News in 2013

  • Famous comedian to star in charity gig for inspirational Will 25 February 2013 The plight of student Will Pope, who is recovering after a long-awaited heart transplant, has inspired fellow students at the University of Bristol to organise a fundraising concert in his honour – with comedian Rory McGrath making an appearance to pledge his support.
  • City-wide treasure hunt has global ambitions 3 October 2013 Bristol will be the first city in the world to host a large-scale treasure hunt where participants use their smartphones to unlock clues and race to secure the prize fund. Race for Bristol is an innovative concept thought up by University of Bristol student Andrew Kinny, who ultimately plans to expand the event globally if it proves successful.
  • Royal Statistical Society honour for Sir John Kingman 1 March 2013 Sir John Kingman, former Vice-Chancellor of the University and now Emeritus Professor in the School of Mathematics, has been awarded the Guy Medal in Gold from the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) - its top honour.
  • Seeing happiness in ambiguous facial expressions reduces aggressive behaviour 27 March 2013 Encouraging young people at high-risk of criminal offending and delinquency to see happiness rather than anger in facial expressions results in a decrease in their levels of anger and aggression, new research from the University of Bristol has found.
  • Duration of breastfeeding during infancy does not reduce a child’s risk of being overweight/obese at 11.5 years 12 March 2013 A new study that analysed the effects of an intervention which succeeded in improving the duration and exclusivity of breastfeeding during infancy - involving nearly 14,000 healthy infants in Belarus, Eastern Europe - found that it did not result in a lower risk of overweight or obesity among the children at age 11.5 years. The research, led by academics at the University of Bristol, is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association [JAMA].
  • Children’s brain processing speed linked to early indicator risk of mental health issues 1 May 2013 New research from Bristol and Cardiff universities shows that children whose brains process information more slowly than their peers are at greater risk of psychotic experiences.
  • Changes in Coroners’ practice may be compromising quality of suicide statistics 31 October 2013 Assessment of official suicide statistics found that between 1990 and 2005, the proportion of researcher-defined suicides given a verdict of suicide by the 12 coroners studied decreased by almost seven per cent, largely because of the increased use of misadventure/accident verdicts for deaths thought, on clinical review, to be suicides. Growth in the use of narrative verdicts by coroners may also have compromised assessment of small area differences in suicide rates. This is just one of the key findings from a report, published in the first issue of the new National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) journal Programme Grants for Applied Research, aimed at reducing premature mortality from suicide and non-fatal self-harm.
  • Professor Mary Beard to headline sell-out history festival 14 March 2013 Popular classicist Professor Mary Beard will give an insight into the popularity of Pompeii tonight [14 March] as part of the University of Bristol’s annual history festival. The Cambridge University academic is delivering the first of three public lectures for the Past Matters festival, which has already sold out and features renowned academics from Bristol and beyond.
  • National media coverage for study into premature death of people with learning disabilities 21 March 2013 The findings of a three-year study into the extent of premature death in people with learning disabilities, which found that those with learning disabilities are more likely to have a premature death compared with individuals in the general population, has been covered widely in the national media.
  • Bristol-led research alliance awarded NERC funding 7 November 2013 The GW4+ alliance, a consortium of excellence in innovative research training led by the University of Bristol, has been awarded funding by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) for doctoral training.
  • Students swap studies for diplomacy 16 July 2013 For the second year, a delegation from the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS) was selected to take part in the Model NATO Youth Summit, which this year took place in Brussels from 8 to 13 July 2013.
  • Bristol's Mayor George Ferguson reveals his vision for the city 18 November 2013 A packed audience will hear Bristol’s Mayor George Ferguson reflect on his historic first year in office tonight [18 November], when the University of Bristol hosts a keynote speech outlining his vision for the city.
  • New graduate Lindsey reaches final three in Blue Peter competition 22 July 2013 New University of Bristol graduate Lindsey Russell has reached the final stage of a new show to pick the next Blue Peter presenter and is the only woman left in the competition. Lindsey, 22, has had a whirlwind few months with filming for the first rounds of the new ‘Blue Peter – You Decide!’ show taking place between her final exams.
