What motivates women to take part in physical activity?30 October 2013What motivates and de-motivates women to take part in physical activity, and how can women be supported to become more active? These are just some of the issues researchers will be discussing as a part of an event [Wadebridge: Sat 2 Nov] communicating some of the results from a Cornish-based study that explored the physical activity experiences of older women.
Green fingered students dig deep to transform community garden28 October 2013After collecting 16 bags of rubbish and some extreme pruning, green fingered students from the University of Bristol have helped to transform a neglected area of Easton as part of their mission to create a community haven and learning space.
Social robotics experts come to Bristol25 October 2013The interaction between humans and robots and the integration of robots into our society will be discussed when world-leading experts come to Bristol for an International Conference on Social Robotics.
Art meets science at Brunel's Old Station23 October 2013danceroom Spectroscopy, a remarkable installation that combines molecular physics, cutting edge technology, ambient sounds and performance dance, will be on show in Bristol this weekend [Thursday 24 – Saturday 25 October] before leaving the UK for an international tour.
Donald Whaley, 1933-201323 October 2013Donald Whaley, retired librarian in the School of Geographical Sciences from 1969 to 1998, died in a traffic accident in September 2013 at the age of 80. His colleagues Edward Thomas and Peter Haggett recall his life.
Cleft Gene Bank to welcome a Royal visitor23 October 2013The world’s largest ever cleft lip and palate research programme was launched last year and HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO, as Patron of the Healing Foundation, will visit the Healing Foundation Cleft Gene Bank and Birth Cohort Study at the University of Bristol today, Wednesday 23 October.
Research ripens into Orchard Heritage Day22 October 2013Researchers from the Department of Historical Studies made a distinctive contribution to this week’s nationwide Apple Day events, by co-organising Quantock Apple Heritage Day.
European funding in the spotlight at GW4 conference21 October 2013Representatives from the European Commission are to speak to leading academics from four of the region’s universities at the GW4 Horizon 2020 conference, being held in Bristol to highlight the research opportunities available under a new €70.2billion programme for research and innovation.
Saddle up for Like Your Bike Week18 October 2013Students from the University of Bristol will be demonstrating their love for cycling next week thanks to a new campaign created by the University of Bristol Students’ Union (UBU). Starting on Sunday, Like Your Bike Week aims to celebrate cycling as a fun, flexible, sustainable and economical mode of travel for students.
New Dictionary of Hymnology published18 October 2013The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology – the first attempt for more than a hundred years to replace A Dictionary of Hymnology, the standard historical reference book for pre-twentieth century Christian hymns – will be published this October by the Canterbury Press.
Enzyme catalysis unmasked in new research17 October 2013What makes enzymes such fantastic catalysts? New research from the University of Bristol is significantly advancing our understanding of how these proteins increase the rate of chemical reaction.
One in three premature babies fare less well at school17 October 2013New research shows that almost one in three children born prematurely (before 37 weeks) have lower Key Stage 1 (KS1) test results than children who are born at full term (37-42 weeks) and more than a third have special educational needs (SEN).
Sinking teeth into the evolutionary origin of our skeleton16 October 2013For decades, it was thought that our skeleton and all its characteristic bony tissues originated in the predators, known as ‘conodonts’. However new research, led by the University of Bristol and published today in Nature, shows that they were evolutionary copy-cats who evolved tooth-like structures and tissues independently of other vertebrates. The origin of our skeleton is to be found in the armour of our mud-slurping ancestors who evolved bony armour to protect themselves from such predators.
Dr John Wilson, 1938-201315 October 2013Dr John Wilson, retired George Wills Senior Research Fellow in Physics, died on 7 October after a short bout of intense illness, following prostate cancer with which he battled from 2001. Professors Nigel Hussey and Stephen Hayden offer this appreciation.
Steven Greer elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts15 October 2013Steven Greer, Professor of Human Rights at the University of Bristol Law School, has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in recognition of his ‘expertise and respected authorship in human rights protection’.
How technology is shaping the future of media15 October 2013How technology is shaping the future of media will be discussed by Matthew Postgate, BBC Controller of Research and Development , at the annual Richard Gregory Memorial Lecture, organised by the University of Bristol's Bristol Vision Institute, on Monday 28 October 2013.
Bristol engineers take the lead again15 October 2013Following on from previous years’ successes, six engineering students from the University of Bristol have been selected as ‘inspirational role models to the next generation of engineers’ by the Royal Academy of Engineering.
South, West and Wales consortium to nurture next generation of arts and humanities researchers15 October 2013The South, West and Wales Consortium, in a bid to the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) led by the University of Bristol in collaboration with seven other universities – Aberystwyth, Bath, Bath Spa, Cardiff, Exeter, Reading and Southampton – has been awarded £14.2 million funding over five years to deliver postgraduate supervision, training and skills development from 2014.
Study finds mentoring key to influencing pupils to apply to University11 October 2013Appropriately-timed student mentoring schemes can have a large and substantiate effect on influencing secondary pupils from disadvantaged areas apply to university. These are the findings of a pilot study, published today, that tested the impact and delivery of mentoring on pupils’ intentions to apply to university.
Study finds no increased risk of suicide in patients using smoking cessation drugs11 October 2013A study to assess whether patients prescribed smoking cessation drugs are at an increased risk of suicide, self-harm and treated depression compared with users of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) has found no evidence of an increased risk. The findings, led by researchers from the University of Bristol, are published online in the British Medical Journal [BMJ] today [11 October].
Bristol graduates win prize for their engineering design9 October 2013Five graduates from the University of Bristol’s engineering design degree have been awarded a group prize from the Institute of Engineering Designers (IED) for an automated system that could enable people to view online large exhibits held in permanent storage.