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Manchester has once again been ranked the fifth best UK institution for #employability in the Times Higher Education 2018 Global University Employability Rankings.

The ranking also makes us the best university in the country outside of the Oxbridge institutions and leading London Russell group universities. Our overall position globally was 35th.
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Jodrell Bank is releasing audio recordings of a Soviet space mission from fifty years ago, just as the race to the Moon was approaching the finish line.

On November 10th 1968, the Soviet Union launched Zond 6. Its mission was to loop around the Moon and return to Earth safely. Although there was nobody on board, it was planned as a precursor to a crewed flight around the Moon, racing to beat the American’s Apollo 8 whose launch was scheduled for December 1968.
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A scheme which trains students and recent graduates to give extra tuition to disadvantaged school pupils is highly effective at improving their progress, according to a new report.

It is usually only children from affluent families who benefit from private tuition, as the cost averages £27 per hour. The Tutor Trust is a unique charity which aims to tackle this inequality by supplying schools with university students, who act as academic tutors to small groups of disadvantaged pupils. The University of Manchester was involved from the Trust’s inception, and 80% of the charity’s tutors in Manchester are students from the university.

https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/student-tuition-scheme/
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A physics lecturer has developed a new piece of computer software that can help identify students with potential stress, wellbeing or mental health related problems at University.

Dr Andrew Markwick, a lecturer in the School of Physics and Astronomy at The University of Manchester, has come up with a simple system that allows lecturers and other university staff, such as student support officers, to view and amend different data on the students that relates to their wellbeing.
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A new study published in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology highlights the need for psychological screening for families/primary caregivers after a child sustains a burn injury.

Paediatric burn injuries are amongst the most traumatic injuries for both children and their parents. Parents are often more emotionally affected by the event than the children themselves and are at risk of developing psychological difficulties.
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Planning experts from across the world have heard that Greater Manchester’s transformation over the last twenty years can inspire cities in China, at a major international conference held at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Around 680 million people - just under half of China’s 1.386 billion population - now live within an urban area. This extremely rapid urbanisation has seen almost 500 million people move to cities over the last 35 years, and the country now has more than 600 cities - many of which were just small towns a few decades ago.
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A large clinical trial led by researchers at the Universities of Bristol, Exeter, Keele, Manchester and Hull York Medical School, and published in the British Medical Journal has found that a popular combination of antidepression drugs was no more effective in improving depression than a placebo. The studies' author's call on doctors to rethink their use.

Psychiatrists and GPs increasingly combine mirtazapine with an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) or SNRI (serotonin-noradenaline reuptake inhibitor) antidepressant for patients whose depression does not respond to a single antidepressant.
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A study by an academic from The University of Manchester has found that urban regeneration in poor neighbourhoods can actually backfire, and lead to older people feeling isolated.

As cities regenerate, new homes, residents and facilities are built which can change an area dramatically. A new movement to create ‘age friendly cities’ is aiming to ensure that regeneration happens in a way which allows older people to actively participate in their communities, stay connected to the people that matter most to them, and remain living in their homes for as long as possible - known as ageing in place.
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The world’s largest neuromorphic supercomputer designed and built to work in the same way a human brain does has been fitted with its landmark one-millionth processor core and is being switched on for the first time.

The newly formed million-processor-core ‘Spiking Neural Network Architecture’ or ‘SpiNNaker’ machine is capable of completing more than 200 million million actions per second, with each of its chips having 100 million transistors.
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A new study has found that people would change their #consumption habits to help the climate - even if this would have implications for their personal lives and shopping habits - and that this could play a significant role in helping the UK to reduce its carbon emissions.

Government projections currently show that the UK will significantly exceed future legally binding carbon reduction targets. To date, climate policy has focused on the efficiency of vehicles and buildings, but how products are made and consumed also has a huge impact on emissions. Strategies that aim to reduce demand for materials and products will be essential to limiting rising global temperatures.
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