UK health spending needs to grow faster than GDP3 May 2017The 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.
University film scoops Higher Education Oscar28 April 2017An 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.
Greenhouse gas removal in the land sector – addressing the gaps21 April 2017A 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.
Eradicating child poverty in Africa30 March 2017A 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 cells24 March 2017Researchers 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.
Girls in care more likely to report lower well-being than boys8 March 2017About 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 bees6 March 2017A 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.
Calculating recharge of groundwater more precisely28 February 2017An 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 targets27 February 2017Forests 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 2017Life 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].
New project aims to improve diversity in arts and humanities research20 January 2017How universities and black and minority ethnic communities work together will be the focus of a new UK-wide project. Common Cause is a new collaborative arts and humanities initiative will map routes to greater inclusion that enable the UK’s diverse population to fully participate in research and collaborations.
Stewardship policy reduces antimicrobial use on farms16 January 2017Evidence suggests the frequent use of certain antimicrobials (AM) in food-producing animals may reduce their effectiveness as treatments for both animals and humans. Researchers at the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences are finding novel ways to address these concerns, working with farmers to empower them to develop policies to promote more responsible use of medicines on farms.
Deciphering Article 50 – Brexit means...podcast9 January 2017This is the second episode of Brexit Means…, the new Brexit weekly podcast by the Guardian.
Professor Phil Syrpis, Professor of EU Law, University of Bristol, is one of the guests joining host Jon Henley, as well as Jolyon Maugham QC (a lawyer whose own crowdfunded challenge to the detail of Article 50 is bound for the Irish High Court), Guardian Brussels correspondent Jennifer Rankin, and Guardian legal affairs correspondent Owen Bowcott.