New programme of swimming lessons at Bristol University20 February 2009A 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 25 February] at the University of Bristol swimming pool in Clifton.
Distinguished Islamic scholar to speak on Christian-Muslim relations19 February 2009Ahead of her free public lecture Monday 23 February, Professor Mona Siddiqui will be speaking on BBC Radio Bristol at 17.45 today [19 February] about Christian-Muslim relations, the theme of her lecture. The lecture will take place at 6pm in the Wills Memorial Building. It is free and open to all but advance booking is essential at http://www.bristol.ac.uk/centenary/listen/lectures/siddiqui.html.
The rocket that thinks it's a jet19 February 2009A reusable space plane that can take off from a conventional aircraft runway, carry over 12 tonnes into orbit and return to land on the same runway, could be less than a decade away thanks to engineers at Bristol University and a €1 million award by the European Space Agency (ESA).
Chemists awarded top prizes19 February 2009Two academics in the School of Chemistry have been awarded prestigious prizes from the World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists and the Royal Meteorological Society respectively.
£3.7 million for Britain’s future18 February 2009£3.7 million has been awarded to Bristol University to train Britain’s future scientists and engineers. The announcement was made by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) - the UK funding body for science and engineering.
Honorary degrees awarded [18 February]18 February 2009Bristol University is awarding honorary degrees to eminent scientists, Dr Una Ryan and Professor Chris Rapley, at today’s degree ceremonies in the Wills Memorial Building.
A stem cell bandage for your knee17 February 2009Professor of Rheumatology and Tissue Engineering in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine Anthony Hollander's pioneering regenerative medicine techniques
Feeling better already17 February 2009Twenty members of the University’s staff and student body have signed up for a healthy lifestyle programme launched by Sport, Exercise and Health as part of its centenary celebrations.
Virtual labs become a reality17 February 2009Today, all chemistry teacher trainees and their pupils can use a new and unique e-learning tool – the LabSkills Schools Dynamic Lab Manual – which enables the user to watch or carry out ‘virtual’ experiments, practise the techniques – and make mistakes – all before they step into the classroom laboratory. Provision of LabSkills is being funded by a joint Royal Society of Chemistry and Pfizer educational project, Discover Chemistry.
Honorary degrees awarded [17 February]17 February 2009Bristol University is awarding honorary degrees to civil and bridge engineer, Dr Peter Taylor and Bristol businessman, Mr Louis Sherwood, at today’s [17 February] degree ceremonies in the Wills Memorial Building.
Sir Alan Muir Wood 1921-200916 February 2009Sir Alan Muir Wood, FREng, FRS died on 1 February aged 87. Professor David Muir Wood remembers his long and distinguished career.
China key to the West's economic recovery13 February 2009Last night, the Labour peer Lord Meghnad Desai told an audience at the University that China holds the key to whether our economies in the West will have a quick recovery or stagnate for a decade or more.
New-look libraries opened12 February 2009The refurbished Arts and Social Sciences Library and Medical Library will be officially opened by Professor Eric Thomas, the Vice-Chancellor, today.
University chaplaincy stages Inferno marathon12 February 2009George Ferzoco of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies staged a marathon reading of Dante’s Inferno with students from his upper-year seminar classes in the Catholic Chaplaincy last month.
Suicide rates and the 1990s Asian economic crisis12 February 2009Suicide rates increased as a result of the Asian economic crisis (1997-1998) but only in some of the countries affected, according to a new study from the University of Bristol published in Social Science & Medicine.
Bristol Neuroscientists host brain workshops11 February 2009Around 100 local pupils will have the chance to take part in some really ‘brainy’ activities this week at a series of interactive workshops, hosted by Bristol University neuroscientists, to help them discover more about the science of the brain.
What is the legacy of free speech 20 years after Rushdie affair?11 February 2009In February 1989, five months after the publication of The Satanic Verses, Ayotollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against its author Salman Rushdie. It is often seen as a pivotal moment in shaping the landscape of contemporary Western society. So, 20 years on, what is the legacy of the most famous free speech controversy of modern times?
