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A summary of the latest media coverage for King's College London and Higher Education including headlines from national and international newspapers, specialist journals, television and radio programmes, with a link to the article where possible.

There is also a searchable Archive going back to 2004.

Please submit any media mentions to the Public Relations Department pr@kcl.ac.uk, 020 7848 3202.

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BBC News 24 17 June 2018 13:19:47 - Amir Englund

BBC News 24 17th June 2018

Campaigners are calling for medical cannabis to be made legally available in the UK after the Home Secretary intervened to help a 12-year-old suffering from epilepsy. Amir Englund from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience comments, explaining the fast track process of this.

Also covered on BBC London 94.9 FM 17 June 2018 @ 16:02:26

Rats regain use of paws after therapy helps mend spinal nerves

The Guardian 15th June 2018

Gene therapy offers tens of thousands of people with paralysed limbs fresh hope of a cure, scientists said after restoring movement to injured rats. Elizabeth Bradbury from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said, 'This could be life-changing - it could dramatically improve independence and quality of life.'

Also covered in i, Sky News, BBC World Service, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio London, BBC Radio 4, The Independent, BBC News, iNews, Yahoo, Daily Mail, Indian Express

Why IQ levels are falling

The Week 13th June 2018

The IQ levels of young people have been steadily falling for the past few decades, according to new research. The decline is believed to have begun following the generation born in 1975, and indicates that the slow rise in intelligence observed over much of the 20th century has come to an end. Robin Morris, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said that IQ scores probably had hit a ceiling in the West, but there was not yet any reason to be unduly concerned: 'I think the reverse Flynn effect is real but would urge caution about generalising based on one sample... Probably the tailing off is a general effect in high-income countries in which the contributor factors generally stabilise.'

Also covered in The Times and CNN Edition

BBC Radio 4 12 June 2018 11:02:58 - Sally Marlow

BBC Radio 4 12th June 2018

In the first of a three part series, Storm and Stress, mental health researcher Sally Marlow, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience asks is there an actual difference for mental health, or is it simply awareness - that mental health issues are now talked about far more openly than they were when the term 'teenager' was first coined

BBC Radio 4 12 June 2018 21:03:50 - Marios Politis

BBC Radio 4 12th June 2018

Segment about Parkinson's. As the population ages, Parkinson's disease is the fastest growing neurodegenerative disease. Symptoms of tremor and difficulties with co-ordination are well known, but memory problems or cognitive decline also affects over 30% of patients. Marios Politis from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience is interviewed about a technique to predict this

One in three Americans take meds with depressive side effects: study

Daily Mail 12th June 2018

One third of Americans are taking prescription and over-the-counter drugs, such as birth control pills, antacids and common heart medications, that may raise the risk of depression, researchers warned on Tuesday. Allan Young from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, who was not involved in the study, said the 'findings seem robust... This confirms the well-known fact that these medications might be causing depression in some people and we should be on the look-out for that so that we can detect and then manage the depression... Many prescription medicines may have depression as a possible side effect and this should be discussed with patients up front.'

Frank Tallis: 'Fiction and psychology are both forms of detection'

Observer 10th June 2018

Interview with Frank Tallis, who has held lecturing posts in clinical psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience.

Doddie Weir ´s foundation backs motor neurone disease research with £400,000

Daily Mail 10th June 2018

Doddie Weir's charity has made a first donation of £400,000 to help battle motor neurone disease. The My Name'5 Doddie Foundation will use the cash to aid gene therapy research led by Professor Chris Shaw from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. Professor Shaw said, 'This is a game-changing commitment by the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation to employ the latest gene therapy technologies to develop revolutionary new treatments for people with MND. This is a high-risk, but potentially very-high return, initiative that could make a dramatic impact on the course of this dreadful disease.'

Also covered in the Sun

BBC News 7 June 2018 03:47:23 - Charlotte Gayer-Anderson

BBC News 7th June 2018

BBC Click segment about psychosis. Charlotte Gayer-Anderson from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience is interviewed about using VR, and says, '50% of all adult mental health problems begin before the age of 15… something like 75% before the age of 18. It's really important to thoroughly understand what risk factors may be protective in order to develop interventions.'

Cocktail of drugs that replaces lost brain cells could restore memories in Alzheimer's patients

Daily Mail 30th May 2018

A cocktail of drugs that replaces lost brain cells could restore memories in Alzheimer's patients and reduce tremors in Parkinson's sufferers, new research suggests. Martin Grubb from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said of the research, 'If it holds up it’s absolutely amazing, and has a lot of potential applications and exciting consequences. If you’ve got a degenerating brain, for example in Alzheimer’s disease, and you could get the brain to regrow neurons itself, it would be a huge step forward.'

Also covered in Metro, New Scientist

This Is What You Need to Do to Get Cryonically Frozen in the UK

Vice 30th May 2018

A small but growing number of people are being shipped to America after they die, in the hopes of a second life. Clive Coen from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said that those who practice cryonics have a misplaced faith in antifreeze, and fail to fully appreciate the permanent effects of oxygen deprivation on the brain: 'They gloss over all the incalculable and irreversible damage that the brain will have sustained during the preparatory processes. Just think what happens when you freeze a tomato. The cells in the brain are like billions of tomatoes – and they're protected by barriers that resist the rapid entry of antifreeze. If you cut corners by taking the brain below zero before it's been fully protected, there will be cellular rupture due to ice crystals – at trillions of sites. On the other hand, if you infuse the antifreeze at high pressure to get it in fast, you'll cause pressure-induced cellular rupture. If you simply wait long enough for the antifreeze to access all the micro-nooks and crannies gradually – which might several days – the brain will be continuing to decompose. This densely packed organ is highly dependent upon the fuel it needs. Lack of oxygen for just a few minutes results in death of cells in the hippocampus that are required for making memories. The rest of the brain cells will die soon afterwards.'

