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December

  • UWE STUDIES SHORT-TERM BREAKS FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES - 18/12/2002

    New research into the allocation of short-term breaks for children with disabilities in Swindon confirms that priority is, in fact, being given to those who are most in need. A report just published by the University of the West of England’s Health and Social Care Faculty investigated the basis for allocating resources available for these breaks, which give respite both to children and their normal carers. The study found that 66% of the children receiving breaks had medical as well as learning disabilities. This meant that short-term carers needed to have additional skills - such as the ability to give regular medication or feed clients via a naso-gastric tube.

  • CHILDREN COME TO UNIVERSITY TO PLAY IN THE 'STREET' - 13/12/2002

    18 December 2002 University of the West of England

    Schoolchildren from Millpond Primary School in Easton have been invited to play in the ‘street’ at the University of the West of England on 18 December.

  • UWE ENGINEERING STUDENT HITS THE FAST LANE - 11/12/2002

    UWE Engineering student Joel Chase has literally joined the fast lane during his placement year with the BMW Williams F1 Team. Joel who is studying a BEng (Hons) in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics will spend a year working with the team and has so far lapped up the experience. He enthused, “My opinion as to whether a placement year would be worth it was definitely heightened when I arrived for the interview, walked into BMW Williams F1 reception and found last years racing car and a whole host of trophies.”

  • EUREKA! UWE STUDENT WINS TOP EUROPEAN SCIENCE PRIZE - 03/12/2002

    A student from the University of the West of England, Bristol, has been awarded one of the European Commission’s top undergraduate science prizes for her research into the anti-bacterial properties of breast milk.

  • PULMONARY EMBOLISM RISKS IN LONG HAUL FLIGHTS OVERSTATED... - 03/12/2002

    Scientists at the University of the West of England have carried out a study which analyses the risk to long-haul air travellers of suffering from pulmonary embolism (PE) and venous thromboembolism (deep vein thrombosis - DVT).

November

  • UWE BUILDS DEVICE TO EASE DISCOMFORT FOR PROSTHESIS WEARERS - 27/11/2002

    For wearers of prosthetic or false limbs, the comfort and effectiveness of the socket fit is crucial. New ways of measuring and solving socket pressure points – using load analysis techniques from the aircraft industry - have been developed by engineering and computing researchers at the University of the West of England.

  • UWE AWARDS HONORARY DEGREES - 26/11/2002

    The University of the West of England will award honorary degrees to Alan Walker, Meryl Thomas and Professor Tim Brighouse at Bristol Cathedral this week.

  • UWE'S NEW STUDIOS BUILDING WINS BIAT OPEN AWARD - 26/11/2002

    The new Studios building at the University of the West of England (UWE) has won first prize from the British Institute of Architectural Technologists (BIAT). The annual BIAT Open Award recognises technical excellence in design and construction. The winning prize was awarded at BIAT’s Annual General Meeting on Saturday 23 November at the Hilton Hotel in Cardiff, Wales.

  • WEST SCIENTISTS TURN BIOTECH INTO BUSINESS - 25/11/2002

    Examples of how to turn the scientific discoveries of today into the commercial applications of tomorrow will be revealed at a technology transfer symposium to be held in Bristol on Thursday 28 November.

  • UWE STUDENTS WORK AMONGST TOP IN EUROPE - 25/11/2002

    Two UWE students have had their work selected from more than a hundred across Europe to be shown at the prestigious Europrix Top Talent Award in Vienna in December.

  • UWE AWARDS HONORARY DEGREES - 22/11/2002

    The University of the West of England will award honorary degrees to Lesley Greene and John Prescott Thomas at Bristol Cathedral next week.

  • APAK TO SET UP 'TONY PAPADOPOULLOS MEMORIAL BURSARY' - 19/11/2002

    Financial systems specialists, APAK, will be awarding a bursary to help support technology students at the University of the West of England (UWE), in Bristol. The donation will be in memory of Tony Papadopoullos, APAK’s founder, who sadly passed away last year.

  • UWE ACADEMIC WINS PRIZE FOR WORLD-CLASS ACHIEVEMENT - 19/11/2002

    Dr Martin Thomas, a Reader in History at the University of the West of England has been awarded a prestigious Leverhulme Trust prize for the outstanding quality of his work.

