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  • Future GPs could benefit from longer training - 30/03/2015

    Newly-qualified GPs could be better prepared for practice by increasing the variety and duration of their training programme, according to research being published in the April 2015 issue of the British Journal of General Practice.

    The study, by Abigail Sabey from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and Holly Hardy from Severn | Postgraduate Medical Education, explored the views of newly-qualified GPs about their training and preparedness for specific aspects of the GP's role. It found that they lack confidence in a range of skills and experience, such as the financial and business aspects of practice and clinical commissioning. In addition, they would benefit from exposure to a greater variety of patient populations during training.

  • Professor Steve West UWE Vice Chancellor on the top 50 higher education power list - 26/03/2015

    Professor Steve West, Vice Chancellor of the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), is the 45th most influential person in higher education and the 10th most influential UK Vice Chancellor according to Higher Education Power List – 2015.

  • Debating the Green Economy - 25/03/2015

    As part of the Bristol European Green Capital 2015 series of events and Bristol Festival of Ideas, the 'Green Economy' is the focus of a lively debate that will look at how we might achieve the green economy and the role society and government might play in taking us there.

  • Formula Student goes electric - 24/03/2015

    On Wednesday 25 March, UWE Bristol's Student Racing Team will launch their plans to build and race an electric car at next year's Formula Student Competition, which takes place at Silverstone in July 2016.

    During the launch event, UWE Bristol student, Ken Williamson (Lead Design Engineer), will give a talk about the overall design, the innovative technologies used and the rapidly expanding electric vehicle sector. Attendees will also get the opportunity to talk to members of the team about the car itself.

  • Atomised Mothers: A film about isolation, 'austerity' and the politics of parenthood - 23/03/2015

    A film about the isolation that can be felt by new mothers will have its first public screening in Bristol on 25 March. The film will be screened at the Silai Centre, 178 Easton Road at 7.30pm at an event entitled Mothers, Work and Austerity.

  • UWE Bristol hosts Angela Knight, former Chief Executive Officer, Energy UK - 23/03/2015

    Angela Knight, former Chief Executive Officer, Energy UK, is the latest speaker to address the business community at the Bristol Distinguished Address Series (BDAs). The event will be hosted by UWE Bristol's Faculty of Environment and Technology.

  • Open Bionics shortlisted for Inclusive Technology Prize - 19/03/2015

    Open Bionics has been named as one of the 25 innovations that will make the UK more accessible to the 1 in 5 people with disabilities.

    The start-up of four based at the Technology Business Incubator at Bristol Robotics Laboratory, is one of 25 designers and entrepreneurs to have been shortlisted out of 200 pitches for the Inclusive Technology prize. They are now in with the chance to win a £50,000 prize for a technology, product or service that enables disabled people in the UK better access to life's opportunities.

  • Massive marine reserve announced in Budget - 18/03/2015

    In today's budget speech [18 March 2015] the coalition government announced its intention to designate the world's largest marine reserve around Pitcairn Islands. This puts the UK close to presiding over the largest amount of fully protected waters on Earth. America is currently ahead by a few thousand square kilometres after the creation of the extended Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument reserve by President Obama last summer. The UK will now have 1.49m square kilometres of fully protected reserves, compared with the US on 1.57m sq kilometres post this Pitcairn announcement.

  • UWE Bristol hosts Paul Boissier, Chief Executive, Royal National Lifeboat Institution - 17/03/2015

    Paul Boissier, Chief Executive, Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI),is the latest speaker to address the business community at the Bristol Distinguished Address Series (BDAs).

    Paul will deliver a lecture entitled 'Keeping the Lifeboats Afloat' as part of the Bristol Distinguished Address Series. The event will be hosted by the Institute of Directors and is part of British Science Week.

  • Urine-fuelled distress signal research - 16/03/2015

    This article featuring urine-fuelled distress signals was reported in Chemistry World and describes work by researchers in the Centre for Bio Energy at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol).

    The UK laboratory behind the pee-powered urinal has gone a wee bit further and turned recycled photocopier paper into microbial fuel cells that instigate radio transmissions when fed fresh urine.

  • A bionic model is born at London's 'Wearable Tech Show'. - 13/03/2015

    Over the past few years the personalisation of healthcare devices has been a growing trend in the maker-sphere.

    From gold-plated hearing aids, neon walking sticks, and sparkling blade prosthetics to 3D printed arm casts, people with disabilities are no longer waiting for health services to catch up, they are dragging their medical devices into the future on their own.

    These medical aids are getting a long-awaited makeover and today it's the turn of the bionic hand with Open Bionics unveiling of their latest 3D printed prosthetic at London's 'Wearable Tech Show'.

