University of York

Newsreader Huw Edwards to receive honorary degree

BBC presenter Huw Edwards is to be recognised for his work when he's awarded an honorary degree by York St John University.

Huw Edwards

Edwards will be presented with a doctor of letter awards alongside hundreds of the university's graduates for the ceremony at York Minster later.

Also being honoured today are Yorkshire entrepreneur Jonathan Straight and Cokie van der Velde, who was named a Woman of the Year in 2015 for her frontline work in the fight against Ebola in Africa.

Prostate cancer treatment hopes discovered

Scientists in York say they've made a breakthrough which could lead to significant advances in prostate cancer treatment.

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It was made in the York Plasma Institute and saw experts identify a mechanism which causes plasma therapy or radiotherapy to fail, with cancer cells regenerating after treatment.

The study was led at the University of York by Professor Norman Maitland, who recently announced his plans to retire.

It was funded by a local farmer who requested in his will that £100,000 of his legacy to York Against Cancer should be used on prostate cancer research.

Thousands of students hit by York University data hack

Thousands of students have been affected by a malicious data breach at the University of York.

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The university says the private information of 88 students has been accessed as a result.

It also says data on a further 4,400 students has been downloaded.

In a statement, the university says there has been “no access to any financial information or sensitive data” of any of the students.

The university adds it's now contacting the 88 students affected and the incident has been reported to the Information Commissioner's Office.

The university is also liaising with the National Crime Agency.