Meet Lambmark Larry – one of 50 sheep flocking to the capital25 March 2015A giant Shaun the Sheep sculpture covered in London landmarks will greet millions of passengers passing through Paddington Train Station from Saturday [28 March]. The colourful creature, created by Bristol-based artist Jenny Urquhart and sponsored by the University of Bristol, is one of 50 sculptures adorning the capital for two months as part of the Shaun in the City public arts trail.
Bristol student co-author on paper at leading cryptography conference23 March 2015A University of Bristol student is co-author on a paper to be presented at one of the world’s top cryptography conferences being held in Warsaw this week [23-25 March]. The Theory of Cryptography Conference (TCC-2015) is a leading conference for research on cryptography and, in particular, theoretical cryptography.
£1.4m award for research into childhood congenital heart disease20 March 2015Professor Massimo Caputo in the School of Clinical Sciences has been awarded £1.4 million by the Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust to investigate the use of stem cell therapy for the repair of congenital heart abnormalities in very young children.
Bristol named as National College for Nuclear partner to combat future industry skills shortage20 March 2015Business Minister, Matt Hancock has today (20 Mar) announced the four education providers named as partners in the National College for Nuclear — a virtual college specialising in training and development which forms a key part of the government’s strategy to address a skills shortage in the industry. The partnership will include a northern hub comprising Lakes College, Sellafield Ltd and the University of Cumbria, and a southern hub comprising Bridgwater College, EDF Energy and the University of Bristol.
EBI Fellow awarded Stroke Association Lectureship19 March 2015Dr Phil Clatworthy, Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Early Career Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, has been awarded the prestigious Stroke Association Thompson Family Senior Clinical Lectureship.
University Boat Race takes over Bristol Harbourside18 March 2015Bristol’s floating harbour will once again play host to the Annual Varsity Boat Race on Saturday [21 March], in a day of fierce competition which pits the University of Bristol against the University of the West of England (UWE).
Work and play at Bristol’s Festival of Postgraduate Research18 March 2015The University is holding its second Festival of Postgraduate Research on 30 April to showcase the postgraduate research taking place at the University, encourage collaborative research across all disciplines and help build a robust postgraduate research community.
Triffids win the day in science photography competition18 March 2015Professor Paul May in the School of Chemistry has won the overall prize in a national science photography competition organised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) with an image of a diamond-coated forest of carbon nanotubes that can act as miniature electron emitters.
Bristol’s Cabot Institute launches new Venture18 March 2015Professor Nishan Canagajarah, Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Bristol, will launch the Cabot Institute’s new corporate partnership today [18 March] to help develop the responses to 21st Century challenges.
Clinical trial to assess effectiveness of urological tests in men17 March 2015For the first time ever, a major new clinical trial, led by the Bristol Urological Institute at Southmead Hospital Bristol, aims to assess the clinical and cost effectiveness of urological tests in men who have difficulty passing urine. The trial is being managed by the Bristol Randomised Trials Collaboration at the University of Bristol’s School of Social and Community Medicine.
Bristol Is Open announces its first partnerships16 March 2015Bristol took a bold step today towards becoming the world’s first Open Programmable City with the launch of Bristol Is Open, a joint venture set up between the University of Bristol and Bristol City Council. The Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson and Professor Sir Eric Thomas, Vice Chancellor of the University of Bristol welcomed the partners at a launch event on Tuesday 10 March for the joint venture.
Study reveals what difference Bristol’s elected mayor has made to the city 13 March 2015Having a directly elected mayor in Bristol has led to a dramatic increase in the visibility of leadership in the city, according to the latest results from a ‘before and after’ study of the impact the role has had on urban governance. The Bristol Civic Leadership Project, led by local democracy experts at the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), assessed the perceptions of the public and of civic leaders towards the mayoral model of governance. By working with stakeholders it aims to influence policy in this area.
New website aims to improve understanding of chronic kidney disease12 March 2015A new website is launched today that will help bridge the communication gap between healthcare professionals and patients diagnosed with mild chronic kidney disease (CKD) after research revealed a disparity between what GP’s explain and what patients understand about the condition. The resource has been developed by University of Bristol academics.
Bristol ChemLabS sets new Outreach record in China12 March 2015Bristol ChemLabS, part of the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol, pulled out all the stops to set a new Outreach record at the 2015 Science Alive public engagement event in Hong Kong earlier this month.
Could 2015 chart a new course for climate change?12 March 2015Extreme weather events are predicted to become more common, warns a recent Nature study(1) but how much progress, if any, has been made by governments in controlling the advance of global warming? Lord Anthony Giddens, a world-renowned sociologist, will address the political issues posed by climate change at a free public lecture on Tuesday 17 March at the University of Bristol.
It’s sound - Bristol Pound encourages community unity11 March 2015There is a rapidly growing momentum driving the development of mobile payment systems. New research by the universities of Bristol and Brunel has shown systems, such as the Bristol Pound, can have a positive effect on the local community by encouraging consumers to support and value their local businesses.
Government commits to new Bristol school for children with autism10 March 2015A new all-through school in Bristol for children with autism has been given the go-ahead by the Department for Education. The Bristol Autism Free School will be sponsored by the Society of Merchant Venturers and the University of Bristol, which already jointly sponsor Merchants' Academy in south Bristol.
Bristol’s major employers sign up to a more energy efficient future10 March 2015Bristol City Council, the University of Bristol and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UH Bristol) have committed themselves to a more energy efficient future with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on a district energy network.
Outdoor learning reaches lofty new heights 10 March 2015Helen Knowler, a Senior Lecturer in Education, has received funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ERSC) to develop an innovative treehouse-style outdoor learning environment for teenagers who struggle to cope in school.
Educating economists after the 2008 recession10 March 2015Ensuring the future generation of economists are equipped with the ‘real-world’ skills they need in light of the recent financial crisis is one of the issues being addressed at a Bank of England event on Tuesday 17 March. The one-day conference, organised by the Economics Network at the University of Bristol, will explore a range of issues concerning economics education with a particular focus on the practical challenges of implementing change to the economics curriculum.
Shaun in the City flocks to Paddington9 March 2015Although it’s famous for another fictional character, Paddington Train Station will soon be home to a giant Shaun the Sheep thanks to a new public art trail involving 120 eye-catching sculptures.