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  1. Network of volunteers will help update dialect survey

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    Seventy years ago, nine Leeds researchers set out to record and map dialects from all corners of the country, carrying out the most comprehensive survey of English dialects ever conducted. Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund the survey will now be updated and digitised. Dr Fiona Douglas from the School of English, who is leading, said: “The project will preserve this invaluable cultural legacy for future generations.”

  2. The benefits of abstinence

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    People taking part in Dry January feel immediate physical, psychological and emotional benefits, according to the first major study of participants’ experiences of the popular challenge. Each year, around five million adults end the festive season by giving up alcohol for January. Research led by Dr Henry Yeomans sought to understand its popularity by analysing people’s response to participating. Unlike many government health campaigns from around the world, Dry January reinforces the positive experiences of abstaining from alcohol, rather than highlighting the impacts of drinking alcohol. The study suggests a need to reshape alcohol policies in light of the popularity and apparent success of this campaign.

  3. Helping babies eat better

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    New compositional thresholds for baby food are outlined in the draft Nutrient Profile Model, developed by the School of Food Science and Nutrition and the School of Medicine in collaboration with the World Health Organisation. It promotes a healthy diet in infants and young children by suggesting labelling improvements, curbing misleading marketing and tightening limits on levels of sugar and salt.

  4. Thoughts of spring

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    The sights and sounds of a British spring were captured by a research project to encourage nature writing in the UK. Led by School of English staff, Land Lines invited people to document their favourite places and their observations of wildlife – such as an encounter with a fox or the sound of birdsong. Participants could upload words and photographs to a website hosted by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, which funded the project.

  5. Towards greener travel

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    Leeds is leading a research group examining how to rapidly decarbonise UK transport. The DecarboN8 network – including members of the north’s eight most research intensive universities – will focus on tackling emissions from cars, vans, buses, lorries and trains which, among them, create a quarter of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. It will also examine emissions from the construction and maintenance of vehicles and infrastructure.

  6. Activism by numbers

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    The Mathematics for Social Activism conference took place last June, focusing on using mathematics and data to drive social progress by bringing together mathematicians, data analysts, social scientists and practitioners from academia, NGOs and government. Topics included using data and mathematical modelling to understand and tackle challenges such as climate change, poverty, inequality, social unrest and polarisation in society, effective communication and democratic decision making.