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Liz Margree (Theology and Geography 1995) and Jon Spooner (English Language and Literature 1996) accept a national award on behalf of the Unlimited Theatre Company.


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Lawrence Potter, Russian Studies 1975
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Sleeping position linked to the risk of stillbirth

Pregnant women who go to sleep on their back during the later stages of pregnancy face an increased likelihood of suffering a stillbirth, according to new research.



Diabetic foot ulcers

The prognosis for people with an infected diabetic foot ulcer is worse than was previously thought, according to new Leeds research.



Building a tribute to Sir Bragg

The University is to name a key building in its £96m investment in engineering and physical sciences in honour of one of Leeds’ most influential scientists.
Sir William Henry Bragg won the 1915 Nobel Prize in Physics for the development of X-ray crystallography.



Identifying a test to target cancer drug

Doctors are developing a more personalised approach to the treatment of bowel cancer, thanks to research which has found a way of screening tumours for their susceptibility to drug therapy.



Female-only sneaker store

Rosie Lyness (2012) is the founder of Second Store, the UK’s first female-only online sneaker store. French graduate Rosie named the shop after Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist text, the Second Sex and aims to subvert the bias towards men in the sneaker industry.



Leeds on track: new Institute for High Speed Rail

Leeds is investing £10m to develop the UK’s first dedicated centre for high speed rail technologies and system integration. Offering a ‘complete system’ approach to high speed rail engineering, it will give the UK an unrivalled centre of excellence for high speed rail planning, design, construction and manufacturing.



Lack of sleep damaging for children

More than a third of primary school children are failing to get sufficient sleep, according to Leeds research. The study has linked poor sleep with difficulties in paying attention in class, keeping up with school work, forgetfulness and absenteeism.



Professor Derek Gray (1950-2017)

Professor Derek Gray has passed away aged 67. Derek graduated from Leeds in Medicine in 1974.



Tackling youth vulnerability

History Graduate Sam Black (2013) is taking part in the Year Here programme in London, developing social innovations to tackle the issue of youth vulnerability. He’s currently working at an Alternative Provision designing and experimenting with methods to improve student engagement. Interested students can get involved here.



Simon Armitage new Professor of Poetry

World-renowned poet Simon Armitage has been announced as the University of Leeds’ first Professor of Poetry. Professor Armitage returns to the School of English 20 years after taking up his first academic post, when he taught creative writing to Leeds students following an earlier career as a probation officer.



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