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In the News: 17-23 May

Date 23.05.2019

This week’s round-up of University stories in the news.


Actor Martin Clunes was dropped as a patron by the Born Free Foundation after footage emerged of him riding an elephant. Our animal behaviour expert, Dr Wanda McCormick, spoke to the iPaper about whether it is possible for animals to not be exploited during ‘wildlife holidays’.


Psychology Lecturer Dr Charlotte Dann joined BBC Radio Northampton’s Helen Blaby for her general conversation hour on Friday 17 May. Topics covered included diversity, equality, women’s health, social media and more (starts 8m 45s).


Banking and Financial Planning final year student Adanna Eke – aka ‘Dee Talks’ – has set up a YouTube channel dedicated to giving financial advice to university peers everywhere. She spoke to BBC Radio Northampton’s Tim Wheeler earlier this week about her advice platform, student debt and her own experiences of managing money (starts 1h 11 m).


Fiona Burbeary, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, spoke to Heart FM about the University being placed in a Universities UK list of the top 100 ‘health pioneers’ for the OT team’s work with the charity Mission Motorsport (listen again link unavailable).


Postgraduate researcher Rebecca Colley Jones appeared on BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire on Wednesday, where she talked about the Government’s new legislation for single use plastic (starts 2h 23m).


The Telegraph is hosting a video feature about the leather industry. Vice Chancellor, Professor Nick Petford is joined by Rachel Garwood and Tony Covington from the Institute for Creative Leather Technologies, for the discussion on the industry’s future.


Former Westminster hack, Kate Ironside, was a guest on BBC Radio Northampton’s Breakfast Show on Monday. Our Senior Lecturer in Journalism was dissecting the European Parliamentary Elections, which she feels are essential “a proxy EU Referendum MKII” for UK voters (starts 1h 12m).


Digital Northampton’s summer event which is being hosted at Waterside has been previewed by About My Area.


Professor Margaret Bates, Professor of Sustainable Wastes Management, disagrees with the Bishop of St Albans when it comes to ways to prevent fly tipping. Listen to the interview on BBC 3 Counties Radio (starts 1h 20m).