How much is education worth?1 November 2011How much is education worth, the recession and the US war on drugs will be just some of the areas addressed at a conference hosted by University of Bristol economists tomorrow [2 November] as part of a nationwide Festival highlighting the UK’s leading social science research.
Student Juliette is pitch perfect in Kenya31 October 2011A Bristol University student has been sowing the seeds for a lasting Olympic legacy in Kenya, building sports pitches as part of the city’s growing relationship with the African country.
UK's first Russian art and culture website launched27 October 2011A new website and blog focussed on Russian art and culture – the first of its kind in the UK – has been launched by one of the University of Bristol’s History of Art graduate research students.
Anne Bate (Mallitte), 1933-201127 October 2011Anne Bate, former secretary to the Head of the School of Education, died recently. Peter Robinson, Emeritus Professor in Experimental Psychology (and former Dean and Head of the School of Education), offers his memories of her 'strength of character' and 'can-do, will-do attitude'.
Salsa for People who Probably Shouldn't26 October 2011Author Matt Rendell will talk about his new book Salsa for People who Probably Shouldn't at an event in the Faculty of Arts today (Wednesday 26 Oct, 5.30 pm in LR8, 21 Woodland Road).
UK scientists come together to help feed the 7 billion26 October 2011The Universities of Exeter and Bristol, in partnership with Rothamsted Research have officially joined forces to tackle one of the biggest challenges facing humanity: how can we sustainably feed a growing population?
How cannabis causes ‘cognitive chaos’ in the brain25 October 2011Cannabis use is associated with disturbances in concentration and memory. New research by neuroscientists at the University of Bristol, published in the Journal of Neuroscience [25 October], has found that brain activity becomes uncoordinated and inaccurate during these altered states of mind, leading to neurophysiological and behavioural impairments reminiscent of those seen in schizophrenia.
Internal consultants demonstrate resilience in economic downturn24 October 2011New findings from one of the first large scale studies of internal management consultancy in the UK reveal strength under considerable client pressure and scrutiny. In the current economic climate, there are lessons here for its external counterpart, long seen as the more successful and robust side of management consultancy.
PFRC report covered by The Guardian21 October 2011A new report by the Personal Finance Research Centre which confirms that low and middle income households are still in ‘recession' was reported on The Guardian's Economics blog and BBC Breakfast.
Triple success for social science researchers21 October 2011Three academics at the University of Bristol have received accolades from the Academy of Social Sciences in recognition of their significant contributions to the field.
Researcher inspired by life in a glass house awarded £1.3 million20 October 2011A scientist at the University of Bristol has been awarded £1.3 million to unlock the secrets of miniscule algae cells that have the remarkable ability to produce silica – the fundamental constituent of glass. It is hoped the findings from the research could lead to the next generation of medical imaging tools.
Professor Kathy Sykes joins Stephen Hawking to present new programme exploring scientific breakthroughs19 October 2011Professor Kathy Sykes from the University of Bristol is one of the presenters on ‘Brave New World with Stephen Hawking’, a new Channel 4 programme which takes viewers on a global exploration of the scientific breakthroughs that are transforming our lives in the 21st century. Aided by some of the world's leading scientific figures - including Sir David Attenborough, Richard Dawkins, Aarathi Prasad, Lord Winston and Maggie Aderin-Pocock - this new five-part series reveals how science is striving for humankind's next leap forward.
Moth ears are activated by movement the size of an atom19 October 2011Moths are so finely tuned to the ultrasonic calls of predatory bats that the nerve cells in their ears are activated by displacements of the eardrum the size of a small atom, according to new research from the University of Bristol. This means that if a moth’s eardrum was scaled up to the thickness of a brick wall, a displacement of that wall equivalent to the diameter of a hair would be detectable to the moth.
Light dependency underlies beneficial jetlag in racehorses18 October 2011A new study by academics at the University of Bristol has shown that racehorses are extremely sensitive to changes in daily light and, contrary to humans, can adapt very quickly to sudden shifts in the 24-hour light-dark cycle, such as those resulting from a transmeridian flight, with unexpected benefits on their physical performance.
Could hypertension drugs help people with Alzheimer’s?17 October 2011A University of Bristol study has looked at whether certain types of drugs used to treat high blood pressure, also called hypertension, might have beneficial effects in reducing the number of new cases of Alzheimer’s disease each year.
Perspectives on animation17 October 2011David Sproxton CBE, co-founder and Executive Chairman of Aardman Animations, will give the 2011 Richard Gregory Memorial Lecture, entitled Perspective on animation, on Monday 24 October at 6 pm in the Wills Memorial Building, Queen’s Road, Bristol.