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November 2018

Arab mother tongue is not Arabic and it from extinction (BBC Arabic, 29/11/2018) Professor Janet Watson (LCS) discusses endangered Arabic languages. Translated from Arabic.

ARTS DIARY (Yorkshire Post, PRINT 30/11/2018) A new poetry prize aimed at nurturing previously unpublished poets was launched by the University. The Brotherton Poetry Prize from the University of Leeds Poetry Centre will be judged by Leeds’ Professor of Poetry Simon Armitage; writer, broadcaster and former University Chancellor Melvyn Bragg. PDF available upon request.
Also in NZ Poetry Shelf & University news story 
These comics show the horrors refugees face from a powerful new viewpoint (World Economic Forum, 29/11/2018) Emma Parker (English) writes about a series of recent comics are trying to shift the narrative about refugees. This article was originally published in The Conversation.

BBC Radio 5 Live (29/11/2018) Professor Stephen Coleman (Media and Communication) discussed the upcoming TV debate between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn. From 1h 08m 18s. Clips from the interview have also been used in bulletins on 5Live and BBC Radio Merseyside.

Radio: 5 Live Drive (BBC Radio 5Live, 27/11/2018) Dr Mark Sumner (Design) discusses the sustainability of the fashion industry. From 2h38m28s.

LBC (27/11/2018) Professor Stephen Coleman (Media and Communication) discusses current issues in parliament and how they affect voters. Clip available upon request.
Works on loan from major collections to shine light on antiques trade (Darlington & Stockton Times 16/11/2018) County Durham's Bowes Museum is to host a ground-breaking exhibition about the history of antique dealing, guest curated by Dr Mark Westgarth (FAHACS). SOLD! tells the back story of 25 stunning internationally renowned objects loaned by major museums including The V&A, British Museum, The Lady Lever Art Gallery, Temple Newsam, The National Gallery and the Museum of London.

David Bowie photographer Denis O'Regan to visit Blackwell's in Leeds (Yorkshire Post 20/11/2018)  Dr Denis Flannery (English - AHC) will interview acclaimed rock photographer Denis O'Regan at an event in Blackwell's next week. Also in Yorkshire Evening Post.

After the Earthquake (History Today, 20/11/2018) Dr Iona McCleery (History) has written an article concerning how a readable history Lisbon capital emphasises the modern at the expense of the city’s deeper past.

'Beyond Belief' (BBC Radio 4  19/11/2018) Dr Mikel Burley (PRHS) appeared on 'Beyond Belief' and discussed the religious significance of blood.

Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone Is The Most Important Movie Of Our Generation (UNILAD, 16/11/2018) Dr Marta Cobb (History) talks about 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone' and its focus on topics, such as bullying and orphancy.

UK fashion industry not environmentally sustainable in current form (, 19/11/2018) Further coverage: Dr Mark Sumner (Design) discusses how the prolonged wage squeeze may have fuelled the cheaper fast fashion industry.

Food Waste Is Finding a Second Life in Your Beauty Products (Fashion Magazine 16/11/2018) Further coverage: Natural dyes extracted from blackcurrant waste created during Ribena manufacture have for the first time been used in an effective new hair dyeing technology, developed at the University of Leeds. Led by Dr Richard Blackburn (Design) and Professor Chris Rayner (Chemistry - MAPS).
Radio: Kieran Yates (BBC Radio Asian Network 15/11/2018) Professor William Gould (History) contributes to a discussion about how Partition and other key events South Asian history are represented. From about 1h 5m.

Repeating history (Times Literary Supplement ,16/11/2018) Dr Gigliola Sulis (Languages, Cultures and Societies - AHC) considers to what extent it is helpful and/or accurate to describe Donald Trump as a fascist.
Burberry, Asos join 'first-of-its kind' R&D programme for UK fashion industry  ( USA, 13/11/2018) Fashion House Burberry is to link up with the University of Leeds as part of a multi-million pound project to boost innovation in the industry.
Also in: LinkInsider Media

BBC Leeds (9/11/2018) Ingrid Sharp (LCS) discusses women's roles  in the German revolution. Clip available upon request.
Anthill 31: World War I remembered  (The Conversation 7/11/2018) Ingrid Sharp (LCS) is featured on a podcast from The Conversation. This episode concerns World War I. 
Jogendra Sen: An unlikely pal ( 1/11/2018) The story of Engineering alumnus Jogendra Sen, who volunteered for the Leeds Pals and was killed on the Western Front in 1916. Professor Alison Fell (LAHRI; LCS), who leads the University's Legacies of War centenary project is interviewed. Film is at the bottom of online story. A clip of the full Calendar item is available on request.
Also in: Yorkshire Post (print), Yorkshire PostYorkshire Evening PostUniversity news story

Poison gas: World War I weapon of terror (Oman Observer, 29/10/2018) A press agency story featuring comments by Professor Edward Spiers (History) about the use of chemical weapons in the First World War appeared in several international outlets; Zaman Alwsl (Syria), The Nation (Thailand), Urdu PointDaily Star (Lebanon), Space WarJornal do Brasil
Love letters unlock secrets of Yorkshire wartime romance (BBC, 5/11/2018) Love letters sent from a Belgian soldier to the mother of his illegitimate child have helped unlock the secrets of a wartime romance. Professor Alison Fell (LAHRI; LCS), helped reveal the story behind the man who sent them. Also in Daily Mirror.

