Can the private sector deliver public services?19 June 2009The private sector has an important role to play in the delivery of public services, according to a new report by Professor Paul Grout of the Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO).
Street lighting disturbs commuting bats18 June 2009Light pollution could have serious consequences for slow-flying bats on their nightly commute from the roost, according to new research from the University of Bristol, published today in Current Biology.
GCSE results unaffected by ethnic segregation18 June 2009Ethnic segregation in schools and neighbourhoods in England has neither a negative nor a positive effect on how pupils from different ethnic groups perform at school, according to new research from the University's Centre for Market and Public Organisation.
Enter the Cabinet of Curiosities17 June 2009As part of the University’s ongoing centenary celebrations, the University’s museum and archive collections have selected 100 gems to showcase in an online virtual exhibition entitled the Cabinet of Curiosities.
Princeton professor to deliver timely talk on Britain's constitutional history15 June 2009With the dust still settling on the local and European elections, Gordon Brown proposing constitutional reform, and David Cameron advocating a referendum on the European constitution, Professor Linda Colley FBA returns to her alma mater to deliver a timely lecture on ‘Writing constitutions into British history’ this Thursday [18 June] at 6pm in the Wills Memorial Building.
How accurately does the media report research?15 June 2009Is media reporting of medical research distorting the science behind the stories? An open meeting on Monday 15 June in the School of Medical Sciences will look at how medical research goes from scientific papers to the stories we read every day.
Queen honours two Bristol academics15 June 2009Kathy Sykes, Professor of Sciences and Society at the University of Bristol, was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Elmer Rees, Director of the Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research and a Visiting Professor in the University’s Department of Mathematics, was made a CBE. Leslie Bunt, Research Fellow in Music Therapy at the University, was awarded an MBE.
Honorary degree for Professor Kathy Sykes12 June 2009Kathy Sykes, Professor of Sciences and Society at the University of Bristol, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Gloucestershire.
Bristol wins Outstanding Human Resource Initiative Award11 June 2009The University of Bristol has won the Outstanding Human Resource Initiative Award at the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2009 ceremony held on 9 June at the London Hilton, Park Lane. Bristol was one of six universities shortlisted for the award but pipped the rest to the post thanks to its outstanding work in the field.
University to host farmers’ market11 June 2009Sport, Exercise and Health (SEH) and the student campaigning society, Bristol University Sustainability Team (BUST), have joined forces to organise a regular, monthly farmers’ market that will take place on the University precinct from 16 June.
Explore Jacobean theatre on DVD11 June 2009The Chamber of Demonstrations, a DVD reconstruction of the candlelit Jacobean playhouse, has been created by Professor Martin White and colleagues from the University’s Department of Drama: Theatre, Film and Television.
Ice pigs fly11 June 2009Professor Joe Quarini of the Department of Mechanical Engineering has won a Dragons’ Den-style competition for his invention of ice pigging, a simple but effective technique for cleaning pipes and ducts by pumping through a thick ice slurry or ‘ice pig’.
Chemistry project gets Big Tick10 June 2009A Bristol University project that is bringing chemistry to life for thousands of schoolchildren has won a prestigious Big Tick in Business in the Community’s Awards for Excellence 2009.
University to train fundraising professionals10 June 2009The University is one of 12 UK universities to offer a new three-year graduate-trainee programme aimed at increasing the number of fundraising professionals working in higher education. The programme, which is funded by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Europe and the Higher Education Funding Council for Europe (HEFCE), is due to start in August.
It’s never too late10 June 2009This week sees the launch of the Avon Network for Physical Activity Promotion for Older People in the Community. The aim of the network is to produce ‘best bet’ policies for helping older people remain active.
Medieval texts offer insights into modern East-West relations10 June 2009Medieval England’s view of its relationship with the East and the comparison with the 21st-century relationship between the West and Islam is a key strand of a new joint research project between the universities of Bristol and Reading.
Engage 200910 June 2009The Centre for Public Engagement is holding the first University of Bristol public engagement conference on 30 June 2009.
Professor Peter Townsend, 1928-20099 June 2009Peter Townsend, Emeritus Professor of Social Policy and Senior Research Fellow in the University’s School for Policy Studies and joint founder of the Child Poverty Action Group, died on 7 June 2009.
