£614,000 to continue exploration beneath Greenland Ice Sheet18 July 2014Last summer, scientists from the University of Bristol discovered the longest canyon in the world buried beneath three kilometres of ice in Greenland. The 'Greenland Grand Canyon' was an unexpected discovery resulting from the analysis of thousands of line kilometres of airborne radar data that have been collected over Greenland by NASA, German, Danish and UK scientists since the 1990s. This data set represents a vast treasure trove of information about the conditions beneath the Greenland ice sheet, the second largest ice mass on the planet.
Professor Ron Johnston speaks to MPs at the launch of his report3 July 2014Professor Ron Johnston spoke at the launch in the Houses of Parliament on 2 July of a report he, David Rossiter and Charles Pattie had written on Equality, Community and Continuity: Reviewing the UK Rules for Constituency Distributions. The meeting was sponsored by senior members of all three main political parties and was attended by some 30 MPs, who gave it a very positive welcome.
Out now: The New Geography of Capitalism: Firms, Finance and Society by Dr Adam Dixon10 June 2014Oxford University Press has recently published 'The New Geography of Capitalism: Firms, Finance and Society by Dr. Adam D. Dixon. Reviewing a range of debates and theories across the contemporary social sciences - varieties of capitalism, financialization, global production networks - the book shows how the insights of economic geography can be usefully brought to bear in understanding current trends, and the changing relationships between global financial markets, multinational firms, and contemporary welfare states.
Rich Harris wins the prestigious Taylor & Francis RGS award27 May 2014For the second year in a row, a member of the Spatial Modelling research group has been recognised by the Royal Geographical Society. Last year the Murchison award was given to Professor Kelvyn Jones and this year's Taylor & Francis award, which is for excellence in the promotion and practice of teaching and learning in Higher Education, has been presented to Dr Rich Harris.
MSc student Stephanie Denning wins RGS reflective essay competition6 May 2014Stephanie Denning, a student on our Society & Space MSc course has won the prestigious Royal Geographical Society Higher Education Support Group's reflective essay competition with her piece entitled 'Geography... so what do you actually study?" Co-production of knowledge: a postgraduate reflection on teaching and learning in higher education'.
Prof Ron Johnston gives Leonard Schapiro Memorial Lecture at PSA conference30 April 2014Prof Ron Johnston gave the Leonard Schapiro Memorial Lecture at the Political Studies Association annual conference in Manchester on 14 April. His lecture - 'Which Map? Which Government? Malapportionment and Gerrymandering UK Style' (to be published online on the Government and Opposition journal website) - explored the importance of how the map of Parliamentary constituencies for the UK is drawn to the final outcome of close general elections, with particular reference to 2010 and 2015.
Professor Paul Bates comments on IPCC report for The Royal Society2 April 2014As part of The Royal Society response to the Working Group II Summary for Policymakers from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), entitled 'Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, Professor Paul Bates comments on the findings.
Geography PhD student success at NSPPS 201427 March 2014PhD students from across the Science faculty presented their research at the 5th Natural Systems and Processes Poster Session. Fantastic science, food and drink was enjoyed by all with over 80 posters presented at the event held in the Great Hall. Prizes were also presented for the best posters, with Geography PhD students, T Davies-Barnard and Mathieu Depoorter winning first prize for the student and staff vote respectively. Congratulations to all the winners of the poster competition.