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New cycle challenge for Karen

Paralympic gold medallist Karen Darke has just cycled along the Sacred Way in India, from Gangotri – a village by the source of the Ganges, to Varansi – an ancient city and the river’s Sacred Heart. The challenge is part of Karen's "Quest 79", a project involving 7 continents, 9 rides, raising £79K for The Spinal Injuries Association.



TV presenter turns her hand to ballet

Television presenter Anita Rani (Broadcasting 2000) is telling stories and helping tiny audiences with ballet moves as part of the Bite Size Ballet series, touring theatres this spring



New film score composed by Leeds alumnus

Composer and Leeds alumnus Rolfe Kent (Pyschology 1986) explains his ideas behind his film score of the new film Stan and Ollie. Rolfe's previous works include the music for Legally Blonde and Sideways, amongst many others



Award-winning paper on polar research

A paper co-authored by Professor Stuart Egginton, (Biomedical Sciences) has been announced as winner of the Outstanding Paper Prize from the Journal of Experimental Biology. The announcement comes in Professor Egginton’s 30th year of polar research.



New year, new you – why Dry January is taking off

People taking part in Dry January report immediate physical, psychological and emotional benefits, according to the first qualitative study of the popular alcohol abstinence challenge, conducted by Leeds.



Leeds alum on BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Well done to Leeds alum Natalie Haythornthwaite (Linguistics 2014). Natalie appeared on last night's BBC Sports Personality of the Year as part of the England netball team. The netball team won gold at the Commonwealth Games (the first ever England netball team to do so) and their achievements were honoured at SPOTY with the team winning Team of the Year, and the moment that they won gold being awarded the Greatest Sporting Moment of the Year.



Leeds features in UK's best breakthroughs

Influential Leeds research into Antarctic ice melt is featuring in a national campaign about the benefits of universities. The Universities UK MadeAtUni campaign highlights the impact universities have on people, lives and communities. It features some of the most significant inventions, discoveries and social initiatives to come from UK universities.



Why high risk women are reluctant to take breast cancer drug

Only about a fifth of women at higher risk of developing breast cancer think they need to take a drug proven to help prevent the disease, according to new research from Leeds.



‘Warm’ ice in world’s highest glacier

Ice temperatures inside the world’s highest glacier on the slopes of Mount Everest are warmer than expected and especially vulnerable to future climate change, warn glaciologists from Leeds.



Our pledge: 2023PlasticFree

The University and Leeds University Union have together pledged to become single-use plastic-free by 2023. Single Out: 2023PlasticFree commits both organisations to phase out single-use plastic across the board, not just in catering and office spaces.



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