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  • Behavioural Change or Societal Change?

    05/10/2012

    UWE's new MSc Sustainable Development in Practice is now underway with a fantastic cohort of students representing a diverse range of backgrounds. One of the main aims of the course is to engage students with the human and social challenges of sustainable development. In a recent post on Two Degrees (a web-based network for sustainability professionals), one of the course tutors Dr Tim Chatterton outlines why a simplistic emphasis on behaviour change often ends in failure and argues that insights from sociology have much to offer those charged with designing low carbon strategies for both business and government. Read Tim's blog here.

  • Health Integration Team (HIT) proposal success!

    01/10/2012

    Marcus Grant, Deputy Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Cities and Urban Planning has co-led a successful application to establish a Health Integration Team in Bristol focussing on the nature and quality of residential built environments as wider determinants of health.

    Marcus co-led the bid with Suzanne Audrey, Research Fellow with the DECIPHer (Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health improvement) UKCRC research centre of excellence in the School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol. The bid was supported by a strong team of representatives from public health, local government and academia who have already been central in establishing Bristol as a centre of excellence for research on the impact of the built environment on the wider determinants of health.

  • New study reveals the benefits of Alexander Technique Lessons for chronic pain

    19/09/2012

    Chronic pain sufferers may benefit from learning the Alexander Technique in NHS outpatient pain clinics according to a new service evaluation project. More than half of the service users in the study stopped or reduced their use of medications between the start of the lessons and three months, making cost savings to the NHS.

  • UWE appoints Gabriel Scally as director of WHO research centre

    11/09/2012

    Professor Gabriel Scally has been appointed as Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments, which is based at UWE Bristol.

  • UWE Bristol researchers develop virtual consulting room to help doctors' spot early signs of cancer

    10/09/2012

    An on-line virtual patient simulation called GP Sim, designed to help GPs learn more about the early signs of cancer, has been applauded by doctors at trial stage. The impact of this tool is likely to be significant following recent concerns voiced by Cancer UK and reported in the media about delayed cancer diagnosis.

  • Emergency ambulance redesign wins international award

    28/08/2012

    UWE Bristol researcher Professor Jonathan Benger provided the clinical expertise for a radical design overhaul of the ambulance interior that has won an international design award. The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) has awarded the Emergency Ambulance Project a Silver Award for Research in its 2012 International Design Excellence Awards.

  • Teenagers with conditions that affect their appearance wanted to test new support programme

    14/08/2012

    The Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) at UWE Bristol is looking to recruit young people aged 13 – 18 to test out a new support programme for those with a condition that affects their appearance.

  • UWE Bristol Professor to lead new rehabilitation service for women with radiation-induced injuries

    10/08/2012

    UWE Bristol's Professor Candy McCabe is to lead a new Breast Radiotherapy Injury Rehabilitation Service for women who have suffered radiation-induced injuries following breast cancer treatment.

  • UWE Bristol and HP partner to bring clean energy to Kenyan orphanage

    27/07/2012

    UWE Bristol in partnership with HP, has unveiled a new biodigester* at Baraka Children's Home, an orphanage in Nguu Tatu village just north of Mombasa, Kenya. This is the first step in a wider initiative to improve the quality of life for Kenya's children: the Empower Kenya project.

  • Learning to sniff bad breath can help diagnose oral disease

    26/07/2012

    An unusual course is being run at UWE Bristol for health professionals who want to help patients with bad breath. According to the microbiologists running the course, bad breath - or oral malodour - is the third most common reason for people to visit their dentists. However dentists are not trained to distinguish the causes of oral malodour using their sense of smell.

  • UWE Bristol awards honorary degree to Gerald Lee

    24/07/2012

    UWE Bristol will award the Honorary Degree of Master of Business Administration to Gerald Lee in recognition of his leadership and transformation of St Monica Trust and for its role in providing groundbreaking services to the elderly and those with dementia.

  • UWE Bristol awards honorary degree to Professor Gabriel Scally

    17/07/2012

    UWE Bristol will award the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science to Professor Gabriel Scally in recognition of his outstanding and innovative achievements in promoting public health in South West England and, in particular, his encouragement and support working with the University to build practical programmes linking health, environment, sustainability and planning.

  • Study finds alcohol could be involved in 640,000 hospital admissions each year

    05/07/2012

    Alcohol may be involved in up to 640,000 hospital admissions and nearly 2 million visits to emergency departments in England and Wales every year, according to research published online in Emergency Medicine Journal.

  • Changing Lives, Changing Society

    04/07/2012

    This year's inspiring conference from ISHE brought together a wide range of professionals, policy makers and academics to debate how we can support the widespread transition to healthy and sustainable behaviours. Over a hundred people attended on 28 June to hear a range of excellent presentations and work togther to explore new approaches to encouraging sustainable behaviour.

  • Adolescent girls who over use internet and social media suffer lower self-esteem and negative body image

    02/07/2012

    NetGirls project findings presented at the 5th Appearance Matters international conference Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 July, 2012, Wills Building, Bristol UK.

    Adolescent girls, who spend long periods each day on the internet, engaging and communicating on social media, are more likely to suffer low self-esteem and negative body image, according to new research to be presented at the Appearance Matters 5 conference in Bristol on Tuesday 3 July

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