In the media archive

Summer 2019

August 2019

First winners of €20,000 arts awards to mark Countess Markievicz announced (Irish Times 27/08/2019) Dr Kimberly Campanello, poet and Lecturer in Creative Writing (English - AHC, Poetry Centre), is among the first recipients of new arts awards to commemorate the pioneering Irish politician, revolutionary, nationalist, suffragist and socialist.
Also in: Irish IndependentBelfast TelegraphIrish Mirror

Writing History In The Medieval Islamic World (Al-Araby (The New Arab) 21/08/2019) A review of a new book by Dr Fozia Bora (Languages, Cultures and Societies). 

A Singer's guide to Britain (BBC Radio 4 21/08/2019), Professor Derek Scott (Music) contributes to this episode, about places to sing, with a visit to the City Varieties, to examine how the Victorians transformed songs and singers into mass-market commodities.  

'Great Firewall' exposes divisions over HK protests 'Great Firewall' exposes the divisions; Media-savvy grass-roots campaign on one side, the full weight of state 'propaganda' on the other (South China Morning Post 19/08/2019), Dr Yuan Zeng (Media and Communication) comments on how Chinese leadership are using social media as part of their propaganda machine. Also in: Yahoo! Singapore  

How Econyl became fashion’s favourite eco-friendly material (Vogue Business 19/08/2019), Dr Richard Blackburn (School of Design) is quoted in this article about Econyl, a nylon fabric that is produced by a chemical recycling process, using discarded fishing nets, fabric scraps and other waste.

Teaching intelligence: making assessment inclusive (The Times Higher Education Supplement, 14/08/2019), Dr Ruth Payne (LCS) writes about using exams and essays to assess students, which excludes those with disabilities and ignores the real purpose of higher education.

Pacifica Evening News (KCSB-FM, 9/08/2019), Professor William Gould (History) comments on the consequences of the latest restrictions imposed on Indian-administered Kashmir. (Clip available on request).

Hajjonomics: The business of getting India’s pilgrims to Mecca (Al Jazeera 9/08/2019), Professor Seán McLoughlin (PRHS) is quoted in this article about private tour operators trying to make the most of their share of India's Hajj market.

First independent report into UK Hajj industry (About Manchester.co.uk 9/08/2019), Professor Seán McLoughlin (PRHS) authored a report into the UK Hajj industry in partnership with the Council of British Hajjis.
Also in: University news article

Inside the Factory (BBC TWO 6/08/2019), Dr Mark Taylor (Design) explains some of the science behind waterproof clothing in this programme about wax jackets. (from about 30mins)

Lunchtime Live : 6th August, 10:28 AM GMT (Sky News), Professor William Gould (History) provides historical context to recent developments in Kashmir (clip available on request). Also interviewed on LBC (clip available on request)

Plough or never for duos (Daily Express, 06/08/2019), A preview of Inside the Factory on BBC Two tonight, which will feature Dr Mark Taylor  (Design) discussing the design of waterproof clothing. The episode will be available here.

Engineers must embed an ethical approach (Engineer Online 2/08/2019), Further coverage: Dr Jim Baxter (IDEA) discusses the aims of Engineering Ethics 2028.

July 2019

Engineering ethics under the spotlight of new consultation (Engineer Online 26/07/2019), Dr Jim Baxter (IDEA) discusses the aims of Engineering Ethics 2028. Also covered by Phone Week & University news story

We were ignored in the film on electricity (Independent 29/07/2019), Professors Abigail Harrison Moore and Graeme Gooday (Schools of Fine Art and Philosophy) argue that the film describing the battle between Edison and Westinghouse to bring electricity to the masses has side lined the role of women.

Can Fast Fashion And Sustainability Be Stitched Together? (Maine Public 28/07/2019), Dr Mark Sumner (Design) is interviewed for an article examining attempts to make the fashion industry more sustainable. Also in Qatar Tribune

National Public Radio (US) (28/07/2019), Dr Mark Sumner (Design )  interviewed about the decision by the fashion retain chain Zara to only use sustainable material by 2025. Also covered on Capital Public Radio and on numerous NPR stations

The Current War: there were also dynamic women who made electricity a success (The Conversation 22/07/2019), Article by Professor Abigail Harrison Moore (FAHACS) and Professor Graeme Gooday (PRHS) highlights the role of women in promoting electrical energy. Republished in Silicon Republic

Investigative journalists ‘almost extinct’ (MCLC Resource Center 18/07/2019), Yuan Zeng (Media and Communication) contributes to this piece about the demise of investigative journalism in China.  

China’s tweeting diplomats open new front in tensions (Taipei Times 17/07/2019), Zeng Yuan (Media and Communication) comments about Chinese officials using Twitter to express their opinions.  

History board tells story of Skipton PoWs (Craven Herald 17/07/2019), Further coverage: Anne Buckley (LCS), who has led a translation project involving a secret diary compiled by German First World War prisoners in a Skipton camp, arranged for the grandson of its main author to unveil an information board at the site. Also in Telegraph & Argus

Man’s Moon Mission (Yorkshire Evening Post 17/07/2019), Sean Fear (History) discusses the social impact the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing had on the USA. 

