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Tin mine clean-up could reap rewards

Scientists plan to use algae to clean up water from a Cornish tin mine Credit: ITV News

Researchers at Exeter University are hoping to use algae to clean up water from a tin mine.

The project is taking place at Wheal Jane in Cornwall. Scientists hope the work will have extra benefits in that the algae will harvest precious metals at the same time.



Universities boost South West economy

University of Exeter is a substantial contributor to the region's economy Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A new survey suggests that the University of Exeter contributes £600 million to the south west economy each year and that the region's universities generate 51,780 jobs.

The report by Universities UK (UUK) has, for the first time, quantified the economic benefit generated by the region’s 12 Universities. It says the total revenue of South West higher education institutions was £1.7 billion in 2011-12.

Geoff Pringle, Chief Operating Officer at the University of Exeter commented:

“Recent studies in the UK have highlighted the importance of higher education to the national economy but it has been difficult to quantify the impact regionally - until now.

“The University of Exeter contributes not only financially to the region but also by providing a graduate workforce that raises productivity and stimulates economic growth.

The opportunity is now to work collaboratively with both business and government, exploiting and supporting regional specialisations, to deliver even more regional success in the future for the South West.”

Patients want more cancer checks

Survey says patients want more cancer checks Credit: ITV News West Country

Nearly 90 per cent of patients would like potential cancer symptoms checked, even if there was only a one per cent risk, according to researchers at Exeter University's medical school. .

NHS guidelines suggest a five per cent risk before further tests. The UK currently lags behind the rest of Europe on cancer survival rates and early diagnosis is seen as key to improving them

University of Exeter in top 10 in Britain

University of Exeter in top 10 in Britain Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The University of Exeter has been put into the top 10 Best Campus Universities in Britain. The Times has moved the university up 2 spots from last year to 8th place in it's Good University Guide.

It has also been named as the 2nd best in the Southwest coming below Bath. The University of St Mark and St John in Plymouth came in 8th place in the region followed by Plymouth University and Falmouth University.

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