University offer access to research

TV broadcasters will soon have direct access to news on innovations from some of the UK’s top universities, after a resource providing feeds on their work was launched this week.

A consortium of five universities has set up Research TV, an agency that will supply free news and feature packages on their latest research developments, to television outlets around the world.

The agency involves the University of Warwick, Oxford University, King’s College London, Cardiff University, Birmingham University and production company Tap TV.

Ian Rowley, director of communications at the University of Warwick, said the first packages would cover work about peacekeeping in the Middle East, the future of motor manufacturing in the developing world and the impact of the Columbia space shuttle disaster on space research.

“Universities produce topical, ground-breaking research on an almost daily basis,” he said. “Research TV is an innovative way of taking that research beyond the lab and arcane academic journal, bringing it to life and demonstrating its significance and impact on the world we live in.”

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