News in 2010

  • Lawyer honoured for contributions to court administration 6 December 2010
  • Sir George Oatley: Architect of Bristol 6 December 2010 Architectural historian Sarah Whittingham (PhD 2005) tells the story of Sir George Oatley’s (1863-1950) very full life, from his poor childhood on the Isle of Wight, to running the most successful architectural practice in Bristol on his return to his native city.
  • First French public theatre plans unearthed 1 December 2010 Dr John Golder (MA 1970, PhD 1980) reports on a chance discovery that revealed the answer to an unfinished student project 32 years on.
  • Bristol graduate’s bid for Christmas bestseller 29 November 2010
  • Bristol graduate’s debut against All Blacks 19 November 2010
  • Emerging talent award for screenwriter 18 November 2010
  • Best of Bristol lecture series launched 16 November 2010 Staff, students and alumni can now access some of the University’s most inspiring lecturers thanks to a new initiative set up by Bristol graduate Tom Corfield (MEng 2009).
  • Bristol grad named young engineer of the year 15 November 2010
  • Want to run the London Marathon and support the fight against cancer? 21 October 2010 Missed out on a ballot place? Need an incentive to get fit? There are six charity places available for Bristol alumni to run the Virgin 2011 London Marathon to raise money for the University’s Cancer Research Fund.
  • Talking to a Brick Wall 18 October 2010 In Talking to A Brick Wall: How New Labour stopped listening to the voter and why we need a new politics, Britain’s leading political pollster, Deborah Mattinson (LLB 1978), reviews the New Labour years from the voter’s point of view.
  • Obscure Logic of the Heart 4 October 2010 The Obscure Logic of the Heart is the new novel from the Commonwealth and Dylan Thomas prize longlisted author of Ishq and Mushq, Priya Basil (BA 1991).
  • Inspiring young filmmakers 4 October 2010 A new charity has been set up to support young people with a passion for filmmaking. Sarah Stevenson (BA 2010) has founded The Filmmakers’ Education Trust, a not-for-profit organisation that aims to support Bristol students and graduates looking to get into filmmaking, as well as inspire local school children about the industry.
  • World’s first solar-powered classroom 1 October 2010
  • Jake, not finished yet 30 September 2010 A documentary film made by six alumni of Bristol’s MA in Film and Television will have its North American Premier at the Montreal International Documentary Film Festival in November.
  • Campaign for later light 29 September 2010
  • Oxford honours Bristol grad 28 September 2010 Bristol alumnus Dr Henry Reece (BA 1974) has been awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by the University of Oxford. This is in recognition of the contribution he made to the university during his eleven years (1998-2009) as Chief Executive of Oxford University Press (OUP).
  • Award for wildlife conservation in Cambodia 27 September 2010 Conservationist Dr Jenny Daltry (BSc 1991) has been awarded the title of Officer of the Order of Sahametrei by the Royal Government of Cambodia in recognition of her work to conserve wildlife in Cambodia. The title is given to foreigners for their ‘distinguished services to the King and to the Nation’.
  • Book eases student hardship 24 September 2010
  • Onstage with the Pope 21 September 2010 Bristol graduate Dr Domenico Zanré (PhD 1999) was onstage with Pope Benedict XVI as he celebrated the open-air mass in Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, on 16 September.
  • Calling all golfers 21 September 2010 Golfers are needed to help defend the alumni title at next year’s Student, Staff and Alumni Golf Challenge.
  • Drama grad shortlisted for prestigious award 14 September 2010 A Bristol drama alumna has been shortlisted from over 13,000 entries for a prestigious graduate award highlighting the next generation of future leaders.
  • Creative Disruption 3 September 2010 Digital technologies are having a profound effect on business and industry. They’ve ripped up traditional business models and have created both opportunities and challenges for businesses in the 21st century.
  • Recovering Bristol’s LGBT history 1 September 2010 The history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Bristol is being uncovered and recorded thanks to the work of a new community group.