Inside Out (BBC, 5/11/2018) Professor Alison Fell (LAHRI; LCS) talks about helping a Leeds man discover the Belgian relatives he didn't know he had. (From 10m)

Mum's fight to bury son (The People 4/11/2018) A preview of the BBC Four documentary about First World War graves featuring Professor Alison Fell which aired again, on BBC One, last night.
BBC Breakfast (BBC One, 5/11/2018) Professor Alison Fell (LAHRI; LCS) was on the sofa this morning discussing the final resting places of First World War dead, in connection with a documentary on the subject that aired last night. From about 2h51m.
We Will Remember Them, with Huw Edwards (BBC Four, 5/11/2018) Professor Alison Fell (LAHRI; LCS) contributes to this programme about the origins of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, talking about Sarah Ann Smith, from Leeds, who called for the dead to be repatriated.
Inside Out (BBC One, 5/11/2018) Professor Alison Fell (LAHRI; LCS) talks about Belgian refugees and how she helped the Leeds grandson of a Belgian refugee soldier find the family he didn't know existed. 

'WAR ROMANCE LEFT ME WITH NEW-FOUND FAMILY' (Yorkshire Post, 5/11/2018) The postcards that a man discovered in a trunk belonging to his late mother have taken him on a journey to meet Belgian relatives he did not even know he had. The postcards were passed on to Professor Alison Fell (LAHRI; LCS), who helped reveal the story behind the man who sent them.

The increasingly niche, Lynchian intimacy of YouTube ASMR (Dazed Digital, 2/11/2018) Dr Emma Bennett (Performance and Cultural Industries) comments in an article concerning ASMR roleplay videos. 

Channel 4 relocation to Leeds 'worth £1bn over next decade' as experts hail economic and cultural benefits of move (Yorkshire Post, 1/11/2018) Channel 4 announced it would open a new national headquarters in Leeds, moving about 200 staff out of London, following a high-profile bidding process that saw the city beat off competition from Greater Manchester and Birmingham. Dr Beth Johnson (Media and Communication) comments. Also in: Yorkshire Evening Post & Yorkshire Post (print)

We deplore this attack on freedom of expression in Brazil’s universities | Letters (The Guardian 1/11/2018) 107 international academics react to social media reports that more than 20 universities in Brazil have been invaded by military police in recent days, with teaching materials confiscated on ideological grounds. Includes Dr Stephanie Dennison (LCS), John Fallas (Music) and Professor Martin Iddon (Music) .

We would rather live on bread and water than live under French occupation (TRT 1/11/2018)
Dr Jim House (Languages) comments in an article concerning how Algeria's war of independence continues to define how the state has evolved, yet promises made but not kept are what concerns the younger generation.

Fast fashion hurts workers and the environment, British lawmakers told (Global Times (China) 1/11/2018) Further coverage: Dr Mark Sumner (Design) discusses how people are under pressure to look good, while the prolonged wage squeeze may have fuelled the cheaper fast fashion industry.
From Ancient Rome to Hollywood: witches as figures of fun (The Conversation 1/11/2018) Maria Haley (Classics) writes about how modern depictions of witches predate the medieval version and can be traced all the way back to Roman times. 
Online retailer Boohoo named and shamed in Parliament as expert says £5 dress is too rubbish for charities to want (Daily Mail, 30/10/2018) Dr Mark Sumner discusses how millennials are under huge pressure to look good, while the prolonged wage squeeze may have fuelled the cheaper fast fashion industry. Also in: Reuters (also Reuters UK and Reuters India), &
BBC York (BBC York, 29/10/2018) Broadcast Dr Simon Warner (Music) appeared on BBC Radio York to discuss controversial song lyrics. From 43 m.


October 2018

BBC York (29/10/2018, 19:43 PM GMT Broadcast) Dr Simon Warner (Music) appeared on BBC Radio York to discuss controversial song lyrics. From 43 m.

BBC York

Jamal Khashoggi: Why stating the truth is getting a lot of journalists killed (Raw Story, 26/10/2018) A republication of Dr Chris Paterson's (Media & Communication) piece for The Conversation.

Raw Story

What Being Transgender Looks Like, According to Stock Photography (The New York Times, 26/10/2018) Stock photography images of transgender people do not portray them accurately, according to Giorgia Aiello (Media & Communication)

The New York Times

Discovery of 'oldest' Quran fragments could resolve history of holy text (The Muslim Times, 26/10/2018) Fozia Bora (LCS), writes on the history of the Quran.

The Muslim Times

Jamal Khashoggi: why telling the truth to power is getting a lot of journalists killed (The Conversation, 24/10/2018) Dr Chris Paterson (Media and Communication) has written an article concerning murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The Conversation

Fantastic Beasts: Grindelwald, dark fantasies and secret societies (The Conversation, 24/10/2018) Dr Marta Cobb (History) wrote an article concerning how the 'Fantastic Beasts' character Grindelwald and his followers resemble a secular version of a coven. Also featured in The Week.

The Conversation

Paranoia is the religion of Putin’s Russia (The Times, 21/10/2108) Cites 'Fortress Russia', a new book by Dr Ilya Yablokov (LCS), which paints a detailed and disturbing picture of the development of this thinking in post-Soviet Russia. Also featured in The Times (print).

