Staff at Leeds and Lincoln Universities are on strike today in a row over pay. The Unite union says it's members pay has been effectively "eroded" by 13 per cent because their pay has failed to stay in line with inflation.
Scientists at Leeds University have found evidence suggesting that the gene linked to obesity could also increase the risk of a deadly form of skin cancer.
They analysed data from seventy-three thousand people and found that a certain part of the so called fat gene is also associated with malignant melanoma. The discovery is the first to show that the gene affects a disease which is not linked to obesity.
The findings could lead to new ways of treating for malignant melanoma.
Indie quartet Alt-J have won the prestigious Barclaycard Mercury Prize for their album An Awesome Wave. The band members, who met at Leeds University in 2007, looked stunned as they collected the award - despite long being the bookies' favourites.
After five years of hard work, the band beat acts such as rapper Plan B to win the £20,000 award at the Roundhouse in Camden, north London.
Sheffield singer-songwriter Richard Hawley, who was nominated for his album Standing At The Sky's Edge, narrowly missed out again - six years after claiming he was controversially "robbed".
Accepting the award on stage, Alt-J - which comprises Thom Green (drums), Joe Newman (guitar/vocals), Gwil Sainsbury (guitarist/bassist) and Gus Unger-Hamilton (keyboards) - said there were too many people to thank but did thank their parents for "not making us get jobs".
Former Leeds College of Music students Roller Trio were also nominated for their eponymously-named funk-infused jazz album .
York University has risen up an international league table to just outside the world's top 100 universities. York has jumped from 121st place last year to 103rd in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
But Sheffield University has fallen nine places to joint 110th and Leeds University has dropped from 133rd to joint 142nd
The author of The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien, has been honoured today with the unveiling this morning of a blue plaque at the house he lived in when he was Professor of English at Leeds University between 1920 and 1925.