The Sustainable Seed Innovations Project: Agrobiodiversity Provides a Golden Opportunity (SpicyIP 16/07/2019), Natalie Kopytko (PRHS) exemplifies the achievements of innovative farmers and the challenges they face.  

Chinese diplomats on Twitter from cursing the war can get more support? (Hong Kong Economic Times 17/07/2019), Yuan Zeng (Media and Communication) comments about Chinese officials using Twitter to express their opinions.  Also in Commercial Times

Environmental campaigners 'occupy' city centre bridge (Yorkshire Evening Post 16/07/2019), Dr Sara Han (Design) is interviewed regarding protests against investment into the fossil fuel industry. 

How man got to the moon: The extraordinary story of the Apollo 11 mission (Yorkshire Post 16/07/2019), Sean Fear (History) discusses the social impact the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing had on the USA

Improving fire prevention through big data (Phys.org 15/07/2019), Dr Stephen Dobson (PCI) has co-authored research which suggests that domestic fires can be reduced through targeted home visits. The research is already being put into practice by South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Look North (BBC One 12/07/2019), Further coverage: Anne Buckley (LCS ), who has led a translation project involving a secret diary compiled by German First World War prisoners in a Skipton camp, arranged for the grandson of its main author to unveil an information board at the site (clip available on request).

Why fight for equality goes on for women in engineering after 100 years (Yorkshire Post 14/07/2019), Leeds marks the Women’s Engineering Society’s centenary, with past president Lynette Willoughby explaining why its fight for equality remains as relevant as ever - pictured in the Brotherton Library. Professor Graeme Gooday (PRHS) is co-ordinating a seven-month project called Electrifying Women, which includes a series of nationwide public lectures.

Indiana Jones actor honours POW grandfather in Skipton (BBC News 14/07/2019), More coverage of the Skipton POW camp for German soldiers, which has been revealed by a University translation project led by Anne Buckley (LCS ).  Further coverage of the project in Yorkshire Post:

China’s investigative journalists warn they are ‘almost extinct’ under Xi Jinping’s strict censorship regime (The Independent 13/07/2019), Under President Xi Jinping, Chinese press is now almost entirely devoid of critical reporting, but Dr Yuan Zeng (Media and Communication) warns that Mr Xi risks shutting off an important channel for the public to vent frustration and that allowing the press some freedom would serve as a "safety valve". Also in Indian Express: Times of India, New York Times

WUNC-FM (Radio)  (12/07/2019 – 01:30 AM GMT), Professor Sarah Waters (Languages, Cultures and Societies) discusses the long-running France Télécom workplace suicides trial, due to end today. Clip available on request.

Evening Extra (BBC Radio Ulster 9/07/2019), Dr Mark Sumner (Design) discusses the sustainability issues around laundering clothes, following comments by designer Stella McCartney (from 52:52).  

BBC Radio 4 7/07/2019) Dr Jasjit Singh (PRHS) talks about Guru Nanak’s poetry, which he presented on at Bradford Literature Festival yesterday (from 18:35). 

Turban-tying services boom as young Sikhs embrace heritage (The Guardian /07/2019), Dr Jasjit Singh (PRHS) comments on how young Sikhs are embracing their roots and heritage.  Also in: Asia Samachar

Is China's propaganda machine losing the public relations battle with the US? (South China Morning Post 07/07/2019), Yuan Zeng (Media and Communication ) comments on the effectiveness of China's propaganda campaign.  

Donor-funded journalism is on the rise in Africa: why it needs closer scrutiny (Mail & Guardian 07/07/2019), Dr Chris Paterson (Media and Communication) co-writes an article discussing the threat of donor-funded journalism in Africa.  Also in: The Citizen & Conversation Africa

Here's Why Canada's Anthem Is Being Called One Of The Most Inspiring In The World (Insauga 5/07/2019), Dr Freya Bailes (Music) explains why the "harmonic structure" in Canada's National Anthem makes it one of the best in the world.  

Primary Colors Are Red, Yellow and Blue, Right? Well, Not Exactly (How Stuff Works 02/07/2019), Professor Stephen Westland (Design) contributes to this article about primary colours. 

June 2019

Russia invasion fears 'are baseless', says expert (Yorkshire Post 29/06/2019) Dr Ilya Yablokov (Languages, Cultures & Societies) is quoted extensively in this article about Lithuanian fears of a Russian invasion of their country.  Also in: Yorkshire Post

The story of a £4 Boohoo dress: cheap clothes at a high cost (Brinkwire 26/6/2019), Dr Mark Sumner (Design - AHC) argues that we need new government policies to reduce the environmental impact of the fashion industry.

Red Tide: China-North Korea Naval Cooperation (The Diplomat 25/6/2019) Dr Adam Cathcart (History - AHC) authors this article about the warming relationship between China and North Korea.

Cheap clothes at a high cost: the story of a £4 Boohoo dress (The Guardian 22/6/2019), Dr Mark Sumner (Design) is quoted in this article about the environmental and social cost of the fast fashion industry. Also:ExecReview.com

When political art can hurt more a victim (Clarín (Argentina) 22/6/2019) Further coverage: Professor Griselda Pollock (FAHACS - AHC) is quoted in this article about Andrea Bowers' decision to remove part of her installation at the prestigious Art Basel fair in Switzerland after complaints that some photographs and names had been used without consent.

