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  • In Style Fashion News Feed: The Chic Girl's Guide To Showing Your Bra...
    If you’re anything like us, the prospect of baring your bra is fairly horrific. So, we've found a way to champion the look without feeling like your 16-year-old party persona, inspired by Rose Byrne and Cate Blanchett...
  • Games Spot Reviews: Civilization 6 Review

    The original Civilization came out in 1991. I was five years old at the time. I didn't fully grasp the game's historical underpinnings or strategic subtleties, but I do remember playing with my dad and racing to build catapults before other leaders had a chance to expand their empires too far.

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  • Games Spot Reviews: Titanfall 2 Review

    Titanfall 2 is a game about momentum. It knows when to rush forward at a breakneck pace. It knows when to give us time to breathe. Both in its single player campaign and its multiplayer modes, Titanfall 2 has a more measured pace than its predecessor, making the build-up to its climactic battles just as enticing as the events themselves. It's every bit as kinetic and fluid as the first Titanfall--but in many respects, it's a much better shooter.

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  • Games Spot Reviews: 100ft Robot Golf Review

    It's a rare thing in this day and age when everything you need to know about a game is right there in the title--and even rarer that said title is such an instantly appealing concept like 100-foot robots playing golf. And yet, even if 100ft Robot Golf is an inspired concept, the actual game is anything but.

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  • In Style Fashion News Feed: The Cool New Earring Brand The Instagram Crowd Is Obsessed With
    And they’re actually affordable
  • In Style Fashion News Feed: Victoria Beckham Is Launching Her First High Street Collection
    Victoria Beckham will soon be selling her dresses on the high street with this Target collaboration
  • In Style Fashion News Feed: Designer Richard Nicoll Has Died Aged 39
    Police are not treating the death as suspicious
  • Games Spot Reviews: The Silver Case Review

    If Suda 51 represents one of a scant few auteur game designers, The Silver Case, finally released on Western shores in this remastered form, is basically his student film, a statement of intent and trajectory rather than its own cohesive masterwork. As such, The Silver Case has a few of the elements that fans have come to recognize in a legitimate "Suda 51 Joint", but those elements are obscured by convoluted point-and-click gameplay, and a story that meanders, rants, and rambles getting where it needs to go.

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  • Games Spot Reviews: WWE 2K17 Review

    Since the shift to current-generation consoles, 2K's WWE series has steered away from the arcade-style formula of its extensive lineage. It's clear that developers Yuke's and Visual Concepts want to forge their own unique path to a simulation style of wrestling video game, iterating further and further in this direction with each passing installment. Much like last year, matches in WWE 2K17 have a distinctly measured pace, focused on capturing the look and feel of the current WWE product as closely as possible.

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  • Games Spot Reviews: Eagle Flight Review

    Eagle Flight is a first-person VR shooter set in a dilapidated version of Paris where you pilot an eagle using your head. If that isn’t quirky enough for you, it’s also a multiplayer-centric game where you shoot other eagles with supersonic screeches.

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  • Manchester scientists have helped to narrow search for a new ‘God particle’

    As part of one of the most ambitious quests in science a senior physicist at The University of Manchester has helped to narrow the search to find a ghost-like neutrino particle – its discovery promising to be even bigger than locating the Higgs boson.

  • Pioneering germ trap technology moves forward with first commercial application

    Facemasks incorporating an innovative new technology which emerged from research conducted by The University of Manchester’s School of Chemistry will be able to comprehensively trap and kill over 99 percent of all flu viruses.

  • Valentin’s story: From herding livestock to climate change campaigner

    Valentin Olyang’iri knows about the pressures climate change is exerting on people in rural Tanzania – he grew up herding livestock there. Now, thanks to a University of Manchester scholarship, he has the skills to do something about it.

  • University’s Communications and Marketing Division named the ‘best in-house team’

    Citing “great campaigns and initiatives” that had delivered “excellent results”, the judges of this year’s Northern Marketing Awards named the University’s Communications and Marketing Division the best in-house team in the North.

  • Honorary degree for Oxfam director as University celebrates Foundation Day

    The University of Manchester awarded an honorary degree to the Executive Director of Oxfam International, Winnie Byanyima, as part of its Foundation Day celebrations on Wednesday 19 October.

  • Exhibition reveals how ‘sugar coatings’ on cells can help safeguard our health

    The University of Manchester will reveal how ‘sugar coatings’ on cells can help safeguard our health at the Manchester Science Festival.

  • Hard work pays off for software entrepreneur

    A University of Manchester graduate who combined his studies with 4am starts to remotely run his software business based in India is now celebrating the recruitment of the 80th member of his diverse workforce.

  • World expert in deaf education kickstarts pioneering collaboration among local authorities and The University of Manchester

    Teachers of the deaf from seven local authorities in the North West are to take part in a research initiative to enable deaf children to develop better societal understanding and more advanced social negotiation skills, leading to more intuitive written skills.

  • 4D science to give inside view of volcanoes, batteries and ice cream at Manchester festival

    The insides of volcanoes, batteries and even ice cream will be demonstrated to visitors attending the Manchester Science Festival by ‘4D scientists’ from The University of Manchester.

