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  • Games Spot Reviews: The Silver Case Review

    If Suda 51 represents one of a scant few auteur game designers, The Silver Case, finally released on Western shores in this remastered form, is basically his student film, a statement of intent and trajectory rather than its own cohesive masterwork. As such, The Silver Case has a few of the elements that fans have come to recognize in a legitimate "Suda 51 Joint", but those elements are obscured by convoluted point-and-click gameplay, and a story that meanders, rants, and rambles getting where it needs to go.

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  • Games Spot Reviews: WWE 2K17 Review

    Since the shift to current-generation consoles, 2K's WWE series has steered away from the arcade-style formula of its extensive lineage. It's clear that developers Yuke's and Visual Concepts want to forge their own unique path to a simulation style of wrestling video game, iterating further and further in this direction with each passing installment. Much like last year, matches in WWE 2K17 have a distinctly measured pace, focused on capturing the look and feel of the current WWE product as closely as possible.

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  • Games Spot Reviews: Eagle Flight Review

    Eagle Flight is a first-person VR shooter set in a dilapidated version of Paris where you pilot an eagle using your head. If that isn’t quirky enough for you, it’s also a multiplayer-centric game where you shoot other eagles with supersonic screeches.

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  • In Style Fashion News Feed: This Is Emma Watson’s Favourite New Trainer Brand
    And it’s eco-friendly
  • Games Spot Reviews: Battlefield 1 Review

    Battlefield 1 wastes little time in conveying the savagery of World War 1. The inevitability of death is the focus of the bleak story prologue. A burning man’s screams can be heard at the start of every multiplayer match in the Argonne Forest. It’s ruination on a multi-continental scale, a conflict so large that its location menus showcase a large portion of the Earth. EA DICE splendidly interprets the early 20th century as a world in technological transition while humanizing the war's participants through well crafted, albeit fictional, narrative vignettes.

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  • In Style Fashion News Feed: How Much Do Fashion Bloggers Earn Per Instagram? Prepare To Be Staggered
    We're in the wrong business...
  • In Style Fashion News Feed: 9 Instances That Prove Underboob Might Be The New Sideboob
    Underboob: would you?
  • Games Spot Reviews: RIGS Mechanized Combat League Review

    Virtual reality has the potential to make some game types better: storytelling can be more immersive, the jump scares of horror can be more frightening. However, fast-paced first-person games in VR have generally only succeeded at making me feel nauseated. But the PlayStation VR-exclusive RIGS Mechanized Combat League proves even that genre can work in the confines of a headset. RIGS has serious flaws in execution, but it nails the fundamentals of movement in VR in a way no other game I've experienced has.

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  • Games Spot Reviews: Shadow Warrior 2 Review

    Shadow Warrior 2 nails many important aspects of being a first-person action experience. It allows you to move quickly and precisely as you shoot a wide variety of enemies with powerful guns and slice them up with piercing blades. But as a game that puts such a large focus on comedy, it stumbles and falls with jokes that are more lame than they are funny.

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  • In Style Fashion News Feed: The ASOS Halloween Choker Everyone’s Talking About
    ... Is it for the right reason? Probably not.


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  • University’s Communications and Marketing Division named the ‘best in-house team’

    Citing “great campaigns and initiatives” that had delivered “excellent results”, the judges of this year’s Northern Marketing Awards named the University’s Communications and Marketing Division the best in-house team in the North.

  • Honorary degree for Oxfam director as University celebrates Foundation Day

    The University of Manchester awarded an honorary degree to the Executive Director of Oxfam International, Winnie Byanyima, as part of its Foundation Day celebrations on Wednesday 19 October.

  • Exhibition reveals how ‘sugar coatings’ on cells can help safeguard our health

    The University of Manchester will reveal how ‘sugar coatings’ on cells can help safeguard our health at the Manchester Science Festival.

  • Hard work pays off for software entrepreneur

    A University of Manchester graduate who combined his studies with 4am starts to remotely run his software business based in India is now celebrating the recruitment of the 80th member of his diverse workforce.

  • World expert in deaf education kickstarts pioneering collaboration among local authorities and The University of Manchester

    Teachers of the deaf from seven local authorities in the North West are to take part in a research initiative to enable deaf children to develop better societal understanding and more advanced social negotiation skills, leading to more intuitive written skills.

  • 4D science to give inside view of volcanoes, batteries and ice cream at Manchester festival

    The insides of volcanoes, batteries and even ice cream will be demonstrated to visitors attending the Manchester Science Festival by ‘4D scientists’ from The University of Manchester.

