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5 March 2014

Southampton Rail Improvements

Train services going through Southampton Central will be disrupted on weekends between 15 March and 4 May. The disruptions are due to £20 million worth of rail improvements by Network Rail which aim to improve the reliability of services.

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venus awards

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is fast approaching – who not show the women around you how much you appreciate their efforts?

Now in its third year in Southampton and under the umbrella of the Venus Awards, nominations are open to women across the SO Postcode region. The Venus Awards recognises the efforts and talents of local business women, and are split into thirteen categories covering all aspects of business and personal achievement.

Founded by working mother-of-four, Tara Howard, the Venus Awards were created to give due credit to women in business who can sometimes be overlooked and undervalued.

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Southampton research

Degree educated nurses can reduce hospital deaths

Hospital nurse staffing, and the proportion of nurses with bachelor’s education, are associated with significantly fewer deaths after routine surgery, according to research published today (Wednesday 26 February 2014) in the Lancet.

A team of researchers, including lead investigators from England, Professor Peter Griffiths from the University of Southampton and Professor Anne Marie Rafferty from the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London, conducted the study across nine European countries and found that a better educated nursing workforce reduced unnecessary deaths. Every 10 per cent increase in the number of bachelor’s degree educated nurses within a hospital is associated with a seven per cent decline in patient mortality.

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tour dates for Southampton

Sandi Thom set to make live DVD concert

Sandi Thom set to make live DVD concert with special guests as part of April UK tour

"Authentic and Intimate" says The Independent

"Pure, Flowing Vocals" says The Guardian

"Exquisite"
says The Times

Scottish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Sandi Thom, widely recognised for her million selling debut 'Smile…It Confuses People' will make a Live Concert DVD at the newly refurbished Historic Tivoli Theatre in Aberdeen during her UK tour in April. Hot off the heels of the release of her 5th album, the Classic Rock covers album, simply entitled ‘The Covers Collection', the DVD will be released in Autumn 2014.

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southampton news

Research gives new insight into diet of large ancient mammal

An international team of researchers, including Professor Mary Edwards at the University of Southampton, has used DNA testing to give a unique view of the diet of large mammals which roamed the northern hemisphere in the last ice-age.

The researchers, led by the University of Copenhagen, sequenced DNA taken from samples of frozen soils and the stomachs of creatures preserved in the permafrost of Siberia and Alaska-Yukon – an area many times the size of the UK. Their results show that around 25,000 years ago vegetation in this area was rich in ‘forbs’ – herbaceous flowering plants usually found in grasslands, meadows and tundra.

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Professor Jane Falkingham appointed as Dean

Professor Jane Falkingham appointed as Dean

Professor Jane Falkingham has been appointed as the new Dean of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences at the University of Southampton.

She says: “I am thrilled and honoured to take up the post of Dean in this exciting and diverse Faculty, with its focus on world-class education and research in areas that make a difference to human wellbeing across the globe.”

Professor Falkingham is appointed to the post after working as the Head of Social Sciences at the University for over three years and will continue her role as the Director of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Research Centre for Population Change (CPC), which she founded in 2009.

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Arabic symbols

Creating the world’s first bespoke Arabic symbol dictionary

Researchers from the University of Southampton are part of an international collaboration that will develop the world’s first culturally specific Arabic symbol dictionary.

The Qatar National Research Fund has awarded a $891,000 grant to Dr Mike Wald and his Access Technologies Team in the Web and Internet Science Research Group at the University of Southampton; the Rumailah Hospital, in Qatar; and Mada – the Qatar Assistive Technology Centre, in Doha; to produce the dictionary.

The collaboration will be combining expertise to create the symbol dictionary that will take into account the diverse nature of the language and how it is used in difference social situations.

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what's going on in Southampton

Engineering solutions for soldiers on the battlefield

Students from the University of Southampton have won a national competition thanks to a revolutionary helmet they designed for use by soldiers on the battlefield.

The student team won the Project Arduino competition organised by Thales, a leading engineering and technology company. The contest required the students to build a piece of equipment, using the Thales Arduino open-source electronic microprocessor platform, which tied in with the Thales business areas – transport, aerospace, defence and security.

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business awards in Southampton

Venus Awards, Nominations Now Open!

Nominations for the NatWest Venus Awards Southampton are now open!

The NatWest Venus Awards officially launched for Southampton. Local business men and women were welcomed to the Grand Cafe by Awards founder, Tara Howard, and the category sponsors.

The Mayor and Mayoress, Ivan and Mary White, joined the launch celebrations that announced the categories, sponsors, and most importantly, kicked off the launch of nominations for Southampton and the SO postcode region.

This is the third year the awards have launched in Southampton, the Venus Awards have gone from strength to strength in the past 3 years, launching in various regions across the country.

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Winds of change

Winds of change

Winds of change: Southampton to join national wind tunnel project

The University of Southampton is joining a new National Wind Tunnel Facility (NWTF) that will keep the UK at the forefront of aerodynamic and fluid mechanics research.

Three Southampton facilities will share in the £13.3 million funding for the NWTF, with £10.7 million coming from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and £2.6 million from the UK Aerodynamics Centre.

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marine science, Southampton

Fossil pigments reveal the colours of ancient sea monsters

An international team of scientists has, for the first time, revealed the colour scheme of an extinct marine animal using fossilised skin pigment from three multi-million-year old marine reptiles.

Previously, scientists could only guess what colours huge reptiles, such as mosasaurs and ichthyosaurs had; however, pigment preserved in fossilised skin has now been analysed at SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden and MAX IV Laboratory at Lund University in Sweden. The unique soft tissue remains were obtained from a 55 million-year-old leatherback turtle, an 85 million-year-old mosasaur and a 196–190 million-year-old ichthyosaur.

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what's happening in Southampton

Prisoners are just as law abiding as non-prisoners?

Prisoners believe they are just as law abiding as non-prisoners

The belief that we consider ourselves better than our peers holds true to convicted criminals as well.

Research from the University of Southampton has shown that prisoners believe themselves to have more pro-social characteristics – such as kindness, morality, self-control, and generosity – than non-prisoners.

The research also showed that prisoners did not rate themselves as more law abiding than non-prisoners, but they did rate themselves as equal.

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