Spring at the Wickham Theatre5 January 2009The new season brings a mix of provocative theatre to the Wickham Theatre. Several of the companies are dealing with social issues, be it asylum seeking, the treatment of the elderly in society or young women from Easter Europe forced into the British sex trade.
Spookfish uses mirrors for eyes7 January 2009A remarkable new discovery shows the four-eyed spookfish to be the first vertebrate ever found to use mirrors, rather than lenses, to focus light in its eyes.
$1 million funding boost for Multiple Sclerosis research9 January 2009Funding worth around US$1 million has been secured for Apitope, a Bristol University spinout company that is looking at a potential life-altering therapy for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disorder that affects the central nervous system.
Aeschylus at the Wickham9 January 2009Final year undergraduates will provide a rare opportunity to see one of the foundation stones of Western theatre in its entirety when their production of The Oresteia comes to the Wickham Theatre from 22 - 24 January.
Bees attracted by floral iridescence9 January 2009New research shows for the first time that bees see some flowers in multi-colour because of previously unknown iridescence of the petals.
Cooling the planet with crops15 January 2009By carefully selecting which varieties of food crops to cultivate, much of Europe and North America could be cooled by up to 1°C during the summer growing season, say researchers from the University of Bristol.
University aims to raise £100m by 201414 January 2009Last night [13 January], the University launched its Centenary Campaign to raise £100m by 2014. It aims to raise £15m for social responsibility, £7.5m for culture, £15m for medicine and health, £15m to support student talent, £19.5m for emerging science and technology and £28m for buildings and a general endowment.
Bristol University spinout, Apitope, announces licensing agreement13 January 2009Apitope, a Bristol University spinout company that is looking at a potential therapy for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), has announced today [13 January] a licensing agreement for up to €154 million in upfront, development and commercialisation milestone payments, in addition to royalties, to develop its peptide therapeutic for the treatment of MS.
Bias in the rock record?14 January 2009Differences in the preservation potential of crustal rocks may explain peaks in crustal ages previously attributed to enhanced crust formation.
Athletes to reach new heights - opening of Sports Performance Centre15 January 2009Athletes in the South West will be able to reach new heights thanks to the opening of a new elite Sports Performance Centre. The Centre, that will stand alone as one of the most specialised strength and conditioning facilities in the region, is opening tomorrow Friday [16 January] at Bristol University’s Coombe Dingle Sports Complex.
Visit China for free15 January 2009Take a free tour of China at the Grant Bradley Gallery in Bedminster between 17 January and 21 February. The Picturing China 1870–1950 exhibition, organised by the University, showcases some 180 photographs of life in China before 1950.
Bubble economy under scrutiny16 January 2009The publication of a new book by Kevin Doogan, Jean Monnet Professor in the School for Policy Studies, has been described by leading British sociologist Ralph Fevre as ‘a seismic event’ that ‘annihilates conventional wisdom on labour markets’ .
Take a virtual tour of Special Collections19 January 2009As part of the centenary celebrations, the University Library is curating 100 Treasures, an online collection of 100 rare and fascinating gems, drawn from the University Library's Special Collections. The site is now live and open to virtual visitors.
Shadow Chancellor visits University for glimpse of a greener future16 January 2009The Faculty of Engineering hosted a visit from George Osborne, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, today. Mr Osborne chose the Faculty as the venue to announce the launch of the Conservative Party's green paper on Green Technologies because of the University’s reputation in technologies for the environment.
Former Clinton adviser to launch centenary lecture series19 January 2009Groundbreaking approaches to tackling poverty and getting people off welfare and back into work are to be outlined by top welfare expert and former Clinton adviser Professor David Ellwood of the Harvard Kennedy School in a public lecture in the Wills Memorial Building at 6pm on Friday 23 January.
New clot-buster found19 January 2009Professor Alastair Poole and his BHF-funded team at the University of Bristol have found in mice that removal of a particular protein from platelets in the blood prevents dangerous clot formation but does not cause excessive bleeding.