Why do 1.4 billion people live in absolute poverty?9 June 2009Leading economic commentator Professor Michael Lipton FBA will speak at the University tonight [Tuesday 9 June] about the role of agriculture in eliminating poverty. The free public lecture, which is part of the ongoing centenary lecture series, will take place at 6pm in the Wills Memorial Building.
Student awarded prestigious Fulbright Award8 June 2009A Bristol University research student has gained a prestigious Fulbright Commission Distinguished Scholarship Award to pursue his work on the chemical synthesis of potent anticancer agents at a Research Institute in California. It is hoped his research will lead to the development of powerful new clinical medicines.
Manipulating light on a chip for quantum technologies5 June 2009A team of physicists and engineers at Bristol University has demonstrated exquisite control of single particles of light — photons — on a silicon chip to make a major advance towards long-sought-after quantum technologies, including super-powerful quantum computers and ultra-precise measurements.
Thomas Vincent Lawson, 1925-20094 June 2009Dr David Birdsall remembers a long-serving member of the Faculty of Engineering who 'also left his mark on wider University affairs'.
Stonehenge project on Channel 4's Time Team4 June 2009The Stonehenge Riverside Project, co-directed by Dr Joshua Pollard from the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, was featured on Channel 4’s Time Team on Monday (1 June). The programme is viewable online until the end of June.
Professor Cini to co-edit political journal3 June 2009Michelle Cini, Professor in European Politics, is to be co-editor of the Journal of Common Market Studies beginning in 2010. The Journal will be based in the Department of Politics.
WI calls for public-awareness campaign to tackle violence against women3 June 2009Women living in rural areas are suffering as much violence as those in towns and cities but are less likely to think that it is happening in their community according to new research conducted by researchers at the University for the Women’s Institute (WI) and launched today by the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI).
University to lead €1.4m project on Islam in Europe3 June 2009Professor Paul Statham from the Department of Sociology is to lead a €1.4m research project that will look at how different traditions of national identity, citizenship and church-state relations in six European countries have shaped those countries’ policy efforts to incorporate Islam.
See the wilder side of Bristol this June1 June 2009The Festival of Nature, one of the UK’s largest celebrations of the natural world, returns to Bristol’s harbourside this weekend [6 to 7 June 2009]. Visitors to the event will have the chance to experience, enjoy and connect to the natural world with a programme of animal encounters, talks, workshops, screenings and stalls from different exhibitors including Bristol University.
US research grant for Earth Sciences postgraduate1 June 2009Sarah Keenan, an MSc student in Palaeobiology in the Department of Earth Sciences, has been awarded a research grant by the Geological Society of America to fund field work in Montana and Texas.
Bristol Partnership Conference, 24 June1 June 2009The annual Bristol Partnership Conference, at Bristol Council House, this year focuses on the recession and the challenges to local public services, as well as the opportunities to make a difference.
Nobel prize-winner to talk on human genetics1 June 2009Humanity’s genes are the focus of a public lecture at Bristol University on Thursday 4 June by Nobel Prize-winning biologist Professor Sydney Brenner of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, California.
Maths prize for Dr Browning29 May 2009Dr Tim Browning in the Department of Mathematics has won the 2009 Ferran Sunyer i Balaguer Prize.
Low birth weight linked to psychosis-like symptoms29 May 2009Low birth weight babies are at greater risk of developing psychosis-like symptoms as they grow up, research suggests. The study, published in the June issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry, shows a link between children’s size at birth and their mental health at the age of 12.
Scientists demonstrate all-fibre quantum logic28 May 2009A team of physicists and engineers have demonstrated all-fibre quantum logic, where single photons are generated and used to perform the contolled-NOT quantum logic gate in optical fibres with high fidelity.
Climax of forty years' work on Classical myths28 May 2009A scholarly project to document and analyse all known images of mythology from the Greek, Roman and Etruscan civilisations, has reached its culmination with the appearance of the last two volumes of the 20-volume series. The project, known as LIMC (Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae), was begun in the early 1970s.
Festival for primary pupils is a sporting success28 May 2009Over 700 pupils from 36 primary schools in Bristol took part in the inaugural Bristol Primary Festival of School Sport last week [19-21 May]. The three-day event, supported by the University of Bristol’s Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health, aims to give children a positive experience of sport by celebrating participation and achievement.