What will the Alternative Vote mean for Bristol?27 April 2011An Alternative Vote (AV) debate, What will the Alternative Vote mean for Bristol?, organised by the University of Bristol's School of Sociology, Politics, and International Studies and the Centre for Public Engagement will take place at the Watershed, 1 Canon's Road, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5TX on Tuesday 3 May at 8 pm.
Bristol Neuroscience facilitator receives 2011 University Engagement Award27 April 2011Dr Anne Cooke, facilitator for Bristol Neuroscience has won this year’s University of Bristol Engagement Award. Anne has pioneered engagement in the neuroscience community, establishing an annual week of engagement activities for Brain Awareness Week, running numerous schools activities and ensuring that Bristol Neuroscience takes every opportunity to be part of engagement projects.
Giant tortoises show rewilding can work21 April 2011Exotic species can be used to restore important functions in ecosystems that were lost following the extinction of key species, according to a new study of giant tortoises on a small island in the Indian Ocean. The study was carried out by an international team of researchers led by the University of Bristol.
£530,000 to study Icelandic volcano21 April 2011Eyjafjallajökull, the Icelandic volcano that grounded air traffic across Europe last year, is the subject of a new research project at the University of Bristol, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
Bristol dominates neuroscience ‘hot topics’ session21 April 2011At the biennial national meeting of the British Neuroscience Association (BNA), held this week in Harrogate, neuroscientists from the University of Bristol represented the largest contingent in the ‘Breaking Hot Topics’ session.
Evolutionary encounters20 April 2011Just under 400 Year 12 and 13 students from local schools visited the University’s School of Biochemistry recently to participate in a day-long course of practical experiments, talks and demonstrations.
Get online with a Medical Library laptop20 April 2011A pilot scheme launched by the Medical Library to enable students and staff to borrow laptops has been extended to provide an ongoing laptop loan service.
The Medieval West20 April 2011The culture of the West Country in the Middle Ages and its role in shaping the identity of Medieval England is the focus of a new research project at the University of Bristol.
An Easter egg-travaganza of botanical art19 April 2011An exhibition and sale of original botanical art by local artists will take place over the Easter weekend [Friday 22 to Monday 25 April] at the University of Bristol's Botanic Garden.
Smart meters: the energy revolution in your home15 April 2011By 2019, the Government plans to have installed smart energy meters in every home in Britain. Designed to also help consumers better manage their energy usage, the meters will lead to important changes in how the industry operates. However, the estimated cost of converting the UK to smart metering technology is £11 billion, and there are questions as to how this will be achieved and who is going to pay. To help address these issues, experts from across the sector, including Dr Dritan Kaleshi, Senior Lecturer in Communications Networks from the University’s Centre for Communications Research (CCR), met for a special roundtable last month at The Guardian’s headquarters in London.
F Gordon A Stone, 1925-201112 April 2011Gordon Stone CBE FRS, Emeritus Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, has died. Professor Selby Knox offers this appreciation.
Robert Vines, 1947-201111 April 2011Robert Vines, a former leading cleaner with Site Services, died last week. Liz Lynch offers this tribute.
SETsquared teams up with Logica11 April 2011Business and technology services company, Logica, has formed a new partnership with the SETsquared Business Acceleration Centres in Bristol and Southampton.
£4m continuation funding for complexity sciences8 April 2011The University has been awarded nearly £4 million by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to continue funding the highly successful Bristol Centre for Complexity Sciences (BCCS).
New drugs from bugs7 April 2011Scientists from the Universities of Bristol and Birmingham have discovered how marine bacteria join together two antibiotics they make independently to produce a potent chemical that can kill drug-resistant strains of the MRSA superbug.
Spotlight on migration and social policies7 April 2011The School for Policy Studies is running a conference today, Thursday 7 April, on migration and social policies in conjunction with the European Migration Network.
Can we better understand natural disasters?7 April 2011One of the world’s leading experts in the use of high-performance computing (HPC) for modelling natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis will be speaking about his latest research at an international event covering some of the most important developments in the computing industry.
The Seven Ages of Dylan7 April 2011Bob Dylan will be 70 years old on 24 May 2011. The UK’s foremost Dylan scholars will come together for a conference at the University of Bristol to celebrate, and reflect on his career as singer, composer, poet and performer.
Plain cigarette packets could help stop people taking up smoking6 April 2011Plain cigarette packaging could help prevent people taking up the habit but would have little effect on those who already smoke on a daily basis, according to new research from the UK Centre for Tobacco Studies (UKCTCS), which has bases at the Universities of Bristol and Bath.
Physical activity by stealth NOT health6 April 2011A new study by academics at the University of Bristol suggests that transport plans aimed at reducing car usage should be considered as a feasible and effective strategy for increasing physical activity among the workforce and improving health.
Tomorrow's technology is in young people's hands6 April 2011An event by the University’s Faculty of Engineering aimed at year 11 and 12 students who are passionate about technology, enjoy solving problems and want to make a difference will take place tomorrow [Thursday, April 7].
The impact of migration and citizenship in Britain today6 April 2011Some of the key issues around migration and integration in relation to Britain are explored in a new book launched today [6 April] at the British Sociological Association Conference. Global Migration, Ethnicity and Britishness is the culmination of a major Leverhulme Research Programme (2003–2009), addressing human mobility and its consequences.
Childhood obesity peaks between ages 7 and 116 April 2011Childhood obesity is common and hard to prevent but by identifying when it is most likely to occur, measures can be taken at key stages of childhood or adolescence to prevent it developing.
Win Swift, 1926-20115 April 2011Win Swift, a former technician in the Department of Biochemistry, has died. David Yates, formerly Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry, offers this appreciation.
Omega acids could reduce bone breakage in laying hens5 April 2011Researchers from the University of Bristol's School of Veterinary Sciences have found that adding the right combination of fatty acids to the diets of laying hens can significantly reduce bone breakage during lay.
Professor McLennan tells Story of Sociology4 April 2011A new book by Professor Gregor McLennan in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies provides an accessible and absorbing introduction to sociology and the wider field of social theory.
1,300 Bristol youngsters experience Olympic spirit4 April 2011London 2012 Olympic mascots Wenlock and Mandeville will welcome over 1,300 Bristol school pupils to this year’s Bristol Festival of School Sport and Culture [Monday 4 April to Wednesday 6 April]. The three-day event will see pupils try a range of sports, meet inspirational London 2012 hopefuls, and get the chance to win an Olympic School Spirit Trophy.
Children of the 90s: 20 years old today!1 April 2011Children of the 90s has been awarded £6m to continue its vital research into the health and well-being of thousands of young people and their parents in and around Bristol.
Australia in 36 hours: students make unprecedented RAG Jailbreak Challenge trip31 March 2011Two students from the University of Bristol have made it all the way to Australia in 36 hours for free in a charity fundraising competition. The RAG Jailbreak Challenge, co-ordinated by the University of Bristol Students' Union, is a competition where participants are set the task to travel as far away from Bristol as possible in a 36-hour period, whilst spending no money in the process.
Voters swayed by interactive 'worm' graph during election debate30 March 2011Research from the University of Bristol and Royal Holloway, University of London calls into question people's ability to form their own judgements about their preferred election candidate after finding voters could be heavily swayed by 'the worm' - a continuous response tracking measure this is increasingly being used in live election debates around the world.
Creating the next generation of leaders for the communications industry30 March 2011A new research centre in communications, the first of its kind in the UK, will be officially launched at the University of Bristol today[Wednesday 30 March]. The new Centre will provide major benefits to the country’s economy and will be key in educating the scientists and engineers needed for Britain’s future.