ITV 1 -London 29 May 2018 13:45:40 - Roland Zahn

ITV 29th May 2018

3m 39 sec segment: In the last decade, there has been a huge surge in the number of people being prescribed anti-depressant drugs. But now questions are being asked about how the side effects of some pills can negatively affect patients' lives. Dr Ronald Zahn from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience joins the discussion

BBC Radio 4 29 May 2018 21:00 - Oliver Howes

BBC Radio 4 29th May 2018

New research at Kings College London is trialling a type of scan to detect whether a person's brain has an overactive dopamine system, which might be able to predict which drugs will work. Claudia Hammond talks to Oliver Howes, Professor of Molecular Psychiatry and Sameer Jauhar, Senior Research Fellow from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience who have been conducting this research.

Salford revealed as UK's booze capital as shocking NHS figures for alcohol-related prescriptions show North-South divide

Mirror 27th May 2018

NHS figures show that 1403 out of every 100,000 Salford residents are given prescriptions for alcohol related issues. This is 7 times higher than London. Colin Drummond from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said, 'Alcohol problems are associated with deprivation, which we know is worse in the North than in the South. Until treatment becomes a priority for governments, the gap is not going to get any narrower.'

Also covered in the Sun, Sunday Mirror, Daily Mail

BBC Radio 3 27 May 2018 18:47:26 - Sally Marlow

BBC Radio 3 27th May 2018

Dr Sally Marlow from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience examines the relationship between heroin and jazz in the post-war period and explores its impact on creativity, therapy and addiction science both then and now.

BBC Radio 3 23 May 2018 17:42:16 - Christina MacMaster

BBC Radio 3 23rd May 2018

Segment talking to pianist Christina McMaster about her collaboration with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience; mentions her upcoming performance for the IoPPN Arts in Mind Festival

Schizophrenia affects your body, not just your brain - new study

Independent 22nd May 2018

Article by Toby Pillinger from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience discussing the physiological changes which can occur at the onset of schizophrenia

Chemical in cannabis plant could help smokers to kick addiction

iNews 21st May 2018

Cannabis plants could potentially be used as effective treatments for alcohol, cocaine and a range of other "substance-use disorders" as well as smoking, researchers said. Tom Freeman from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said, 'These findings provide a strong impetus for clinical trials of cannabidiol for addictive behaviours, and pinpoint a key therapeutic mechanism through which it may act.'

Can you ever change a violent psychopath's mind?

BBC News 21st May 2018

Article about antisocial personality disorder (ASPD). People with ASPD may come across as happy-go-lucky and likeable, in the face of conflict they can quickly snap and become frightening. Nigel Blackwood from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said, 'They are the hot-headed group. They get frustrated and irritated; see threats where none really exist; and lash out or use reactive aggression to sort out their problems... The differences are in key areas of the social brain that are involved in thinking about our social reputations and using fear to inform our behaviours... [Our study] suggests it’s not just that psychopaths are hypo-responsive to punishment, but they are processing it in quite a different way.'

Surge in young Americans using marijuana as first drug

Guardian 18th May 2018

Article about a US study which showed proportion of young people using marijuana as their first drug doubled in the 10 years from 2004. Professor Terrie Moffitt from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said of the study: 'The finding might arise because in the past decade, there have been major public campaigns warning of the dangers of tobacco and alcohol, whereas in contrast the media coverage of American states legalising cannabis creates the public impression that cannabis has no risks or dangers.'

'Care BnB'- the town where mentally ill people lodge with locals

Guardian 18th May 2018

Residents in Geel have been taking in mentally ill strangers for hundreds of years. Now academics are looking to the small Flemish town for social care ideas. Professor Sir Graham Thornicroft of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said, 'There has been very little evaluation about the impact of this... In terms of outcomes for individuals, we don’t know about readmission rates, or satisfaction rates, or quality of life, or things we would normally want to assess for people with long-term needs'

Sleep tips: Six ways to boost the chances of a good night's rest

BBC 17th May 2018

Experts have found more evidence of the harm caused by disrupting our body clocks, linking it to depression and bipolar disorder among other things. Having a pre-bed routine helps signal to our bodies that it's time for sleep, said Dr Ben Carter, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. 'Parents do this with their child to get good sleep. They have a set routine where they feed them, they bath them, they put them into bed, there's nothing around them and then they read them a story. Having a lack of routine is not going to help you get to sleep.'

Rigorous exercise 'makes dementia worse', study concludes

Guardian 17th May 2018

Moderate to more intense exercise does not help people with dementia and may even make it worse, according to a major study which had hoped to find it slowed down the progress of the disease so that gym sessions could be offered as treatment by the NHS. Dr Brendon Stubbs from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said the results are enormously important for people with dementia and the NHS. 'The search for effective lifestyle interventions that can delay cognitive decline in dementia must continue.'

Also covered in Daily Telegraph, Deccan Chronicle, India Today,

Women push employers to better understand and cater to health needs

CGTN 17th May 2018

Article about employers needing to cater to women's needs more. Mentions research from Claire Hardy of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience which concluded there was little awareness of the impact of menopause on working women who are often at the peak of their careers. Claire Hardy said, 'Sometimes it can be really simple things. If there are desk fans that they can have on their desks to help them cool down, if they can move their desk next to a window that can be opened, that would be useful. Cold drinking water is something else that women have said would be useful.'

More than one way to induce a neuron

Nature 17th May 2018

Article written by Lynette Lim and Oscar Marin, from IoPPN Centre for Developmental Neurobiology, about neurons

BBC Radio 4 16 May 2018 20:03:25 - Oliver Howes

BBC Radio 4 16th May 2018

FutureProofing explores how we might achieve healthier minds, and whether far greater understanding of the way our brains work will be enough to treat mental illness and enhance mental health in the 21st century. Features Professor Oliver Howes from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, who talks about how some of the future impact of his work, suggesting you might be able to control quite complex behaviours

How I kicked my no-drug habit

Daily Mail 13th May 2018

Feature on medication used to treat depression. Includes advice about prescription of antidepressants from Carmine Pariante, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

BBC London 94.9 FM 13 May 2018 18:34:13 - Dinesh Bhugra

BBC Radio London 94.9 FM 13th May 2018

Further discussion about Mental Health Awareness Week featuring Dinesh Bhugra, Emeritus Professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity at King's College London.

