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Women in science: why female mentors matter in engineering

It’s no secret that of all the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) specialisms, the engineering industry has the biggest diversity problem. Just nine per cent of the UK’s engineers are female, and a disappointing six per cent of those in professional engineering roles are from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.

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Tissue engineering has the potential to address huge healthcare challenges

Tissue engineering and cell therapies, which use living cells as engineering materials, are some of the most talked about interdisciplinary areas in science. With the potential to produce either tailor-made or mass-produced implantable human tissues that can repair, regenerate or replace deceased or lost tissues, these advancing technologies have the potential to address huge healthcare challenges, such as the shortage of organs and tissues for transplant and provide real solutions for challenges such as heart repair, spine injury repair, diabetes and the treatment of chronic wounds.

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Tributes paid to pioneering Oxford engineer Professor Brian Bellhouse

Tributes have been paid to the Oxford engineer and entrepreneur Professor Brian Bellhouse, who has died at the age of 80. Founder of one of the most successful companies ever to be spun out of Oxford, he has been praised as a generous and pioneering member of the University community.

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Silver Award for Green Impact

This week the University of Oxford’s Sustainability Awards were celebrated. Congratulations to the Old Road Campus Research Building (ORCRB) team, which includes the Department’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME), for winning a Silver Green Impact Award. The University’s Sustainability Showcase recognises the work that has been done over the last year by staff and students under various schemes aimed at reducing the University’s environmental impact. The Green Impact scheme is aimed at empowering people to make their workplaces more sustainable.

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New research collaboration to rebuild chronic ulcers

Two British Universities, the Open University and the University of Oxford, have established a new research collaboration with the Chilean Biotech company, Concorcio Regenero. This is a major strategic commitment to develop an effective affordable treatment for chronic wounds. These are painful, incapacitating and life-threatening ulcers, which form because the body’s natural healing response breaks down. The aim is to develop an ambitious new tissue-engineered treatment for reconstructing chronic wounds.

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