The Times

BTS: everything you need to know about the astounding success of the world’s favourite K-Pop band (The Conversation, 12/10/2018) Professor Stephanie Dennison (LCS) and Stefania Pozzi (PhD Candidate) wrote an article concerning K-Pop's latest phenomenon, BTS, and their rise to fame.   Also featured in International Business Times Australia.

The Conversation

This washing machine can be washed with "a glass of water"! (Business Weekly Taiwan, 14/10/2108) Further coverage: Professor Stephen Burkinshaw (Design) is mentioned in an article which looks at University spin-out company Xeros, which makes washing machines that use polymer beads to reduce water use by 80%. Translated from Chinese.

Business Weekly Taiwan

ITV: Calendar (ITV Yorkshire 12/10/2018) The programme begins its Armistice coverage with an interview with Professor Alison Fell (LAHRI), who leads the University's Legacies of War centenary project, from the from the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery's 'Goodbye to All That?' exhibition. Clip available upon request.

Women of Aktion at Skipton Town Hall (Craven District Council, 10/10/2018) Further coverage of Women of Aktion - a play about revolutionary women in the First World War era that came out of work with Professor Ingrid Sharp and Dr Corinne Painter (LCS).

Craven District Council

Why the laundry industry is in a spin to save water (BBC News, 05/10/2018) Professor Stephen Burkinshaw (Design) is quoted in this article which looks at University spin-out company Xeros, which makes washing machines that use polymer beads to reduce water use by 80%. Also featured in MSN Philippines.

BBC News

In Our Time (BBC Radio 4, 04/10/2018) Professor Bridget Bennett (English) joins Melvyn Bragg and fellow guests on Radio 4's 'In Our Time' to discuss the work of author Edith Wharton.

BBC Radio 4

Marsden Jazz Festival Honours Local Poet Simon Armitage With World Première Commission (The Yorkshire Times, 02/10/2018) Marsden Jazz Festival has commissioned a new work based on the work of Professor of Poetry Simon Armitage (English).

The Yorkshire Times

Play pays tribute to mining communities (British Theatre Guide, 01/10/2018) An interview with Garry Lyons (PCI), who wrote a play focusing on the closure of Yorkshire’s Hatfield Colliery in 2016.

British Theatre Guide

Flawed reporting on antisemitism claims against the Labour party (The Guardian, 30/09/2018 Online) Professor David Hesmondhalgh (Media and Communication) co-wrote about a recent report by the Media Reform Coalition alongside people such as Noam Chomsky, Yanis Varoufakis, Ken Loach and Brian Eno.

The Guardian

The Last Seam review at Northern Stage, Newcastle-upon-Tyne – ‘moving and funny’ (The Stage, 28/09/2018) A review of a play focusing on the closure of Yorkshire’s Hatfield Colliery in 2016, written by Garry Lyons (PCI).

The Stage

Radcliffe & Maconie (BBC Radio 6 Music, 27/09/2018) Ahead of today's BBC Music Day , and as part of 6 Music's Art School Tour, the three-hour show was broadcast from the common room of the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies (AHC). Various staff and alumni were interviewed about the relationship between art and music in the city over the decades.

BBC Radio 6 Music

September 2018

Very British Romance with Lucy Worsley (BBC Four, 26/09/2018) Repeat of 2015 programme: Professor Derek Scott (Music) discusses the role of music in romance and courtship during Victorian times. Clip available on request via the media office.

Look North (BBC One, 24/09/2018) Anne Buckley (Languages, Cultures and Societies) discusses how the Spanish Flu pandemic at the end of the First World War affected German POWs held in Skipton. Clip available upon request via the media office.

Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 6 Music, 23/09/2018) Dr Denis Flannery (English) talks about his 'Bowie, Reading, Writing' discovery module. 

BBC Radio 6 Music

Michael Palin irks North Korean officials for having hands in pockets next to leaders' statues (The Daily Telegraph, 22/09/2018) Dr Robert Winstanley-Chesters (Languages, Cultures and Societies) gave advice on how to avoid causing offence in North Korea.

The Daily Telegraph

Radcliffe & Maconie (BBC Radio 6 Music, 18/09/2018) Ahead of BBC Music Day next Friday (28th), this show is exploring the role of arts schools in music, and will be broadcast live from the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies on Thursday 27th September. Announcing the visit, the presenters confirm that Leeds alumni from alt-J will take part. 

BBC Radio 6 Music

All Out Politics (Sky News,17/09/2018, 09:50 AM) Professor Stephen Coleman (Media and Communication) appeared on Sky News to discuss the importance of televised political debates. Clip available upon request.

Putin runs Russia with conspiracy theories (Inopressa 17/09/2018) Dr Ilya Yablokov (Languages, Cultures and Societies) was quoted in an article concerning conspiracy theories in Russia. Translated from Russian.


How Putin rules Russia with conspiracy theories (Die Welt, 16/09/2018) Dr Ilya Yablokov (Languages, Cultures and Societies) comments about the belief in an anti-Russian conspiracy of the West, which has long been mainstream in Russia. (Translated from German).

Die Welt

The Magic of Dialect (Yorkshire Evening Post, 14/09/2018) Preview of an event in the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery tomorrow coordinated by Dr Fiona Douglas (English - AHC) as part of Heritage Open Days.

Yorkshire Evening Post

Why the Serena Williams cartoon actually is racist (iNews,12/09/2018) Dr Kate Dossett (US History - AHC) was quoted in an article concerning a cartoon of Serena Williams, which has provoked backlash from critics who deemed it racist and offensive.


