News in 2007

  • American alumni given extra incentive to donate 11 December 2007 An American alumnus is inspiring his fellow American alumni to give with a generous offer to match donations. For every ten gifts made to the University by Bristol alumni living in the US, Geoffrey Rowley (BA 1958) will contribute an additional $1,000 dollars.
  • Million-dollar chips 6 December 2007 What started as Ali Dixon’s (MEng 2004) undergraduate computer-science project is now a major semi-conductor business that may revolutionise the consumer electronics market.
  • Enter the dragons 5 December 2007 An online gaming company set up by Emmie Matthews (BSc 2001) and her business partner Ed Stevens received the single largest investment ever awarded on the BBC’s reality TV programme Dragons’ Den.
  • Expulsion from Chagos 5 December 2007 Former British High Commissioner to Mauritius, David Snoxell (BA 1966), returned to the University to give a lecture on the history of the Chagos Archipelago.
  • Game on 5 December 2007 A game idea developed by computer science graduates Tom Dowding (MEng 2004) and Richard Wilson (MEng 2004) has won the Channel 4 4Talent New Mobile Game Developer award.
  • Nobel Prize for climate change scientists 5 December 2007 A Bristol graduate and three Bristol academics contributed to the work of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was recently awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize (jointly with Al Gore).
  • Round-Britain bike ride not rained off 5 December 2007 In the wettest summer anyone can remember, Anna March (BA 1995) left her job in London to cycle more than 3,000 miles around England, Scotland and Wales.
  • The Well-tempered Clavier by William Coles (BA 1986) 27 October 2007 Seventeen-year-old schoolboy Kim is an idle drifter at one of Britain's most extraordinary institutions, Eton College – crammed with over a thousand boys and not a girl in sight.
  • The Wrong Kind of Snow - The Complete Daily Companion to the British Weather by Robert Penn (BA 1989) and Antony Woodward 1 October 2007 It is a fact universally acknowledged that the British are obsessed with the weather. This is not surprising: no country in the world has such unpredictable weather, with such power to rule people's lives.
  • The Optimist's Handbook by  Nick Inman (BSc 1978) 1 October 2007 In this brand new book Nick Inman pulls together a list of 100 non-sh*t things for us to feel glad about - a book to inspire the reader while they are slogging to work or taking a break from the ironing.
  • The Selman-Troytt Papers, by P J Barrington (BA 1998) 1 October 2007 The Selman-Troytt Papers is the first anthology of Jeremy Selman-Troytt's writing, and includes many of his masterpieces of prose and observation such as 'Social and Sexual Etiquette' and 'My First Involuntary Ejaculation’.
  • The Bradt Travel Guide to Kosovo by Gail Warrander (LLB 1993) 15 September 2007 The first dedicated solely to Kosovo, this guide provides full coverage of the young, fast-growing capital, Pristina, tips on living in Kosovo, including cultural norms, accommodation, food and communications and information on Kosovo’s ski resort, Brezovica, which offers some of the best skiing in south-eastern Europe.
  • Breaking the Shakespeare Codes by Robert Nield (BSc 1979) 15 September 2007 This book presents the most astounding thesis and the greatest collection of evidence ever assembled in the history of the Authorship Controversy.
  • Sound and silence 11 September 2007 A new music score by Jean Hasse (MA 2006) will accompany two screenings of the magnificent 1926 silent film, Faust.
  • Run, Fatboy, Run premieres in London 11 September 2007
  • Adventures in a bathtub 11 September 2007 Jake Meyer (BSc 2007) has rowed the length of the river Thames in a bathtub in aid of flood victims.
  • Welcome to the Working Week by Paul Vlitos (BA 2000) 16 August 2007 Meet Martin Sargent. He hasn't got a girlfriend (not anymore, anyway); he hasn't got a flatmate (see point one) and he definitely hasn't got the gift of tact. But he has got his mates (against all odds), an office crush and a mum who wants him to welcome Jesus into his life.
  • Alumna tackles foot and mouth 9 August 2007 Chief Veterinary Officer, Debby Reynolds, is leading the response to the latest outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.
  • Free diving feat 6 August 2007 Bristol graduate Sara Campbell (BA 1995) sent British free diving records into free fall last month when she became the first woman in history to take all three deep free diving records.
  • Drama marks decriminalisation of homosexuality 6 August 2007 A powerful new drama by acclaimed playwright Kevin Elyot (BA 1973) was broadcast on Channel 4 as part of a season marking the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.
