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December

  • ART MEETS SCIENCE AS UWE SCOOPS TOP DTI PRIZE - 17/12/2003

    The art world is now an even more colourful place thanks to a prize-winning project linking the University of the West of England and artists’ suppliers Cranfield Colours Printing Inks.

  • NEW TREND IN DOCUMENTARY EXAMINED AT VISIBLE EVIDENCE XI - 12/12/2003

    Bristol Docs a new initiative for teaching, research and professional studies in documentary media forms, will be launched at Visible Evidence XI, an international conference on documentary on 16 December 2003. Bristol Docs is a partnership between the University of the West of England and the University of Bristol in collaboration with the Watershed Media Centre.

  • TUITION FEES: A SOLUTION FOR PRIME MINISTER AND REBELS? - 11/12/2003

    Embargo 12 midnight Thursday 11 December

    Alfred Morris, the Vice Chancellor of the University of the West of England, one of the UK’s leading new universities, has written to the Prime Minister proposing an alternative which might reconcile him with back bench critics of existing proposals.

  • WIN A FREE PLACE ON A PRESTIGIOUS ANIMATION COURSE AT UWE - 10/12/2003

    UWE launches unique competition for budding animators
    Storyboarding competition 2004

    Budding animators are being given the chance to win a place on a three month animation course by taking part in a unique competition launched by The Bristol School of Animation at the University of the West of England.

  • VISIBLE EVIDENCE X1 - CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT - 10/12/2003

    The eleventh edition of ‘Visible Evidence’ takes place in Bristol, 15-19 December 2003, hosted by Bristol Docs and the School of Cultural Studies at UWE, and the University of Bristol Department of Drama (Theatre, Film, Television), in association with the Watershed Media Centre.

  • UWE ASSISTS MONGOLIA INFANT RESPIRATORY ILLNESS STUDY - 05/12/2003

    Two medical doctors from Mongolia are spending nine months at the University of the West/of England (UWE) working on data from a large-scale study into infant diseases and deaths in their country.

  • SAFER INKS WIN TOP NATIONAL AWARD - 05/12/2003

    User-friendly artists’ inks – developed in partnership between the University of the West of England and Cwmbran based ink manufacturer Cranfield Colours – have just been rated one of the best knowledge transfer programmes in the country. Team members from the company and UWE’s Centre for Fine Print Research will receive their award at a ceremony at the Department of Trade and Industry in London on 9 December.

  • DRAWING FELLOWSHIPS APPOINTED AT UWE - 04/12/2003

    The Faculty of Art, Media and Design has recently made two important Drawing Fellowship appointments. The first of these is the UWE Fellowship in Drawing funded by the Henry Moore Foundation which has been awarded to Tania Kovats. Tania’s Fellowship will run from September 2003 until August 2005.

November

  • UWE ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS SHOW CUBES DON'T HAVE TO BE SQUARE - 25/11/2003

    Personal Recollections – Cubes exhibition Explore At-Bristol 30 November to 11 December 2004 An exhibition of work by budding architect-planners and architectural technologists, from the University of the West of England entitled 'Personal Recollections' takes place in Explore-At-Bristol's foyer from 30 November until 11 December 2003. The exhibition shows work from a project set to all first year Architecture and Planning and Architecture, Technology and Design students to design a 25 cm cube revealing aspects of a place that is meaningful to them.

  • A FESTIVAL OF ENGLISH MUSIC - 25/11/2003

    Bristol Cathedral, Saturday 29 November at 7.30pm

    The orchestra and singers from the University of the West of England will perform A Festival of English Music at Bristol Cathedral on Saturday 29 November at 7.30pm.

  • WORKING WONDERS FOR DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS - 24/11/2003

    Getting a taste of high-quality work experience can make all the difference to students seeking to make the transition from studying to a graduate-level career. A successful scheme run by the University of the West of England is helping growing numbers of students by finding relevant work experience for them with local big-name employers.

