News in 2017

  • Vulnerable adults in custody face inconsistent services, study finds 11 October 2017 Vulnerable adults who are taken into police custody face a postcode lottery around the provision of 'appropriate adults' who help safeguard their rights and welfare while detained, a new study has found.
  • Care after miscarriage needs ‘standardised approach’, report reveals 10 October 2017 The standard of care for mothers experiencing the end of a pregnancy varies widely, with more to be done to replicate good practice found in some NHS Trusts and hospitals, according to a new study led by researchers at the Universities of Bristol and Birmingham.
  • Care after miscarriage needs ‘standardised approach’, report reveals 10 October 2017 The standard of care for mothers experiencing the end of a pregnancy varies widely, with more to be done to replicate good practice found in some NHS Trusts and hospitals, according to a new study led by researchers at the Universities of Bristol and Birmingham.
  • Apply for funding to influence, inform and engage with policy 25 September 2017 PolicyBristol is today announcing the next call for applications for our Support Scheme.
  • Analysing science and technology policy issues 1 September 2017 POST is Parliament's in-house source of independent, balanced and accessible analysis of public policy issues related to science and technology.
  • Life sciences industrial strategy 30 August 2017 Government's office of life sciences has recently published a Life sciences industrial strategy.
  • Mediterranean Migration Research Programme policy briefs 13 July 2017 The ESRC-funded Mediterranean Migration Research Programme (MMRP), launched in response to the on-going migration crisis in Europe, incorporates leading social scientists across seven research institutions, including the University of Bristol.
  • What is best practice in school sex education? 3 July 2017 Sex and relationship education (SRE) is regarded as vital for improving young people’s sexual health but a third of schools in England lacks good SRE and government guidance is outdated. New research led by the University of Bristol has found clear evidence that school-based SRE and school-linked sexual health services can be effective at improving sexual health.
  • Academics call on EU decision-makers to take responsibility for the climate impact of harvesting forests 27 June 2017 The University of Bristol’s Dr Joanna House has led 40 scientists from around the world who are concerned about contentious EU plans that would hide the climate impacts of harvesting more trees.
  • Strengthening gender equality in post-Brexit Britain 20 June 2017 On 20 June, a group of academics and interested stakeholders met to discuss how to strengthen gender equality in post-Brexit Britain.
  • Queen’s birthday honour for Bristol professors 17 June 2017 Professor Debbie Lawlor and Professor Richard Taylor at the University of Bristol have both received awards in the Queen’s Birthday Honours which recognises the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people across the UK.
  • PolicyBristol Support Scheme 2017 Round 2 15 June 2017 PolicyBristol has now launched Round 2 of the 2017 Support Scheme. The Scheme helps University of Bristol academics engage in activities that enhance the impact of their policy-relevant research.
  • University of Bristol journal achieves top international ranking 15 June 2017 The Policy & Politics journal, which has been publishing key works in public and social policy and politics for 45 years, has achieved an impact factor of 1.939. It is now ranked 11th in the field of public administration, placing it firmly in the top quartile of international journals.
  • #BristolBrexit - a city responds to Brexit! 2 June 2017 Over 100 people from across Bristol and the region came together on 23 May to develop projects and identify new possibilities to collectively navigate Bristol's path to a post-Brexit future. Bristol residents, local community leaders, city officials, business people, charities, community activists and experts in immigration, law, trade, politics and sociology from the Universities of Bristol, Bath and the West of England all took part. They were joined by Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol, Professor Hugh Brady.
  • Largest study to date finds autism alone does not increase risk of violent offending 1 June 2017 A diagnosis of autism alone does not increase the risk of violent offending, suggests a study published in the June 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP).
  • Amazon rainforest may be more resilient to deforestation than previously thought 1 June 2017 Taking a fresh look at evidence from satellite data, and using the latest theories from complexity science, researchers at the University of Bristol have provided new evidence to show that the Amazon rainforest is not as fragile as previously thought. The research is published today in Nature Communications.
  • Poo patrol: Bristol’s Big Spray Day – May 26 24 May 2017 Primary schools and communities across Bristol will be joining forces with the University of Bristol, Bristol City Council and Sustainable Learning on Friday, May 26 to fight back against the scourge of dog fouling on the streets of the city.
  • Life or death medical decisions involving a child – new study asks questions about current process 19 May 2017 How parents and clinicians make life or death medical decisions involving very young children is the focus of a new study published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. The findings may offer insight into how the ‘best interests’ of a child are decided, when consensus between parents and clinicians can’t be reached.
  • Grammar schools fail to help middle-income families 19 May 2017 Selective education harms the university prospects of bright pupils who just miss out on a place at a grammar school, according to new research from the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), University of Bristol and University of Warwick.
  • Brexit – its impact on Bristol 15 May 2017 How Bristol addresses the local challenges – and opportunities – brought on by Brexit is the focus of a free public event on Tuesday 23 May bringing experts in immigration, trade, politics and sociology from the Universities of Bristol, Bath and the West of England together in constructive dialogue with local community leaders, city officials, business people, local charities, and community activists. Mayor Marvin Rees and Vice Chancellor Hugh Brady will be in attendance to welcome participants at the day’s event.
