Did you graduate from Bristol between 1 January 2011 and 31 July 2011?24 November 2011Every 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 hill23 November 2011Alice 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.
More Morello Letters: Pen Pal to the Super Stars by Duncan McNair (LLB 1978)23 November 2011Duncan 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 Voice18 November 2011William 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 2011A 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 2011Time2Share, 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.
Star with a thousand moons by Andrew Parkin (PhD 1969)26 October 2011Andrew'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.
Why should anyone buy from you? by Justin Basini16 September 2011Trust 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?".
Nonesuch takes to the water15 September 2011The 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.
The Thinking Tank by Jae De Wylde Minshall (BA 1981)7 September 2011The 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.
The Conduit by Chryselle Brown (BA Classical Studies, 2005)18 August 2011The 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?
THE DEVIL’S DOGS by Penny Morgan (PhD,1969)10 August 2011DCI 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.
The Arundells of Wardour, by Barry Williamson (BA 1964)4 August 2011Eventful 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.
Greg Doran (BA 1980) to collect a Doctor of Letters honorary degree28 July 2011Greg 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 Scheme22 July 2011The 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.
Oscar-winner Ben walks the golden road to Hollywood via Bristol15 July 2011Bristol 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 results12 July 20112011 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 Music8 July 2011The 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 Year6 July 2011BDP’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 Stories29 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.