- Massive interest in UWE Bristol's 'Green' MOOC
The first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) offered by UWE Bristol 'Our Green City: Global Challenges, Bristol Solutions' is proving to be hugely popular, with almost 700 people registered since the launch in June this year.
The free online course offers community groups and individuals the chance to learn what makes a 'Green City', with the course going live on 14 September 2015. UWE is urging anyone who may not yet have heard about this fantastic free opportunity to sign up and gain a deeper understanding into the many organisations and projects that go into 'greening a city' as well as getting a view of Bristol's year as the European Green Capital.
- Bristol Bright Night is back, a celebration of the City's world-class research
Bristol Bright Night returns to the streets of Bristol on the evening of Friday 25 September 2015 for an unmissable free celebration of the wealth of scientific research taking place on our doorsteps.
- UWE Bristol showcases 'Pee Power' at Glastonbury Festival
Toilets have always been one of the big talking points at Glastonbury, but this year the festival audience are being invited to put their pee to good use by providing fuel for the 'Pee Power' project. The project is led by the Bristol | BioEnergy Centre in the Bristol Robotics Laboratory at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) in collaboration with Oxfam and Dunster House.
- New video shows how UWE Bristol helps African communities to access safe water supplies
Academics and students from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) have been contributing to a research programme that helps to provide African communities with access to safer water supplies as part of the UWE – Africa Water Security Programme now in its third year and operating in a number of East African countries.
- UWE Bristol students evaluating energy use and recycling management at Glastonbury Festival
Students from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) are working with the organisers of the Glastonbury Festival to help with a project looking at the use of energy and recycling management on the festival site.
- Trainee teachers take inspiration from South African Zakhele to raise HIV awareness in schools
Six PGCE English students from UWE Bristol are benefitting from a unique placement opportunity (1-12 June 2015) to work with Zakhele, a South African educational music and drama group, who are currently on a five week tour of 13 primary and secondary schools in Bristol and North Somerset.
- UWE launches first MOOC - What makes a Green city?
A free online course is being launched by UWE Bristol offering community groups and individuals the chance to learn what makes a 'Green City'. UWE Bristol is a leader in sustainable education and this new initiative is the first of its type to be launched linked to a European Green Capital City.
- Why do people in later life give up cycling? Get involved with Cycle BOOM research project
In some parts of the UK cycling is booming. Nevertheless people aged 65+ make only 1 per cent of all journeys by bike compared with 9 per cent in Germany.
Researchers from the Centre for Transport and Society at UWE Bristol are studying the practice, experience and impact of cycling past the age of fifty in a project called Cycle BOOM.
- Jumpstart! Geography: national book award success for UWE Bristol academics
Mark Jones and Sarah Whitehouse, Education tutors from UWE Bristol, are celebrating the success of their published book, Jumpstart! Geography: Engaging activities for ages 7−12, awarded a national GA award at the recent Annual Conference of the Geographical Association in Manchester.
- UWE Bristol leases electric cars to encourage staff to leave their car at home
In celebration of Bristol Green Capital year the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) has extended its pool car provision to include electric cars to encourage staff to travel to work in a sustainable way.
- Leader of UWE Bristol sponsored project wins the world's largest environmental prize
Howard Wood, chairman of the Community of Arran Seabed Trust(COAST) will be awarded a prestigious Goldman | Environmental Prize for Europe at a ceremony on Monday 20 April in San Francisco, USA. The Goldman Prize is the world's largest environmental award recognising grassroots environmental achievement and is a huge international honour.
- Debating the Green Economy
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
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.
- Massive marine reserve announced in Budget
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.
- Urine-fuelled distress signal research
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.