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December

  • UWE AWARDED EXCELLENT RESULTS FOR ECONOMICS AND POLITICS - 21/12/2001

    The Faculty of Economics and Social Science at the University of the West of England has achieved excellent results in recent quality assessments for Economics and Politics.

  • 9 OUT OF 10 PUPILS WOULD CONSIDER HE AT UWE - 19/12/2001

    The autumn term has seen a large number of higher education awareness raising activities organised by the Widening Participation Support Team at the University of the West of England.

  • 28 UWE STAFF ACHIEVE NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR NURSING - 18/12/2001

    28 UWE staff achieve national recognition for nursing research

    At the University of the West of England (UWE) 28 staff have been recognised for contributing to nationally excellent research in the latest Research Assessment Exercise for universities.

  • UWE STUDIES IMPACT OF NEW CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL - 18/12/2001

    Bright ideas aimed at making children’s experiences of hospital less frightening were designed into plans for the new Bristol Children’s Hospital from the start. These include light, colourful surroundings, child-height windows and furniture, and themes to distinguish the different levels. Original artworks include dozens of hand-drawn tiles used to wonderful effect in treatment areas like the hydrotherapy pool. Now that the hospital has been in use for over six months, researchers from the University of the West of England have been chosen to find out what impact these new surroundings are making on children, parents and staff.

  • OVER 300 UWE STAFF ACHIEVE NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR RESEARCH - 12/12/2001

    The University of the West of England (UWE) has seen over 70% growth in research strength according to the latest research assessment exercise (RAE) out today. The research output of over 300 staff has contributed to nationally excellent ratings and output of over 100 staff showed evidence of international excellence.

  • UWE GETS UNDER THE SKIN OF MUSEUM DISPLAYS - 06/12/2001

    Today's museums - like the at-Bristol complex - revolve around interactive, high-tech exhibitions. Michelle Henning, a lecturer in cultural and media studies at the University of the West of England, is finding out what happens to the traditional, painstakingly collected and mounted objects exhibits like this replace - especially the stuffed animals and birds.

  • UWE LAUNCHES NEW £16 MILLION FACULTY OF EDUCATION - 05/12/2001

    The new £16 million Faculty of Education building at UWE’s Frenchay Campus is to be officially opening on Friday 7 December by the University’s Chancellor, the Right Honourable Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, DBE.

  • UWE AND BRISTOL CITY FC TEAM UP TO HELP ST GEORGE - 04/12/2001

    As part of the University of the West of England’s (UWE) mission to widen participation in HE in the region, the University has teamed up with Bristol City Football Club to help St George Community College become the first City Academy in the South West. The announcement by the Department of Education and Skills (DFES) means that St George will become a City Academy with £2m in business sponsorship and the remainder contributed by the DFES.

  • VITAL MEDICAL EQUIPMENT MISSING FROM UWE- REWARD OFFERED - 04/12/2001

    A Pedar system, which is used to assess foot pressures in children and adults with diabetes, has gone missing from the University of the West of England. Researcher Sue Barnett who works part-time at UWE and part-time at the Bristol Royal Infirmary’s Children’s Hospital uses the Pedar system to prevent or heal foot ulcers which are a by-product of diabetes.

  • VITAL MEDICAL EQUIPMENT MISSING FROM UWE- REWARD OFFERED - 04/12/2001

    A Pedar system, which is used to assess foot pressures in children and adults with diabetes, has gone missing from the University of the West of England. Researcher Sue Barnett who works part-time at UWE and part-time at the Bristol Royal Infirmary’s Children’s Hospital uses the Pedar system to prevent or heal foot ulcers which are a by-product of diabetes.

  • ADVENT CAROL SERVICES AT BRISTOL CATHEDRAL - 04/12/2001

    The University of the West of England will be holding their annual Advent Carol Service in Bristol Cathedral on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 December at 8.00pm.

  • YOUNG INNOVATORS WIN TECHNOLOGY AWARDS - 04/12/2001

    The South-West finalists of a competition aimed at promoting innovation and technology transfer will be announced on Wednesday 5 December at a presentation at the University of the West of England.

November

  • UWE AWARDS HONORARY DEGREE TO GEOFF WHITTY - 27/11/2001

    Geoff Whitty is to be awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Education by the University of the West of England in recognition of his distinguished career and related achievements, particularly in influencing education policy through research.