  • UWE IN SHARP FOCUS AT BRIEF ENCOUNTERS SHORT FILM FESTIVAL - 15/11/2002

    The Faculty of Art, Media and Design at the University of the West of England is taking a key role in the programme for the 8th International Brief Encounter Short Film Festival.

  • UWE TO BE BASE FOR NATIONALLY RENOWNED RESEARCH CENTRE - 13/11/2002

    An internationally recognised team specialising in an innovative form of 'action research' is to be based at the University of the West of England. SOLAR which stands for Social and Organisational Learning as Action Research is to be based at the Glenside Campus of UWE and will work across all Faculties of the University. The team are pioneers in the field of action research and co-inquiry in organisations and complex social systems.

  • HISTORY CENTRE STUDIES EARLY WOMEN LABOUR MPS - 13/11/2002

    A new project to study the lives of four women who were at the forefront of Labour politics between the two World Wars is under way at the Regional History Centre, based in Bristol’s University of the West of England (UWE). Women over the age of thirty were given the vote in 1918 in the aftermath of the First World War, while those aged twenty-one and over achieved full franchise in 1928. Researchers are investigating the period from 1924 until the end of World War II, focussing on four women who became early Labour MPs.

  • UWE AWARDS HONORARY DEGREES - 12/11/2002

    The University of the West of England will award honorary degrees to Clive Halton, Sir Michael Lickiss and Dr Jan Chlebowski at Bristol Cathedral this week and next week.

  • SUCCESS FOR UWE'S FIRST COMMUNITY SAFETY M.A GRADUATES - 07/11/2002

    A string of promotions for Community Safety graduates from the University of the West of England is proof that this certified course is delivering what employers need. The first cohort of students, graduating with M.A’s in Community Safety and Crime Prevention, will be attending the award ceremony on Friday 15 November at 2.45pm at Bristol Cathedral. All students studied part-time by distance learning, whilst working full time.

  • UWE'S ALTERNATIVE SERIES RETURNS TO WATERSHED - 05/11/2002

    Hanif Kureishi Wednesday 13 November 2002
    Lisa Jardine Wednesday 4 December 2002

    The Alternative Series returns to the Watershed Media Centre with two internationally acclaimed speakers. ‘An Evening with Hanif Kureishi’ presents an opportunity to meet the outstanding playwright, filmmaker and writer on 13 December.

  • UWE AWARDS HONORARY DEGREES - 05/11/2002

    The University of the West of England will award honorary degrees to Professor David Eastwood, Sir Brian Fender and Sir Roger Toulson at Bristol Cathedral this week.

October

  • UWE ALCOHOL RESEARCHERS WIN TWO NATIONAL PRIZES - 28/10/2002

    EMBARGOED until 2.30pm Wednesday 30 October

    Researchers from the Faculty of Health and Social Care at the University of the West of England have won two awards for their work on the dangers of misuse of alcohol and communicating anti drink and drugs messages to young people respectively.
    The presentation of the award will take place at the Gala Lunch hosted by the Rt. Hon. Lord Bassam on Wednesday 30 October 2002 at the House of Lords.

  • UWE REPORT SHOWS TEACHERS VALUES SAME NOW AS 30 YEARS AGO - 28/10/2002

    Attitudes to work and the job in hand amongst teachers have changed very little in the past 30 years, according to a report by education researchers at the University of the West of England. ‘Developing children’s potential’ Primary school teachers’ views on their professional roles in the twenty first century’ by Education researchers at the Faculty of Education, Penelope Harnett and Elizabeth Newman investigates how New Labour’s methods for raising standards has impacted on teachers views of the role they play. The paper poses the question of whether there are enduring characteristics of primary teaching and the extent to which constant redefinition of primary teachers work has had any impact.

  • UWE OFFERS £20,000 FOR BEST BUSINESS OF THE FUTURE - 28/10/2002

    UWE’s £20,000 business plan competition, now in its second year, is for students and staff who have an idea they wish to turn into a marketable reality. The top prize is made up of £15,000 in cash and one-year’s rent free space in UWE's INNOVATE business incubator centre in Bristol's city-centre.

  • UWE STUDENT WINS PRESTIGIOUS BURSARY - 24/10/2002

    A University of the West of England postgraduate student, Claire Mitcham, has won a Panasonic Trust Fellowship worth £7,000 to study for an MA in Urban Design.

