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MRC-NIHR Trials Methodology Research Partnership launched

22 October

The recently funded MRC-NIHR Trials Methodology Research Partnership (TMRP), led by the University of Liverpool, was officially launched this month at the 5th International Clinical Trial Methodology Conference (ICTMC), in Brighton. Currently there is an urgent need for methodological improvements in many areas of clinical research. For example, challenges include reducing the time for the […]

Study finds darker ants dominate the rainforest canopy


A new study exploring the differences in the colour of ants, led by University of Liverpool researchers, has revealed that ants found in the rainforest canopy are on average twice as dark as ants found on or below the ground. The dark colouration is thought to benefit the ant in two ways: first by providing […]

Celebrating 100 years of oceanography

21 October

The study of oceanography is celebrating its 100th year anniversary with a series of events which commenced with the Inaugural Lecture of the new Professor of Oceanography, Claire Mahaffey. More than 100 guests including alumni, students, current and former staff attended Professor Mahaffey’s Inaugural lecture which explored how the oceans have transformed over the past […]

How Antarctic krill fertilise the oceans and even store carbon – all with their poo

18 October

This article by Lavenia Ratnarajah (School of Environmental Sciences, University of Liverpool), Emma Cavan (Imperial College London) and Anna Belcher (British Antarctic Society) was first published by The Conversation: Krill are best known as whale food. But few people realise that these small, shrimp-like creatures are also important to the health of the ocean and […]

EVENT: Liverpool Health Stories

17 October

On Tuesday, 29 October the University of Liverpool is hosting a free public event entitled ‘Liverpool Health Stories’ to explore how storytelling could be used to raise awareness of key concepts in public health among members of the public and decision makers. Researchers from the University’s Department of Public Health and Policy have organised this […]

Secretary of State for Education visits University

15 October

Gavin Williamson MP, the Secretary of State for Education, visited the University on Friday, 12 October 2019 as part of a wider visit to the North West region. During his visit to campus, the Secretary of State discussed the University’s specialist Maths School for 16 – 19 year olds which received approval from the Department […]

€10M ERC Synergy Grant to discover new materials using intelligent robots

11 October

The University of Liverpool, the University of Southampton and the University of Rostock, Germany, have been awarded a prestigious ERC research grant to combine computational chemistry and robots to discover new materials. It is the first time the University of Liverpool has won a Synergy grant from the European Research Council. These grants are awarded […]

NASA Chief Flight Director visits University to celebrate Apollo 50th anniversary

10 October

Holly Ridings, NASA’s first female Chief Flight Director, spoke about the future of human space flight as part of the University’s activities to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing Holly, who works at Mission Control in Houston, is responsible for all NASA Human Space Flight missions including the International Space Station, the Orion […]

OBITUARY: Professor David Morgan


The University regrets to report the passing of Emeritus Professor David Rhys Morgan on Thursday, 3 October 2019. David joined the University of Liverpool in 1965 as a Lecturer in the Department of Political Theory and Institutions, becoming Senior Lecturer and Reader. He became a Professor in the School of Politics and Communications Studies in […]

Liverpool University Press celebrates 120 years

8 October

Liverpool University Press (LUP), the third oldest University press in the UK, marked its 120th anniversary celebrations with a special event at the Victoria Gallery & Museum (VG&M). University of Liverpool Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Janet Beer addressed the assembled staff members, academic authors and supporters, who all came together to celebrate the LUP’s illustrious past […]

EVENT: Radio 4’s Any Questions? comes to campus

7 October

BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions?  will be broadcast live from the University campus on Friday, 1 November 2019 and tickets to attend are available for staff, students or members of the public. Any Questions? is a topical discussion in which a panel of personalities from the worlds of politics, media and elsewhere are posed questions […]

An ‘unprecedented’ rise in infant mortality in England linked to poverty

3 October

New study, published in BMJ Open, links a rise in infant mortality in England to poverty. Infant mortality rate (IMR) has risen for the last four years in England, yet the role of increasing levels of child poverty in explaining these trends has been unclear. Rising infant mortality is unusual in high income countries, and […]

Ocean scientists support RRS David Attenborough celebrations

26 September

Researchers from the University’s School of Environmental Sciences are part of the celebrations, which begin today, to commemorate the naming of the UK’s new polar research ship, RRS Sir David Attenborough, at Cammell Laird Shipyard in Birkenhead. Liverpool Professor of Ocean Sciences, Claire Mahaffey, accompanied by researchers from the School are part of the celebrations […]

Liverpool scientist co-authors IPCC climate change and oceans report

25 September

Liverpool ocean scientist, Professor Alessandro Tagliabue, is a lead author of a new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report published on 25 Wednesday, 2019 which warns on the impact of climate change on oceans and frozen areas. The IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) provides a detailed […]

What next for Labour and Jeremy Corbyn as the party stays neutral on Brexit?

24 September

Peter Andersen,  is a PhD student in the University’s Department of Politics. This article was first published by The Conversation.    After intense debate, delegates at the 2019 Labour conference voted in favour of Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit policy and against a motion that would have seen Labour back Remain in a future referendum. But in […]

UKRI award two Liverpool academics Future Leaders Fellowships

20 September

Two Liverpool researchers are part of a new generation of rising stars supported by the UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Future Leaders Fellowships scheme to tackle pressing global challenges. Liverpool volcanologist, Dr Janine Kavanagh, and archaeologist, Dr Ruth Nugent, are part of the latest wave of researchers supported by the UKRI scheme which provides funding, […]

Viewpoint: Climate strike and how Universities can be powerhouses for change

19 September

Professor Ric Williams is Chair of Ocean Sciences and APVC for the Faculty of Science and Engineering for Research and Impact:  The climate strike is highlighting the increasing concerns about climate change, particularly from younger generations who will experience this uncertain future. We know now that the world is warming due to carbon emissions. There […]

Engineering students scoop new world record with ARION5


The University’s Velocipede Team (ULV Team) and rider Yazmin Tredell have scooped a new world record at the World Human Powered Speed Challenge  with ARION5, the three wheeled bike they designed and built. Yazmin broke the women’s multitrack human powered land speed record with a speed of 56.42mph, making her the fastest female on three […]

Obituary: Professor David Alan Price Evans

18 September

Professor David Alan Price Evans The University is saddened to learn of the passing of our former Head of the Department of Medicine, Professor David Alan Price Evans, who passed away aged 92 on the 29 August 2019. Professor Sir Munir Pirmohamed, the David Weatherall Chair of Medicine, NHS Chair of Pharmacogenetics at the University, […]

New research gives breakthrough for transparent conductors

17 September

Researchers at the University of Liverpool, University College London (UCL), NSG Group (Pilkington) and Diamond Light Source have made an important design discovery that could dramatically improve the performance of a key material used to coat touch screens and other devices. Tin doped indium oxide –ITO – is the leading material used in the coating […]