  • INNOVATIVE ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING STUDIO TAKES SHAPE - 27/11/2001

    The University of the West of England is using innovative materials and processes in a new purpose-built facility for Architecture and Planning students and researchers at the Frenchay Campus of UWE.

  • UWE AWARDS HONORARY DEGREE TO PHYLLIDA PARSLOE - 26/11/2001

    Phyllida Parsloe is to be awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science in recognition of her distinguished career and related achievements and of her contribution to health and social care in particular.

  • HUMAN RIGHTS EXPERT SPEAKS AT UWE - 26/11/2001

    Thursday 29 November, 5.30pm to 7.00pm
    Room 3S512 Faculty of Education, Frenchay

    Human rights expert, Professor Stuart Weir will speak on ‘Assessing the democratic deficit’ at a public lecture hosted by the Centre for Research in Education and Democracy at the Faculty of Education on Thursday 29 November. Professor Weir, from the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex is the Director of the Democratic Audit of the United Kingdom, a major British project in partnership with and funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.

  • UWE AWARD HONORARY DEGREE TO TONY BENN - 23/11/2001

    Tony Benn is to be awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws in recognition of his achievements and his devotion to socialism, democracy and parliament.

  • UWE AWARD HONORARY DEGREES - 20/11/2001

    Mr Anthony James Vernon Shepherd
    Tuesday 20 November at 2.45pm, Bristol Business School Graduation Ceremony

    Anthony Shepherd is to be awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration in recognition of his remarkable contribution to the promotion of Bristol and the social and economic regeneration of its region.

  • NEW SLAVE TRADE BOOK BY BRISTOL HISTORIAN - 20/11/2001

    Slavery Obscured is the latest book by Madge Dresser, head of the Regional History Research Centre at the University of the West of England. Published by Continuum, Slavery Obscured will be launched at Waterstone’s, College Green on Wednesday 21 November.

  • UWE AWARD HONORARY DEGREE TO PROFESSOR DAVID VANDELINDE - 20/11/2001

    David VandeLinde is to be awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Education in recognition of his outstanding leadership of the University of Bath and his wider contribution to the development of higher education, particularly in the West of England.

  • UWE AWARD HONORARY DEGREE TO DONALD CAMERON - 16/11/2001

    Donald Cameron is to be awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration in recognition of his outstanding scientific, design, and entrepreneurial achievements and their important contribution to the story and reputation of Bristol.

  • UWE AWARD HONORARY DEGREE TO DAME JANET TROTTER DBE - 16/11/2001

    Dame Janet Trotter is to be awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Education in recognition of her distinguished contribution to education and her outstanding leadership of the newly designated University of Gloucestershire.

  • HE £1.3 BILLION CONTRIBUTION TO THE SOUTH WEST ECONOMY - 15/11/2001

    Higher Education generated a massive £1.3 billion for the South West economy last year and supported 57,000 jobs, according to new research commissioned by the Higher Education Regional Development Association for the South West (HERDA-SW).

  • BRISTOL SCHOOL CHILDREN GET A TASTE FOR LANGUAGES - 13/11/2001

    Taster sessions in European languages offered to Bristol primary school children by the University of the West of England have been eagerly snapped up.

  • UWE AWARDS HONORARY DEGREE TO CHRISTOPHER PARSONS OBE - 13/11/2001

    Christopher Parsons is to be awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science in recognition of his distinguished career and related achievements, particularly in encouraging public interest in natural history and the importance of maintaining biodiversity.

  • UWE AWARDS HONORARY DEGREE TO JUDGE MARK DYER - 07/11/2001

    His Honour Judge Mark Dyer is to be awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws in recognition of his remarkable career and outstanding achievements and of his service to the Crown Court in particular.

  • UWE HONORARY FELLOWSHIP FOR WILLIAM PENRY OLIVER - 07/11/2001

    William Penry Oliver is to be awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the University of the West of England. Honorary Fellowships are granted by the Board of Governors of the University to exceptional individuals who have made a contribution to the life or work of the institution or to the advancement of its vision, mission and strategy, which is remarkable and beyond that implicitly expected by reason of their role in the institution.

  • UWE SEEKS EVIDENCE OF WOMEN'S SOCIAL ACTION - 06/11/2001

    UWE SEEKS EVIDENCE OF WOMEN’S SOCIAL ACTION IN VICTORIAN BRISTOL

    The part played by women as social reformers in Victorian and Edwardian Bristol is being put under the spotlight by historians from the University of the West of England. Researchers are keen to hear from families whose female ancestors may have been part of the fight to improve social conditions for women and children.