  • 'NEW ZOOS' TO BE STUDIED AT UWE - 23/10/2002

    Recent changes in the design of zoo displays, and the manner in which visitors interact with the displays will the subject of study for a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council’s Science in Society programme. Dr. Nils Lindahl-Elliot, a senior lecturer at the University of the West of England’s School of Cultural Studies, has just been awarded £130,000 to fund a detailed two-year study of how zoos communicate with the public about science and nature.

  • UWE NEW STUDIOS NOMINATED FOR PRESTIGIOUS AWARD - 21/10/2002

    ‘The Studios’ in the Faculty of the Built Environment at UWE’s Frenchay Campus has been nominated for a prestigious construction industry award. The building will be officially opened on 25 October by the Chancellor Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss.

  • UWE METAL EXPERT CHAIRS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE - 17/10/2002

    Process Modelling in powder metallurgy and particulate materials
    Newport Beach, California 28/29 October 2002

    If computer modelling of the specialist engineering process called powder metallurgy had been invented in the 19th century the odds are on that the Titanic would have made her maiden voyage without mishap.

  • SCIENCE ON BUSES GOES EUROPEAN - 17/10/2002

    Sci-bus, the biggest bus poster campaign about science ever mounted, will be seen simultaneously by over 8 million people in capitals of every member of the European Union during European Science and Technology Week (4 - 10 November 2002).

  • DRINKING & PREGNANCY UWE STAGES INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE - 17/10/2002

    8 November 2002 at the Watershed Media Centre, Bristol

    Researchers at UWE have joined forces with the charity the Addictions Forum to arrange a major international conference on Drinking & Pregnancy: Evidence and Responses. This will take place in Bristol on 8 November at the Watershed, Bristol.

  • UWE PROFESSOR REPRESENTS UK IN BRAZIL AIR QUALITY CONFERENCE - 11/10/2002

    Professor Jim Longhurst (FAS) is the invited UK Representative and keynote speaker at an international conference on air quality in Sao Paulo, Brazil on 21-25 October. Professor Longhurst will give a keynote speech on ‘A critical evaluation of Local Air Quality Management framework in Great Britain. Is it a transferable process?’

  • 400 INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS WELCOMED TO BRISTOL - 07/10/2002

    Bristol’s two universities are to welcome 400 international students who have chosen to study in the city. Students will attend an International Student Reception on Wednesday 9 October at Explore-at-Bristol at 6pm.

  • ¡Olé! UWE trains primary teachers to give Spanish lessons - 03/10/2002

    Primary school children in around ten Bristol schools will get a ‘flying start’ in learning Spanish thanks to an initiative by the University of the West of England. This novel idea recognises that Spanish is actually one of the most widely spoken European languages, with up to one-quarter of the world’s population speaking it as their mother tongue.

  • ARNOLFINI PROFESSOR OF DRAWING AT UWE, DEANNA PETHERBRIDGE - 03/10/2002

    UWE, Bristol and Arnolfini have appointed the first Arnolfini research professor in drawing, a post developed by the Faculty of Art, Media and Design in conjunction with Arnolfini.

  • USING GRIDS TO HELP IN FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER - 02/10/2002

    Cancer specialists will soon be able to compare mammograms with computerised images of breast-cancer from across Europe, in a bid to improve diagnosis and treatment. Researchers - including computer experts from the Complex Co-operative Systems Research Centre at the University of the West of England - have just received a grant of 1.9 million Euros (£1.2 million) from the European Union for the three-year project.

  • EUROPE-WIDE SCIENCE POSTER CAMPAIGN INVITES MEDIA PARTNERS - 02/10/2002

    The Graphic Science Unit at the University of the West of England is seeking media partners to help maximise the impact of SciBus one of the most ambitious poster campaigns ever mounted in Europe. The posters will be displayed on or in buses and are designed to get young people in the capitals of every member of the EU discussing the big issues that science raises for them.

September

  • UWE STUDENTS 'IN THE PINK' FOR BREAST CANCER - 27/09/2002

    120 students studying textiles, fashion and drawing & applied arts, at the University of the West of England are designing bras and artwork with a ‘pink and precious’ theme for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

  • PROFESSOR SEEKS EX-PUPILS OF BRISTOL'S BI-LATERAL SCHOOLS - 25/09/2002

    A Professor of Education at the University of the West of England is carrying out research into the experiences of pupils who attended schools in Bristol which were ‘bi-lateral’. That is they carried both modern and grammar streams in the same establishment. Ten schools* in Bristol between 1956 and 1964 were structured in this way following the introduction of the 11+ whilst most other local education authorities created separate grammar and secondary modern schools.

