News in 2015

  • Max & Moritz by Mark Ledsom (BA 1995) 17 December 2015 Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the German original, Mark Ledsom's first book is an English translation of Wilhelm Busch's Max & Moritz, the classic children's story.
  • Merry Bristmas 17 December 2015 A festive poem written and performed by Harry Baker (MSc 2015) and Danny Pandolfi (English and Philosophy 2013-), with season’s greetings from all of us at the University of Bristol.
  • A 'Giant' success for Oliver Rigby (BA 2003) 16 December 2015 Children’s book author Oliver Rigby (BA 2003) is here in time for Christmas to talk to us about the third outing of the Bristol Giants in 'The Bristol Giants Save Christmas'.
  • Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité: Maxime Francois (LLM 2013) on the Paris attacks 14 December 2015 Maxime Claude Nersès Francois (LLM 2013) is currently working as legal counsel for Thalès in Paris, and personally knew three of the victims of the attacks on 13 November. Here, he reflects that while the attacks were an assault on his country, its people and its values, they also prompted unprecedented solidarity from his fellow Bristol alumni around the world.
  • Royal award for volcanology research 11 December 2015 The University of Bristol has been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education – the highest accolade for any academic institution – in recognition of its world-leading research in volcanology.
  • Philanthropy helps open new Bristol Brain Centre 10 December 2015 On Wednesday 25 November, thanks to significant philanthropic donations, a new medical facility, bringing together expertise from North Bristol NHS Trust and the University of Bristol, opened at Southmead Hospital.
  • A Guide to Mystical France by Nick Inman (BSc 1978) 1 December 2015 Think you know France? Nick Inman's alternative travel guide delves into the secrets, mysteries and sacred sites of the most visited country in the world.
  • #GivingTuesday: celebrating your generosity 1 December 2015 Today (1 December 2015) is National #GivingTuesday, and to celebrate the University's generous community of donors, we asked you why you give to Bristol. In 2014/15, more than 6,700 alumni, parents, friends and organisations gave more than £6.7 million to support the University. Here are just a few reasons why.
  • Sebastian Field (BA 2005) becomes 535th Mayor of Gloucester 23 November 2015 Sebastian Field (BA 2005) recently became the youngest Mayor of Gloucester in 300 years. While no stranger to the limelight – having been a professional singer since the age of nine and a Liberal Democrat councillor for Kingsholm and Wotton since 2007 – Sebastian talks about stepping up to the mayoral plate.
  • Law students receive scholarships thanks to legacy donation 19 November 2015 On Wednesday 4 November, five first-year law students received a £9,000 scholarship, thanks to a £1.5 million legacy donation by Sheila Anderson (LLB 1956).
  • To a fine art: Katie May Green (BA 1999) 17 November 2015 History of Art graduate, Katie May Green (BA 1999), is a children’s author and illustrator, and published her first picturebook, Seen and Not Heard (Walker Books), in October 2014. She is now working on a sequel, due to be published in spring 2017.
  • Carole Howells MBE (1942-2015) 16 November 2015 Carole Howells MBE (BA 1963), champion of the voluntary sector in Newcastle upon Tyne for more than two decades, passed away in June of this year aged 73.
  • The Country Houses of Devon by Hugh Meller (LLB 1963) 12 November 2015 Hugh Meller's book describes more than 400 of Devon’s most notable country houses in lively detail.
  • Law Alumni Dinner: 'Reigniting the Passion' 12 November 2015 Under the banner 'Reigniting the Passion' and in the presence of distinguished guest the Chancellor, The Rt Hon Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE (Hon LLD 2002), law graduates stretching from the 1960s to the present day, together with current Law School staff and student representatives met for a convivial, sell-out dinner at the Athenaeum Club, London on Thursday 5 November.
  • Top five world-changing research stories from the Cabot Institute 11 November 2015 Today (11 November) we’re celebrating the fifth birthday of the University of Bristol’s Cabot Institute, whose researchers are helping us better understand how our planet is changing – and how plants, animals and humans are responding to those changes. Here, we look back over the last five years and list some of their research highlights.
  • Buying time: the fight against antibiotic resistance (Nonesuch autumn 2015) 6 November 2015 Over the next 35 years, 300 million people are expected to die prematurely because of resistance to antibiotics*. So why aren’t new drugs coming to market, and are there other, better ways to tackle infection? Nonesuch spoke to alumni and University researchers to find out.
  • All manor of mischief (Nonesuch autumn 2015) 6 November 2015 Manor Hall opened in 1932 as a women-only residence. Here, Lilian Brown (née Oakman) (BA 1951, Cert Ed MA 2005) and other alumni share their memories of life in Manor Hall.
  • Bristol's Churchill (Nonesuch autumn 2015) 5 November 2015 A bogus tribunal, an undischarged incendiary and timeless words of encouragement: there’s more to Churchill’s stint as Bristol’s Chancellor than meets the eye.
  • First 100 days (Nonesuch autumn 2015) 5 November 2015 On Wednesday 2 September, Professor Hugh Brady took office as the University’s 13th Vice-Chancellor and President. After serving ten years as President of University College Dublin (UCD), and enjoying a distinguished medical career that included almost a decade at the University of Toronto and Harvard Medical School, he spoke to Nonesuch about his experiences in Ireland and the US, and his plans for Bristol.
  • No mountain high enough (Nonesuch autumn 2015) 5 November 2015 Earlier this year, Bristol was named the second best city in the UK for finding love at university*. Dr Will Costin (MEng 2009, PhD 2014) and Dr Catie Butler (PhD 2015) tied the knot this autumn, after meeting four years ago through the University’s Explorers Club.
