Antarctic lake mission called off27 December 2012In the early hours of Christmas Day, Professor Martin Siegert, Principal Investigator of the Subglacial Lake Ellsworth experiment, confirmed that the mission to drill into the lake has been called off for this Antarctic season. Drilling was proceeding well during the weekend after a replacement part was fitted to the boiler used to heat water for drilling.
Inside the head of a dinosaur19 December 2012A new study of the brain anatomy of therizinosaurs, plant-eating dinosaurs that lived during the Cretaceous Period, has revealed interesting links with their notorious meat-eating 'cousins' Tyrannosaurus rex and Velociraptor.
Try out exercise classes for free this holiday17 December 2012Sport, Exercise and Health are offering students and staff the chance to attend free exercise classes during the Christmas vacation (17-22nd December 2012 and 3-12 January 2013).
Publication grant for art history book14 December 2012A forthcoming book by Dr Dorothy Rowe, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Historical Studies, has been awarded a prestigious College Art Association of America Millard Meiss Publication Grant.
Widespread media coverage for Antarctica project13 December 2012The Bristol-led subglacial Lake Ellsworth project which is drilling through over 3 km of Antarctic ice into an ancient buried lake has received widespread coverage in national and local newspapers, radio and TV.
Bristol psychologists launch BrainBank12 December 2012A collection of clips, demonstrations and activities used by psychologists and neuroscientists to communicate different aspects of brain function has been created by Dr Nathalia Gjersoe and Professor Bruce Hood in the School of Experimental Psychology.
Bristol Games Maker bids for Christmas number one12 December 2012A member of staff at the University of Bristol is bidding for top spot in the Christmas charts this year as part of an inspirational choir comprised of volunteers who helped at the Olympics and Paralympics. Clare Brophy, a staff development manager in the Human Resources Department, is a member of the 400-strong Games Maker Choir which releases its first single on Sunday [16 December].
Bristol co-hosts round-table on communications systems12 December 2012The Communication Systems and Networks Group in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering recently co-hosted a round-table event organised by the US instrumentation company National Instruments.
British team set to access and sample one of the last unexplored environments on Earth12 December 2012This week, a British team of scientists and engineers, led by Professor Martin Siegert of the University of Bristol, realise a 16 year ambition to drill down through over 3 km of Antarctic ice into an ancient buried lake. The team hopes to find signs of life in the water and clues to the Earth’s past climate in the mud at the lake floor.
New swimming programme makes a splash in Bristol12 December 2012A new programme to help develop the swimming stars of the future has been launched in Bristol. Five swimming clubs, representing 1,000 swimmers in the area, have joined forces to ensure their members receive the coaching and support necessary to compete at the highest level.
Roy Severn, 1929-201212 December 2012Emeritus Professor Roy Severn CBE FREng FICE, one of the pioneers of earthquake engineering, died suddenly on 25 November 2012, aged 83. Professor David Blockley and Professor Colin Taylor offer an appreciation of his life and achievements.
Leading researcher in composites joins Bristol11 December 2012Ivana Partridge, Professor of Composites Processing in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and a leading researcher in the field of composites has joined the University of Bristol to run the EPSRC Industrial Doctorate Centre (IDC) in Composites Manufacture.
Green Impact Awards 2012/13 now open11 December 2012The University has launched its 2012/3 Green Impact Awards, a scheme encouraging and rewarding efforts by University staff and students to reduce its environmental impact and increase sustainability.
Bringing fossils to life7 December 2012A new way to learn about dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures, which harnesses some of the cutting edge techniques used by palaeontologists to study fossils, is being pioneered by researchers at the University of Bristol.
BBC correspondent to give German Christmas Lecture6 December 2012BBC foreign correspondent and University of Bristol graduate, Katya Adler (BA German and Italian 1995) will give this year's German Christmas Lecture at the University on Monday 10 December. The event is free and all are welcome.
New light on the Nazca Lines6 December 2012The first findings of the most detailed study yet by two British archaeologists into the Nazca Lines – enigmatic drawings created between 2,100 and 1,300 years ago in the Peruvian desert – have been published in the latest issue of the journal Antiquity.
British team embark on ambitious Antarctic mission5 December 2012In December 2012 a team of British scientists, engineers and support staff, led by Professor Martin Siegert of the University of Bristol, will drill through 3km of solid ice into subglacial Lake Ellsworth in Antarctica. Their mission – to search for life forms in the water and clues to past climate in the lake-bed sediments – is one of the most exciting and ambitious explorations of our time.
Priory Road development: proposals exhibition, 7-20 December4 December 2012Proposals to enhance and extend some University buildings on Priory Road and to refurbish teaching and administration space on Tyndall’s Park Road will be on public display in Senate House from Friday 7 December to Thursday 20 December.
Engineering academic elected a Fellow of the IEEE4 December 2012David Bull, Professor of Signal Processing in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, has been elected a Fellow of the world’s largest and most prestigious professional association for the advancement of technology.
Christmas comes early as students host party for city’s youngsters3 December 2012Over 85 children entered a winter wonderland for an early Christmas celebration thanks to kind-hearted students from the University of Bristol’s Students’ Union (UBU). Volunteers put on a festive celebration, complete with magic tricks, party games, face painting, a tea party, presents and even a visit from Father Christmas on Saturday [1 December] at Churchill Hall in Stoke Bishop.
New Dean chosen for Medical and Veterinary Sciences3 December 2012George Banting, Professor of Molecular Cell Biology in the School of Biochemistry, has been selected to succeed Professor Clive Orchard as Dean of the Faculty of Medical and Veterinary Sciences.