In the media archive

In the media archive 2019

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November 2019

UK Election 2019: Tory and Labour cultural policies leave arts organisations squeezed (The Conversation 27/11/2019) Professor Ben Walmsley (PCI), who leads the Centre for Cultural Value, assesses the two main parties' cultural manifestos.  Also in: Yahoo! UK and Ireland and Foreign Affairs NZ

The reason high school bullies get back in touch later in life  (Mashable 26/11/2019) Dr Andrew Kirton, (Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied) comments on a Mashable piece about the psychology of why high school bullies might try and reconnect later in life. Also in: Latest Media News

The search for biodegradable lingerie (Vogue Business 25/11/2019) Dr Mark Sumner (Design) comments on the challenge of sustainability and function in design and manufacture of lingerie.

Laughing at party leaders during debate is good for democracy (Metro 23/11/2019) Professor Stephen Coleman (Media and Communication) writes about Friday's Question Time Leaders' Special.

I watched Johnson and Corbyn's debate with 100 undecided voters - here's how they reacted (The Conversation 20/11/2019) Professor Stephen Coleman (Media and Communication) writes this article about using a new online tool, Democratic Reflection, to gauge the live responses of 100 undecided voters during the ITV Leaders Debate on Tuesday.  

News at 10  (ITV 19/11/2019) Leeds University Union's Riley Smith Theatre provided the backdrop for a live experiment during last night's party leaders' TV debate. A research project led by Professor Stephen Coleman and Dr Giles Moss (Media and Communication - AHC) live-tested an online tool assessing voter reaction to the broadcast. The experiment was filmed by ITV News, which is funding the research. Dr Louise Pears (also SMaC) was interviewed (from 12:36 via ITV Hub).  The film is also viewable at the bottom of this online news item. Also in: University news story

May I have a word about... the revival of gongoozling  (The Guardian 17/11/2019) Further coverage by an Observer columnist about the Dialect and Heritage project.

So many free lunches  (Times Literary Supplement, 12/11/2019) (Subscription required) Professor Greg Radick (Philosphy, Religion and the History of Science) reviews "Good Enough:   The Tolerance for Mediocrity in Nature and Society" by Daniel S Milo.  

Rescued: the art course that nearly vanished  (Yorkshire Post 18/11/2019) Professor Griselda Pollock (Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies) appears in an article for the launch of an online history of art A-level course. PDF available on request.

News at Ten (ITV, 13/11/2019) Further coverage: Dr Fiona Douglas (English) is interviewed as part of this package about the Dialect and Heritage project (clip available on request).  Dr Douglas also did a round of interviews across several local BBC radio stations during the morning yesterday.  BBC Radio Tees, from 1:54:58 (also BBC Radio Gloucestershire, York, Essex, Nottingham, Leicester, Wiltshire, Jersey, Berkshire, Merseyside, Humberside, Coventry & Warks and Norfolk). University news story

In Our Time  (BBC Radio 4, 14/11/2019) Dr Sarah Hudspith (Languages, Cultures and Societies) is one of the guests on today's programme, which considers Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. 

Turning to faiths to save the planet (Eco-Business, 14/11/2019) Further coverage: PhD researcher Jonathan Smith (PRHS) writes about his research in Indonesia, which shows that religious groups have played an important part in responding to climate change by participating in environmental campaigns and by translating scientific and policy language for a religious audience.

Gayle Lofthouse (BBC Radio Leeds 12/11/2019) Dr John Gallagher (History) talks about his BBC FOUR programme about language, which aired last night (radio interview from 2:39:45).
Dr Gallagher was also interviewed on RTE Raidio Na Gaeltachta (from 0:31)  
The TV programme, Scuffles, Swagger and Shakespeare: The Hidden Story of English, is on iPlayer.
Further previews of the programme: The Guardian, i News, RTE 

Mind my language, it's a family affair (The Times, 12/11/2019) Further coverage: Columnist Sara Tor welcomes the news that the School of English's Dialect and Heritage project has received a funding boost from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. 

Our dialects are the last surviving bridges back into England’s past (The Daily Telegraph, 10/11/2019) The Sunday Telegraph Further coverage of the Dialect and Heritage project announcement included this comment piece (also in print version, P16). And this, in The Observer

Forgotten radar men who worked in secret to win the war  (The Times, 10/11/2019) Dr Phillip Judkins (Philosophy, Religion and History of Science) explains why the scientists who worked on radar during the Second World War deserve more credit. 

BBC Radio 4 09/11/2019 A significant grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for the next phase of the Dialect and Heritage project let by Dr Fiona Douglas (English) was widely covered across most media outlets from Saturday. Dr Douglas was interviewed live from 43:37. The news was also covered in bulletins across BBC Radio 2, 4 and local stations (this Radio 2 example is from 1:02:04). Also in: Guardian (and p18 in printed paper), Times (and p11), Telegraph (and p14), Daily Mail (and p31), i news, Mirror and The Sun (PDFs available on request), The Yorkshire Post, Sunday Star Times (New Zealand - PDF available on request) Plus more than 100 UK regional papers. Sky News (and dozens of local commercial radio stations), University news story

Fall of the Berlin Wall and the story behind it 30 years on  (Yorkshire Post, 7/11/2019) Professor Simon Ball (History) comments on the fall of the Berlin Wall. 