  • UWE HOSTS DISCUSSION ON CHINA'S WILD FUTURE - 24/09/2002

    The effects of China’s surge of economic expansion on creatures such as the Yangtze River Dolphin, the Panda, and the South China Tiger will be highlighted by wildlife and environment expert John Liu, in a public talk sponsored by the University of the West of England. The event is part of the 2002 Wildscreen Festival, and will take place on Saturday 19 October 2002 at St George’s, Brandon Hill at 11am.

August

  • 'SHOCKING' PLAYS HAVE ACADEMIC APPEAL - 30/08/2002

    UWE is to host the first UK conference to focus retrospectively on the provocative and controversial British drama of the 1990's.

  • BACK SEAT SCIENTISTS BEAT THE MOTORWAY BLUES - 02/08/2002

    The Graphic Science team1 from the University of the West of England have come up with a fun and educational ruse to combat boredom during congested motorway travel in the school summer holidays.

July

  • GET ANIMATED AT UWE WITH A RANGE OF NEW FILM COURSES - 23/07/2002

    Bristol houses some of the top animation studios in the UK and is widely regarded as the national centre for animation production. It is now becoming a centre for industry-linked training thanks to the new programme of Bristol Animation Courses just launched by the University of the West of England’s Art Media and Design Faculty.

  • MILAN GURU JOINS UWE FASHION TEAM - 17/07/2002

    UWE Fashion and textile students will now enjoy insights into the international Fashion scene courtesy of Milan designer Malcolm McInnes who has recently joined the fashion teaching team.

  • UWE LINKS ART AND SCIENCE IN WEST SCHOOLS PRINT DISPLAY - 08/07/2002

    West-country school children are proving that art and science do mix. The fruits of their imagination will be on show alongside established artists at a signing session on 9 July. With the help of expertise from the Centre for Fine Print Research, in the University of the West of England’s Art Media and Design Faculty, the pupils have contributed to a portfolio of digitally produced prints by 70 international artists. Equipment for use in the project has been by donated by Hewlett-Packard through their European ‘Art and Science’ funding programme.

  • UWE WELCOMES ICT TEACHERS - 02/07/2002

    The new Education Faculty at the UWE's Frenchay Campus is the venue for this year's West of England Schools ICT Conference. This one day event on 4 July, called 'ICT - Meeting the Challenge', is a key annual event for teachers, education advisors, ICT co-ordinators and governors from the region.

June

  • UWE RESEARCHER INVESTIGATES BACKPACKERS SUB-CULTURE - 28/06/2002

    What is it that motivates a person to grab a rucksack and take off for an extended trip to far-flung climes? How does backpacking affect someone's future choices and lifestyle? Are there different types of backpackers, and when is a traveller a tourist or a tourist a traveller? To what degree do travel writers inspire the choice of destinations and mode of travel?

  • PETE GOSS PRESENTS PRIZES TO COMPETITION WINNERS - 27/06/2002

    The winners of the University of the West of England's Business Plan competition were announced this week.. The winning team received their prize from round the world yachtsman Pete Goss MBE, who also talked about his experiences as a business person and inventor.

  • SOUTHWEST TEACHERS GET INTO SCIENCE AT UWE - 26/06/2002

    Teaching Science in a Changing World
    Association for Science Education (ASE) - South West Regional Conference
    Saturday 29 June - Faculty of Education, UWE

    More than a hundred Southwest primary and secondary teachers will gather at UWE’s new state-of-the-art Faculty of Education to discuss and find out how to improve science education in schools at ‘Teaching Science in a Changing World’ on Saturday 29 June.

  • TOP SCREENWRITER HONOURS UWE MEDIA STUDENTS - 26/06/2002

    BAFTA award winner Mike Bullen, writer of the TV show Cold Feet will be presenting the awards at the University of the West of England’s Design & Media Awards 2002 tomorrow night (Thursday 27 June 2002). The event at Watershed Media Centre celebrates the outstanding work produced by final year graduating students studying animation, design, multimedia, sound and video.

  • UWE'S UNIQUE ARCHITECT-PLANNERS SHOWCASE WORK IN NEW STUDIO - 25/06/2002

    University of the West of England Architecture and Planning students will launch their final degree exhibition at the new Studios Building on 28 June with a public lecture by Jon Rouse, Chief Executive of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.

