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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.

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No safe level of alcohol consumption, major study concludes (Web)

Independent 24th August 2018

Giving up drinking completely is the only way to avoid the health risks associated with alcohol, according to a major new study. Dr Tony Rao of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), who was not involved in the study, commended the effort to unravel the complicated relationship between alcohol and health. he said: “We can now be more confident that there is no safe limit for alcohol when considering overall health risks”.
Dr Robyn Burton from the IoPPN said: “These diseases of unhealthy behaviours, facilitated by unhealthy environments and fuelled by commercial interests putting shareholder value ahead of the tragic human consequences, are the dominant health issue of the 21st century.”
Also reported in the Guardian. Daily Mail, Lancet, CBS, CNN, South China Morning Post, Huffington Post, Bloomberg, Yahoo, & Hindustan Times.

Feeling lonely? Why a good night’s sleep might be the ultimate cure

Guardian 16th August 2018

Last year, a study of 2000 young adults by researchers at King's College London found lonelier people had poorer-quality sleep, were more likely to feel tired and had more difficulty focusing on tasks during the day than those who didn’t report feeling lonely. "It could be that feeling, could make it difficult to have a restful night's sleep," says Timothy Matthews, a research associate at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). "And that, in turn, could mean that you're not at your best and you don't get the best out of your social interactions, which could increase feelings of loneliness."

How to Disagree: A Beginner's Guide to Having Better Arguments

BBC Radio 4 15th August 2018

BBC Radio 4 15 August 2018 13:45:23. Feature on disputes over facts, which includes contribution by Kris de Meyer from King's College London.

The Woman Who Can't Remember Her Own Past

BBC World Service 15th August 2018

BBC World Service 15 August 2018 20:49:41. Interview with from King's College London regarding Oliver Howes and Sameer Jauhar, King's College London regarding anti-psychotic drugs. "The reason they're so bright is because this scan is measuring the synthesis of dopamine, and these are the main areas where the brain makes dopamine. In the people that got better when they took dopamine-blocking drugs, they showed high levels of this dopamine synthesis right at the beginning of their illness. But those that didnt get better dont see nearly as much of this dopamine made in the kidney bean-shaped part of the brain, and this was quite a strong predictor of whether they got better or not."

Does going teetotal in later life actually cause dementia? (Web)

Independent 14th August 2018

Tony Rao from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) talks about a study showing that teetotalism in later life can cause dementia. Tony advises more work needs to be done on this.

Socialising boosts wellbeing in dementia patients

India Today 30th July 2018

Just ten minutes of meaningful social interaction can improve wellbeing in dementia patients, a study has found. The study, conducted by the University of Exeter and King's College London in the UK involved 280 residents and care staff in 24 care homes over nine months. Joanne McDermid, of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), who presented the research, said: “Care home staff are under a lot of pressure – it’s a really tough job. It’s a challenging environment for both residents living with dementia and staff. Our programme moved care staff to see dementia through the eyes of those who are living it. We found a simple approach, delivered as e-learning, improves staff attitudes to care and residents’ wellbeing, ultimately improving lives for people with dementia.

King's press release related to 'Socialising boosts wellbeing in dementia patients'

Opioids: Why 'dangerous'drugs are still being used to treat pain

BBC News 22nd July 2018

The widespread use of opioids to treat pain frequently prompts concerns about addiction and even deaths. So, why are these sometimes dangerous drugs still being given to patients, writes Dr Katherine Sleeman and Prof Sir John Strang, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN).

How skull size could help determine whether you get post traumatic stress disorder

i News 19th July 2018

People with smaller skulls are more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than those with larger ones, a new study finds. "This is a slightly unusual one," lead researcher Matthew Kempton of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) told i. "But as an extreme example you might have a situation in the military where they come to measure your helmet size and say 'All right, this person has a slightly smaller head, maybe they should be kept under close surveillance', and in some situations they could be kept from serving on the front line," he said.

King's press release related to 'How skull size could help determine whether you get post traumatic stress disorder'

Teens glued to phones risk 'modest' rise in ADHD symptoms: study

Daily Mail 18th July 2018

Teenagers who use social media heavily are up to twice as likely to develop attention and hyperactivity problems, a study has found. Researchers looked at 2,600 Californian teenagers around the age of 15 who had no previous signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Jessica Agnew-Blais, of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), said that it remained unclear whether relatively small changes in ADHD symptom frequency were disruptive or impairing in everyday life.
Also reported by The Times and NBC News.

Quantum dots in brain could treat Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases

New Scientist 14th July 2018

INJECTED tiny particles called quantum dots reduce symptoms in mice primed to develop a type of Parkinson's disease, although tests in people are some years away. The findings are promising, but must be tested in people, says Sebastien Paillusson of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). He added: "Unfortunately, in Parkinson's, there have been a lot of compounds shown to work in mice but not in humans."

