On the outside looking in: the shared burden of domestic violence19 February 2013Domestic violence is experienced by one in four British women during their lifetime, and has profound physical and mental health consequences. Adult friends or relatives of a woman in an abusive relationship may be aware of the situation, either because the survivor has spoken to them about it, or because they have noticed behaviours that concern them. However, there is a lack of research looking at the consequences of this awareness on the health and wellbeing of the woman’s supportive network – we simply don’t know what the toll is on the adult friends and family members.
£20 million scheme underway to boost student accommodation18 February 2013A £20.7 million building scheme is underway to transform accommodation at the University of Bristol’s halls of residence in Stoke Bishop. New self-catering townhouses and apartment blocks will create an additional 327 bedrooms as part of Hiatt Baker Hall, plus a new transport hub and improved facilities.
Annual RAG procession kick-starts fundraising extravaganza15 February 2013An eye-catching parade of floats, performers and unusual vehicles will take to the streets of Bristol tomorrow [16 February] as students from the University of Bristol get their annual fundraising week underway in style.
How flooding affected the life of Richard III15 February 2013The Battle of Bosworth Field may never have occurred if Henry Tudor’s first attempt to seize the throne from Richard III, two years earlier, hadn’t been thwarted by the inclement weather of October 1483, a researcher investigating historical sea floods at the University of Bristol has discovered.
Scientists find calcium is the initial trigger in our immune response to healing14 February 2013For the first time scientists studying the cellular processes underlying the body’s response to healing have revealed how a flash of calcium is the very first step in repairing damaged tissue. The findings, published in Current Biology, could lead to new therapies that speed up the healing process following injury or surgery.
Cracking the semantic code13 February 2013Half of a word's meaning is simply a three dimensional summary of the rewards associated with it, according to an analysis of millions of blog entries undertaken by researchers from the University of Bristol and published today in PLoS ONE.
Boeing awards scholarships to engineering students13 February 2013Two undergraduate students at the University of Bristol have been awarded scholarships by the Boeing Company for their outstanding academic performance in the fields of Aerospace Engineering and Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
Bristol Poetry Institute announces competition winners13 February 2013The Bristol Poetry Institute held its inaugural Poetry Competition for Young Poets (aged 16-19) this autumn. Over fifty entries, received from schools in Bristol and South Gloucestershire, were considered by the judges.
Chinese culture comes to life at special gala performance13 February 2013Chinese New Year celebrations will continue in Bristol this weekend as students from the University of Bristol put on a vibrant performance to showcase Chinese culture. Around 20 members of the Bristol Chinese Students and Scholars Association (Bristol CSSA) will present a Chinese New Year Gala Performance on Saturday [16 February] at the Victoria Rooms.
The wind in the willows13 February 2013Wetland trees are a significant overlooked source of the potent greenhouse gas methane, according to a new study by researchers at The Open University and the Universities of Bristol and Oxford.
Surgical trials centre to open in Bristol12 February 2013A new centre that will enable surgeons to learn more about how to deal with a range of conditions, assess new surgical techniques and discover surgical breakthroughs to help deliver better care to thousands of patients will open in Bristol.
Scientists invited to help put science in the news11 February 2013The British Science Association is inviting applications for its 2013 Media Fellowship scheme, which gives scientists with a chance to gain first-hand experience of how science is reported.
Study highlights link between poor welfare and meat quality11 February 2013A recent scientific study by the University of Bristol's School of Veterinary Sciences has shown that pre-stun shocks in commercial broiler processing significantly affect carcase and meat quality as well as bird welfare.
China's Ambassador visits University11 February 2013China’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Xiaoming Liu, commended Bristol’s ‘exceptional scientific research’ during a visit to the University on Thursday [7 February].
How the pictures learnt to walk11 February 2013A digital touch-table that brings the experience of pre-cinema and early filmmaking back to cinema audiences and museum visitors has been developed by researchers at the University of Bristol and UWE Bristol, working in partnership with Aerian Studios.
24 new genes for nearsightedness identified10 February 2013Scientists have discovered 24 new genes that cause refractive errors and myopia — an important cause of blindness and visual impairment worldwide, which has no cure to date. The findings, published in Nature Genetics, reveal genetic causes of the trait, and this may help in finding a solution.
Hal Draper, 1951-20128 February 2013Hal Draper, who died in December, was a well-known actor and comedian who worked for many years as a counsellor in the University’s Disability Services.
Could you fall in love with student volunteering?8 February 2013Students from across the University of Bristol will be sharing their love of volunteering by taking part in a national celebration of the positive difference they are making to their communities as part of Student Volunteering Week (SVW).
A snapshot of Shanghai, past and present, marks Chinese New Year7 February 2013A unique collection of photographs, comparing modern-day Shanghai with a snapshot of the city portrayed in a guidebook from 1904, is being exhibited as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations in Bristol this weekend. The special pop-up exhibition, entitled ‘Darwent revisited: Shanghai then and now’, is being shown at Bristol Museum on Saturday [9 February] and at M Shed on Sunday. It promises to be a visual feast, showing how the world’s most populated city has changed over the past century.
£54 million Life Sciences building reaches new heights7 February 2013Work to create a £54 million world-class building for science research and teaching in the centre of Bristol has reached a major milestone. The concrete structure of the new University of Bristol’s Life Sciences building, which sits on the site of the Old Children’s Hospital at the top of St Michael’s Hill, was officially completed yesterday [Wednesday, 6 February]. Work to create a £54 million world-class building for science research and teaching in the centre of Bristol has reached a major milestone. The concrete structure of the new University of Bristol’s Life Sciences building, which sits on the site of the Old Children’s Hospital at the top of St Michael’s Hill, was officially completed yesterday [Wednesday, 6 February].
Bristol researcher brings Fireworks to the Old Commonwealth Museum7 February 2013An art installation developed at the University of Bristol comes to the Old Commonwealth Museum next week as part of In Between Time 13 (IBT13), an international festival of extraordinary theatre, live art, dance, opera, feasts, talks, parties and public art happening in venues and public spaces across Bristol.
Best of Bristol Lectures go digital as they return for a third series5 February 2013The most inspiring lecturers at the University of Bristol, as voted by students, will be sharing their wisdom with the public in a series of free lunchtime lectures. It will be the third series of the Best of Bristol Lectures, which are organised by students to give fellow students, university staff and members of the public a chance to experience the best teaching Bristol University has to offer.
Scientists identify culprit in obesity-associated high blood pressure31 January 2013Obesity and its related conditions such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke are among the most challenging of today’s healthcare concerns. Together, they constitute the biggest killer in western society. New findings, published in Cell, have identified a target that could hold the key to developing safe therapies to treat obesity and its associated conditions.