  • Intrepid climbers face steep challenge for world first 24 July 2013 Reaching 5,318 metres tall, the remote and unknown mountains in Kyrgyzstan would be a daunting prospect to many climbers. But six intrepid mountaineers are confident that they can conquer the steep challenge and, in doing so, achieve a world first. The team, which is made up of past and present University of Bristol students, is leaving for the Djangart mountain range – on the border between Kyrgyzstan and China - on Wednesday.
  • New Bristol film festival shines light on future stars 7 March 2013 An exciting new film festival has been launched in Bristol, offering budding filmmakers the chance to have their work screened at the Watershed and judged by industry professionals. Entries can now be submitted for the Jump Cut Short Film Festival, which will take place on 12 May, and is open to anyone aged 18 to 30.
  • New GW4 studentships boost postgraduate training 18 November 2013 The GW4 Alliance has reinforced its commitment to postgraduate research training by committing 50 additional studentships to a major five-year Doctoral Training Partnership award.
  • Mega-canyon discovered beneath Greenland ice sheet 29 August 2013 A previously unknown canyon hidden beneath two kilometres of ice covering Greenland has been discovered by a group of scientists, led by a team from the University of Bristol.
  • Scientists awarded grant to determine UK's greenhouse gas emissions 1 March 2013 Researchers in the University of Bristol’s Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG), in collaboration with scientists around the country, have been awarded funding from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to provide an independent 'top-down' check on the UK's greenhouse gas emissions estimates.
  • 1,300 Bristol youngsters continue the Olympic legacy 15 March 2013 The Olympic legacy is continuing in Bristol thanks to the Bristol Festival of School Sport which will see 1,300 school children discover a range of new activities under the guidance of past, present and future sporting stars. This year’s three-day event, taking place at Coombe Dingle from 19 to 21 March, will see pupils from 20 of the city’s secondary schools experience the excitement of a major sporting event thanks to the University of Bristol.
  • University to spearhead £1.5m transformation of Brunel’s iconic station building 11 March 2013 One of Bristol’s most historic buildings is to be transformed into a business and innovation hub thanks to an agreement between the University of Bristol and the city council. A total of £1.5 million is being invested to breathe new life into the Engine Shed, which was built by Brunel and previously housed the Empire and Commonwealth Museum at the entrance to Bristol Temple Meads station.
  • Expression of emotion in books declined during 20th century, study finds 20 March 2013 The use of words with emotional content in books has steadily decreased throughout the last century, according to new research from the Universities of Bristol, Sheffield, and Durham. The study, published today in PLOS ONE also found a divergence between American and British English, with the former being more 'emotional' than the latter.
  • Museum find proves exotic ‘big cat’ prowled British countryside a century ago 25 April 2013 The rediscovery of a mystery animal in a museum’s underground storeroom by an undergraduate at the University of Bristol proves that a non-native ‘big cat’ prowled the British countryside at the turn of the last century.
  • Creatures of influence 6 November 2013 An international research team from the University of Bristol, the Max Planck Institute for Physics of Complex Systems and the US Geological Survey have developed mathematical tools that can estimate which species are most influential in a food web.
  • A microbe’s trick for staying young 12 September 2013 While aging remains an inevitable fact of life, an international team involving researchers from the University of Bristol and the Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Germany has found that this is not the case for a common species of yeast microbe which has evolved to stay young.
  • Bristol hosts finals of new electronics and science challenge for 12-14 year olds 18 March 2013 The University of Bristol hosted today [Monday 18 March] the finals of a pilot for an initiative to raise awareness of the electronics industry among local school students aged 12-14.
  • Exploring the roots of volcanic eruptions: insights from deep magmatic processes 22 February 2013 An exploration of deep magmatic processes occurring in the Earth's crust beneath volcanoes, which could contribute to linking these physical processes at depth with volcanic eruptions at the surface, has been carried out by researchers from the University of Bristol and the Swiss Federal Institute in Zurich. The experimental study is published in Chemical Geology.
