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University professors recognised by Queen

first_imgTwo Oxford University professors have been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for higher and further education.Vice-Chancellor Andrew Hamilton and David MacDonald CBE, founder of Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, received the prize in recognition of Oxford University’s conservation research. WildCRU attempt to achieve practical solutions to conservation issues, describing their approach as “empirical, interdisciplinary and collaborative.”The prize was awarded on 24th February by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in a Buckingham Palace ceremony. Each recipient received a silver gilt medal and certificate signed by the Queen.Other winners included the universities of Nottingham, St Andrews, Plymouth and Surrey. Oxford University was awarded the prize for the eighth time, more than any other university.The Royal Anniversary Trust chairman said, “At a time when the higher and further education sectors are under so much pressure, the winners highlight the fantastic depth and breadth of research being undertaken at institutions right across the UK.last_img read more

In the market for… five-a-day

first_imgEncouraging consumers to eat five portions of fruit and veg a day is a big part of the food industry, writes Wayne Caddy. For consumers, the five-a-day concept makes sense and is easy to understand. Given this, can the baker target incremental sales with products specifically designed for achieving one of your five-a-day?Super fruity orange and raisin muffinThis muffin recipe is typical of a healthier product without any compromises on indulgence.IngredientsHeat-treated cake flour 1,000gBaking powder 60gSalt 20gRapeseed oil 480gEgg 480gOrange pulp with zest 760gHoney 760gRaisins 880gMethod1. Sieve all dry ingredients and weigh into a mixing bowl. Using a beater attachment, mix the dry ingredients until they are evenly combined.2. Add all the liquids to the bowl and mix for 2 minutes on first speed. Scrape down.Top tip: ensure the honey is weighed out last. The oil will stop the honey sticking to the sides of the container.3. Now mix on second speed for 3 minutes. Scrape down and mix in the raisins on first speed for around 30 seconds or until evenly dispersed.4. Deposit into large muffin case (120g). Alternatively, use a lined loaf cake tin.5. Add 5g of the orange pulp and zest.6. Bake at 200?C for 25 minutes or until golden brown.7. Brush with a little runny honey.Top tip: I discovered a great tinned orange and zest pulp supplied by Treelinks Ingredients – basically an unsweetened pulp packed with chunky zest. If you use freshly squeezed orange and grated zest, then I would recommend reducing the honey level accordingly to balance out the increased sweetness.I have based some of my research on the following sites. I found the NHS five-a-day site particularly useful:[http://www.5aday.nhs.uk]tinyurl.com/56gkw6[http://www.treelinks.net]Also, check out the FSA guidance to compliance version 1 April, 2008, based on European regulation No. 1924/2006 on nutrition and health claims made on foods.[http://www.foodstandards.gov.uk]last_img read more

National Trust seeks July 4 volunteers

first_imgThe Fort Vancouver National Trust is seeking 300 volunteers to assist at Independence Day at Fort Vancouver on July 4.Individuals, service organizations and corporate groups can help at the gates, staff information booths, assist at the first-aid station or work as parking lot attendants.People can apply at 4th.fortvan.org/volunteer.Volunteers may request jobs and shifts, although organizers may not be able to accommodate all requests.Shifts are a few hours long; there will be a June training session. Volunteers get a parking pass, T-shirt and water bottle.The event is formally called Independence Day at Fort Vancouver presented by Bank of America.For information, visit www.fortvan.org/fourth, email [email protected] or call 360-992-1804.last_img read more