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  • 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.

  • 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'.

  • 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 www.unialliance.ac.uk/research – contains more than 60 impact case studies submitted by Alliance universities to the REF 2014 exercise.

  • 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.

  • '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.

  • Children and young people to get more say in their health care - 19/02/2015

    The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) has been chosen as one of seven new sites to develop Patient Centred Outcome Measures (POCMs) by NHS England. The new centres will mean that children and young people will play a more active role in deciding which outcomes are important to them.

  • Open Bionics makes top 50 robotics companies to watch in 2015 - 18/02/2015

    A south west start-up has been ranked amongst Dyson, Google, and Panasonic as one of the Top 50 robotics companies to watch in 2015.

    The international RBR50 list named Open Bionics, a start-up based at the Technology Business Incubator at Bristol Robotics Laboratory, as one of the most noteworthy companies in the global robotics industry for 2015.

  • Planning for healthy communities: UWE launches new national seminar series - 17/02/2015

    Planning and health experts have a new national forum to help them ensure health, wellbeing and equity are at the heart of city and neighbourhood planning decisions.

    The project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and led by UWE Bristol's Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environment in partnership with Public Health England and other academic partners. It will be launched on 23 February 2015 in London and consists of a series of eight seminars to be held across England over the next two years.

  • Students value investment in education but debt anxiety differs across international boundaries - 16/02/2015

    To what extent do international boundaries impact on anxiety around debt amongst students? Do national attitudes about repaying loans mean those students from different countries treat their debt differently? What can University managers learn from student anxiety about debt and how can ethical approaches to helping students understand how their debt is managed be provided?

    These questions are addressed in a report that compares the financial literacy and attitudes to debt of 496 students in England, the United States and New Zealand.

  • Transport Minister and Business Secretary launch VENTURER driverless car trial - 11/02/2015

    Transport Minister, Claire Perry and Business Secretary, Vince Cable will launch the VENTURER consortium's driverless car trial today, giving the project the green light to test autonomous vehicles in the real world.

  • Samantha Payne of Open Bionics shortlisted for 'Women in Business Awards' - 05/02/2015

    Open Bionics team member, Samantha Payne has been shortlisted for the Women in Business 'Young Entrepreneur of The Year' award.

  • 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.

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