  • UWE AWARD HONORARY DEGREE TO PETER COPLEY - 06/11/2001

    Peter Copley is to be awarded the Honorary Degree of Master of Arts in recognition of his distinguished career as an actor and his contribution to regional theatre in particular.

  • UWE AWARDS HONORARY DEGREE TO GILLIAN THOMAS - 06/11/2001

    Gillian Thomas is to be awarded the Honorary Degree of Master of Science in recognition her substantial contribution to the advancement of public understanding of science, and in particular, to the creation of At-Bristol.

  • UWE AWARD HONORARY DEGREE TO RWA PRESIDENT - 02/11/2001

    Derek Balmer is to be awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Arts in acknowledgement of his election as President of the Royal West of England Academy, as a tribute to his distinguished contribution to the visual arts; and, in recognition of the very special relationship between the Academy and the University of the West of England.

  • UWE AWARDS HONORARY DEGREE TO CANON JOHN SIMPSON - 02/11/2001

    John Simpson is to be awarded the Honorary Degree of Master of Music in recognition of his contribution to music and the performing arts, and to the creation of a very special partnership relationship between the Dean and Chapter of Bristol Cathedral and the University of the West of England.

October

  • £750,000 BOOST FOR UWE'S LINKS WITH BUSINESS - 30/10/2001

    The University of the West of England has received a £750,000 boost to its campaign to work more closely with the community and improve its links with business. UWE's business, community and regional enterprise activities have received a £500,000 grant from HEFCE (The Higher Education Funding Council for England), and an additional £250,000 in matching funds have been pledged by industry and the University itself.

  • ACADEMICS DISCUSS 'WAR ON TERRORISM' - 17/10/2001

    Staff at the University of the West of England are holding an important event this Wednesday afternoon (17 October 2001) to discuss the events of 11 September and their aftermath. Described as a 'Teach-in on the War on Terrorism' it includes short talks by experts on US foreign policy, terrorism, war and the politics of the Afghan region.

  • 'THE MEDICINE OF STAR TREK - ARE WE MAKING IT A REALITY?' - 10/10/2001

    ‘The Medicine of Star Trek: Are we making it a reality?’ is the title of the inaugural lecture to be given by UWE Visiting Professor Paul Goddard MD, FRCR on Thursday 11 October 2001.

September

  • UWE OFFERS £20,000 FOR BEST BUSINESS IDEA - 28/09/2001

    The University of the West of England is launching its first business plan competition on 4 October 2001. With a prize valued at £20,000 for the winning team or individual, the competition is open to all students and staff who have an idea they want to develop into a marketable business plan.

  • SAFEGUARD 'BLUE PLANET' FROM TOURISM SAY UWE RESEARCHERS - 28/09/2001

    Visiting the ‘blue planet’ as shown on the latest BBC series, narrated and presented by David Attenborough, is not without problems say a team of researchers at the University of the West of England. Their research demonstrates that marine tourism sometimes threatens the very resource on which it is based if it is not carefully planned and managed.

  • UWE STUDENTS SHOW OFF BRAS TO LIFT PROFILE OF CHARITY - 28/09/2001

    Photo opportunity ‘the bra finale’
    Tuesday 2 October 3.30pm
    Drawing Centre at Faculty of Art, Media and Design, Bower Ashton

    Fashion/Textile and Fine Arts students from the University of the West of England are to help raise awareness of breast cancer. The Cancer Research Campaign (CRC) has persuaded Playtex to donate 200 Wonderbras which will be customised by first year students during their induction week at university. The most eye-catching designs will be displayed in CRC shop windows during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

  • UWE'S RENDEZ-VOUS WITH EUROPE - 13/09/2001

    The University of the West of England is to hold a series of events to celebrate the European Year of Languages. With special funding from the European Union the events will focus on the importance of learning languages and the role languages play in our lives.

August

  • UWE RECORDS HISTORIC GARDENS ON THE WEB - 16/08/2001

    Visiting historic gardens attracts huge public interest, combining as it does twin passions for gardening and history. For many enthusiasts, being able to compare two historic gardens - and learn about how they were designed, the plants chosen, and how they change with the seasons could be a dream come true.