£1.7million to sequence wheat genome11 February 2009An extensive genetic analysis of the wheat genome will be carried out by researchers at Bristol University thanks to a £1.7million grant from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).
Bones of contention - free public talk10 February 2009A worldwide tour of ancient skeletons will be the focus of a free public talk at Bristol University tomorrow [11 February] by Dr Alice Roberts, TV presenter of BBC 2’s Coast and Don’t Die Young.
Evolution: the Red Queen or the Court Jester model?10 February 2009Evolution is all about biotic interactions in ecosystems (the Red Queen model), but when seen from further away, the large patterns of biodiversity are driven by the physical environment (the Court Jester model).
Tariq Modood a guest on BBC Radio 4's Start the Week10 February 2009Professor Tariq Modood from the University’s Department of Sociology and the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship was part of a discussion about fatwas and free speech on BBC Radio 4's Start the week yesterday [Monday 9 February].
Richard Harber 1941-20099 February 2009Richard Harber, whose career at Bristol spanned over 50 years, passed away in January. Professor David Wraith remembers ‘the kindest, most generous person I have known’.
BAFTA for Bristol graduate9 February 2009September, a film by Esther May Campbell, a graduate of the Department of Drama: Theatre, Film, Television, has won the 2009 BAFTA for Short Film.
Helen Bryant 1955-20099 February 2009Helen Bryant, Research Technician in the School of Chemistry, died in January. This appreciation comes from Professor Tim Gallagher, Professor Varinder Aggarwal and Martin Pearce.
Is privacy a 21st-century delusion? Free public talk6 February 2009Whether we shop for holidays or insurance, information on us is collected every time we make a purchase, use our mobile, or even give out our postcode. How do we balance our desire for security and for privacy, in an increasingly technological world? These are some of the issues being addressed by Bristol University experts at a free public talk at the Watershed next Thursday [12 February].
Engineering hosts Foreign Office visit5 February 2009Bristol University’s Faculty of Engineering was chosen to host a VIP visit by representatives from the Foreign Office and the North Korean government to showcase the latest in sustainable technology research at Bristol.
£1.9 million to improve quality of care for heart patients4 February 2009People suffering from angina or heart attacks are set to benefit from a major investigation by the University of Bristol into their quality of care. The research will be funded by £1,935,000 from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and is a collaboration between Bristol University, University College London and Queen Mary University of London.
Volunteers needed for research into treatment resistant depression4 February 2009Can hydrocortisone, a drug which affects the body’s stress system, help people with depression who do not respond to current treatments? Researchers at the University of Bristol are looking for volunteers to help answer this question by taking part in an important new study.
RCUK Science Bridges awards 20093 February 2009Research Councils UK (RCUK) have announced £12 million of funding for collaborations between British universities and institutions in China, India and the US.
Sun in pregnancy builds stronger bones for baby3 February 2009New research from Children of the 90s indicates that children born in late summer and early autumn are slightly taller and have wider bones than those born in winter and spring.
Natural pest control on conventional and organic farms3 February 2009Research on farms in the South West has shown that a leaf-destroying insect is preyed upon by parasites to the same degree on conventional farms as on organic farms. The team, led by Professor Jane Memmott at the University of Bristol, studied natural pest control on conventional and organic farms and found no difference between the two systems.
Turning science into news29 January 2009The British Science Association is inviting applications for its 2009 Media Fellowship scheme, which provides scientists with an opportunity to gain first-hand experience of how science is reported.
University’s £100m Centenary Campaign to support local projects28 January 2009Last night [27 January] in Bristol, actress Stephanie Cole launched the University's Centenary Campaign to raise £100m by 2014 in six key areas, many of which are designed to provide support to the local community and which include a range of educational and sporting initiatives.
Blue Peter gold badge for University Professor27 January 2009The BBC children’s programme, Blue Peter, has awarded Professor Anthony Hollander their prestigious gold medal for his involvement in one of the most revolutionary medical operations of recent times.
Comet impact theory disproved26 January 2009New data, published today, disproves the recent theory that a large comet exploded over North America 12,900 years ago, causing a shock wave that travelled at hundreds of kilometres per hour and triggering continent-wide wildfires.