Bright sparks battle it out Dragons’ Den-style8 October 2009Forty 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 Summit7 October 2009Is 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 Stonehenge7 October 2009Archaeologists 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.
Major public artwork unveiled for University’s centenary5 October 2009A 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 Penguin5 October 2009Anyone 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 depression2 October 2009There 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.
Innovative postgraduate training programme welcomes first students1 October 2009The 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.
Cooling treatments can reduce brain damage caused by birth asphyxia30 September 2009Brain 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 age30 September 2009The 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 award29 September 2009Professor Jeremy O’Brien of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering has been awarded the 2009 European Quantum Information Young Investigator Award by QUROPE.
Origin of birds confirmed by exceptional new dinosaur fossils25 September 2009Chinese 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 Competition25 September 2009The Interface Analysis Centre invites entries from staff and students to its 2009 Science Image Competition.
Record turnout for David Attenborough lecture25 September 2009Last 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.
1,000 fossil-hunters come to Bristol22 September 2009Over 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 badly21 September 2009Why 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 books21 September 2009One 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.
The Three Planet Model19 September 2009Professor 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 myths19 September 2009Richard 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 politics19 September 2009Dr Eric Herring from the Department of Politics conducts research into critical security studies, which relates security scholarship to progressive social change.
The Children’s doctor19 September 2009Professor 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, money19 September 2009The 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 animals18 September 2009Researchers 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 life18 September 2009Professor 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 life18 September 2009The 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 visitors18 September 2009Using 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.
Myth and History at The Bristol Gallery16 September 2009A 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 extinction15 September 2009Reptiles 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.