  • EXHIBITION OF 2400 HAND-MADE ENAMEL BADGES AT UWE - 21/11/2003

    ‘Badges’
    Foyer Gallery – Bower Ashton Campus, Kennel Lodge Road
    University of the West of England 29 November to 4 December 2003

    An exhibition of enamel badges designed by the ten members of the etc (enamel, textile and ceramic) applied arts research group at the University of the West of England and invited makers from the art world will be on display in the Foyer Gallery at the Bower Ashton Campus from 29 November to 4 December.

  • UWE AWARDS HONORARY DEGREE TO SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH - 19/11/2003

    The University of the West of England will award the honorary degree of Doctor of Science to Sir David Frederick Attenborough CH CVO CBE FRS on Thursday 20 November. The honorary degree will be conferred at the Award Ceremony of the Faculty of Applied Sciences at 11.30am at Bristol Cathedral.

  • UWE AWARDS HONORARY DEGREE TO SIR CHRISTOPHER FRAYLING - 17/11/2003

    The University of the West of England will award the honorary degree of Doctor of Arts to Professor Sir Christopher John Frayling on Wednesday 19 November. The honorary degree will be conferred at the Award Ceremony of the Faculty of Art, Media and Design at 2.45pm at Bristol Cathedral.

  • UWE AWARDS HONORARY DEGREE TO JACK CHALKER - 17/11/2003

    The University of the West of England will award the honorary degree of Master of Arts to Jack Bridger Chalker ARCA RWA Hon FMAA on Wednesday 19 November. The honorary degree will be conferred at the Award Ceremony of the Faculty of Art, Media and Design at 11.30am at Bristol Cathedral.

  • SHORT TERM SKILLS GAP IN LOCAL AUTHORITY TRANSPORT DELIVERY - 17/11/2003

    The Unit for Transport & Society at the University of the West of England has now made available the report of a study carried out earlier this year for the County Surveyors Society. The full title of the study was ‘Implementing Plans for Transport and the Built Environment: Addressing the Short Term Skills Gap in Local Authorities’. The report, based primarily on a survey of CSS members, takes a comprehensive view of issues that local transport authorities in the UK are currently facing and also sets out the various measures which they have taken to address these problems.

  • SORTING OUT THE GRRLS FROM THE BOYS - 14/11/2003

    UWE at ‘GameCUBE’

    Researchers from the University of the West of England have been instrumental in setting a series of Computer Games nights at the CUBE cinema, Kings Square, Bristol.

  • UWE AWARDS HONORARY DEGREE TO GEORGE FERGUSON - 12/11/2003

    The University of the West of England will award the honorary degree of Doctor of Design to George Robin Paget Ferguson this week. The honorary degree will be conferred at the Award Ceremony of the Faculty of the Built Environment on Friday 14 November at 2.45pm at Bristol Cathedral.

  • UWE AWARDS HONORARY DEGREE TO JOHN SAVAGE - 12/11/2003

    The University of the West of England will award the honorary degree of Doctor of Education to John Christopher Savage this week. The honorary degree will be conferred at the Award Ceremony of the Faculty of the Built Environment on Thursday 13 November at 2.45pm at Bristol Cathedral.

  • UWE AWARDS HONORARY DEGREE TO JOHN BURKE - 12/11/2003

    The University of the West of England will award the honorary degree of Doctor of Business Administration to John Joseph Burke DL this week. The honorary degree will be conferred at the Award Ceremony of Bristol Business School on Thursday 13 November at 11.30am at Bristol Cathedral.

  • UWE CELEBRATES 150 YEARS OF ART EDUCATION IN BRISTOL - 10/11/2003

    This year the Faculty of Art, Media and Design at the University of the West of England celebrates 150 years of Art and Design education in Bristol.