  • Your best night out since Uni? 18 July 2007 Tickets have gone on sale for the biggest reunion in the University of Bristol's history. Over 2,000 recent Bristol graduates are expected to descend on central London this September for the 'Big Bristol Reunion'.
  • Award for outstanding achievement in life sciences 2 July 2007 An alumna has been honoured for her leadership in developing new vaccines for serious global infectious diseases including cholera, ETEC, typhoid, paratyphoid and rotavirus disease.
  • Catalonia: a Cultural History by Michael Eaude 1 July 2007 This book illuminates the cultural and literary history of Catalonia – from the stunning modern architecture of Barcelona, to the medieval Benedictine abbey at Montserrat, to the ancient Roman ruins of Tarragona.
  • Sylvia, Queen of the Headhunters by Philip Eade (BA 1988) 29 June 2007 Sylvia Brooke was also known as Her Highness the Ranee of Sarawak, the notorious wife of the last White Rajah. One of the more exotic figures of the twentieth century, she was described by the press as 'that most charming of despots', and by her own brother as 'a female Iago'.
  • Olaf's Saga by Stephen Liley (ME 1988) 28 June 2007 Olaf's Saga is a story which chronicles the life and times of one many hailing from a remote region of Norway in the late eighth century. The protagonist takes part in and witnesses key events of the pre-Christian or pagan Viking period.
  • Everything I Need to Know about Being a Manager, I Learned from my Kids by Ian Durston (MEng 1992) 7 June 2007 A witty and wise book for managers and parents alike, Everything I Need to Know... is a salient reminder of the life skills we all need to succeed whether at work or at home.
  • A big buzz for African elephants 21 May 2007 Zoologist Lucy King (BSc 1999) is finding new ways to help humans and elephants live together in harmony in Kenya. And one of her ideas is to use beehives to keep elephants away from crops.
  • Twenty five years of roughing it 21 May 2007 This year the Rough Guide series is 25 years old. To celebrate, its founders, Mark Ellingham (BA 1980) and Natania Jansz (BSc 1980), created a new series of guidebooks to the world's ultimate experiences.
  • Football insider kicks off with a winner 21 May 2007 Dan Freedman (BA 1999) is a hot new writing talent headed straight for the Premier League. Using his experience in the game as Editor of The FA, Dan has created a nail-biting tale about a young boy and his experiences of the highs and lows of football.
  • Big Secrets for Not So Little Girls by Miranda Shearer (BA 2006) 16 May 2007 This book covers travel, jobs, boys, love and hate, sex, glamour, fashion no-nos, parties, cooking, nasty habits, things that go terribly wrong, and lots of other weird bits and pieces.
  • Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture, Volume 4: A Pattern Language for Distributed Computing, by Frank Buschmann, Kevlin Henney (BSc 1989) and Douglas C Schmidt 13 April 2007 This book is about a pattern language for distributed computing.
  • Shakespeare at Bristol's Tobacco Factory 29 March 2007 This year’s Shakespeare season at The Tobacco Factory has seen a number of former Bristol students returning to the city’s stages.
  • Combining art and medicine 26 March 2007 Dr David ‘Bing’ Jones (MB ChB 1975) is combining medicine with something a little bit more creative.
  • Bristol grads bag two BAFTAs 19 March 2007 Asitha Ameresekere (BA 1993) won 'Best Short Film' and Jeremy Brock (BA 1981) scooped ‘Best Adapted Screenplay’ at this year's BAFTA awards.
  • Costa Book of the Year winner 19 March 2007 Stef Penney (BA 1987) has scooped the first Costa Book of the Year Award for her debut novel The Tenderness of Wolves.
  • Paleontologist named global leader 1 March 2007 A Bristol graduate is among this year’s 250 young global leaders honoured by the World Economic Forum.
  • Ask a biologist 1 March 2007 Tyrannosaurus rex: predator or scavenger? How do reptiles like chameleons change colour? Do bananas have seeds? A new website has been launched by a Bristol graduate which gives children direct access to scientists who can answer their burning biological questions.
  • Big fuss for Hot Fuzz 27 February 2007
  • Muddled Daze by Christopher Fewtrell 26 February 2007 A freak accident, involving a pallet of pineapples, leaves Graham ‘Ray' Sunshine in a coma fighting for his life. When he recovers, the only lasting legacy of his accident is that every week he experiences Thursday before Wednesday. Struggling to come to terms with this affliction, will he use his 'gift' for good or ill?
  • The Big Bible Storybook by Maggie Barfield (BA 1977) 23 February 2007 The Big Bible Storybook is a lead-in to regular Bible-engagement for the under 5s.
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