News in 2017

  • University of Bristol US Foundation: A Vision of Community 13 October 2017 Welcome to the University of Bristol US Foundation, which aims to bring together our alumni working and living in the States through sharing information and insight on key issues facing our alma mater, through networking and communications.
  • ‘O Captain! My Captain!’ 5 October 2017 Today [5 October], it's World Teacher day! In the film Dead Poets Society, students leap onto their desks to salute the English teacher that inspired them. Here at Bristol, we celebrate our lecturers who are changing lives in our Best of Bristol lecture series, and Tom Corfield (MEng 2009) speaks to Nonesuch about why he set it up seven years ago.
  • Highlights of the year 15 September 2017 'It is because of alumni and friends like you, who believe in what we stand for, who champion our cause and introduce us into conversations, who proudly talk about our ambitions, who actively help us to realise them by giving time and money – who enable us to take our next steps with even greater confidence. Thank you for believing in Bristol.’ Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Hugh Brady.
  • Celebrate your support 15 September 2017 The University of Bristol was established with the extraordinary support and foresight of our founding benefactors. Today, your generous support continues to have a tremendous impact, by helping to realise Bristol’s role as an agent for positive change and transforming lives.
  • Reaching for new horizons 15 September 2017 Inspired by research at the University of Bristol, alumnus Dr Jonathan de Pass (MB ChB 1979) and his wife Georgina recently donated £1 million to boost Bristol’s research capability. Their donation will be transformative and will support many priority research areas such as population health and cardiovascular sciences, and will also look at supporting research in Parkinson’s disease and Bristol’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
  • Empowering the next generation 15 September 2017 ‘I believe that education brings power and freedom. It’s a private and public good, and a fundamental human right. By levelling the playing field, everyone benefits, not just locally, but throughout the entire education sector. It’s what makes alumni support for our pioneering Bristol Scholars scheme so revolutionary.’ Michael Jaffrin, Headteacher at St Brendan’s School, Bristol.
  • Enriching the student experience 15 September 2017 ‘My trip to Kolkata challenged me to make changes to my attitude in life. It doesn’t really matter where we come from and what we look like. Instead, it is our human qualities, positivity, hopefulness and love that count and have the most meaning. In this sense, I feel like the people I met have impacted on me much more than I did on them.’ Catherine Ollerhead, University of Bristol medical student
  • Championing the pursuit of knowledge 15 September 2017 Your belief in supporting learning and discovery at Bristol is evident. This year you have enabled Bristol to push innovative research and provide high quality facilities for our PhD students to pursue their studies and further the knowledge and achievements of our University community.
  • Reimagining Bristol’s future 15 September 2017 A landmark £10 million gift from alumnus Hugh Sloane (BSc 1977) and the Sloane Robinson Foundation will support the creation of the University’s new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus (TQEC). This visionary support – the University’s largest ever single gift – will be central to reimagining Bristol as one of the world’s great civic universities and the regeneration of our city.
  • Empowering the next generation 24 August 2017 Thanks to the Bristol Scholars scheme, Beranger Igiraneza, who came from East Africa in 2002 as a refugee, will study medicine at Bristol and fulfil his dream of following in the footsteps of the doctors who helped him as a child.
  • Cabot Tower: your memories 17 July 2017 If you have lived in Bristol as a student, you will be familiar with Cabot Tower, a popular landmark in the city’s oldest park. With the end of June marking the anniversary of Cabot Tower being built some 120 years ago, we asked for your memories of the pretty sandstone tower over on Facebook. Here are some of the memories you shared with us…
  • The godfather of British drama: Timothy West 14 July 2017 Timothy West, often referred to as the godfather of British drama, has played more than 250 characters on stage and screen, from our previous Chancellor Winston Churchill to Stan in EastEnders, and today [21 July] he will be presented with an honorary degree. We spoke to him about the pivotal moments of his life and how Bristol came to shape the person he is today.
  • Landmark £10 million gift for new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus 10 July 2017 The University of Bristol has received its largest ever philanthropic gift to support the creation of its new campus in the heart of the city.
  • The Stars Move Still 30 June 2017 What happens when a cold calculating individual chooses to punish the most vulnerable in the community for misplaced revenge? In May 1927 a quiet town in Michigan suffers the most traumatic of days as its school becomes the target.
  • Little Wins: The Huge Power of Thinking Like a Toddler 30 June 2017 There are some 400 million people worldwide whose creativity, imagination and determination put the rest of us to shame. They are experts in their field, despite having no experience to speak of. Once, you were one of them too. They are toddlers - and they hold the key to unlocking our creative potential as adults.
  • Order of the Rising Sun 29 June 2017 Dr Eric Albone MBE, Co-Founder and Director of the Clifton Scientific Trust, has been awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays by the government of Japan.
  • The Enlightened Mr Parkinson 29 June 2017 In 1817 – exactly 200 years ago – James Parkinson (1755–1824) defined the disease so precisely that we still diagnose it today by recognising the symptoms he identified. The story of this remarkable man’s contributions to the Age of the Enlightenment is told through his three passions – medicine, politics and fossils.
  • £1 million gift to launch the next generation of researchers 28 June 2017 The next generation of researchers and innovators at the University are set to benefit from a £1 million gift from University of Bristol alumnus Dr Jonathan de Pass and Georgina, his wife.
