• New partnership to target environmental issues 13 May 2013 The University of Bristol has today [13 May] announced it will be working in partnership with a Government research agency to help ensure vital research into the environment, food security and animal welfare is communicated and utilised by policy makers. Research staff and students linked to the Cabot Institute will join forces with the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA), whose role is to provide robust evidence, rigorous analysis and professional advice to Government, international organisations and the private sector.
  • 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.
  • Students bring animal welfare out into the open 13 May 2013 Staff and PhD students from University of Bristol’s Department of Clinical Veterinary Sciences took to the hills recently to attend an unusual conference focusing on animal welfare and behaviour research.
  • Dr O’Rawe awarded AHRC grant for Italian cinema research 13 May 2013 Dr Catherine O'Rawe in the Department of Italian, with colleagues at Exeter and Oxford Brookes universities, has been awarded a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council for a study of Italian Cinema audiences in the 1940s and 1950s.
  • Mobile phone app to help monitor UK’s native ladybirds after foreign invasion 10 May 2013 ‘iRecord Ladybirds’ a free mobile phone app is launched today to help monitor the impact of the invasive Harlequin ladybird on the UK’s native ladybird species. The app was produced by scientists at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology working with the Nature Locator team at the University of Bristol.
  • Cardiff joins the Food Security Land Research Alliance 10 May 2013 The Food Security Land Research Alliance, co-founded by the University of Bristol, is to welcome a new partner.
  • The high-tech future of healthcare: a digital health assistant in your home 9 May 2013 The UK’s healthcare system faces unprecedented challenges. A pioneering new collaboration, led by the University of Bristol, hopes to address these challenges by developing a 24/7 digital home health assistant thanks to a grant awarded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) of £12 million.
  • Excellence in teaching recognised by Teaching Fellowships in the Schools of Social and Community Medicine and Modern Languages 9 May 2013 The University of Bristol announced the award of two University Teaching Fellowships to academics in the Schools of Social and Community Medicine and Modern Languages. The awards, which mark exceptional practice in teaching, were awarded to Dr Trevor Thompson in the School of Social and Community Medicine and Miss Gloria Visintini in the School of Modern Languages.
  • Building protocells from inorganic nanoparticles 9 May 2013 Researchers at the University of Bristol have led a new enquiry into how extremely small particles of silica (sand) can be used to design and construct artificial protocells in the laboratory. The work is described in an article published in Nature Chemistry.
  • 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.
  • Former Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Sir John Beddington to take up new role at Bristol's Cabot Institute 8 May 2013 Sir John Beddington has been named as the new Chair of the Cabot Institute External Advisory Board at the University of Bristol. He was Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government from January 2008 to April 2013.
  • Silk and cellulose biologically effective for use in stem cell cartilage repair 8 May 2013 Over 20 million people in Europe suffer from osteoarthritis which can lead to extensive damage to the knee and hip cartilage. Stem cells offer a promising way forward but a key challenge has been to design a ‘smart material’ that is biologically effective for cartilage tissue regeneration. Now researchers have identified a blend of naturally occurring fibres such as cellulose and silk that makes progress towards affordable and effective cell-based therapy for cartilage repair a step closer.
  • International coverage for research mapping how animals and plants can hitch a ride on cargo ships 7 May 2013 Research by the universities of Bristol and Oldenburg, Germany, that has mapped how animals and plants can hitch a ride on cargo ships received international media coverage.
  • Reading to escape takes Damien from prison to university 7 May 2013 The remarkable journey from reading literature in prison to studying for a degree at the University of Bristol has earned Damien Moran an adult learner award. The 41-year-old, who is studying part-time for the BA in English Literature and Community Engagement, will receive a South West Regional Individual Learner Award as part of Adult Learners’ Week from 18 to 24 May 2013.
  • Bristol professor elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences 7 May 2013 Professor Jeremy Henley, from the School of Biochemistry, has been elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
  • Zoology student captures unique collection of Peruvian wildlife 7 May 2013 An aspiring professional wildlife photographer and second-year student at the University of Bristol has captured a unique collection of images from Manu National Park in Peru.
  • New antiviral treatment could significantly reduce global burden of hepatitis C 6 May 2013 Around 150 million people globally are chronically infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) – a major cause of liver disease and the fastest growing cause of liver transplantation and liver cancer. New prevention strategies are urgently required as people are continuing to be infected with HCV. Findings, published in Hepatology, reveal the impact of a new antiviral treatment that could potentially reduce HCV rates in some cities affected by chronic HCV prevalence by half over 15 years.
  • Researchers calculate the global highways of invasive marine species 5 May 2013 New research by scientists from the Universities of Bristol, UK, and Oldenburg, Germany, has mapped the most detailed forecast to date for importing potentially harmful invasive species with the ballast water of cargo ships.