  • UWE AWARDS HONORARY DEGREE TO CAROLYN KIRBY - 05/11/2003

    The University of the West of England will award the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws to Carolyn Kirby at the award ceremony of the Faculty of Law on 7 November at 6.00pm in Bristol Cathedral. The honorary degree is awarded in recognition of Carolyn Kirby’s achievements, in particular her promotion of equality and diversity as the first woman president of the Law Society, which reflects values consistent with those of the University of the West of England.

  • UWE AWARD HONORARY DEGREE TO JAY TIDMARSH - 05/11/2003

    The University of the West of England will award an honorary degree to James Napier Tidmarsch MBE JP KStJ at Bristol Cathedral this week.

  • 'APPEARANCE MATTERS' - 03/11/2003

    3 December 2003, The Watershed Media Centre, Bristol

    Appearance Matters is a one day conference organised by the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR), of the University of the West of England in collaboration with the UK charity Changing Faces and supported by the Health Foundation (previously known as the PPP Foundation).

  • UWE AWARDS HONORARY DEGREE TO DENNIS ALEXANDER - 03/11/2003

    The University of the West of England will award the honorary degree of Master of Arts to Dennis Alexander this week. The honorary degree will be conferred at the Award Ceremony of the Faculty of Humanities Languages and Social Science on 5 November at 11.30am at Bristol Cathedral.

October

  • BOOK AIMS TO IMPROVE CANCER SERVICES BY INVOLVING PATIENTS - 31/10/2003

    A new book, Improving Cancer Services through patient involvement is being published at the end of October by Radcliffe Medical Press.

  • GLOBAL WARMING 'ON THE BUSES' IN BRISTOL - 30/10/2003

    On 4 November 2003 an unusual and eye-catching poster will appear on the outside of the city’s buses.

    The poster has been designed by the Graphic Science Unit at the University of the West of England to help draw attention to some of the key issues that cause greenhouse gas emissions and lead to global warming. The aim is to encourage local people to have their say on ways to tackle the problem in Bristol.

  • POLICE TOBACCONISTS TO PREVENT TEENAGE SMOKING - 30/10/2003

    Tobacco: Problems & Responses
    An International Conference
    The Watershed, Friday, November 28, 2003

    Martin Plant, Professor of Addiction Studies in the University of the West of England, will be speaking at Tobacco: Problems and Challenges, an international conference organised by the University on 28 November 2003. He said: “Teenage smoking will lead to massive health problems for the next generation. Young girls are more likely to smoke than are boys. Health promotion is important, but this alone is unlikely to curb cigarette smoking among the very young. We need to police tobacconists and other retailers and to impose heavy penalties on those selling tobacco to underage children and adolescents if we are to attack this problem head on. Tobacconists should lose their right to sell tobacco if they flout the law in this way. Effective controls will take tighter and better organised law enforcement. Tobacco is the biggest avoidable health haz

  • UWE MARKETEER SECURES UNIQUE LINK WITH TOP CREATIVE AGENCY - 27/10/2003

    Dr Alan Tapp, a scientist and marketing research expert from Bristol Business School at the University of the West of England has entered into a unique research partnership with the UK’s most successful Direct Marketing Agency, Harrison Troughton Wunderman (HTW). The intention is to establish a long term relationship that is independent of any one project. Work has already begun on research to investigate the monetary value of award winning creative marketing.

  • ‘BOAT PEOPLE’ HELP REGENERATE VIETNAM - 23/10/2003

    Rapid economic growth is transforming Vietnam which, like China, has opened up to outside influences over the past fifteen years. Vietnam’s policy of ‘renovation’, allowing people to own property and run their own businesses, has led to a boom in new privately owned businesses, according to researchers from the University of the West of England (UWE). Typical of the new entrepreneurs are former ‘boat people’ who left the country during the 1980s and are now being encouraged to return.

  • UWE SCIENTISTS LIGHT UP BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH - 23/10/2003

    Glowing Bacteria exhibit shows how scientists test effectiveness of antibiotics – a collaboration between At-Bristol and UWE funded by The Wellcome Trust

    UWE biomedical scientists have been working with staff at science attraction At-Bristol on the latest exhibit ‘Glowing Bacteria Lighting up Medical Research’ that will be launched during the October half term.