  • EXPERT COMMENT: Ian Scott on Snowden, Assange and the US election

    Ian Scott is a Senior Lecturer in American Studies at The University of Manchester, and has recently written a book about the work of Oliver Stone, one of the world’s foremost political filmmakers. Here, he refers to Stone’s latest feature – a biopic of whistleblower Edward Snowden – in a piece about Julian Assange, WikiLeaks and the US elections.

  • New study shows major omission in evidence of ‘weekend effect’ on mortality rates in hospitals

    According to new research in the BMJ Quality & Safety journal, previous studies showing an increased risk of mortality following admission to hospital at weekends have failed to take account of the higher severity of patients’ conditions.

  • Fiona’s story: using finance to transform communities in Uganda

    In Uganda, a country developing rapidly from two decades of war, but where many people don’t have access to bank accounts, a strong financial sector is essential to lifting people out of poverty.

  • New Manchester-Beijing Healthcare Genomics postgraduate training course launched in China

    A pioneering partnership between The University of Manchester and Peking University has resulted in the development of a formal post-graduate level training course in healthcare genomics for China-based doctors.

  • Manchester Museum to be transformed by spectacular science

    Jaw-dropping and hair-raising science experiments will be the order of the day during the latest Spectacular Science takeover of Manchester Museum.

  • WATCH: Students celebrate with Olympic heroes at Manchester parade

    Student sportswomen and men from The University of Manchester were in the thick of the crowds yesterday at the Olympic Parade in Manchester, soaking up inspiration.

  • Manchester – famous for The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Oasis…and now The Robots!

    This year Manchester’s famous music scene is home to another breakthrough - a Robot Orchestra. Made by children, and performing all styles of music from classical to soul, the Robot Orchestra will make its public debut on Wednesday 26 October at the Museum of Science and Industry as part of Manchester’s Science Festival.

  • Manchester Olympic parade to inspire young athletes

    Dedicated student sportswomen and men from The University of Manchester will be in the thick of the crowds to soak up inspiration, as part of the Team GB Olympic Medallists’ Parade, held today in central Manchester.

  • Women’s rights a central issue for Oxfam Director who is to receive an honorary degree

    The University of Manchester will award an honorary degree to the Executive Director of Oxfam International, Winnie Byanyima, as part of its Foundation Day celebrations on Wednesday 19 October.

    Winnie, who is also an alumna of the University, will use the occasion of the ceremony to give a Foundation Lecture entitled ‘Advancing Women’s Rights in an Unequal World: A personal perspective’, in which she’ll outline some of the experiences of her unique career in politics and international development.

    She will also receive an honorary doctorate alongside Lord David Alliance, Professor Dame Sue Bailey, Mr Anil Ruia and Sir Norman Stoller as the University celebrates the anniversary of the bringing together of the Victoria University of Manchester and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) in 2004, to form The University of Manchester.Ugandan-born Winnie leads Oxfam International, a confederation of 19 organisations working in more than 90 countries, empowering people to create a future that is secure, just, and free from poverty. She led Uganda's first parliamentary women's caucus which championed ground-breaking gender equality provisions in the country's 1995 post-conflict constitution.

    A signatory to her country's 1985 peace agreement, Ms Byanyima has helped to broker and support women's participation in political transitions in Ethiopia, Rwanda, South Africa, Burundi, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya and other countries emerging from conflict.

    She has a BSc in Aeronautical Engineering from Manchester and returned to campus earlier this year to launch the University’s Global Development Institute, Europe’s largest research and teaching institute dedicated to international development.

    Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University, said: “I am delighted that at this year’s Foundation Day celebrations we are welcoming back an alumna, Ms Winnie Byanyima, to deliver our most prestigious lecture and to award her an honorary doctorate.

    “Winnie’s drive to promote the roles of women and work to address global inequalities fully align with the University’s own activities.

    “It is also an honour to be able to recognise the great contributions to society made by Lord David Alliance, Professor Dame Sue Bailey, Mr Anil Ruia and Sir Norman Stoller with the conferment of their honorary doctorates.”



    Also due to receive an honorary degree is Lord David Alliance, the businessman and philanthropist, born in Iran, who moved to Manchester in 1950. In 2015 Lord Alliance agreed to make a landmark donation of £15 million to Manchester Business School (MBS), to be invested in the School’s new building and to drive its research agenda forward. In recognition of Lord Alliance’s longstanding support for MBS and the University, the Business School has been renamed ‘the Alliance Manchester Business School’.

    Another prominent businessman and donor receiving an honorary degree is Sir Norman Stoller. In 1982 Sir Norman founded The Stoller Charitable Trust and, through his personal donations, he has given tens of millions of pounds to support institutions, individuals and charities.

    Through his Trust, Sir Norman has particularly supported The University of Manchester in the areas of cancer and biomarker research. The Stoller Biomarker Discovery Centre was formally opened in June 2016.