  • Museums come to life for special night time event 3 May 2013 Ghostly tales, dinosaur bones and rare books are just some of the fascinating treasures from the vaults of the University of Bristol which will be shown to the public as part of the Museums at Night initiative – an annual late night festival of art, culture and heritage.
  • Student volunteers jazz up dinner dance 3 May 2013 A fun evening of dinner, music and dancing was on the menu when kind-hearted students from the University of Bristol put on an annual dinner dance for older people in the local community. Over 50 residents enjoyed the event at Cotham Parish Church, organised by volunteers from the University of Bristol Students’ Union (UBU).
  • New Fellow of the Royal Society 3 May 2013 Professor Guy Lloyd-Jones from the School of Chemistry has achieved the rare distinction of being elected Fellow of the world's most eminent and oldest scientific academy in continuous existence: the Royal Society.
  • Detailed mapping provides new insight into measuring palaeo ice-thickness 2 May 2013 Using information gathered from field-based studies at the Kima’Kho tuya, an extinct subglacial volcano in northern British Columbia, Canada, researchers from the University of British Columbia, Dickinson College and the University of Bristol report how they have determined palaeo icesheet thickness.
  • The Single Sign-On page is changing 2 May 2013 The University’s Single Sign-On (SSO) page, which is used to authenticate staff’s access to a number of University online services, is changing from next Tuesday [7 May 2013].
  • New short courses in human rights 1 May 2013 The Human Rights Implementation Centre (HIRC) based in the University of Bristol Law School is offering three new short courses in human rights.
  • 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.
  • Widespread coverage for research on shape-shifting mobile devices 30 April 2013 Research by Dr Anne Roudaut and Professor Sriram Subramanian in the Department of Computer Science about prototype mobile devices that can change shape on-demand received widespread media coverage in the UK and across the world.
  • Delve into the history of Bristol’s hidden gardens 30 April 2013 A rare glimpse into the city’s horticultural history is being offered through a series of guided tours at two of Bristol’s most beautiful and historic gardens. The University of Bristol is inviting people to delve into the rich history of two hidden gems - Goldney Garden and Royal Fort Garden – through tours taking place between May and September.
  • Athena SWAN awards 29 April 2013 The University is pleased to announce that the Schools of Social and Community Medicine and Oral and Dental Sciences have both been awarded Silver in their respective applications for Athena SWAN awards.
  • Bristol’s School of Chemistry scoops five RSC awards 29 April 2013 Four academics in Bristol’s School of Chemistry have received individual prizes from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), and a project involving academics from the Schools of Chemistry, Biological Sciences and Biochemistry has picked up a fifth award for 'world-leading collaborative research'.
  • Xenon gas successfully delivered to babies in ambulance 29 April 2013 Two babies at risk of brain injury following a lack of oxygen at birth have received xenon gas and cooling therapy while being transferred from one hospital to another in a specially equipped ambulance.
  • Shape-shifting mobile devices 29 April 2013 Prototype mobile devices that can change shape on-demand will be unveiled today [Monday 29 April] by academics in the University’s Department of Computer Science and could lay down the foundation for creating high shape resolution devices of the future.
  • Two Bristol academics receive Wolfson Research Merit Awards 26 April 2013 Two Bristol academics are among the 27 new Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holders.
  • Spring issue of Nonesuch now available 25 April 2013 The Spring issue of Nonesuch, the University of Bristol’s magazine, is available now.
  • Bristol researchers speed up their careers 25 April 2013 Thirteen academics from the University of Bristol have taken part in the first South West Crucible, a development programme that brought together some of the most promising research leaders from across the region.
  • 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.
  • Bristol hosts seminar to help improve children's rights 24 April 2013 The University of Bristol has hosted a two-day seminar to discuss the challenges of implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child across the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) and Europe.
  • University-backed TASL receives Queen’s Award for Enterprise 24 April 2013 University spin-off company Track Analysis Systems Ltd (TASL), which manufactures radiation detectors and laboratory analysis systems for radiation research, has received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of innovation.
  • Personal experiences of cleft lip and palate needed for research study 23 April 2013 Parents of children with cleft lip and/or palate, or people who were born with a cleft lip and/or palate themselves are being asked to consider taking part in a new research study led by the University’s School of Oral and Dental Sciences to develop an online resource for families and individuals affected by this condition.
  • Multi-ethnic neighbourhoods have increased across England and Wales 23 April 2013 Many more Whites live in mixed neighbourhoods in 2011 than 2001, according to first analyses of recently-released census data, although there was no movement towards creation of substantial Indian, Pakistani, or Bangladeshi exclusive neighbourhoods, study finds.
  • Could the ‘science of the very small’ be the answer to the world’s big problems? 23 April 2013 A successful project to educate school pupils across Bristol and South Gloucestershire about nanotechnology has climaxed in a debate about whether the manipulation of very small particles could be the answer to the world’s energy problems.
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