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Oxford rejection turned into art

Painted rejection letter Credit: Claudia Vulliamy

Classics student Claudia Vulliamy turned a rejection letter from Oxford University into a thing of beauty.

She told ITV Meridian that she was disappointed not to be accepted but had the urge to turn the important letter into something.

She said: 'It was quick and intuitive - I suppose it was a therapeutic way of handling important news. I was shocked to find that it went viral!

"People have been so nice about it. I think it’s because it cheers people up to see something positive made out of rejection, especially for those who have just received similar news."

Claudia, who's from London, has been offered a place at Durham University. Her letter appeared on her instagram account. (flamboyant_aesthete)

Cockatoo prove they're not bird brains after all

The cockatoos have made and used tools to get out-of-reach food Credit: ITV Meridian

Researchers from the University of Oxford have been studying cockatoos to prove that far from having bird-brain they are in fact rather intelligent.

They've released impressive footage showing the animals making and using tools to get out-of-reach food. The birds were given four different materials including cardboard and beeswax - to see if they could work out how to get a nut from a transparent box.

The successful parrots made well-shaped tools, even though each material required different manipulation techniques.

ITV Meridian spoke to Professor Alex Kacelnik from Oxford University.


Message reminders can help cut blood pressure

Researchers at the University of Oxford are investigating the benefits of message reminders for medicine Credit: ITV Meridian

Researchers at Oxford University have found that text message reminders for medicine can help reduce people's blood pressure.

It found that people living in Cape Town in South Africa, who got notifications to pick up their medication were able to manage their condition more effectively.

The trial looked to see if the reminders for blood pressure treatment would work in a deprived community.

New hope in the battle against Parkinsons and Alzheimers

Scientists in Oxfordshire say they are closer than ever to finding new drugs to treat diseases like Alzheimers and Parkinsons.

Researchers at the Diamond Light Source in Harwell believe a new technique could help them speed up the process of drug development.

Kate Bunkall has been speaking with Professor Andrew Harrison, the CEO of Diamond Light Source and Professor Dave Stuart of the University of Oxford.


Oxford University to receive £200m loan for expansion plans

The university will receive the largest ever loan of its type Credit: ITV

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed to provide £200m for Oxford University’s programme of improvement and expansion of research and teaching facilities.

This represents the largest ever single loan for university investment by Europe’s long-term lending institution. The 30-year loan from the world’s largest internationally owned public bank will be used alongside other sources of financing, including grants and philanthropic donations.

The University plans to replace and upgrade existing buildings including the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter and the Old Road Campus on the former Park Hospital site.

Oxford to have first female Vice Chancellor in 800 years

Students and staff at Oxford University have hailed the nomination of its first female Vice-Chancellor as a momentous event in Oxford's history.

Professor Louise Richardson will become the first woman to hold the university's most senior office since records began 800 years ago.

The 56-year-old is currently the principal and vice-chancellor of St Andrews University in Scotland. Professor Richardson says she hopes her nomination would inspire current and potential female undergraduates.

Professor Richardson said of her nomination: ‘Oxford is one of the world’s great universities. I feel enormously privileged to be given the opportunity to lead this remarkable institution during an exciting time for higher education.

I am very much looking forward to working with talented, experienced, and dedicated colleagues to advance Oxford’s pre-eminent global position in research, scholarship, and teaching.’

Subject to the approval of Congregation, the University’s parliament, Professor Richardson will succeed the current Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrew Hamilton, at the beginning of next year.

Louise Richardson is married with three children.

The scientists mending broken hearts

There's been another medical breakthrough at Oxford University. Scientists in the city really have learnt how to mend broken hearts.

They've identified new ways to help the heart repair itself after a cardiac arrest.

Just a week ago we reported on how researchers in Oxford were close to finding a way of preventing malaria, which kills 650,000 people a year across the planet.

Now Oxford scientists have given hope of a cure to Britain's half a milion sufferers from heart failure, as Penny Silvester reports

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