What Are Coastal Nuclear Power Plants Doing to Address Climate Threats? (Latest – Truthout, 09/09/2018) Natalie Kopytko (LHRI, PRHS) comments in a piece concerning how the outer defensive wall of what is expected to be the world’s most expensive nuclear power station is taking shape in the Bristol Channel.

Latest – Truthout

Tommy Robinson and the editor: How a newspaper ‘sows division’ where Jo Cox died (The Guardian, 02/09/2018) Dr Abdul Shaikh (Medieval Studies - AHC) was quoted in an article concerning Danny Lockwood and Tommy Robinson meeting in Batley, the home town of murdered MP Jo Cox.

The Guardian

August 2018

The marching band of new music (Echo,  06/08/2018) Professor Martin Iddon (AHC - Music) composition workshop with Gunnhildur Einarsdottír is featured (In German)


A composition by Professor Iddon (BBC Radio 3, Hear and Now programme , 28/07/2018)


The restaurant that helped welcome early Indian immigrants to the UK has been saved (  02/08/2018) Professor William Gould (History, AHC) comments on news that London’s India Club has been saved from demolition after a campaign to fend off developers. Westminster Council has turned down a planning application due to the restaurant’s cultural and historical importance as an arrival place for immigrants to the UK in the 1950s and 60s.


Also in: The Guardian

Revealing German PoW camp (BBC Look North, 01/08/2018) An archeological dig is taking place in Raikeswood estate near Skipton, which was one of 500 or so to hold German prisoners during the First World War. Anne Buckley (Languages Cultures & Societies) has gathered and is translating diaries left behind by the officers.

BBC Look North

Also in: Yorkshire Post


Off mic – Why women are still struggling to break football’s punditry glass ceiling (Geographical, 01/08/2018) Dr Jairo Lugo-Ocando (Media & Communication - AHC) comments on women's sport being overlooked by the news media.



July 2018

Rising stars of new music (SWR (in German) 31/07/2018) Dr Oliver Thurley (Music - AHC) has been awarded the Kranichstein Music Prize for Composition, at the Darmstadt Summer Course for New Music.

SWR (in German)

 Also in: Allgemeine Zeitung (in German) |  NMZ (in German)

Music on the Brink of Destruction (Radio: BBC 3, 23/07/18, 9.57pm) Dr David Fligg (Music - AHC) discusses a project he is working on called Performing the Jewish Archive, and a critical biography he is writing on the composer and pianist Gideon Klein (Originally Broadcast in January 2017).


Xeros making waves by developing a way of reducing water usage in washing machines (Daily Mail 21/7/2018) University spin-out company Xeros (from the School of Design) is developing a way to cut water usage in washing machines by up to 80%, and has just signed a major deal with a Chinese laundry equipment firm.

Daily Mail

Germany in decline? I beg to differ (The Conversation, 20/07/2018) Dr Ingo Cornils (Languages, Cultures & Societies - AHC) explains how the media's negative narrative about Germany is not accurate, and highlights why Germany is thriving.

The Conversation

Terrorist attacks against Sikhs in Afghanistan: The destiny of a persecuted people (SikhNet, 09/07/2018) Dr Jasjit Singh (PRHS - AHC) talks about the history of the Sikh community in Afghanistan and their future, following a recent suicide bombing in the city Jalalabad that killed prominent leaders of the Afghan Sikh community


Also in: BBC Leeds Radio 

The Middle Ages Actually Aren't Just About The Peoples Of Europe (Forbes, 05/07/2018) A delegate to this week's International Medieval Congress (History - AHC) praises the richness and variety of research presented at this year's event.


The economics of the hajj (ACCA, 03/07/2018) Professor Seán McLoughlin (PRHS - AHC) is quoted discussing the hajj, the annual pilgrimage of Muslims to Mecca, which is a logistical challenge for Saudi Arabia.


Bookshop of the Month (Yale Books, 03/07/2018) Yale University Press' blog uses the context of this week's International Medieval Congress to pay a visit to Ampleforth Abbey Bookshop in North Yorkshire.Horrors of war from rediscovered diary.

Yale Books


June 2018

Horrors of war from rediscovered diary (Yorkshire Evening Post, 30/06/2018)In the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time, a project looking at the experiences of internees during the First World War and coordinated by Dr Claudia Sternberg (FAHACS - AHC) is mentioned (in print version) in connection with a new display at Leeds City Museum curated by young historians.

Yorkshire Evening Post

Brain like Berkeley: university courses on your favourite pop stars (Times Higher Education, 28/06/2018)  The University is mentioned for running a course on David Bowie. The course is a discovery module called ‘Bowie, Reading, Writing’ and is run by Dr Denis Flannery (English - AHC).

Times Higher Education

Website launched looking at history of Skipton's former military and prisoner of war camp (Westmorland Gazette, 28/06/2018) Anne Buckley (Language Centre) and Dr Caroline Summers (Languages, Cultures & Societies - AHC) are part of the project 'Kriegsgefangen in Skipton' in which they are translating the memoirs of a group of German officers imprisoned in Skipton in World War I.