  • Meet Tate Britain with Dr Madge Dresser - 13/03/2015

    UWE Bristol's Professor Madge Dresser is to give a walking tour of the collection galleries at the Tate Britain, as part of the gallery's, 'Meet Tate Britain' event series.

    The talk and tour, which will take place on Monday the 16th of March, 18:30 to 20:00, will examine and trace the connections between some of the works in the Tate collection and Britain's role in the Atlantic slave economy, such as the correlation between the slave trade, Empire and the British country house.

  • UWE Glenside Clock Tower lit up green to celebrate Green Capital 2015 - 13/03/2015

    The Clock Tower at the Glenside Campus of the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) is being lit up green to celebrate the European Green Capital for the duration of 2015. The switch on will take place at 7:00pm on Monday 16 March 2015.

  • Study reveals what difference Bristol's elected mayor has made to the city - 13/03/2015

    Having 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.

  • Alliance universities securing the future of UK research through collaboration and connectivity - 12/03/2015

    Excellent research carried out by UWE Bristol will be showcased in a new campaign launched by University Alliance today.

    The resource – which can be found at – contains more than 60 impact case studies submitted by Alliance universities to the REF 2014 exercise.

  • UWE Bristol students reach top five in House of Illustration Competition - 11/03/2015

    Two students currently studying Illustration at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) have won the runners-up prize (£500) in the House of Illustration Competition, run in partnership with the Folio Society. This competition is open to professional illustrators as well as students, consequently they were up against some tough and talented competition. The other three finalists are all professional illustrators.

  • New development bank for Wales recommended to drive forward business growth - 11/03/2015

    A task and finish group led by a professor from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) has recommended that the first regional development bank in the UK should be created as a catalyst to drive the Welsh economy. Professor Dylan Jones-Evans' led a group of experts to examine concerns firms in Wales were failing to borrow the money they needed to expand and take on more staff. They have recommended that Wales becomes the first part of the UK to bring in a Development Bank to address this issue.

  • Slime mould builds an ancient road network - 11/03/2015

    Scientists from Greece and the UK have used slime moulds to help look back to a period from the 1st century BC to the 4th century AD when Roman roads were being built in the Balkans.

    A paper entitled 'Slime Mould Imitates Development of Roman Roads in the Balkans' has just been published in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. The unique heuristic abilities of the slime mould, Plasmodium polycephalum, inspired the scientists to apply the method for the first time in archaeology.

  • Open Bionics and Reach Robotics selected for UKTI trade mission in Japan - 11/03/2015

    Open Bionics and Reach Robotics, two robotics startups based at the Technology Business Incubator at Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), recently represented 'the best of British innovation' as part of the 'Innovation is GREAT' campaign headed by the Duke of Cambridge, HRH Prince William in Tokyo.

  • Pupil's film wins RTPI future neighbourhood competition - 10/03/2015

    Pupil Georgina Gardner-Elton has won first prize in the South West RTPI Schools Competition for her innovative Youtube film on what her neighbourhood might look like in 2050.

    Georgina was presented with her prize and a special certificate from Janet Askew, RTPI President, and Nick Smith, former chair of the South West region, and head of planning at the University of the West of England, Bristol.

  • Bloodhound chief engineer to give update on current build status of supersonic car - 10/03/2015

    Chief engineer Mark Chapman will give a technology and engineering update on the Bloodhound Project on 12 March as part ofBritish Science Week 2015. The event will give those attending a chance to view the latest developments and build status of the supersonic car at the Technical Centre, Avonmouth, Bristol.

  • Exposing the dirty secret behind the construction hoarding and scaffolding - 09/03/2015

    A new book co-authored by Phil Chamberlain from UWE Bristol names and shames those who orchestrated the blacklisting of thousands in the construction industry.

    Entitled Blacklisted: The Secret War between Big Business and Union Activists, the book is by Dave Smith and Phil Chamberlain, who is Associate Head of UWE's Department for Broadcast and Journalism.

  • 'Pee-power' to light camps in disaster zones - 05/03/2015

    Launch of the 'Pee-Power' toilet - 5 March 2015 15:00 at UWE Bristol Frenchay Campus

    Link to video here

    A toilet, conveniently situated near the Student Union Bar at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), is proving pee can generate electricity.

  • Research from UWE to be presented to MPs and ministers at Westminster - 03/03/2015

    Two UWE Bristol researchers have had projects selected for presentation to MPs and ministers at SET for Britain 2015.

    Iwona Gajda and Tareq Assaf, both from the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), a major research collaboration between UWE Bristol and the University of Bristol, will present posters outlining their projects on 9 March at SET for Britain 2015.

