News in 2014

  • Fighting tooth: Beryl Murray Davies (1928-1933) 12 January 2015 During the Second World War, the Special Operations Executive (SOE) sent thousands of agents into occupied Europe – but not before the agents paid a visit to Bristol dental graduate, Beryl Murray Davies (1928-1933).
  • Wessex, Wales and Beyond: Professor Bowden (MB ChB 1948) 23 December 2014 Last month, 90-year-old Professor Drummond Bowden (MB ChB 1948) travelled to Bristol from Canada with his daughter, Jane, to celebrate the archiving of his memoirs, ‘Wessex, Wales and Beyond 1941 – 1952’ in the Bristol Record Office.
  • Power of the crowd: Natalie Jonk (BSc 2004) 22 December 2014 Natalie Jonk (BSc 2004) may have travelled the world but her greatest adventure is just starting to unfold.
  • Centenary Campaign: Top five discoveries 19 December 2014 Bristol's £100 million Centenary Campaign comes to a close at the end of 2014, and more than 20,200 alumni and friends have made a gift to the University over the course of the campaign.
  • Nick Talbot, 1977-2014 17 December 2014 Nick Talbot (BA 2000), a Bristol alumnus whose eclectic work as an experimental, alt-rock musician under the name Gravenhurst earned him an international reputation, has died at the age of 37.
  • Creating positive change: Dr Priya Virmani (PhD 2007) 17 December 2014 Dr Priya Virmani (PhD 2007) spent four years in Bristol, studying a PhD in Media Economics and Globalisation. In 2013, she set up a charity, Paint Our World, to empower underserved children in India.
  • Season's Greetings from Great George 15 December 2014 A seasonal message to alumni from Great George, the University of Bristol's resident bell, with all best wishes for 2015.
  • Lough Hyne memories rediscovered 15 December 2014 Two newly published books about Lough Hyne, a marine lake in Ireland, promise to bring back fond memories for zoology staff and students at Bristol.
  • Striding to success: Ed Shillabeer (BVSc 1964) 9 December 2014 This summer, Ed Shillabeer BVSc MRCVS (BVSc 1964) returned from the Izmir 2014 European Veterans Athletics Championships with not one, but two, silver medals to his name, after also completing a 250-mile charity walk the month before.
  • NCE Graduate of the Year: Sophie McPhillips (MEng 2013) 8 December 2014 Sophie McPhillips (MEng 2013), a recent Civil Engineering graduate, has been named New Civil Engineer Graduate of the Year 2014.
  • The Visitors by Simon Sylvester (MA 2004) 3 December 2014 Simon Sylvester (MA 2004) is the winner of The Guardian’s ‘Not the Booker Prize’ with his fabulous new book, The Visitors.
  • Bristol alumna to be next UUK President 3 December 2014 Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow CBE (BSc 1972, Hon DSc 2002), Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kent and an alumna of the University of Bristol, has been elected the next president of Universities UK (UUK).
  • Super Senses: Patrick Aryee (BSc 2007) 1 December 2014 In 2014, Patrick presented his first BBC wildlife documentary, Super Senses: The Secret Power of Animals. We spoke to him about his journey into presenting, and what it was like to film in some of the world’s most remote locations.
  • Neil Burnie MRCVS, 1954-2014 27 November 2014 Bristol alumnus Neil Burnie (BVSc 1977), an internationally renowned vet and founder of the Bermuda Shark Project, died earlier this month in a tragic marine accident. His friend Robin Revell pays tribute to 'the most unusual of veterinary surgeons'.
  • Business Poetry Winner: Dr Lew Watts (BSc 1974) 27 November 2014 Dr Lew Watts (BSc 1974) was both the winner and the runner up in the Financial Times’ haiku competition within the ‘business travel’ category.
  • Gatecrashing Paradise by Tom Chesshyre (BSc 1993) 26 November 2014 Tom Chesshyre's (BSc 1993) travel book, Gatecrashing Paradise, is an exquisite account of his journeys through the untouched archipelagos of the Maldives.
  • Volunteers needed to delve into Bristol’s archives 25 November 2014 Make the most of this exciting opportunity to gain access to the University’s Special Collections archive and help unearth the history of the University of Bristol Students' Union.
  • Centenary Campaign: our history, on stage 25 November 2014 Shakespeare famously said, ‘All the world’s a stage’. And thanks to the generosity of donors to Bristol’s Centenary Campaign, students, staff and academics at the University will have access to our Theatre Collection – the world’s second biggest British theatre history archive – for generations to come.
  • Bristol announces Professor Hugh Brady as its next Vice-Chancellor 3 November 2014 Following formal approval by the University’s meeting of Council last Friday, 31 October, the University of Bristol announced the appointment of its next Vice-Chancellor and President. Professor Hugh Brady will succeed Professor Sir Eric Thomas when he takes up the role in September 2015.
  • The Unravelling by Paul Vlitos (BA 2000) 23 October 2014 Paul Vlitos (BA 2000) is proud to announce the worldwide release of The Unravelling, a new 30,000-word story exclusive to Kindle, as part of the ‘Kindle Singles’ range of commissioned e-books.
  • The Centenary Campaign: expanding minds, expanding futures 23 October 2014 Libraries are gateways to knowledge, but the way we access, share and use information is constantly changing.
