Monthly Archives: December 2014

Invasive insects and trees conference


Invasive insects and trees: detection, management and policy

A two-day conference incorporating the Expert Meeting on Oak Processionary Moth

19th & 20th February 2015, University of Hull

Our forests, woodlands and trees, along with many other important plants, are facing an increasing range of damaging pests and diseases as a result of international trade and the effects of a warmer, wetter climate. In order to effectively respond to these challenges, it is now generally accepted that new, integrated approaches to detect and mitigate plant pests and diseases are urgently needed.

The aims of this two-day conference are to i) identify the existing and emerging insect pests of forests, woodlands and urban trees; ii) evaluate early detection methods; iii) examine the resilience of communities and individual trees to invasive insects; iv) explore emerging technologies that could be developed for understanding and managing invasive insect species and v) consider policy implications in a warmer, wetter climate.

Please note places are limited, earlier registration for the conference is advised.

For more information and to register, please visit the University of Hull website.

REF 2014: Outstanding results across the Faculty of Science and Engineering

Clinical Bioscience

The Faculty of Science and Engineering have received outstanding results in REF 2014, underpinning much of the University’s performance across the board.

The University’s best result was in the area of Allied Health (led by Professor John Greenman), where an outstanding 87% of research submitted was awarded three or four stars.

There are some other excellent returns across the Faculty:


Ranked 3rd for impact across the UK: Geography and Environmental Sciences

Geography and Environmental Sciences (a joint submission of The Department of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences and the School of Biological, Biomedical and Environmental Sciences), were ranked third for research impact across the UK (and joint 1st in England), with 70% of submitted research receiving four stars.


Joint 5th for impact nationally: Computer Science

Computer Science are ranked in joint fifth position for impact nationally (out of 89 submissions to this unit), with 80% of submitted research receiving four stars.


Research deemed internationally excellent or world-leading: Chemistry and General Engineering

Chemistry and General Engineering also performed extremely well, with more than 75% of research submitted to each of these units achieving three or four stars.


Biggest improvement in GPA across the University: Sport, Health and Exercise Science

The Faculty also saw the biggest improvement in GPA across the University, where the Department of Sport, Health and Exercise Science went from 1.55 in 2008, to 2.36 in 2014.


The University as a whole has a top 50 position for Research Power.

The results across the Faculty of Science and Engineering reflect the work of our researchers pushing the boundaries of science and engineering to make a difference in the world.

Onwards to REF 2020!

Streetlights change the role of moths in pollination


We tend to give all the credit to bees and butterflies as pollinators. However moths are important pollinators too, nocturnally carting pollen between flowers. Research carried out by PhD student Callum Macgregor has begun to reveal the importance of moths as pollinators, and how street lighting may be compromising this process.

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Research Funding Office hot desk – every Monday


From January, Gethin Owen from the Research Funding Office (RFO) will be hot-desking in the Faculty of Science and Engineering every Monday.

Gethin is available to discuss your research ideas, how to progress to an application, identify possible funding opportunities and future funding strategies.

It will also allow Gethin to direct you to the most suitable individual within the RFO who may need to support you further.

If you would like to talk to Gethin please contact him on

Cancer specialist from Iraq awarded prestigious UK government scholarship

University of Hull sign

A talented young clinical cancer specialist from Iraq, Dr Mohammed Saleem Mohammed, has been awarded a prestigious Chevening scholarship to study oncology at the University of Hull.

Chevening scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship scheme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and partner universities. Chevening scholars, like Dr Mohammed, are chosen for their ambition, drive and leadership potential, their commitment to organisational development, and their talent for innovation and creativity.

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