  • Mind over matter (Nonesuch autumn 2015) 5 November 2015 Climate change is one of our biggest challenges. So why aren’t more of us taking it seriously? George Marshall (BSc 1985), author and co-founder of Climate Outreach, and Professor Stephan Lewandowsky, member of Bristol’s Cabot Institute, consider what roles psychology and politics play in the climate change debate.
  • 'I'm not just a clown...' (Nonesuch autumn 2015) 5 November 2015 Hollywood actor, comedian and writer, Simon Pegg (BA 1991), studied Theatre, Film and Television and, for his final-year dissertation, looked at how Marxist modes of critical theory could be applied to Star Wars. Earlier this year, he came back to Bristol to open the Pegg Studio Theatre in the newly refurbished Students’ Union, and recall his student years.
  • Refugee crisis gets helping hand from Bristol alumna 5 November 2015 Samantha Chitty (BA 2008), a film producer based in London, is driving to Calais with her siblings on Monday 9 November to deliver much-needed supplies to the refugees currently camping there.
  • Halloween 2015: Bristol’s tales of the unexplained 28 October 2015 With Halloween just around the corner, we asked alumni for their student stories of the unexplained. From flying hair brushes, to commanding lightning, here are your best spooky tales to sink your teeth into.
  • Flt Lt Matt Masters (MEng 1998) joins Red Arrows 19 October 2015 Flight Lieutenant Matt Masters (MEng 1998) will soon be soaring through the skies as part of the famous Red Arrows team after securing his dream job.
  • The Princess’s Garden: Royal Intrigue and the Untold Story of Kew by Vanessa Berridge (BA 1977) 14 October 2015 Vanessa Berridge (BA 1977) explores the political and personal background to the founding of Kew Gardens in the 18th century.
  • Celebrating Ada Lovelace Day 12 October 2015 Tomorrow is Ada Lovelace Day (Tuesday 13 October), an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Here, three alumnae who studied STEM subjects at Bristol share their career experiences and inspirations.
  • Balancing act 12 October 2015 Pan Intercultural Arts, a social arts company led by Artistic Director, John Martin (BA 1972), is expanding its work to Bristol in autumn 2015. Here, ITN broadcaster, Alastair Stewart OBE (1970-73, Hon LLD 2008), and John trace their common dramatic roots as students and discover that many of their political and cultural perspectives coincide to this very day.
  • Alumni reunion in eastern Canada 7 October 2015 More than 20 alumni and their spouses gathered in Hamilton, Ontario last month for Bristol’s annual eastern Canada reunion. John Lawrence (BSc 1964, PhD 1968), Robert Pelton (PhD 1976) and Heather Proctor (BSc 1964), share their highlights from the weekend.
  • Making a splash 29 September 2015 Liam Barnett (MEng 2010) and Richard Adams (BSc 1971) have returned from this year’s World Transplant Games with a haul of medals - and four new world records - between them.
  • Welcome Week 2015: a letter to my student self 16 September 2015 From finding their voices to exploring trap doors, alumni look back at their own experiences at Bristol and let us know what they wish they’d known before starting.
  • School of thought: Arthur Rose (MB ChB 1957) 14 September 2015 When Professor Arthur Rose (MB ChB 1957) left communist Poland as an adolescent after the Second World War, he had no idea what awaited in the UK. But his diligence and determination won him a scholarship to study medicine at Bristol University in 1952. In autumn 2013, Rose received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Child Neurology Society.
  • Just graduated? Bristol can help your career 13 August 2015 Leaving university is a mix of immense excitement, anticipation and freedom. And perhaps a tiny bit of panic. But Bristol’s here to support you – now, and throughout your professional life.
  • From Bristol to the 2012 Olympic Games 13 August 2015 Nonesuch interviewed Jayne Pearce-McMenamin (BA 1986), Head of Press Operations for the Olympic Games 2012, about how her degree in languages and her roles in athletic societies influenced her career.
  • Mister Noone by Paul Vlitos (BA 2000) 24 July 2015 Paul Vlitos (BA 2000) is proud to announce the worldwide release of Mister Noone, a new 25,000-word story exclusive to Kindle, as part of the ‘Kindle Singles’ range of commissioned e-books.
  • Best of Bristol: Alumni Weekend 2015 21 July 2015 On Friday 10 to Sunday 12 July, more than 450 alumni and friends from all over the UK returned to campus to catch up with friends old and new, and reminisce about their student years, at the Best of Bristol: Alumni Weekend 2015.
  • Messel magic comes to Bristol 20 July 2015 The personal archive of one of the twentieth century’s foremost theatrical designers, Oliver Messel (1904-1978) has been acquired by the University of Bristol Theatre Collection, thanks to a generous grant of £80,000 from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF). The NHMF grant was bolstered by generous support from alumni, friends, and charitable foundations to help meet the £100,000 purchase price.
  • Remembering Michael Whatmore (BA 1951) 20 July 2015 Bristol alumnus, The Rev. Michael John Whatmore (BA 1951), died in December 2014. Here, his friend of 60 years, Brian Hawkins, remembers Michael's national service and his career in the church.
  • Double take: nine alumni awarded honorary degrees 16 July 2015 Nine alumni graduated from Bristol for the second time, when they were awarded an honorary degree during graduation ceremonies in the Great Hall of the Wills Memorial Building.
  • Life as a geology student in the 1950s 10 July 2015 This weekend, alumni will enjoy a tour of the School of Earth Sciences as part of the Best of Bristol: Alumni Weekend. Here, Malcolm Anderson (BSc 1956) shares a few anecdotal stories of life as a geology student at Bristol in the 1950s.
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