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University of Winchester ranked among best in UK

Students have ranked the University of Winchester as one of the top four universities in the country.

Courses including Archaeology, Business Management and Media Studies achieved 100% overall satisfaction, according to this year's National Student Survey.

The Student Union building at the University of Winchester

The university's Student Union was rated 7th out of 108 universities in England.

I am delighted with the outcome of this year's National Student Survey.

The results are a wonderful testament to the hard work of our staff and our passion for student engagement.

– Professor Joy Carter, Vice-Chancellor

101-year-old honoured for work with WW2 secret code

Diana Fawkes is being awarded for helping to break secret codes during WW2 Credit: ITV Meridian

A 101-year-old woman from Winchester has been honoured for the work she did helping to break top secret German codes during world war two.

Diana Fawkes was one of the first people to move to Bletchley Park when it opened in 1938.

Now her role has been recognised with a special award from the Government.


SAS selection tests 'to be changed' after soldier deaths

Selection tests taken by recruits hoping to join the SAS are to be changed to protect them from dangers such as extreme temperatures.

Edward Maher from Winchester was one of three Army reservists who collapsed and died during a 16 mile SAS march in the Brecon Beacons.

The Army said it was "truly sorry" after being criticised by the coroner for the catalogue of blunders which led to the three deaths.

The changes to the tests are understood to include a weather test which could lead to the selection week being postponed if the weather is too hot, cold or humid.

Emily Gadd reports....

Family pay tribute to couple killed in A303 crash

A couple killed in a crash on the A303 have been described by their family as "caring, fun, loving and inspirational".

Jon and Judith Woodget, of Lockeridge in Marlborough both died from their injuries after their car collided with a parked lorry in a lay-by on the westbound carriageway on Sunday.

Jon and Judith Woodget

It happened west of the Bullingdon Cross interchange at Sutton Scotney near Winchester.

Police are now in a position to name two people who died following a fatal road traffic collision on the A303 at Sutton Scotney near Winchester on Sunday, July 19.

Mr Woodget, 64, died at the scene and Mrs Woodget, 65, died at Southampton General Hospital the following day, with her family at her side.

John and Judith were adored by their children Matthew, Lucy and Sarah and their four grandsons Theodore, Maxwell, Sebastian and Miles. The hole left in the family is unfathomable. They were a hugely caring, fun loving and inspirational couple. They constantly provided time, energy and help to so many people, from family and friends to the community and beyond.

– Family tribute

MP speaks at PMQ's over death of reservist soldier

Edward Maher was one of three men who died on a training exercise in the Brecon Beacons Credit: ITV Meridian

The Winchester MP Steve Brine spoke out at Prime Minister's Questions today - asking David Cameron to ensure lessons are learned after the deaths of 3 reservist soldiers on a training exercise in the Breacon Beacons.

Yesterday a coroner ruled a catalogue of mistakes had played a part in the death of Lance Corporal Edward Maher from Winchester and two other men, who suffered heat exhaustion during the 16 mile SAS exercise.


Plans submitted for new hospital in Hampshire

Plans for new hospital Credit: Stride Treglown

Plans have been submitted for a new critical treatment hospital in North Hampshire. The 150 million pound project would centralise services for the most "at risk" patients. Company Stride Treglown want to build on a greenfield site near junction 7 of the M3. If the scheme gets the go-ahead building is due to start next year.

New look unveiled Credit: Stride Treglown

Some locals have criticised the location of the new hospital in countryside between Winchester and Basingstoke and its accessibility for those without cars. The developers say the site allows for rapid emergency access and will provide services for those who have suffered life threatening injuries, heart attacks or strokes, or those who require high risk or complex surgical procedure. A cancer treatment centre will also be located on the same site.

Mary Edwards, of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust says “Creating this hospital means we can make services even safer for the sickest and most at risk because we can provide consultant-delivered care and critical care services on site 24/7 in one central place, a model which will lead the way for the NHS and will provide even higher quality care and better outcomes for patients.”

The application is due to be considered in August.

Crowds welcome military spectacle in Winchester

250 troops marched through the streets of Winchester today - to the beat of a 36-strong band. The Summer spectacle is part of celebrations to mark 300 years of the King's Royal Hussars. The regiment which recruits from Berkshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, and the Isle of Wight returned from Afghanistan in 2012. Today on home soil - they took part in a Freedom Parade, watched by crowds of well wishers. Here's our report from Emma Wilkinson

Winchester Flower Festival gets underway

This year's Winchester Flower Festival has the theme 'Cascades' Credit: ITV Meridian

This year's Winchester Flower Festival begins today. The theme is 'Cascades'.

It follows on from the success of the event in 2013 when sixteen thousand people visited the floral showcase.

Thanks to help from three hundred volunteer arrangers, thousands of blooms will be on display at Winchester Cathedral until Sunday.

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