New partnership to target environmental issues13 May 2013The University of Bristol has today [13 May] announced it will be working in partnership with a Government research agency to help ensure vital research into the environment, food security and animal welfare is communicated and utilised by policy makers. Research staff and students linked to the Cabot Institute will join forces with the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA), whose role is to provide robust evidence, rigorous analysis and professional advice to Government, international organisations and the private sector.
Walkers step up to the challenge13 May 2013Members of the School of Physics’ Micro- and Nano structural Materials research group took the prize for Best Team Performance in a four-week University challenge to promote walking organised by the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health.
Students bring animal welfare out into the open13 May 2013Staff and PhD students from University of Bristol’s Department of Clinical Veterinary Sciences took to the hills recently to attend an unusual conference focusing on animal welfare and behaviour research.
Dr O’Rawe awarded AHRC grant for Italian cinema research13 May 2013Dr Catherine O'Rawe in the Department of Italian, with colleagues at Exeter and Oxford Brookes universities, has been awarded a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council for a study of Italian Cinema audiences in the 1940s and 1950s.
Mobile phone app to help monitor UK’s native ladybirds after foreign invasion10 May 2013‘iRecord Ladybirds’ a free mobile phone app is launched today to help monitor the impact of the invasive Harlequin ladybird on the UK’s native ladybird species. The app was produced by scientists at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology working with the Nature Locator team at the University of Bristol.
The high-tech future of healthcare: a digital health assistant in your home9 May 2013The UK’s healthcare system faces unprecedented challenges. A pioneering new collaboration, led by the University of Bristol, hopes to address these challenges by developing a 24/7 digital home health assistant thanks to a grant awarded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) of £12 million.
Building protocells from inorganic nanoparticles9 May 2013Researchers at the University of Bristol have led a new enquiry into how extremely small particles of silica (sand) can be used to design and construct artificial protocells in the laboratory. The work is described in an article published in Nature Chemistry.
Celebrating Dante's – and Dan Brown's – Inferno at the University of Bristol9 May 2013A group of Bristol experts on Dante will be speed-reading Dan Brown's eagerly anticipated new novel Inferno, inspired by the Italian poet's masterwork of the same name, ahead of a round table discussion at the University of Bristol this Tuesday [14 May], the day the book is published by Transworld. The event, Dante and Dan Brown, takes place in the Old Council Chamber, Wills Memorial Building from 6pm. All are welcome but booking is required.
Silk and cellulose biologically effective for use in stem cell cartilage repair8 May 2013Over 20 million people in Europe suffer from osteoarthritis which can lead to extensive damage to the knee and hip cartilage. Stem cells offer a promising way forward but a key challenge has been to design a ‘smart material’ that is biologically effective for cartilage tissue regeneration. Now researchers have identified a blend of naturally occurring fibres such as cellulose and silk that makes progress towards affordable and effective cell-based therapy for cartilage repair a step closer.
Reading to escape takes Damien from prison to university7 May 2013The remarkable journey from reading literature in prison to studying for a degree at the University of Bristol has earned Damien Moran an adult learner award. The 41-year-old, who is studying part-time for the BA in English Literature and Community Engagement, will receive a South West Regional Individual Learner Award as part of Adult Learners’ Week from 18 to 24 May 2013.
New antiviral treatment could significantly reduce global burden of hepatitis C6 May 2013Around 150 million people globally are chronically infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) – a major cause of liver disease and the fastest growing cause of liver transplantation and liver cancer. New prevention strategies are urgently required as people are continuing to be infected with HCV. Findings, published in Hepatology, reveal the impact of a new antiviral treatment that could potentially reduce HCV rates in some cities affected by chronic HCV prevalence by half over 15 years.
Museums come to life for special night time event3 May 2013Ghostly tales, dinosaur bones and rare books are just some of the fascinating treasures from the vaults of the University of Bristol which will be shown to the public as part of the Museums at Night initiative – an annual late night festival of art, culture and heritage.
Student volunteers jazz up dinner dance3 May 2013A fun evening of dinner, music and dancing was on the menu when kind-hearted students from the University of Bristol put on an annual dinner dance for older people in the local community. Over 50 residents enjoyed the event at Cotham Parish Church, organised by volunteers from the University of Bristol Students’ Union (UBU).
New Fellow of the Royal Society3 May 2013Professor Guy Lloyd-Jones from the School of Chemistry has achieved the rare distinction of being elected Fellow of the world's most eminent and oldest scientific academy in continuous existence: the Royal Society.
Detailed mapping provides new insight into measuring palaeo ice-thickness2 May 2013Using information gathered from field-based studies at the Kima’Kho tuya, an extinct subglacial volcano in northern British Columbia, Canada, researchers from the University of British Columbia, Dickinson College and the University of Bristol report how they have determined palaeo icesheet thickness.
The Single Sign-On page is changing2 May 2013The University’s Single Sign-On (SSO) page, which is used to authenticate staff’s access to a number of University online services, is changing from next Tuesday [7 May 2013].
New short courses in human rights1 May 2013The Human Rights Implementation Centre (HIRC) based in the University of Bristol Law School is offering three new short courses in human rights.
Delve into the history of Bristol’s hidden gardens30 April 2013A rare glimpse into the city’s horticultural history is being offered through a series of guided tours at two of Bristol’s most beautiful and historic gardens. The University of Bristol is inviting people to delve into the rich history of two hidden gems - Goldney Garden and Royal Fort Garden – through tours taking place between May and September.
Athena SWAN awards29 April 2013The University is pleased to announce that the Schools of Social and Community Medicine and Oral and Dental Sciences have both been awarded Silver in their respective applications for Athena SWAN awards.
Bristol’s School of Chemistry scoops five RSC awards29 April 2013Four academics in Bristol’s School of Chemistry have received individual prizes from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), and a project involving academics from the Schools of Chemistry, Biological Sciences and Biochemistry has picked up a fifth award for 'world-leading collaborative research'.
Shape-shifting mobile devices29 April 2013Prototype mobile devices that can change shape on-demand will be unveiled today [Monday 29 April] by academics in the University’s Department of Computer Science and could lay down the foundation for creating high shape resolution devices of the future.
Bristol researchers speed up their careers25 April 2013Thirteen academics from the University of Bristol have taken part in the first South West Crucible, a development programme that brought together some of the most promising research leaders from across the region.
Bristol hosts seminar to help improve children's rights24 April 2013The University of Bristol has hosted a two-day seminar to discuss the challenges of implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child across the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) and Europe.
University-backed TASL receives Queen’s Award for Enterprise24 April 2013University spin-off company Track Analysis Systems Ltd (TASL), which manufactures radiation detectors and laboratory analysis systems for radiation research, has received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of innovation.
Personal experiences of cleft lip and palate needed for research study23 April 2013Parents of children with cleft lip and/or palate, or people who were born with a cleft lip and/or palate themselves are being asked to consider taking part in a new research study led by the University’s School of Oral and Dental Sciences to develop an online resource for families and individuals affected by this condition.
Multi-ethnic neighbourhoods have increased across England and Wales23 April 2013Many more Whites live in mixed neighbourhoods in 2011 than 2001, according to first analyses of recently-released census data, although there was no movement towards creation of substantial Indian, Pakistani, or Bangladeshi exclusive neighbourhoods, study finds.