'Best Place to Work' say academics27 October 2009Bristol University is the third best research institution outside the US to work at, according to a 'Best Places to Work in Academia' survey conducted by The Scientist magazine.
£1.9m for cancer diagnosis research26 October 2009A grant of £1.94million from the National Institute for Health Research has been given to a wide-ranging research programme that aims to improve cancer diagnosis. The programme, entitled DISCOVERY (DIagnosis of Symptomatic Cancer), will be led by the University of Bristol, with four University partners – Durham, Cambridge, Oxford and Cardiff – and NHS Bristol.
University scoops top international award26 October 2009Bristol University has won a top international award for its Positive Working Environment (PWE) initiative, which aims to make work life at the University more productive, rewarding, enjoyable and healthy.
New funding for Alzheimer’s research26 October 2009Local charity, BRACE (Bristol Research into Alzheimer’s and Care of the Elderly) has awarded a grant to the University of Bristol’s Dementia Research Group.
Mantis shrimps could show us the way to a better DVD25 October 2009The remarkable eyes of a marine crustacean could inspire the next generation of DVD and CD players, according to new research from the University of Bristol published today in Nature Photonics.
Galaxy cluster smashes distance record22 October 2009The most distant galaxy cluster ever seen has been discovered by combining data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory with data from optical and infrared telescopes. The cluster is located about 10.2 billion light years away and is observed as it was when the Universe was only a quarter of its present age.
Dr Bo Su receives £263,000 for work on orthopaedic implants22 October 2009Dr Bo Su from the Biomaterials Engineering Group in the Department of Oral and Dental Science has been awarded a grant of £263,000 from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to develop orthopaedic implants that perform better and last longer than current models.
Royal Society grant for work on Down syndrome22 October 2009Professor Chris Jarrold from the Department of Experimental Psychology has been awarded a £12,000 grant from the Royal Society for his research into children with Down syndrome.
Water without borders21 October 2009A student-led charity that focuses on eradicating poverty and removing barriers to international development through engineering will come together for their national conference this weekend.
Professor Marianne Hester awarded £25,295 by the Home Office21 October 2009Professor Marianne Hester from the Family Policy and Child Welfare Centre in the School for Policy Studies has been awarded a grant of £25,295 from the Home Office to conduct a review of the perpetrators of violence against women.
Watching me, watching you21 October 2009Software that tracks shoppers’ eye movements as they browse supermarket shelves may seem a bit Big Brother but the latest technology in ‘eye-tracking’ could have far-reaching implications for consumers. The software is the result of a partnership between the University's Department of Computer Science and Applied Science Laboratories (ASL).
Portuguese ambassador visits University21 October 2009Today [Wednesday 21 October], the Portuguese ambassador to London, Mr António Santana Carlos, will visit the University’s Department of Hispanic, Portuguese & Latin American Studies (HiPLA), where he will meet staff and final-year students.
AHRC grant gives voice to medieval chant15 October 2009Dr Emma Hornby in the Department of Music has been awarded a Religion and Society Small Research Grant worth £95,000 by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for a one-year project on ‘Compositional planning, musical grammar and theology in Old Hispanic chant’.
Exploring the darker side of social networking15 October 2009Social networking seems a harmless way to communicate with friends and family online, but it could expose your personal information to employers and others beyond your control. A free talk later this month [28 October] by Andrew Charlesworth, an IT and law expert at the University of Bristol's School of Law, will explore the darker side of social networking.
Double launch for Simon Bolivar writings14 October 2009Dr Matthew Brown, Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies, is the editor of a new edition of the writings of South American political leader Simón Bolívar.
Major breakthrough could lead to new antibiotics for human use14 October 2009The means to fully understand and exploit a type of fungus that could form the basis of a new class of antibiotics has been developed by researchers at the University of Bristol. With certain strains of bacteria becoming resistant to existing drugs, there is a growing need to find new sources of antibiotics.
Why giant sea scorpions got so big14 October 2009Research on giant sea scorpions (eurypterids) – the largest bugs that ever lived – has shed new light on why eurypterids became so large and eventually died out.
Over half of cot deaths occur whilst co-sleeping14 October 2009A study by academics at the University of Bristol suggests more than half of sudden unexplained infant deaths occur while the infant is sharing a bed or a sofa with a parent (co-sleeping) and may be related to parents drinking alcohol or taking drugs.
Peter Lewis 1945-200912 October 2009Peter Lewis, a member of Site Services, passed away on Monday 28 September after a long struggle with cancer.
Transformative tools for a better Ireland12 October 2009The first of a series of ‘Conversations’ between academics and public figures on key challenges for our society and our world takes place at the University of Limerick today between Professor Ruth Levitas of Bristol’s Department of Sociology and veteran Irish politician and social critic, Michael D. Higgins.
BCCS student wins poster prize9 October 2009Chris Musselle, a postgraduate student in the Bristol Centre for Complexity Sciences (BCCS), has won the prestigious Best Student Poster prize at the 2009 European Conference on Complex Systems.
From death row to freedom9 October 2009Two high-profile victims of wrongful imprisonment, including a man who narrowly avoided execution, will be speaking about their experiences and the difficulties they faced in putting their lives back together after their release, at a free public talk next week. The event, hosted by the University of Bristol’s Innocence Project, will take place on Monday 12 October.
University a key player in new BBC-city partnership9 October 2009The University is to play a part in the first-ever BBC-city partnership announced yesterday by BBC Director-General Mark Thompson as part of a new drive to work with local agencies to boost the regional creative economies across the UK.
£830,000 grant success for Faculty of Arts9 October 2009Two grants totalling almost £830,000 have been awarded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to Professor Neville Morley of the Department of Classics and Ancient History and Professor James Ladyman of the Department of Philosophy.
Thucydides: Reception, reinterpretation and influence9 October 2009Professor Neville Morley of the Department of Classics and Ancient History has been awarded around £450,000 by the Arts and Humanities Research Council for a four-year project on the Greek historian Thucydides (c.460BC – c.395 BC).
Professor Angus Hornby 1922-20098 October 2009We regret to announce that Emeritus Professor Angus Hornby died on Sunday 4 October at the age of 87. Professor Hornby held a Chair of Law in the then Faculty of Law at the University of Bristol from 1961 until his retirement in 1985.
Local pioneer and mercenary featured in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography8 October 2009Almondsbury anthropologist Richard Edward Latcham (1869-1943) and Richard Longfield Vowell (1795-1870) of Bath, who was prominent in the campaign for Venezuelan independence, join over 2,200 notable historic figures connected with the Bristol and Bath area featured in the latest update to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (DNB).