  • PERSEVERANCE PAYS OFF FOR PAUL (CLEARING STUDENT) - 08/08/2001

    Paul Soan came to UWE through Clearing and says it has worked out very well for him. When he got his A Level results he didn’t panic – he wasn’t expecting them to be very good as he admits he hadn’t applied himself very much in his last year at school.

  • DYSLEXIC CLEARING STUDENT SUPPORTED BY UWE - 08/08/2001

    Richard Hogg is studying International Politics in the Faculty of Economics and Social Science at UWE. He scored three average A level grades which meant that he was refused a place at his first choice at university. “ I was so disappointed,” he said “I’d got 3 D’s which was way below my capabilities. Everyone opening their results was either elated or crying. I went home feeling worried and annoyed. I called my first choice on the off chance that there might have been a space for me but they practically laughed at me. I rang my local university in Reading where I knew some of the teaching staff but things didn’t look very hopeful. I sat down with my copy of the Which Way supplement and one advert stood out. It was for UWE. I rushed back to the student resources centre at school and got out the prospectus. I was impressed to find out that John Sloman, who writes many of the textbooks for A-level Economics, worked in the Economics and Social Science Department at the university.

  • CLEARING STUDENT ADVISES, TAKE TIME TO CHOOSE RIGHT COURSE - 08/08/2001

    A LEVEL RESULTS DAY 17 AUGUST 2001

    Suzanne Doyle has just completed the final year of a Psychology and Health Science degree at the University of the West of England. Her experience could provide a timely warning to clearing students who panic and grab at the first course offered in the Clearing scramble for a university place.

  • STUDENTS' UNION PRESIDENT JOINED UWE THROUGH CLEARING - 08/08/2001

    A LEVEL RESULTS DAY 17 AUGUST 2001

    When you first meet Edwin Dyson you are impressed by his communication skills and his natural charisma. As Students’ Union President at one of the largest universities in the country these are essential skills. But Edwin Dyson has also a great deal of tenacity and determination to succeed in his academic studies. He left school at the age of 18 with no A Levels and took a job as a Deputy Manager in a pub restaurant in his home town of Nottingham where he worked for 2 ½ years. At the age of 22 he decided he wanted to pursue his goal of studying at University and took two A Levels in one year - Psychology and Sociology. His predicted grades were an A and B and he says he was really disappointed to receive 2 Ds, “I was absolutely gutted. My goal was to go to university and study Psychology and I had my heart set on my first choice but all three of my choices wanted 2 Bs. When I received my results my first move was to sit down with a pin

  • UWE STUDENT SAYS I'M GLAD I CAME TO UNI THROUGH CLEARING - 08/08/2001

    A LEVEL RESULTS DAY 17 AUGUST 2001

    Peter Bloodsworth has just completed his final year at the University of the West of England where he has studied towards a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. Peter entered the Clearing system when his grades did not live up to expectations but he says he has not looked back since.

July

  • UWE MAKES AN IMPACT IN FINLAND - 31/07/2001

    The idea of an international forum for fine-art printmakers has gathered force since the first IMPACT conference was organised by the University of the West of England two years ago. UWE initiated this series of international conferences, and in August this year the meeting will take place in the northern setting of Helsinki's University of Art and Design, in Finland.

  • UWE DEVELOPS DETECTORS FOR OESTROGEN IN RIVER WATER - 26/07/2001

    Small quantities of oestrogens, which are female hormones, are excreted from the body and thus enter the sewage system. Although these chemicals seem to be largely removed in sewage treatment, it seems that minute quantities remain and thus can enter rivers to which treated sewage is discharged. These very low levels of oestrogens have been shown to be responsible for signs of sex changes in male fish in rivers to which sewage is discharged - they begin to show some female characteristics. Now, scientists at the University of the West of England (UWE) have developed highly sensitive chemical analysis procedures that can detect minute traces of these hormones.

  • THE BRISTOL E-MEDIA INCUBATOR - 17/07/2001

    The University of the West of England has announced that it has been offered £0.5m funding from the SouthWest Regional Development Agency to create a business incubation unit focussing on digital media and eCommerce in the centre of Bristol. The business incubator will become an integral part of the SouthWest Incubation Network being created by the Regional Development Agency. It will interact with industry and academia within the Bristol region and will contribute to the economic growth of the sectors.