  • EXPERT COMMENT: Ian Scott on Snowden, Assange and the US election

    Ian Scott is a Senior Lecturer in American Studies at The University of Manchester, and has recently written a book about the work of Oliver Stone, one of the world’s foremost political filmmakers. Here, he refers to Stone’s latest feature – a biopic of whistleblower Edward Snowden – in a piece about Julian Assange, WikiLeaks and the US elections.

  • New study shows major omission in evidence of ‘weekend effect’ on mortality rates in hospitals

    According to new research in the BMJ Quality & Safety journal, previous studies showing an increased risk of mortality following admission to hospital at weekends have failed to take account of the higher severity of patients’ conditions.

  • Fiona’s story: using finance to transform communities in Uganda

    In Uganda, a country developing rapidly from two decades of war, but where many people don’t have access to bank accounts, a strong financial sector is essential to lifting people out of poverty.

  • New Manchester-Beijing Healthcare Genomics postgraduate training course launched in China

    A pioneering partnership between The University of Manchester and Peking University has resulted in the development of a formal post-graduate level training course in healthcare genomics for China-based doctors.

  • Manchester Museum to be transformed by spectacular science

    Jaw-dropping and hair-raising science experiments will be the order of the day during the latest Spectacular Science takeover of Manchester Museum.

  • WATCH: Students celebrate with Olympic heroes at Manchester parade

    Student sportswomen and men from The University of Manchester were in the thick of the crowds yesterday at the Olympic Parade in Manchester, soaking up inspiration.

  • Manchester – famous for The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Oasis…and now The Robots!

    This year Manchester’s famous music scene is home to another breakthrough - a Robot Orchestra. Made by children, and performing all styles of music from classical to soul, the Robot Orchestra will make its public debut on Wednesday 26 October at the Museum of Science and Industry as part of Manchester’s Science Festival.

  • Manchester Olympic parade to inspire young athletes

    Dedicated student sportswomen and men from The University of Manchester will be in the thick of the crowds to soak up inspiration, as part of the Team GB Olympic Medallists’ Parade, held today in central Manchester.

  • Women’s rights a central issue for Oxfam Director who is to receive an honorary degree

    The University of Manchester will award an honorary degree to the Executive Director of Oxfam International, Winnie Byanyima, as part of its Foundation Day celebrations on Wednesday 19 October.

    Winnie, who is also an alumna of the University, will use the occasion of the ceremony to give a Foundation Lecture entitled ‘Advancing Women’s Rights in an Unequal World: A personal perspective’, in which she’ll outline some of the experiences of her unique career in politics and international development.

    She will also receive an honorary doctorate alongside Lord David Alliance, Professor Dame Sue Bailey, Mr Anil Ruia and Sir Norman Stoller as the University celebrates the anniversary of the bringing together of the Victoria University of Manchester and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) in 2004, to form The University of Manchester.Ugandan-born Winnie leads Oxfam International, a confederation of 19 organisations working in more than 90 countries, empowering people to create a future that is secure, just, and free from poverty. She led Uganda's first parliamentary women's caucus which championed ground-breaking gender equality provisions in the country's 1995 post-conflict constitution.

    A signatory to her country's 1985 peace agreement, Ms Byanyima has helped to broker and support women's participation in political transitions in Ethiopia, Rwanda, South Africa, Burundi, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya and other countries emerging from conflict.

    She has a BSc in Aeronautical Engineering from Manchester and returned to campus earlier this year to launch the University’s Global Development Institute, Europe’s largest research and teaching institute dedicated to international development.

    Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University, said: “I am delighted that at this year’s Foundation Day celebrations we are welcoming back an alumna, Ms Winnie Byanyima, to deliver our most prestigious lecture and to award her an honorary doctorate.

    “Winnie’s drive to promote the roles of women and work to address global inequalities fully align with the University’s own activities.

    “It is also an honour to be able to recognise the great contributions to society made by Lord David Alliance, Professor Dame Sue Bailey, Mr Anil Ruia and Sir Norman Stoller with the conferment of their honorary doctorates.”



    Also due to receive an honorary degree is Lord David Alliance, the businessman and philanthropist, born in Iran, who moved to Manchester in 1950. In 2015 Lord Alliance agreed to make a landmark donation of £15 million to Manchester Business School (MBS), to be invested in the School’s new building and to drive its research agenda forward. In recognition of Lord Alliance’s longstanding support for MBS and the University, the Business School has been renamed ‘the Alliance Manchester Business School’.

    Another prominent businessman and donor receiving an honorary degree is Sir Norman Stoller. In 1982 Sir Norman founded The Stoller Charitable Trust and, through his personal donations, he has given tens of millions of pounds to support institutions, individuals and charities.