Software for communicating fabric handle  (WTIN, 5/11/2019) Dr Sahar Arshi (Design) talks about a Future Fashion Factory project led by Professor Ningtao Mao that is developing software capable of digitally communicating the properties of fabric, such as how it feels to touch.  

The end of the Cold War  (Yorkshire Post, 7/11/2019) Professor Simon Ball (History) discusses how the fall of the Berlin Wall led to the beginning of the end of the Cold War, as this weekend marks the 30th anniversary of its demolition. (PDF available)

Good Morning Scotland (BBC Radio Scotland, 6/11/2019) Professor Stephen Coleman (Media & Communication) discusses the importance of televised leaders' debates in the run-up to the election (from 2:36:00). 

The Ruthless 16th-Century Spy Network That Kept Queen Elizabeth I Safe  (HISTORY, 5/11/2019) Professor Stephen Alford (History) explores how the 16th-century spy network functioned to protect Queen Elizabeth from perpetual threats to her life and reign in Tudor England.  

Memories of war evacuations (Yorkshire Post, 4/11/2019) Dr Jessica Meyer (History) will visit Northallerton & District Local History Society on Tuesday 12 November to talk about medical evacuations during the First World War and new research. (PDF available on request).

The Hidden Forces Behind the Rise and Fall of Colorful Kitchens in Postwar America (TIME, 01/11/2019) An excerpt of "The Color Revolution" by Professor Regina Lee Blaszczyk (History) features in TIME. 

October 2019

Design students inspired by Yorkshire's textile heritage at Future Fashion Factory (Fashion, 24/10/2019) Future Fashion Factory (School of Design) held an exhibition to mark its first year. Garments were produced by the School of Design at the University of Leeds, based on designs from a student project inspired by the Yorkshire Fashion Archive.

Freedom for Skipton’s Raikeswood Camp German PoWs as they learn they are going home (Telegraph and Argus, 23/10/2019) The First World War PoW camp translation project led by Anne Buckley (Languages, Cultures and Societies) reaches an important milestone, as the camp diary reports the first repatriations a century ago  Also in: Craven Herald

Future of the fashion industry unveiled at Salts Mill, Saltaire (Telegraph and Argus, 22/10/2019) Future Fashion Factory (School of Design) held an exhibition to mark its first year, which saw more than 100 guests from across the fashion and textile industry learn about projects forming part of this major AHRC-funded Industrial Strategy project.

BBC Radio Leeds (23/10/2019) Dr Iona McCleery (History) discusses the historical context of carb-loading in the winter. (From 2:04:00)

Ireland and the assassination culture of imperial Britain (Century Ireland (RTE), 17/10/2019) Professor Simon Ball (History) writes about how imperial Britain responded to murders of its officials around the world. 

Despite the Modern Slavery Act, poor labour conditions are prevalent in the fast fashion industry (, 16/10/2019) Dr Mark Sumner (School of Design) contributes to research raising concerns on leading retailers who are non-compliant with the Modern Slavery Act. 

Nine exciting projects the Future Fashion Factory is supporting (The Manufacturer, 15/10/2019) Future Fashion Factory (School of Design) presents their Year 1 Showcase at Salts Mill, presenting new digitally advanced textile technologies to boost innovation and sustainability.  

Square Chapel Arts Centre in Halifax to host film festival on Beat author Jack Kerouac (Yorkshire Post,  11/10/2019) Dr Simon Warner (Music) is curating a film festival to mark 50 years since the death of Beat Generation writer Jack Kerouac, at Square Chapel Arts Centre in Halifax, on October 18 and 19.

Inside Out (BBC One, 14/10/2019) Dr Mark Taylor (Design) talks about some of the developments in outdoor clothing since a 1964 Peak District tragedy that claimed the lives of three young scouts (starts at 19:00).

Rio de Janeiro hosts 4th BRICS film festival (CGTN, 12/10/2019) Dr Chris Homewood (Languages, Cultures and Societies) is quoted in this article about the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) film festival.  

Euronews Tonight (EuroNews 11/10/2019) Dr Helen Finch (Languages, Cultures and Societies ) comments on Peter Handke's Nobel prize. (Clip available on request from University of Leeds Communcations)

BBC Radio Coventry & Warks (10/10/2019) Dr Mark Taylor (Design) answers a listener's question about why tumble drier lint is always grey (from 1:33:15).

'A troubling choice': authors criticise Peter Handke's controversial Nobel win (The Guardian 10/10/2019) Dr Helen Finch (Languages, Culture and Societies) comments on Peter Handke's controversial Nobel Prize in Literature win. Also in: Yahoo! SingaporeAl Jazeerablog0news

Jackie Kay selects Britain's 10 best BAME writers (The Guardian 05/10/2019) Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow Zaffar Kunial (English ) features in this list compiled by the acclaimed poet and author.

