Robot farm: Pioneering facilities are a game-changer for UK atomic research

University of Bristol Press release issued: 20 October 2021 The University of Bristol is leading an initiative to make cutting-edge robotics, drones and testing spaces available for nuclear research with the launch of four ‘Hot Robotics’ facilities in the UK. The aim of the game-changing National Nuclear User Facility for Hot Robotics (NNUF-HR) is to make robotics and facilities readily available to researchers from both academia and industry, to facilitate ground-breaking, impactful nuclear research. Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the four NNUF-HR sites are managed by the individual…

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EUSA General Assembly elects new board

European University Sports Association (EUSA), continental university sport body for Europe, held their electoral General Assembly this past weekend, held live in the Hungarian capital Budapest. The event started with the welcome speeches by EUSA President Mr Adam Roczek, on behalf of the host – MEFS Executive Committee member Mr Zoltan Rakaczki, FISU Acting President Mr Leonz Eder, as well as video addresses by the President of the European Olympic Committees Mr Spyros Capralos and Head of the Sport Unit of the European Commission Ms Floor van Houdt. The Assembly…

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University of Amsterdam in 65th place in Times Higher Education World University Rankings

University of Amsterdam News The University of Amsterdam has risen one place from last year in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings and now occupies 65th place worldwide. This makes the UvA the second highest ranked Dutch university in the rankings. THE published the 2021-2022 rankings on Thursday, 2 September. As is the case every year, Dutch universities are strongly represented, with seven in the top 100. Just like last year, the UvA is the second highest ranked Dutch university in the ranking. Wageningen University & Research has the…

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New strategy to strengthen the humanities at University of Oslo (UiO)

University of Oslo Website News/January 21/21. The humanities hold a strong position at UiO. A new strategy for the next ten years will secure and strengthen this position both at the university and in society in general. UiO has an important strength in its academic breadth and the high quality of the humanities. This strength will be managed so that the advantage it represents, amongst other for interdisciplinary research, can be realised, says Svein Stølen, Rector at the University of Oslo. Interdisciplinarity is important for solving major societal challenges. The…

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Oxford University and ZOE partner on COVID-19 treatment trials

Oxford University Press Release/ UTI/3 August 2020 Oxford University and the COVID Symptom Study app are joining forces to widen access to two clinical trials of potential treatments for COVID-19. The COVID Symptom Study App was developed and is managed by health technology company ZOE, with the research using data from the app being undertaken by academics at King’s College London. The app has now been downloaded by over 3.5 million people in the UK and has recruited over 800,000 citizen scientists to its Vaccine and Trial Registry. The registry…

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Talk is cheap? Action needed by the Commonwealth

University of London Gazette On paper, Commonwealth countries are committed to freedom of speech – in 2013 they signed up to Chapter V (Freedom of Expression) of the Commonwealth Charter – but does that mean much as attacks on journalists (many fatal) have been steadily rising, while press freedoms are increasingly under pressure? The Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICWS), University of London recently held a conference at the House of Commons on media freedom in the Commonwealth. This is what member states signed up to in the Charter: “We are…

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Freek Vonk appointed endowed professor at VU Amsterdam

UV Amsterdam News The Executive Board of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has appointed the biologist Freek Vonk as its endowed professor of Evolutionary Biochemistry as of 1 February 2020. This chair has been endowed by the Naturalis Biodiversity Center, and is focused on the opportunities offered by natural toxins in the development of new medicines and a new generation of snakebite antidotes. The endowed chair is embedded within the Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences department of the Faculty of Science. The 0.2 FTE appointment is for a period of five years. Besides…

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VU Amsterdam professors’ new protocol for chemists makes more sustainable research possible

VU Amsterdam News A team of theoretical chemists led by Trevor A. Hamlin and Matthias Bickelhaupt from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, has published a step-by-step guide on how to perform the activation strain analysis, which will serve as a “recipe for researchers” who want to analyze and understand the factors controlling the reactivity of literally any chemical reaction. This makes, among other things, environmentally sustainable research possible.     Chemists now have the tools to first rationally design chemical reactions using this protocol prior to carrying out the reaction in…

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University of London Conducts Annual Symposium On Open and Distance Learning In Nigeria

University of London News Release Hosted in Abuja, the latest in a series of annual symposia drew 65 Directors of ODL plus the Nigerian National Universities Commission’s senior leadership team. Nigeria, in common with many countries, faces a major challenge in the provision of higher education to its burgeoning university-age population. In the last applications cycle, 1.5m young Nigerians applied for just 570,000 available university places. It is against this background that the University of London, through its Centre for Distance Education (CDE) and Global Engagement team, has been collaborating…

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