  • UK health spending needs to grow faster than GDP 3 May 2017 The NHS is frequently in the news about its ongoing funding crisis. New research suggests demand for health services is set to continue to grow faster than GDP per head in all developed countries around the world. Along with a paper about the J-value model for life-expectancy growth in industrialised countries, the research establishes a reason why people in the UK will want to spend an increasing fraction of their income on health services.
  • Lab mice may not be effective models for immunology research 3 May 2017 Laboratory mice may not be effective models for studying immune responses to disease. The research, published in Nature Communications, reveals limitations of laboratory mice as immunological models.
  • Study finds primary school children get less active with age 28 April 2017 There is an age-related decline in children’s physical activity levels as they progress through primary school, according to a British Heart Foundation-funded study.
  • University film scoops Higher Education Oscar 28 April 2017 An in-house University film documenting the realities of life for female farmers in Ghana, last night scooped a top national award at the British Universities Film and Video Council (BUFVC): Learning on Screen Awards 2017, held at the British Film Institute in London.
  • What is your experience of evidence-based policy? GW4 community calls for academic feedback 24 April 2017 A GW4 research community is calling for academics to share their experiences of evidence-based policy in order to shape a new political ‘matchmaking’ service
  • Greenhouse gas removal in the land sector – addressing the gaps 21 April 2017 A University of Bristol academic will lead one of seven topic-specific projects announced yesterday by NERC as part of a £8.6million research programme which will investigate ways to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere to counteract global warming.
  • Professor Phil Syrpis to work with House of Commons Library to help brief MPs on Brexit 20 April 2017 As part of a knowledge exchange fellowship, Professor Syrpis will provide expertise in EU Law to contribute to the work of the House of Commons Library and relevant Select Committees.
  • University of Bristol to partner in major new UK Housing Evidence Centre 6 April 2017 On Thursday 6 April, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation announced the launch of the new UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE).
  • Eradicating child poverty in Africa 30 March 2017 A team from Bristol Poverty Institute, a new specialist research institute at the University of Bristol set up to tackle global poverty, have been working with UNICEF to provide technical advice and assistance to the Ugandan Bureau of Statistics (UBoS) and the Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) to help integrate multidimensional child poverty measures into Ugandan National Statistics.
  • Major breakthrough in the manufacture of red blood cells 24 March 2017 Researchers have generated the first immortalised cell lines which allow more efficient manufacture of red blood cells. The team, from the University of Bristol and NHS Blood and Transplant, were able to manufacture red blood cells in a more efficient scale than was previously possible.
  • Reaction to Supreme Court decision on minimum income immigration rule 24 March 2017 Academics from the University of Bristol’s newly formed Institute for Migration and Mobility Studies have expressed disappointment at last month’s ruling by the Supreme Court which decided the minimum income immigration rule is lawful.
  • Response to Health Committee Report on Suicide Prevention 16 March 2017 Research carried out by academics at Bristol University and the Samaritans is mentioned several times in today’s publication of the Health Select Committee Report on Suicide Prevention.
  • Job Vacancy - PolicyBristol Coordinator (EPSRC) 8 March 2017
  • Girls in care more likely to report lower well-being than boys 8 March 2017 About a quarter of girls in care have low well-being and feel the stigma of care more deeply than do boys according to a new study, announced today [8 Mar], which set out to understand what well-being means to looked after children. The study of 611 looked after children produced some positive results with 83 percent of children saying that being in care had improved their lives. Compared to the general population more looked after children felt safe at home, liked school and felt their carers were interested in their education. However, nearly one in five young people aged between 11-18 yrs had low well-being and needed much more support.
  • Bristol is buzzing – life is better for bees 6 March 2017 A report which outlines how local organisations have made life better for bees and pollinating insects in Bristol and the surrounding area over the last two years will be published tomorrow [March 7] to coincide with a meeting of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership at the SS Great Britain.
  • Bristol scientists take their research to Parliament 1 March 2017 Three of our researchers will present their work to a range of politicians and a panel of judges as part of the national competition, STEM for BRITAIN.
  • Calculating recharge of groundwater more precisely 28 February 2017 An international team of researchers has demonstrated that key processes in models used for the global assessment of water resources for climate change are currently missing. This could mean climate change impact models are wrong in some parts of the world and cannot yet be used to guide water management.
  • Forests to play major role in meeting Paris climate targets 27 February 2017 Forests are set to play a major role in meeting the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement - however, accurately monitoring progress toward the 'below 2°C' target requires a consistent approach to measuring the impact of forests on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In a paper published in the journal, Nature Climate Change: Key role of forests in meeting climate targets but science needed for credible mitigation, scientists are calling for robust, transparent and credible data to track the real mitigation potential of forests.
  • What are your life chances? 20 February 2017 Life Chances reveals some of the struggles families are facing in austerity Britain. The new novel, which uses fictional characters based on the experiences of real people who are recent migrants or living on the breadline in inner city Britain, is published today [20 Feb].
  • The right choice? New research identifies impact of shortened care proceedings 3 February 2017 The introduction of the 26 week timetable for care proceedings has halved their average length. Research, led by Professor Judith Masson, provides insight into the impact this is having on the decisions being made on behalf of vulnerable children.
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