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  • UWE LAUNCHES RADIOGRAPHY ROADSHOWS TO VISIT LOCAL SCHOOLS - 06/07/2001

    Radiography Awareness Week 8-15 July 2001

    The School of Radiography in the Faculty of Health and Social Care is planning a series of events to promote opportunities in the growth market for Radiographers.

  • UWE DEVELOPS MORE EFFICIENT DRUG-TESTING METHODS - 06/07/2001

    Drug companies have to ensure that their products reach the highest possible standards of purity. Before a new product can reach the customer it has to be exhaustively tested for tiny traces of impurities. Until now some of the methods used have been very time-consuming, taking up to ten minutes to analyse each sample.

  • TOP ECONOMIST LAUNCHES BUSINESS AND REGIONAL TEAM - 06/07/2001

    The strength of the UK's post-election economy is being highlighted during the launch of the new Business and Regional Team (BART) at the University of the West of England on 6 July. Dennis Turner, Chief Economist of the HSBC gave the keynote address, entitled: 'The UK economy post election: where do we go from here?'

  • PROFESSIONAL LEGAL EDUCATION EXPANDS AT UWE - 04/07/2001

    The University of the West of England has announced several important steps towards completing the planned establishment of an Institute of Legal Practice. A department of the University’s Faculty of Law, the Institute of Legal Practice will focus exclusively on the provision of professional legal education. Recent developments include plans to unify LPC provision in Bristol, the revalidation of the Bristol Bar Vocational Course and CPE programmes, a joint venture bid for Higher Rights Validation and significant extension of our Masters level Advanced Legal Practice programmes.

June

  • COMMUNICATIONS MEDIA SHOW - 26/06/2001

    Watershed, Thursday 28 June 17.30 – 22.00

    Students from the University of the West of England will showcase their work in Communications Media at a special event to be held at the Watershed on 28 June.

  • UWE DEGREE SHOW 2001 - 25/06/2001

    UWE DEGREE SHOW 2001
    Bower Ashton Campus Saturday 30 June – Wednesday 4 July

    Private viewing Saturday 30 June, 12.00noon – 6.00pm
    Public viewing Sunday 1 July – Wednesday 4 July, 10.00am – 6.00pm

    The annual degree show exhibiting the work of final year students from the Faculty of Art, Media and Design at the University of the West of England will be held at the Bower Ashton Campus from 30 June to 4 July.

  • STUDY REVEALS INSTITUTIONALISED SEXISM IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT - 22/06/2001

    Women are still under-represented in the senior management of local government, prejudice against them still exists, and they have a harder time than their male colleagues. These were some of the findings of a new report by Bristol Business School entitled Room at the Top? A Study of Women Chief Executives in Local Government in England and Wales.

  • UWE LECTURER WINS £50,000 TEACHING FELLOWSHIP - 19/06/2001

    Dr Ursula Lucas, an accountancy lecturer from Bristol Business School based at the University of the West of England, has won a prestigious national teaching fellowship. The award recognises Dr Lucas as being one of the best higher education lecturers in the country. Twenty winners will each receive £50,000 from the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme at a presentation dinner on 10 July in London.

  • FASHION FIRST FOR INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM - 19/06/2001

    UWE Fashion show - Bristol Industrial Museum 16 June 2001 - 5pm and 8pm

    Bristol Industrial Museum will be the Venue for the UWE Fashion and Textiles students' Degree Show for the first time this year. Inspired by the ideas ranging from the English cottage garden, horseriding and 'Neighbours' to the Parka and sheepskins, students from the final year of the Fashion and Textiles degree will be showing their collections in two shows (at 5 pm and 8 pm - see below for ticket information).

  • GRANT HELPS UWE's DNA RESEARCH - 08/06/2001

    Invasive methods for the pre-natal testing of babies, such as amniocentesis, carry their own risks. There are approximately 620,000 pregnancies each year in the UK, of which around 31,000 (5%) are subject to invasive procedures. At least 310 miscarriages result from these procedures.

  • TAKING COMPUTER GAMES SERIOUSLY - 07/06/2001

    Computer games will come under scrutiny from academics for the first time in the UK at a conference to be held in Bristol. According to the organisers, there are compelling reasons for analysing the impact that computer games have on today's culture.

  • UWE DIGITAL SOUND STUDENTS PRODUCE CD - 05/06/2001

    Students from UWE's Digital Sound Production course have produced a CD which showcases some of the best work produced during the year. It includes a collaborative audio Portrait of Edgar Allan Poe, radio demo tapes, and music and sound for films, all produced using UWE's state of the art facilities. "The equipment we have at UWE is as good as any to be found in a commercial studio," said course leader, Dominic Grant.