  • ONLINE GAME 'MEN SLAYERS' IN SPOTLIGHT - 17/10/2003

    Lecturer Helen Kennedy from the University of the West of England has just won a £10,000 grant to research computer games culture and those players – particularly women – who play online in ‘clans’.

  • UWE OFFERS £20,000 FOR BEST BUSINESS IDEA - 15/10/2003

    Prizes worth £20,000 are on offer to help build the best new business of the year in the University of the West of England’s Business Plan Competition.

  • IT'S ABOUT LEARNING - 14/10/2003

    A series of seminars on aspects of developing learning that will help raise achievement in the city's schools is to be launched by Professor Eric Thomas, Vice-Chancellor at Bristol University and Professor Stephen Hoddell, Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of the West of England (UWE).

  • NOYE'S FLUDDLE, BY BENJAMIN BRITTEN - 14/10/2003

    Bristol Cathedral on the 22, 23, 24 and 25 of October

    Final preparations are now underway for UWE’s production of Noyes Fludde, which will involve 180 primary school children from Bristol, as well as professional singers, UWE students, choristers from Bristol Cathedral and students from the Old Vic Theatre School.

  • WORLD FAMOUS SOCIOLOGIST RETURNS TO UWE - 08/10/2003

    World famous sociologist, and a UWE Honorary Graduand, Zygmunt Bauman returns to the University on Tuesday 14 October 2003 to launch the new ‘Alternative Series’ at Watershed Media Centre, Bristol. The topic of his public lecture is ‘Generation X and Some Other Generations’, and Professor Bauman will visit Bristol after a hectic year of lecturing across Europe.

  • UWE SEMINAR ON DEVELOPMENTS IN DRUG AND ALCOHOL TREATMENTS - 06/10/2003

    The Drug and Alcohol Research Group at the University of the West of England will hold a second annual seminar on Monday 13 October on ‘Recent developments in Treatment’.

  • NEW DEAN FOR FACULTY OF EDUCATION AT UWE - 06/10/2003

    Professor Ron Ritchie has recently taken up post as Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of the West of England. Ron Ritchie brings significant local experience and expertise to the role having taught in Bristol secondary and primary schools and having worked in the advisory service locally. He joined UWE in April 2001 as Associate Dean. Prior to that he was Head of Department for Professional Development at Bath Spa University College.

September

  • 'BOYS WANT GOOD TEACHERS BUT THEY DON'T HAVE TO BE MEN' - 22/09/2003

    Boys need good male teachers as role models to combat recent trends showing academic underachievement and to encourage good behaviour in school…or do they?

  • UWE OPENS THE GENOMICS RESEARCH INTITUTE - 15/09/2003

    17 September 2003 at 4pm, Faculty of Applied Sciences

    The UWE Bristol Genomics Research Institute will be officially opened by Professor Julia Goodfellow, Chief Executive of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) at a special event in the Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of the West of England, on 17 September 2003 at 4.00pm.

  • CHILDREN MAKE ANIMAL 'FACES' AT UWE - 10/09/2003

    Nearly two hundred Bristol primary schoolchildren will be creating original masks of animals at a special workshop on Thursday (11 September 2003) at UWE’s Faculty of Education.

August

  • UWE HOLDS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LEADERSHIP - 22/08/2003

    Leadership, Voice and Accountability - Global and local perspectives
    Frenchay Campus, UWE 8 to 10 September

  • STUDENT SATISFACTION SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS HOW IT MEASURES UP - 13/08/2003

    Selecting a University and an appropriate degree course is an important decision and getting as much information as possible is critical. The summer holidays are a key time for deciding on your choice of University – whether for those choosing courses for September 2004 or last minute clearing for this September.