  • Marathon boost to cancer research 27 August 2010 With all sponsorship now in from the 2010 London Marathon team, we can announce that the grand total raised by Bristol alumni in aid of the University’s Cancer Research Fund is £4,769.49.
  • Mr Two Bomb 24 August 2010 Is a man who witnesses two atomic bombs in a week blessed or cursed? This is the question behind the latest offering from writer William Coles (BA 1968), a release that coincides with the 65th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings and that is based on a true story.
  • Hot gossip blog award 24 August 2010 Showbiz journalist Zoe Griffin (BA 2003) has been shortlisted for the 2010 Cosmopolitan Blog Awards, which celebrates the crème de la crème of the blogging community.
  • Pluto: Sentinel of the Outer Solar System 16 August 2010 Richly illustrated, this book by Barrie W Jones (BSc 1962, PhD 1967), Emeritus Professor of Astronomy at The Open University, is a timely account of Pluto for general readers, amateur astronomers and students wanting to know more about this intriguing celestial object. Boxed text provides more advanced information for readers who wish to delve deeper into the subject.
  • Skye sculpture to celebrate Bristol mountaineer 6 August 2010 A community group from Sconser on the Isle of Skye in Scotland plan to celebrate the achievements of Bristol alumnus and internationally renowned climber Norman Collie and his great friend and fellow climber John Mackenzie by building a life size bronze sculpture of both me
  • A Year of Living Musically 2 August 2010 A Year of Living Musically charts Katherine Dixson’s (BA 1978) first year at the helm of a large amateur choral society.
  • Bristol seagal sets new record 29 July 2010 Bristol graduate Belinda Kirk (MA 2000) and her three team mates have set a new record by becoming the first women to row non-stop around Britain. The ‘Seagals’ finished their epic 2,010-mile odyssey on 23 July, crossing the finishing line at Tower Bridge, London.
  • Why Man Made Gods and Dogs 15 July 2010 In Why Man Made Gods and Dogs, John Burton provides an overview of modern science as it relates to religion, ranging from cosmology, mathematics and physics, through the thicket of biology and biochemistry to evolutionary psychology and even a little home-spun philosophy.
  • It’s All About the Bike: the Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels 13 July 2010 Robert Penn’s (BA 1998) latest book It's All About the Bike tells of his journey to design and build his dream bike. En route, he explores the science, history and culture of bicycles.
  • Survival: Saving Endangered Migratory Species 13 July 2010 Survival: Saving Endangered Migratory Species by Robert Vagg (BA 1984) and Stanley Johnson is both a warning against the threat facing many migratory species and a celebration of their beauty.
  • Man of the Match, by Dan Freedman (BA 1999) 7 July 2010
  • The arctic cyclists 23 June 2010 Four Bristol physics alumni are planning to cycle from Oslo to Nordkapp to raise money for the British Lung Foundation.
  • History repeats itself for the English Speaking Union 8 June 2010 History has repeated itself for the Bristol branch of the English Speaking Union (ESU), an international charity that promotes the use of the English language through educational programmes, as it makes a second donation to the University nearly seventy years on.
  • Running for life 29 April 2010 Four Bristol alumni supported the fight against cancer by running the Virgin London Marathon last weekend in aid of the University’s Cancer Research Fund.
  • Bristol alumni in China come together 1 April 2010 March saw Bristol alumni in China come together at the British Council’s UK Alumni Gala Dinners held in Beijing and Shanghai.
  • Your University needs you - volunteer now! 22 March 2010 Would you like to support Bristol University and its alumni community? Expressions of interest/nominations are now being sought for the voluntary roles of Deputy Chairman of Convocation, Convocation Committee members, and Convocation representatives on Court.
  • The Day the Immigrants Left 25 February 2010 Bristol alumnus James Burstall (BA 1987) has set the national agenda on immigration and employment in the UK with his work on a controversial and factual entertainment programme.
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