    Committed to the business, arts, educational and charitable sectors over a significant period of time, Anil Ruia was born in Mumbai and educated in Stockport. He is Chairman of Botraco Ltd. and a Director at James Warren Tea Ltd. India. He joined the University’s Board of Governors in 2005, was appointed as its Chair in 2010 and held this role until his retirement in 2016.

    Professor Dame Sue Bailey, a University of Manchester alumna, is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatrist, focussing on risks presented by and to young people who enter the mental health, social care and youth justice systems.

    She appeared as an expert witness in the James Bulger murder trial in 1993, and spent several years working with Jon Venables, one of the killers, to get him to accept responsibility for this crime. She was awarded an OBE in 2002 and a DBE in 2014. She is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatrist at Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

    In a fitting inclusion to the ceremony, the University’s student choir, Ad Solem, will perform for the guests. Music students, including the choir, are behind an innovative ‘Grade-1-athon’ fundraising idea which last year raised £3,000 for Oxfam and which the charity has rolled out as an idea to other UK universities.

    A live stream of the ceremonies is available on our website beginning from 4.30 pm.


  • Exhibition shines light on the lives of Robin Hood Gardens residents

    An extraordinary exhibition of photographs has been launched which records the lives of residents at Robin Hood Gardens, the experimental Brutalist council estate by pioneering British architects Alison and Peter Smithson, in the estate's last years before demolition.

    Completed in 1972, the 'streets in the sky' development has long been described as a 'sink estate' and a 'concrete monstrosity'. Against such representations, and the social cleansing agenda they serve, photographer Kois Miah and Sociology lecturer Nick Thoburn have chronicled the complex lives, emotions, and routines of the estate’s residents.

    Few council estates have been photographed as much as Robin Hood Gardens, but not since Sandra Lousada’s iconic early photographs of the estate have its residents featured as more than occasional bit-players. This exhibition places them at the centre by presenting an intimate exploration of their lives.

    “Of course, the photographs feature the astonishing architecture of the estate: the concrete textures, inorganic shapes and monumental scale of its Brutalist form, and the abundant light of its interiors,” said Nick. “However, the building is accompaniment to the portraits - rarely the main show.”

    “Our project places residents at centre stage in this set of portraits and interviews,” added Kois. “We have explored their relationships and experiences of living and socialising on this estate, many of whom have lived there for decades.”

    Kois and Nick hope that the exhibition will highlight problems caused by the widespread selling and demolition of council housing in our towns and cities - usually to be replaced by more costly private accommodation - which pushes out low-income families to outlying areas.

    ‘Lived Brutalism: Portraits at Robin Hood Gardens’ takes place a stone’s throw from Robin Hood Gardens, at St Matthias Community Centre (113 Poplar High Street, London E14 0AE) until October 21st. Visit for more information.
  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit The University of Manchester

    During a royal visit to the city The Duke and Duchess visited the National Graphene Institute (NGI) at The University of Manchester and were welcomed by the President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, and Professor Martin Schröder, Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

    During the tour of the state-of-the-art NGI, the Duke admired the BAC Mono single-seat supercar, the world's first car to use graphene in the production process. The British-built BAC Mono has graphene composite rear wheel arches, which notably reduces the weight of the car and provides a performance benefit to the driver.

    The BAC Mono is designed and built in Liverpool, and uses graphene supplied by Haydale.

    Led by graphene Nobel Laureates Professor Sir Andre Geim and Professor Sir Kostya Novoselov, the royal couple were shown an array of other revolutionary graphene applications including; energy efficient lighting, membranes for improved desalination technology and a graphene-skinned aircraft.

    Personalised 3D-printed toy cars also incorporating graphene were presented to the Duke and Duchess as gifts for Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

    Graphene is the world’s first two-dimensional material, just one atom thick yet 200 times stronger than steel. It’s flexible, transparent, more conductive copper and can form an impermeable barrier to gases and liquids.

    Following their tour of the NGI, the Duke and Duchess continued on to the site of the Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD). Due to open in 2020, MECD is one of the single largest construction projects ever undertaken by a higher education institution in the United Kingdom.

    Speaking during the royal visit, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell said: “MECD will create a world-leading teaching, learning and research campus to develop the engineers, scientists and innovators of tomorrow.

    “It is an honour to be joined by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as we mark the commencement of the next milestone in the University’s campus masterplan.”

    MECD, which is under construction by Balfour Beatty, will be home to four engineering schools and two research institutes, comprising 1,300 staff and 7,000 students.

    Whilst on site The Duke and Duchess sealed a time capsule which will be displayed within the building once construction is completed. They also unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion.

    Professor Martin Schröder said: “Over the past one hundred years the University has celebrated many achievements in science and engineering. Graphene is just one of the many landmark achievements in innovative research by this University, with many more yet to come thanks to developments like MECD.”

    The Duke and Duchess’ visit to the University follows a series of engagements around the city including The National Football Museum and the Town Hall before attending Francis House Children’s Hospice.

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    A 360 video tour of the National Graphene Institute is available here:

    A virtual first look of the MECD project is available here: 

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