A humanities and social sciences academy [...] (South London Press 21/06/2019), Further coverage: Dr Thea Pitman (LCS - AHC) is curating an installation of work by Brazilian indigenous communities as part of the British Academy's Summer Showcase in London this week.

UK’s first Centre for Cultural Value to open in Leeds (Museums Association 20/06/2019), Further coverage: A new Centre for Cultural Value will be based at the University, led by Dr Ben Walmsley (PCI - AHC)

World Update (BBC World Service Radio 20/06/2019), Dr Adam Cathcart (History - AHC) comments on the Chinese premier's visit to North Korea.

Love Island: How the urge to bare all on TV is nothing new (Leeds Live 18/06/2019), Further coverage: an article by Professors Bethany Klein and Stephen Coleman (Media and Communication – AHC), republished from The Conversation.

#MeToo Work at Art Basel Offers Cautionary Tale About Political Art (The New York Times 16/06/2019) Professor Griselda Pollock (FAHACS - AHC) is quoted in this article about Andrea Bowers' decision to remove part of her installation at the prestigious Art Basel fair in Switzerland after complaints that some photographs and names had been used without consent.

500th episode: A history of fatherhood (Dan Snow's History Hit 16/06/2019), Dr Laura King (History - AHC) contributes to this popular history podcast.

Film Screenings · Short Films By Persian Female Filmmakers (The List 15/06/2019), A screening focusing on experimental film essays produced by Persian female filmmakers, curated by Dr Azadeh Fatehrad and featuring a Q&A with Professor Griselda Pollock (both FAHACS - AHC).

Here's why people can't stop calling Jeremy Hunt the C-word (Wired 13/06/2019), Dr Leendert Plug (Languages Cultures & Societies - AHC) is quoted in this article exploring reasons why some broadcasters mispronounce Jeremy Hunt's surname.

Indigenous Brazilian electronic art comes to London’s British Academy (Latin America Bureau 12/06/2019), Dr Thea Pitman (LCS - AHC) is curating an installation of work by Brazilian indigenous communities as part of the British Academy's Summer Showcase in London next week.

Helen Steward: What is the Meaning of Life? (Excellence Reporter 12/06/2019), Professor Helen Steward (PRHS) writes about the meaning of life.

City to be home of new culture centre (Yorkshire Evening Post 13/06/2019), Further coverage: A new Centre for Cultural Value will be based at the University, led by Dr Ben Walmsley (PCI - AHC), PDF available on request.

YEP Online (12/06/2019), Further coverage: A new national centre in Leeds is set to examine the value arts and culture bring to our lives. Led by Dr Ben Walmsley (PCI – AHC).

Leeds University to run £2.5m Centre for Cultural Value (The Yorkshire Post 10/06/2019), A new national research centre examining the value of culture is to be based at Leeds, led by Dr Ben Walmsley (Performance & Cultural Industries - AHC).
Also in: The Yorkshire Post (PDF available on request). University news story

Letters: how rationing could save the world (The Guardian 09/06/2019), Letter from Dr Rob Lawlor (Ethics - AHC) published in the Observer discusses the possibility of rationing as an alternative policy to combat climate change.
 
It's time to be honest about failure (ArtsProfessional 06/06/2019), New research suggests that cultural organisations are reluctant to admit to failure for fear of losing their funding. To make genuine progress, we need a more honest approach, writes Dr Leila Jancovich (Performance & Cultural Industries - AHC).

Make it British Live! (Make it British 07/06/2019), Future Fashion Factory PI Professor Stephen Russell (Design - AHC) contributes to a panel discussion at last week’s Make It British Live event.

Johnny I'Anson (BBC Radio Leeds 06/06/2019), Associate Research Fellow Dr Kate Vigurs (AHC) discusses D-Day (from 32:15).

Preach It! Understanding African Caribbean preaching (Church Times 07/06/2019), A review of a book by Dr Carol Tomlin, Visiting Fellow in the School of Philosophy, Religion and the History of Science (AHC).

LIBRARY HOSTS EXHIBITION (Yorkshire Evening Post 06/06/2019), Refugees' Voices: Past and Present, curated by students from the University of Leeds (AHC and Social Sciences), takes place from June 12-20 (PDF available on request).

BBC Leeds (05/06/2019), Dr Thea Pitman (Languages, Cultures & Societies) discusses electron art by the indigenous people of Brazil, and an upcoming exhibition at the British Academy in London. 

Exploring art and science of knitting (Scarborough Evening News 06/06/2019), Profile and exhibition of work by Dr Elizabeth Gaston and Dr Jane Scott (Design), the directors of Knit:Design:Research, an experimental design studio based at the University. (Scan available on request.)

How Mytholmroyd's Ted Hughes inspired Poet Laureate Simon Armitage (Halifax Courier 03/06/2019), Dr Fiona Becket (English - AHC) is quoted in this piece about Professor Armitage's elevation to Poet Laureate