ESRC/POST Fellowships Open for Applications6 January 2014POST (the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology) is delighted to host a new fellowship scheme in collaboration with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The scheme provides an opportunity for ESRC-funded postgraduate students to be seconded to POST to assist in producing independent, balanced and accessible analysis of public policy issues for Parliamentarians.
Violence against women – in the arts: Second blog now online25 November 2013Watching Bluebeard again reinforced the powerful performance and engaging writing of the Gallivant team. On September 26th I posted a blog here and said I would report back after taking part in an after-show discussion of Bluebeard, currently being performed by Gallivant at the Soho Theatre, London. Dr Emma Williamson, Senior Research Fellow, School for Policy Studies Watching Bluebeard again reinforced the powerful performance and engaging writing of the Gallivant team. Both Dr Hilary Abrahams and I were pleased that we had prior warning and had seen the play in Bristol. The question and answer session was interested in engaging the audience in a discussion of the key themes of the play: sexual desire, sexual violence, gender and complicity. From our perspective as gender violence researchers the issues of power and control running throughout the performance were stark. Part of the power of the play comes both from the accurate portrayal of a perpetrator and the complicity of the audi
Young people to benefit from the University of Bristol's 80by18 project25 November 2013Young people will be encouraged to access 80 of the best experiences Bristol has to offer from today thanks to a new project which brings together things to do across the city that are fun and (mostly) free and will help our younger generation change the world, face the future and improve their lives.
£23m to drive advances in population health sciences research22 November 2013The University of Bristol is to benefit from £23 million of research funding that will exploit the latest advances in technology and develop new analysis methods to improve understanding of how our family background, behaviours and genes work together to affect how we develop and remain healthy or become ill.
University of Bristol's Gill Hague wins award for work in tackling domestic violence5 November 2013Gill Hague, Emeritus Professor of Violence Against Women Studies in the University’s School for Policy Studies, has been awarded a ‘Special’ award from the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize (EHMP) to recognise her life's work in combating violence against women. The EHMP awards are the only ones in the country to mark the work by individuals or groups in trying to stamp out violence against women. The prize was awarded for lifetime achievement, and is additional to the two recurring prizes, awarded each year.
Study shows that mentoring is key to influencing pupils to apply to University14 October 2013Appropriately-timed student mentoring schemes can have a large and substantiate effect on influencing secondary pupils from disadvantaged areas apply to university. These are the findings of a pilot study, published today, that tested the impact and delivery of mentoring on pupils’ intentions to apply to university
The impact of Lottery funding on charities30 September 2013The Economic and Social Research Council-funded study, led by Professor Sarah Smith, is published in the latest issue of Research in Public Policy. It analysed a sample of more than 5,000 grant applications made by the Community Fund’s Grants for Large Projects programme between 2002 and 2005.
African Human Rights Implementation online course available in November23 September 2013The course is aimed at students, academics, non-governmental and inter-governmental staff, representatives from governments, and legal professionals, as well as others for whom knowledge of the subject is important to their work or who are embarking on a career in human rights.
PolicyBristol Director at the House of Lords16 September 2013PolicyBristol Director, Dr Deborah Wilson, was invited to speak at the Benchmarking Public Services for Excellent Performance seminar on Monday 16th September at the House of Lords. The event was chaired by Lord Bichard, chairman of the Public Money & Management editorial board.
New research explores public trust in A-Levels23 August 2013A new study that aims to explore public trust in A-Levels is seeking people to share their views. Results from the research, led by the University of Bristol, will be fed back to the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation and English exam boards.
Public Spirit launch new on-line faith and public policy forum5 August 2013Public Spirit provides a space for researchers, policymakers, politicians and practitioners from the voluntary and community sectors to access the latest research, engage in current debates and share expertise on key issues of faith and public policy. Hosted by the University of Bristol.
New data shows oldest old at risk from social isolation30 July 2013Using new data from the UK’s largest ever social survey, Understanding Society, the Personal Finance Research Centre (PRFC) at the University of Bristol and the International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC-UK) have produced preliminary findings about the ‘oldest old’ (aged over 85) and their levels of participation, wellbeing and health.