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Hayley Cox

Creative Content Writer, Digital Content Editor, Copywriter

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Writing is my great passion and something I excel at. While my Masters in Journalism taught me the foundations I need to be a good writer, I have honed this talent over more than a decade thanks to the range of content I produce. I know how to write something that is SEO-friendly, informative AND easy to read.


NASA films

Dr Jim Green - NASA Chief Scientist

Our interview with Dr Jim Green, NASA Chief Scientist about his favourite memories, the importance of STEM education and his hopes for the future.

University of Manchester Magazine

The University of Manchester
Jodrell Bank - the UK's newest World Heritage site | The University of Manchester

There are just 32 UNESCO World Heritage sites in the UK. The majority of the landmarks have received the status for their historic and cultural significance, while others are celebrated for their natural beauty. Jodrell Bank, part of The University of Manchester, is the first to be named for its pioneering role in science.

The University of Manchester
Blowing in the right direction | The University of Manchester

When it comes to energy, offshore appears to be the direction the wind is blowing. Researchers at The University of Manchester are exploring the full breadth of this sustainable and cost-effective energy source. Back in 2010, just 0.8% of energy generated by the UK came from offshore wind.

The University of Manchester
Placements that protect the world's animals | The University of Manchester

The University's partnership with Chester Zoo is helping safeguard the future of some of the world's most endangered animals. It's also providing students with the chance to get out of the lecture theatre and learn up close alongside these fantastic beasts. On a hot July day something very special happened at Chester Zoo.

Science and Engineering Hub

Science and Engineering
How Manchester is laying phantom limb pain to rest - Science and Engineering

Departments Research impact and institutes 13th November 2019 Almost every individual who undergoes an amputation experiences sensation in their missing limb. Just imagine it... part of your brain knows that your limb has been removed - whether medically or as the result of an accident - but at some other level, it still believes the limb exists.

Science and Engineering
"I have always felt like I could bring my whole self to work" - Science and Engineering

UOM life 24th August 2019 As Manchester Pride gets underway, we want to take a moment to recognise and show our support for our LGBTIQ+ friends and colleagues across the Faculty's Departments and Research Institutes. This year, The University of Manchester was named the most LGBT-inclusive university in England.

Science and Engineering
Going out on a limb - could we one day grow back a lost hand? - Science and Engineering

Research impact and institutes 5th December 2019 A new year approaches and with it, thoughts of change, transformation and even regeneration. But if you're Professor Sarah Cartmell, thoughts of regeneration are simply business as usual. Last month, we spoke to Steve Pettifer, Professor of Computer Science at the Department of Computer Science, about his work developing a treatment for phantom limb pain.

Science and Engineering
Cracking stuff: how Turing beat the Enigma - Science and Engineering

More than 70 years after the Enigma was cracked by Alan Turing and his colleagues at Bletchley Park, innovative technology housed at The University of Manchester has provided a detailed peek beneath the bonnet of the German wartime cipher machine. A deadly weapon The German Enigma machine was integral in providing the Axis powers with ...

Science and Engineering
The first UoM students in space? - Science and Engineering

Tim Gregory and Tessa Naran share more in common than just their UoM background. They also both want to be astronauts and are currently appearing on our screens every Sunday at 9pm. The reason? They're participants in the new BBC 2 show Astronauts: Do you have what it takes?.

Science and Engineering
Why dolphin culture really is some-fin else - Science and Engineering

The intelligence, culture and social relationships of whales and dolphins are so advanced, the only thing stopping them from building an underwater city is opposable thumbs. That's the finding of the latest research from The University of Manchester, in collaboration with The London School of Economics (LSE) and Stanford University.

Science and Engineering
Ada Lovelace - the original woman of STEMM - Science and Engineering

The School of Physics is the proud holder of an Athena Swan Silver Award. This award recognises the advancement of gender equality in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment, research and education. Nationwide, just 20% of students studying Physics at degree level are female.

Science and Engineering
Squid - a 200 million-year-old delicacy - Science and Engineering

Ever wondered what was on the menu 200 million years ago? Well, if you like calamari, you'll be pleasantly surprised to discover that not much has changed. New research by one of the leading experts in ichthyosaurs Dean Lomax has discovered the potential source of the newborn reptile's diet: squid.

Science and Engineering
Meet The University of Manchester's famous alumni - Science and Engineering

If you've started a degree in science or engineering here at The University of Manchester this week, you've made a good choice - and you'll be following in some very distinguished footsteps. You see, Manchester has been at the centre of the European scientific community for centuries.

Science and Engineering
Turing's lost letters found in storeroom tidy up - Science and Engineering

We all have it - that cupboard, cabinet or even room where we 'tidy stuff away' simply so we can forget about it. Who doesn't have a box left unpacked after every home move that they just shove unopened under the bed? At The University of Manchester, we have our fair share of chocker storage ...

Science and Engineering
100 years on, marking Rutherford's breakthroughs - Science and Engineering

Did you know that Manchester is the birthplace of modern nuclear physics? It was created right here by Ernest Rutherford and his colleagues, and this year marks a century since Rutherford initiated the first artificial nuclear reaction. And that wasn't the end of the team's breakthroughs.