  • UWE DEGREE SHOW 2002 - 24/06/2002

    Sunday 30 June to Tuesday 2 July 2002
    Bower Ashton Campus, Kennel Lodge Road

    A spoof genetics company, medical phobias, lonely hearts ads and Wee Willie Winkie are the source of inspiration for some of the art works exhibited at the University of the West of England's Degree Show 2002. The annual exhibition showcases the work of all final year undergraduates and includes work in the categories of fine art, textiles, printmaking, graphic design, illustration and multimedia. The Show opens on Sunday 30 June 2002 and runs for 3 days until Tuesday 2 July 2002.

  • BOLLAND LECTURE ASKS 'WHATEVER HAPPENED TO POLYTECHNICS? - 20/06/2002

    “The new university sector in the UK 1992 –2002: whatever happened to the polytechnics?” by Professor Sir David Watson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Brighton

    Historian and university Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir David Watson will pose the question ‘Whatever did happen to the polytechnics?’ at the annual Bolland Lecture on Tuesday 25 June at the Glendinning Lecture Theatre, Frenchay Campus, University of the West of England.

  • UWE GETS THE AUSTRALIAN ANGLE ON FAR-RIGHT POLITICS - 17/06/2002

    An expert on ethnic conflicts in Australia has compared racism in Europe with his experience of relations between aborigines and settlers, during a year’s research in Bristol. Based at the University of the West of England, Dr Anthony Moran has furthered his work on nationalism by studying the rise of ultra-rightwing parties in the UK, France and Holland.

May

  • UWE RESEARCHER LEADS THE CAMPAIGN FOR BETTER PUBLIC TOILETS - 24/05/2002

    UWE researcher, Clara Greed, has been invited to the Annual British Toilet Association conference at Stratford on Avon, on 27-28th May. Clara will give the plenary address to 'grow the vision' at the end of the conference to rouse the troops as part of her campaign for better public toilets.

  • UWE TEAM WIN £150K FOR APPEARANCE RESEARCH - 24/05/2002

    Self consciousness during teenage years is a by-product of being an adolescent so it follows that those living with cranio-facial conditions like cleft palate or serious scars from burns confront enormous challenges associated with developing good self image.

  • UWE LECTURER ELECTED TO CHAIR OF DESIGN COMMISSION FOR WALES - 22/05/2002

    Richard Parnaby, a principal lecturer from the University of the West of England has been appointed to chair of the new Design Commission for Wales which will champion good architecture and design throughout Wales. The Minister for the Environment, Sue Essex, launched the Design Commission on Thursday 16 May at the National Assembly in Cardiff Bay.

  • FROM GLASS EYES TO COLOUR-FAST DIGITAL PRINTS - 22/05/2002

    Top quality colour printing could be revolutionised thanks to the revival in Bristol of an old printing process once used to create, among other things, colour charts for selecting glass eyes. Art researchers from the University of the West of England have discovered a 21st century use for the process, known as collotype, which fell out of favour during the early 1900s. As an added bonus, new inks are being developed which unlike current computer colour printouts, won’t fade over time.

  • NEW SURVEY BY UWE RESEARCHERS HIGHLIGHTS HEAVY DRINKING - 21/05/2002

    The findings have just been published of a survey of drinking, smoking and illicit drug use among a representative sample of 2,027 British adults. The lead article in the latest issue of the Journal of Substance Use, this work reports on a study conducted by a team led by Dr Moira Plant of the Faculty of Health and Social Care at the University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE). Dr Plant is also Director of the Alcohol and Health Research Centre, a charity that has just relocated its base to UWE.

  • BORDER BUFFS VISIT EASTERN EUROPE - 16/05/2002

    Ann Kennard, a Principal Lecturer from the University of the West of England, is to undertake an unusual 'border trip' with a group of like-minded individuals who share an interest in the borders and frontiers of Europe.

  • UWE AIR QUALITY EXPERT ADVISES CHINESE ON GREEN OLYMPICS - 15/05/2002

    UWE Air Quality Expert, Professor James Longhurst, Director of the Air Quality Research Centre, has been invited by the Chinese to help achieve a Green Olympics in Beijing in 2008. The Chinese are looking at improving the environment in Beijing in preparation for the 2008 Olympics. The air quality management systems in Britain is of particular interest to the Chinese government who wants to see if similar systems could work in Beijing.

