Winner of centenary banner competition announced8 May 2009The University is pleased to announce that Timo Kunkel from the Department of Computer Science has been chosen as the winner of the centenary banner competition. His photograph, showing the Wills Memorial Building, Park Street, the Triangle and surrounding area, will be displayed on a banner on the Physics Building from the end of May.
PWE Day 20098 May 2009PWE (Positive Working Environment) Day 2009 will take place on Monday 11 May.
Where it all began – The Incredible Human Journey8 May 2009In the ultimate travel story, Dr Alice Roberts (presenter of Coast and Don’t Die Young) from the University of Bristol’s Department of Anatomy, crosses the globe to find out how our ancestors colonised the planet. In ‘The Incredible Human Journey’, a new BBC 2 series airing this Sunday [10 May], she addresses the fundamental question: where do we really come from?
British Academy grant to study ‘entrepreneurs of globalisation’7 May 2009Dr Ranji Devadason from the Department of Sociology has been awarded a grant of £211,961 from the British Academy for her work on ‘entrepreneurs of globalisation’, people employed by multinational corporations and international NGOs who relocate for work.
Dr Jo-Anne Baird's response to Expert Group Report on assessment in schools7 May 2009Dr Jo-Anne Baird from the University of Bristol’s Graduate School of Education was appointed by the Government's Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) to advise the Expert Group on future assessment and accountability systems for primary and secondary schools. Their report was released this week [Thursday 7 May] and here she gives her reaction to its recommendations.
Movies and the mind7 May 2009The first-ever film festival in Bristol dedicated to the mind and the brain begins this weekend [Saturday 9 May]: ‘Movies and the Mind’ showcases four films that feature the brain and its disorders, followed by discussion from leading experts in the field of neuroscience.
Jenny Donovan elected AMS Fellow6 May 2009Professor Jenny Donovan, Head of the Department of Social Medicine, has been elected to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
Record-breaking month for ChemLabS outreach6 May 2009Bristol ChemLabS, one of the University’s two Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETLs), had a record month for outreach activities in March, with the total number of face-to-face engagements at a record high of 9,245.
Bristol hosts prestigious public lecture on human rights5 May 2009Human rights will be the focus of a prestigious public lecture to be delivered by Professor Luzius Wildhaber, President of the European Court of Human Rights (1998-2007), at the University of Bristol tomorrow [6 May].
Voices from El Sayed - a snail in the desert5 May 2009A one-off screening of a film which follows the effects of a cochlear implant operation on a young boy, and how it threatens his village’s tradition of peaceful co-existence between deaf and hearing takes place in Bristol this week.
Fossil magnetism helps prove mass extinction theory4 May 2009Were major extinction events real biological catastrophes or were they merely the result of gaps in the fossil record? Research by a team of geologists from the Universities of Bristol, Plymouth, and Saratov State in Russia, has shed new light on a debate that has divided scientists of late and was recognised as far back as Darwin’s Origin of Species.
Paul Statham awarded WZB Research Professorship1 May 2009Professor Paul Statham of the Department of Sociology and Director of the International Network for European Political Communications has been awarded a Research Professorship by the WZB Social Science Research Center in Berlin.
Animal welfare researchers under one roof for the first time1 May 2009One of the world’s best-known naturalists and broadcasters, Sir David Attenborough, will officially open a new state-of-the-art Animal Welfare and Behaviour building at the University of Bristol’s Vet School today [Thursday 30April].
University announces centenary degree recipients1 May 2009As part of its centenary celebrations, the University has selected four local heroes to receive honorary degrees. They are Caroline James, a nurse at Frenchay; Sue McMullen, of the Vassall Centre Trust; Batook Pandya of Support Against Racist Incidents (SARI); and John Wilkins, a fundraiser for Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal.
Bristol launches Centre for developing future innovators1 May 2009The development of greener and more efficient processes for making new drugs and materials is a step closer, thanks to the launch of a new centre that aims to create the next generation of leading scientific innovators.
Roman encounters with the 'Barbarian' West1 May 2009A prestigious series of lectures on ancient Rome, sponsored by Wiley-Blackwell, will be hosted by the University of Bristol this Spring. The four lectures will be given by Professor Greg Woolf of the University of St Andrews and will subsequently be published in book form.
