Bristol archaeological project wins national award29 February 2016A major project investigating the medieval castle and landscape at Berkeley, Gloucestershire, has won a national award, voted for by the public and readers of Britain's most popular archaeology magazine.
Neil Lange, 1960-201629 February 2016Neil Lange, Deputy Grounds Manager at Coombe Dingle, died recently. Peter Hudson, Grounds Manager, offers a tribute.
Flowers tone down their petals and avoid confusing bees26 February 2016Flowers’ iridescent petals, which may look plain to human eyes, are perfectly tailored to a bee’s-eye-view so that these pollinators can find and recognise them more easily, research from the University of Bristol and the University of Cambridge has found.
Queen’s Anniversary Prize awarded26 February 2016Professor Hugh Brady, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol, Denis Burn, Chair of the Board of Trustees, and Professor Katharine Cashman, leader of Bristol's Volcanology Group have been presented with the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education on behalf of the University in a ceremony held at Buckingham Palace yesterday [25 February].
Botanic Garden curator awarded prestigious RHS award25 February 2016A University of Bristol horticulturist is to be presented with one of the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) highest awards for his work with plants and education today [Thursday 25 February].
The Rev Richard Coles’ lecture to explore the Church’s approach to marriage24 February 2016The subject of marriage – and in particular same sex marriage – is perhaps one of the most difficult and divisive issues faced by the Church of England.
At a free public lecture hosted by the University of Bristol on Tuesday 8 March, the Rev Richard Coles will set out the problems, explore possible ways through them, and ask how marriage within the Church of England may continue to be, as the Book of Common Prayer puts it, 'an honourable estate'.
In search of Lawrence of Arabia 24 February 2016T. E. Lawrence is the subject of two forthcoming books, a play and a major exhibition inspired by fieldwork carried out in the deserts of southern Jordan by an international team, including archaeologists from the University of Bristol, which has shed new light on Lawrence’s role in the Arab Revolt and the subsequent history of the Middle East.
Social sunbathing in the mint-sauce worm24 February 2016Self-organizing social behaviour in the so-called plant-animal, a ‘solar-powered’ species of marine flat worm that gains all its energy from the algae within its own body, has been demonstrated by researchers from the University of Bristol.
University wins strategic awards to support translational research23 February 2016The University of Bristol has won two awards from the Medical Research Council (MRC) to support translational research – work that turns fundamental scientific discoveries into improvements in human health and economic benefit.
A total of £650,000 was awarded to the University to provide flexible funding for early stage translational projects, to enable the development of academic-industry collaborations, and allow impact development.
Bristol enterprise leader named in UK’s top 10023 February 2016Bristol business leader Nick Sturge, who runs the University of Bristol’s award-winning SETsquared business incubation centre, has been named in an elite list of Britain’s most successful philanthropists, investors, mentors, advisors and ascending entrepreneurs.
Baby gorilla born after rare caesarean section23 February 2016A baby Western lowland gorilla has been born at Bristol Zoo Gardens after an emergency caesarean procedure by University of Bristol academic, David Cahill, Professor in Reproductive Medicine and Medical Education.
Donna Constant, 1964-201622 February 2016Donna Constant, a General Assistant at Goldney Hall, died recently. Her colleague, Sam Norcliffe, offers a tribute.
Significant new study shows importance of help for childhood sexual abuse victims22 February 2016While the sexual abuse of children is currently an issue at the forefront of public life, concern has focused on the protection of children and the identification of perpetrators.
However, a new study by the Universities of Bristol and Durham for the NSPCC, hopes to refocus attention on what can be done to help the victims of childhood sexual abuse.
New book on food fraud sorts the beef from the bull21 February 2016A new book, co-authored by Professor Richard Evershed of the University of Bristol, which explains the role of science in uncovering some of the century’s biggest food scams is published by Bloomsbury this week.
The ‘ugliest fossil reptiles’ who roamed China19 February 2016Long before the dinosaurs, hefty herbivores called pareiasaurs ruled the Earth. Now, for the first time, a detailed investigation of all Chinese specimens of these creatures – often described as the ‘ugliest fossil reptiles’ – has been published by a University of Bristol palaeontologist.
Sauropod swimmers or walkers?18 February 2016An international team of scientists, led by the China University of Geosciences in Beijing and including palaeontologists from the University of Bristol, has shed new light on some unusual dinosaur tracks from northern China. The tracks appear to have been made by four-legged sauropod dinosaurs yet only two of their feet have left prints behind.
Have you rehomed a dog in the last six months?17 February 2016People who have adopted a dog in the last six months are being asked by the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences to take part in a survey about their decisions and how they came to choose the dog which they adopted.
Student Callum rows into the history books17 February 2016After a tough 58 days at sea, battling the elements on his own as he rowed 3,000 nautical miles, University of Bristol student Callum Gathercole has become the youngest person to row across an ocean solo.
Researchers ask for public’s views on Bristol’s shared spaces15 February 2016Researchers at the University of Bristol are asking people for their views about ‘shared space’ in the city. Pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and others are often expected to share routes or public spaces in order to get around in Bristol. Sometimes this works well, but at other times it can cause difficulties.
Rooting the family tree of placental mammals15 February 2016The roots of the mammalian family tree have long been shrouded in mystery – when did the placental mammals go their separate ways? Now, researchers led by Dr James Tarver at the University of Bristol say they’ve found where the family tree of placental mammals first branched apart – and when it happened.
Genome studies can help identify lifestyle risks for diseases12 February 2016A type of study commonly used to pinpoint genetic variants associated with diseases can also be used to identify the lifestyle predictors that increase the risk of a disease – something that is often overlooked in genetic studies
Dinosaurs take over Bristol Museum for British Science Week10 February 2016Bristol Museum & Art Gallery will be celebrating British Science Week (11-20 March 2016), with a Dinosaur Takeover. Bristol Museums have partnered with dinosaur experts at the University of Bristol to deliver an exciting half day experience for school groups in the region, packed with thrilling dinosaur-related activities.