Westmorland Gazette

Radio: BBC 4 - World At One (25/06/18, 1.39pm), Dr Simon Warner (Music - AHC) comments on changes to the music charts that will include videos streamed on YouTube. 
Also on:  BBC Radio 2 and Radio 6 Music bulletins

BBC 4 - World At One

Tabish Khair 'returns' to India with new novel (India Today, 24/06/2018), Coverage of the new book by Leverhulme Visiting Professor and author Tabish Khair (English - AHC) appears in various Indian titles. 

India Today

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One of the leading Russian universities have lost their accreditation. What's going on? (BBC Russian -in Russian, 22/06/2018) Dr Ilya Yablokov (Languages, Cultures & Societies - AHC) comments on the excellent social and humanitarian research which goes on at the Moscow Higher School of Social and Economic Sciences, better known as "Shaninka", which has just lost state accreditation. 

BBC Russian (in Russian)

Also in: Meduza (in Russian) 

Is there a dark side to the growing obsession with skincare? (The Guardian, 21/06/2018) Dr Efrat Tseëlon (Design - AHC) comments on Reddit communities which centre on skincare.

The Guardian

Rebel Women - The Great Art Fight Back (BBC Four, 18/06/18, 10.30pm) Professor Griselda Pollock (FAHACS - AHC) contributes to this documentary about the generation of revolutionary female artists who emerged after the late 1960s.

BBC Four

Getting education down to a fine art (Independent Education Today, 20/06/2018) An annual event jointly organised by the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies (AHC) to promote the study of art history among school pupils is mentioned. The Discover ARTiculation Challenge finals are held in the School on 11 July. 

Independent Education Today

Letting humanities and social sciences speak to the public (WONKHE, 20/06/2018) Professor Stuart Murray (English - AHC) and Dr Raymond Holt (Mechanical Engineering) are mentioned as having brought art and science together to explore views of disability design, prostheses and the body, by designing a disabled artificial hand. Prof Murray is exhibiting the project at the British Academy Sumer Showcase 22-23 June.


With China visit, Kim Jong Un can play statesman and reassure Beijing (MSN UK, 20/06/2018) Dr Adam Cathcart (History - AHC) explains that there is lots for the leaders of North Korea and China to talk about economically.  Originally in LA Times.


Launch pad for germ killer (Daily Express, 20/06/2018) Surfaceskins, a firm started by University spinout NIRI (Design - AHC), has secured more than £1 million in pre-orders for anti-bacterial door push pads which cut the risk of spreading infection via hospital doors.

Daily Express

Sunderland’s Spanish conquest: ‘the essence of English football in its purest sense’ (Salut! Sunderland, 19/06/2018) PhD researcher David Hewitt (Languages, Cultures & Societies - AHC) writes this article about Sunderland travelling to play the Spanish national football team in May 1934, ahead of the World Cup in Italy. 

Salut! Sunderland

Also in: The Conversation

Radio: BBC Sheffield -Sunday Breakfast (BBC Radio Sheffield, 17/06/2018, 8.10am) Dr Stephen Muir (Music - AHC) discusses concerns over the Russian treatment of religious groups, in the context of the Russia World Cup.

BBC Radio Sheffield

When Sunderland AFC gave Spain a lesson in football it sparked national introspection (The Conversation, 15/06/2018) David Lewis (Languages, Cultures and Societies - AHC) writes about the effects of a tour by the English team in 1934

The Conversation

Radio: Good Morning Scotland (BBC Radio Scotland, 13/06/2018) Dr Adam Cathcart (History - AHC) comments on yesterday's US-Korea summit.

BBC Radio Scotland

Radio: News bulletin (BBC Radio 5 Live, 13/06/2018) Dr Adam Cathcart (History - AHC) comments on that morning's summit. 

BBC Radio 5 Live

An agreement with no detail, a vague commitment to denuclearisation and huge US concessions - but the Trump/Kim summit could be a successful first step towards peace (Mail Online, 13/06/2018) Dr Robert Winstanley-Chesters (Languages, Cultures and Societies - AHC) reflects on the summit. 

Mail Online

Radio: Talkback (BBC Radio Ulster, 12/06/2018) Dr Robert Winstanley-Chesters (Languages, Cultures and Societies - AHC) takes part in a panel discussion with Kevin Macguire, Associate Editor of the Daily Mirror. 

BBC Radio Ulster

Artists feel the Squeeze (The Independent i, 10/06/2018) Fine art final year student Kirsten Sinclair (FAHACS - AHC) with her work Traces blush: To Stroke. It forms part of Squeeze, the School's current degree show

The Independent i

Radio: Andrew Edwards (BBC Radio Leeds, 01/06/2018) Research into rising costs for British Muslims going on Hajj by Professor Prof Seán McLoughlin (PRHS - AHC) was featured across numerous BBC Radio stations, including London, Merseyside, Tees, Sheffield, Gloucester, Manchester, Lancashire, Leicester and Stoke.

BBC Radio Leeds

North Korea seen looking to China, not U.S., for help in any economic transformation (Reuters -UK, 10/06/2018) Dr Adam Cathcart (History - AHC) comments that stagnating economic growth in China’s northeastern rustbelt has  spurred interest in ramping up Chinese economic ties with North Korea.

Reuters -UK

Enter N. Korea's museum of hatred (The New Paper, 07/06/2018) As part of a feature on Sinchon Museum, North Korea's monument to the Koren War victims, Leeds professor Adam Cathcart, who has researched Sinchon extensively, highlights factual inaccuracies in historical records.

