News in 2016

  • 'Tis the season 14 December 2016 A festive song performed by the award-winning student a capella group, The Bristol Suspensions, with season’s greetings from all of us at the University of Bristol.
  • Bristol’s top six discoveries in 2016 1 December 2016 Some of the most important historical discoveries of the last century happened at Bristol, and this year has been no exception. From 3D printing human tissue to robots that feed on waste, Bristol continues to open doors to discoveries that will shape our future for the better.
  • What makes the University of Bristol unique? 24 November 2016 This month, we launched a bold, new strategy for the University. Thanks to support from our alumni and friends, our plans for the future have students, staff and alumni at their heart. Here’s what you had to say about what you think makes Bristol unique…
  • The Logic of Madness by Matthew Blakeway (BA 1982) 21 November 2016 In a radical reappraisal of mental illness, Matthew Blakeway identifies the mathematics behind the malaise.
  • The Logic of Self-Destruction by Matthew Blakeway (BA 1982) 21 November 2016 Matthew Blakeway takes readers on a journey through the logic of human behaviour, using a series of thought experiments based on everyday situations to reveal how we manipulate our emotions tactically - as individuals, social tribes and societies - and how we confront the consequences.
  • Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan by Diana Miserez (BA Econ 1960) 21 November 2016 In this biography, Diana Miserez traces the life of Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from 1966 to 1977, a humanitarian, visionary and environmentalist.
  • The Business of Excellence by Justin Hughes (BSc 1988) 21 November 2016 Drawing on his experiences as a military fighter pilot and a member of the RAF Red Arrows, as well as a management consultant for some of the world's most successful brands, Justin Hughes explores the challenges of high performance and leadership, providing his insight into how great teams are built.
  • Invincible Summer by Alice Adams (BA 1997) 21 November 2016 Inseparable throughout their time at the University of Bristol, Eva, Benedict, Sylvie and Lucien graduate in 1997, into an exhilarating world on the brink of the new millennium. But with each passing year, life brings the friends disaster, triumph, hope and heartbreak - will they remain as close as always as they face the highs and lows of adulthood?
  • Balancing act (Nonesuch autumn 2016) 9 November 2016 With a changing climate and growing pressure on resources, global food security is a complex balancing act. Nonesuch finds out how the University is addressing this key challenge.
  • Finding my feet (Nonesuch autumn 2016) 7 November 2016 Author and screenwriter David Nicholls (BA 1988, Hon DLitt 2016) returned to the University earlier this year to receive an honorary Doctorate. Speaking to Catherine Prior (BA 2016) after the ceremony, Nicholls reflected on his student years.
  • Letter to my lecturer (Nonesuch autumn 2016) 7 November 2016 Earlier this year we asked you to tell us about your favourite lecturer, past or present. Many of you nominated Nobel Prize-winner and Bristol physicist Professor Cecil Powell (1903-1969), and here’s why.
  • A fond farewell (Nonesuch autumn 2016) 7 November 2016 Shaking the hand of the last student to graduate on 22 July 2016 signalled the end of an era for Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond. Bristol alumnus Darren McCaffrey (BSc 2007), Sky News Politics Correspondent, explores how one of the University’s greatest Chancellors touched the lives and work of thousands.
  • Hole in the heart (Nonesuch autumn 2016) 7 November 2016 Congenital heart disease is the most common type of birth defect, with between six and 13 diagnoses for every 1,000 live births. Advances in treatment and care could mean that babies born with a ‘hole in the heart’ have just one operation which will last their whole life. Nonesuch explores how researchers at the University of Bristol are revolutionising heart surgery for young children.
  • The road ahead (Nonesuch autumn 2016) 7 November 2016 A new focus on internationalisation, enhanced physical and digital infrastructure, stronger research partnerships and a first-class student experience… Richard Elliott gets the inside story on the University’s new Vision and Strategy.
  • Bristol law students to help families of young cancer patients 6 October 2016 Working in partnership with CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, University of Bristol Law Clinic students will help parents of children living with cancer negotiate some of the legal obstacles that come with the diagnosis.
  • £100,000 bursary scheme in honour of former Vice-Chancellor 6 October 2016 A new scholarship to give students a helping hand with their postgraduate education has been launched by the University of Bristol in honour of its former Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Eric Thomas.
  • Community-based monitoring of volcanic ash hazard 29 September 2016 Thanks to alumni, a Cabot Institute study developed community ash sampling programs in Guatemala to help forecast future eruptions of Volcan de Fuego.
  • Welcome Week 2016: a letter to my student self 27 September 2016 As thousands of new students have arrived in Bristol, we asked you to reflect on your experiences and tell us what you wish you’d known before starting your studies.
  • Bristol and beyond: An interview with author David Nicholls 20 September 2016 From masked parties to his comedy duo 'Matt and Dave', bestselling author of One Day, David Nicholls (BA 1988), and graduating student, Catherine Prior (BA 2016) find out how much has changed since his time at Bristol.
  • Research in Bristol boosted by £21 million award over five years 20 September 2016 University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UH Bristol) in partnership with the University of Bristol has been awarded more than £20 million over five years by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to fund cutting-edge research.
