BUT never mind the down-beat survey mentioned above, York has reason to celebrate the findings of a far weightier poll.

A happily feather-brained survey ranks the University of York as top in the country - thanks to the density of ducks on campus.

Ducks signify happiness, according to compilers on the 'duckdensity' website.

So, to adapt a certain clothing chain's slogan, perhaps the university's new logo should be 'Dcuk'.

Updated: 10:28 Thursday, March 24, 2005