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US Air Force seeks advice from Hudds investigative psychologist

Dr Maria Ioannou

Dr Maria Ioannou (second right) is pictured at RAF Lakenheath with the USAF base's Sexual Assault Response Co-ordinator, Carolina Yepez.

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:05:00 BST

‌Dr Maria Ioannou has been working with the USAF to help eliminate sexual violence at its bases

INVESTIGATIVE psychology experts at the University of Huddersfield have been working with the US Air Force to help eliminate sexual violence at its bases.

Dr Maria Ioannou Dr Maria Ioannou (pictured), a Reader in Investigative and Forensic Psychology, is Course Director for the University’s Investigative Psychology MSc degree - a course that is increasingly in demand from police and criminology professionals around the world – and she was invited to visit RAF Lakenheath, which is a base for more than 5,000 USAF personnel and 2,000 civilians.

The purpose of her visit was to provide training to volunteer victim advocates at Lakenheath.

“I spoke about the principles of investigative psychology and the contribution it can make to the investigation of sexual crime,” said Dr Ioannou, who also covered the subject of offender profiling. There was an excellent response to her talk – delivered to about 40 men and women – and she has now received a Certificate of Appreciation signed by Carolina Yepez, who is the base’s Sexual Assault Response Co-ordinator.

certificate “We appreciate the collaboration and friendship we have built with you as we work together to eliminate sexual assault in our communities,” states the certificate.

Carolina Yepez and a USAF colleague subsequently made a reciprocal visit to the University of Huddersfield, where they delivered a lecture to Master’s students.  There are now hopes of further collaboration, including the prospect of USAF personnel taking the the Investigative Psychology course.

The University is home to the International Research Centre for Investigative Psychology, directed by Professor David Canter, who is founder of the discipline.  The MSc course, directed by Dr Ioannou, currently has some 60 students and the number of applicants is steadily rising so that is nearing capacity.  It is a one-year course but teaching is delivered in blocks, so that candidates can fit it around work commitments.

Police officers, psychologists and other professionals from around the world have been taking the course.  In addition to its range of modules – including intensive training on advanced statistical methods – the course also has an international network of law enforcement contacts and students have access to the unique and extensive Investigative Psychology archive developed by Professor Canter.  It contains original case files and material on murders, serial killers, profiles and publications.

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CDs produced for £3.5m ancient music research project


Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:28:00 BST

The CDs are a co-production between the University, European Music Archaeology Project and Delphian Records

logo NEW recordings co-produced by the University of Huddersfield’s Dr Rupert Till mean that people can listen again to the music of distant cultures – including Palaeolithic cave dwellers, Pictish warriors, Scots clans, citizens of ancient Rome and Viking warriors.  Instruments featured include painstaking recreations of prehistoric bone flutes, Roman reed pipes, Celtic war horns and ancient bagpipes.

Dr Rupert Till Dr Till (pictured) – Reader in Music at the University – is a core member of the European Music Archaeology Project (EMAP).  Its mission is to take “the first organic journey from the sounds of prehistory through to traditions which still survive today”.

EMAP has now launched an exhibition that will travel to various European venues.  It debuted in the Swedish town of Ystad, where it remains until January.  Dr Till contributed to the exhibition, but his main EMAP role is to co-produce a sequence of five recordings – most of them made at the University of Huddersfield.

The CDs are a co-production between the University, EMAP and Delphian Records, who have been voted Label of the Year by Gramophone magazine.  Discs will be distributed online and worldwide by Naxos.

Barnaby Brown (pipes and vocals), Clare Salaman (fiddles and hurdy-gurdy) and Bill Taylor (lyres and harp) Already out is Spellweaving, featuring the earliest-known Scottish bagpipe music.  The recording, which also features flutes, harps and fiddle, has earned enthusiastic reviews for its “beguiling performances”, as they were described by the Sunday Times.

The Spellweaving trio (pictured left) of Barnaby Brown (pipes and vocals), Clare Salaman (fiddles and hurdy-gurdy) and Bill Taylor (lyres and harp) have performed at the University of Huddersfield, as did John Kenny, who is the leading exponent of the very earliest brass instruments, several of which have been recreated from specimens discovered by archaeologists.  They include the carnyx, a large trumpet-like instrument topped by an elaborately fashioned wild boar’s head that was played across Northern Europe 2,000 years ago.  

Dr Till produced John Kenny’s CD in the EMAP series.  Titled Dragon Voices, it includes a considerable amount of multi-tracking and was made at the University of Huddersfield, with Dr Till at the studio controls.  It is due for release later in the year.

CD Also completed is Ice and Longboats, which recreates ancient Scandinavian music and includes bone flutes and a Bronze Age horn called the Lur.  Featured artists are Åke Egevad,a Swedish musician and instrument-builder, his son Jens, plus the vocal group Ensemble Mare Balticum, Sweden’s leading early music ensemble.

Ice and Longboats was recorded in a church in southern Sweden by Dr Till and Paul Baxter, founder of Delphian records.  Then it was back to the University of Huddersfield for the fourth EMAP recording, titled Cave Songs.  This features recreations of Palaeolithic bone flutes – including a replica of a 42,000-year-old example that is the world’s oldest known instrument – played by Anna Friederike Potengowski – accompanied by Georg Wagner on a range of percussion that includes the sound of stones dropping in water.

