• Bright sparks battle it out Dragons’ Den-style 8 October 2009 Forty students from the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England fought to secure their share of a £5,000 prize fund in the University of Bristol’s annual ‘Spark’ entrepreneurial start-up course last month.
  • Bristol centre stage in Science City Summit 7 October 2009 Is Bristol about to become a globally recognised hub of innovation? That’s just one of the questions that will be addressed at this week’s Science City Summit in Bath when scientists and innovators from all over the UK gather to exchange ideas and experiences. Speakers include Bristol academic and broadcaster Professor Kathy Sykes.
  • New stone circle discovered near Stonehenge 7 October 2009 Archaeologists have discovered evidence of a lost stone circle on the west bank of the River Avon, a mile from Stonehenge. The new circle, being called ‘Bluestonehenge’, is 10m in diameter and was surrounded by a henge – a ditch with an external bank.
  • Sir Robert Wall OBE, 1929-2009 6 October 2009 Sir Robert Wall, Pro-Chancellor of the University from 1990 to 1998, died on 3 October 2009.
  • Major public artwork unveiled for University’s centenary 5 October 2009 A major new public sculpture by internationally acclaimed artist Jeppe Hein has been unveiled as part of the University’s centenary celebrations. Entitled ‘Follow Me’, the work is permanently sited in Royal Fort Gardens.
  • Introducing Penguin 5 October 2009 Anyone and everyone with fond memories of a book or books published by Penguin over the course of its 75 year history is invited to the first of a series of Penguin Readers’ Days at the University of Bristol on Saturday 24 October.
  • No link found between popular smoking cessation drug and depression 2 October 2009 There is no strong evidence that the popular smoking cessation drug varenicline increases the risk of self harm or depression compared to other cessation products, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Bristol, published today on bmj.com.
  • New SMS text messaging policy 1 October 2009 The University has approved an SMS text messaging policy.
  • Innovative postgraduate training programme welcomes first students 1 October 2009 The Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science Doctoral Training Centre (ACCIS DTC) has welcomed its inaugural cohort of 10 PhD students to its four-year PhD programme. This innovative postgraduate training experience represents a significant departure from conventional PhD courses by incorporating a broadening and deepening taught element within its first year.
  • Recent news highlights 1 October 2009 A round-up of the stories making the news recently
  • Study of new swine 'flu vaccines needs local children to take part 30 September 2009 Paediatricians at Bristol Children’s Vaccine Centre are looking for 170 children to take part in a study of the two swine ‘flu vaccines due to be used in the UK this winter.
  • Cooling treatments can reduce brain damage caused by birth asphyxia 30 September 2009 Brain damage caused by lack of oxygen at birth could be avoided for over 100 babies a year in the UK if infants are given cooling treatment within the first six hours of life, according to the largest study of its kind by scientists from the University of Bristol and colleagues from across the UK.
  • Children of the 90s come of age 30 September 2009 The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eric Thomas, was on hand to welcome some of the new undergraduates to the University of Bristol this week - including some students who are also part of the Bristol-based Children of the 90s project.
  • Jeremy O’Brien wins quantum information award 29 September 2009 Professor Jeremy O’Brien of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering has been awarded the 2009 European Quantum Information Young Investigator Award by QUROPE.
  • New research website goes live 29 September 2009 The University has launched a new research website.
  • Students’ Union appoints new Chief Executive 29 September 2009 The University of Bristol Students’ Union (UBU) has appointed Samantha Budd as its a new Chief Executive.
  • Alice Roberts directs at 2009 Times Literature Festival 25 September 2009 Dr Alice Roberts, Visiting Fellow in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, has been selected to guest-direct some of the events at this year’s Times Cheltenham Literature Festival.
  • Origin of birds confirmed by exceptional new dinosaur fossils 25 September 2009 Chinese scientists today reveal the discovery of five remarkable new feathered dinosaur fossils which are significantly older than any previously reported. The new finds are indisputably older than Archaeopteryx, the oldest known bird, at last providing hard evidence that birds evolved from dinosaurs.
  • IAC Science Image Competition 25 September 2009 The Interface Analysis Centre invites entries from staff and students to its 2009 Science Image Competition.