  • Alumni in Queen's birthday honours 2017 23 June 2017 Following the announcement of the Queen’s birthday honours list, we're delighted to congratulate Bristol alumni who have been recognised for their outstanding achievements and service.
  • Chemistry graduate nominated for European Inventor Award 26 May 2017 Steve Lindsey (BSc 1994), CEO of Lontra UK, is the only nominee from Great Britain for the European Inventor Award.
  • Virgin Money London Marathon: Our runners' stories 23 May 2017 Huge congratulations to the four former and current Bristol students – David Hudson, Leona Mills, James Reilly and Katherine Willis – who completed the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 23 April to raise money for Cardiovascular Research at the University of Bristol.
  • Tribute to Tim Pigott-Smith OBE (BA 1967, Hon 2008) 1946 - 2017 22 May 2017 Bristol alumnus Tim Pigott-Smith (BA Drama 1967), an acclaimed stage, film and television actor, has died at the age of 70. Martin White, Emeritus Professor of Theatre, recalls Tim’s life and work and his personal connection with the University.
  • A letter to my favourite lecturer 17 May 2017 Honorary Bristol graduate, Nelson Mandela (Hon LLD 1996), once said ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ Alumni spanning the decades got in touch this month to thank the Bristol teachers who changed their worlds. Here's what they had to say:
  • The Online Dentist: Andrew Wilson (BDS 2011) 17 May 2017 Dentistry graduate Andrew Wilson (BDS 2011) is the creator of The Online Dentist, a new organisation to spread positive health messages that empower families to take control of their dental health. We talked to Andrew about his latest project and why it's about more than just teeth.
  • Have your say... Letter to my lecturer 21 April 2017 Using the form below, write a thank you letter to the lecturer who had the biggest impact on you. Tell us why and we'll share some of them in our 'Letter to my Lecturer' feature next month.
  • Scaling the wall: Nonesuch 2017 5 April 2017 Big White Wall, a safe online community offering peer and professional support, is allowing Bristol to help more students with mental health difficulties get the assistance they need to achieve their full potential.
  • A natural progression 4 April 2017 Dr Emma Brennand (PhD 2008) was part of the team that created Planet Earth II with Sir David Attenborough. The nature enthusiast talks about her Bristol years, the highs and lows of filming, and why nature documentaries should feature more ants.
  • 7 things you didn't know about Sir Paul Nurse 4 April 2017 Bristol’s new Chancellor Sir Paul Nurse is not one to shy away from a challenge. Nonesuch reveals some surprising facts about one of the world’s most celebrated scientists.
  • Nonesuch: Bristol’s 2020 vision 4 April 2017 Dr Kirsten Cater from the Centre for Innovation talks about the radical new programmes offered at Bristol that will develop future entrepreneurs with the skills they’ll need to thrive in their future careers.
  • Canary Wharf meets Copenhagen 3 April 2017 Professor Hugh Brady, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bristol unveils plans for a new campus in the heart of the city’s new Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone.
  • Capturing talent: Nonesuch 2017 3 April 2017 Bristol Scholars is the widening participation scheme that has been turning heads since its launch earlier this year, providing alternative entry routes into the University of Bristol on the basis of potential. Nonesuch finds out more.
  • Back together again: the XXXII Choir (in a larger number) 6 March 2017 In the summer of 2016, more than 50 former members of the University of Bristol XXXII Choir gathered for a day of singing and reminiscing, nearly half a century after the choir was disbanded. They were brought together by Peter Soul (BSc 1965), who has managed to trace nearly everyone who belonged to the XXXII. Here he recalls his time in the choir, tells the story of its 11 year existence, and reflects upon its Grand Reunion.
  • Our 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon team 16 February 2017 Five Bristol alumni are running the Virgin Money London Marathon 2017 for cardiovascular research at the University of Bristol.
  • The gift of a lifetime: Half-a-million to boost engineering 16 February 2017 The foundations of John Partridge’s life and career were laid here at Bristol, and now he is laying down the foundations for future generations of engineers with a record half-a-million-pound donation towards the new £13 million facility at the University of Bristol.
  • Finding love at Bristol 9 February 2017 With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we asked if you found love while studying at Bristol. From literally tying the knot to stolen handbags, here's what you told us...
  • Furry Logic: The Physics of Animal Life by Liz Kalaugher (PhD 1998) and Matin Durrani (BSc 1989) 30 January 2017 The animal world is full of mysteries. Why do dogs slurp from their drinking bowls while cats lap up water with a delicate flick of the tongue? How does a tiny turtle hatchling from Florida circle the entire northern Atlantic before returning to the very beach where it hatched? And how can a Komodo dragon kill a water buffalo with a bite only as strong as a domestic cat's?
  • A Question of Worth by Chris Steed (MSc 2004) 30 January 2017 How do we measure worth and success? Can we economically quantify human value, flourishing and satisfaction? In a market economy, is it true that we must also have a market society?
  • Alumni in Queen's New Year's honours 2017 19 January 2017 Following the announcement of the Queen’s New Year's Honours list, we're delighted to congratulate Bristol alumni who have been recognised for their outstanding achievements and service.
  • Top 7 reasons to come back to Bristol in 2017 4 January 2017 Throughout the year, Bristol's alumni and friends flock from all corners of the globe to reconnect with their city. Steeped in history with a thriving culture of arts, engineering and innovation, it's not hard to see why students choose Bristol - or why they keep coming back after graduation. Here are our top picks for 2017: