News in 2012

  • Polska Dotty: Carp in the Bathtub, Throttled Buglers, and other Tales of an Englishman in Poland by Jonathan Lipman (LLB 1989) 9 December 2012 Are you travelling to Poland and wish to know more about the Poles you’ll encounter? Have you ever wondered what makes your Polish plumber or cleaner or waitress tick? Are you fascinated by this country of forty million - one of the most visited countries in the world - rich in natural beauty, cultured, and famous for its people’s wanderlust? What book do you pick for background and insight? A superficial travel guide? A dry history book? No! You need the genre-busting Polska Dotty.
  • Hand-Painted Signs of Kratie by Sam Roberts (BA 2001) 9 November 2012 Flying pigs, retro hairstyles and hand grenades are among some of the images found in this book celebrating the art and craft of Cambodia’s hand-painted advertising. The book introduces the signs, the people who paint them, and explores their links to Cambodian art, culture and history.
  • Up your sport 27 September 2012 There has been a rush of sport enthusiasm since the Olympics this summer, with a variety of people looking to try new sports or get back into old ones, but it’s not always easy to find the right instructor. Alumni, Nicola Broom (LLB 2004) and Steve Brindley (BSc2005), have founded a free website, upmysport.com, which provides you with a hassle-free way to find and book your perfect instructor for your latest sporting venture.
  • Korea: A Cartographic History by John Rennie Short (PhD 1977) 20 September 2012 The first general history of Korea as seen through maps, Korea: A Cartographic History provides a beautifully illustrated introduction to how Korea was and is represented cartographically. John Rennie Short, one of today’s most prolific and well-respected geographers, encapsulates six hundred years of maps made by Koreans and non-Koreans alike.
  • The Bend in the Sky by David Morgan (BA 1966) 20 September 2012
  • Support the fight against cancer by running the Virgin London Marathon 5 September 2012
  • Monday to Friday Man by Alice Peterson (BA 1996) 23 August 2012 While friends are marrying, having children and moving to the depths of the countryside, Gilly Brown finds herself alone in London with just her little dog Ruskin for company. It’s time to move on, so, on a friend’s advice she looks for a lodger, a Monday to Friday one, and finds handsome television producer Jack Baker. Gilly falls for Jack’s charm and is transported into an exciting social whirlwind of parties, dining out and glamour.
  • The Other Mitford: Pamela's Story by Diana Alexander (BA 1963) 23 August 2012 The story of Pamela Jackson, nee Mitford, is a fascinating one. Despite shunning the bright city lights that her sisters so desperately craved, she had many wild adventures of her own and was very much involved in the activities of her extraordinary family, picking up the many pieces when things went disastrously wrong - which they often did - but was always content to be her own delightful self.
  • Bristol University integral to Olympic success 15 August 2012 Current students, staff and alumni impacted the London 2012 Olympic games not only in sport, but in delivering press operations, design and dancing.
  • Good luck to Bristol alumni who are competing for gold! 27 July 2012 Good luck to the seven Bristol alumni who are competing for gold in the Olympics Games. For those of you who would like to support our sporting stars, read on to find the details of their individual schedules.
  • Congratulations to 2012 graduates 19 July 2012 Over 3700 students and their families walked through the doors of the Wills Memorial Building to take part in their graduation ceremony this week. The hours spent in the library, lecture theatres and labs has all been worth it, as they were awarded with their well earned degree and welcomed in the Bristol alumni community. Congratulations to all!
  • Final Whistle By Dan Freedman (BA, 1999) 18 July 2012 It's the final whistle for Jamie Johnson! After leading Scotland to near-victory in the World Cup, Jamie Johnson has landed the dream job: playing football for one of the best teams in the world,Barcelona. But when disaster strikes and his days of football glory feel like a distant memory, Jamie's future will begin exactly where everything first kicked off.
  • The Best of Bristol Alumni Weekend 2012 18 July 2012 The Best of Bristol Alumni Weekend 2012 welcomed more than 385 alumni and friends over the course of three days in July for lectures, reunion lunches, dinners and tours. The weekend celebrated everything the University and City of Bristol has to offer, bringing alumni together to reconnect with friends, hear from inspirational academics and revisit familiar places.
  • Alumni in Queen's Birthday Honours 2012 21 June 2012 Following the announcement of the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, we are delighted to be able to congratulate 12 Bristol alumni who received an award to honour their outstanding achievements and service to society. 
  • Designers, engineers and problem solvers, wanted! 8 June 2012
  • Alumnus Will Todd's new anthem for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee 6 June 2012
  • Alzheimer's and other Dementias: The Facts by Professor Julian C. Hughes (MB ChB 1988) 31 May 2012 With more people in the world living into older age, Alzheimer's and other Dementias: The Facts takes a comprehensive look at the spread of dementia, and provides authoritative information and practical advice for sufferers, their families, and the medical professionals who care for them.
