University of Warwick

University celebrates first baked bean harvest

Researchers at the University of Warwick are celebrating the UK's first baked bean harvests.

The team have spent seven years developing the right type of haricot bean which is the key ingredient for the beans.

Baked beans
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Previously, these beans couldn't be grown in our climate and had to be imported.

Andrew Tock from the Warwick Crop Centre said he thought there could be "great demand" for a UK-grown baked bean.

Cyber-security of driverless cars trialled

The security of driverless cars is being tested by researchers at the University of Warwick.

But unlike how long it takes a thief to make off with your car, this is all about cyber-security and safeguarding data.

It's important because there might well be a day when everything from your car to your toaster could be capable of being hacked.

CAV testing kit
Warwick Manufacturing Group

Warwick Manufacturing Group, based at the university, is one of the main testing sites in the country for Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) and said it had started assessing 5G data transfer using the most advanced equipment of its kind in Europe.

The site is imagining a time when driverless cars will be communicating with each other and with roadside sensors to provide information such as how busy a certain stretch of motorway is or what the conditions are like.

Project leader Prof Carsten Maple said it was important the data was "trustworthy and that vehicle communications do not compromise privacy".

Future work include will include preventing cyber-attacks.

Flickr photos used to measure tourist hot spots

Publicly shared holiday photographs, uploaded on to the Flickr photo sharing website could provide a more efficient way of counting tourists, researchers have found.

Warwick Business School
Warwick Business School

A team of scientists at Warwick Business School and The Alan Turing Institute analysed data from 69 million publicly shared photos uploaded to the platform Flickr over a period of two years.

It found that estimates of the number of travellers from different countries generated from the online photo data correlated with the official tourism statistics.

At the moment, countries often rely on potentially time-consuming surveys at airports and accommodation, researchers said.

They cautioned, however, that considerable further work would be needed before such insights could be used in the production of official statistics.

Homeless people to benefit from leftover student food

Susie Rack

BBC Coventry and Warwickshire

"Tonnes" of food left behind by departing students are being redistributed to homeless charities and food banks.

Food in back of van
LWS Night Shelter

Volunteers at the University of Warwick have given more than six tonnes of unwanted food to charity in the past month.

Charity director Susan Rutherford said volunteers were still sorting through 70 crates of surplus food, which were delivered in June.

Other universities, such as Keele, Birmingham and Harper Adams, have similar initiatives in place to gather unwanted food items for people living in poverty.

Awards set up to honour Lord Bhattacharyya

Awards in honour of the late University of Warwick manufacturing professor Lord Bhattacharyya are being set up with the aim of encouraging young people into engineering.

Lord Bhattacharyya
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The announcement was made in the Commons this lunchtime by the Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark.

Mr Clark praised Kumar Bhattacharyya and said a prize of £25,000 a year will be given to a team who show how industry and universities can work together.

And the Bhattacharyya engineering inclusion programme will make 80 bursaries a year available for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The founder of Warwick Manufacturing Group, a man who "encouraged many firms to locate in Britain", died in March.

Warwick university vice chancellor apologises over handling of rape chat scandal
The vice chancellor's comments come as an independent review found the case had left a "legacy of mistrust".

Refugee research inspires new artwork

A research project collecting the stories of refugees from the Middle East and Africa about their journeys to safety, has inspired a new piece of work by an international artist.

Routes to Peace?
University of Warwick

Salma Zulfiqar used the stories collected by the University of Warwick's Professor Vicki Squire from her Crossing the Mediterranean Sea by Boat project, highlighting the effects of EU migration policies on refugees.

The artwork Routes to Peace? represents 10 of the women as "peace doves" carrying stories - while visitors to the exhibition can also listen to audio recordings.

Routes to Peace?
University of Warwick

Routes to Peace? is on display at the Library of Birmingham until 19 July as part of an exhibition celebrating Refugee Week 2019.

Through my creative work I want to show people around the world the problems faced by refugees and help create common ground between them and host communities as well as promoting tolerance in communities. Each refugee is represented in the artwork as a 'peace bird' which is symbolic of their journey.''

Salma ZulfiqarArtist and activist