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Move over Wallace and Gromit - it’s the right trousers 24 February 2015 With an ageing UK population, older people could have the opportunity to stay independent for longer thanks to a pioneering project announced today [Tuesday 24 February]. New research, led by the University of Bristol, will develop smart trousers using artificial ‘muscles’ in its soft fabric to help disabled and older people move around easily and unaided.
  • Computer science students challenged to create next must-have app 3 March 2015 Computer science students from the University of Bristol have been challenged to create a new app from scratch in a 24-hour marathon coding session.
  • Major EU grant success for Bristol-led peacebuilding study 2 March 2015 The University of Bristol has led a successful Horizon 2020 bid for a project to evaluate the EU’s work in peacebuilding.
  • Black men less willing to be investigated for prostate cancer 2 March 2015 The incidence of prostate cancer among men of Afro-Caribbean origin is higher than in white men, they are more likely to be diagnosed as emergencies and their mortality rates are higher. Until now, it has been unclear why these disappointing outcomes exist. Researchers at the Universities of Exeter, Bristol and College London studied the preferences and choice of more than 500 men who were presented with a realistic hypothetical prostate cancer investigation scenario while attending general practices in Bristol.
  • BBC debate programme to be broadcast live from Bristol 26 February 2015 Political heavyweights will be in Bristol this week as BBC Radio 4’s topical debate programme Any Questions? is broadcast live from the University of Bristol.
  • Management consultants “only partly successful” in improving the quality of NHS commissioning 26 February 2015 The NHS uses an increasing number of commercial and not-for-profit management consultancies in healthcare commissioning but there are concerns about whether knowledge and expertise they generate is of benefit to commissioners and whether it improves the quality of commissioning. In the largest study of its kind in the UK, researchers from the Universities of Bristol and Southampton have for the first time observed this processes of knowledge exchange and assessed the perceived impact on commissioning decisions.
  • Bristol Engineering student named Student Volunteer of the Year 25 February 2015 Conor McGlacken, a fourth-year Engineering Design student, has received the Student Volunteer of the Year Award as part of Student Volunteering Week.
  • Bristol medics receive NICE Scholarships 25 February 2015 Two trainees in the School of Clinical Sciences have been awarded a prestigious scholarship by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
  • BHF funds renewed study of screen-viewing and physical activity in children 25 February 2015 Researchers from Bristol, with colleagues from the University of Birmingham, have been awarded funding from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to continue their study of children’s physical activity and screen-viewing patterns.
  • Pre-election Politics Cafe kicks off with multiculturalism debate 24 February 2015 PolicyBristol is collaborating with Bristol Politics Cafe to present a series of discussion evenings with local academics in the run-up to the May general election.
  • Move over Wallace and Gromit - it’s the right trousers 24 February 2015 With an ageing UK population, older people could have the opportunity to stay independent for longer thanks to a pioneering project announced today [Tuesday 24 February]. New research, led by the University of Bristol, will develop smart trousers using artificial ‘muscles’ in its soft fabric to help disabled and older people move around easily and unaided.

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