- 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.
- Alliance universities securing the future of UK research through collaboration and connectivity
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.
- Pupil's film wins RTPI future neighbourhood competition
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.
- Science Live – new transatlantic pilot study to research what makes a public science event tick
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.
- UWE's world-leading research increases by 170%
The volume of world-leading research at UWE Bristol (the University of the West of England, Bristol) has gone up by 170%, according to the results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 out today.
- How can we change urban society for the better? UWE Bristol leadership expert to reveal in new book
Cities are often seen as helpless victims in a global flow of events and many view growing inequality in cities as inevitable. In a new book, Leading the Inclusive City: Place-based Innovation for a Bounded Planet, published by Policy Press, Robin Hambleton, Professor of City Leadership in the Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments at UWE Bristol rejects this gloomy prognosis.
- UWE planning graduate wins national award from RTPI for study
Jennifer Angus, a graduate from UWE Bristol's MSc in Urban Planning, has received a prestigious award from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).
Jennifer's thesis was selected as the winning entry in the Excellence in Spatial Planning Research student category.
- UWE seminars input into national 'nudge' policies on obesity, sustainability and online security
UWE Bristol is bringing together top national speakers, researchers and policy makers in a new approach to explore ways of tackling major societal issues like obesity.
The next in a series of nine seminars on behaviour change organised by UWE's Bristol Social Marketing Centre is being held in London on 11 September. It will focus on obesity, food and physical activity.
- Bristol Bright Night Brings Science to the City
Friday 26 September will see Bristol's streets come to life as Bristol Bright Night sweeps through the city for the first time with a programme of free activities, giving the public the chance to discover the wealth of scientific research taking place on their doorstep, and meet the researchers responsible.
- Leading the Green City: An international exchange
12 September 2014 12.30-14.00, The Watershed, Bristol.
This free public event, which forms part of the preparations for Bristol 2015: European Green Capital, will provide international insights from some of the most progressive cities in the world. Focussing on the role of local leaders, working in and outside government, it highlights how significant and radical change can be achieved.