• From Bristol to new pastures with Shaun the Sheep 6 July 2015 This week, for the eagerly-anticipated Shaun in the City trail, 70 Shaun the Sheep sculptures have flocked to Bristol, including two sponsored by the University. We caught up with alumna Sophie Smith (BA 2003), Pre and Post Production Manager at Aardman Animations, to talk about the nation’s favourite sheep and her time at Aardman.
  • Alumni recognised in Queen's birthday honours list 24 June 2015 Following the announcement of the Queen’s birthday honours list, we're delighted to congratulate nine Bristol alumni who have been recognised for their outstanding achievements and service.
  • Bristol alive with the sound of music: Phil Dixon (MA 2002) 24 June 2015 Phil Dixon (MA 2002), a teacher of music and music technology and composer-in-residence at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, returned to the University of Bristol Students’ Union yesterday to lead more than 100 local primary school children in an orchestra workshop.
  • The Reverend Dr Thomas Sedgwick Whalley and the Queen of Bath by Chris Stephens (MDS 1979) 23 June 2015 While assisting with the restoration of a dry stone wall in Dolebury Warren Wood, Emeritus Professor Chris Stephens (MDS 1979) discovered that the wall had once been part of an estate built by the flamboyant Reverend Dr. Thomas Sedgwick Whalley (1746-1828).
  • Nocturnal airing for musical research 22 June 2015 Research by Arthur Keegan-Bole, a recipient of an Alumni PhD Scholarship and assistant teacher in the University of Bristol’s Department of Music, will feature on Resonance104.4fm in a two-part broadcast to be aired on Tuesday 23 and Tuesday 30 June at 8 pm.
  • MBE for computer science graduate Jenny 17 June 2015 Jenny Griffiths (MEng 2009), whose fashion app has changed the way people shop online for clothes, has been awarded an MBE for her achievements - at the age of just 27.
  • Party Days by Dr Geoffrey Partington (BA 1951) 3 June 2015 After a career as an academic, teacher and member of the Communist Party, Dr Geoffrey Partington (BA 1951) has published his autobiography, Party Days.
  • Adam Cooper (BSc 2014) on research projects and polar bears 2 June 2015 52 Faces of Bristol speaks to a different member of the University community each week for a year - from porters to PhD students. This week they interviewed recent graduate Adam Cooper (BSc 2014), to chat about life after University, polar bears and going clubbing on Park Street in hard hats...
  • The Naked Surgeon by Samer Nashef (PhD 2009) 27 May 2015 On 4 June 2015, The Naked Surgeon: The Power and Peril of Transparency in Medicine by Samer Nashef (PhD 2009) will be available for purchase. This new book aims to explain the big data of life and death – and explores some of the biggest UK health scandals of modern times.
  • What the Frock! Book of Funny Women by Jane Duffus (MA 2010) 27 May 2015 Jane Duffus (MA 2010) wants to celebrate a century of funny women and their essential role in comedy. ‘What the Frock! Book of Funny Women’ features more than 70 comedian profiles from both sides of the Atlantic and hosts a number of extracts from guest contributors.
  • Donating bone marrow is quicker and easier than you think 26 May 2015 When Georgie Ireland’s (BA 2014) father, Rob, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, they were told that the only option was a bone marrow or stem cell transplant. When a match couldn’t be found on the database, Georgie and her two sisters made it their mission to show everyone how easy it is to register, and to dispel the myth that stem cell donation is a painful procedure.
  • Max Collingwood (BSc 2007) is bringing you the bacon 20 May 2015 After a career in finance, Max Collingwood (BSc 2007) is now focussed on his new start-up, Breakfast in Bed. Preferring bacon to banking, you’ll find him delivering fresh breakfasts to west London on his beloved white Vespa.
