News in 2011

  • 2012: Decoding the Countercultural Apocalypse (Equinox Publishing, 2011) By Dr Joseph Gelfer (BA, 1995) 16 December 2011 December 21 2012 is believed to mark the end of the thirteenth B'ak'tun cycle in the Long Count of the Mayan calendar. A growing number of people believe this date to mark the end of the world or, at the very least, the end of the world as we know it: a shift to a new form of global consciousness.
  • Did you graduate from Bristol between 1 January 2011 and 31 July 2011? 24 November 2011 Every year we contact all those who have recently completed a course at the University of Bristol to take part in a survey to find out what they are doing after they leave. This survey is part of a national one, which every UK higher education institution contributes to, but the information provided is also very useful to us at Bristol to inform current and prospective students about available opportunities.
  • Choir on the hill 23 November 2011 Alice Woodward (BSc Biology 2010) has recently moved to London, and is setting up a new choir in Notting Hill called "Choir on the Hill". Already in the choir are many Bristol graduates who sang in the University of Bristol Chamber Choir. 'Choir on the Hill' is a new fun, un-auditioned choir for people aged 18-35. With a focus on singing both classical and more modern pieces, this is also an opportunity to perform occasionally, have fun and meet new friends. You don't have to be an experienced singer but if you know how to read music it would help. Singers of all standards welcome.
  • The Best of Bristol Lectures 23 November 2011 Inspirational lunchtime talks from some of the University of Bristol’s finest lecturers
  • More Morello Letters: Pen Pal to the Super Stars by Duncan McNair (LLB 1978) 23 November 2011 Duncan McNair's (LLB 1978) first book The Morello Letters was heralded by WH Smiths as the funniest book in over 30 years and reached No 1 in Amazon for humour parody. The sequel, More Morello Letters - Pen pal to the super stars, is receiving similar stellar reviews everywhere and is named by the broadcaster Jon Snow as "the funniest book I have ever read". Read some hilarious sample letters from the discombobulous Morello family to the great and the good, and the genuine replies, at www.morelloworld.com
  • William Morris' (BA 1994) debut at the Festival of the Voice 18 November 2011 William Morris (BA 1994), has been commissioned by Kingston Arts Council to compose a piece of music for the Kingston Festival of the Voice 2011. The piece called "Ring out, Ye Crystal Spheres", was written to combine both the classical theme of the Festival and Christ the King.
  • The Morello Letters: Pen Pal to the Stars by Duncan McNair (LLB 1978) 11 November 2011 A collection of hilarious letters sent to the great and good of British society. Mr. Morello is a slightly confused, pear-shaped forty-five year old Italian immigrant living with his larger, plump wife Mrs. Morello and three children -- Tosti, Amphora and Rizzo -- in that most salubrious of London suburbs: Ealing. As a family, they share a curious fondness for all things British and yet by dint of their Italian heritage, struggle to come to terms with some of our more esoteric characteristics.
  • Were you a med student in 1972? 10 November 2011 Time2Share, originally called Bristol Family Support Service, is celebrating its 40th birthday next year and is looking to find the original founders to help it celebrate.
  • Alumnus' signature will become the most collectable in the country 3 November 2011 Chris Salmon (BSc 1990) is Executive Director, and Banking & Chief Cashier for the Bank of England. This week the new £50 note was issued and features Mr Salmon's signature, which without it, the bank note would not be legal tender.
  • George Ferguson becomes part of the Students’ Union’s future 2 November 2011 Highly-regarded Bristol architect George Ferguson CBE, PPRIBA, RWA is to return to the University where he learnt his trade, this time in an advisory role to the Students’ Union.
  • The University of Bristol Historic Gardens by Marion Mako (MA 2005) 26 October 2011 Using many original archive resources, this book has been researched and written by Marion Mako, who studied for an MA in Garden History at the University. Lavishly illustrated, it tells the story of nine gardens and the people who created them.
  • Star with a thousand moons by Andrew Parkin (PhD 1969) 26 October 2011 Andrew's latest book contains an ode written in the form of a film scenario because it is about Chinese cinema and Shaw Studios. This is followed by a suite of lyrics about Chinese gourds engraved with scenes from literature and legend.
  • The Cuban Intervention in Angola, 1965-1991, From Che Guevara to Cuito Cuanavale By Edward George (BA 1995, PhD 2001) 13 October 2011 A new examination of why Cuba, a Caribbean country, sent half a million of its citizens to fight in Angola in Africa, and how a short-term intervention escalated into a lengthy war of intervention.