  • Wanted: exceptional international graduate to represent Bristol 15 October 2014 Are you a Bristol graduate living in the USA, India or mainland China? Did you graduate less than 10 years ago? If so (or you know someone who is) we want to hear from you.
  • Changing Women's Lives: A Biography of Dame Rosemary Murray by Alison Wilson (BA 1966) 3 October 2014 Alison Wilson's new biography of Dame Rosemary Murray explores her early life and provides a fascinating insight into her character.
  • Grass by John T. Hancock (BSc 1984, PhD 1987) 2 October 2014 Rich, influential, but completely despised by those around him, George has been living the life of a recluse in the huge house on Kinsford Estate. Although the estate is the largest in the county and was once the epicentre of the local community, the villagers avoid him.
  • Food Waste Philosophy by Shane Jordan (2010-2011) 2 October 2014 Food Waste Philosophy is a unique book that deals with food in a way no other books has. Disclosing the truth behind food, and how our food affects our lives, Shane Jordan documents his relationship with food from childhood to the present day. He discusses his thoughts on food waste, education, sustainability and environmental issues.
  • The Republic of the Husband by Lucy Tunstall (MA 1996) 2 October 2014 Carcanet are delighted to announce the publication of The Republic of the Husband by Bristol University alumna Lucy Tunstall (MA 1996).
  • Traces of the Trinity: Signs, Sacraments and Sharing God’s Life by Andrew Robinson (BSc 1985, MB ChB 1988) 2 October 2014 In a world that is filled with signs, there is a tendency to take them for granted, forgetting the weight of our dependence on them. Traces of the Trinity is a masterful exploration of Christian theology through the lens of semiotics – the study of signs.
  • Beyond Dubai: Seeking Lost Cities in the Emirates by David Millar (BSc 1978) 2 October 2014 Beyond Dubai is a light-hearted journey around the Emirates in search of its surprisingly rich past. It includes six lost cities of the ancient world, and encounters uncooper­ative camels, an ancient mountain tribe, and Iranian ciga­rette smugglers along the way, with frequent stops for coffee and dates.
  • Alumni donors contribute to new rowing facility 30 September 2014 The newly completed £1.2 million boathouse facility for the University of Bristol was officially opened this Saturday [27 September].
  • The Centenary Campaign: the next generation 24 September 2014 Every child deserves the opportunity to go to university, regardless of their background. And thanks to your gifts to the University’s Centenary Campaign, Bristol is helping thousands of young people consider higher education part of their future.
  • Music to our ears, over the years 22 September 2014 On Saturday 6 September, members of Bristol’s original Small Choir gathered together in The Victoria Rooms to celebrate the 60th consecutive year of their annual choral reunion.
  • The Centenary Campaign: putting students first 21 August 2014 Today’s students are tomorrow’s pioneers. Since the start of the Centenary Campaign in 2003, alumni and friends of the University have donated more than £10 million to support students through bursaries, scholarships and extracurricular opportunities. Here are just a few ways your gifts have helped.
  • Alumni words of wisdom for our recent graduates 6 August 2014 We recently asked alumni what advice they would give to students graduating this July. Years of accumulated experience, wisdom and expertise flooded in, so we've highlighted a few of them here. We hope it will guide and inspire anyone who studied at Bristol, from the newly-graduated, to those who are thinking about the next step in their career.
  • The graduation hat trick: generations of alumni return to Bristol 24 July 2014 Richard Lewis (BA 2014) made Bristol history when he graduated this summer with the same gown and hood that was worn by three generations before him, including his father, his grandfather and his great uncle who graduated in 1933.
  • Guest of honour: Robert Dufton (LLB 1983) 10 July 2014 Robert Dufton (LLB 1983), Deputy Chairman of Convocation and Chairman of the London Branch of Convocation, has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in recognition of his achievements and his commitment to the University.
  • The Best of Bristol Alumni Weekend 2014 9 July 2014 This year, more than 480 alumni and friends came home to Bristol for the Alumni Weekend festivities, which included a packed programme of departmental tours, lunches, talks and more.
  • Shipshape and Bristol fashion 7 July 2014 When the Queen gave her name to the UK’s largest warship last week, Bristol graduate James McKelvie (MEng 2009) was among those for whom the ceremony marked the culmination of years of hard work.
  • Bristol's Centenary Campaign passes its £100 million target 4 July 2014 The University of Bristol’s Centenary Campaign has passed the £100 million fundraising target six months ahead of schedule – thanks to the generosity of more than 19,500 alumni, friends, staff and students.
  • The Centenary Campaign: Seeing into the future 20 June 2014 Retinal degeneration is one of the main causes of blindness and visual impairment worldwide. But now, thanks to generous donations to our Centenary Campaign, a Bristol PhD student, Jessica Cooke (PhD 2011-) has developed a pioneering new treatment to help those affected by this debilitating condition.
  • Build a Better Bristol: winners announced! 16 June 2014 On Friday 13 June, Stephen Le Fanu, a first-year Biology student, and Philip McMahon, a fourth-year Computer Science student, were announced as this year’s Build a Better Bristol winners, securing £20,000 of alumni donations to fund their nominated projects: more water fountains across the University precinct, and free yoga sessions for all students.
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