    Through his Trust, Sir Norman has particularly supported The University of Manchester in the areas of cancer and biomarker research. The Stoller Biomarker Discovery Centre was formally opened in June 2016.

    Committed to the business, arts, educational and charitable sectors over a significant period of time, Anil Ruia was born in Mumbai and educated in Stockport. He is Chairman of Botraco Ltd. and a Director at James Warren Tea Ltd. India. He joined the University’s Board of Governors in 2005, was appointed as its Chair in 2010 and held this role until his retirement in 2016.

    Professor Dame Sue Bailey, a University of Manchester alumna, is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatrist, focussing on risks presented by and to young people who enter the mental health, social care and youth justice systems.

    She appeared as an expert witness in the James Bulger murder trial in 1993, and spent several years working with Jon Venables, one of the killers, to get him to accept responsibility for this crime. She was awarded an OBE in 2002 and a DBE in 2014. She is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatrist at Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

    In a fitting inclusion to the ceremony, the University’s student choir, Ad Solem, will perform for the guests. Music students, including the choir, are behind an innovative ‘Grade-1-athon’ fundraising idea which last year raised £3,000 for Oxfam and which the charity has rolled out as an idea to other UK universities.

    A live stream of the ceremonies is available on our website beginning from 4.30 pm.


  • Exhibition shines light on the lives of Robin Hood Gardens residents

    An extraordinary exhibition of photographs has been launched which records the lives of residents at Robin Hood Gardens, the experimental Brutalist council estate by pioneering British architects Alison and Peter Smithson, in the estate's last years before demolition.

    Completed in 1972, the 'streets in the sky' development has long been described as a 'sink estate' and a 'concrete monstrosity'. Against such representations, and the social cleansing agenda they serve, photographer Kois Miah and Sociology lecturer Nick Thoburn have chronicled the complex lives, emotions, and routines of the estate’s residents.

    Few council estates have been photographed as much as Robin Hood Gardens, but not since Sandra Lousada’s iconic early photographs of the estate have its residents featured as more than occasional bit-players. This exhibition places them at the centre by presenting an intimate exploration of their lives.

    “Of course, the photographs feature the astonishing architecture of the estate: the concrete textures, inorganic shapes and monumental scale of its Brutalist form, and the abundant light of its interiors,” said Nick. “However, the building is accompaniment to the portraits - rarely the main show.”

    “Our project places residents at centre stage in this set of portraits and interviews,” added Kois. “We have explored their relationships and experiences of living and socialising on this estate, many of whom have lived there for decades.”

    Kois and Nick hope that the exhibition will highlight problems caused by the widespread selling and demolition of council housing in our towns and cities - usually to be replaced by more costly private accommodation - which pushes out low-income families to outlying areas.

    ‘Lived Brutalism: Portraits at Robin Hood Gardens’ takes place a stone’s throw from Robin Hood Gardens, at St Matthias Community Centre (113 Poplar High Street, London E14 0AE) until October 21st. Visit for more information.
  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit The University of Manchester

    During a royal visit to the city The Duke and Duchess visited the National Graphene Institute (NGI) at The University of Manchester and were welcomed by the President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, and Professor Martin Schröder, Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

    During the tour of the state-of-the-art NGI, the Duke admired the BAC Mono single-seat supercar, the world's first car to use graphene in the production process. The British-built BAC Mono has graphene composite rear wheel arches, which notably reduces the weight of the car and provides a performance benefit to the driver.

    The BAC Mono is designed and built in Liverpool, and uses graphene supplied by Haydale.

    Led by graphene Nobel Laureates Professor Sir Andre Geim and Professor Sir Kostya Novoselov, the royal couple were shown an array of other revolutionary graphene applications including; energy efficient lighting, membranes for improved desalination technology and a graphene-skinned aircraft.

    Personalised 3D-printed toy cars also incorporating graphene were presented to the Duke and Duchess as gifts for Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

    Graphene is the world’s first two-dimensional material, just one atom thick yet 200 times stronger than steel. It’s flexible, transparent, more conductive copper and can form an impermeable barrier to gases and liquids.

    Following their tour of the NGI, the Duke and Duchess continued on to the site of the Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD). Due to open in 2020, MECD is one of the single largest construction projects ever undertaken by a higher education institution in the United Kingdom.

    Speaking during the royal visit, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell said: “MECD will create a world-leading teaching, learning and research campus to develop the engineers, scientists and innovators of tomorrow.

    “It is an honour to be joined by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as we mark the commencement of the next milestone in the University’s campus masterplan.”