BBC News 12 May 2018 01:48:48 - Emily Simonoff

BBC News 12th May 2018

Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK, but the problems it highlights is of international relevance. Includes comment from Emily Simonoff from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

New test can predict if Parkinson's patients will develop dementia

iNews 7th May 2018

Scientists have hailed a breakthrough in the search for treatments for Parkinson's disease after finding a way to predict which patients will develop dementia years before it sets in. Marios Politis from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, leading the study said, 'I'm extremely excited about this. Researchers have now found that a specific region of the brain begins to deteriorate well before any symptoms of cognitive decline are visible. It's very rare in science that you can get a clear indication about a very common symptom from just one specific location in the brain'.

Tortured artists: creative people have greater risk of mental illness

iNews 7th May 2018

Highly creative people are vulnerable to mental illness, with brilliant artists much more likely to develop schizophrenia than the average person, according to a new study. James MacCabe from the Institute of Psychiatry,Psychology & Neuroscience said, 'We showed that the more you zoom in on people with creativity the greater the association with mental disorders and so i would expect that those people with the greatest levels of artistic creativity would have the highest risk.'

Also covered in New Scientist, Daily Mail, New Scientist, The Times, Mental Floss

ITV 1 London 3 May 2018 11:45:35 - Thalia Eley

ITV 3rd May 2018

This Morning programme segment: Professor Thalia Eley, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and resident GP Dr Zoe Williams provide advice to callers on coping with anxiety.

BBC Radio 4 01 May 2018 13:23:52 - Simon Wessely

BBC Radio 4 1st May 2018

Interview with Sir Simon Wessely of the Insititue of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience about his independent review of the Mental health Act

Dozens of genetic risk factors found for depression

Sky News 26th April 2018

A global research project has mapped out the genetic basis of major depression, identifying 44 genetic variants which are risk factors for depression, 30 of which are newly discovered. The study, by the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium and co-led in the UK by King’s College London, is the largest study to-date of genetic risk factors for major depression. Dr Gerome Breen of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said: "With this study, depression genetics has advanced to the forefront of genetic discovery. The new genetic variants discovered have the potential to revitalise depression treatment by opening up avenues for the discovery of new and improved therapies.”
Also reported by The Times, Guardian, Daily Express, the Sun, London Evening Standard, Daily Mail, New York Times, Globo, New Scientist, The Week, Deccan Chronicle, Observer, BBC World and Xinhuanet English.

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Exercising for 20 minutes-a-day cuts risk of developing depression by one third

Telegraph 25th April 2018

An international team including researchers from King’s College London have found physical activity can protect against the emergence of depression, regardless of age and geographical region. Co-author Dr Brendon Stubbs, Post-doctoral research physiotherapist, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London and Head of Physiotherapy, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, said, ‘Our robust analysis of over a quarter of a million people found consistent evidence that people who are more active are less likely to develop depression in the future.
Also reported by the Daily Mail, BBC 1, LBC News, Sky News, British Medical Journal, Daily Mail, Telegraph, BBC Radio 4 and Daily Express.

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Researchers have found physical activity can protect against the emergence of depression

BBC London 25th April 2018

Researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) have found physical activity can protect against the emergence of depression, regardless of their age and where they lived. Includes interview with Dr Brendon Stubbs, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). He said: "At the moment is not just about exercise, like going to the gym or taking part in sport, but also the importance of other phsyical activity, whether that be walking to school in the morning, or playing in the playground." Starts at 2:20

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Loneliness linked to major life setbacks for millennials, study says

Guardian 24th April 2018

New research from King’s College London shows that lonely young adults are more likely to experience mental health problems and more likely to be out of work than their peers. ‘It's often assumed that loneliness is an affliction of old age, but it is also very common among younger people,’ said lead author Dr Timothy Matthews from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London. ‘Unlike many other risk factors, loneliness does not discriminate: it affects people from all walks of life; men and women, rich and poor.’
Also reported by Huffington Post, BBC London, Independent, Refiner, Independent, Inverse, Business Insider, Metro, Vice, Daily Mail ShortList, Stylist and Yorkshire Post.

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Inflammation and depression on the Today programme

BBC Radio 4 20th April 2018

Segment about link between link between physical symptoms and mental symptoms, suggesting that inflammation may have a link to depression. Carmine Pariante from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said, "There's quite a lot of evidence now that inflammation plays a role in a specific group of depressed patients.... We also know that patients that have an increased activity of the immune system, at least for some patients develop symptoms of depression." Starts at 1:49.

Separating twins at school 'does not improve their performance'

iNews 19th April 2018

Article about impact seperation of twins at school has on academic achievement. References previous research by IoPPN that twins - particularly identical ones - separated in primary school had more emotional problems than those kept together.

Raising retirement age may hit least-educated workers hardest

Reuters 19th April 2018

People with little education and low socioeconomic status are more likely to leave the workforce in midlife for health reasons than better educated and higher-status workers, suggests a review of research across four developed countries. Ewan Carr from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said 'Population ageing and rising old age dependency ratios have led many governments to increase statutory retirement age. However, remaining in work until or beyond pensionable age may be challenging for those with low socioeconomic positions.'

Patients with multiple conditions not getting best possible care, say experts

Guardian 19th April 2018

A recent report pointed to a strong but little understood link between physical and mental illness. One study, for example, showed that people with depression are 37 per cent more likely to develop type-2 diabetes. Depression also substantially raises the risk of heart attack and vice versa, said Martin Prince from the Intitute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

also covered in Financial Times, Radio 4

Welfare critic under fire after correcting ‘shockingly bad’ errors

Times Higher Educations 19th April 2018

Article about Adam Perkins of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) correcting errors in one of his papers (which also informed his book). Adam said that despite the errors in the paper – which meant that some results were overstated by a factor of 10 at one point – the findings 'remain statistically significant, hence the substance of the paper is unaffected'

An alarming rise in mental-health sectioning in Britain

The Economist 19th April 2018

Article about mental health sectioning. Professore Sir Simon Wessely from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said that doctors have become more risk averse.

