Recent news highlights
23 April 2009
A round-up of the stories making the headlines recently.
A new study about house-hunting rock ants received extensive coverage on the BBC, including The Today Programme, BBC News online, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Points West, BBC Radio Bristol and BBC Scotland.
New research by Professor Simon Burgess and colleagues from the Centre for Market and Public Organisation, indicating that children taught by the worst teachers get at least a grade lower pass mark at GCSE than those taught by the best, was featured in the Independent. Professor Burgess was interviewed about the report, Do teachers matter?, on Radio 5 Live Drive.
Research by Steven Proud, also from the Centre for Market and Public Organisation, which shows that boys fare worse at English when there are girls in their class, was covered by BBC News Online, the Daily Mail and the Guardian.
Research led by Dr David Odd, Clinical Lecturer in Paediatrics, showing that children resuscitated at birth are more likely to have a low IQ by the age of eight, even if they appear healthy as babies, was covered by BBC News and Forbes.
News that archaeologists in Bristol have uncovered the remains of the Royal Fort, one of the most significant fortifications from the English Civil War (1642-53), was covered on BBC Points West and BBC Radio Bristol and by the Western Daily Press.
Research by Dr Will Atkinson from the Department of Sociology suggesting that the class system in Britain is alive and well was covered by the Telegraph and the Bristol Evening Post. Dr Atkinson was also interviewed about the report on BBC Radio 5 Live.