July

  • UWE JOINS EPSRC CONSORTIUM TO STUDY PUBLIC TOILET PROBLEMS - 31/07/2003

    Dr Clara Greed, Professor of Inclusive Urban Planning from the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of the West of England, has embarked on a two year EPSRC funded project to investigate the role of city centre public toilets in achieving long-term sustainability and making cities more accessible to all. As co-principal-investigator with Professor Julienne Hanson from University College London and partners at the Universities of Salford, Sheffield Hallam and the London Institute the researchers will look at city centre conveniences in relation to the impact of the Disability Discrimination Act.

  • SOUTH-WEST BUSINESSES BENEFIT FROM LINKS WITH UNIVERSITIES - 31/07/2003

    Employers in the South-West can now benefit from a new government-backed scheme to enable expert solutions to be found for real business problems.

  • UWE LAUNCHES NETWORKING FOR STUDENT ACCOMMODATION - 29/07/2003

    From August 2003 a new student service entitled ResNet (UWE Residential Network) will be available to students in university managed accommodation at the University of the West of England.

  • UWE LAW RETAINS EXCELLENT STATUS - 29/07/2003

    The Faculty of Law at the University of the West of England has, once again received the rating of 'excellent' for the Legal Practice Course from The Law Society. The Faculty has held the excellent rating for the Legal Practice Course since 1996.

  • UWE WINS £236K TO RESEARCH DIGITAL PRINTING - 25/07/2003

    A major grant of £236,670 has been won by the University of the West of England’s Art, Media and Design Faculty to aid research into new ways for fine artists to use digital methods of printing. The three-year research project will include study of the potential of the latest two-metre wide-format printers. This is the latest in a series of grant successes by UWE’s Centre for Fine Print Research, which has now won more than 15 awards from the government’s Arts and Humanities Research Board.

  • UWE HELPS BOSSES MEASURE FILLING IN 'SANDWICH' DEGREE - 22/07/2003

    Employers who want to find out which work skills graduates have gained during sandwich degree courses will soon be able find out this information on a new website. Until now, the students’ third year placements in industry or business have been assessed on just four ‘pass or fail’ criteria. This does not adequately record or give credit for the complex skills that a student may have acquired, according to researchers from the University of the West of England (UWE).

  • FAMILIES NEEDED TO HELP WITH ZOOS RESEARCH - 21/07/2003

    Would your family like to take part in a research project that involves visiting Bristol or Paignton Zoo, filming animals and getting entered for a free holiday?

  • BRISTOL SCHOOLCHILDREN TAKE TO THE STAGE - 10/07/2003

    Nearly two hundred primary school children in Bristol are involved in an exciting musical project with the Centre for Performing Arts at the University of the West of England.

  • UWE HOSTS NATIONAL TEACHING CONFERENCE - 10/07/2003

    West of England ICT conference Wednesday 16 July 2002

    The University of the West of England will host the West of England ICT conference on 16 July 2003 at the New Redland Building on Frenchay Campus. This is the second year running that the ICT conference has been hosted by UWE.

  • IS OUR RUBBISH ENDANGERING OUR HEALTH? - 10/07/2003

    If you live near an incinerator, are you more likely to get cancer? Is there an increase in birth defects around landfill sites? Researchers at the University of the West of England set out to answer these questions in an article published in ‘Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal’.

  • 'BLOOD TRANSFUSION WILL BE MORE EFFECTIVE USING DNA TESTS' - 10/07/2003

    New DNA based technology looks set to supersede blood bank serological testing because more tests can be obtained at a fraction of the time according to a new research consortium* called ‘Bloodgen’ led by scientists at the University of the West of England (UWE). The new technology using gene chips is expected to reduce the risk of problems caused by incompatibility of blood types during transfusion, mainly because rare blood groups are not normally included in a routine screen. Currently the detection of rare blood group incompatibility relies on a test called the ‘cross match’ which is performed immediately prior to transfusion. DNA based testing may lead to the elimination of such a test.