  • Understanding experiences of breastfeeding in the UK - 03/03/2015

    Most mothers in the UK report that they stopped breastfeeding sooner than they wanted to. Why is this the case? What are women's experiences of breastfeeding in the contemporary UK, and how are these experiences shaping decisions about how long to continue?

    These are the questions behind a new seminar series being organised by the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), Cardiff University and the University of South Wales.



  • Open Bionics Founder Joel Gibbard nominated for SEMTA's Engineering Hall of Fame - 30/01/2015

    Joel Gibbard, the founder of Open Bionics, a business based at the Technology Business Incubator at Bristol Robotics Laboratory has been nominated for SEMTA's Engineering Hall of Fame 2015, which brings together and celebrates the most inspiring and innovative British Engineers.

  • Six UWE students nominated in RTS Student Awards - 29/01/2015

    UWE Bristol Animation students have made a clean sweep of nominations in the animation category of the RTS West of England Student | Awards 2014, replicating last year's success of three out of three nominations in the category.

  • UWE expert wins funding for research into personalised medicines - 28/01/2015

    Dr Wendy Phillips from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) is part of a new link-up between academia and industry to improve the efficiency of healthcare product manufacturing.

    The project won £465,000 funding from the Engineering and Physical Services Research Council (EPSRC) to research Re-Distributed Manufacturing (RDM) in Healthcare. The project is being led by Dr Phillips, together with Professor Nick Medcalf from Loughborough University.

  • 'Feel Good' at UWE Bristol this February - 27/01/2015

    Students and staff from UWE Bristol are set to spring into action this month with a series of health and wellbeing events as part of Feel Good February.

    Now in its ninth successful year, Feel Good February is an opportunity for students, staff and the local community to focus on their health, fitness and wellbeing through a wide range of activities, taster sessions and events to help them get active and 'feel good'.

  • UWE Bristol research shown as 'milestones' during first ten years of the AHRC - 26/01/2015

    Projects by researchers at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) feature as national milestones on the timeline recently launched by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

    The timeline has been created to celebrate the first decade of the hundreds of activities that AHRC has funded since it became a research council in 2005.

  • UWE Bristol and BRL present immersive storytelling and robotic prosthetics at Bristol Digital Week - 26/01/2015

    The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) is joining a host of digital media and creative organisations from across the city during Digital Bristol Week . Digital Bristol Week is a highly successful collaboration between broadcast, industry and training partners across the City. Free daily events include networking opportunities, conference days and training workshops.

  • UWE Bristol buzzing with green initiatives for Bristol 2015 - 22/01/2015

    Honey bees on campus, student volunteers, music, debates, talks, conferences, and online learning are just some of the initiatives UWE Bristol is creating for Bristol 2015 as the European Green Capital.

    Hundreds of students have become Green Leaders identifying, developing and supporting sustainability projects, tapping into the enthusiasm of students to create change, and offering them the opportunity to learn and develop new skills and knowledge through activities and events.

  • UWE Bristol's Regional History Centre launches its first film - 21/01/2015

    The Ballad of Johny Walford, is the first film from UWE Bristol's Regional History Centre. It marks a landmark development in the centre's approach to historical research, which is strongly focused on public engagement and knowledge exchange with partners in the arts, heritage and cultural sectors.

  • Media regulators go head to head for first time - 21/01/2015

    The Bristol School of Film and Journalism at UWE is hosting the first head to head debate between two rival media regulators this week.

    On Thursday Matt Tee, Director of IPSO, and Jonathan Heawood, Director of IMPRESS, the two competing post-Leveson press regulators, will be at UWE's Bower Ashton campus.

  • Scenes of Ethiopia come to Bath in new photography exhibition - 20/01/2015

    A striking new view of Ethiopia is coming to the city of Bath, thanks to an exhibition of photographs being held at Fairfield House, in Kelston Road, Newbridge. Fairfield House is the former residence of Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia.

    The 'Roots' exhibition, which is the first UK showing for Ethiopian photographer Addishiwot Asfawosen Zeleke, is a fascinating series of portrait, documentary and landscape photographs from diverse regions of Ethiopia, presenting an intimate look into the lifestyle and culture of her homeland. It has been curated by Dr Shawn Sobers, Senior Lecturer of Photography at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol).

  • UWE Bristol Professor appointed to first Florence Nightingale Foundation chair in the South West - 19/01/2015

    University of the West of England Professor Candy McCabe, has been appointed to the newly created Florence | Nightingale Foundation (FNF) Chair in Clinical Nursing Practice Research, a post created in collaboration with the FNF and the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD) and the NHS Foundation Trust in Bath. Candy is currently Professor of Nursing and Pain Sciences at UWE Bristol and a Consultant Nurse at the RNHRD, where she leads on the Trust's Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Service (CRPS).