The New Paper

Lessons in loathing at North Korea's museum to 'US atrocity' (Daily Mail, 07/06/2018) Dr Adam Cathcart (History - AHC) comments on a North Korean museum which presents war atrocities allegedly perpetrated by American GIs during the Korean War. 

Daily Mail

Also in: French 24, Breitbart  |  Le Point (in French)  |  Bangkopk Post  |  Straits Times 

We tried the revolutionary new hair dye made from's how it turned out (The Sun, 07/06/2018) Professor Christopher Rayner (Chemistry - MAPS) and Dr Richard Blackburn (Design - AHC) have led research to extract natural hair dyes from waste blackcurrant skins. The technology is being applied commercially via their spinout, Keracol. Featuring a reporter from The Sun volunteering as the first ever person to try out hair dye. 

The Sun

Also in: Female First

How youth activism is kicking unpaid internships to the curb (The Conversation, 06/06/2018) Professor Kate Oakley (Media & Communication - AHC) co-authors this article about how public opinion around unpaid internships has changed dramatically in recent years. 

The Conversation

Making hair dye from blackcurrants (The Naked Scientists, 05/06/2018) Dr Richard Blackburn (Design - AHC) is interviewed about new research carried out with Professor Christopher Rayner (Chemistry- MAPS) to create a sustainable non-toxic hair dye from waste blackcurrant skins. 

The Naked Scientists

Theatre and dance in New York City this weekend (, 04/06/2018) "The Department of Theater at Brooklyn College, Screaming Media Productions, Leeds University and stage@leeds UK are proud to present: Gi60: The International One Minute Theatre Festival - 2018, celebrating fourteen years of collaboration and community - 150 new plays in three locations - USA, UK and in New Zealand -- all part of the growing, international Gi60 community."

The trouble with technocracy (Quillette, 04/06/2018) Undergraduate Lyle Broom (English & History - AHC) writes this article about Elon Musk declaring he will create a new website, called Pravda, "where the public can rate the core truth of any article & track the credibility score over time of each journalist, editor & publication." 


5 live Science (BBC Radio 5 Live, 03/06/2018) Dr Richard Blackburn (Design - AHC) talks about new research carried out with colleagues in Chemistry to create a sustainable non-toxic hair dye from waste blackcurrant skins.

BBC Radio 5 Live

Also in: RTE Radio 2 

The American Art Tapes (Archive on 4, 02/06/2018) This Archive on 4 programme revisits a US sabbatical taken by the late John Jones, a painter and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Fine Art. The recordings he made provide an unusual insight into the vibrant art scene of mid-1960s America. 

Archive on 4

15 things to do in Leeds: June 2018 (Leeds Confidential, 01/06/2018) The University of Leeds Fashion Show by the School of Design BA Fashion students is taking place from 15 - 22 June.

Leeds Confidential

Many scientists played a part in DNA advances (The Times (behind paywall), 01/06/2018) Dr Kersten Hall (PRHS - AHC) writes this letter explaining the role of the young scientist and unsung heroine Florence Bell, who played a crucial role in the discovery of the structure of DNA whilst at the University of Leeds. 

The Times

Poet in the City Presents: Icons and Influences (Culture Whisper, 01/06/2018) Professor Simon Armitage (English - AHC) is taking part in Poet in the City Presents: Icons and Influences, as figures from poetry and punk rock come together to discuss inspiration and expression through words and songwriting, in London on 9 June. 

Culture Whisper

Eco-friendly hair dye created from Ribena waste (The Naked Scientists, 01/06/2018) Professor Christopher Rayner (Chemistry - MAPS) and Dr Richard Blackburn (Design - AHC) have led research to extract natural hair dyes from waste blackcurrant skins. The technology is being applied commercially via their spinout, Keracol.  

The Naked Scientists

Also in: Chemical & Engineering News | The Journal(Ireland)  | Care2  | Gizmodo

Good Morning Ulster (BBC Radio Ulster, 01/06/2018) Dr Simon Warner (Music - AHC) discusses the band Spandau Ballet replacing their lead singer Tony Hadley with Ross Wild.

BBC Radio Ulster


May 2018

Blackcurrant dye could make hair colouring safer, more sustainable (Canada Free Press, 31/05/2018) Professor Christopher Rayner (Chemistry - MAPS) and Dr Richard Blackburn (Design - AHC) have led research to extract natural hair dyes from waste blackcurrant skins. The technology is being applied commercially via their spinout, Keracol

Canada Free Press

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Good Morning Scotland (BBC Radio Scotland, 31/05/2018) Dr Richard Blackburn (Design - AHC) talks about new research carried out with colleagues in Chemistry to create a sustainable non-toxic hair dye from waste blackcurrant skins. 

BBC Radio Scotland

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Ian Brannan (Radio Heart FM Yorkshire, 30/05/2018) Dr Richard Blackburn (Design - AHC) talks about new research carried out with colleagues in Chemistry to create a sustainable non-toxic hair dye from waste blackcurrant skins. 

Radio Heart FM

Ribena waste used to make hair dyes (BBC News, 30/05/2018) Professor Christopher Rayner (Chemistry - MAPS) and Dr Richard Blackburn (Design - AHC) have led research to extract natural hair dyes from waste blackcurrant skins. The technology is being applied commercially via their spinout, Keracol. 

