• New radio series explores animal welfare and animal rights 7 December 2015 What is the moral status of animals? This question is one that can polarise and divide and will be addressed in a unique way by Christine Nicol, Professor of Animal Welfare at the University of Bristol as part a four-part series called Would You Eat an Alien?, on BBC Radio 4 starting this week [Wednesday 9 December].
  • Bristol academic contributes to major report on religion in public life 7 December 2015 A University of Bristol academic has contributed to a major report published today by the Commission on Religion and Belief in Public Life convened by the Woolf Institute and chaired by Baroness Butler-Sloss.
  • Discovery of stress-induced emotional fever in fish 4 December 2015 Fish react emotionally to stress, indicating a degree of consciousness, a ground-breaking new study, led by scientists at the University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture and co-authored by Professor Toby Knowles of the University of Bristol, has found.
  • Sharing the testimonies of victims of unconsented sterilisation in Peru 4 December 2015 The Quipu Project, a transmedia documentary project which highlights the experiences of over a quarter of a million people (mainly women, but including around 20,000 men) who were sterilised in Peru in the mid-1990s, launches on Thursday 10 December with events in Bristol, England and Lima, Peru.
  • Bristol academics support international climate talks 3 December 2015 Academics from the University of Bristol Cabot Institute are representing the University at the Conference of Parties (COP21), the United Nations climate change conference in Paris.
  • Vote Berkeley: castle dig shortlisted for Research Project of the Year 3 December 2015 The University of Bristol project at Berkeley Castle has been shortlisted as Research Project of the Year in the Current Archaeology Live! Festival and needs your vote to win.
  • Professor David Smith, 1951-2015 2 December 2015 David Smith, Professor of Engineering Materials at Bristol, died last month. His colleagues and friends Martyn Pavier and Chris Truman offer a remembrance.
  • Bristol students highly commended in 2015 Undergraduate Awards 2 December 2015 Eight Bristol students have been recognised in the 2015 Undergraduate Awards for the quality of their written coursework.
  • £4.6M boost for future biomedical research leaders 2 December 2015 The future of biomedical research in the UK will receive a vital boost thanks to a new collaborative PhD training programme worth £4.6 million. Largely funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), the new award to the GW4 Alliance – comprising the University of Bristol, University of Bath, Cardiff University and the University of Exeter – will fund more than 50 postgraduate research students over the next three years.
  • Researchers find size isn’t everything in the world of plant evolution 2 December 2015 Researchers from the University of Bristol have uncovered one of the reasons for the evolutionary success of flowering plants.
  • Engineering academic elected a Fellow of the IEEE 1 December 2015 A University of Bristol academic has been elected a Fellow of the world’s largest and most prestigious professional association for the advancement of technology.
  • Dogs needed for study to investigate neck pain 1 December 2015 Owners of one of the UK’s most popular dog breeds, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, are being asked by researchers at the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences to take part in a study to investigate a novel method of assessing neck pain in dogs.
  • Revealed – the single event that made complex life possible in our oceans 1 December 2015 The catalyst that allowed the evolution of complex life in Earth's oceans has been identified by a University of Bristol researcher. Up to 800 million years ago, the Earth’s oceans were deprived of oxygen. It was only when microorganisms called phytoplankton, capable of performing photosynthesis, colonised the oceans – covering two thirds of our planet – that production of oxygen at a massive scale was made possible.
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