  • UWE Bristol's Janet Askew becomes RTPI President - 19/01/2015

    Janet Askew, Director of Academic Engagement and Enhancement at UWE Bristol, has been inaugurated as President of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) for 2015 at a ceremony in central London.

    Janet takes over from outgoing President and UWE Bristol graduate, Cath Ranson.

    The RTPI is the UK's leading professional body for spatial, sustainable and inclusive planning and is the largest planning institute in Europe with over 23,000 members.

  • Arnolfini present major new Richard Long exhibition - 14/01/2015

    Arnolfini Centre for Contemporary Arts in Bristol announces a major new exhibition of work by Richard Long. Part of the programme celebrating Bristol's year as European Green Capital, TIME AND SPACE includes several new works and recreations of previous works that have been made for this exhibition, and will be accompanied by a new publication. Richard Long was born in Bristol, where he continues to live and work and this will be the most comprehensive exhibition by the artist in his home city since 2000. TIME AND SPACE will run from 31 July – 15 November 2015. Arnolfini and UWE Bristol have announced an exciting new partnership which will enhance the art and cultural offer on the harbourside in Bristol, which will be fully agreed in the Spring.

  • 2015 Varsity Series - 1625 Independent People chosen as charity beneficiary - 14/01/2015

    Student Unions at both UWE Bristol and Bristol University have unanimously chosen local youth homelessness charity 1625 Independent People (1625ip) to benefit from funds raised during the 2015 Varsity Series.

  • UWE Bristol named No 1 University in Stonewall Top Employers 2015 - 14/01/2015

    UWE Bristol's commitment to supporting LGBT staff has been recognised in this year's Top 100 annual Stonewall's Workplace Equality Index, named number one University for the first time in the rankings.

    Out of the hundreds of employers surveyed, UWE Bristol also climbed 24 places to 11th spot from 35th position in 2014.

  • Arnolfini and UWE Bristol announce new partnership - 13/01/2015

    Arnolfini and UWE Bristol are working on an exciting new partnership which will enhance the art and cultural offer on the harbourside in Bristol. The partnership, which will be agreed in full in spring, will see the two organisations sharing resources and facilities and collaborating on programming and education workshops, seminars and events, and academic research. The combined creativity and resources of both organisations will enable both institutions to offer a dynamic programme of exhibitions, talks and other activities to an increased audience.

  • UWE graduate Laura helps in the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone - 13/01/2015

    Inspirational UWE Bristol microbiology graduate Laura Holding has recently returned from West Africa working with Save the Children UK to help deal with the Ebola crisis.

    Laura graduated from UWE in 2013 with a master's degree in medical microbiology , which she found really useful in helping fight the disease. She worked at the first British-built treatment centre, based at Kerry Town in Sierra Leone, for 5 weeks conducting laboratory tests on patient samples to determine who is infected with the virus.

  • 'Reintroduction of post-graduation work visa for international students is essential' says UWE Bristol's Professor West - 08/01/2015

    Professor Steve West, Vice Chancellor of the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), has spoken out on his views about the importance of allowing international students to remain in the UK when they graduate. This blogpost was first published yesterday on the University Alliance web pages and Professor West clarifies the real benefits to the UK of re-introducing the two-year post-study work visa.

  • Science Live – new transatlantic pilot study to research what makes a public science event tick - 08/01/2015

    The Festival of Nature, British Science Week and Bristol Food Connections are just some of the popular science events that engage approximately half of the UK population each year. Now in a bid to catalogue and research the impact of live science events in the UK and US, a new transatlantic pilot study, Science Live has been announced.

  • National Photography award success for UWE Bristol's, Angus Fraser - 07/01/2015

    Angus Fraser, Senior Lecturer – Photography at UWE Bristol has won the Bar Tur Photobook Award 2014 in its inaugural year. The annual award offers an emerging photographer a publishing deal to the value of £20,000 and the opportunity to work with The Photographers' Gallery and Trolley Books over the course of a year to produce their first book in 2015. The winner was recently announced at a special ceremony in The Photographers' Gallery.

  • Research shows planning enforcement 'the Cinderella Service' is at risk - 05/01/2015

    Researchers from the University of the West of England working in collaboration with planning enforcement professionals have found that effective planning enforcement in local authorities is at risk due to limited resources.

    The research found that enforcement is still very much the Cinderella service within planning departments, and the research warns that a lack of emphasis on this vulnerable service will inevitably cause problems in our built and natural environments, that would be avoided if enforcement was adequately resourced.

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