Celebrating 100 years of world-class health research17 June 2013A pop-up festival of medical science, discussing everything from smoking to how the human memory works, is being held to celebrate 100 years of world-class health research. Academics from the University of Bristol will be sharing their latest work and inviting the public to debate topical health issues at M Shed on Thursday [20 June] to mark the centenary of the Medical Research Council (MRC), which funds three centres and over 70 projects in the city.
Queen’s honour for Professor Jenny Donovan17 June 2013A researcher at the University of Bristol has been awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s honours in recognition of her services to social medicine.
Knighthood for University of Bristol Vice-Chancellor15 June 2013Professor Eric Thomas, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol, has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. The honour was announced today [15 June], with Sir Eric being appointed a Knight Bachelor for his services to higher education.
Bristol announced as European Green Capital for 201514 June 2013Bristol is celebrating after it was revealed as the winner of a hotly contested international competition to be European Green Capital in 2015. The announcement was made tonight [14 June] at a ceremony in Nantes, France, the city which holds the current title.
Top US students explore Bristol’s history14 June 2013Top students from the United States are spending a month in Bristol as part of a unique summer programme looking at slavery, smuggling and trade across the Atlantic. It’s the first time the University of Bristol has hosted the prestigious Fulbright Commission’s Summer Institute, established to explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK.
PhD student wins award for uranium research13 June 2013Camilla Stitt, a PhD student from the Interface Analysis Centre, has been awarded the 2013 43èmes Journées des Actinides Research medal for her research in the field of actinide physics and chemistry.
Vet School academic to feature on BBC Two’s Horizon12 June 2013Dr John Bradshaw, Visiting Fellow and Honorary Director of the Anthrozoology Institute in the School of Veterinary Sciences, will feature on BBC Two's Horizon tomorrow [Thursday 13 June] discussing the secret life of the domestic cat .
Vet School academic to feature on BBC Two’s Horizon12 June 2013Dr John Bradshaw, Visiting Fellow and Honorary Director of the Anthrozoology Institute in the University’s School of Veterinary Sciences, will feature on BBC Two's Horizon 'The secret life of the cat' tomorrow [Thursday 13 June].
Student ‘Oscars’ to celebrate contribution to Bristol life12 June 2013Students at the University of Bristol will be dusting off their best suits and dresses for the end-of-term awards season – four glitzy ceremonies held to honour the students and staff who make a difference to life in Bristol. All aspects of student life will be recognised, whether it’s volunteering, fundraising, campaigning, getting involved in student media or sport.
Top honours for University’s environmental efforts11 June 2013The University of Bristol’s efforts to be environmentally friendly and ethical are first class, according to a new league table which ranks it as one of the greenest universities in the country.
Raspberry Pi boot camp11 June 2013A Raspberry Pi boot camp organised by students from the Faculty of Engineering together with BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and At-Bristol, will take place this Saturday, 15 June.
Could student Lindsey be the next Blue Peter presenter?11 June 2013A student from the University of Bristol is in the running to be the new presenter of popular children’s television show Blue Peter. Lindsey Russell, 22, is one of 10 people shortlisted for the post out of 20,000 applicants and will appear on a new spin-off show called ‘Blue Peter – You Decide!’ on CBBC.
The caffeine conspiracy: what your coffee habit is really doing to you11 June 2013Professor Peter Rogers from the University’s School of Experimental Psychology features in today’s Times [June 11] about his research into the addictive qualities of caffeine. He talks about the strength of withdrawal effects and powerful impact caffeine had on 370 volunteers who were asked to give it up for two to three weeks in a recent study.
Healing Foundation Centre for Children’s Burns Research launches today [10 June]10 June 2013A £1.5 million research centre that aims to find new advances in the prevention and treatment of children’s burns launches at Frenchay Hospital today [June 10]. Led by the University of Bristol, the Healing Foundation Centre for Children’s Burns Research will develop new techniques and approaches to prevent burns and scalds and improve the clinical care and recovery of children who have suffered such injuries.
Modelling future global flood risk under climate change9 June 2013Flood risk is projected to increase in humid areas in Asia and Africa and decrease in most regions of Europe except the UK and northern France by the end of this century, according to a new model published today in Nature Climate Change.