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12 artists are selected for artist residencies in indigenous communities (Terra Brasil (in Portuguese), 29/05/2018) Dr Thea Pitman (Languages, Cultures & Societies - AHC) is one of the curators for the Electronic Art Indigenous (AEI) program run by the NGO Thydêwá, organising artistic residencies within indigenous communities in Brazil.


Defeating the trolls (Manila Standard, 25/05/2018) Dr Jason Vincent Cabañes (Media & Communication - AHC) published research looking at how a network of digital workers are designing political disinformation campaigns, creating fake news and fanning the flames of public discontent in the Philippines. 

Manila Standard

Cult film back on big screen (Yorkshire Evening Post, 25/05/2018) Dr Simon Hewitt (PRHS- AHC) is leading a discussion at the Hyde Park Picture House 'Philosophy and Film' evening tomorrow night, about the questions raised by the cult sci-fi film They Live. Dr Joe Saunders (IDEA - AHC) organises the series. 

Yorkshire Evening Post

Forward Prizes 2018 shortlist announced: Vahni Capildeo and Danez Smith up for 'poetry Oscars' (The Daily Telegraph, 23/05/2018) Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow Vahni Capildeo (English - AHC) is shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Poetry Collection with 'Venus as a Bear'.

The Daily Telegraph

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Tuning up for musical treat (Yorkshire Evening Post, 23/05/2018) Final year music students from the University of Leeds will be performing at Adel Methodist Church Hall this Sunday. 

Yorkshire Evening Post

Julia George (BBC Radio Kent, 22/05/2018) Dr Simon Warner (Music - AHC) discusses the Rolling Stones' final tour, and their fanbase over the years. 

BBC Radio Kent

Poem of the week: They (may forget (their names (if let out))) by Vahni Capildeo (The Guardian, 21/05/2018) Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow Vahni Capildeo (English - AHC) has a poem from her Forward Prize shortlisted collection featured on The Guardian's Poem of the Week. 

The Guardian

Modern radio 'pirates' turn the tables on traditional music stations (The Times, 21/05/2018) Undergraduate Jonathan Laxton (Music - AHC) co-founded College Music, a popular YouTube channel, which specialises in live streamed lo-fi hip hop and chill-hop music. 

The Times

Last stand for Strand club where India's past has stood still (The Guardian, 20/05/2018) Professor William Gould (History - AHC) discusses The India Club's history.

The Guardian

'Triumph' focuses on residents in 1500s London (Manhattan Mercury, 20/05/2018) Book review of Professor Stephen Alford's (History - AHC) new book called London's Triumph. 

The Mercury

Expert explains if opposition could pose challenge to Maduro at election (Sputnik, 19/05/2018) Dr Rebecca Jarman (Languages, Cultures & Societies - AHC) takes part in a Q&A ahead of Venezuelans voting in an early general election, which critics argue is just another political weapon in the arsenal of incumbent President Nicolas Maduro, as he seeks to maintain his hold on power. 


The greener side of the hedge (MySunshineCoast, 18/05/2018) Visiting Professor David Lewis (Design - AHC) is engaged in numerous research projects to improve the industries standard in hair colour and beauty products and has been influencing research into hair colouration in Europe. 


University pals are taking their play to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Telegraph and Argus, 18/05/2018) Undergraduates Katie Mahon and Leah Hand (both PCI - AHC) have co-founded the Bloomin' Buds Theatre Company - a social enterprise 'challenge the stigma of the class divide through community-based theatre', which was funded through the Spark enterprise scholarship at the University. 

Telegraph and Argus

Richard Stead (BBC Radio Leeds, 17/05/2018) Caroline Rose (Languages, Cultures & Societies - AHC) and Professor Chris Carr (Design - AHC) are interviewed about a new 3D weaving loom in the School's new 3D Weaving Innovation Centre. 

BBC Radio Leeds

Also: An earlier piece in the same programme featured Dr Elizabeth Gaston, Dr Jane Scott and a final year student (all Design - AHC) demonstrating a whole garment manufacturing system

BBC Radio Leeds

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In Our Time (BBC Radio 4, 17/05/2018) Dr Sarah Hudspith (Languages, Cultures & Societies - AHC) discusses how the emancipation of the Serfs was represented in literature.

BBC Radio 4

The Richard Stead Breakfast Show (BBC Radio Leeds, 17/05/2018) Dr Elizabeth Gaston and Dr Jane Scott (Design - AHC) feature in this piece about the new cutting-edge 3D weaving loom - the only one of its kind in the UK - which is at the heart of a new textiles innovation centre at the University's School of Design. 

BBC Radio Leeds

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Yorkshire Fashion Diary: Style & beauty events across the county (Yorkshire Post, 16/05/2018) The University of Leeds Fashion Show by the School of Design BA Fashion students is listed as taking place on 14 June. 

Yorkshire Post

A student volunteer's guide: five ways to save on the summer break (The Guardian, 16/05/2018) Undergraduate and new Welfare Officer for LUU Matt Port (Languages, Cultures & Societies - AHC) explains how taking part in RAG's Jailbreak can get you abroad without costing a penny. 

The Guardian

Podcast: London's Triumph (Folger Shakespeare Library, 15/05/2018) Professor Stephen Alford (History - AHC) talks about London in the time of Shakespeare, for this podcast from Folger's Shakespeare Unlimited series. 