Medical leaders have their say on NHS's greatest achievements

British Medical Journal 18th April 2018

As the NHS approaches its 70th birthday, The BMJ asked medical leaders from a range of specialties to put forward their suggestions on what they think is the NHS’s most important achievement. Simon Wessely from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience highlighted highlights the dramatic reduction in the number of mental health patients who are treated as inpatients as a standout achievement. “When the NHS was founded 97% of people with mental illness were treated in hospitals. Now it’s 3%,” he said.

Migraine: New drug works when others fail, researchers say

BBC News 18th April 2018

A new migraine medication - one of the first bespoke drugs for decades - appears to work well even when others have failed, researchers have said. Erenumab is a monthly injection that might soon be offered to patients on the NHS if the cost can be justified. The latest findings presented at a US medical conference suggest it could help about a third of people with intractable migraine. Peter Goadsby from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said, 'Our challenge now is to work out who is going to benefit the most from them at the get-go. It's really promising that it can help some of these patients who, until now, have not had an option.'

Ketamine has 'fast-acting benefits'for depression

BBC News 17th April 2018

Article about benefits of ketamine on depression. Mitul Mehta from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said: 'All the studies to date have been looking at intravenous use - there are some people who have explored oral ketamine but that doesn't appear to be as successful as intravenous so intranasal seems to be a really good halfway-house. It enters the body relatively quickly - it's not as fast as going straight into your bloodstream but not as slow as via the stomach and it's reasonably easy to control how much you give to a person. In that respect this is a really important study.' But he said far bigger studies are needed to look out for any rare side-effects

Markle's Sparkle for a mind-blowing wedding

Daily Express 16th April 2018

Feature on Meghan Markle's nephew Tyler Dooley's cannabis production, citing a recent interview with Professor Sir Robin Murray, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Also covered in Mail on Sunday

The "IQ trap": how genetics is informing education

New Statesman 16th April 2018

Article about genetics and IQ and education, referencing Robert Plomin's work from 2005

Spring birdwatching special

iNews 14th April 2018

Article about listening to birdsong and bird watching. References Andrea Mechelli's research on birdsong and mental health benefits

A high IQ may protect men from a cause of psychological stress

New Scientist 14th April 2018

Intelligent men are less likely to develop depression, new research suggests. Having a high IQ reduces mental distress even in those with high levels of inflammation, a study found. Previous research links inflammation with a higher risk of the mental-health disorder. Intelligent men are less likely to develop depression, new research suggests. Carmine Pariante, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience speculated that obesity and exercise may be more relevant to inflammation in women than intelligence. He adds, however, further research is required to determine if women's intelligence influences their mental health.

Also covered in Daily Mail

One extra glass of wine 'will shorten your life by 30 minutes'

Guardian 13th April 2018

Drinking will shorten your life, according to a major new study that suggests every glass of wine or pint of beer over the daily recommended limit will cut half an hour from the expected lifespan of a 40-year-old. Tony Rao, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said the study, 'highlights the need to reduce alcohol-related harm in baby boomers, an age group currently at highest risk of rising alcohol misuse.'

Also covered in Mirror, South China Morning Post, CNN, i, Yahoo

Capitalism vs Communism: Is It Really in the Genes?

MedPage Today 9th April 2018

Article about a recent study by Kaili Rimfield from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience about Estonia, egentics and socioeconomic outcomes

Heads of Performance

AUTO+ Medical 5th April 2018

Article looking at Ford’s recent research project into brain performance with IoPPN, which used EEG (electroencephalography) to help discover new ways of improving professional racing drivers' performance behind the wheel.

There's Only One Correct Way to Measure a Penis

Vice 4th April 2018

Article on how to measure penis size that cites research by David Veale from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Have I already met my soulmate? You asked Google - here's the answer

Guardian 4th April 2018

Article about soulmates. Qazi Rahman from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said, 'the early high you get from being in the beginnings of a relationship can drive decisions that are not optimal. And being on a high in life in general can drive us into relationships that are not optimal in the first place.'

Huge poll provides powerful tool for mental health study

iNews 3rd April 2018

Tens of thousands of volunteers have come forward to help dramatically boost vital research into mental health disorders. Work on mental health disorders was being hampered by limited clinical information from people. However, following an appeal by doctors, more than 157,000 people volunteered to help by filling out an online mental health questionnaire developed by researchers at King's College London. Matthew Hotopf of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said, 'Given the known impact of mental health on physcial health, mental health data should interest researchers from every biomedical specialty looking at associations with health and disease.'

Generation Z Is Already Bored by the Internet

Daily Beast 3rd April 2018

Article about younger people being 'bored' with their phones. Adam Perkins from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said that phone boredom may even be a good thing sometimes. He said that it could potentially stop children from engaging in more destructive thought patterns or daydreaming, which can lead to unhappiness: 'Evolution takes a long time to catch up with technology,” Perkins said. “Smartphones came out 10 years ago, it’s not enough time to change kids’ evolution of their brains… I think I’m quite optimistic about the benefits of smartphones, they’re a good thing.”

Aljazeera English 02 April 2018 11:49:18 - Carmine Pariante

Aljazeera English 2nd April 2018

In a discussion on prescribing anti-depressants to people suffering from depression with Johann Hari, host Mehdi Hasan mentions Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience psychologist Dr Carmine Pariante as an authority on the topic. Carmine is quoted as saying, 'Contrary to the claim that too many people are prescribed antidepressants... only one in five with depression in high income countries receive help, psychological or pharmacological... in the developing world it's even less, one in 27 people who need it get help.'