Science and Engineering
Unravelling the mystery of left-handedness - Science and Engineering

This Left Handers Awareness Day, we decided to set ourselves what we thought was a straightforward task - finding out what causes one in ten of us to favour our left hand for everything from writing to throwing. Turns out, the task wasn't so easy after all.

Science and Engineering
Absolutely purrfect - our top 3 cats of science - Science and Engineering

It's International Cat Day, and what better way to celebrate our feline friends than to tell you a little bit about our favourite cats of science: CC, Oscar and, of course, Schrödinger's cat. These animals were instrumental in some of the most important scientific breakthroughs of our time.

Science and Engineering
Nuclear power: playing the long game - Science and Engineering

When it comes to the nuclear power industry, you'll always be playing the long game. So, when you're considering its future, you need to think long-term. And one topic occupying the minds of people in the nuclear power industry right now is the future of its power source.

Science and Engineering
"Must go faster!" Could you outrun a T-rex? - Science and Engineering

Congratulations! Your time machine works! You've travelled back more than 66 million years and arrived in the Cretaceous period. But, oh no! You've barely had chance to admire your surroundings before a thumping shakes the ground beneath you. Suddenly you notice a shadow lurking in the forest. A large shadow.

Science and Engineering
Game, set and match to graphene - Science and Engineering

With Wimbledon in full swing, it's yet to be decided who'll meet on Centre Court for the final - but it's clear that centre stage belongs to graphene. Many of this year's players at the world-famous event will be carrying racquets that have been reinforced with the advanced material - including Andy Murray and Novak ...

Science and Engineering
Why it's time to be frank about nuclear

In order for people to seriously consider nuclear as an alternative to fossil fuels, the industry needs to continue being open, honest and straightforward in its discourse. That's the conclusion of 'Making Sense of Nuclear', which is released today (June 28 th - download it here).

Science and Engineering
Waiter! There's a cricket in my printer

Remember when a printer was just something that spurted out paper documents and emails and that you occasionally (okay, frequently) shouted at? Chances are this is still the extent of your relationship with your printer - but that could all soon change. For instance, imagine using a printer to prepare your perfect snack.

Science and Engineering
New world fair lights the way to future energy

Since London's The Great Exhibition of 1851, world fairs and expos have introduced and popularised some of the most important inventions of the modern age. Don't believe us? Take a look at your phone. Alexander Graham Bell's invention was first shown to the public at the Philadelphia World Fair of 1876.

Science and Engineering
Space travel: the future

As summer approaches, you're no doubt already mentally planning your holiday as you slave over a hot keyboard. Tenerife. Miami. What about Venus? Maybe that's a bit too hot - plus it'd be a pretty long journey. Space tourism has been something us humans have dreamed of for generations.

Science and Engineering
The science of storytelling

Ever wondered why Schrödinger's cat became so famous - or who Schrödinger is, for that matter? And could an infinite number of monkeys really type the complete works of Shakespeare? And if they could, how does this help scientists anyway?

Science and Engineering
'Bring Your Daughter to Work' event takes flight

The labs at MACE were buzzing with excitement on Wednesday 26th April, as girls aged nine to 15 turned their hand to landing an Airbus, flying drones, programming robots and building a skyscraper.

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22 & 23 April at intu Trafford Centre

This Is Money (from PR)

This is Money
End of Christmas tipping? 50% don't give cash to postmen or binmen

Hairdressers most likely to be tipped, followed by postmen and binmen Those who do tip are most likely to give up to a tenner The older generations are most likely to tip For years it was a time-honoured tradition: families would wrap a fiver around a milk bottle to thank the postman at Christmas, or slip a few quid to the binmen for a festive drink.

Metro (from PR)

A guide to Christmas tipping etiquette

The Christmas tradition of tipping everyone from the cleaner to your hairdresser may be dying out because of the pressure on household finances. About 50 per cent of people no longer give a Christmas box to trades people or service workers at this time of year, research out today reveals.

Yorkshire Post

Four signs you may have a debt problem

ARE YOU full of fear that your debts have run out of control? Perhaps you've been burying your head in the sand for months but you know your debts have reached a point you just can't ignore. Or maybe you're convinced that your finances are fine and it doesn't matter if you've missed a couple of payments.

Got a CCJ? What to do if you're threatened with court action over your debts

County Court Judgements are on the rise, according to new figures from Registry Trust. There were 5% more CCJs issued in January to March this year compared to the same period in 2015. So, what can you do if you receive a letter threatening court action and a possible CCJ because of your outstanding debts?

The growing trend of evicting private rental tenants

THE EVICTION of private rental tenants is on the rise as homeowner repossessions fall, new research has revealed. Figures from the Ministry of Justice show that, between January and March this year, bailiffs repossessed nearly 11,000 rented homes - a 5% increase on the last quarter when seasonally adjusted.


Can my mortgage cover stamp duty?