Folger Shakespeare Library

Dominic King Show (BBC Radio Kent, 15/05/2018) Dr Simon Warner (Music - AHC) discusses whether Rolling Stones fans would have been upset when President Trump played one of their songs after his victory speech when he became US president last year, and more. 

BBC Radio Kent

5 live Drive (BBC Radio 5 Live, 15/05/2018) Dr Mark Sumner and PhD researchers Lucy Taylor and Lucy Cotton (all Design - AHC) take part in a live discussion about New Look, and other retailers, charging more money for plus-sized clothes. 

BBC Radio 5 Live

News (BBC, 15/05/2018) Dr Mark Sumner (Design - AHC) chats live about New Look, and other retailers, charging more money for plus-sized clothing. Clip available.

Shipley man begins fundraising for USA coast-to-coast charity bike ride(Telegraph and Argus, 14/05/2018) Antony Butcher (PCI - AHC) has started fundraising ahead of a marathon cycling challenge he is taking part in two year's time, cycling coast-to-coast from New York to San Francisco to raise money for a number of charities. 

Telegraph and Argus

Visitors share ideas as museum embarks on new project (Telegraph and Argus, 13/05/2018) Dr Helen Graham (FAHACS - AHC) discusses a project partnering with the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, looking at how the museum can play a bigger role in drawing people to the Bradford district.

Telegraph and Argus

Rain Man (Daily Telegraph, 12/05/2018) Hancrafted umbrellas made by School of Design alumnus Jamie Milestone (Graphic Design, 2004) are featured in the Saturday magazine's Best of British feature. 

Daily Telegraph

Breakfast (BBC One, 11/05/2018) Dr Adam Cathcart (History - AHC) sits on the BBC Breakfast sofa to discuss the upcoming summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-in, which is planned for 12 June in Singapore. 


Gayle Lofthouse (BBC Radio Leeds, 10/05/2018) Mention of Words in the City which takes place in Leeds this weekend, which the University is a partner for, with a performance by Professor Simon Armitage (English - AHC) in the Workshop Theatre. 

BBC Radio Leeds

The would-be artisans who ditch day jobs to chase a dream (Melbourne Age, 10/05/2018) Professor Susan Luckman (LHRI - AHC) discusses the resurgence of craftwork. 

Melbourne Age

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Good Evening Wales (BBC Radio Wales, 09/05/2018) Dr Adam Cathcart (History - AHC) discusses North Korea freeing three US detainees ahead of their summit with Trump. 

BBC Radio Wales

Drop in session for 'Bradford's National Museum' project (Telegraph and Argus, 09/05/2018) Dr Helen Graham (FAHACS - AHC) discusses a project by the National Science and Media Museum which is looking at how it can play a bigger role in the Bradford district. The University is a partner on the new project, along with BCB radio.

Telegraph and Argus

1968 - A year of protest and revolt (Yorkshire Post, 09/05/2018) Professor Simon Hall (History - AHC) looks at the triggers and significance of the worldwide protests which took place in 1968, including on the University's campus. 

Yorkshire Post

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Leeds University unveils cutting-edge equipment in £4.4m design school upgrade (Yorkshire Post (p10 in print), 08/05/2018) A cutting-edge 3D weaving loom - the only one of its kind in the UK - is at the heart of a new textiles innovation centre at the University. The high-tech machine was showcased to industry leaders yesterday during the official unveiling of a major year-long upgrade of the School of Design. Head of School Professor Chris Carr is quoted. 

Yorkshire Post

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Poetry festival moves to city centre (Yorkshire Evening Post, 07/05/2018) Word in the City, Ilkley Literature Festival's popular weekend of poetry takes place in its new home in the centre of Leeds next weekend. The University is principal partner for Words in the City, and Professor of Poetry, Simon Armitage, is giving a talk to kick off the weekend. 

Yorkshire Evening Post

Think hired, not retired (Business of Fashion, 07/05/2018) Associate Professor David Backhouse (Design - AHC) discusses the age demographic of employees in the fashion industry.

Business of Fashion

Causing ripples in Buddhism (Matichon, 04/05/2018) Dr Martin Seeger (Languages, Cultures & Societies - AHC) is interviewed about research findings and a related performance, as well as a recent book publication. Also appeared as a full page article in one of Thailand's major newspapers. 


Leeds stately home's war hospital days recalled: Living history at Temple Newsam (Yorkshire Post, 03/05/2018) Temple Newsam's days as a makeshift hospital for injured soldiers during the First World War will be rbought to life during a living history performance this weekend. University of Leeds students will act out roles as nurses and patients from Lady Dorothy Wood's Auxiliary Hospital. The project is led by Dr Scott Palmer (PCI - AHC). 

Yorkshire Post

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Library looks at park that held POWS (Yorkshire Post, 03/05/2018) A new exhibition exploring the local and global history of Lofthouse Park, a WWI camp for civilian internees and military prisoners, is on show at Wakefield Library. The exhibition has been developed with postgraduate students from the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, led by Claudia Sternberg (FAHACS - AHC). 

Yorkshire Post

Georgey Spanswick (BBC Radio Leeds, 03/05/2018) Coverage from the celebration event on campus yesterday for the Writing Back penpal project run by Dr Georgina Binnie (English - AHC). 

BBC Radio Leeds

The Richard Stead Breakfast Show (BBC Radio Leeds, 01/05/2018) Dr Andrew Warnes (English - AHC) discusses the merger of Sainsbury's and Asda. 

BBC Radio Leeds