  • Celebrating Dante's – and Dan Brown's – Inferno at the University of Bristol 9 May 2013 A group of Bristol experts on Dante will be speed-reading Dan Brown's eagerly anticipated new novel Inferno, inspired by the Italian poet's masterwork of the same name, ahead of a round table discussion at the University of Bristol this Tuesday [14 May], the day the book is published by Transworld. The event, Dante and Dan Brown, takes place in the Old Council Chamber, Wills Memorial Building from 6pm. All are welcome but booking is required.
  • Great George rings in the start of Bristol Proms 29 July 2013 Celebrities will gather 68 metres above Park Street to ring in the start of Bristol Proms today [29 July] – an inaugural event which merges tradition and cutting-edge technology to reinvent the classical concert experience.
  • A snapshot of Shanghai, past and present, marks Chinese New Year 7 February 2013 A unique collection of photographs, comparing modern-day Shanghai with a snapshot of the city portrayed in a guidebook from 1904, is being exhibited as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations in Bristol this weekend. The special pop-up exhibition, entitled ‘Darwent revisited: Shanghai then and now’, is being shown at Bristol Museum on Saturday [9 February] and at M Shed on Sunday. It promises to be a visual feast, showing how the world’s most populated city has changed over the past century.
  • China's Ambassador visits University 11 February 2013 China’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Xiaoming Liu, commended Bristol’s ‘exceptional scientific research’ during a visit to the University on Thursday [7 February].
  • Quantum: It’s the future 16 September 2013 The ability to design and create new materials and pharmaceuticals at a fraction of today’s costs is just one of the possibilities that were described by Professor Jeremy O’Brien at the World Economic Forum meeting of the New Champions 2013 held in Dalian, China.
  • Violent crime is having direct impact on the amount people are walking 4 September 2013 Violent crime in England is having a direct impact on the amount people are walking. These are the findings of a new study, led jointly by researchers at the Universities of Bristol, Imperial College Business School and Monash, that examined the effects of violent crime on the physical activities of nearly a million adults.
  • National media coverage on news that donations to universities has hit record high 11 April 2013 Professor Eric Thomas, Vice Chancellor of the University of Bristol and Tania Rawlinson, Director of Campaigns and Alumni Relations at the University and Chair of the Ross Group - a network of higher education fund-raisers, have commented to national media on the results of a fundraising survey in the UK higher education sector.
  • Blooming marvellous! Meadow project wins Bristol Genius Award 21 May 2013 A project to plant flower meadows across the city has won the Mayor’s Bristol Genius Award for its efforts to transform the urban environment for pollinating insects, while making Bristol more attractive for residents and visitors. Mayor George Ferguson announced the winner at last night’s Festival of Ideas awards evening, marking the second year in a row that a project at the University of Bristol has scooped top honours.
  • Memorial service for student climber killed on Ben Nevis 13 February 2013 A memorial service is to be held in Bristol Cathedral for 22-year-old Ben St Joseph, the Bristol student killed on Ben Nevis.
  • Bristol neuroscientists receive two major funding awards 19 June 2013 Professors David Murphy, from Bristol Neuroscience, and Julian Paton, from of the School of Physiology and Pharmacology, have been awarded two of six research grants funded under a collaborative scheme by Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP).
  • University Chancellor named in BBC Radio 4’s top five of country’s most powerful women 12 February 2013 The University’s Chancellor, The Rt Hon. The Baroness Hale of Richmond has been named in BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour top five of the UK’s most powerful women.
  • Ann Hulley, 1966-2013 23 July 2013 Ann Hulley, a cleaner based in Senate House, died in July. Liz Lynch, Site Services Manager, offers a tribute.
  • Poetry in Motion: former poet laureate reads from new collection 30 September 2013 Former poet laureate Sir Andrew Motion will be reading from his stunning new collection of poems at a special event organised by the Bristol Poetry Institute on Friday [4 October], taking place at 6pm in the Wills Memorial Building.
  • Walkers step up to the challenge 13 May 2013 Members of the School of Physics’ Micro- and Nano structural Materials research group took the prize for Best Team Performance in a four-week University challenge to promote walking organised by the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health.
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