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His notes and blog got him labelled an 'industry innovator' after the site attracted thousands of other students

Shirley Dent: 'Are you just being weird now?’

Watch this youtube video fully comprehend the sheer and utter frustration which drove Brian Cox, research fellow of the Royal Society and professor of particle physics at the University of Manchester, to ask this question of a gormless TV producer.

Professor Harold Hankins: Communications engineer who went on to lead UMIST to a position of academic eminence

Harold Hankins had a distinguished professional career in both industry and academia. He began his working life as an engineer for the railways, giving him the later distinction of being the UK's only university boss to have completed an apprenticeship. During an industrial career at Metropolitan Vickers Electrical Company, he developed the first computer visual display system. He then embarked on a long career with the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), where he continued his work on visual displays. A highly effective administrator, he was eventually to become Principal and first Vice-Chancellor of UMIST, leading it to a position of international pre-eminence during a time of unprecedented cuts in university funding.

Michael Martin 'to stand down' as Speaker in June

The Speaker of the House of Commons today said he would step down in June after criticism of his handling of a scandal over MPs expenses that has badly tarnished the reputation of the "Mother of Parliaments."

Found: the origin of life

Scientists solve the mystery of how the Earth was transformed

Carol Ann Duffy named as Poet Laureate

The new Poet Laureate was named today as Andrew Motion's 10-year tenure comes to an end, with Carol Ann Duffy becoming the first female to hold the title.

Lives Remembered: Professor Robin Bullough

Robert Keith Bullough ("Robin"), who has died at the age of 78, was a mathematical physicist best known as one of the discoverers of the soliton, a remarkable kind of self-reinforcing and solitary wave. Bullough proposed the idea of a soliton-based transmission system to increase performance of optical telecommunications and this is now commonly used in trans-oceanic optical fibre communication. His discoveries also led to revolutions in nonlinear mathematics and nonlinear physics and may ultimately play a role in the new sciences of quantum computing.

Oxford student Gail offered lads' mag photoshoot

Brainbox Gail Trimble is being pursued by a lads' magazine for a "tasteful photoshoot", she revealed today.

Matthew Horne: Fom Gavin & Stacey to leather-clad psycho

Mathew Horne would like to get one thing straight. "Gavin's much nicer than I am. I'm nothing, nothing like him. I'm not from his world. I don't have a family like that. I don't have a job like that. I don't dress like him. I don't talk like him. I don't have friends like him. I'm nothing like him." Phew. Got that? The actor best known as the romantic hero at the heart of the Bafta-winning sitcom Gavin & Stacey is nothing like his most famous creation.

Antifungal hope for asthmatics

Up to 150,000 people in the UK suffering severe asthma could benefit from taking antifungal medication already available from chemists, a study shows.

Clear vision: Opportunities for women in science, engineering and technology

Female graduates of science and engineering often outperform their male counterparts

Medieval literary treasures to go online

Manchester University's John Rylands Library will be digitising much of its renowned collection of medieval manuscripts, including parts of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

Letters: Child protection measures will make checks easier and safer

The article about child protection measures (12 August) failed to identify the true purpose and effect of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006. It is correct that the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) will collate information from many government sources, so preventing wrongdoers from avoiding detection merely by changing job or location, as in the case of Ian Huntley.

Professor keeps her job in victory for active elderly

Sheila Rowbotham was a pioneer of the feminist movement in the Seventies, but now the professor of sociology is leading a different kind of activism – for the active elderly who don't want to retire.

Leading Article: Lessons in worth

British universities are beginning to respond to student concerns about value for money in the era of top-up fees. We know because Manchester University and now the London School of Economics are putting more emphasis on teaching.

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