• 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.
  • How can your research be heard in Parliament? 23 January 2017 Research, Impact and the UK Parliament training session, 1st March 2017, Bristol. Funded places for UoB researchers available.
  • New project aims to improve diversity in arts and humanities research 20 January 2017 How 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 farms 16 January 2017 Evidence 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...podcast 9 January 2017 This 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.
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