Researching global change3 April 2008A ‘Global Change Day’ held at the University on 14 March brought together more than 100 researchers for a day of round-table discussions, networking opportunities and presentations on current and future University of Bristol directions in global change research.
Budding physicists take part in detector challenge3 April 2008Around 180 budding physicists will be competing to design a detector capable of finding invisible particles at a special physics masterclass being held at Bristol University this week [Thursday 3 and Friday 4 April].
Brunel cement find is world first3 April 2008Archaeologists working on a site in the Bristol Docks have discovered what is thought to be the first ever substantial use of Portland cement in the construction of a major building. The building was designed in 1839 by the great Victorian engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, to house the machinery to fabricate the world’s first screw-propelled iron ship, the ss Great Britain.
Preventing Torture in Africa: Major International Conference1 April 2008A major international conference on the prevention of torture is being held in Cape Town from 3 to 4 April 2008. The event will bring together high-profile experts and representatives of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the South African Human Rights Commission, the UN Subcommittee for the Prevention of Torture, governments, national institutions and NGOs from across Africa and further afield.
Batting for China1 April 2008Gareth Jones, Professor of Biological Sciences, works on the ecology and behaviour of bats. He has been visiting China for seven years, during which time he has seen a staggering change occur in Chinese science.
Life or death for the heart?31 March 2008Scientists in Bristol have been awarded over £800,000 by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to investigate the mechanisms responsible for determining whether heart cells live or die following conditions like a heart attack or cardiac surgery.
NVQ first for Animal Technicians31 March 2008Two members of staff in the Animal Service Unit (ASU) were recently each awarded an NVQ level 3 in Animal Technology. Lionel Wheeler and Anne Cornish, both Animal Technicians based in the ASU, are the first people in the country to achieve this qualification.
The table is laid for a feast of art31 March 2008A ground-breaking interactive artwork by video artist and University of Bristol AHRC Research Fellow in Creative and Performing Arts Terry Flaxton comes to Bristol Cathedral this week. In Other People’s Skins, which takes its inspiration from Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper, opens to the public on Tuesday 1 April.
New Thais with Bristol31 March 2008Bristol University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eric Thomas, is awarding an honorary degree today [March 31] – in Bangkok.
University offers children’s swimming lessons28 March 2008Another programme of swimming lessons for children (aged five and over) wanting either to learn how to swim or gain confidence begins on Monday 7 April at the University of Bristol swimming pool in Clifton.
Bristol makes a splash in waterpolo28 March 2008Both the University’s women’s and men’s waterpolo teams were winners in their sport at the inaugural British Universities Championships in Sheffield earlier this month. The men’s team won the Men’s Championship Finals, and the women were victorious in the Women’s Trophy Final.
Staff and students walk half-way around the world28 March 2008With a total step count of 22,9485,28, participants in the 2008 Pedometer Challenge, organised by the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health, clocked up almost 11,475 miles in just four weeks – almost half-way around the world.
Silicon chips for optical quantum technologies27 March 2008A team of physicists and engineers has demonstrated exquisite control of single particles of light – photons – on a silicon chip to make a major advance towards the long sought after goal of a super-powerful quantum computer.
PWE week is back27 March 2008The University’s third Positive Working Environment (PWE) Week will take place from 2-6 June. This year’s week will be the biggest so far, with more than 100 events taking place over the five days.
Chemistry festival for budding young scientists27 March 2008Over 40 budding young scientists will be discovering the fun of chemistry at the Salters’ Festival of Chemistry being held today [Thursday 27 March] at Bristol University’s School of Chemistry.
Bristol hosts Festival of School Sport26 March 2008Over 1,000 pupils from 16 Bristol schools will be taking part in the inaugural Festival of School Sport, being hosted by the University of Bristol’s Coombe Dingle Sports Complex this week [Wednesday 26 to Friday 28 March].
First firing of STERN rocket26 March 2008A team of engineers from Bristol University has conducted the first firing of the STERN rocket motor.
Retirement debt growing26 March 2008One in four people are approaching state retirement age with outstanding consumer credit commitments, owing four times as much as their counterparts did ten years ago, according to a new study by Bristol University’s Personal Finance Research Centre.
Made in China25 March 2008Professor Ka Ho Mok, Director of the Centre for East Asian Studies, explored the changes in social stratification and mobility from migration of rural labourers into cities and towns.
Garden of thinking25 March 2008Traditional Chinese academies, comparable to Greek philosophic schools, were neo-Confucian institutes, often located in reclusive mountains.
Art on show at the Botanic Garden17 March 2008Over 25 local artists will be taking part in the first exhibition and sale of original botanical paintings and drawings held at the University of Bristol to open the Botanic Garden's 2008 season.
April e-learning workshops for staff17 March 2008A summary of April workshops for staff, run by the Education Support Unit, to encourage the use of technology in learning, teaching and assessment at Bristol.
Welcome to the extraordinary world of hypnotherapy17 March 2008Imagine having your dentist pull your teeth out and drill into your jaw with no anaesthetic – just someone muttering in your ear about being on the beach. Sounds alarming? Welcome to the extraordinary world of hypnotherapy.
Does caffeine aggravate tinnitus?17 March 2008Tinnitus sufferers, who live in the Bristol area, are being asked to take part in the first experimental trial to support or challenge the theory that caffeine can affect tinnitus.
Million-dollar maths prize comes a step closer14 March 2008A new mathematical object has been discovered by Ce Bian, a maths student at the University of Bristol. The news caused great excitement when it was announced at a workshop organised by the American Institute of Mathematics (AIM) and attended by 25 of the world’s leading analytic number theorists.
Students explore secrets of remarkable Tudor women14 March 2008Bristol University students have been delving into the secrets of an important collection of Tudor portraits, thanks to a unique collaboration between the University, the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) and the National Trust.