Prof Peter Donnelly is investigating the genetic basis of common diseases, and Prof Patrick Rorsman researches diabetes.
Docs honoured in UK health awards
Oxford Mail, Amanda Williams, 24/05/2011
Sir Richard Peto, GTC Fellow and co-director of the Clinical Trials Service Unit and Epidemiological Studies Unit at Oxford University, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the prestigious BMJ Group Awards. Dr Ann McPherson, also a GTC Fellow, won Health Communicator of the Year.
Why talk to Oxford University when you can whisper to a horse?
Huffington Post, Paul Hunting, 24/05/2011
Dr Marshall Young, of the Said Business School, and GTC Vice Principal is quoted in an article about horse whispering.
Scientists uncover ‘key gene’ linked to regulation of body fat
BioNews, Kimberley Bryon, 23/05/11
Scientists say they have found a ‘master regulator’ gene, KLF14, which controls how active some fat metabolism genes are in your fat cells. Professor Mark McCarthy, GTC Fellow, led the study.
New Zealand earthquake student's Oxford place
BBC News Oxford, Unattributed, 18/05/11
A New Zealand student studying in Oxford while her own earthquake-damaged university is rebuilt has described it as the "opportunity of a lifetime." Bree Loverich is one of 42 students from the University of Canterbury that have come to Oxford after an earthquake struck Christchurch in February. It was hit by a 6.3-magnitude quake which killed 180 people and destroyed large parts of the city. In response, Oxford University offered free places for its Trinity term. Ms Loverich, who is doing a PhD in secondary education policies, is now three weeks into her eight-week term at Oxford. She said: "It was basically a dream come true to have an all-expenses-paid exchange to one of the best universities in the world."
Recognising Excellence in Healthcare
BMJ Group Awards 2011 online, BMJ.com
GTC Fellow Professor Sir Richard Peto has been awarded the BMJ Group award for Lifetime Achievement.
Dr Ann McPherson, also a GTC Fellow and co-founder of www.healthtalkonline.org, won Health Communicator of the Year award. She is terminally ill and it was accepted on her behalf by healthtalkonline’s patron, Hugh Grant.
Resources should not be concentrated solely on the young
The Guardian, p. 8, Tom Schuller and David Watson, 17/05/11
Comment: David Watson, Principal of Green Templeton College, Oxford, and Tom Schuller write: ‘The government has scrapped the default retirement age of 65, but it has yet to say what will be done to ensure that people have the learning and skills necessary to survive in the workplace that much longer. What a difference there would be if it had backed this change with a strong commitment to learning opportunities at work for older people ... The decision to change the pension age contains nothing that might convert this from something that looks almost penal into a positive extension of people's working lives.’
First online test for Alzheimer's
The Daily Telegraph, 14/05/2011, p.8, Andy Bloxham
A team of scientists from Oxford University - including GTC fellow Professor Mark McCarthy - have developed a fifteen minute online Cognitive Function Test, which can help diagnose the early signs of Alzheimer's disease perhaps years
earlier than it might normally be spotted. The test was created for Food for the Brain, a not-for-profit organisation that raises awareness of the links between nutrition and mental
Read the Daily Telegraph online report
The 15-minute test for dementia that you can take online
Daily Mail, 14/05/2011, p.4, Fiona Macrae
An early warning test for Alzheimer's that can be taken online in 15 minutes has been developed by Oxford University scientists, including GTC fellow Professor Mark McCarthy. This follows a landmark Oxford University study last year which credits a tablet made up of three vitamin B supplements with cutting brain shrinkage linked to Alzheimer's by up to 500 per cent.
Read the Daily Mail online report
Why your love handles may be GOOD for you: The latest findings might ease your fears about your chubby bits
Daily Mail online, 10/05/2011
Article about research on fat stores and the health benefits of excessive fat includes comment from Keith Frayn, professor of human metabolism at Oxford University.
Even low dose of aspirin 'could reduce cancer risk long term'
Daily Mail online, 21/02/2011
A report about the recent study led by GTC Fellow Professor Peter Rothwell and published in The Lancet, which showed that taking a low dose of aspirin over a long period can lower a person's risk of colon and rectal cancer by 20 per cent and gastrointestinal cancers by 35 per cent.
Can we have our ball back?
Financial Times, p1, Matthew Engel, 19/02/11
Article on Sky and News Corp by Matthew Engel, Oxford’s News International Visiting Professor of Media (and FT columnist) and GTC Visiting Fellow, based on his final 2010-11 News International lecture, which was delivered at Green Templeton College, Oxford on 15 February.
At the end of the article is a pull-out box on the lectures: ‘The News International Visiting Professorship of Media was established at Oxford University in 1996 following a donation from one of its most famous alumni, Rupert Murdoch. The four 2010-11 lectures broke a number of moulds. In previous years, the chair was specifically “of Broadcast Media” and the lectures were given by people professionally involved in broadcasting, as executives, broadcasters, producers, performers or writers. Past professors have included Dame Jenny Abramsky, former director of BBC Radio, the musicologist Paul Gambaccini and Armando Iannucci, the comedian and writer behind the television satire The Thick of It. This year Matthew Engel became the first print journalist invited to hold the chair; for the first time, sport was chosen as the topic; and for the first time a lecture was given over to an analysis of the benefactor’s business interests.’