Now GPs told: Tell patients e-cigs are safer than smoking

Daily Mail 29th March 2018

NICE have recommended that Doctors advise patients that ecigarettes are better for you than smoking but warn they are still potentially harmful. Article makes ref to a study by Katie East at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and Cancer Research UK which found children who tried e-cigarettes were 12 times more likely to smoke tobacco.

The musician and the mother-of-three diagnosed with autism in their THIRTIES: Documentary sees experts finally answer the questions that have troubled them their whole lives

Daily Mail 29th March 2018

Article about a Channel 4 documentary about late diagnosis of Asperger and autism. Francesca Happe of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience is one of the presenter and examines participants in the documentary for autistic behaviours

Call for action as figures show "shocking" rise in deaths of people with neurological disorders

British Medical Journal 27th March 2018

Article about rise in deaths of people with neurological disorders by 39% of 13 years identified in a report by PHE. Leone Ridsdale of the Intitute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said, 'Neurologists can help by appointing a lead for epilepsy in each area who will liaise with GPs and commissioners to reduce death rates in the future.'

James Packer: Resignation puts focus on 'high-flier' mental health

BBC News 27th March 2018

Australian billionaire James Packer has received much public praise since quitting his gaming empire due to mental health reasons. His resignation has also prompted discussion about mental health at the top of business. Sir Graham Thornicroft of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said that currently only around a quarter of people with mental health issues in the UK seek help, meaning that the vast majority "soldier on without getting the help they need". Fears about seeking help for mental health issues often centre around an "expectation of reputational damage", particularly among those working in high-stress environments such as business or the military,

As scans show drug's impact on brain, a top doctor warns of a psychosis, paranoid delusions and a superskunk schizophrenia timebomb

Daily Mail 26th March 2018

Article about high potency skunk cannabis - Sir Robin Murray of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said, 'I don’t think any serious researcher or psychiatrist would now disbute that cannabis consumption is a component cause of psychosis.'

Also covered in Daily Star

Grammar schools have virtually no effect as genetics determine academic success, study finds

Telegraph 23rd March 2018

Going to a grammar or private school makes almost no difference to how well children do educationally, according to research which found that pupils who made it into selective schools were genetically different to their comprehensive school peers. Robert Plomin, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Pscyhology & Neuroscience said the study of almost 5,000 pupils showed 'It's just a self-fulflling prophecy. You take the kids who do best at school and then show they do best at school. It's nothing more than that.' Once it factored in selection, either directly by exams or indirectly through wealth, pupils essentially did no better than they would have at comprehensives. s. Emily Smith-Woolley of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience said 'Our study suggests that for educational achievement there appears to be little added benefit from attending selective schools. While schools are crucial for academic achievement, the type of school appears less so.'

Also covered in Guardian, Daily Mail, Independent, The Sun, BBC Radio London, Sky News, Yahoo, The Times, Financial Times, Daily Express, Economist, New Scientist, Economist Radio; and on 10/04: Daily Telegraph, The Times, Telegraph

Unsane: how film's portrayal of mental illness is (slowly) improving

Guardian 23rd March 2018

Unsane is the latest film to tackle mental health issues. Article talks about representation of mental health issues and professionals in film. Simon Wessely, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said he was particularly pleased with the psychiatrist in Hitchcock's Spellbound ("wise, serious, respectable"), but also points out the weird ones. Dr Hannibal Lecter is the most obvious example, and then there's the "hopelessly out of touch: Billy Crystal in Analyse Me, or Gene Wilder in High Anxiety"

Alzheimer's treatment: it is within reach

Daily Telegraph 23rd March 2018

Professor Sir Simon Lovestone is a lead academic for Alzheimer's Research UK's £30 million Drug Discovery Alliance that spans three of Britain's top universities. While many of the drug trials of the past have proved discouraging, the professor, a visiting professor at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, believes that in the majority of them, people have simply been treated too late. He said, 'Collaboration and open knowledge sharing in research is really fruitful, and there is a stage of research when it’s possible to do this long before matters of patents, intellectual property and the involvement of lawyers make it difficult. We all benefit and the science moves faster as a consequence.'

If cannabis is getting stronger, why aren't cases of schizophrenia rising?

The Conversation 23rd March 2018

Article by Musa Sami from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience about cannabis potency and incidences of schizophrenia.

Also covered in the Independent

Millennial racism: the other side of the snowflake generation

Daily Telegraph 22nd March 2018

Article about racism on college campuses. Dinesh Bhugra of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said, 'The generous explanation for this kind of behaviour is that they don't realise what they're doing. They think it's a jape, but as they're hurting people - consciously or unconsciously - it's a major issue that needs to be resolved'

Chronic fatigue trial results 'not robust', new study says

BBC News 22nd March 2018

Fresh analysis of a controversial study, which recommended exercise and psychological therapy for people with chronic fatigue syndrome, suggests their impact is more modest than first thought. The PACE trial found the treatments to be "moderately effective", leading to recovery in a fifth of patients. The three authors of the original PACE trial - Prof Michael Sharpe, from the University of Oxford, and Prof Trudie Chalder and Dr Kimberley Goldsmith, from King's College London, said the new analysis had used only part of the data from the trial.

BBC Radio Five Live 20 March 2018 08:12:23 - Sally Marlow

BBC Radio 5 LIve 20th March 2018

Segment about Ant McPartlin, TV host of Ant and Dec on Five Live Breakfast. Sally Marlow from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience is interviewed, talking about relapse

BBC 2 19 March 2018 06:46:49 - Sandrine Thuret

BBC 2 19th March 2018

Holding Back the Years segment: Sandrine Thuret from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience discusses some of the advances made in understanding memory and aging even as we get older. Advises we still have the ability to grow new memory neurons - diet, exercise, sleep, depression and age can have impact on this.

Are 'cryonic technicians'the key to immortality?

BBC News 16th March 2018

Article about potential of applying validated cryogenic techniques to the brain or whole body. Clive Coes, of the Institute of Pscyhiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience said, 'Advocates of cryonics are naive in comparing their wishful thinking with the successes achieved in storing loosely packed cells - such as sperm - at low temperatures...[However] People are tremendously hard at work in this field trying to store organs such as the kidney, and even the heart on a long term basis. That would be a tremendous boon to our health and wellbeing... But a whole body? Forget it.'