  • Record turnout for David Attenborough lecture 25 September 2009 Last night [24 September] Sir David Attenborough delivered a lecture on Alfred Russel Wallace and the Birds of Paradise to a capacity audience at the University. More than 850 people packed the Great Hall in the Wills Memorial Building to hear the legendary and much-loved broadcaster speak.
  • Greater expectations: disability today and tomorrow 23 September 2009 Members of the public are invited to join informal discussions about the issues facing people with learning difficulties, disabled children and young people, their parents and carers.
  • Big day for first Nanoscience doctoral students 22 September 2009 The Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials (BCFN) welcomed its first cohort of 10 students yesterday as they begin an intensive first year of graduate training.
  • 1,000 fossil-hunters come to Bristol 22 September 2009 Over 1,000 paleontologists from all over the world will arrive in Bristol, UK, this week to attend an international conference being held at the University of Bristol.
  • Dogs behaving badly 21 September 2009 Why are dogs sometimes aggressive to each other, why do they hate fireworks so much and how much English do they really understand? These questions will be answered along with an exploration of canine behaviour at a free talk this month.
  • Lone male bat rewrites the record books 21 September 2009 One of the rarest bats in the UK - the Bechstein’s bat (Myotis bechsteinii) - has been found at its most westerly site ever recorded in the UK by a PhD student at the University of Bristol.
  • Poverty and social exclusion 19 September 2009 Professor Ruth Levitas from the Department of Sociology investigates ‘what needs to change’
  • The Three Planet Model 19 September 2009 Professor Marianne Hester, internationally recognised for her research on domestic violence, will head the School of Policy Studies’ new Centre for Gender and Violence Research when it opens in October.
  • Enduring myths 19 September 2009 Richard Buxton, Professor of Greek Language and Literature in the Department of Classics and Ancient History, has for much of his academic career been concerned with exploring why the Greek myths have been so enduring.
  • When scholarship meets politics 19 September 2009 Dr Eric Herring from the Department of Politics conducts research into critical security studies, which relates security scholarship to progressive social change.
  • The Children’s doctor 19 September 2009 Professor Adam Finn, from the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, is an academic who prefers to say he is a paediatrician, because being a children’s doctor is what really defines him.
  • Money, money, money 19 September 2009 The Personal Finance Research Centre (PFRC) is an independent centre that specialises in social research across all areas of personal finance, mainly from the consumer’s perspective
  • The science of farm animals 18 September 2009 Researchers in the Department of Clinical Veterinary Science’s Animal Welfare and Behaviour Group are developing techniques to assess an animal’s emotional state
  • Building a better life 18 September 2009 Professor Malcolm Anderson and Dr Liz Holcombe from the School of Geographical Sciences have been working in the Caribbean for several years, researching and mitigating the risk of landslides
  • Improving the quality of life 18 September 2009 The University’s Department of Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences (ENHS) was established in1999 in response to increasing interest in the links between physical activity and health, and since then it has expanded into the closely related field of nutrition.
  • Open day attracts over 11,000 visitors 18 September 2009 Using stem cells to give the kiss of life, investigating climate change, the study of the mind and cutting edge issues in Theology and Religious Studies are just some of the taster lectures taking place today [Friday 18 September] at the University of Bristol for the second of its two undergraduate open days.
  • University commits extra cash for books 17 September 2009 Students at Bristol are to benefit from a £350,000 boost to this year’s library budget to enable the purchase of extra books.
  • Dangers of lead pollution have not gone away – particularly for children 17 September 2009 Despite the dramatic change in our driving habits lead pollution in the environment remains a health hazard and, according to the latest research from Children of the 90s, one to which children are particularly vulnerable.
  • Myth and History at The Bristol Gallery 16 September 2009 A new contemporary art gallery opens on the Harbourside in Bristol this week with an exhibition curated by Dr Dorothy Rowe, of Bristol University’s Department of History of Art.
  • Reptiles stood upright after mass extinction 15 September 2009 Reptiles changed their walking posture from sprawling to upright immediately after the end-Permian mass extinction, the biggest crisis in the history of life that occurred some 250 million years ago and wiped out 90% of all species.
  • Professor Evans appointed to UN body for prevention of torture 14 September 2009 Malcolm Evans, OBE, Professor of Public International Law, has been appointed a member of the United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture.
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