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Staff protest at Plymouth University

Staff at Plymouth University will be protesting later against job losses at the institution. They'll be demonstrating outside the university as part of an ongoing dispute over efforts to reduce staff costs.

Several staff have already taken voluntary redundancy Credit: ITV News West Country

Several university employees have already taken voluntary redundancy, others face compulsory redundancy.

App version of widely used dementia test unveiled

App version of widely used dementia test unveiled Credit: PA

A team of researchers from Plymouth medical school will today unveil an app version of a widely used dementia test. It will be free of charge and will mean faster and wider testing and therefore quicker diagnosis.

The app is is the first of its kind and will be made available to clinicians around the world


Plymouth University's Vice-Chancellor placed on leave

The Vice-Chancellor of Plymouth University has been placed on leave by its board of governors.

A spokesman for the university says Professor Wendy Purcell is on leave as part of an ongoing internal review but her position as Vice-Chancellor remains unchanged. She took over the position in 2008.

We can confirm that the Vice-Chancellor of Plymouth University, Professor Wendy Purcell, has been placed on leave by the University’s Board of Governors as part of an ongoing review process. As with all internal matters relating to members of staff, we request that the confidentiality of the situation be respected.

“Professor Purcell’s position as Vice-Chancellor remains unchanged and in her absence the University is being led by Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor David Coslett.

– Statement, Plymouth University

Plymouth study claims Tetris could help dieters

Researchers at Plymouth University have revealed people who are dieting could reduce cravings for fatty foods and snacks by playing Tetris. Through studies on volunteers psychologists say playing three minutes of the game can distract the user's brain long enough so they can stave off the cravings.

"Episodes of craving normally only last a few minutes, during which time an individual is visualising what they want and the reward it will bring.

"Often those feelings result in the person giving in and consuming the very thing they are trying to resist.

"But by playing Tetris, just in short bursts, you are preventing your brain creating those enticing images and without them the craving fades."

– Professor Andrade

Coastal researchers measure impact on gravel beaches

Coastal researchers measure impact on gravel beaches Credit: ITV News West Country

The inclement weather we've been experiencing lately has been good news for some West Country scientists.

Coastal researchers from Plymouth University have been able to carry out experiments to measure the impact of extreme waves and water levels on gravel beaches which are considered natural means of coastal defence


Ann Widdecombe faces her fears at Dartmoor Zoo

Ann Widdecombe in pantomime mode in 2009 Credit: Jenny Duval/EMPICS Entertainment

Former Government minister Ann Widdecombe is among the special guests facing their fears of creepy crawlies at Dartmoor Zoo today. It's part of a campaign to raise £1 million for brain tumour research.

Researchers from Plymouth University are at the forefront of the development of treatments for people with brain tumours.

The broccoli that's REALLY good for you

We've all been told to eat our greens because they're good for us. Well it turns out a special type of broccoli really is extra-specially good for us.

Scientifically- designed to have special properties that will fight against cancer and heart disease - a new medical test has found that it's making a real difference to people's lives and health. Our Health Correspondent Jacquie Bird has more.

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