May

  • DATA-MINING HELPS INSURERS DEAL WITH SUBSIDENCE CLAIMS - 23/05/2001

    Subsidence is a major headache not only for the householder, but also for the buildings insurance company who has to pick up any bills for remedial work. Faced with the problem of predicting costs of repairs, and therefore the level of future insurance premiums, Lloyds TSB Insurance, the number one distributor of new home insurance policies*, turned to the University of the West of England for a solution.

  • MATURE STUDENTS SAY, 'IT'S WORTH IT' TO HIGHER EDUCATION - 15/05/2001

    Adult Learners' Week (14-18 May 2001)

    Mature students from the University of the West of England will celebrate their return to Higher Education at events around the city during Adult Learners week (14 to 18 May 2001). The University has nominated three students in the regional heat for the Outstanding Learner Award which is a national award recognising the achievements of mature students.

  • ACCOUNTANCY LECTURER IN LINE FOR TOP AWARD - 10/05/2001

    Dr Ursula Lucas, an accountancy lecturer from Bristol Business School, has been nominated for a £50,000 award as part of the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS).

  • UWE IN THE TOP SIX - 03/05/2001

    The University of the West of England ranks as the sixth best university in the country for teaching.

  • UWE EDUCATION STUDENTS CYCLE TO HELP KINGSWESTON SCHOOL - 02/05/2001

    Friday 4 May 2001 - Bristol to Bath and back again

    A group of third year secondary education students from the University of the West of England are to help Kingsweston School in Bristol to develop resources for Design and Technology (D&T) education.

April

  • ARTISTS' BOOKS TELL A TALE OF TWO CITIES - 24/04/2001

    A visit to Bristol from a New York artist has led to collaboration culminating in a two-venue exhibition being held in the two cities this year.

  • TOP MARKS FOR UWE EDUCATION - 20/04/2001

    The Education Faculty at UWE (University of the West of England) has received the highest possible rating for its teaching from the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).

  • UWE LEADS MAJOR PROJECT TO IMPROVE FOOD SAFETY - 11/04/2001

    UWE is coordinating a government and industry sponsored initiative to fill a technology gap in the rapid detection of organophosphate residues on raw materials in the food chain.

  • GIVING A VOICE TO BILINGUAL VISITORS - 06/04/2001

    The importance of the English language as an international medium of communication is undisputed. Recent figures show that English is the mother tongue of around 400 million people in the world - and is the official language of another 400 million. In addition, between a quarter and a third of the world's population already use it, and more than 85 per cent of international organisations use English as one of their working languages.

  • EMPLOYMENT FOR UWE GRADUATES AT ALL TIME HIGH - 05/04/2001

    UWE has seen employment rise to an all time high and unemployment at an all time low. Employment, for all full time first degree graduates, has grown by over 10% since 1999. Level of unemployment at graduation has fallen significantly too, down from 5.5% in 1999 to 3.7% for all year 2000 graduates.

  • EXCELLENCE COUP FOR UWE LAW - 05/04/2001

    The Law Faculty at UWE (University of the West of England) has, once again received the rating of 'excellent' for the LPC (Legal Practice Course) from The Law Society. The LPC Board has given its approval to the Assessors' Report which was based on visits to the Faculty last November.

March

  • UWE RESEARCHER SMOOTHS OVER ROUGH EDGES - 22/03/2001

    Bumpy irregular surfaces on ceramic tiles, scratches on marble slabs and dents in ceramic products cost manufacturers a fortune in quality control systems. In many cases highly trained quality control staff are employed to scrutinise defects in product surfaces. This can be expensive, tedious, time consuming and inaccurate. A researcher from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of the West of England has come up with an automised technique to check surface defects which could solve this problem.

  • UWE BEAT UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL IN RUGBY VARSITY MATCH 14-3 - 20/03/2001

    In the 7th Varsity match held between the two universities, UWE beat University of Bristol 14 - 3 in front of a 2,000 strong crowd at Clifton Rugby Club's pitch at Cribbs Causeway, nr Bristol.

