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Scientists to develop sustainable solutions against coastal flooding and erosion

27 July

The University of Liverpool is part of a partnership that has been awarded funding by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) as one of six new research projects that aim to build a sustainable future for the marine environment and all those whose livelihoods depend on it. The `Co-Opt’ project is led by the National Oceanography […]

Professor Charles Forsdick elected British Academy Fellow


The University of Liverpool’s James Barrow Professor of French, Charles Forsdick is one of 84 new Fellows elected to The British Academy for 2021. Professor Forsdick said: “I owe a significant debt to The British Academy (BA). “The BA funded my PhD studentship at Lancaster University back in 1992 and has subsequently supported various research […]

I’ve been chronicling Liverpool’s renaissance for 40 years – here’s why the city’s Unesco status should not have been removed

22 July

Professor Michael Parkinson is an Ambassador for the University of Liverpool’s Heseltine Institute for Public Policy, Practice and Place and the author of the books, Liverpool on the Brink and Liverpool Beyond the Brink Unesco has voted to delist Liverpool’s city centre and waterfront, which has held world heritage status for the past 17 years. […]

Register for the National Postdoc Conference 2021

20 July

The National Postdoc Conference 2021 (NPDC21), hosted by the University of Liverpool on 24 September, is open for registrations. The virtual NPDC21 conference is an opportunity for postdoctoral researchers to engage with industry stakeholders, funding agencies, policy influencers, researcher developers and career development professionals. Click here to view the programme and register for sessions. The […]

Liverpool engineering graduate part of Virgin Galactic historic spaceflight


An Aerospace Engineering graduate was part of the Virgin Galactic Unity 22 team that successfully completed last week’s first ever fully crewed spaceflight. Colin Bennett, who graduated in 2007 from the University with an MEng in Aerospace Engineering, was one of the crew of six who accompanied Sir Richard Branson on the historic mission to […]

University engineers’ contribution to pandemic celebrated in Liverpool ONE exhibition

19 July

University engineers feature in a photography exhibition in Liverpool ONE that celebrates the heroic efforts of the people of Liverpool throughout the pandemic. The `Covid 19: Liverpool’s Journey’ showcases Liverpool’s journey throughout the pandemic including the efforts of local frontline workers, the dedication of volunteers and the impressive roll-out of mass testing and vaccinations across […]

13: Rory Bremner and Professor Helen Sharp

16 July

Professor Tom Solomon CBE is joined by Rory Bremner, political satirist impressionist and comedian best known for his work on Mock the Week and Bremner Bird and Fortune, and also, The University of Liverpool’s Professor Helen Sharp, a Professor in Perinatal and Clinical Child Physiology. In this episode: Masks, on or off?  ADHD, the impact of lockdown on children, wellbeing and mental health.    

One in two hospitalised COVID-19 patients develop a complication


An observational study of more than 70,000 people in 302 UK hospitals has found that one in two people hospitalised with COVID-19 developed at least one complication. The new study, published in The Lancet, is the most comprehensive of its kind and the first to systematically assess a range of in-hospital complications, and their associations […]

Researchers discover inorganic material with lowest thermal conductivity ever reported  

15 July

A collaborative research team, led by the University of Liverpool, has discovered a new inorganic material with the lowest thermal conductivity ever reported. This discovery paves the way for the development of new thermoelectric materials that will be critical for a sustainable society. The discovery, reported in the journal Science, represents a breakthrough in the […]

University maintains student satisfaction levels in National Student Survey


The University has received a student satisfaction score of 79% in the 2021 National Student Survey, placing it 3% above the sector average and seventh in the Russell Group. Within the Russell Group, the University’s 79% overall satisfaction places it above the University of Manchester, the University of Leeds and the University of Birmingham. Scores […]

New UK study reveals extent of brain complications in children hospitalised with COVID-19

14 July

Although the risk of a child being admitted to hospital due to COVID-19 is small, a new UK study has found that around 1 in 20 of children hospitalised with COVID-19 develop brain or nerve complications linked to the viral infection. The research, published in The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health and led by the […]

Top international AI award for robot scientist research


The robot scientist, built by Professor Andy Cooper and his team, has received international recognition collecting a Super AI Leader Award at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference held in Shanghai last week. The Super Artificial Intelligence Leader (SAIL) awards are among the most prestigious in the world of AI. They recognise the world’s most pioneering […]

Liverpool Head and Neck Centre researchers awarded five cancer research grants totalling £5.7m


Liverpool Head and Neck Centre (LHNC) academics based at the University of Liverpool are leading on five new cancer research projects supported by £5.7m in funding. These grants include clinical trials, laboratory investigations and exploring the interaction between head and neck cancer and SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. This remarkable achievement is […]

Becoming an Expert: Oisín Boyle on extracting important information from noisy spectra

13 July

Oisín Boyle is a 1st Year PhD student in the University’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics and part of the CDT in Distributed Algorithms. His PhD is on ‘Extracting Important Information from Noisy Spectra’: What is a spectrum? Within the context of my PhD, a spectrum is a way of measuring the amount of […]

Management School to host Bank of England speech on pandemic economic “scarring”


The University of Liverpool Management School and the Bank of England are hosting an online, public speech given by Professor Jonathan Haskel of the Monetary Policy Committee, considering whether the pandemic has “scarred” the economy. It has been an extraordinary 18 months, and policymakers have had to take unprecedented measures to steer the economy. As […]

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Cuts to local government funding in recent years cost lives, study finds

12 July

A new study from researchers at the University of Liverpool shows that decreasing local government funding over recent years probably contributed to declines in life expectancy in some areas of England, which was stalling even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Local government funding and life expectancy in England, a longitudinal ecological study published in The […]

Statement from the Senior Leadership Team on Marking and Assessment

9 July

We wrote to all staff earlier this week to update colleagues on the position in respect of returned marks, and to thank those colleagues who have been working so hard to ensure that deadlines are met. Although the majority of marks have been returned on time, we know that this positive position has only been […]

COVID: Risks of severe illness in children shown to be very low in largest study yet


The risk of severe illness and death from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, is extremely low in children and teenagers, according to the most comprehensive analyses of public health data, led by a team of researchers including Dr Rachel Harwood from the University of Liverpool. However, catching Covid-19 increases the likelihood of serious illness […]

COVID: how scientists can help tell if someone caught the virus at a nightclub

8 July

This article by Professor Simon Maskell, and Professor Iain Buchan was first published for`The Conversation’: Crowds totalling over 13,000 people were in high spirits at two pilot events in Liverpool at the Circus nightclub and the Sefton Park Pilot music festival in early May. These were part of the UK’s Events Research Programme, giving audiences […]

Liverpool award success for MRC Doctoral Training Partnerships  


The University of Liverpool has been successful with two programmes to support Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP) awarded funding by the Medical Research Council. The University will lead the Trials Methodology Research Partnership DTP and is a partner in the Discovery Medicine North (DiMeN) DTP. The Trials Methodology Research Partnership DTP brings together 12 partners – […]