  • UWE OPENS NEW HEALTH CARE EDUCATION CENTRE IN GLOUCESTER - 15/05/2002

    The new £1.5 million Faculty of Health and Social Care Gloucester Centre at UWE's Hartpury Campus is to be officially opened on Tuesday 21 May. The building will be opened by Mariella Dexter, Chief Executive of the Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire NHS Workforce Development Confederation.

  • UWE RESEARCH REPORTS 48,000 PROBLEM DRUG USERS IN THE WEST - 15/05/2002

    The number of people with a serious drug problem in the South West is estimated to be between 40,000 and 48,000 and almost half live in the former Avon boundary area according to a new report, “The impact of drug misuse on health in the South West, 1996 – 2001.” The number of dependent drug users in the Southwest has doubled in the past five years from an estimated 1.4 new cases per 1000 people in 1996/97 to 3.1 per 1000 in 2000/01.

  • UWE STUDENTS SQUASH OLD DOGS RUMOUR - 08/05/2002

    Adult Learners Week – 11 to 17 May

    The University of the West of England is a significant provider of education to adult learners in the South West. Of the total 23,000 plus students studying at UWE more than 10,000 are aged 21 or over and of these almost half are over 30.

  • ARTISTS' BOOKS ON SHOW AT UWE - 08/05/2002

    Staff at the Library and the Centre for Fine Print Research at UWE, Bristol have been working together to develop access to the collection of artists books within the faculty. The existing collection of artists’ books has been re-catalogued by Sarah Clifford and Sarah Bodman and is being built upon with the purchase of new artists’ books. There are also new teaching slide packs available within the faculty for lectures and workshops.

  • UWE SAYS POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS HAVE THE ADVANTAGE - 03/05/2002

    UWE Open Evening
    Postgraduate, professional and research opportunities
    Tuesday 7 May 2002 6.30 –9.00pm

    The University of the West of England will once again throw open its doors on 7 May 2001 to welcome graduates to explore the potential to study for a second degree, research qualification or professional diploma. A professional Diploma or Masters degree can give a distinct advantage in the career stakes and is frequently an essential requisite. UWE offers a range of opportunities across 11 Faculties. Popular postgraduate programmes include the Postgraduate Diploma in Education, PG Dip in Legal Practice and the Bristol Business School MBA.

  • UWE BEATS BRISTOL UNI 13-6 - 01/05/2002

    Details of varsity rugby match to follow.

April

  • UWE CLAIMS ROUTE DIVERSION CAN IMPROVE TRAM BENEFITS - 26/04/2002

    The University of the West of England is proposing a diversion to the proposed tram route which would introduce a stop at UWE before going on to Parkway as originally planned.

  • UWE AND BRISTOL TAKE THE LEAD ON RUNNING CITIES - 23/04/2002

    Improving the quality of life in cities like Bristol – and increasing citizens’ involvement in matters such as the regeneration of local neighbourhoods – are at the heart of a prestigious project being led by the University of the West of England. Bristol is one of only two urban centres chosen from within the UK for the £1 million (1.6 million euro) project, which is funded by the European Commission. In all, eighteen cities from nine countries are being compared.

  • UWE GIVES DIGITAL BUSINESSES A GREAT START IN LIFE - 22/04/2002

    Website whizzes and eMedia entrepreneurs now have a new source of support to help them get their young businesses off the ground. INNOVATE, a scheme announced at the Animated Encounters festival at the Watershed, is opening its doors in the heart of Bristol during May. Designed as an ‘incubator’ to help new digital media businesses get off to a healthy start, INNOVATE is a new facility coordinated by the University of the West of England (UWE) and sponsored by the South West Regional Development Agency.

  • UWE HONOURS NFU PRESIDENT - 16/04/2002

    Ben Gill CBE is to be awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science in recognition of his outstanding contribution to agriculture and education.

  • 'GLOWING BACTERIA' HELP MEAT TREATMENT PROCESS - 16/04/2002

    A project to develop effective techniques for the ‘surface pasteurisation’ of food led by the University of Bristol is being helped by a new technique developed by scientists at the University of the West of England. Officially titled ‘BUGDEATH’ the project, which in total has eight partners, is aimed at ‘Predicting microbial death during heat treatments on foods’.

  • UWE FILMMAKER HELPS YOUNG PEOPLE - 16/04/2002

    Mian Har Ng, a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Art, Media and Design at UWE has won several exciting new commissions which will use her skills in filmmaking to help develop young people’s potential.