Bristol’s future Olympians win gold20 January 2009Two Olympians of the future have won gold medals in the 2009 Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF), a bi-annual event for Olympic aspirants between the ages of 13 and 19, held in Perth, Australia.
Quantum technologies move a step closer22 January 2009A team of physicists and engineers has demonstrated an optical device that filters two particles of light (or photons) based on the correlations between their polarisation.
Can cognitive behavioural therapy help defeat depression?22 January 2009The effectiveness of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for the treatment of depression will be examined by researchers at the University of Bristol as part of the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment (NIHR HTA) programme.
Celebrate Chinese New Year this Sunday22 January 2009Monday 26 January marks the start of the Chinese Year of the Ox. To kick-start celebrations, the University and Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery are hosting a day of free, fun events for all the family from 11.00 to 16.00 on Sunday 25 January in the Wills Memorial Building and Bristol's City Museum and Art Gallery on Queen’s Road. All welcome.
Academics scoop over £2 million for medical research22 January 2009Medical research in Bristol has received a major boost thanks to funding worth over £2 million from one of Britain’s most important biomedical research organisations, the Medical Research Council (MRC).
Local heroes to be honoured22 January 2009As part of its centenary celebrations, the University has teamed up with the Bristol Evening Post to award up to four honorary degrees to largely unsung heroes from the Bristol area who have made a real difference to the quality of life in their local communities. Staff and students are invited to send their nomination to the Evening Post by Friday 27 February.
Best research thesis prizes22 January 2009Six University of Bristol postgraduates have been awarded prizes for the exceptional quality of their research degree theses.
Militarized Landscapes project on The One Show23 January 2009Bristol University’s ‘Militarized Landscapes in Twentieth-Century Britain, France and the United States’ project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council was featured on the BBC television programme The One Show on Monday 19 January.
University’s £100m Centenary Campaign to support local projects28 January 2009Last night [27 January] in Bristol, actress Stephanie Cole launched the University's Centenary Campaign to raise £100m by 2014 in six key areas, many of which are designed to provide support to the local community and which include a range of educational and sporting initiatives.
Crisis – or opportunity?26 January 2009Even in the toughest economic times, organisations and countries that grasp opportunities to refocus and adopt fresh approaches can win through. That's according to Jonathan Kestenbaum, a leading expert on innovation, who is to give a free public lecture, entitled 'Transforming the UK's capacity for innovation', at 6pm on Thursday 12 February in the Wills Memorial Building.
Comet impact theory disproved26 January 2009New data, published today, disproves the recent theory that a large comet exploded over North America 12,900 years ago, causing a shock wave that travelled at hundreds of kilometres per hour and triggering continent-wide wildfires.
Blue Peter gold badge for University Professor27 January 2009The BBC children’s programme, Blue Peter, has awarded Professor Anthony Hollander their prestigious gold medal for his involvement in one of the most revolutionary medical operations of recent times.
£1.9 million to improve quality of care for heart patients4 February 2009People suffering from angina or heart attacks are set to benefit from a major investigation by the University of Bristol into their quality of care. The research will be funded by £1,935,000 from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and is a collaboration between Bristol University, University College London and Queen Mary University of London.
Dr Graham C Perry 1938-200729 October 2007Dr Graham Perry died on 28 September 2007 at the age of 69. He is remembered by Professor Avril Waterman-Pearson.
Turning science into news29 January 2009The British Science Association is inviting applications for its 2009 Media Fellowship scheme, which provides scientists with an opportunity to gain first-hand experience of how science is reported.
Natural pest control on conventional and organic farms3 February 2009Research on farms in the South West has shown that a leaf-destroying insect is preyed upon by parasites to the same degree on conventional farms as on organic farms. The team, led by Professor Jane Memmott at the University of Bristol, studied natural pest control on conventional and organic farms and found no difference between the two systems.
Volunteers needed for research into treatment resistant depression4 February 2009Can hydrocortisone, a drug which affects the body’s stress system, help people with depression who do not respond to current treatments? Researchers at the University of Bristol are looking for volunteers to help answer this question by taking part in an important new study.