Top honours for Bristol’s student enterprise experience7 June 2013Support provided to students starting their own businesses while studying at the University of Bristol is now award-winning, after scooping top honours at the SETsquared Enterprise Awards last night [6 June]. Basecamp, the University’s dedicated student start-up space run by students for students, won the ‘Best Student Enterprise Experience’ gong and was aptly presented with the award by former Bristol student Nick Wheeler, who has gone on to establish internationally renowned clothing business Charles Tyrwhitt Shirts.
Go wild at the Festival of Nature7 June 2013The Bristol Festival of Nature will unleash the city's wild side next weekend [15-16 June] when it returns to the city’s Harbourside to celebrate its 10th anniversary with a vast range of activities, entertainment and experiences. It’s the UK’s largest free natural history event, offering wildlife enthusiasts of all ages the opportunity to explore and enjoy the natural world in the heart of the city through a programme of talks, workshops, screenings and stalls from 150 exhibitors.
Bees research features on BBC TWO's Springwatch7 June 2013Dr Heather Whitney, ERC Research Fellow in the School of Biological Sciences, featured in Episode 8 of BBC TWO's Springwatch describing her recent research on how bees can sense floral electrical fields.
Critical triumph for Bristol composer's new CD7 June 2013The latest CD of music by composer and University of Bristol professor John Pickard has been described as 'one of the most important contemporary orchestral CDs of 2013' in a 5-star review in the latest edition of BBC Music Magazine.
100 years of teaching teachers – Graduate School announces free Centenary celebrations6 June 2013The University’s Graduate School of Education is hosting a free festival of public events to celebrate [Friday 28 June] 100 years of teacher education. The day of festivities is open to anyone with an interest in education – from teachers and researchers to parents and policymakers. The day will look back at the last 100 years of teacher education in Bristol and forward to the possible global futures for education.
£836,000 for collaborative environmental history project6 June 2013A tri-university project entitled ‘The Power and the Water: Connecting Pasts with Futures’, led by Professor Peter Coates of the Department of Historical Studies, has been awarded £836,000 by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
Researchers solve 20-year puzzle of how heart regulates its beat6 June 2013A 20-year puzzle as to how the heart regulates contraction appears to have been solved by researchers from the University of Bristol. The findings, published in the journal Biophysics, paves the way to improving our understanding of what goes wrong when the heart fails.
Genetrainer in the running for major technology award3 June 2013A spin-off company, Genetrainer, building on University of Bristol research by its founders, Bristol PhD graduate, Ralph Pethica and Julian Gough, Professor of Bioinformatics in the Department of Computer Science, has been selected as a finalist in a startup competition at Europe’s largest technology conference.
John Grantham, 1943-20133 June 2013John Grantham, a former porter at the Medical School from 2005 to 2012, died at the end of May. Liz Lynch, Site Services Manager, offers a tribute.
Celebrating the business leaders of tomorrow31 May 2013A leading businessman, who came up with the idea for his clothing empire while studying at the University of Bristol, will return to the city to honour and inspire the next generation of leading entrepreneurs. Nick Wheeler, founder of Charles Tyrwhitt Shirts and non-executive director of The White Company, is the special guest at the SETsquared Enterprise Awards – an event which showcases the achievements of students and graduates from universities across the south, as well as the mentors, champions and initiatives that have helped them thrive.
Why animals compare the present with the past30 May 2013Humans, like other animals, compare things. We care not only how well off we are, but whether we are better or worse off than others around us, or than we were last year. New research by scientists at the University of Bristol shows that such comparisons can give individuals an evolutionary advantage.
Student’s career ambitions rocket into space29 May 2013The exciting world of space exploration is being opened up to a student from the University of Bristol who will embark on an intense nine-week study mission at the International Space University. Engineering PhD student Ashley Dale will learn about everything from space mission design to the risks of solar flares after winning a coveted scholarship worth 17,500 Euros from the UK Space Agency.
Bristol music student to première two Elgar songs discovered by University team29 May 2013Two songs composed by Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934) have just been discovered by the team behind the Elgar Complete Edition, led by John Pickard, Professor of Composition and Applied Musicology at the University of Bristol. They will be heard in public for the first time at the Elgar Birthplace near Worcester on Sunday 2 June – the 156th anniversary of the composer’s birth.