News in 2018

  • The ‘heart’ starts beating: Moving forward with the £80 million library vision 19 July 2018 By Ely J Kahn
  • Message from the Chair: The Sense of Momentum 18 July 2018 An update from Lesley Silvester, Chair of the University of Bristol US Foundation
  • Women in engineering: Michelle McDowell, MBE FREng 25 June 2018 Michelle McDowell MBE FREng (BSc 1984, Hon DEng 2012), studied Civil Engineering at the University of Bristol. When she graduated she became a structural engineer. As her career progressed she has led many high-profile and award-winning projects, including the refurbishment of the Royal Albert Hall. In 2011 Michelle was awarded an MBE for services to the construction industry and she is now the Chair of Civil and Structural Engineering at BDP. We spoke to her on International Women in Engineering Day 2018.
  • Alumni in Queen's Birthday Honours 2018 18 June 2018 Following the announcement of the Queen’s birthday honours list, we're delighted to congratulate Bristol alumni who have been recognised for their outstanding achievements and service.
  • University of Bristol Foundation Inc Board 31 May 2018 The US Foundation and its Board unites local networks, bringing alumni together through networking and communications, and works hard to raise Bristol’s profile and encourage the best and brightest students to study here. For alumni and friends interested in supporting Bristol, the US Foundation also offers tax-efficient means of donating to the University.
  • Think big: £100k to University scholarship fund 16 May 2018 More talented international students will be able to realise their dream of studying at a prestigious UK institution thanks to the generosity of Bristol alumni who have contributed £100k to the University’s scholarship fund, Think Big.
  • Bristol's wizard of wireless 11 May 2018 Interviewed by South West Business, Professor Joe McGeehan was the first man to solve technical challenges that allowed data to be transferred through radio and later mobile phones. Without it, we wouldn’t have smart phones, let alone the internet of things.
  • Made in Bristol: Professor Weicheng Cui (PhD 1990) 25 April 2018 Professor Weicheng Cui (PhD 1990) is one of China’s most remarkable scientists and a proud alumnus of the University of Bristol. The world-renowned pioneer of deep sea exploration had the opportunity to congratulate the latest graduates of Bristol when he joined the University as Distinguished Guest at its first ever graduation celebration in Shanghai, on Saturday 14 April.
  • 2018 impact update: Keeping Bristol brilliant 25 April 2018 Since October this year, thousands of alumni and friends have chosen to support students, bringing the best and brightest minds to Bristol. Here are just a few to say thank you.
  • ‘Britain and Bristol gave me roots, and America gave me wings,’ Laura Trevelyan (BSc 1990), BBC World News America Anchor 18 April 2018 As part of the ‘Made in Bristol’ interview series, alumna Laura Trevelyan takes us through her journey from Bristol to BBC World News America Anchor.
  • Alumni communities: the building blocks of a global network 18 April 2018 By Ely J Kahn
  • Message from the Chair: Our move towards internationalisation 18 April 2018 An update from Lesley Silvester, Chair of the University of Bristol US Foundation
  • Spotlight on: Goh Siu Lin (LLB 1993), Malaysia 6 April 2018 Goh Siu Lin (LLB 1993) takes us on a journey from Bristol to Malaysia, showing us how she got to where she is today as the first woman to become Chairman on the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee.
  • Futuristic healthcare 6 April 2018 Biologist Sara Correia Carreira plans to build robotic skin, conducting research into the combination of robotics with bioengineering – just one of the ground-breaking projects being investigated by the first cohort of Vice-Chancellor’s Fellows. These Fellowships highlight the spirit of innovation and collaboration that is taking us into the future.
  • Bristol’s pursuit of film excellence 6 April 2018 Nonesuch takes a look at what the city and the University are contributing to the world of cinema and television in the digital age.
  • Virtual touch 6 April 2018 Fresh from winning the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation, alumnus Dr Tom Carter (PhD 2017), CTO and co-founder of technology firm Ultrahaptics, tells us about touching things that aren’t there.