Eugenics: Science's Greatest Scandal (BBC Four 03/10/2019) Professor Greg Radick (PRHS) contributes to this new TV series, discussing Francis Galton, who coined the word eugenics. 

How television informs our ideas about class (Red Pepper 03/10/2019) From Jeremy Kyle to Fleabag, popular television profoundly shapes our ideas about class. It’s time for alternative visions, both behind and on our screens, argues Dr Beth Johnson (SMC). 

In Tune (BBC Radio 3, 03/10/2019 ) BBC Radio 3's In Tune programme will be broadcast live from the School of Music this evening (5-7pm, Friday 4 October). (from 1h 59m 44s)

The Forum: Electric telegraph - the first worldwide web (BBC World Service 03/10/2019) Visiting Research Fellow Dr Gillian Cookson (History) contributes to this programme about the invention of the electric telegraph in the mid-19th century.   

Business Daily: The search for sustainable fabric (BBC World Service, 02/10/2019) Dr Richard Blackburn (Design) discusses the environmental credentials of various fabrics.  

Book examining how LGBT is using religion to champion for their rights launched in Nairobi (Tuko , 01/10/2019) Dr Adriaan van Klinken (PRHS) publishes new book 'Kenyan, Christian, Queer' exploring how religion can be a site and resource for LGBT identities and rights.  

Overcoming hurdles: Cosmetics has a massive opportunity to utilise waste ingredients (Cosmetics Design Europe , 01/10/2019) Dr Richard Blackburn (School of Design), director and co-founder of Keracol the Leeds University-born company reports on the problems of waste and by-products in cosmetics.  

BBC Radio Coventry & Warks (01/10/2010) Dr Mark Taylor (Design) explains the science behind breathable, waterproof clothing (from 1:33). 

September 2019

Do MPs need to mind their language? (Dundee Messenger 27/09/2019) Professor Stephen Coleman (Media and Communication) is quoted in this article discussing the language used by politicians.

Look and feel good: How tech could save the fashion industry (CNN 27/09/2019) Dr Mark Sumner (Design) is quoted in this article about new technologies that could transform the way clothes are designed, produced and sold.

Festival reaches Shakespearean heights (Wharfedale & Airedale Observer 20/09/2019) Further coverage: Dr José A. Pérez Díez and Dr Jane Rickard (English) are leading an interactive session at Ilkley Literature Festival In October - Performing Comedy: A Midsummer Night's Dream.  

Richard Stead Breakfast Show (BBC Radio Leeds 18/09/2019) Dr Alaric Hall (Institute for Medieval Studies and English) contributes to a feature about the historical significance of the place name Pender (from 23:31, then 2:24:35).

Today (BBC Radio 4 12/09/2019) Poet,  cricket fan and Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow Zaffar Kunial (English - AHC) reads a poem about cricket on the first day of the final Test at the Oval (from 1:45:34).

New Thinking: Fashion, AI and Sustainability (BBC Radio 3 16/09/2019) Dr Mark Sumner and Professor Stephen Westland (both Design) contribute to this AHRC/BBC New Thinking podcast on the Future Fashion Factory, the Leeds-led major government-funded project working with industry to boost innovation and sustainability. 

Next Labour government could legalise cocaine and heroin (Liverpool Echo 16/09/2019) Dr Gemma Ahearne, visiting fellow at the University of Leeds (PRHS) , is quoted about the links between the illegal drugs market and organised crime.  Also Sputnik International 

Can we ever really know if our clothes are sustainable? (BBC Bitesize 16/09/2019) Dr Mark Sumner (Design) contributes to this article on the BBC's learning resource site. 

Boris Johnson's dodgy delivery is only fuelling feelings of mistrust (The Conversation 09/09/2019) Article by Professor Stephen Coleman (Media and Communication) discusses Boris Johnson's Wakefield speech and how delivery can affect the meaning of speech or signify meaning in themselves.

The bizarre new fabrics that fashion is betting on (BBC Business 10/09/2019) Dr Richard Blackburn (School of Design)  comments on textile alternatives and adds that consumers need to act sustainably in every area of their lives. Also in Dundee Messenger

Stacey Dooley: 'We Have To Recognise There Are Consequences To What We Buy And Wear' (Grazia UK 08/09/2019) Dr Mark Sumner (Design - AHC) is quoted in this article discussing sustainability in fashion. 

Yorkshire Post (02/09/2019) Professor Edward Spiers (History) features in an article looking back at this historic moment and the impact of the so-called Phoney War.  Also appeared in print in the Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post print

Why the Counter Terrorism (TEO) Bill is about political, not legal, expediency (Independent Australia 02/09/2019). Article references Conversation article by Dr Nir Arielli (History - AHC). Original Conversation article