Universities awarded £138 million for UK infrastructure research30 March 2015The University of Bristol is one of 13 university partners that have been awarded funding of £138 million for UK infrastructure research. The UK Collaboration for Research in Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC) investment was announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Budget on 18 March 2015.
Sparks will fly at this year’s Botanic Garden Art and Sculpture Festival30 March 2015An original metal sculptural plant form will be created over the Easter weekend by a working forge during the University of Bristol’s Botanic Garden Art and Sculpture Festival. The unique sculpture called ‘Callabora ferratum ‘Bringstii’ will be crafted by Bringsty Forge Blacksmiths - Tony Ingarfield, Adrian Legge and Henry Pomfret.
Improving life for insects in Bristol27 March 2015The Greater Bristol Pollinator Strategy, a key component of the Get Bristol Buzzing initiative to make life better for pollinating insects in Bristol, was launched this week as part of the city’s year as European Green Capital.
Jailbreak students ‘escape’ to Poland in charity challenge27 March 2015Fearless students hitchhiked all the way to Poland to win the latest Jailbreak charity challenge, which has raised over £9,500 for local charities. Abbie Scott and Callum Bigs O’May – going under the team name ‘Cab Fare’ – travelled an impressive 1,515.8km to Katowice, Poland, in 36 hours without spending any money.
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.
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.