  • Writing Medico-Legal Reports in Civil Claims – an Essential Guide by Giles Eyre (LLB 1973) and Lynden Alexander 5 October 2011 A comprehensive guide to medico-legal report writing in civil claims, the book offers easy to use techniques to help experts and lawyers alike to apply essential legal principles in practical reporting situations. It also serves as a valuable reference, giving guidance on to how to approach a wide-variety of reporting issues – from causation and damage through to multiple incident claims and exaggerating claimants.
  • Alumnus Dr Tim Mitchell, new trustee of Pahar Trust Nepal 4 October 2011 This year the Pahar Trust Nepal, reached and passed the milestone of spending £1 million building schools and health posts in the remote Himalayan regions of Nepal.
  • Call for nominations, Convocation Awards 4 October 2011 Do you know a student whose outstanding contribution to university life deserves shouting about (& £500)?  Well if you do, nominate them now.
  • Why should anyone buy from you? by Justin Basini 16 September 2011 Trust in business is currently at an all-time low. From banks to oil companies to car manufacturers, despite the billions poured into marketing and brand messages, the level of consumer trust in business is collapsing. Marketing departments and their leaders increasingly look like they are selling snake oil, taking reckless multi-million pound gambles on advertising and marketing campaigns that barely move the needle. One of the most pressing questions for business leaders is "Why don't they trust us?". 
  • Alumni Foundation Grant Awards Pass £1.25m 15 September 2011 Since being set up in 1982 by a group of staff and alumni, the Alumni Foundation has now paid out more that £1.25m in awards.
  • Nonesuch takes to the water 15 September 2011 The club's first boat, almost over 100 years ago was called Nonesuch and in honour of its past, the club have chosen to name themselves after it, The Nonesuch BC.
  • David Walliams' (BA 1992) swim in river Thames makes a million for charity 14 September 2011 Little Britain star David Walliams (BA Drams 1992), has finally completed his Big Splash Challenge, an epic eight day charity swim for Sport Relief along 140 miles of the river Thames. The former Bristol University student has now raised £1,093,325 and counting.
  • David Nicholls’ (BA 1988) bestselling novel 'One Day' hits the big screen 7 September 2011 Bristol University graduate, David Nicholls’ (BA 1988) bestselling novel One Day has been tipped as the next big Hollywood Blockbuster. The book has been translated into 37 languages and sold over a million copies in the UK alone since it was published in 2009.
  • The Thinking Tank by Jae De Wylde Minshall (BA 1981) 7 September 2011 The Thinking Tank by Jae De Wylde. 1969, London, England and Sally, a little girl dressed in brown, visits Father Christmas at a church fair. He rescues her as she trips and stumbles into his arms. As he hoists her onto his lap she thinks she feels the breath of a kiss on her cheek.
  • Venturefest Bristol 2011 is launching an innovation showcase competition to find businesses with new ideas for the event. 24 August 2011 Venturefest Bristol is an exciting new event for the South West business community, organised by Science City Bristol, and aims to bring technology business ideas together with potential funding and support, to achieve the commercialisation of new ideas.
  • Double success for new graduate’s gaming business 19 August 2011 Bristol University Computer Science graduate Chris Strand (BSc 2011) hasn’t wasted any time since graduating in July, with his business idea already having won two top competitions.
  • The Conduit by Chryselle Brown (BA Classical Studies, 2005) 18 August 2011 The place is Cyprus, the island of love in the Mediterranean. The city is Nicosia, the only divided city in the world.  Greeks and Turks, opposing factions for decades – finally, a peace deal is on the table. A young English woman, Cathy Burkert is on a job in Cyprus, part of a team to identify the ancient Greek poet, Homer’s great work, the Cypria. Cathy has secrets, secrets which enables a deadly machine to be invented, one never before seen by mankind.  A web of intrigue is spun to change the will of a nation, is Cathy the inspired medium?
  • Lawrence Clarke (BA 2011) is tipped for place at the 2012 London Olympics. 18 August 2011 Bristol University graduate Lawrence Clarke (BA Theology and Religious Studies, 2011) is tipped for a place in the 110m hurdles at the 2012 London Olympics.
