Newcastle University only just manages a place in the world's top 200 institutions, according to a list compiled by the Times Higher Education Supplement. The university slipped down to 198th in this year's global rankings, compared to 180 in 2012-13.
Durham University was the highest-ranked institution in the North East, at 80th in the world - the same position as last year.
Meanwhile, the University of York improved its position slightly, from 103rd last year to 100th.
Research carried out by scientists at the University of York has identified the driving force behind the development of prostate cancer.
The prostate cancer research has been funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research who gave over two million pounds to the unit in August 2011 to fund a five year programme.
"This exciting discovery is another step forward in our understanding of how prostate cancer begins. Professor Maitland has detected one of the earliest possible changes in the development of prostate cancer.
"The findings mean that new therapies can now be developed which specifically target the protein identified, killing the stem cells that remain after chemotherapy while leaving healthy cells untouched."
– Kathryn Scott, Head of Research Funding at Yorkshire Cancer Research
The new discovery now means that scientists can work towards the development of drugs that specifically target stem cells and more effectively work against the root cause of the disease.
"This discovery marks a fundamental shift in our understanding of how solid cancers start. It is believed that 'root' cancer cells arise from healthy stem cells going wrong - for example certain controls can be turned off which allow the cells to keep growing and invade surrounding tissue.
"In blood cancers DNA is rearranged which results in a mutant protein that drives cancer progression.
"Although similar rearrangements have recently been discovered in solid cancers, until now, they have not been considered as stem cell functions.
"Our work has challenged this idea."
– Professor Norman Maitland, Director of the YCR Cancer Research Unit
The Chancellor of the University of York has been confirmed as the new Chairman of the Football Association.
Greg Dyke, who was Director General of the BBC, has been Chancellor at York since 2004. The 65-year-old also has a strong background in football. He was a director at Manchester United in the late 90s, and has been non-executive Chairman of boyhood club Brentford since 2006.
Dyke will take up his new role with the FA on July 13th.
The University of York has appointed Professor Koen Lamberts as its new Vice-Chancellor. He will succeed Professor Brian Cantor who is stepping down after 11 years as Vice-Chancellor at York.
I am enormously proud to be chosen to lead this great University. In only 50 years, York has forged a reputation in the UK and internationally for its outstanding teaching and world-class research. I look forward to the exciting challenge of making sure that the University continues to make a difference in the world in the years ahead.”
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