News in 2008

  • September success 15 December 2008
  • Mince pie philanthropy 15 December 2008 The annual pie-eating contest at Wookey Hole in Somerset was won this year by Denzil Gunner (BSc 1999).
  • Artistic leanings 15 December 2008
  • Parallel dreams, parallel journeys 1 December 2008 Parallel Journeys is an apt title for the tale of ‘genetic experiments, passion and the loss of youthful dreams’ recounted by Dr Ruth Skrine (MB ChB 1953).
  • A praiseworthy nomination 28 November 2008 The Reverend Canon Dr Gavin Ashenden (LLB 1976) has been appointed as Chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen.
  • A timely (and tasty) response to the credit crunch 27 November 2008 We may all be tightening our purse-strings at the moment with the onset of the credit crunch, but that doesn’t have to mean living like paupers, as Bristol graduate Sarah Lockett (BA 1987) and her partner in creativity Penny Isaacs have proven.
  • Raising eyebrows for the right reasons 27 November 2008 Eyebrow Productions has triumphed with a production of Me and My Girl performed at the London Palladium on Sunday 26 October 2008 to rave reviews – despite its cast having had only 48 hours to rehearse the show.
  • Walliams keeps crossing boundaries 17 November 2008 It may be of no surprise to viewers of the hit BBC2 show Little Britain that David Walliams (BA 1992) likes to dress up in women’s clothes, but to go from this, or from his recent charity swim crossing of the English Channel, to writing a children’s book on cross-dressing? Some of our alumni are full of surprises …
  • Quest for the Holy Ale 6 November 2008 Students are renowned for their love of beer, but for Bristol graduates Dr Andrew Schofield (BSc 1988) and Dr Gene Rowe (BSc 1988), this love turned into a life-long passion that resulted in a book.
  • Do you have a great business idea? 5 November 2008 Recent graduates could win a share of a prize fund in excess of £35,000 in the University’s 2009 New Enterprise Competition.
  • Golden opportunity to name a character 24 October 2008 Author Dan Freedman (BA 1999) is offering Bristol alumni the chance to name one of the characters in his new book, Golden Goal. The book is the third in Dan's hugely successful series that follows the highs and lows of a schoolboy as he battles to make it to the professional football leagues.
  • Steps to reduce stress 16 October 2008 A father and son – both Bristol psychology graduates – have collaborated on a book which aims to help people reduce stress.
  • A leopard and his shots 30 September 2008 James Burstall (BA 1987), CEO of Leopard Films, is overseeing the production of a new drama in which John Hurt reprises his role as Quentin Crisp 30 years after the seminal Naked Civil Servant.
  • Another Time released 25 September 2008
  • Bristol grad triumphs in law challenge 25 September 2008 A Bristol alumnas has won the grand final of Herbert Smith’s inaugural student law advocacy competition.
  • Little Britain comedy duo reveals new movie plans 25 September 2008
  • Tess Of The D'Urbervilles launches BBC's autumn drama 15 September 2008 Bristol graduate David Nicholls’ adaptation of Thomas Hardy's tragic novel, Tess Of The D'Urbervilles, launched the BBC’s autumn drama season. The first episode was shown on BBC1 on Sunday 14 September.
  • One show. One charity. 48 hours. 3 September 2008
  • Bristol grad sails home with gold 21 August 2008 Bristol graduate Iain Percy (BSc 1998) and Andrew Simpson sailed to Olympic victory in the Star two-man keelboat class today [Thursday 21 August] bringing Britain's gold medal haul to 17. It was Team GB's fourth sailing gold medal.
  • Whopping wind tunnel 8 August 2008 Bristol graduate Lawrence Koh (BEng 2002) announces the launch of iFly Singapore: the world's largest vertical wind tunnel.
  • Literary debut in Sri Lanka 7 August 2008 BAFTA award winning film-maker Asitha Ameresekere enters the literary world with his debut collection of short stories 'Wedding Gifts & Other Presents'. The book was launched at the British Council, Sri Lanka, on Wednesday 30 July.
  • Past students helping present students 3 June 2008 £300,000 of alumni donations was recently distributed to various exciting projects around the University.
  • In a spin 29 May 2008
  • Bristol graduate's music chosen to be sung for Pope 28 May 2008 A work by Bristol graduate David Ogden (BA 1988) was sung at a Mass in Washington DC led by Pope Benedict XVI in front of a congregation of 40,000 this April.
  • Oldest parrot fossil found in Scandinavia 28 May 2008 Fossil expert and Bristol graduate Dr David Waterhouse (BSc 2000, PGCE 2001, MSc 2002) has established for the first time that parrots lived in Scandinavia about 55 million years ago when the area was covered in tropical forest.
  • Bristol pair help construct Albanian highway 28 May 2008
  • Grad tops Power 100 28 May 2008 Justin Basini (BSc 1995), Capital One Europe's head of brand marketing, has been named the UK's most influential direct marketing client in this year’s Marketing Direct Power 100.
  • Josh Lewsey returns to Bristol for sporting weekend 16 April 2008 England Rugby player and Bristol graduate Josh Lewsey (BSc 1998) joined over a 100 sporting alumni at a special sporting event at the University last weekend [Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 April].
  • Atlantic rowers get gold 16 April 2008 Zoology graduate Niall McCann (BSc 2004) and his friend James Burge have been awarded the Evening Post’s Bristol Gold Star Award for their charity work for Bristol Zoo.
  • Double award whammy 15 April 2008
  • Taking on the Tour de France 7 February 2008 Only the best cyclists in the world get a place in the Tour de France. But this hasn’t deterred Bristol graduate Ian Callaghan (BDS 2003) from realising his dream. He will follow in the footsteps of his cycling heroes and ride the Tour de France this summer, albeit unofficially.
  • The real veal 7 February 2008 Husband and wife team Jonathan Brown (BA 1997) and Vicky Brown (née Maiklem) (BSc 1996) have launched an ethical veal mail order service in response to the huge demand for their product.
  • Team triumphs in Atlantic race 6 February 2008
  • Prairie Rose by Fred Smith (BSc 1956) 1 January 2008 Fred Smtih started to write this book more than 25 years ago. After graduating from the University of England, he was hired as a field engineer in Swift Current, Sask. Smith fell in love with the vastness of the prairies and its inhabitants.