  • Edd Read (MEng 2007) on founding graze.com 18 May 2015 Seven years ago, Edd Read (MEng 2007) founded snack delivery company, graze.com. Here Edd speaks to 52 Faces of Bristol (#bristol52faces), a year-long campaign that provides a weekly glimpse into the lives of the people that make up the Bristol community.
  • Virgin Money London Marathon: Our runners’ stories 6 May 2015 Huge congratulations to the four Bristol alumni who completed the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon for the University's Cancer Research Fund on Sunday 26 April.
  • Rock the boat: Luke Jerram’s 'Withdrawn' in Leigh Woods 30 April 2015 This summer, Professor Rich Pancost, Director of the University of Bristol Cabot Institute, will climb aboard an abandoned fishing boat deep within Bristol’s Leigh Woods to talk about some of the pressing issues affecting our oceans – and how we can all help turn the tide on climate change.
  • How to run a marathon in your 70s 24 April 2015 Heather (neé Grant) (BSc 1961) and David Yeowell (PhD 1962) met over a Bunsen burner. After they married, they moved to the USA, where David pursued a career in drug development and Heather obtained her PhD and worked in dermatological research. When Heather received news from her doctor, they started running and have since completed over 110 marathons collectively.
  • Clemmie Reynolds (BA 2009) brings production to Bristol 8 April 2015 This April, Clemmie Reynolds (BA 2009) brings her popular production, Muscovado, to the Alma Tavern Theatre in Bristol.
  • Giving India a voice: Shreya Singhal (BSc 2012) 2 April 2015 Astrophysics graduate, Shreya Singhal (BSc 2012), made headlines last week after playing a pivotal role in safeguarding the right to freedom of speech on India’s Internet.
  • Don’t miss a trick: Bristol's best student pranks 31 March 2015 April Fool’s Day is known for pranks and practical jokes, but when you’re a student, anyone is game, any time. In 1956, three Bristol students kidnapped a seven-foot tall stuffed gorilla, Alfred, before dressing him up for photographs. But it seems this was just the beginning. From cranes to cold baths, here are some of your best student pranks.
  • Thumbprints by Helen Overell (née Morrison) (BSc 1975) 27 March 2015 Helen Overell's second poetry collection, Thumbprints, published by Oversteps Books, takes a look at the mark we leave as we pass through the world.
  • Laura Young (BSc 1990): Starting The Teapot Trust 26 March 2015 Tesco Mum of the Year 2014, Laura Young (BSc 1990), tells her story behind founding The Teapot Trust, a charity that provides children’s hospital wards with art therapists to help children and their families during treatment, ongoing care and bereavement.
  • Law graduates set up florist with a twist 18 March 2015 Law graduates, Augustine Goh (LLB 2008), Vincent Pang (LLB 2008) and Jason Chia (LLB 2008), met in their first year. Earlier this year, they co-founded an online florist in Singapore – a florist that only allows you to send flowers to one person for the rest of your life.
  • Celebrating the Centenary Campaign 16 March 2015 Donors to Bristol’s Centenary Campaign gathered on Saturday 14 March to celebrate the many ways the total sum raised over the course of the campaign – more than £103 million – will benefit the University and its students.
  • Explore Bristol by Foot: Clifton by Michael Pascoe (BA 1958) 12 March 2015 Michael Pascoe (BA 1958) uses his local knowledge to write, along with long-time resident Julia Killingback, a series of illustrated walks around Bristol.
  • Chloe Tingle (MEng 2014) tackles taboos 10 March 2015 After graduating, Chloe Tingle (MEng 2014) spent six months in Bolivia running menstrual hygiene clinics for schoolgirls. On her return she founded ‘no more taboo’, a social enterprise, which launched in Bristol on Saturday 7 March, International Women’s Day.
  • Nizar Ibrahim (BSc 2006) awarded TED Fellowship 9 March 2015 After being named one of National Geographic's Emerging Explorers last year, Nizar Ibrahim (BSc 2006) has been appointed the first ever palaeontologist TED fellow. Nizar was part of the team that discovered the Spinosaurus which, at 50 feet nose-to-tail, was the largest predatory dinosaur to ever walk the earth.
