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  • UWE Bristol student conservationists progress to finals of the Quarry Life Award - 16/04/2014

    A team of student conservationists from UWE Bristol were judged as one of the top five UK entries in reaching the finals of the Quarry Life Award, a prestigious international competition.

  • Expert reaction to high levels of air pollution in England today - 02/04/2014

    UWE Bristol expert Jo Barnes is available to comment on the high levels of air pollution currently spreading across England, Jo is a Research Fellow in the Air Quality Management Resource Centre, at the University of the West of England.

  • New index reveals that recent flood could signal climate change - 20/03/2014

    A new investigation of long-term weather records suggests that recent flooding in the south of England could signal the onset of climate change.

    The research, from UWE Bristol, Loughborough University and the University of East Anglia has produced a new index of flooding trends called the Fluvial Flood Indices. This enables widespread flooding and weather patterns to be viewed in the context of the last 150 years, revealing that four of the six most severe flood episodes since 1871 have occurred in the last 30 years.

  • UWE Bristol helps residents to voice their traffic concerns - 18/03/2014

    James Coleman, a Research Associate at UWE Bristol, has launched a new website, run by Bristol City Council, that gives local residents the information needed to actively engage in the management of traffic and road safety in their neighbourhood.

  • UWE Bristol water engineer gives advice on water infrastructure in Qatar - 14/03/2014

    Expert water engineer Dr Hazem Gouda has been invited as speaker to attend a key international summit of drainage of sewerage experts in Doha, Qatar on March 17 and 18. He will also deliver a seminar on SUDS and Floods Delivering Sustainable Development at Qatar University on 19 March. This is following from his presentation as an invited speaker at the International Water Summit in Abu Dhabi in January 2014.

  • UWE Bristol and local libraries team up to offer wider access - 05/03/2014

    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 - 26/02/2014

    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 - 19/02/2014

    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 - 14/02/2014

    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 - 17/01/2014

    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 - 16/01/2014

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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' - 10/01/2014

    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.

  • UWE Bristol transport expert says we need to look to Copenhagen to improve safety for cyclists - 21/11/2013

    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? - 11/11/2013

    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 - 29/10/2013

    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.

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