It’s all about Trust: University teams up with Radstock special school29 April 2009Psychologists from the University of Bristol have teamed up with the National Autistic Society and Fosse Way School in Radstock to create Fosse Way School Trust to improve opportunities for the school’s students and their families. The school caters for students aged 3-19 with complex, severe and profound learning difficulties.
Blood sampling made simpler28 April 2009A team from the Henry Wellcome Laboratories for Integrative Neuroscience and Endocrinology has developed a new way of collecting blood samples, making for greater consistency, simpler procedures and less discomfort for the patient.
Quantum ghosts are helpful27 April 2009A team of physicists at the University of Bristol and Imperial College London have harnessed the phenomenon, ‘spooky action at a distance’, to shed light on another unusual and previously difficult aspect of quantum physics - that of distinguishing between two similar quantum devices.
Fire is important part of global climate change24 April 2009Fire must be accounted for as an integral part of climate change, according to the authors of an article published in the journal Science, including Professor Sandy Harrison in the School of Geographical Sciences and Professor Colin Prentice in the Department of Earth Sciences. The authors determined that intentional deforestation fires alone contribute up to one-fifth of the human-caused increase in emissions of carbon dioxide, a heat-trapping gas that increases global temperature.
Medics launch jazz CD to raise money for charity23 April 2009A jazz quartet made up of Bristol University medics will be playing a range of jazz classics, blues and ballads at Thornbury Arts Festival tonight [23 April] to help raise money for charity.
Global Insecurities Centre launch23 April 2009The Department of Politics is launching its new Global Insecurities Centre on Wednesday 29 April 2009, from 6 pm to 7.30 pm in the new Priory Road Entranceway Complex at 13 Priory Road.
Budget marks end of New Labour era, Professor Mark Wickham-Jones tells Bloomberg23 April 2009Yesterday’s Budget marks the end of the New Labour era, according to Professor Mark Wickham-Jones from the Department of Politics. Commenting on the Budget, he told Bloomberg that: ‘This looks like a short-term budget aimed at a spring 2010 election, gambling on a small recovery that will obfuscate the debt issue.’
Chemistry students shine23 April 2009Two students in the School of Chemistry have recently received accolades, from the Salters’ Institute and NESTA FameLab respectively.
Professor Paul Gregg comments on Budget 200922 April 2009Professor Paul Gregg from the University's Centre for Market and Public Organisation was interviewed on BBC Radio Bristol’s Breakfast Show today [22 April] about his predictions for the Budget. He will also provide analysis on the show tomorrow shortly before 7am.
How house-hunting ants choose the best home22 April 2009Direct comparison of alternatives isn’t always the best way to make a decision – at least if you’re an ant. House-hunting rock ants collectively manage to choose the best nest-site without needing to study all their options, according to new research from the University of Bristol.
Resuscitated newborns at risk for lower IQs21 April 2009Children who were resuscitated at birth have increased risk of low intelligence quotient (IQ) at age eight years, even if they were apparently healthy in the 28 days (neonatal period) following birth.
CMPO hits the headlines21 April 2009Research from the University's Centre for Market and Public Organisation is featured in the Guardian and Independent today [21 April].
Remains of Bristol's Royal Fort finally brought to light21 April 2009Archaeologists from Bristol’s Museum and Art Gallery, working in advance of redevelopment at the University of Bristol, have uncovered the remains of one of the most significant fortifications from the English Civil War (1642-53): the Royal Fort, located on a hill overlooking the City of Bristol.
Pioneering academic raises £1.6 million investment for ‘cell bandage’21 April 2009A company co-founded by Professor Anthony Hollander has raised over £1.6 million to fund trials, including the first human study, of its pioneering ‘cell bandage’ technology, which aims to save thousands of patients from the type of knee surgery that currently leads to premature osteoarthritis.
Lady Maita Frank, 1919-200920 April 2009Robert Chambers, Emeritus Professor of Physics, pays tribute to a 'lively, delightful' contributor to University and city life over more than 60 years.
University hosts renowned pianist Ronald Brautigam20 April 2009The internationally acclaimed concert pianist Ronald Brautigam, who is Benjamin Meaker Professor in the Department of Music and Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies during 2009, will give a lunchtime recital of music by Haydn in the Victoria Rooms on Wednesday 29 April.
The economic state we're in20 April 2009Renowned economic commentator Will Hutton of the Work Foundation returns to his alma mater this Thursday [23 April] to deliver a free public lecture on the seismic changes taking place in the global economy right now. He will outline what it all means, both for us as individuals and for society at large.