Although Cave Songs was made at the University’s studios, Dr Till simulated the actual reverberation of the caves in France and Germany where the original bone flutes were found.

pipes “I recorded the acoustics of the caves and applied that to the recordings.  It makes a huge difference,” he said.

The final recording in the sequence will consist of music and instruments of ancient Rome and Greece.  Also to be made at the University of Huddersfield, it will feature Stefan Hagel – of the Austrian Academy of Sciences – playing a reed pipe known as the aulosor tibia.  There will also be stringed instruments from the ancient world and a recreation of water-powered organ known to have been heard in the Roman Arena.

High-quality photographs for Dragon Voices and the subsequent CDs have been provided by University of Huddersfield lecturer David Lake.  They includes a stunning image of the carnyx that is used as the emblem for the EMAP exhibition in Ystad.

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Uni sponsors 2016 Innovation and Enterprise Award

Examiner Business Award

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:18:00 BST

The Innovation and Enterprise Award is part of the Examiner Business Award – deadline for entries is Friday 19 August

2015 winners THE University of Huddersfield is home to many researchers making breakthroughs in fields such as engineering and healthcare.  It also fosters entrepreneurialism and seeks to recognise and reward innovative local firms by backing a key category at the annual Examiner Business Awards.

Once again, the University has sponsored the Innovation and Enterprise Award.  This is designed to celebrate new ideas, processes, products, services and technologies that have led to an organisation’s success.

Deadline for entries is Friday 19 August.  Entry forms can be downloaded and submitted online.  Entry is free.

‌The shortlist will be announced in October and the awards ceremony takes place on Thursday 3 November at Huddersfield’s John Smiths Stadium.  There are 11 categories, including Business of the Year and Employer of the Year.

Dr Barry Timmins The University of Huddersfield has sponsored the Innovation and Enterprise Award since 2014.  Past winners are the Slaithwaite-based furniture manufacturers Daval and the Huddersfield software company Control F1.

D‌r Barry Timmins (pictured), who is the Head of Business Development, explained that the University was keen to sponsor a category at the Examiner Awards that recognised its commitment to innovation and enterprise.

“The University’s research activity provides fertile ground for the generation of innovative opportunities with commercial potential and its graduates are amongst the most entrepreneurial in the UK with many high profile successes,” said Dr Timmins. 

“In keeping with this civic and technical heritage, the University is proud to develop and maintain strong links with regional commerce and industry. 

“The Innovation and Enterprise Award also reflects the University’s on-going vision for its 3M Buckley Innovation Centre, a unique environment to support spin-in and spin-out companies linked to the University to foster growth and economic regeneration within Huddersfield and the region.”

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Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival double funding success


Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:47:00 BST

Professor Richard Steinitz Over the course of two days, the HCMF secures two funding awards from Arts Council England totalling £274,000

‌A MAJOR music festival that puts Huddersfield on the world map and which has close links to the town’s university is celebrating a £274,000 funding boost.

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (HCMF) – which reaches its 40th anniversary in 2017 – is established as one of the globe’s leading showcases for new and experimental music, attracting leading international composers and performers.  It was founded in 1978 by University of Huddersfield composition lecturer Professor Richard Steinitz (pictured right), and he was its artistic director for 23 years.

Now, Arts Council England has announced two new funding awards for the Festival, which takes place over ten days every November.

First came an announcement that HCMF will receive £160,000 from the Council’s England International Showcasing Fund.  This cash will assist the production of British contemporary, new and experimental music across the closing weekends of both the 2016 and 2017 Festivals.

Next came news that the Festival had also been awarded £114,000 through Arts Council England’s Catalyst Evolve funding stream, which will support further development of its philanthropic fundraising capacity and activity over the next three years.


The HCMF’s Artistic Director, Graham McKenzie, welcomed the news:

“To say that we’re delighted to receive such fantastic news two days in a row would be something of an understatement!  We are immensely proud of this achievement and extremely grateful to have received such significant support from Arts Council England.

‌“The awards are a real vote of confidence in the on-going development of Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival as a forward-looking arts organisation as well as recognising its importance in the national and international landscape of contemporary and experimental music.  Given that both funding streams will continue through into 2017, when we will be celebrating the 40th year of the Festival.  The news is a great boost for the Festival and for British new music.”

Graham McKenzie and Professor Bob Cryan The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield, Professor Bob Cryan, is also delighted by the funding boost.

“New music is one of our most important areas of teaching and research – so much so that at the start of 2016 it earned us a Queen’s Anniversary Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in the Higher Education Sector,” he said.

“We have some brilliant composers and performers on our teaching staff and they attract many outstanding students from around the world, so contemporary music is a subject area that raises our international profile.  As a University we are proud of our long association with the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and share its excitement at the new of the latest Arts Council England funding awards.”

► The University received the Queen's Anniversary Prize for “world-leading work to promote, produce and present contemporary music to an international audience”.  Pictured with the Prize are HCMF’s Artistic Director, Graham McKenzie (left), and the University's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bob Cryan.


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