After cave ordeal, Thai boys now face battle with fame

Reuters 13th July 2018

After their traumatic ordeal deep inside a dark and flooded mountain cave, Thailand's 12 rescued boys and their young soccer coach will now have to navigate a fresh challenge: Fame. Despite the heightened interest and pressure, the boys need to live as normally as possible, said Dr. Andrea Danese of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King's College in London.
Also reported by Al Jazeera, Yahoo, Deccan Chronicla, Hindustan Times, NDTV, BBC News, BBC World Service.

Social media: the good, the bad and the ugly

Times Higher Education 12th July 2018

With about one-third of Earth's 7 billion inhabitants on a social network, it is an inevitable part of scholars' lives. While many academics find Twitter and Facebook useful means of disseminating their research, Sara Custer finds that the addictive seeking of 'likes' has its perils. For Tony Rao, a psychiatrist and visiting researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), social media is a means by which academics' opinions can garner wider influence.

Storm and Stress: Questioning Jeremy Hunt

BBC Radio 4 3rd July 2018

"In the final episode of the series, Mental Health Researcher Dr Sally Marlow, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), puts some of the issues we have come across throughout the series to UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
Rates of mental illness amongst adolescents have risen, and yet action is severely lacking, we ask who is accountable and what is goverment doing?"

Victoria Derbyshire

BBC 3rd July 2018

Professor Neil Greenberg, a specialist in post traumatic stress disorder at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), is interviewed about the boys trapped in a cave in Thailand. He said: "When people get released from any form of captivitiy they go through a range of emotions and a transitional period. The often feel elated, then they feel sad... it can be quite challenging. But most people actually over a few weeks settle back into normal patterns of life."
Broadcast at 10:16:55

Jeremy Hunt answers young people's questions on mental health

BBC News 3rd July 2018

"It's an actual illness - you would never say to someone who has a broken leg, oh just deal with it, it'll be fine." Those are the words of one young woman on her experience of child and adolescent mental health services, or CAMHS, speaking as part of the latest episode of Radio 4's series Storm and Stress. A number of young people recorded their frustrations anonymously - delays, sudden switch to adult services at 18 and lack of support in schools, for example - for the programme. Dr Sally Marlow, mental health researcher from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), who led the investigation for the BBC and presented the Storm and Stress series, said the CAMHS system was fragmented and disjointed from top to bottom.

A millennial goes back to the Eighties

Times 2nd July 2018

Hattie Crisell, 35, was burnt out by the relentless pace of her always switched-on routine. So what happened when she tried life in the pre-digital age? Article contains an anecdote on addiction from Ben Carter, a senior lecturer in biostatistics at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN).

'New research has ignited a flicker of hope in me that refuses to go out. Dare I dream?'

Times 2nd July 2018

Melanie Reid discusses research from the Institute of Psychiatry & Neuroscience (IoPPN) that applies gene therapy to spinal damage.

Harmonics of the mind

The Psychologist 1st July 2018

Alexandra Lautarescu explores psychedelia at a Senscapes event at King's College London Chapel. Senscapes was founded by Joe Barnby, a doctoral candidate studying the neuroscience and psychology of belief and delusion formation at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN).

Standing up during work meetings may help tackle sedentary lifestyles but they are socially awkward

Daily Mail 27th June 2018

Standing during meetings could help keep office workers healthy, but new research from King’s College London and Brunel University London suggests it’s hard to resist keeping our seats when standing up breaks social rules.
Dr Benjamin Gardner from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said: 'Sedentary office work is an urgent public health issue. For some employers, such as software developers, standing meetings are commonplace. We need to get to the point where standing is the new normal for workers who would rather not be sat down.’
Also reported by The Sun and the Conversation.

King's press release related to 'Standing up during work meetings may help tackle sedentary lifestyles but they are socially awkward'

Storm and Stress: How to Help

BBC Radio 4 26th June 2018

In the 3rd part of our series Mental Health Researcher Sally Marlow, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), looks at new ideas around continuity of care.

Cannabis use linked to one in six diagnosed with psychosis

Daily Mail 25th June 2018

Professor Robin Murray, an authority on schizophrenia at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), said about 50,000 people were now diagnosed as psychotic solely because they used the drug while teenagers.
Also reported in Deccan Chronicle.

Radio Choice

Express 25th June 2018

Storm And Stress: New Ways Of Looking At Adolescent Mental Health, Radio 4, 9pm: Sally Marlow from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) examines why the age range of 16 to 25 is such a crucial time for mental health.

