News in 2003

  • Bristol academic honoured for world-class achievements 23 December 2003 A Bristol University academic, Dr Samir Okasha in the Department of Philosophy, has been honoured by the Leverhulme Trust, in its 2003 Philip Leverhulme Prizes.
  • Childhood eczema cases treble since 1970s 22 December 2003 One in three children have suffered from eczema by the time they are three and a half years old, a new study has found. This represents a huge increase since the 1970s, when research indicated that approximately one in ten children suffered from eczema.
  • MSc students benefit from distance learning 18 December 2003 Students from as far afield as East Africa, China and Greece have become the first part-time candidates to graduate from Bristol University's new postgraduate Masters course in human reproduction and fetal development. 
  • Tackling suicide rates in the developing world 18 December 2003 The important issue of suicide in developing countries is addressed in an editorial published today in the International Journal of Epidemiology (IJE), edited in the Department of Social Medicine at the University of Bristol. 
  • Focus on contemporary archaeology 17 December 2003 Contemporary archaeology comes under the spotlight tomorrow [Thursday 18 December] in a session marking 25 years of the Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG) conference.
  • Defence consortium announced 16 December 2003 Critical aspects of the UK's defences are to be strengthened through a six-year research partnership led by General Dynamics UK and involving several leading companies and universities, including the University of Bristol.
  • Statement about the HEFCE Performance Indicators on widening participation 11 December 2003 Statement issued in response to enquiries about the HEFCE Performance Indicators on widening participation.
  • Youngsters to have a sporting day out 10 December 2003 Up to 60 young people from Teyfant Community School, Hartcliffe, will join Bristol University students for an all-action programme of sporting fun.
  • £30k prize for new business ideas 8 December 2003 RED has now launched the University's 2004 New Enterprise Competition.
  • Investing in the Environment 5 December 2003 A £13 million research initiative aimed at securing a sustainable future for our planet has been launched by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
  • University's profile raised 4 December 2003 Bristol University - rarely out of the news - had an especially high profile last week.
  • Christmas at the City Museum & Art Gallery 3 December 2003 The Bristol Magpies will be holding their annual Christmas Fair from 10.30 am to 4 pm on Saturday, December 6, at the City Museum & Art Gallery, Queen's Road.
  • WISDOM 3 December 2003 A mobile video telecommunications service that enables deaf people to communicate with other people in their own language, sign language, will be on display to members of the public this Saturday [December 6].
  • It's party time! 2 December 2003 Up to 120 local children will be having a fun and festive time at the ninth annual SCA Kids' Christmas party on Saturday, December 6.
  • Heart disease - estimating your risk 28 November 2003 Current methods used by GPs to work out an individuals' future risk of heart disease appear to overestimate the true risk by about 50%, according to research published in the British Medical Journal.
  • New perspective on Bristol riots 28 November 2003 The dramatic events that shook Bristol during one of Britain's worst outbreaks of urban rioting are brought vividly to life in a remarkable collection of material newly acquired by the University of Bristol.
  • Literary forgers take centre stage 27 November 2003 Forgeries, fakes, counterfeits and hoaxes will be the focus of a one-day international conference at the University of Bristol on Saturday 29 November
  • How to win a Nobel Prize or become a TV superstar 27 November 2003 Members of the public have the chance to meet four eminent scientists this Monday, December 1, at two different events.
  • Dating the Middle Ages 26 November 2003 Experts from Bristol University will be debating the question 'When did the Middle Ages begin and end?' at a special conference today.
  • Swinging in many tongues 26 November 2003 At The BA Festival of Science in Salford 2003, Dr Sotaro Kita of the Department of Experimental Psychology asked a group of English, Japanese and Turkish speakers to watch a cartoon featuring Sylvester the cat.
  • International students reach out 26 November 2003 International students from Bristol University will be showing Bristol what they are made of this Saturday [November 29] in REACH Global, the largest international student event in the city for many years.
  • Super hero spiderman sparks genetic debate 25 November 2003 A lecture on the science behind the powers of comic book hero Spiderman takes places in London this Wednesday.
  • Bristol scientists in meningitis vaccine bid 24 November 2003 Scientists at the University of Bristol are forging ahead with research that may just be the answer to a vaccine for Group B meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia.
  • MRC showcase at the University 21 November 2003 The University of Bristol played host to the South West Medical Research Council (MRC) roadshow on Friday November, 21.
  • Interpreting living wills 20 November 2003 Health professionals come to different conclusions about the 'right thing to do' when applying the terms of a living will to the way they treat a patient, says new research from Bristol University
  • Archaeology and the modern world 20 November 2003 The archaeology of the recent past will be the focus of a major international conference at Bristol University this weekend.
  • Busking for Baum 19 November 2003 Bristol University staff and students will be busking in the streets this Saturday [November 22] to raise money for the David Baum Memorial Appeal.
  • Middle aged heaven 18 November 2003 Whether we believe heaven to exist or not, Dr Ad Putter, Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies in the English Department, spends his time researching it.
  • Stormy times ahead? 18 November 2003 Dr Jonathan Bamber, senior lecturer in the School for Geographical Sciences, is the lead investigator on a multi-institute project aimed at investigating how changes to the ice cover in the Arctic may affect the future climate of north-west Europe.
  • Seeing the light 18 November 2003 How can we tell how things would have looked to people in the past? This simple question led Kate Devlin, Veronica Sundstedt and Alan Chalmers from the University's Computer Science Department to become involved in realistic graphics and archaeology.
  • Desert island dreaming 18 November 2003 Imagine being anywhere in the world and instantaneously being able to call up a piece of film and watch it on a portable device that provided images of unparalleled quality. Turning this into reality is the dream behind 3C Research, a University-based company.
  • Body building in bristol 18 November 2003 As the population ages, the concept of 'regenerative' medicine is becoming recognised as an important new approach to solving many of our long-term healthcare needs.
  • Recreating a lost world 18 November 2003 The cataloguing of 57,000 files from the Chinese Maritime Customs Service sounds a dry business, but Dr Robert Bickers in the Department of Historical Studies believes they will transform our understanding of Chinese history during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
  • Remodelling the eye 18 November 2003 Professor Andrew Dick, Head of the University's Division of Ophthalmology, reveals some of the exciting research that may result in new treatments for eye disease.
  • One-armed robots master immortality 17 November 2003 The Children of the 90s project based at the University of Bristol is about to enter a new era of medical research, thanks to two robots who have mastered the art of immortality - at least for blood cells.
  • Making the world fairer 17 November 2003 Bristol University's Fair Trade Society is organising a week of events [November 17 to 23] to raise awareness amongst students about trade justice issues.
  • Puccini and fettuccine 17 November 2003 Local soprano singers and music graduates from Bristol University, Rachel Skinner and Sotonye Omuku, will be singing for their supper later this month [Friday, November 28] in aid of the University's Cancer Research Fund.
  • Talking with the public about science 17 November 2003 Well-known science presenter Kathy Sykes, Professor in the Public Engagement in Science and Engineering at Bristol University, will give a lecture on Monday, November 24, on communicating about science with the public.
  • Birthday lecture on Bristol poet 14 November 2003 The Bristol-born poet, Thomas Chatterton will be the subject of a lecture, Chatterton: Signposts to Romanticism, by the Rt. Hon Chris Smith MP at St Mary Redcliffe Church on Thursday, November 20.
  • Do drugs do your head in? 14 November 2003 'Do Soft Drugs Do Your Head In?' is the first in a series of new Science Matters community-based discussion forums. It will be held on 25 November at the Kuumba Centre, Hepburn Road, St. Paul's.
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