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TSB chief takes Cranfield role

TSB-Iain-GrayTechnology Strategy Board (TSB) chief executive, Iain Gray is the new Director of Aerospace at the University of Cranfield.

Gas Safety Trust supports Cranfield biomass study

Chris-BielbyA group of MSc students at Cranfield University have undertaken a scoping study, sponsored by the Gas Safety Trust, which investigated the environmental and health impact of the increasing use of biomass fuel for the production of heat and electricity generation.

New £5m molecular farming facility in £26m research spree

Centrum-by-darren-carterMinister for Life Sciences George Freeman today lit the touchpaper to a £26 million spending spree on globally influential new facilities at Norwich Research Park.

TSB grants boost Audio Analytic research collaborations

Chris-Mitchell 2014Commercial sound recognition pioneer Audio Analytic, based in Cambridge, has teamed up with researchers from Queen Mary University of London’s Centre for Digital Music, with the support of two new grants worth £385K from the Technology Strategy Board – the UK government’s innovation agency.

Cambridge duo in £30m advanced materials research drive

Vince-CableNew research involving TWI and the University of Cambridge that will improve safety and efficiency of gas turbines, rail tracks, fuel pipelines and other important infrastructure will receive a boost today when a new £30 million joint investment by government and industry is announced by business Secretary Vince Cable.

TGAC announces new Director of Science

Federica-Di-PalmaFederica Di Palma has been appointed as director of science (Vertebrate and Health Genomics) at The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) to lead the Institute’s world-class science forward. 

Cannabis compound could slow tumour growth

McCormick-webUniversity of East Anglia scientists have revealed how the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis could reduce tumour growth in cancer patients.

Cambridge University primary school design approved

Uni-PrimaryArchitectural proposals for the University of Cambridge Primary School (UCPS), located as part of the North West Cambridge Development, have been approved by the local planning authorities.

OU seeks new chief as Bean returns to Oz

Martin-Bean-OUMartin Bean is standing down as Vice-Chancellor of the Open University at the end of the year to assume the same role at RMIT University in his native Australia. The search for a new VC for the Milton Keynes based organisation is underway.

Dogs could ‘sniff out’ more cancers with new OU device

OU-Dogs-tech-2014New technology that enhances a dog's ability to sniff out cancer cells in humans has been designed by researchers at The Open University.

Astronomers create 3D map of dusty Milky Way

Prof-Janet-DrewAstronomers have created a detailed 3D map of the dusty structure of the Milky Way as seen from earth’s northern hemisphere.

John Innes research could lead to drought tolerant plants

Dr-Wendy-HarwoodResearch by scientists at the John Innes Centre in Norwich and the University of Jordan could result in drought tolerant plants.

Millions help Cambridge alumnus launch in US

Prof Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, vice-chancellor of the University of CambridgePolish start-up Apeiron Synthesis, a provider of fine chemicals and catalysts founded by a Cambridge UK entrepreneurship alumnus, has raised $5m from grants and investors to become the first metathesis technology business to establish a branch in the US.

Cambridge wins £224k to probe rare autoimmune disease

Kenneth-SmithA research team at the University of Cambridge has been awarded £224,148 from medical research charity Arthritis Research UK to carry out a three-year study to investigate the genetic causes of vasculitis, a rare autoimmune disease affecting the body’s blood vessels and connective tissue.

Cambridge academic sows seeds of bee bounce back

NIAB-bee-seed-mixA flower seed mix developed by a University of Cambridge academic is targeting the UK’s bee shortage by maximising the availability of nectar and pollen during the growing season.

Business survey will boost lending success

Raffaella-CalabreseUniversity of Essex experts are calling on the regional business community to provide the data they need to help SMEs and start-up companies go from bust to boom.

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