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Top prize awarded in specialist photography competition

The winner, a bullet hole pattern in liquid crystal. Credit: Cambridge University

A photography competition held by Cambridge University to showcase its engineering research has got a winner - an image of a bullet hole pattern in liquid crystal by Rachel Garsed.

Second prize went to Andrew Payne for his image of a titanium 'comet'.

Other winners included Dilek Ozgit and Andrea De Luca's image of carbon nanotubes and Kenichi Nakanishi's image of cave-like formations made from graphene.

Some of the entrants can be seen in the video below.

Change of leadership for Anglian university

Professor Iain Martin will take the reins next year. Credit: Anglia Ruskin University.

Anglia Ruskin University has announced its new Vice Chancellor.

Professor Iain Martin will succeed Professor Michael Thorne when he retires in March 2016.

He is currently Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of South Wales in Australia but says he is looking forward to start the new post.

“I am absolutely delighted to be taking up this role. It is a great opportunity to build on the significant achievements of this innovative University. I look forward to working with staff and students across the University to create a distinctive future for Anglia Ruskin.”

– Professor Iain Martin


Cannabis smell at primary school traced to wild flower

Credit: PA Images

A strong cannabis smell wafting through a primary school was discovered by police to be a wild flower.

Cambridgeshire Police were called to a primary school after parents and teachers noticed the pungent aroma in the car park.

They found the smell at Rackham Primary School in Ely, on Wednesday, was coming from a wild flower, the phlox, which has an 'almost identical smell'.

A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman said: "We can happily reassure the community there isn't cannabis production going on in that area.

"Although the plant looks entirely different to cannabis in appearance - it would certainly give a false positive to the most sensitive of noses.

Usually found in North America, the phlox has a smell so similar to cannabis that it has previously fooled police sniffer dogs.

Louis Smith opens specialist school unit in Cambridgeshire

The Willow School supports children who struggle in mainstream education. Credit: ITV Anglia

Peterborough gymnast Louis Smith has opened a specialist centre in Cambridgeshire which supports children who struggle in mainstream education.

The Willow which is part of Sawtry Village Academy opened in September but was officially opened today.

It provides one to one support to children who may have emotional, social or behavioural issues.

There are currently a small number if students from years 9 to 11, but the centre hopes to expand in the future.

Louis Smith recently won silver at the World Gymnastics Championships. Credit: ITV Anglia

"Sawtry Village Academy has set up The Willow which is a calmer and supportive environment, some students need a personalised curriculum with smaller classes."

– Helen Donald, Manager of the Willow


Olympic star to open specialist school unit

Louis Smith won silver at the recent World Gymnastics Championships. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Budding gymnasts in Cambridgeshire are in for a treat this morning - Olympian Louis Smith is opening a new school there.

The Team GB star will be at Sawtry Village Academy - to open The Willow - a unit for students who struggle to cope in mainstream school due to emotional, social, and medical reasons.

Norfolk schools to lead international programme on children's mental health

Freethorpe Primary near Norwich - one of the pioneering schools Credit: ITV ANGLIA

Four schools in Norfolk are to become hubs for an international programme that aims to improve children's mental health and behaviour.

Whitefriars, Freethorpe, Ashleigh and Raleigh primary schools will deliver the PATHS project, which will help children to talk about and understand their emotions.

The project will work by giving primary school children coping strategies when they feel angry or upset.

Children will also be encouraged to pay each other compliments to build their self-esteem and confidence.

"We include all children from five to eleven years old and it's helping children to be self-aware, be aware of their own feelings and their own strengths but also being aware of each other so showing empathy and giving them strategies in order to deal with uncomfortable feelings."

– Anna Sims, PATHS Trainer and Coach.

Click below to see Natalie Gray's report.

New multi-million pound learning facility opens in Wisbech

New learning facility opens in Wisbech Credit: College of West Anglia

The college of West Anglia will officially open its five and a half million pound learning facility in Wisbech this afternoon.

The building includes state-of-the-art IT facilities, and a new hair and beauty salon.

Steve Barclay, the Conservative MP for North East Cambridgeshire will officially open the building.

Inside the new facility in Wisbech Credit: College of West Anglia
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