Recent news highlights
22 June 2009
A round-up of the stories making the headlines recently.
Light pollution could have serious consequences for slow-flying bats on their nightly commute from the roost, according to new research by Emma Stone, a PhD student and lead author on the study in the University’s School of Biological Sciences.
According to new research, led by Professor Simon Burgess from the University’s Centre for Market and Public Organisation, ethnic segregation in schools and neighbourhoods in England has neither a negative nor a positive effect on how pupils from different ethnic groups perform at school.
The story was covered in The Independent.
Sarah Smith, also from the Centre for Market and Public Organisation, was interviewed by the BBC about ‘intrinsic motivation’, or people’s motivation to work because they care or want to do something important not just because they are being paid to do so, in the context of British Airways’ request to staff to work for free.
Lucy Collins, Head of Widening Participation and Undergraduate Student Recruitment, was interviewed on BBC Radio Somerset’s Morning Show about the advantages of going to university.
Diet foods encourage overeating
Dr Jeff Brunstrom, Senior Lecturer, Department of Experimental Psychology, will present research findings into why sticking to low-calorie meals often fails to shift the pounds at a forthcoming British Nutrition Foundation conference.