Global scientists give accolades to Hawking's accomplishments

Sina English 15th March 2018

Article about the death of Stephen Hawking. Chris Shaw, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said, '[Hawking was] an outliers outlier, both in terms of his extraordinary contribution to science and the time he survived with motor neuron disease.'

Prince Harry puts mental health of veterans at forefront during speech at university

Express 15th March 2018

Article about Prince Harry at the Veterans Mental Health Conference 2018. The Prince said, 'I have seen those I have served with suffer, struggling to seek out the help they desperately need. And we know there are more just like them who continue to suffer in silence... And when the individual doesn't or can't reach out for help, it also their families who suffer, especially their spouses and children, who are left feeling desperate and confused as they try to seek appropriate help for the ones they love.'

Coverage of Prince Harry's speech was also covered in Daily Telegraph, i, Daily Express, BBC Radio London, Sky News, BBC News, Daily Mail, Mirror, The Sun

Antidepressants: what do we get for £266m a year?

British Medical Journal 14th March 2018

Opinion piece on the impact of antidepressants. Derek Summerfield of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience writes that the psychiatrisation of the problems of living frequently perpetuated them.

A million more happy pills

British Medical Journal 14th March 2018

Opinion piece about drug treatment for depression referencing a recent Lancet study. Allan Young, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said, 'Network meta-analyses are now widely accepted but depend on the data put in. This study used a large amount of quality data so it can be trusted.'

How Stephen Hawking defied the odds to survive with motor neurone disease for so long

iNews 14th March 2018

Article about the death of Stephen Hawking. A 2002 quote from Nigel Leigh, of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, is included: 'I am not aware of anyone else who has survived with MND as long... What is unusual is not only the length of time, but that the disease seems to have burnt out. He appears to be relatively stable. … This kind of stabilization is extremely rare.'

Children who try e-cigs are 12 times as likely to start smoking tobacco

Daily Mail 13th March 2018

Article about a study which found that children who try vaping are 12 times more likely to go on to smoke tobacco. The study by Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and Cancer Research UK followed 1,152 children between 11 and 18 for four to six months. Katie East, lead author from the IoPPN said, 'These findings do suggest that some young people progress from trying e-cigarettes to trying tobacco cigarettes, but also that some go from cigarettes to e-cigarettes.'
Also covered in the Times

Labelling universities 'toxic' for mental health 'is harmful'

Times Higher Education 12th March 2018

Article warning about the growing concern about the prevalence of mental health conditions among students, with Sir Simon Wessely, Regius professor of psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience questioning the value of campaigns that aimed to raise awareness of the mental health challenges associated with higher education. Sir Simon said, 'We need to ensure that people have a proper understanding of both [the good and bad experiences of mental health at universities] and not take either a mindlessly optimistic view or a negative pessimistic one... Neither is neutral – both can create distress and disorder.'

Brain scans and DNA tests personalise mental healthcare

Financial Times 5th March 2018

"Article about precision psychiatry, through genetic tests to predict responses to medication and analyse how depression manifests itself in individual brains. Carmine Pariante of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience said, 'We think about depression as if it were one unified illness, but in reality, different people get depression through different pathways [and should be treated accordingly].' Thalia Elay, also of the institute, is running studies with saliva samples to try to predict peoples’ responsiveness to cognitive behavioural therapy. She looks at whether patients’ DNA can be used as an indicator of whether they would be better suited to group or individual treatments — part of a field she calls “therapy genetics”. She said, 'Many treatment decisions are [presently] made on the basis of what the individual feels is going to work for them [or] which has the shortest waiting list. It is not particularly evidence based, any of it, at the moment.'

High-strength cannabis now dominates illegal market, study finds

Guardian 28th February 2018

Article about potency of cannabis and impact on mental health. King's research tested almost 1,000 police seizures of cannabis from Kent, Derbyshire, Merseyside, Sussex and the capital in 2016 and found that 94 per cent were dangerously potent. Marti Di Forti from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said, 'The increase [in potency] poses a significant hazard to users' mental health and reduces their ability to choose more benign types. Regular users of high-potency cannabis carry the highest risk for psychotic disorders compared to those who have never used cannabis.'

Also covered by Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Sun, Metro, Daily Star, Sky News, BBC News, BBC 2 Newsnight, Daily Mirror, BBC Radio 4, BBC 2 Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Radio London, BBC Radio 5 Live

Pregnant Women With Eating Disorders Aren't Getting Enough Support, This Team Hopes To Change That

Huffington Post 26th February 2018

Article about pregnancy and eating disorders. Pregnant women with eating disorders could be better supported if midwives and health visitors were better equipped to tackle such issues, researchers have said. Pregnancy has been identified as a unique opportunity to engage with women with eating disorders because it is a life stage during which they may be motivated to change behaviours and when they will have regular contact with health professionals. Abigail Easter of the Institute for Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said, 'Women with eating disorders are often reluctant to disclose their illness to healthcare professionals, possibly due to a fear of stigma, and healthcare professionals may be unsure about how to identify women with eating disorders or what support they need.'

So what's the truth about depression pills? A study says antidepressants do work and a million more should use them

Daily Mail 23rd February 2018

Article about an Oxford study which advises that antidepressants do work for the people who are prescribed them. Article takes a critical view of this study. Allan Young, of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said of the study, 'We should be aware these findings only apply to major compulsive disorder.'

Trump's language on school shooter's mental health could be harmful, experts say

CNN Edition 23rd February 2018

Article about the language used by US President Donald Trump around gun shootings and mental health. Diana Rose of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said, 'You cannot solve the problem by locking people up. It is just nonsense, and it destroys lives and is a deep form of social control, rather than provide people the support they need... it is almost impossible to predict, even if someone has a diagnosis, if they are going to be a risk' for violence.