  • DAME ELIZABETH BUTLER-SLOSS CONFERS UWE HONORARY DEGREE - 08/07/2003

    The Right Reverend Barry Rogerson, until recently the Bishop of Bristol, is to be awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters by the University of the West of England in recognition of his contribution to the wellbeing of the City and Diocese of Bristol and his commitment to economic and social justice and to ecumenical co-operation world-wide. Barry Rogerson was Bishop of Bristol from 1985 until November 2002.

  • UWE RESEARCHERS HELP SOLVE AIR PROBLEMS - 07/07/2003

    Three cities from opposite sides of the globe are coming together to tackle a problem they all share ¡V air pollution. A team of researchers from the University of the West of England will work together with local councils, universities and non-governmental organisations in Athens and Bangkok to look at ways of improving air quality in each city. The project is funded under the Asia Urbs programme which is an EC funded initiative in decentralised co-operation aiming to enhance mutual understanding and awareness between Asia and Europe by supporting urban development projects implemented jointly by Asian and European local governments.

  • GANDALF WAVES A WAND FOR NATIONAL LITERACY - 04/07/2003

    Gandalf the wizard, Aragorn, Frodo the Hobbit and Legolas the elf were spotted strolling at Blaise Castle on 28 June. But they were not there to defend Middle Earth against the evil Sauron – instead they mingled amicably with two ringwraiths, one on a riding school pony. The reason: it was all part of a fundraising stunt by Lord of the Rings fans in aid of the National Literacy Trust that will take place in December on the date of the premier of The Return of the King.

  • WHY DO WOMEN LEAVE ARCHITECTURE? - 03/07/2003

    The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), today published the results of its research into the drop-out rate of women from architectural practice. This is the first research of its kind to have been completed. Carried out by the University of the West of England on behalf of the RIBA, the report found that a combination of factors, including poor employment practice, difficulties in maintaining skills and professional networks during career breaks and paternalistic attitudes, cause women to leave the profession.

  • UWE LEADS 1.3 MILLION EURO GRANT FOR STONE POLISHING PROJECT - 03/07/2003

    Researchers from the Machine Vision Laboratory at the University of the West of England are investigating new forms of automated surface quality control systems within the stone processing industry.

June

  • UWE AWARD PRIZES FOR PERFORMING ARTS - 30/06/2003

    Eight students from the University of the West of England are to receive prizes for the Performing Arts in a special ceremony at the Royal West of England Academy in Clifton on Monday 30 June 2003 at 6.30pm.

  • PELVIC FLOOR EXERCISES GOOD FOR MEN TOO - 26/06/2003

    Pelvic floor exercises for men have been found to be highly effective in restoring erectile function according to recently published research. Research at the Faculty of Health and Social Care at the University of the West of England, Bristol, shows that pelvic floor exercises result in the same overall improvement rate seen in a large trial of men taking Viagra.

  • NEW 'WORLD CLASS' MASTERS IN SCIENCE COMMUNICATION - 26/06/2003

    Unique collaboration between UWE, University of Bristol and at-Bristol

    A unique collaboration to provide a world class qualification in science communication is being launched by Bristol’s two universities and the award winning science attraction at-Bristol. This exciting award is being launched as a stepping stone giving those who graduate a razor sharp competitive edge in work areas as diverse as journalism, public relations, science centres, educational liaison, publishing and multi-media.

  • UWE DEGREE SHOW 2003 - 25/06/2003

    Final year students from the Faculty of Art, Media and Design at the University of the West of England will exhibit their work at the annual Degree Show on 28 June to 1 July 2003 at the Bower Ashton Campus.

  • POWER UP - COMPUTER GAMES, IDEOLOGY AND PLAY - 25/06/2003

    14 – 15 July The Watershed Media Centre, Bristol

    Academics at the University of the West of England are to hold a two day conference on the subject of computer games and whether they reflect or subvert the politics of society at large.

