New programme of University swimming lessons6 November 2008A new programme of swimming lessons for both adults and children (aged five and over) wanting either to learn how to swim, gain confidence or improve their stroke begins next week [Wednesday 12 November] at the University of Bristol swimming pool in Clifton.
The Big Bang: Bristol physicists will tell (almost) all6 November 2008Physicists from the University will be bringing their expertise to the public next week, when they join At-Bristol to discuss the world of particle physics, the Big Bang, and what the Large Hadron Collider might tell us about them.
Dental School in unique West Country collaboration6 November 2008A unique move to develop research collaboration between the University's Dental School, the Dental School at Cardiff University and the Peninsula Dental School in Plymouth is to be launched and discussed at a research symposium in Devon on Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 November. It is the first time in the UK that three dental schools will come together formally to discuss being proactive about joint research opportunities.
Honorary degree for Andrew Kelly6 November 2008Bristol University will award an honorary Master of Arts degree to Andrew Kelly, Director of Bristol Cultural Development Partnership, at Friday's degree ceremony in the Wills Memorial Building [7 November].
Do you like Ecojammin’ too?5 November 2008Ecojam.org, a new one-stop website for Bristol's growing green and ethical scene, is taking a fresh approach to local environmentalism. Launched by researchers at the University of Bristol, it is a place for Bristolians to discover local green businesses and initiatives, search for ethical jobs, trade free stuff and tune into local news, events and discussions.
Innovative ways to design out crime4 November 2008A programme of work to develop new and innovative design solutions to help prevent robbery, to crime-proof hot new gadgets and to embed public safety in the design of new public spaces and housing was announced today [Tuesday, November 4].
Bristol scoops two Wolfson awards29 October 2008Two scientists at the University of Bristol have each received one of the Royal Society’s most prestigious awards, a Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award.
Playing games shows how personalities evolved29 October 2008Why do some people co-operate while others are very selfish? Research by the universities of Bristol and Exeter offers a new explanation as to why such a wide range of personality traits has evolved in humans and other social species. The findings are published today (29 October 2008) in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
New signpost to clinical trial expertise29 October 2008A new comprehensive online resource listing national expertise in the design and conduct of clinical trials is launched today. The UKCRC Registered Clinical Trials Units website provides, for the first time, centralised information on Clinical Trials Units (CTUs) in the UK – including the Bristol Randomised Trials Collaboration (BRTU) at the University of Bristol.
Long term strategy needed for reducing greenhouse gases28 October 2008Carbon dioxide will continue to rise even if current national and international targets for reducing emissions are met, scientists warn. But, they say, strong action taken now – such as the 80% target recently announced by the UK government – will continue to have benefits a long time into the future.
Where do supernatural beliefs come from?28 October 2008Where do our supernatural beliefs come from? Why are such beliefs common in today’s modern scientific age? This will be the focus of a free Halloween public lecture at Bristol University this week [Thursday 30 October].
Major new grants for gene expression studies28 October 2008David Murphy, Professor of Experimental Medicine, is the joint recipient (with Professor Julian Paton) of a £1.2 million BBSRC grant for a gene expression study, having also received a major MRC grant earlier this year.
Bristol start-up companies set to beat the economic downturn24 October 2008Eight University of Bristol start-up companies, based in the SETsquared Business Acceleration Centre in Bristol, were among twenty technology companies pitching to investors in the fifth annual SETsquared Partnership showcase.
Providing pain relief with computers23 October 2008Dr Adrian Mulholland in the School of Chemistry has just won an EPSRC grant of nearly £1million to further his research into designing drugs for pain relief, and he does it all from his computer.
Awards for apprentices at Bristol23 October 2008Two apprentices working at the University are among the winners of Bristol’s first Apprenticeship of the Year Awards.
New Enterprise Competition 2009 ready for launch23 October 2008The University’s 2009 New Enterprise Competition will be launched by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eric Thomas, on Thursday 13 November, with guest speaker Bhikhu Patel, co-founder of Waymade Healthcare Plc.
Study of inventors wins Edelstein Prize22 October 2008A book by Professor Christine MacLeod in the Department of Historical Studies has been awarded the Society for the History of Technology’s Edelstein Prize for 2008.
Prestigious ERC grant for brain protein study22 October 2008Jeremy Henley, Professor of Molecular Neuroscience in the Department of Anatomy, has been awarded a European Research Council Advanced Grant of over €2.1M for a study of SUMO, a protein that influences how brain cells communicate.
Grant awarded for breast cancer research20 October 2008Why do breast cells grow out of control? The answer could be a step closer thanks to a grant of around £200,000 from one of the UK’s leading breast cancer research charities.
Grim reading: new atlas maps 24 years of British death20 October 2008Researchers from the Universities of Bristol and Sheffield have created an ‘atlas of death’ which charts the geographical pattern of mortality in Great Britain. The full-colour atlas shows the wide variation in death rates from a variety of different causes, from heart attacks and cancer to suicide and murder, for over 1,000 neighbourhoods.
Sick of love17 October 2008Modern lovers could learn a thing or two from their Elizabethan counterparts about the pains and pleasures of frustrated passion, according to a new book by Dr Lesel Dawson, Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Bristol.
Unravelling our heritage16 October 2008Over the past decade, Dr Joshua Pollard from the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology has co-directed two projects at the Neolithic monument complexes of Avebury and Stonehenge.
Dr Maurizio Marinelli and colleagues awarded £662,487 grant for China research16 October 2008Dr Maurizio Marinelli, Senior Lecturer in the Centre for East Asian Studies, and colleagues have been awarded a grant of £662,487 from the Economic and Social Research Council for a three-year research project entitled ‘Colonialism in comparative perspective: Tianjin under nine flags, 1860-1949’.
The cry of the jungle15 October 2008Bruna Bezerra, a Brazilian student studying for her PhD in the Department of Biological Sciences, has just returned from the rain forest where she was conducting research on the vocal communication of the rare monkey, the golden-backed uacari.
The obesity solution: common sense or complex problem?15 October 2008With a quarter of people in the UK obese, how can one of the biggest challenges threatening the country’s future health be addressed? This will be the focus of a free public lecture at Bristol University next week.
Which way ‘out of Africa’?13 October 2008The widely held belief that the Nile valley was the most likely route out of sub-Saharan Africa for early modern humans 120,000 year ago is challenged in a paper published this week.
Children of the 90s Scientific Director elected to US academy13 October 2008George Davey Smith, Scientific Director of Bristol University’s Children of the 90s study and Professor of Clinical Epidemiology in the Department of Social Medicine has been elected a Foreign Associate of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in the US.
New service aims to improve private rented student housing13 October 2008A new student letting service aimed at improving standards of private student housing is being launched by Leader of Council, Councillor Helen Holland and MP for Bristol West, Stephen Williams at the University of Bristol next week [Wednesday 22 October].