News in 2004

  • Reading adventure gets University vote 8 January 2004 The University of Bristol has given its backing to The Great Bristol Reading Adventure.
  • Come and discover a world of opportunity 8 January 2004 Bristol University's Public Programmes Office is offering learners a wealth of possibilities in part-time or short courses running this year.
  • Spotlight on education and the neighbourhood 9 January 2004 The impact of the current market for education on different social groups will be explored at a one day conference in Bristol today.
  • New Year list honours Bristol staff 9 January 2004 Four members of the University's staff  have been included in the New Year Honours List 2004.
  • No core found in volcanoes 14 January 2004 A hot debate in the earth sciences is finally resolved in this week's issue of Nature. Researchers from the Department of Earth Sciences at Bristol University show that large volcanoes do not contain material from the Earth's core.
  • Fossilised embryos - 500 million years old 14 January 2004 Evidence from fossilised embryos of worm-like creatures that lived 500 million years ago shows that embryos developed then in much the same way as their living relatives do today. The implications are that embryological processes that occur today must have been established very early on in the evolution of animals.
  • "Wonderwoman" Professor Kathy Sykes roughs it for science 12 January 2004 The Open University/BBC Two series Rough Science has set Professor Kathy Sykes numerous daunting challenges since the show premiered in 2001. In the current series challenges relate to space exploration
  • RAGs splash of cash 15 January 2004 Students at Bristol University have been raising money to put back into their local community as a result of successful fundraising events such as Jailbreak, RAG Week and the Annual Procession.
  • Enterprise Competition wants your ideas now! 15 January 2004 There's only a short time left to get your ideas into the University's 2004 New Enterprise Competition before the closing date: 30 Jan 2004.
  • New series of University tours for spring 19 January 2004 Brideshead in Bristol, documents about Bristol's links with the West Indies, and laboratories dating from the 1920s are just some of the sights in store this Spring as part of a new series of Bristol University tours.
  • How beneficial are dietary supplements to our health? 20 January 2004 The University of Bristol has teamed up with the Foods Standards Agency to investigate the benefits of certain dietary supplements on health and wellbeing.
  • Rats may be pessimistic too 22 January 2004 Rats housed in unpredictable conditions appear to have a more negative outlook than those housed in stable, settled conditions, according to new research published in Nature.
  • From atoms to stars 22 January 2004 Next week sees the second of four free lunchtime public lectures at which Bristol University scientists outline their current understanding of the nature of the universe.
  • VC's initial reaction to HE Bill 28 January 2004

    The Vice-Chancellor has given his initial reaction to the vote on the second reading of the Higher Education Bill.