    MECD, which is under construction by Balfour Beatty, will be home to four engineering schools and two research institutes, comprising 1,300 staff and 7,000 students.

    Whilst on site The Duke and Duchess sealed a time capsule which will be displayed within the building once construction is completed. They also unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion.

    Professor Martin Schröder said: “Over the past one hundred years the University has celebrated many achievements in science and engineering. Graphene is just one of the many landmark achievements in innovative research by this University, with many more yet to come thanks to developments like MECD.”

    The Duke and Duchess’ visit to the University follows a series of engagements around the city including The National Football Museum and the Town Hall before attending Francis House Children’s Hospice.

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    A 360 video tour of the National Graphene Institute is available here:

    A virtual first look of the MECD project is available here: 

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  • A reliance on negative emissions technologies is locking in carbon addiction

    The Paris Agreement on climate change and the carbon-reduction plans of many governments (including the UK) are unwittingly reliant on unproven technologies to suck hundreds of billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere.

    The journal Science has published a Perspective which reveals the scale and widespread reliance on ‘negative emissions technologies’, which remain at best experimental. Nevertheless the models being used to advise governments on what action to take are dominated by such highly speculative technologies – with many assuming their mass roll-out beginning within the decade. 

    “The beguiling appeal of relying on future negative emission technologies (NETs) is that they delay the need for stringent and politically challenging polices today – they pass the buck for reducing carbon on to future generations” said Kevin Anderson, co-author of the paper and Professor at the Universities of Manchester and Uppsala. “But if these Dr. Strangelove technologies fail to deliver at the planetary scale envisaged, our own children will be forced to endure the consequences of rapidly rising temperatures and a highly unstable climate.”

    The scale of carbon removal emerging from the models underpinning governments’ thinking on climate change is breathtaking. By the middle of the century many of the models assume as much removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by negative emission technologies as is absorbed naturally today by all of the world’s oceans and plants combined.

    Despite the modelling community’s reliance on negative emission technologies, there are no proven means by which we can remove carbon dioxide at such unprecedented scales” says Dr Glen Peters, a Senior Researcher at the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research – Oslo (CICERO) and co-author of the paper.

    “Yet almost all of the scenarios with a likely chance of not exceeding 2°C and considered by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (the IPCC) assume that the large scale roll out of negative emission technologies is technically and economically viable."

    Dr Peters points to how “Carbon dioxide removal is an extremely attractive technology for fossil fuel companies, as they can continue production whilst shifting the burden of mitigation on to future generations.”

    It is not well understood by many decision makers, NGOs and even academics working on climate change, that the climate models informing governments are so dependent on such a massive deployment of speculative and unproven technologies.

    “The inclusion of the still more ambitious 1.5°C goal in Paris, relies on a belief in even greater levels of carbon removal. Without negative emissions, holding to a 1.5°C rise demands that the global economy fully decarbonises within a decade,” says Professor Anderson.

  • Exhibition launches to mark 30th anniversary of Manchester teenager’s racist murder

    An exhibition has been launched at Manchester Central Library to reflect on the life and legacy of Ahmed Iqbal Ullah, who was murdered in the playground of a Manchester high school in 1986 after defending younger Bangladeshi boys from racist bullying.

    The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust – named in his memory – is holding the exhibition to present an oral history and documentary archive gathered by the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre at The University of Manchester. The show is funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

    The exhibits will include over 30 oral history interviews, recorded with friends and family, community members, public sector professionals and politicians, reflecting on both the impact of Ahmed’s death and some of the more positive changes that have taken place.

    The organisers have also collected photographs and personal ephemera (donated by the family), newspapers, letters and objects, which will all be archived at the Race Relations Resource Centre and made available to future researchers.

    The exhibition aims to provide an opportunity for the many people who remember Ahmed to reflect on his life, to ensure his memory is sustained, and to share the positive efforts made in his name in Manchester and in Bangladesh.

    “While we had a major loss in our family and we will feel that loss for many years to come, we wanted something very positive to come out of it, which would allow others to lead safe and enriching lives,” said Selina Ullah, Ahmed’s sister.

    “We focused on Ahmed and his life and the positive contribution that he could have made, hence our emphasis on schools and education and sharing resources, to enable other people to understand the negative aspects of racism.”

    The exhibition will be on display at Manchester Central Library until the end of 2016.

  • Unique sculptural installation in the running for a major funding award

    A massive breathing human body with a wooden skeleton and paper skin could soon be arriving at major railway stations and airports across the UK. iBody – an iconic sculptural interpretation of the country’s infrastructure represented as the homeostatic system of the human body – is now bidding for a major funding award to bring the vision to life.