  • Making a chain-ge: alumni funds enable new bike scheme for students 6 March 2015 We are pleased to announce that the winning project of the £20,000 Make A Change award is ‘Bristol Bicycle Company – Making a ‘chain-ge’.
  • Disaster in Paradise by Amanda Bath (BA 1981, PhD 1984) 4 March 2015 Mandy Bath’s (BA 1981, PhD 1984) Disaster in Paradise: The Landslides in Johnson's Landing will be published on 28 March 2015, and is an account of two devastating landslides that ripped through the tiny community on Kootenay Lake, British Columbia, where she lived. The disaster killed four people and destroyed numerous homes, including her own.
  • International Women’s Day: Bristol alumnae breaking through the glass ceiling 4 March 2015 As one of the first higher education institutions in England to admit women on an equal basis to men, Bristol has always been at the forefront of breaking down barriers based on gender, and our alumni are no different.
  • Save lives - be a brain tumour tissue donor 4 March 2015 Brain tumour tissue is removed everyday by surgeons but very few patients know they can donate brain tumour tissue to research. A new national campaign launched on 24 February at the University of Bristol seeks to raise awareness for patients and healthcare professionals about donating brain tumour tissue and helping researchers find a cure for this disease. The campaign is led by leading medical researchers and the charity, brainstrust.
  • Alex Edge (MEng 2008) creates video messaging app 2 March 2015 After a lifelong fascination with electronics, Alex Edge (MEng 2008) co-founded Peeps, an IOS video messaging app. In his ever developing and competitive sphere of work, Alex talks about what makes his tech brain tick.
  • Love Across Latitudes: A Workbook on cross-cultural marriage by Janet Fraser-Smith (Cert 1975) 26 February 2015 Janet’s interest in cross-cultural issues developed when she was a child living outside the UK. She has written many books and spoken extensively on cross-cultural marriage. Her book Love Across Latitudes is being published on 1 March 2015.
  • The foggiest idea: bringing green issues to life 13 February 2015 Named as ‘Britain’s coolest art installation’ by The Telegraph, Bristol's Pero’s Bridge will be shrouded in fog to highlight how climate change will affect our day-to-day lives. We interviewed Dr Anna Rutherford (PhD 2007), Executive Director of the In Between Time festival (IBT), who brought the IBT art installation, Bristol’s Cabot Institute and the Bristol 2015 European Green Capital together to make a dramatic and powerful impact.
  • We found love in Bristol 11 February 2015 With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we asked alumni if they found love while studying at Bristol. From high proposals to 'forbidden' love with a UWE student, here's what they said.
  • Bringing bubble tea to Soho 4 February 2015 Nick Phan (BSc 2010) left his career in consultancy, bought a ticket to Taiwan and made it his mission to bring the natural flavours of Biju Bubble Tea to central London.
  • Introducing our 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon team 3 February 2015 Five Bristol graduates share their reasons for raising money for the University of Bristol Cancer Research Fund by running the Virgin Money London Marathon this April.
  • Teocah’s top accolade from the Queen 2 February 2015 A recent University of Bristol student has a date with the Queen after being awarded a top honour in recognition of her outstanding voluntary work.
  • Help create an archive for the General Election 2015 28 January 2015 Send us your election addresses to ensure that the researchers of the future get a clear picture of how the General Election 2015 was fought.
  • 150 Years of Clifton Suspension Bridge: A Photographic History by Michael Pascoe (BA 1958) 26 January 2015 Uncover fascinating truths about Bristol’s most iconic structure in this fantastic photographic and historical archive of the Clifton Suspension Brige by Michael Pascoe (BA 1958).
  • Alumni in New Year honours list 2015 22 January 2015 Congratulations to all Bristol alumni who were presented with an award in the New Year honours list 2015.
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