  • Spotlight on the Newport Ship 4 February 2004 The Newport Ship, a medieval sailing vessel discovered on the banks of the River Usk in 2002, will be the subject of a public lecture at Bristol University on Monday 9 February.
  • Landslide 'show home' for St Lucia 29 January 2004 A community on the Caribbean island of St Lucia is to receive practical, hands-on help from experts at Bristol University on how best to tackle the landslides that affect an area of shanty housing. 
  • Free public lectures over lunch 2 February 2004 Body language and mind reading, causes and prevention of cancer and human evolution are just some of the themes of a series of free public lectures starting this week by Bristol University academics.
  • National admission test for law: universities set to improve selection 3 February 2004 A new national university admission test for law (LNAT) was announced today.
  • School Bullying . . . What we know and what we can do 4 February 2004 A computer-based solution to the threat of school bullying has gone on show to an audience of teachers in Bristol.
  • The eye of the beholder 3 February 2004 When Nature Neuroscience decided their front cover would feature eye movement research, they approached Bristol neuroscientist Iain Gilchrist to provide an appropriate image.
  • Volunteer Recruitment Fair 4 February 2004 The Volunteer Recruitment Fair is not taking place today, Wednesday 4 February, as publicised in the Bristol Observer last month.
  • Coeliac disease - the tip of the iceberg 6 February 2004 The full extent of a hidden condition which goes largely undetected among British children -  and unnoticed until adulthood - has been identified by doctors in Bristol.
  • Glitter dinner dance 5 February 2004 A Bristol University medical student, Jo Kyte, has organised a dinner dance to promote awareness and raise money for organisations that provide international humanitarian aid.
  • Double whammy for Bristol 8 March 2004 Professor Sir John Beringer, Pro Vice-Chancellor, and Professor Kathy Sykes, Professor of Public Engagement in Science and Engineering, have been invited by the Prime Minister to become members of the Council for Science and Technology
  • Give something back to society - become a volunteer 9 February 2004 Bristol University will host the city's first-ever Volunteer Recruitment Fair on Thursday, February 26.
  • Predicting the spread of skin cancer 11 February 2004 A new way of predicting whether skin cancers will spread to other organs is published in the British Journal of Cancer. By measuring the density of lymph vessels surrounding a melanoma, scientists at Bristol University working with doctors at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol, have been able to predict which tumours will spread.
  • BA awards lectures 11 February 2004 Two of the prestigious British Association Award Lectures will be given by Bristol University staff this year.
  • SCA week 12 February 2004 This year's Student Community Action (SCA) Week will take place between Saturday 14 and 21 February.
  • Bristol universities get together for rugby showdown 12 February 2004 One of the biggest fixtures in Bristol University's and the University of the West of England's sporting calendar, the Rugby Varsity match, takes place at the Memorial Stadium next Wednesday, February 18.
  • Dance the night away with SCA 12 February 2004 Over 100 Bristol senior citizens will be putting on their dancing shoes for Bristol University's Student Community Action (SCA) Annual Dinner Dance next Wednesday, February 18.
  • Bubbles and Squeak for best dental student 16 February 2004 Bristol dental student, Karen Tse, won this year's Steradent Bubbles and Squeaky Clean competition. The prize is a box of champagne (Bubbles) and a flat/house cleaner for a term (Squeaky Clean).
  • Stressed at work? Taking a coffee break might make things worse 16 February 2004 Men who work alone may increase their stress levels by taking a coffee break in the belief that it will help them perform faster. On the other hand, men who work in teams could feel less stressed after enjoying a sharp intake of caffeine, but this may make them less effective. Caffeine tended to reduce ratings of stress in women.
  • New grant to develop stem cell therapies for people with MS 16 February 2004 A £250,000 grant for the development of stem cell treatments to repair damage caused by multiple sclerosis (MS) has been awarded to Neil Scolding, Burden Professor of Clinical Neurosciences at Bristol University, by the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
  • Poetic history 17 February 2004 An unusual collaboration between Gareth Calway, the 'poet laureate' of Bristol City F. C. and Dr Evan Jones, a Bristol University lecturer, has led to the writing of 'The merchant of Bristol'.
  • FIELD: a fusion of art, science and nature 17 February 2004 A strange sight will be spontaneously lighting up in a field outside of Bristol until Saturday, March 6.
  • Be in the running 19 February 2004 Bristol University's annual Half Marathon and 5k challenge takes place at Coombe Dingle Sports Complex on Sunday, February 29.
  • Future healthcare improved thanks to enterprising students 19 February 2004 Innovative healthcare products and services could be in the pipeline thanks to a new generation of enterprising postgraduates at Bristol University.
  • Honorary degrees awarded by Bristol University 17 February 2004 Bristol University is awarding Honorary degrees to three prominent people at tomorrow's [Wednesday 18 February] degree ceremonies.
  • University network in growth spurt 24 February 2004 An international partnership of top universities has gained extra muscle with the addition of three new members.
  • New patron for Bristol Neuroscience 25 February 2004 Lord Sainsbury has become the new patron of Bristol Neuroscience, a University of Bristol initiative to promote both research and clinical practice in the field of neuroscience.
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