Professorial inaugural lectures by School academics9 December 2013The Public and Ceremonial Office in the University record professors' inaugural lectures when they are delivered. Each lecture provides an opportunity for them to share their achievements in research, innovation, engagement and teaching activities before an audience of members of the University community and the general public.
Promoting women’s safety in Bristol: a public debate11 November 2013PolicyBristol hosted a public debate on Tuesday 5 November at the Watershed as part of Bristol University’s annual Thinking Futures festival. The purpose of the debate was to provide a forum in which a range of academic and non-academic perspectives and expertise could be brought together to discuss issues relating to improving women’s safety in Bristol
Dr Eldin Fahmy attends workshop about fuel poverty22 October 2013On 8th October Dr Eldin Fahmy attended a workshop on fuel poverty hosted by the DECC and organised by the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group including presentations by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey MP. Eldin will be attending a Parliamentary Reception on 19 November with the Under-Secretary of State for Energy, Baroness Verma, to celebrate 20 years of the Eaga Charitable Trust.
Tom Shakespeare at Norah Fry Research Centre14 October 2013To celebrate our 25th year of continuous research activity at Norah Fry, the centre hosted a lecture and celebration on Friday 4 October at Goldney Hall. The renowned disabled academic, Tom Shakespeare, joined us for the evening and gave a lecture to about eighty guests, which proved to be inspiring as well as challenging. It is available as a podcast here, for anyone who missed the event.
Macmillan Coffee Morning success7 October 2013Raising money by eating cake was hardly going to be a challenge for the staff at the School for Policy Studies, and so it was proven last week at the Macmillan Coffee Morning.
Summary of Policy & Politics 2013 Conference3 October 2013Policy & Politics held its 2013 Conference in Bristol this month. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Transforming Policy and Politics: the Future of the State in the 21st Century’.
Centre interview for global analysis project of living conditions and poverty24 September 2013On Tuesday 17th September Dave Gordon and colleagues at the Universities of Gothenberg, Liverpool and Maynooth (Ireland) were interviewed by a review panel of the Swedish Riksband (Central Bank) for a project proposal which had been shortlisted. The project will provide a global analysis of living conditions and poverty in low and middle income countries using household survey microdata, multilevel modelling and geographic weighted regression analysis.
Congratulations to all our graduates19 July 2013The sunny gardens of 8 Priory Road were the setting for yesterday's graduation celebration, where our BSc Social Policy and BSc Childhood Studies graduates celebrated with champagne, Pimms and strawberries and cream.
Study identifies ‘justice gap’ for rape victims15 July 2013Rape cases involving vulnerable victims, such as those with extensive mental health problems, are least likely to progress through the criminal justice system and not result in conviction. This is just one of the findings from a new University of Bristol study that investigated the high ‘drop out’ rate in rape cases.
Report from Egyptian DPPCR exchange students 201317 June 2013We were a group of five ladies from the University of Cairo doing a diploma in public policy and child rights staying in the city of Bristol. For some of us it was their first time outside of their homeland, Egypt. For others, it was their first time in the UK. Excited as we were, we were received by both a warm welcome and a busy schedule. Our schedule included a three-day intense course on research methodologies with Masters and PhD students, more than 10 lectures tackling all aspects of child development and welfare with undergraduate students, and a number of meetings with the university staff members and with schools, care centres and NGOs working in the city of Bristol.
BSs Social Policy retains top position in 2014 Guardian University table4 June 2013Our BSc (Hons) Social Policy degree has retained its place at the top of the Guardian University subject league table 2014 for another year. Our BSc (Hons) Childhood Studies degree, which is categorised as Social Work for the purposes of the subject tables, was placed sixth, one place higher than last year. The Guardian uses a combination of NSS data and other statistics to create league tables for most degree courses in the UK.
School PhD student awarded grant by UoB Alumni Foundation16 May 2013Yedith Guillén Fernández has been awarded an Alumni Foundation grant to present her research at the ISCI 2013 International Conference ‘Child Indicators in a Globalized World: Implications for Research, Practice and Policy’, hosted at Seoul National University in South Korea from the 29th to the 31st May 2013, which is organized by the International Society for Child Indicators.
Farewell lunch prepared by visiting Egyptian Diploma students7 May 2013A lunch cooked by visiting Egyptian students on their penultimate day in the UK was enjoyed by staff in the School for Policy Studies today (7 May). The Diploma in Public Policy and Child Rights students, Manar, Nadia, Ramy, Emam, Ahmed, Marwa and Aya, were presented with certificates to commemorate their two week stay in the UK.
Bristol hosts seminar to help improve children's rights25 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.
Celebrating the TARA project20 April 2013The Tara Project (a longitudinal study of the needs of homeless women) held two events recently to celebrate the project and as part of the dissemination of the findings. The first event, for study participants and advisors, was held at the Wild Goose café on the 19 April, was held at the University and was attended by over 90 delegates including service providers, front line workers, commissioners and researchers from Bristol and beyond. The research followed homeless women over an 18 month period to examine the impact of homelessness over time with a specific focus on the issue of homeless women’s complex needs.
Emeritus Professor Lesley Doyal announces acclaimed new publication18 April 2013Living with HIV and Dying with AIDS – Diversity, Inequality and Human Rights in the Global Pandemic, the acclaimed new book by Lesley Doyal, will be released in May 2013. The book explores the experiences of the millions of people whose living and dying constitute the reality of this devastating pandemic.
Kinship carers 'unable to afford basic necessities'15 April 2013A major study published today [15 April] by the University of Bristol and leading children’s grant-giving charity, Buttle UK provides the most comprehensive picture to date of informal kinship care — children cared for informally by relatives and friends because their parents are no longer able to look after them
Largest study into poverty reveals extent of deprivation of the UK28 March 2013Today 33 per cent of the UK population suffers from multiple deprivation - it was 14 per cent in 1983, and over 30 million people (almost half the population) are suffering some degree of financial insecurity. These are just some of the stark findings from the largest and most authoritative study of poverty and deprivation ever conducted in the UK.
Letting the future in: helping children and young people overcome the effects of sexual abuse13 March 2013Sexual abuse has an often devastating and long-term impact on the lives of many children and young people — for these children the future can be very dark indeed. A new study will evaluate the effectiveness of a therapeutic service designed to help children and young people who have been affected by sexual abuse. The research includes one of the largest randomised trials of this type of therapy to have been undertaken in the world.
New Lease of life for the Working Together with Parent Network in England7 March 2013Forty five professionals committed to improving the support available to parents with learning difficulties met on 28 February 2013. Participants on this networking day for the English WTPN network learnt about new initiatives such as the parenting toolkit developed by the London Network.