  • UWE HOSTS CRIME FICTION CONFERENCE - 20/03/2001

    UWE hosts crime fiction conference ‘Just for the thrill’ - Women in contemporary crime fiction

    Saturday 31 March 2001, St Matthias Campus, UWE

    Women characters in crime fiction and women crime writers are taking over the genre. Spearheaded by the late Agatha Christie many more writers such as Patricia Cornwell, Val McDermid and Kathy Reichs have embraced the genre and now compete on a level playing field with male blockbuster writers like John Grisham and Raymond Chandler.

  • UWE TURNS SCIENTISTS INTO SLEUTHS - 15/03/2001

    UWE is launching a new degree in Forensic Science which is the first of its kind in the South West. It aims to prepare graduates to work alongside the police and the law as professional forensic scientists.

  • DR GLENDINNING OBE, UWE PRO-CHANCELLOR, DIES - 14/03/2001

    Dr Robert Glendinning, UWE's Pro-Chancellor, died last Thursday, 8 March. He had enjoyed a distinguished career in medicine, politics and education.

  • PROSPER CONGRESS 19-20 SEPTEMBER 2001, KARLSRUHE - 09/03/2001

    The University of the West of England is involved in the organisation of an international congress, which will focus on hybrid vehicle development.

  • 'THIRD WAY' GURU LAUNCHES UWE RESEARCH CENTRE AT WATERSHED - 07/03/2001

    The University of the West of England's new Centre for Critical Theory heralds its arrival with a series of seminars at the Watershed Media Centre starting on Tuesday 13 March.

  • FIRST BUILT ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH EXPO AT UWE - 02/03/2001

    The first Research Expo for the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of the West of England takes place on Thursday 8 March 2001.

February

  • UWE STUDENTS PRESENT 'GODSPELL' - 28/02/2001

    QEH Theatre, Clifton Tuesday 6 March to Saturday 10 March 2001 at 7.30pm each evening

    The University of the West of England's Centre for Performing Arts (CPA) will stage a performance of the blockbuster musical 'Godspell' at the QEH Theatre from Tuesday 6 March to Saturday 10 March.

  • UWE KAYAKING CHAMP 'PADDLES HIS OWN CANOE' - 27/02/2001

    Not satisfied with winning the world surf kayaking championships, UWE student Ben Thomas, has built his own kayak.

    As part of his final year project Ben needed to design and manufacture a kayak which will contribute towards his award as a qualified teacher of Design and Technology. Ben is now ranked in the world's top ten for International surf kayaking and he is due to compete and fulfil his quest to regain his title at the World famous Steamer Lane in California, 13 to19 March.

  • BRIGHT SPARKS RECONNECT TO REGENERATE - 27/02/2001

    Reconnecting Society Conference
    28 February 2001, 10.00am to 4.30pm at @Bristol

    Community involvement in regeneration, regional governance and the development of effective and genuine partnerships will be central to discussions at the 'Reconnecting Society' conference on 28 February.

  • TALK SCIENCE WITH LOCAL MPS AT UWE - 20/02/2001

    23 February, The Octagon, UWE Frenchay Campus

    An opportunity to quiz local politicians from each political party in government about their party’s science policy will be presented at an event at the University of the West of England.

  • UWE ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING DEGREE GAINS TOP AWARD - 19/02/2001

    The BA (Honours) in Architecture and Planning at the University of the West of England has received national acclaim from the RTPI (the Royal Town Planning Institute) in a UK-wide competition.

  • LOTTERY AWARD FOR THE MUSICSPACE TRUST - 13/02/2001

    Professor Leslie Bunt, Senior Research Fellow in Music therapy at the University of the West of England, has received a lottery grant of £167,000 on behalf of MusicSpace, a nationally registered charity of which he is the Director.

January

  • HUMAN FRAILTY: RIGHTS, ETHICS AND SEARCH FOR GLOBAL JUSTICE - 23/01/2001

    Recent atrocities in places such as Bosnia, Rwanda and Kosovo mean that human rights is a critical issue for current debate. World attention has been drawn to mankind’s potential for inhumanity, and events underline the lack of international justice systems to enforce human rights on a worldwide basis.

  • UWE SCIENCE ON THE BUSES PROJECT TRAVELS EAST - 08/01/2001

    ‘Science on the buses’ a project masterminded by Graphic Science, a project within the Faculty of Applied Sciences at the University of the West of England, is set to hit China by storm. ‘Science on the buses’ was piloted in Cardiff in 1997 and proved so successful that government funding was provided to spread the message nationwide.

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