- UWE Bristol and local libraries team up to offer wider access
UWE Bristol and South Gloucestershire libraries have teamed up to make it even easier for the public and students to access library services.
- UWE Bristol Law academic cited in the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court handed down a judgment in the case of Lawrence v Coventry this morning, concerning common law environmental protection and, in particular, the common law of nuisance. The judgment contains a favourable citation of a recent book by Law Department scholar Dr Ben Pontin, called Nuisance Law and Environmental Protection (Lawtext Publishing Ltd, Oxford, 2013).
- UWE Bristol and ETE Teachers invite schools to explore impact of South West Storms
The UK is currently experiencing its wettest winter on record, with strong winds also battering the country. The South West of England has been worst affected by the storms and persistent rain, with the MET Office reporting that the South of England has experienced one of the most exceptional periods of winter rainfall in at least 248 years. This unusual rainfall combined with strong winds of around 60-80mph, and high spring tides have resulted in high water levels and huge waves causing coastal flooding and damage to the coastline.
UWE Bristol and Education Through Expeditions (ETE) are inviting schools from across the South West and the UK to join in with an online discussion and debate about the recent storms, and to evaluate their environmental and economic impact.
- UWE Bristol expert to advise Government on Future of Cities
Professor Katie Williams, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Planning and the Environments (SPE) at UWE Bristol has been appointed to lead one of the strands of the UK Government's new Foresight Review on the Future of Cities. The Foresight review will inform Central Government decisions on where and how to build in the UK for the next 50 years.
- New project investigates water issue including flood and drought risk
Two researchers from UWE Bristol are part of a multi institute team investigating the environmental and social issues connected to water supply and management. Recent extreme storm surge and flooding incidents makes this research timely and relevant to what is happening in the UK now.
- From pond to cup - UWE Bristol project resolves global clean water crisis
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Researchers at UWE Bristol have developed a portable and mobile water treatment system capable of delivering clean drinking water at source. The system has been developed for use in remote or undeveloped areas of the world to provide clean water for disaster relief and humanitarian emergencies. Such technology could help transform the lives of people who currently have no access to clean drinking water.
- UWE Bristol flooding expert says 'We need more flood risk engineers'
Recent flooding across the UK is proving that we need to train more engineers with specialist expertise in flood risk management.
UWE Bristol has for the past ten years worked closely with the Environment Agency (EA) to tackle the problem by running a course where EA sponsors trainees to study subjects including River and Coastal Science, Hydraulic Modelling, Flood Risk Mapping, Ground Engineering, Structural Analysis and Strategies in Flood Risk Management. Trainees are based in the workplace and spend nine months full-time at UWE before completing their Foundation Degree by distance learning and block week attendance.
- Bristol Food Connections food resilience conference
A Food City Region: Cultivating Planning conference will take place on 6 May during the Bristol Food Connections Festival. The event, organised by the Bristol Health Partners Supporting Healthy Inclusive Neighbourhood Environments Health Integration Team (SHINE HIT), is a national one-day conference designed to explore the role of planning policy and action in supporting a resilient food system.
- UWE Bristol transport expert says we need to look to Copenhagen to improve safety for cyclists
Professor John Parkin, a transport expert from the University of the West of England is available to discuss what he thinks needs to be done to improve cycling safety following wide media speculation and discussion during the past week. His ideas centre on law and suggestions for developments in road and vehicle design.
- How easy is it to identify and plan sites for new cemeteries?
A planning expert from UWE Bristol is taking a new angle on dealing with the issue of an ageing population by finding out if sufficient provision for cemeteries is being made.
Katie McClymont, senior lecturer in Planning and Architecture at UWE, has just started a project to research people's attitudes to new cemeteries and the possible barriers in gaining planning permission for them.
- HEA Education for Sustainable Development Thematic Seminar to be held at UWE
UWE will be hosting an HEA funded seminar on 29 November 2013. The event will bring the QAA, HEA, HEFCE and NUS to UWE to present and discuss the latest Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) policy and practice developments (see programme attached).
Registration is required for this free seminar and must be done via the HEA website at http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/events/detail/2014/Seminars/Themes/GEN876_UWE .
Places are limited so please book as soon as possible.
- UWE and Bristol Zoo initiative to create ready and able conservationists
A new course has been developed by UWE Bristol in partnership with Bristol Zoo Gardens.
The new BSc (Hons) Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Science is the most recent collaboration between Bristol Zoo Gardens and UWE Bristol and it has been developed in consultation with local wildlife and conservation organisations, Slimbridge WWT, Bristol City Council, WWF-UK and Somerset Wildlife Trust.
- UWE lawyer works with the UN on community rights to protect the environment
A legal expert from UWE Bristol is part of a global initiative to increase understanding of the links between human rights and environmental protection.
Dr Jona Razzaque, Associate Professor of Environmental Law at UWE, is a member of an influential group contributing to the work of Professor John Knox, recently appointed as expert on human rights and the environment by the UN's Human Rights Council.
- UWE Bristol wins award for outstanding energy-saving achievements
UWE Bristol has been honoured with an award for 'Outstanding Achievement' for an impressive 10% in energy savings from 2009 – 2012.
The award was given by environmental champion Jonathon Porritt at the Carbon Champion Awards 2013, where a number of businesses and organisations in the West of England were recognised for their impressive contributions towards cutting energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
- Heat and storms: UWE research helps suburban homes adapt to climate change
As the heat wave turns to thunder and lightning, concerns about the impact of heat on the elderly and vulnerable in their homes remain. A research project led by UWE Bristol offers practical advice on how homes in suburban neighbourhoods can adapt to weather extremes and this has led to changes in local and national policy.