  • Cybersecurity: Humankind vs machine 6 April 2018 Specialist researchers at Bristol are investigating the security of systems and the inputs required from human users.
  • Back to the future: reinventing libraries 6 April 2018 Traditional notions of libraries are changing. The University has announced plans for a new £80 million library to be built at the heart of the Clifton campus – we’ve collected opinions on what the future of university libraries will look like.
  • The legacy of Physics lives on 6 April 2018 In a year when we’re celebrating 100 years of some women getting the vote in the UK, Nonesuch takes a look at pioneering women in the School of Physics.
  • The Murder of Mary Ashford: The Crime that Changed English Legal History by Naomi Clifford (BA 1979) 27 March 2018 Naomi Clifford (BA 1979) was born in London in 1958, gained a degree in history from Bristol University and worked for many years in magazine publishing. Her latest book Women and the Gallows 1797-1837: Unfortunate Wretches explores the stories of women hanged in England and Wales. Her next book, to be published in May 2018, looks at the notorious murder of Mary Ashford in Erdington in 1817.
  • Update on latest UCU industrial action 23 March 2018 In February, members of the University and College Union (UCU) at 61 universities took part in strike action over proposed changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), a pension scheme for academic and professional staff. Talks are taking place nationally, on behalf of all universities, to resolve the situation.
  • Music in the West Country by Stephen Banfield 13 March 2018 Music in the West Country by Emeritus Professor of Music Stephen Banfield is the first regional history of music in England. Ranging over seven hundred years, from the minstrels, waits, and cathedral choristers of the fourteenth century to the Bristol Sound of the late twentieth, the book explores the region's soundscape, from its gateway cities of Bristol and Salisbury in the east to the Isles of Scilly in the west, and examines music-making in tiny villages as well as conditions in important centres such as Bath, Exeter, Plymouth, and Bournemouth.
  • University of Bristol’s London Marathon 2018 Team 14 February 2018 Bristol alumni are running the Virgin Money London Marathon 2018 for cardiovascular research at the University of Bristol.
  • Love at first sight: Your Bristol love stories 8 February 2018 Countless alumni meet their partners at Bristol. For some, it's love at first sight and for others it takes a little more convincing (and dancing), but however they started, our alumni are still going strong, even decades later.
  • Timinology by Tim Leach (LLB 2006) 8 February 2018 How a near fatal skiing accident and an introduction to meditation through a dating guru changed Tim Leach’s life
  • Vote 100: Spotlight on the sixties 1 February 2018 How far have women’s rights come since getting the vote 100 years ago? The early 1960s saw a boom in the number of women going into higher education with over 26,000 girls at university. With the introduction of the contraceptive pill and revision of the Married Women's Property Act, things began to change for women in the UK. We asked Carol Southworth (née Smith) (BA 1965) what it was like for a woman at the University during the ‘swinging sixties’.
  • Top 8 reasons to come back to Bristol in 2018 18 January 2018 2018 has already seen Bristol crowned as one of the most beautiful universities in the UK by Times Higher Education (THE) and one of the best places to visit by the New York Times. Alumni and friends alike are flocking from all corners of the globe to reconnect with their city. Steeped in history with a thriving culture of arts, it's not hard to see why students choose Bristol - or why they keep coming back after graduation.
  • Alumni in Queen's New Year's honours 2018 16 January 2018 Following the announcement of the Queen’s New Year's Honours list, we're delighted to congratulate Bristol alumni and staff who have been recognised for their outstanding achievements and service.
  • Top 8 reasons to come back to Bristol in 2018 4 January 2017 2018 has already seen Bristol crowned as one of the most beautiful universities in the UK by Time Higher Education (THE) and one of the best places to visit by the New York Times. Alumni and friends alike are flocking from all corners of the globe to reconnect with their city. Steeped in history with a thriving culture of arts, it's not hard to see why students choose Bristol - or why they keep coming back after graduation.