  • Two golds and a silver for Bristol alumni in Rio 25 August 2016 University of Bristol graduate Georgie Twigg became a double Olympic medal winner on Friday after the Team GB women’s hockey team took gold in Rio.
  • The Kevin Elyot Award – first recipient announced 11 August 2016 Playwright Ian McHugh has been named as the first ever recipient of the annual Kevin Elyot Award by the University of Bristol Theatre Collection.
  • The Land of My Birth by Abraham Nnadi (LLM 2008) 3 August 2016
  • Your favourite memories as part of a Bristol society 3 August 2016 Societies and sports clubs have been instrumental in shaping Bristol alumni and students for years. From hot air ballooning, Filmsoc, and attempting a Guinness World Record, here are your favourite memories of life outside of the lecture theatre…
  • Road to Rio: Bristol's top athletes prepare for the Olympics 3 August 2016 Eight alumni from the University of Bristol are making their final preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which officially get underway on Friday [5 August].
  • Graduates once more: honorary degrees awarded 2016 27 July 2016 A dozen Bristol alumni became graduates again when they were awarded honorary degrees during graduation ceremonies in the Great Hall of the Wills Memorial Building.
  • Nobel Prize winner announced as the University of Bristol’s next Chancellor 13 July 2016 Sir Paul Nurse, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist and former President of the Royal Society, has been named as the next Chancellor of the University of Bristol.
  • Alumni in Queen's birthday honours 2016 21 June 2016 Following the announcement of the Queen’s birthday honours list, we're delighted to congratulate Bristol alumni who have been recognised for their outstanding achievements and service.
  • Small Palms: Chloe Palmer (BSc 2013) 6 June 2016 Biomedical Sciences graduate, Chloe Palmer (BSc 2013), set up her healthy snack company, Small Palms, in just three months. Here, she talks about the inspiration behind her business idea, and how quickly she’s having to learn on the job.
  • Constructing Identity in an Age of Globalization by Amanda Haste (PhD 2010) and James E. Block 31 May 2016 "Constructing Identity" consists of sixteen essays in four parts, crossing borders, disciplines and methodologies. This wide-ranging collection uses media such as music, literature, poetry, film, language and religious practice as springboards for an exploration of the construction of identities, both individual and collective.
  • Hitting the right notes 24 May 2016 The University's a cappella singing group, the Bristol Suspensions, has wowed judges with its tight harmonies and creative choreography to win a national singing competition.
  • Trophy by Penny Morgan (PhD 1970) 17 May 2016 Merciless slaughter by increasingly violent poachers has pushed rhinos to the very edge of extinction. Penny Morgan's Trophy follows one man's action-packed quest to stop the trophy hunters and poachers and save the species.
  • Explorative Mediation at Work by Roger Seaman (MSc 2001) 16 May 2016 Exploring and critiquing various methods of mediation, this innovative book by Roger Seaman (MSc 2001) critically develops a new explorative practice in the field.
  • Virgin Money London Marathon: Our runners' stories 13 May 2016 Huge congratulations to the five former and current Bristol students - Andrew, Georgie, Harry, James and Roshni - who completed the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon for the University's Cancer Research Fund on Sunday 24 April.
  • Pitch perfect: Jo Leigh (BSc 2015) 13 May 2016 Professional hockey player, Jo Leigh (BSc 2015), hopes to make her Olympic debut in Rio this summer. Here, she talks about how she balanced her studies and training as a student, her pride at representing her country on the international stage, and how the squad are busy preparing for Rio 2016.
  • Knowing Shakespeare (Nonesuch spring 2016) 13 May 2016 Saturday 23 April 2016 marked the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. Nonesuch unearths a wealth of memorabilia in the University’s Theatre Collection, and former and current students explain how the world’s greatest playwright has touched their lives and work.
  • Fighting talk (Nonesuch spring 2016) 13 May 2016 As the 2016 US Presidential Race continues to unfold, media scrutiny around the world has never been more intense. From reporting on the latest chapter in America’s complex and controversial story to analysing prodigious amounts of data, Bristol alumni and academics have been getting to grips with the US election.
  • Bristol's hotspot (Nonesuch spring 2016) 13 May 2016 Other than meteors, volcanic eruptions are the only natural hazards to have potentially global consequences. But how much do we really know about what triggers an eruption, or what those consequences might be? Two world-leading volcanologists in the University’s Cabot Institute explain.
  • Close encounter (Nonesuch spring 2016) 13 May 2016 Major Tim Peake has captured the public’s imagination with his adventures aboard the International Space Station. But for one Bristol graduate, following Peake’s preparations felt like déjà vu. Air Commodore Nigel Wood CBE (BSc 1971) explains how, 30 years ago, he very nearly became Britain’s first astronaut.
  • Crisis point (Nonesuch spring 2016) 13 May 2016 Last year, film producer Samantha Chitty (BA 2008) travelled to the refugee camps in Calais to deliver and distribute much-needed supplies. She shares her experience with Dr Jon Fox, joint Head of the University’s Migration Research Group.
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