To boldly go: what is the point of space exploration?30 September 2014The UK’s space activities employs over 100,000 people and contributes nearly £10 billion to the economy but why bother with space exploration? This question will be debated by a panel including an aerospace engineering PhD student from the University of Bristol as part of the Battle of Ideas 2014 to be held in London next month [18 and 19 October].
Botanic Garden signs Kyoto partnership29 September 2014The University’s Botanic Garden hosted plant science researchers from Kyoto University last week, as part of a Life Sciences workshop supported by the Bristol-Kyoto Partnership.
Have fun with technology and it’s free29 September 2014From hacking hardware to programming software, students from the University of Bristol’s Merchant Venturers School of Engineering will be on hand to show young people how to have more fun with technology at a DigiMakers event this Saturday, 4 October.
Novel UAV technology for atmospheric research26 September 2014A team of scientists and engineers sampling greenhouse gases in the remote South Atlantic have pushed the boundaries of what’s possible with lightweight fully autonomous UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) by flying octocopters at altitudes of up to 9,000ft.
University to host new Hub for nuclear energy research and education26 September 2014The University of Bristol will host a new Hub for nuclear energy research and education in the south of the UK thanks to catalyst funding of £2.43 million from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), alongside the University’s own investment of over £5.3 million.
Funding boost for research at GW4 institutions25 September 2014Research projects across the South West and Wales, including Bristol, were given a boost this week, with the announcement of the latest round of funding from the GW4 Alliance.
University's first female doctor given place in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 25 September 2014Elizabeth Casson (1881–1954), the first female doctor of medicine to graduate from the University of Bristol and a pioneer of occupational therapy, has been given a place in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, the national record of men and women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from the Romans to the twenty-first century.
Bristol student wins Student in a Million Inner Strength award24 September 2014A University of Bristol student from the Department of Mechanical Engineering has won the Student in a Million 2014 Inner Strength award for showing incredible resolve to continue with his studies despite battling a terminal brain tumour.
Lost protein could prevent hardening of the arteries22 September 2014Researchers have found that when the protein matrix metalloproteinase-14 (MMP-14) is reduced or lost, white blood cells, known as macrophages, become good and could prevent hardening of the arteries, rupture and sudden death.
Novel scheme delivers 5,000 books22 September 2014University of Bristol students will be immersed in the horrifying, tender and humorous world of Pigeon English this September, as 5,000 free books are given away in The Big Read.
University collaborates with At-Bristol on innovative Brain Lab workshops22 September 2014At-Bristol Science Centre, in collaboration with the University of Bristol, has been awarded a grant from the Wellcome Trust, in a UK first to lead an innovative and immersive series of workshops, using real human brain tissue to stimulate discussion about the social, ethical and legal issues around neuroscience and neuroscience research.
Dr Sutton appointed a University Research Fellow22 September 2014Dr Gregory Sutton, a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the School of Biological Sciences, is one of 43 UK academics to be appointed University Research Fellows for 2014 by the Royal Society.
Norman Higham OBE, 1924-201422 September 2014Norman Higham, formerly the Librarian of the University of Bristol and a past President of the Library Association, has died at the age of 90. Jennifer Scherr and Dr Peter King offer an appreciation.
First eyewitness accounts of mystery volcanic eruption19 September 2014New light has been shed on one of the biggest volcanic eruptions in the last 500 years – the so-called 'Unknown eruption' – thanks to an unusual collaboration between a historian and a team of earth scientists at the University of Bristol.
What does it really mean to be InTouch? 19 September 2014A new tactile device created by award-winning Bristol-based design consultancy, Kinneir Dufort and the University of Bristol is exploring what it means to feel connected again in this disconnected, screen-focused world.
The future of connected objects unveiled at London Design Festival 18 September 2014Talking taxidermy that brings to life the brutal history of the 'plume boom'; a magical object to connect speaker and listener via sound, light and touch; and a storyteller to help pupils learn about the difficult history of the slave trade will be unveiled at Christies in London today as part of the London Design Festival.
Improving the health and wellbeing of young Bristolians17 September 2014A new project to improve the health of children across Bristol gets underway this month as experts from across the city join forces to tackle the inequalities faced by 20,000 youngsters living in poverty.
Gene variant that dramatically reduces ‘bad’ lipids16 September 2014Research using data collected from around 4,000 healthy people in the UK has enabled scientists to identify a rare genetic variant that dramatically reduces levels of certain types of lipids in the blood.
Novel interaction in cell reprogramming discovered16 September 2014Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and reprogrammed cells promise to be the key for regenerative medicine in the coming years. New research has demonstrated an important regulation between two genes, Nanog and β-catenin, in mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs).
Students win £1,000 in Bristol Engineering Mathematics competition16 September 2014For the second year running students from Wycombe Abbey School, High Wycombe, are celebrating after being announced as winners of the University of Bristol Engineering Mathematics Challenge, a nation-wide competition for final year school students.
Fun and free – 80by18 activities at your fingertips16 September 2014Young people have been setting themselves challenges and finding out more about life in Bristol this summer thanks to an on-line educational resource which helps them to find fun and free things to do in, around, above, and below the city.
Lynda Smyth, 1952-201415 September 2014Lynda Smith, who worked at Churchill Hall for 18 years, passed away recently. Barbara Eyles, Accommodation Manager at Churchill, offers a tribute.