Heavy drinking can treble risk of getting dementia

Daily Mail 21st February 2018

Article concerning a french study about how heavy drinking can treble risk of getting dementia. Tony Rao of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, said 'The baby boomers grew up in a post-war world where there were much more liberal attitudes to alcohol and less attention paid to health risks. This has now transplanted to later life.'

BBC Radio 5 Live

BBC Radio 5 LIve 21st February 2018

Radio segment about closure of drug and alcohol rehab clinics. Colin Drummond of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience is interviewed, and said the closures have contributed to drug deaths as well as an increase in crimes such as burglery and car theft. Calls for no more funding/budget cuts

Can eating a £1 gummy bear made with cannabis oil really boost your health?

Daily Mail 20th February 2018

Article about benefits of cannabis oil in health, using in gummy bears. Amir Englund from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, said 'the daily dose from of CBD from these would be very low and there are no studies to support the idea that it would have any beneficial effects.' Also quoted was Tom Freeman, from the institute, who said, 'CBD has great potential [...] but none of these products on sale has been through clinical trials and people should definitely not be using them as thought they were a medicine.'

How reading crime novels could help ease depression

Daily Mail 20th February 2018

Article about the benefits of reading on depression. Carmine Pariante from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said that print and audio books work better than similar tv shows because the reader has control over how long they spend reading or listening. However, 'Reading is not a substitute for antidepressants in patients who really need them.'

Schizophrenia patients calmed by video game

BBC News 12th February 2018

Scientists believe they have made a breakthrough in treating schizophrenia by helping patients to train themselves to control verbal hallucinations using an MRI scanner and a computer game. A pilot study at King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and the University of Roehampton suggested the technique could help patients who did not respond to medication. Dr Natasza Orlaz of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience said, “Our study has shown that people with schizophrenia can learn some sort of mental strategy to help their symptoms – something which several years of medication has not helped with"

Also covered in Daily Telegraph, The Times, Daily Mail, Sky News (online and broadcast), BBC World News, BBC World, Yahoo, The Week, Huffington Post, Press Association and Metro

Why are so many of our heroes committing suicide?

Daily Mail 10th February 2018

An article reporting on the mental health issues facing the armed forces. Neil Greenberg, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience said, 'We know that people who work in a combat role are at risk of suffering poor mental health as a result of deployment. There is a lot of scientific evidence show that "social support" is generally very protective of people's mental health. But even with the best support, some people can be psychologically injured by severe stress.'

Just one hour a week of social interaction helps dementia patients

The Guardian 7th February 2018

A study by King's College found that just one hour of social interaction a week can improve the lives of dementia patients in care homes and save money. Previous research has shown that care home residents may have as little as two minutes of social interaction a day. Increasing that to an hour a week, when combined with personalised care, reduced dementia sufferers' agitation and aggression, and improved their quality of life, according to a trial carried out by researchers from the University of Exeter, King's College London and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. Professor Clive Ballard of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience said, 'We have previously found that the average amount of social interaction for people with dementia was just two minutes a day. It's hardly surprising when that has a knock on effect on qulaity of life and agitation. We must roll out approaches that work to do justice to some of the most vulnerable people in society'

Also covered in Daily Telegraph, The Times, i, Daily Express, The Sun, Daily Mail, Nursing Times and Express

Encourage vaping to help more smokers quit - report

Daily Telegraph 6th February 2018

Article about PHE review into e-cigarettes, PHE recommends that every smoker trying to quit should be encouraged to take up vaping, including via prescription or within hospitals. The independent review into e-cigarettes said 57,000 smokers quit every year by taking up vaping, and was conducted by experts from King's College London, the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, and the University of Stirling. Ann McNeill of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience said, 'We want stop-smoking practitioners and health professionals to support smokers who would like to use e-cigarettes to stop.'

Also covered in Guardian, The Times, i, The Sun, BBC Radio 5, BBC Radio London, BBC1 London, BBC Radio 4, BBC News, The Independent, London Evening Standard, BMJ, The Week & Mirror

Could ketamine help treat alcohol dependence?

Guardian 5th February 2018

Article about potential for using ketamine to help treat alcohol dependence. Lilla Porffy is a MRC-DTP PhD Student from the Insitutute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, and is working with other researchers from UCL. They are working on addiction and mental health research, including the KARE (Ketamine for reduction of Alcohol Relapse).

Alarming toll of wine o'clock: Heavy evening drinking is now sixth biggest cause of serious illness among the Baby Boomer generation

Daily Mail 1st February 2018

Article about alcohol now being the biggest cause of illness for people in their 50s and 60s. Tony Rao, visiting lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience said, ''The baby boomers grew up in a post-war world where there were much more liberal attitudes to alcohol and less attention paid to health risks... There is now increasing evidence to to suggest that if you are an older person regularly drinking over three pints of beer or over half a bottle of wine a day for five years or more, you are at a higher risk of developing problems with memory and the possibility of alcohol-related dementia' Covered in print and online, also on 02/02/18 online; and in Daily Mail 03/02/18

Children as young as four who fall behind at school are more likely to suffer psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia, when they are adults (Web)

Daily Mail 1st February 2018

Signs of future psychotic disorders can be spotted at age four, as falling IQ scores in childhood can be a sign of mental problems in later life, research suggests. Josephine Mollon, previously of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience said, 'For individuals with psychotic disorders, our results suggest the first signs of cognitive decline are apparent as early as age four...For individuals with psychotic disorders, cognitive decline does not just begin in adulthood, when individuals start to experience symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions, but rather many years prior, when difficulties with intellectual tasks first emerge, and worsen over time." However, only a small minority with poor IQ scores will go on to suffer mental illness. Covered in print and online, and in the Sun; also in Hindustan Times 02/02/18 online

Blood test finds toxic Alzheimer's proteins

BBC News 1st February 2018

Scientists in Japan and Australia have developed a blood test that can detect the build-up of toxic proteins linked to Alzheimer's disease. The test was 90% accurate when trialled on healthy people, those with memory loss and Alzheimer's patients. Experts said the approach was at an early stage and needed further testing, but was still very promising. Abdul Hye, of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience said, 'This study has major implications as it is the first time a group has shown a strong association of blood plasma amyloid with brain and cerebrospinal fluid." However, the blood test was still a long way from being able to be used in medical centers.

