Saving Gateway scheme welcomed13 March 2008The Personal Finance Research Centre at the University of Bristol has welcomed the announcement in yesterday’s Budget that the Saving Gateway scheme will be rolled out nationally, with the first accounts available to savers in 2010.
Over a £million for heart research12 March 2008Scientists in Bristol have been awarded more than a million pounds by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) as part of a £6 million boost for heart research in the UK.
Multimillion deal for natural cancer drug12 March 2008The University of Bristol and biopharmaceutical company, PhiloGene Inc announced today a deal, which could help further the development of a pioneering anti-cancer drug, thanks to two researchers from the University’s Department of Physiology and Pharmacology.
Asthma risk in children linked to household chemicals11 March 2008Women who use a lot of household cleaning products when they are pregnant or shortly after the birth of their baby, may be increasing the risk of their child developing asthma, suggests research from the Children of the 90s study.
Maternal obesity not strongly linked to obesity in offspring11 March 2008Greater maternal body mass index (BMI) during offspring development does not have a marked effect on offspring fat mass at ages nine to eleven years, according to a new study from the University of Bristol published today in PLoS Medicine.
Expand your mind with Explore-At-Bristol10 March 2008We all know we have a brain, but do we really understand the incredible things it does? Delve into DNA and find out exactly how grey matter works during Brain Awareness Week (Tuesday 11 to Friday 14 March), when Explore-At-Bristol joins forces with the University’s Bristol Neuroscience (BN) team to get really brainy.
Be part of the equation7 March 2008Bristol Science City launched today with support for a range of fun events, lectures and demonstrations celebrating the city’s world-class scientific research and innovation.
Bristol’s volcanoes and a Local Hero7 March 2008The Earth Sciences Department at the University of Bristol is putting on many volcano-related events during ‘Science Week’ (10-16 March).
Mary Southcott 1921-20087 March 2008Emeritus Professor Peter Haggett remembers Mary Southcott, a 'warm, motherly, understanding' former member of the Department of Geography's secretarial team.
VISUALISE set to enhance the spectator experience7 March 2008Spectators at many large-scale live events miss a lot of the action - until now. A team of engineers at Bristol University working closely with industrial partners have developed a way of providing spectators with near real-time access to events as they unfold via Smart mobile phones.
New senior appointments in CEAS6 March 2008Two new senior members of staff are due to join the University’s Centre for East Asian Studies (CEAS) in the next three months.
Len Hall to become new Pro Vice-Chancellor6 March 2008Len Hall, Professor of Molecular Genetics and Dean of Medical and Veterinary Sciences, is to become one of the University of Bristol’s four Pro Vice-Chancellors from 1 September.
New research aims to eliminate Streptococcus infections6 March 2008Professor Howard Jenkinson in the Department of Oral & Dental Science (Dental School) has been awarded a grant of £285,000 from The Wellcome Trust to research ways to combat diseases caused by Streptococcus bacteria.
Bristol academic to open the BHF's Ashton Court “mud run”5 March 2008A University of Bristol heart disease specialist will open the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) “mud run” at Ashton Court this Sunday [March 9]. Andrew Newby, British Heart Foundation Professor of Vascular Cell Biology, and a team of scientists and clinicians from the Bristol Heart Institute will be taking part in the run, to raise money for the BHF.
Bristol academic will ‘shape the future’5 March 2008David May, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Bristol, as well as Chief Technology Officer at start-up XMOS Semiconductor Ltd, has been named as one of ‘35 people, places and things that will shape the future’.
Middle East wars, dictators and international relations5 March 2008Robert Fisk, the Middle East correspondent for The Independent and known worldwide for his frank and honest reporting, will be speaking in April [Saturday, 5] about Iraq, the Middle East, its wars, dictators and international relations.
Were you affected by the 2007 Gloucestershire floods?5 March 2008Bristol University is asking people who were caught up in the floods that hit Gloucestershire last year for their accounts of the event. A new initiative – The Gloucestershire Floods Project – aims to record and document their experiences and memories to build a lasting record of how the floods affected those living in the area.
Have a look, have a go, be amazed!5 March 2008How do we make up names for things? Are you an apple or a pear? How does DNA work and what happens when it goes wrong? These questions will be tackled along with many others, when Bristol University moves out of the laboratory and into The Mall Galleries, Broadmead, for Science Alive! [March 7 and 8].
Vice-Chancellor on the fees controversy5 March 2008The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eric Thomas, addressed the question 'Should we charge students higher fees?' in The Guardian yesterday (Tuesday 4 March), ahead of his debate next week with Labour MP John McDonnell.
Director appointed to lead National Public Engagement Centre4 March 2008Paul Manners has been appointed Director of the new National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE), which is funded by HEFCE, Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the Wellcome Trust. The Centre is aimed at improving links and dialogue between universities and the public.
Stem cell funding for Parkinson’s Disease3 March 2008The Parkinson’s Disease Society (PD) has announced funding of £170k to the University of Bristol for research into how to make stem cells produce dopamine and live longer after they have been transplanted into animals.
Look who’s talking3 March 2008Intute: Social Sciences, an online information service based at the Universities of Bristol and Birmingham, will be featuring a series of articles on blogs as part of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Festival of Social Science on 7-16 March.
More of the past needed for accurate climate predictions1 March 2008In research published today in Earth and Planetary Science Letters, The Open University Professor of Earth Sciences Bob Spicer casts doubt on our ability to accurately predict future climate changes because we simply don’t know enough about the past. The paper was co-authored by Paul Valdes, Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Bristol and colleagues in Leeds, Sweden, Russia and Austria.
University gives voice to fairtrade producers29 February 2008A coffee producer with the fairtrade Soppexxa Coffee Cooperative in Jinotega, Nicaragua, is to visit the University next week as part of national Fairtrade Fortnight.
Helping older people live safely and independently29 February 2008Complex interventions such as preventive home visits and community-based care after hospital discharge can help improve physical function and maintain independent living in older people, according to a Bristol University study of more than 90,000 people published in this week’s edition of the Lancet.
Semana Cultural 200828 February 2008This year’s Semana Cultural (Cultural Week) begins on Monday 3 March.
Staff give the disadvantaged a helping hand25 February 2008The University’s Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health is holding a Wellness Day for disadvantaged jobseekers on Monday 25 February in conjunction with Business in the Community’s (BiTC) Business Action on Homelessness Programme.
Thanksgiving for medical science25 February 2008A special thanksgiving event for friends and relatives of those who have donated their bodies to medical science will be held by the University of Bristol on Wednesday 27 February.
Nicholas (Nick) Swatton 1960-200722 February 2008Nick Swatton, formerly Theatres Technician in the Department of Physics, died on 27 December 2007. Steve Neck remembers a valued, cheerful and helpful colleague.