  • Thinking Through Dementia by Professor Julian C. Hughes (MB ChB 1988) 31 May 2012 Dementia affects millions of people throughout the world. This book is unique in exploring the complex philosophical issues regarding our understanding and treatment of this disorder. It provides a critique of the main models used to understand this disorder, and attempts unification of these approaches, with clear implications for treatment.
  • Bristol University celebrates the Olympic torch relay 23 May 2012
  • A Greater Power by P J Craig (PhD 1969) 11 May 2012 This is a story of love, war and betrayal seen through the affair of Harry Oldham and Lottie Simplon, an affair which one way or another lasted for most of the twentieth century.
  • Marathon runners raise £47,500 for Bristol's Cancer Research Fund 7 May 2012 Five alumni raise an impressive £47,500 for Bristol’s Cancer Research fund.
  • Scram by Harry Benson (BSc, 2000) 26 April 2012 2 April 2012 marked the 30th anniversary of the invasion of the Falkland Islands. This is the thrilling untold story of the young helicopter pilots - most barely out of their teens - who risked their lives during this brief but ferocious war.
  • Engaged: Unleashing Your Organization's Potential Through Employee Engagement by Geoffrey Matthews (BA 1980) and Linda Holbeche 19 April 2012 For managers and business leaders who want to enhance performance, this easy-to-use guide to employee management offers real solutions for getting workers engaged and increasing productivity. It explains what employee engagement is, why it matters, what the benefits of it are, what helps and hinders it, how to measure it, how to put theory into action when trying to create it. As an added benefit, it offers plenty of advice on how managers can keep themselves engaged, even during the toughest of times.
  • For Fukui's Sake: Two years in rural Japan by Sam Baldwin (BSc 2000) 5 April 2012 Far from the high-tech, high-rise of the super-cities, there lies another Japan. A Japan where snakes slither down school corridors, where bears prowl dark forests and where Westerners are still regarded as curious creatures. Welcome to the world of the inaka – the Japanese countryside.
  • Patriarchal Structures and Ethnicity in the Italian Community in Britain by Azadeh Medaglia (PhD 1998) 30 March 2012
  • Your University needs you - volunteer now! 22 March 2012 Would you like to support Bristol University and its alumni community?
  • Quick, Said the Bird by Richard Swigg (PhD 1966) 14 March 2012 In Quick, Said the Bird, Richard Swigg makes the case for acoustics as the basis of the linkages, kinships, and inter-illuminations of a major twentieth-century literary relationship. Outsiders in their home terrain who nevertheless continued to reach back to their own American vocal identities, Williams, Eliot, and Moore embody a unique lineage that can be traced from their first significant works (1909–1918) to the 1960s.
  • An Officer and a Gentlewoman by Heloise Goodley (BSc 2001) 1 March 2012 The trials and tribulations of a female army officer in the making, at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. When Héloïse Goodley quit her job as a City banker and decided to attend officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, she had no prior military experience. On her arrival she was a complete novice: she'd never fired a rifle, never dug a trench; she couldn't march in file; she couldn't even shine her shoes.
  • Dictionaries as Cultural Products: Exploring meanings and definitions by Marina Friesen (Cert, 2004) 29 February 2012 Are dictionaries really an ultimate source of 'correct' language? "Dictionaries as Cultural Products" is the first manuscript of such volume to deal with intentional and unintentional cultural biases and limitations in lexicography. It offers both, a theoretical exploration of word meaning and a practical perspective on dictionaries in use.
  • Fern Fever by Sarah Whittingham (PhD 2005) 9 February 2012 Pteridomania or Fern Fever took a frantic hold in Britain from the 1840s. It was a craze fostered by an array of books and magazines and special equipment designed for fern hunting trips and the cultivation of the finds in delicate fern cases.
  • Best of Bristol Lecturers selected 1 February 2012
  • Marathon runners selected to run for Bristol's Cancer Research Fund 26 January 2012 Eight Bristol graduates are running the 2012 Virgin London Marathon to raise money for the University's Cancer Research Fund.
  • Alumni in New Year Honours 2012 19 January 2012
  • The Brothers McLeod wins a BAFTA at the British Academy Children's Awards 6 January 2012 On 27th November 2011, fourth time lucky, Myles McLeod (BSc 1996, MSc 2000) as part of the production company, The Brothers McLeod, won a BAFTA at the British Academy Children’s Awards for their show Quiff and Boot.
  • Double Chance by Bryan Betts (BSc 1952) 5 January 2012 Double Chance tells the tale of Charlie Chance who invented an imaginary friend after losing his best friend, the exotic Carlos.
  • The Temperament of Keyboard Music, by A.C.N. Mackenzie of Ord, (MLitt 1980) 4 January 2012 This new book is a radical reappraisal of the whole science of keyboard tuning. Its fundamental feature is a complete revision of the terminology currently in use, since this is frequently not only confusing but also can be conflicting, as well as being inaccurate.