Also covered in Reuters; and in The Hindu 02/02/2018; and in VOA News 09/02/2018

Food: Truth or Scare, BBC 1

BBC 1 1st February 2018

Feature on brain-boosting foods, which includes contribution by Dr Sandrine Thuret from King's College London.

New unit to inform mental health policy

The Psychologist 31st January 2018

UCL and King's College London are leading the establishment of the new NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit. Commissioned by the Department of Health, the unit will bring mental health researchers, clinicians, service users and carers closer together in working to inform policy.

Stronger cannabis linked to rise in demand for drug treatment programmes

Guardian 31st January 2018

Article about an IoPPN study suggesting that admissions to treatment centres rise and fall in line with cannabis strength. Tom Freeman of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience said, “This is the first study to provide evidence for an association between changes in potency and health-related outcomes.”

Academics 'lack support' to help with student mental health

Times Higher Education 29th January 2018

Article about a new report suggesting that university professors are struggling to cope with requests from students for support with mental health issues. The co-author on the report was Nicola Byrom from the Insitute of Psychiarty, Psychology and Neuroscience. The report advised that "Responding to the range and complexity of issues that students present to academics was seen to have ongoing cognitive, emotional, relational and practical effects" The report was also covered in the Times 29/01/2018 in print and online, and in Times Higher Education in print 05/02/18

Higher education stories

Government backs calls for research data to be made freely available

The Guardian 10th April 2012

The Government has welcomed calls from academics and one of the world's biggest research charities for the results of research to be made available as widely as possible in the public domain.

University A-level plan challenged

BBC News 3rd April 2012

Government plans to let some universities decide the content of A-level courses have been met with a mixed reaction from academics and teachers.

Budget: 100m university research pledge for UK

BBC News 21st March 2012

The Government has announced a 100m fund to boost university research in the UK through private sector involvement.

Students' day of action over university changes

BBC News 14th March 2012

Students at universities across the country, including Kings, took part in a national day of action to protest against changes to higher education. The demonstrations were covered by The Guardian, Daily Express and the Press Association.

Further education colleges awarded 10,000 degree student places

The Guardian 7th March 2012

More than 10,000 undergraduate student places have been awarded to further education colleges.

Universities warn on overseas students income loss

BBC News 1st March 2012

Universities UK has warned that tightening student visa rules is undermining the drive to raise income from overseas students.

No 10 scraps plan to penalise early student loan repayments

The Guardian 16th February 2012

The Government has scrapped plans to impose penalties on students who pay university loans back early.

Vince Cable in row on choice of university access tsar

The Guardian 9th February 2012

Business Secretary Vince Cable is resisting attempts by Conservative MPs to block his choice of Les Ebdon as the new head of the Office of Fair Access (Offa).

More women became UK professors, Hesa figures show

BBC News 19th January 2012

There was a 4 per cent rise in the number of female professors at UK universities last year, according to new figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency, but they are still heavily outnumbered by men.

Is the number of first-class degrees cause for concern?

The Guardian 12th January 2012

Figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency show that the proportion of undergraduates receiving first-class degrees has risen to 15.5% in 2010-2011 from 12.6% in 2006-2007.

Wonga stops targeting loans at students after protests

BBC News 11th January 2012

Payday loan company Wonga has removed pages from its website after protests branding it irresponsible for targeting students.

Privately-funded science university plan

BBC News 4th January 2012

The government has announced plans for a privately-funded science and technology graduate university.

Higher education policy: what should we expect in 2012?

The Guardian 19th December 2011

A summary of the debates and issues surrounding higher education policy over the past year, and a look towards 2012.

University tuition fees: last-minute changes approved

BBC News 2nd December 2011

25 universities have revised their tuition fee packages, and had them approved by the Office for Fair Access.

Student tuition fees protest passes off peacefully

The Guardian 9th November 2011

A protest in London against university fee increases passed off peacefully.

August babies are less likely to go on to top universities, says study

The Guardian 1st November 2011

Research by the Institute of Fiscal Studies has found that children born in August are less likely to attend top universities.

University applications for 2012 down 9%

BBC News 24th October 2011

University applications for 2012 are running at 9% lower than the same point last year, says the Ucas admissions service.

Tuition fees at up to 28 universities could be lowered

BBC News 20th October 2011

As many as 28 universities are considering lowering the fees they will charge next year.

Number of top A-Level grades could be limited

BBC News 14th October 2011

The number of pupils being given the top A* grade at A-Level could be limited in the future.

University leaders' social mobility warning

BBC News 21st September 2011

Universities UK has warned that a drive for a market in Higher Education could damage social mobility.

Earlier A-level exams proposed in university applications shakeup

The Guardian 16th September 2011

UCAS has privately proposed that from 2016 pupils should apply to university only after they have received their A-level grades.

Universities consider cutting fees

The Guardian 8th September 2011

At least 12 universities are said to be reconsidering their decision to charge 9,000 fees, according to the Office for Fair Access.

Increase in unemployed graduates, survey suggests

BBC News 2nd September 2011

A survey has suggested that 28% of 2007 UK graduates were not in full-time employment three years later.

A-level results: top universities anxious about state pupils' choice of subjects

The Guardian 18th August 2011

A-level results have shown a growth in popularity of maths and science, with some universities warning that not enough state school pupils are taking these subjects.

Student debt nears 60,000 for 2012 university freshers, survey predicts

The Guardian 12th August 2011

A survey has shown that students beginning their courses in 2012 could have a debt of nearly 60,000 once they graduate.

Offer university scholarships via every school in England, says Simon Hughes

The Guardian 21st July 2011

Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Simon Hughes has called for scholarships to university to be offered to 15-year-olds from low-income households.

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