"Illogical" cannabis regulation blocks research into therapeutic uses, say doctors

British Medical Journal 25th June 2018

Doctors should be able to prescribe cannabis legally and research its therapeutic use more easily, 20 prominent UK clinicians and academics have said. Sagnik Bhattacharyya, a reader of translational neuroscience and psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), warned that “we need carefully to think about the message” that rescheduling cannabis sends. Regular cannabis use, particularly high THC content “skunk,” he said, is linked with increased risk of psychosis, violence, and depression.

How Billy Caldwell case could end UK's medical marijuana ban

CNN 21st June 2018

The suffering of a 12-year-old boy with epilepsy could lead to the UK legalizing the medicinal use of marijuana, after outrage over his case prompted the government to announce a review. Tom Freeman from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said, 'Removing cannabis from schedule 1 would facilitate the treatment of many more young people experiencing debilitating symptoms like Billy... It would also help scientists to develop new and more effective cannabinoid-based medicines for a range of other conditions.'

Global with Matthew Amroliwala

BBC World 21st June 2018

Figures show that three times more people die from suicide than from road accidents in the UK. The show discusses the Asian mental health taboo. Includes comment by Dinesh Bhugra from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). He said: "Men tend to commit suicide more often than women, and women tend to attempt more often. There is considerable evidence that Indian women in particular would use burning as a way of killing themselves."

PM dismisses calls from ex- Tory leader William Hague to legalise recreational pot

Independent 20th June 2018

Downing Street has rubbished calls from former Conservative leader William Hague to legalise the recreational use of cannabis. He highlighted that both the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King's College London have said cannabis is highly addictive and can lead to serious health problems. Also reported in the Daily Mail.

Can cannabis oil really treat epilepsy and what would impact of medicinal reclassification be?

Independent 20th June 2018

The home secretary, Sajid Javid, has announced the government is to review reclassifying cannabis for medicinal use in the wake of challenges by families whose children's life threatening epileptic seizures were banished by cannabis products. Dep Pal from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said, 'There is now good evidence from clinical trials conducted in the US and Europe that pharmaceutical preparations of cannabidiol are effective against two types of severe childhood epilepsy known as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.'

Letters: Call to allow medicinal use of cannabis

Times 20th June 2018

Letter from a number of academics (including Professor David Taylor, Dr Amir Englund, and Dr Tom Freeman from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) urging the government to remove cannabis and all related cannabinoids from Schedule 1 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations Medicines Act.

Women taking lithium for bipolar disorder during pregnancy increase risk of birth defects by more than 50 per cent, suggests study

Independent 19th June 2018

Women who are taking lithium for serious depression or bipolar disorder during the early stages of pregnancy are more than one and a half times as likely to have children born with serious birth defects, research suggests. A major global analysis found 7.4 per cent of children exposed to the mood stabiliser in the first three months of pregnancy are born with "major malformations". This compares with around 4.3 per cent of births to mothers who are not taking lithium, the research, led by scientists in Denmark and the US as well as academics from Cardiff University and King's College London (IoPPN), found.

Doddie's vow to beat disease

Scottish Sun 19th 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 (IoPPN). 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.'

The Home Secretary has called for a review of the medicinal use of cannabis

Sky News 19th June 2018

The Home Secretary has called for a review of the medicinal use of cannabis. Discussion involving Professor Sir Robin Murray from Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) who queried whether you could legalise without increasing the potency and use.

Young people 'see cannabis as safer than alcohol

BBC News 19th June 2018

"People of my generation see cannabis as safer than drinking and safer than smoking," says Faye, 22, whose comments come as Lord Hague has said he wants to see "decisive change" in the law on cannabis and that the government should consider legalising recreational use of the drug. Dr Marta di Forti from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said: "There is also "compelling evidence that regular cannabis use increases the risk of developing psychotic illnesses, such as schizophrenia, particularly in adolescents."

Storm and Stress: New Ways of Looking at Adolescent Mental Health

BBC Radio 4 19th June 2018

Feature on mental health of 18-25 year old's presenters by Sally Marlow from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN).

Why children with autism love trains

Telegraph 19th June 2018

Article about autism in children and enjoying trains. Tony Charman from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said, 'On the one hand, it almost sounds like a cliché, because it’s such a classic interest that you read about autistic kids having all the time. But, my goodness, in the clinic it’s just so common, especially in young children... I’m not sure I’ve ever heard anyone give a good explanation for how excited these children get about trains...For different children it could be about the systemicity, the regular routine.'

Why UK Asians need to talk more about suicide

BBC News 18th June 2018

Article about mental health and south asian women. Dinesh Bhugra of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said there was no doubt suicide remained a problem within the demographic: 'We know that rates of attempted suicide among South Asian women are two-and-a-half times more than white women, and the 18-to-24 age group is particularly vulnerable. A lot of this is down to cultural conflict. Having to hold down a professional job and then to come home and cook and clean - this clash of East and West can be difficult to cope with.'

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"

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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