Top athlete Lawrence secures his place at London 20122 July 2012Another University of Bristol graduate is celebrating after securing a place in Team GB for the upcoming Olympic Games. Lawrence Clarke clocked a time of 13.45 seconds in the 110m hurdles Olympic Trials, coming a close second to training partner and UK champion Andy Pozzi.
U-series dating suggests Welsh reindeer is Britain’s oldest rock art29 June 2012A reindeer engraved on the wall of a cave in South Wales has been found to date from at least 14,505 years ago – making it the oldest known rock art in the British Isles. The engraving was discovered Dr George Nash from the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology while he was exploring the rear section of Cathole Cave on the Gower Peninsula.
Imogen Heap to perform at TEDGlobal with musical suit28 June 2012A musical suit that allows wearers to manipulate music using just hand gestures will be shown off by their inventor, musician Imogen Heap at an annual technology, entertainment and design (TED) conference.
Share your treasures and become part of history27 June 2012Bristolians are being called upon to share the stories behind their most treasured possessions as part of a unique hands-on history project. Whether it’s a favourite toy, football ticket or even a magazine, people are being urged to bring their special objects to M Shed on Saturday [30 June] for the Know Your Bristol event.
Exploring the smugglers' city27 June 2012An aspect of England’s past that has long seemed immune to serious historical investigation is explored for the first time in a new book published today. In Inside the Illicit Economy, Dr Evan Jones of the University of Bristol investigates the smugglers’ world of Tudor England.
Sir Sandy Macara, 1932-201226 June 2012Sir Sandy Macara, former chairman of the British Medical Association (BMA) and Head of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine at Bristol University, has died aged 80. Professor Jonathan Sterne, from the School of Social and Community Medicine, offers this tribute.
UFAW Medals awarded to outstanding animal welfare scientists26 June 2012Christine Nicol, Professor of Animal Welfare in the School of Veterinary Sciences, is one of the 2012 winners of the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Animal Welfare Science.
Scientists struggle with mathematical details25 June 2012Many people remember struggling with maths at school, but few of us would expect that professional scientists suffer from a similar problem in their daily work. A new study by biologists at the University of Bristol shows that scientists tend to overlook their colleagues’ research if it is packed full of mathematical equations.
No-one likes a grass, except rabbits25 June 2012A study by the University of Bristol's School of Veterinary Sciences, commissioned by the RSPCA, has been used to launch a campaign to highlight the fact many owners do not know what food is best for their rabbits.
Open day attracts a record 15,000 visitors25 June 2012A record number of visitors will be attending the University of Bristol’s latest undergraduate open day on Thursday [June 28]. Around 15,000 visitors have booked to attend, making it the most popular open day to date.
Bristol academics influence Welsh housing reforms22 June 2012Academics at the University of Bristol have played a leading role in drafting proposals for tenancy reform set out in the Welsh Assembly Government’s Housing White Paper, published in May.
Archaeological scientists feature on covers of Science and Nature22 June 2012Archaeological scientists at the University of Bristol achieved a rare ‘double’ this month when their research papers appeared on the front covers of the world’s two most prestigious scientific journals – Science and Nature – within a week of each other.
Primary care based intervention for women experiencing domestic violence probably cost-effective22 June 2012One in four women in the UK experience domestic violence during their lifetime, often resulting in injuries and an increased risk of chronic physical and mental illness. A programme of training and support for GPs, practice nurses and GP receptionists to improve the response of primary care to women experiencing domestic violence could be cost-effective, according to new research published today in BMJ Open.
Team behind world’s first magnetic soap makes magnetically responsive emulsions21 June 2012Earlier this year, a team of scientists, led by Professor Julian Eastoe in the University of Bristol’s School of Chemistry, announced they had created a liquid surfactant (soap) that could be moved by a magnet. This work meant that surfactants could be directed towards specific points or removed from a mixture just by applying a magnet.
Aspiring chemists from across the UK battle it out in Bristol21 June 2012Over 50 young chemists will be pitting their analytical skills against each other in the final of a national competition being held at the University of Bristol. The Year 12 students have battled their way through the heats and are now in with the chance of winning up to £750 if they triumph in the final of the Schools' Analyst Competition, run by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).
The future faces of comedy come to Bristol University20 June 2012Famous student sketch troupe, the Cambridge Footlights, is coming to Bristol tomorrow [21 June] for a one-off performance with the University of Bristol’s very own comedy group – The Bristol Revunions. Both groups can name prominent actors and comedians amongst their alumni, and the evening of new comedy sketches promises to be a showcase of future stars.
Is your ‘media archaeology’ part of the rich history of South Bristol?19 June 2012Residents in South Bristol are being urged to dig out their ‘media archaeology’ for a unique history project which is looking at the community heritage of the area. Film, video, slides and photographs from the past 150 years are welcome at the Know Your South Bristol event, which is taking place on Saturday [23 June] at Knowle West Media Centre.
Battersea dog Bruno makes Bristol his home19 June 2012An elderly dog who came into Battersea Dogs & Cats Home suffering with a large hernia has been helped on the road to recovery and a new home thanks to a partnership with the Langford Veterinary Services Ltd (LVS), a totally owned subsidiary of the University of Bristol.
Gloria Arnold, 1939-201219 June 2012Gloria Arnold, a former cleaner at the Wills Memorial Building, has died. Liz Lynch remembers 'a well-liked and respected member of the cleaning team'.
Mervyn Randall, 1937-201219 June 2012Mervyn Randall, a former porter at the Dorothy Hodgkin Building, has died. Liz Lynch offers an appreciation.
Searching for the mysteries of College Green19 June 2012Bristol Cathedral, in partnership with the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol, is to carry out an archaeological survey of College Green. The survey will take place, weather permitting, on 18-20 June 2012, with a possible follow-up survey the following week.
Do you love LEGO?18 June 2012A talk later this week by Simon Kent, Senior Design Manager at LEGO will offer a unique insight into the world of LEGO. 'We love LEGO . . . ', organised by RIBA South West and supported by the University of Bristol and the Institution of Civil Engineers, will take place on Friday 22 June at 6 pm in the Pugsley Lecture Theatre, University of Bristol, Queen's Building, University Walk, Bristol.
Art historian on BBC Radio Bristol15 June 2012Dr Mike O'Mahony of the Department of History of Art will be interviewed on BBC Radio Bristol's Sunday show this weekend about his new book 'Olympic Visions'.
Measuring quantum dimensions15 June 2012A new study from the ICFO (Institute of Photonic Sciences) in Barcelona and the University of Bristol has demonstrated how the dimension of an unknown quantum system can be assessed from measurement data alone. The research is published today in Nature Physics.
New Dean of Arts for University of Bristol14 June 2012Michael Basker, Professor of Russian Literature and Head of the School of Modern Languages at the University of Bristol, has been selected to succeed Professor Charles Martindale as Dean of Arts from August 2012.
New smartphone app to track problem plants13 June 2012The University of Bristol is using technology to help protect the UK’s wildlife thanks to the launch of a new mobile phone app which enables the public to track the spread of invasive plants.