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  • UWE Bristol Centre for Alternative Testing launches at ss Great Britain

    14/03/2013

    A new venture for UWE Bristol, the Centre for Alternative Testing and In-Vitro Monitoring (CATIM), will launch this evening on board the ss Great Britain.

  • Shifting Gears: Making cycling a policy priority for health and sustainability

    07/03/2013

    Institute for Sustainability, Health and Environment conference

    This national one-day conference responds to the new opportunities created by the changing policy landscape for cycling in the UK and the challenge of increasing population levels of physical activity.

    It brings together professionals, policy makers and academics to explore the interface between research and the radical shifts in policy, culture and 'infrastructure' provision that are required to support the large-scale uptake of cycling for transport and leisure. By drawing on evidence from research and practice, the conference will explore the benefits of cycling for health and sustainability and the role that public health, built environment and sustainability sectors can play in bringing about wholesale change in the cycling culture of the UK.

  • Patients with schizophrenia benefit from 'adherence therapy'

    01/03/2013

    More than half of all patients suffering from schizophrenia do not take antipsychotic medication as prescribed, although this is essential for their effective treatment, according to research published today. The main preventable cause of poor symptom control and relapse results from patients not taking their medication as prescribed.

  • Look at these wrinkles! She's too old to be wearing that!

    21/02/2013

    New research suggests 'Old Talk' is linked to negative body image in women

    Previous body image research has revealed the negative effects of 'fat talk' in girls and young women, but new research suggests that the dissatisfaction with a woman's self-image may become more complex as she ages and move increasingly to a focus on age and 'old talk'.

  • New research on speech, language and communications needs for children published

    11/02/2013

    The largest ever report on speech, language, communication needs (SLCN) has now been published by the Department for Education (DfE).

    The three year Better Communication Research Programme funded by the DfE involved 10 research projects and the analysis of data from around 6,400 children, 560 parents, 600 speech and language therapists and 750 teachers/special educational needs coordinators.

  • UWE Bristol gets ready to 'Feel Good'

    01/02/2013

    February is the month to feel good at UWE Bristol. Students are getting ready to avail themselves of a number of health and wellbeing events organised as part of 'Feel Good February'.

    Now in its seventh successful year, 'Feel Good February' is an opportunity for students and staff to focus on their health, fitness and wellbeing, by taking part in a range of activities and taster sessions.

  • UWE promotes better care and dignity for old and vulnerable people

    30/01/2013

    To mark Dignity Action Day on 6 February 2013, UWE Bristol's Faculty of Health and Life Sciences is hosting an event for health and social care professionals and students. The event is part of the health and social care profession's response to public concern about dignity of care for older and vulnerable people.

  • Adults with cleft lip or palate wanted for study of their experiences

    29/01/2013

    A new study into the experience of adults who have a cleft lip/palate has just begun at UWE Bristol, aimed at improving the support available to them.

    Growing up with a cleft lip/palate can pose a number of challenges for those affected and also for their families. Understanding the needs of adults is crucial in ensuring the right support is available throughout life, and for on-going service improvement.

  • Health Disparities Research Symposium

    28/01/2013

    Emeritus Professor Hugh Barton, former Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments, will be delivering the keynote address at the 8th Annual Health Disparities Research Symposium in Birmingham Alabama February 28th. The subject of the symposium is 'Health Disparities: where biology, behaviour and socioeconomics converge'. The built environment in a key theme, and Professor Barton's topic will be 'Shaping Neighbourhoods for local health and global sustainability'.

  • Bristol gives Australian pre-schoolers 'A Sound Start'

    14/01/2013

    An innovative software tool for promoting speech development in young children designed by UWE Bristol and Frenchay Hospital is to be used in New South Wales Australia, where there is a shortage of speech therapists.

    Bristol Speech and Language Therapy Research Unit (based at Frenchay Hospital), in partnership with Charles Sturt University in Australia and the University of Sydney, will use innovative technology to promote speech and pre-literacy skills in at-risk pre-schoolers.

  • Laugh your way into the spring, says UWE Occupational Therapy Lecturer

    09/01/2013

    With spring still feeling like a long way off, UWE Bristol's Alice Hortop explains that laughter, kindness and a simple smile are the easy things that can help to keep the winter blues at bay.

  • Should students take 'smart' drugs?

    03/01/2013

    UWE Bristol experts are joining in a debate to investigate and discuss the ethics associated with the recent increase in taking of smart drugs by students. The event will take place at the Watershed in Bristol on 9 January 2013 from 18.30 until 20:00.

  • Delivering health and well-being for our local communities

    12/12/2012

    The most recent Joint Public Health Service/Academic meeting looked at how academia can help in the delivery of challenges identified in the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA). Delegates included representatives from NHS Bristol, NHS South Gloucestershire, NHS Bath and North East Somerset, NHS North Somerset, Bristol City Council, UWE and the University of Bristol. Key outcomes included the formation of ideas for improved joint working between academia, NHS service organisations and local community representatives in the development and delivery of JSNAs.

  • Challenges of raising school leaving age to 18 for young people who are NEET: UWE expert speaks at Parliamentary inquiry

    10/12/2012

    Some young people already find it difficult to enjoy and achieve at school. With the raising of the school leaving age to 18 by 2015, a new challenge is looming - of engaging them in learning for a further two years.

    Contributing to the debate is Dr Barry Percy-Smith from UWE Bristol, who has conducted in-depth research into the experiences and attitudes of young people not in employment, education or training (NEET).

  • UWE Bristol Professor to discuss dementia research at free monthly Memory Cafés

    30/11/2012

    Professor Richard Cheston, the Chair of Mental Health Research at the University of the West of England is attending Withywood Memory Café from 10:00 – 12:00 on Tuesday 4 December and Fishponds Memory Café from 14:00 – 16:00 on Friday 14 December in Bristol to talk about his research into the emotional difficulties faced by people living with dementia, as well as opportunities to get involved with a local research project on improving memory assessments. The Memory Cafés, run by the charity Alzheimer's Society are free to attend and open to anyone affected by memory problems, either personally, as a carer, a family member or friend.

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