  • THE DEVIL’S DOGS by Penny Morgan (PhD,1969) 10 August 2011 DCI Paul Draper and his friend Professor Mark Rees, an eminent primatologist, reappear in this third book, The Devil’s Dogs’, a crime thriller with a strong animal welfare theme. Both characters also featured in ‘Prime Witness’ and ‘Blood Wood’ by the same author.
  • Kafka... for Our Time: Journeys of discovery by Michael Major (Author) & Azadeh Medaglia (Translator - PhD 1998) 10 August 2011 Kafka... for our time: Journeys of discovery is a book of 24 thought provoking interpretations based around updated translations of classic Kafka stories. The insightful interpretations aim to make Kafka’s work relevant not only to the man himself and the time in which he lived, but also to our modern day lives and our own personal struggle.
  • The Arundells of Wardour, by Barry Williamson (BA 1964) 4 August 2011 Eventful and colourful history of the Arundell family, landed gentry based at Wardour Castle, south-west Wiltshire (UK), from the 16th to 20th century, engagingly written for the general reader but fully referenced for the scholar.
  • Lattitude Global Volunteering, formerly GAP Activity Projects celebrates 40th anniversary 4 August 2011 Lattitude Global Volunteering, formerly GAP Activity Projects, is celebrating 40 years and 40,000 volunteers in 2012. 
  • Greg Doran (BA 1980) to collect a Doctor of Letters honorary degree 28 July 2011 Greg Doran (BA 1980), the Chief Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, studied Drama and English at Bristol University before training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. The award-winning director, whose work is seen and admired internationally, is returning to the Wills Memorial Building to collect a Doctor of Letters honorary degree in recognition of outstanding achievement and distinction in a field or activity consonant with the University’s mission.
  • Educational Fundraising Graduate Trainee Scheme 22 July 2011 The University of Bristol is looking for a highly motivated graduate with a keen interest in fundraising, campaigning or events management and higher education to participate in the last year of a highly successful national scheme to develop the educational fundraisers of the future. 
  • Global businessman Geoffrey to be honoured for his commitment to the University 22 July 2011 A philanthropist who helped to establish a Foundation in America which has funded $1million in scholarships and bursaries for Bristol University will be honoured today [21 July].
  • Congratulations to the class of 2011 21 July 2011 Congratulations to all our new graduates who are receiving their degrees this week and welcome to the alumni community.
  • BBC Radio 4 broadcast from Bristol’s Nanoscience building 21 July 2011 A nanometre is to a normal metre as a CD is to the earth! The infinitely small scale at which scientists are working is difficult to grasp - even for a scientist like presenter Prof Iain Stewart.
  • Oscar-winner Ben walks the golden road to Hollywood via Bristol 15 July 2011 Bristol graduate Ben Morris (will receive an honorary degree today [15 July] in recognition of his achievements in the film industry. The 40-year-old graduated with a first class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1992 and has gone on to become a leading visual effects engineer, winning an Oscar for his work on The Golden Compass.
  • Convocation Representatives on Court – 2011 election results 12 July 2011 2011 has been a landmark year for the election of Convocation Representatives on Court. Following the decision of the 2010 Convocation AGM to allow ‘distance voting’, 1181 individual ballot papers were received, of which 1161 were valid. This is a remarkable result in that the number of voters who have participated in this election is approximately 15 times greater than in recent years.
  • Graham Blyth (BSc 1969) donates concert organ to the Department of Music 8 July 2011 The roof of the auditorium in the Victoria Rooms was raised on 22 June at a gala concert which saw the inauguration of a new organ for the Department of Music donated by Graham Blyth (BSc 1969). The performance was Camille Saint Saens’ mighty ‘Organ’ Symphony which brings a full symphony orchestra, solo organ and piano together in its thrilling finale.
  • Michelle McDowell (BSc 1984) is Business Woman of the Year 6 July 2011 BDP’s Michelle McDowell (BSc Civil Engineering,1984) has won the title of Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year 2011. The prestigious award celebrates women of achievement; entrepreneurs and business women from a wide range of industries that contribute to the economic life of the country.
  • 66 Six-Sentence Stories 29 June 2011 ‘66 six-sentence stories' is now ready for purchase. The book is comprised of stories written by staff, students and alumni and was put together by Eamonn Reading (Chemistry 2007- ) and Lewin Appleton-Fox. The book will raise money for the National Literary Trust and the Alumni Foundation, which awarded Eamonn £100 to set the project up.
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