  • UWE LANGUAGES OPEN DAY - 04/04/2002

    More than 500 local and regional school pupils aged 16-18 will visit UWE for a ‘Languages Open Day’ on 10 April 2002.

March

  • BANANAS, STRAWBERRIES, SNAKESKIN AND PIGS LIVER - 22/03/2002

    UWE ‘Choosing Science’ workshops for year 10 school pupils ~ 25 March 2002

    96 year 10 School pupils from twelve Bristol schools will be visiting the University of the West of England on 25 March to experience practical science workshops on DNA and genetic modification at the Faculty of Applied Sciences.

  • VICE CHANCELLOR OF UWE, DEPUTY LIEUTENANT OF GLOUCESTERSHIRE - 22/03/2002

    Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Mr Henry Elwes, has invited Alfred Morris, Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West of England to serve as a Deputy Lieutenant. Mr Morris has replied to Mr Elwes saying that he is delighted to accept the invitation and regards it as a considerable honour.

  • UWE UNDERGRADUATE PROSPECTUS 2003/2004 AVAILABLE NOW - 19/03/2002

    The University of the West of England has launched its new prospectus for undergraduate programmes for 2003/2004. Packed with over 350 courses ranging from forensic science to creative product design the UWE prospectus is essential reading for anyone who might be considering studying for a Higher Education qualification.

  • NEW TECHNIQUE WILL USE MAGNETS TO TEST BLOOD - 14/03/2002

    Scientists and Engineers at UWE in collaboration with Randox Laboratories Ltd are developing a new technique that will use tiny magnets to test for substances such as hormones in blood and other samples.

  • NATURAL REMEDIES UNDER SCRUTINY BY UWE DURING SCIENCE WEEK - 14/03/2002

    Natural plant remedies are becoming increasingly popular for treating ailments ¡V but like all medicines they can carry risks. A team of scientists from the University of the West of England will be weighing up the pros and cons of plant remedies during Science Week.

  • UWE'S FIRST UK PROFESSOR OF SCIENCE COMMUNICATION - 08/03/2002

    Professor Frank Burnet, MBE, has been appointed to the UK’s first chair in Science Communication at the University of the West of England. He is also currently co-directing activities for Cheltenham’s first week long Festival of Science which starts on 22 May 2002.

February

  • SCHOOL PUPILS BANG A DRUM FOR HIGHER EDUCATION - 27/02/2002

    Explore@uni a convention for year 9 pupils – 28 February at UWE

    African Drumming, TV programme production, creative writing, a chemistry magic show, tower building and analysing fingerprints are just a few of a range exciting activities being lined up at a special convention of year 9 pupils at the University of the West of England on Thursday 28 February.

  • UWE RESEARCHER IMPLICATES AMERICAN GOVERNMENT - 27/02/2002

    Organized Crime and American Power – Michael Woodiwiss
    University of Toronto Press ISBN: 0-8020-4700-9

    Organised crime in the United States and internationally has been positively boosted by inadequate business regulation and counter-productive prohibition laws according to a book by UWE researcher, Michael Woodiwiss, from the Faculty of Humanities.

  • UWE PRINTING AND STATIONERY DEPARTMENT MOVES TO NEW SITE - 19/02/2002

    The University of the West of England is to transfer its Printing and Stationery business from the old site at Ashley Down to new premises at Emerald Park East, Emersons Green, North Bristol. The University's printing facility has been based at Ashley Down for 22 years and it has become more costly to maintain the building. An increase in demand for printing has meant a need for expansion, which the Ashley Down site cannot provide.

  • UWE FIND CHEMICAL LINK BETWEEN PLANTS AND IMPOTENCE - 19/02/2002

    Researchers studying plant behaviour have discovered similarities between the processes preventing plants from wilting and humans from suffering impotence. Data recently published by the University of the West of England shows the same chemical chain of events is involved in both situations – and has led to an understanding of how water loss from plants might be reduced.

  • UWE RESEARCHERS INFLUENCE NEW GENERATION OF ARTISTS' PRINTER - 06/02/2002

    In recent years artists making images on paper have turned more and more to digital methods using computers to make artwork and ink jet printers to print the image. Compared to traditional methods of generating images, there is no body of knowledge that is universally considered to be reliable for the artist to use. The Centre for Fine Print Research at the University of the West of England (UWE) recognised this and is working closely with Hewlett-Packard and John Purcell Paper on a major research project which they believe will influence the development of printers, software and paper.