But what about all those other costs you'll need to fork out for when you move, with one of the most expensive being stamp duty? These can mount up, and you may wonder how you'll afford them. The current average house price in the UK is £288,000, according to the Office for National Statistics.

What happens if my house chain collapses?

If something goes wrong with your chain, it can hold up the sale, leading to inconvenience and added expense. And in the worst case, it can force you to walk away from a property you love altogether. So, what happens if your chain gets held up or collapses? Find out here.

Hard and soft searches - what's the difference?

And what about phrases like "hard footprint" and "soft footprint" that get bandied about? What does it all mean? We're here to make things simple. Read on to get to the bottom of it! Here's the major difference between a soft search and a hard search: a soft search does not affect your credit history by leaving a mark that lenders can see.

Footie star's Man U testimonial raises £1.2m for charity

And this is just the start of the Wayne Rooney Foundation's grand fundraising plans. In total, it's set out to raise £5 million to share between Rooney's nominated charities. Ocean Finance is proud to have helped the England Captain raise funds for these great causes.

Blog North Awards nominee

2012 Shortlist | Blog North Awards

This was the shortlist for the 2012 Blog North Awards. It was a very competitive year, with 436 blogs in the running. But we reckon these blogs listed below are

Brides Up North

Guilt Edged Bride

It's not like the movies

I'm a keen subscriber to the gospel of Katy Perry (who I recently learnt will play weddings for £1.2 million - I'm saving), so there is very little the True Queen of Pop (sorry Madge) says that I don't agree with. For instance, I do believe I have to ignite my light and let it...

How it went down (Part 1)

The Guilt-Edged Bride has become the Guilt-Edged Wife. It's now been two months since our big day and it's only now that I have been able to think about putting the experience into words (apologies for the mush). But how to go about it? Well, I have decided to opt for an exciting 24-style timeline,...

How it went down (Part 2)

Wow, well Part 1 turned out to be the Gone With The Wind of blog posts. 2,000 words and just when you think it's over, it isn't. So, to give you a break, I've made Part 2 a visual post, interspersed with only a little bit of inconsequential rambling on my part.


Are you looking forward to the Bank Holiday?

If you're like the majority of people in the UK, you're probably already eagerly anticipating the Spring Bank Holiday on Monday. It's one of eight annual Bank and common law holidays in England, nine in Scotland and 10 in Northern Ireland that lets us turn off our morning alarms and spend a couple of extra hours in bed when we'd usually be working.

What marks the start of your Christmas?

The big day is less than two months away, but for many Brits Christmas begins long before December 25th. That's because different things mark the start of the festive season for different people. For the majority of people recently surveyed for us*, it wasn't opening the first window of their advent calendar, putting up the tree or wrapping presents that meant Christmas had begun.

Debt Advisory Centre

Why you're not alone with debt

You're not alone with problem debt - even if you feel like you are. Find out here how to get help.

Debt write-off - is it too good to be true?

You may think the idea of all your debts being written off is too good to be true. In reality, it can be an option - find out more here. Does it feel as though you'll be paying off your debts forever? If you've heard about debt write-off, it may seem like the answer you've been looking for.

Language Insight

Language Insight
The origin of language: evolution's greatest mystery

"In the beginning was the Word," reads the Gospel of John 1:1. But what was this word? And where was it spoken? And how did humans come to speak it? Indeed, our ability to speak with one another, either vocally, with sign language or through writing, is one of the greatest mysteries in human science, if not the greatest.

Language Insight
Top 5 unsolved language mysteries - Language Insight

Human language remains a subject of intrigue, and its mysteries are manifold. It is the skill that most separates mankind from animals. While creatures like chimps have developed certain sounds and calls that have been attributed to different meanings, only humans have evolved to the point of intelligent speech - and it's an ability we've had for tens of thousands of years.

Language Insight
What's in a name? - Language Insight

Our name is the word people use to identify us - and that we use to identify ourselves. Whether we are given our name because it sounds nice; it has meaning for our parents; or it has been handed down from generation to generation through our family, the name we have is brimming with more meaning than we may realise.

Language Insight
Top 5 unsolved language mysteries - Language Insight

Human language remains a subject of intrigue, and its mysteries are manifold. It is the skill that most separates mankind from animals. While creatures like chimps have developed certain sounds and calls that have been attributed to different meanings, only humans have evolved to the point of intelligent speech - and it's an ability we've had for tens of thousands of years.

Language Insight
Localization: A newcomer's guide - Language Insight

Localization is an integral element of Language Insight's translation service - but if you aren't familiar with the concept of localization you won't recognise its value. So, we felt it was only right to provide you with a quick and easy guide to localization in translation.

Language Insight
Is the future of language emoji? - Language Insight

There is no arguing the internet has made the world a smaller place, but it is also shaping the language we speak. In fact, the future of languages may have far more in common with the writing styles of the past than how we write today.

Language Insight
2013 - Language Insight

Language Insight has published its first white paper, detailing why businesses should...

Language Insight
2012 - Language Insight

Language Insight loved finding out about Christmas around the world in its...

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