  • UWE FORGES LINKS WITH CHINA - 05/02/2002

    The Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS) at the University of the West of England will host a visit by the Science and Technology (S&T) section from the Chinese embassy on Wednesday 6th February. The main purpose of this section is to promote high level Sino and British collaboration in science and technology and typical activities include setting up large scale research and technology projects and high level visits to and from China.

January

  • UWE STUDENTS HELP BRISTOL COMMUNITY GROUPS - 31/01/2002

    Bristol community groups are getting free consultancy from final year Information Systems students of the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at the University of the West of England.

  • UWE LEADS THE WAY IN ARTS AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH - 31/01/2002

    UWE has reinforced its position as the leading new university for research in the arts and humanities, according to figures published by the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB).* The AHRB is the main Government body funding research in the arts and humanities in UK universities. During 2001, UWE received eleven AHRB awards, significantly ahead of any other post-1992 university. And for the second time, as in 1999/2000, UWE was the only new university to appear in the top echelon of universities funded by the AHRB, ahead of many of the traditional universities.

  • 'SILICON GORGE' IS CENTRE OF KNOWLEDGE - 30/01/2002

    The triangle of Bristol, Swindon and Gloucester, bounded by the M4/M5, is described as an ‘outstanding centre of knowledge’ in a report just published by the University of the West of England. Overtaken only by Oxford, Cambridge and by two areas in Europe around Geneva and Basle, this ranking is based on data on its strengths in research and the specialisation of its industries.

  • UWE TURNS DETECTIVE ON CROP-DISEASE - 30/01/2002

    Up to 30% of harvested crops are lost through the effects of disease, according to scientists at the University of the West of England who are embarking on a three-year project to understand how bacteria invade plants.

  • UWE AND HORFIELD PRISON LINK UP FOR A RIDE ON A CAROUSEL - 22/01/2002

    Prisoners from Horfield Prison are working on a bespoke carousel for the latest musical performance by UWE’s Centre for Performing Arts (CPA). The CPA will present Roger and Hammerstein’s much loved musical Carousel at the QEH Theatre from Tuesday 4 to Saturday 9 March.

  • WORLD RENOWNED RESEARCH TEAM JOINS UWE - 22/01/2002

    UWE (the University of the West of England) received a major boost to its research activities in Public Health as a major international research centre has relocated to the university. The Alcohol and Health Research Centre (A&HRC) is a charity led by Martin and Moira Plant. They have joined UWE's Faculty of Health and Social Care, bringing an international reputation in the area of addiction research.

  • UWE ACADEMIC WINS NATIONAL PRIZE - 22/01/2002

    UWE academic Dr Chad Staddon, is the winner of the prestigious Neville Shulman Challenge Award 2002 from the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers (the IBG)). The Award has been made in the light of 2002 being designated as the International Year of the Mountains by the UN.

  • EX-UWE STUDENT WINS PRESTIGIOUS ROTARY SCHOLARSHIP - 11/01/2002

    Rebecca Brown, an ex-Bristol Business School student, has won a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship which will enable her to continue her studies in New Zealand. Rebecca graduated with a 1st class honours in Business Studies with Tourism in 1998 and has since been working for the Bristol Tourism and Conference Bureau as a Marketing Executive responsible for publications. Rebecca will use the £15,000 scholarship to fund travel, fees and some living expenses to go to Otago University, Dunedin in the South Island to work towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing Management.

  • GOWN COMES TO TOWN FOR THE 2002 ALTERNATIVE SERIES - 11/01/2002

    The Alternative Series 2002 - Public lectures organised by UWE’s Centre for Critical Theory at the Watershed Media Centre, Bristol

    Internationally renowned feminist, Germaine Greer launches the second ‘Alternative Series’ organised by the University of the West of England at the Watershed on 29 January 2002. Building on the phenomenal response to the 2001 lecture series by UWE’s Centre for Critical Theory the second series stars eminent writers and critical theorists from around the globe.

  • UWE FLOODPLAINS EXPERT IN AFRICAN EXPEDITION - 09/01/2002

    The delicate balance of life and death in Africa is nowhere more evident than on the banks of the continent’s mighty rivers. Rural communities depend on the rich silt brought down by rivers for farming but they are also at risk of devastating floods, as are urban dwellers in informal settlements that are often built on floodplains.

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