  • UWE ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING DEGREE SHOW - 24/06/2003

    28 and 29 June
    New Studio Building, Frenchay Campus

    Final year Architecture and Planning students from the University of the West of England will exhibit work at the New Studios Building at Frenchay Campus on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 June 2003.

  • UWE HOSTS FIRST ANNUAL LECTURE ON ECONOMICS AND SECURITY - 19/06/2003

    Thursday 26 June 2003 at 6.00pm

    Professor Ron P Smith of Birbeck College, University of London will deliver the first Annual Lecture on Economics and Security on: 'Valuing Defence: VFM*, RMA* and RAB*'.

    The lecture is the first of what will become an annual event hosted by the Defence Economics Research Unit (DERU) in the School of Economics at UWE and the ESRC funded Arms Trade and Industry Project.

  • UWE HOSTS CONFERENCE FOR INTERNATIONAL REPRESENTATIVES - 16/06/2003

    International Representatives Orientation 17 to 19 June 2003

    UWE is to host its first ever conference for its network of international representatives from 17 – 19 June.

  • UWE STAFF RECOGNISED IN QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY HONOURS - 16/06/2003

    The Queen has recognised two members of the staff of the University of the West of England in her Birthday Honours list, which marks the 50th anniversary of her coronation.

  • NEW SOCIAL CARE RESEARCH COLLECTION ESTABLISHED AT UWE - 12/06/2003

    ISSUE DATE: 12/06/03

    The University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE), and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) are pleased to announce the creation of an important social care research collection based in Bristol.

  • SCIENTIST TURNED HISTORIAN PUBLISHES BOOK ON ISAAC NEWTON - 09/06/2003

    Newton’s Apple
    Isaac Newton and the English Scientific Renaissance by Peter Aughton

    Peter Aughton, computing specialist and visiting lecturer at the University of the West of England has just published his latest history book entitled ‘Newton’s Apple’. The book is a retelling of the life and times of Sir Isaac Newton and an account of the story of the English Scientific Renaissance of the seventeenth century.

  • UWE SCIENCE ACADEMIC WINS PRESTIGIOUS TEACHING FELLOWSHIP - 06/06/2003

    Dr Stephen Gomez, Principal Lecturer in Human Physiology in the Faculty of Applied Sciences at the University of the West of England has won a prestigious national teaching fellowship prize worth £50,000. The prize has been awarded by the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) which was set up in 2000 to reward excellence in teaching and learning. It is administered by the Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education on behalf of the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

  • UWE RATED HIGHLY FOR UNUSUAL LANGUAGES TUITION - 03/06/2003

    The University was recently positioned fourth in the Guardian University Guide for the quality of teaching ‘other languages.’ Other languages is the term used for more offbeat and unusual languages than the mainstream French, German and Spanish taught in most Universities with Language schools. At UWE courses offered include Japanese, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Russian, Italian and English as a Foreign Language.

  • UWE RESEARCH INVESTIGATES HAMSTRING INJURIES IN PRO-FOOTBALL - 02/06/2003

    Hamstring injuries result in thousands of missed matches by professional football players with a considerable impact on team performance and serious economic consequences for the clubs involved. Predicting players who are most at risk - and ensuring they receive the right treatment - could ease these effects.

May

  • UWE ALUMNI ATTEMPTS TO BREAK ATLANTIC ROWING RECORD - 29/05/2003

    ISSUE DATE: 29/05/03

    Richard Pullan, a former UWE student and past Boat Club President is planning to cross the Atlantic in a row boat with team mate Chris Hall as part of the Atlantic Rowing Challenge 2003.

  • UWE PROFESSOR GIVES LECTURE ON 'THE ART OF DISSENT' - 27/05/2003

    UWE Professor gives lecture on ‘The art of dissent’

    Public lecture: Professor Marilyn Taylor, Thursday 29 May 2003
    Venue: Arup, 63 St Thomas Street, Bristol
    Lecture starts at 6.00pm and finish by 7.15pm

    Professor Marilyn Taylor from the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of the West of England will give her inaugural lecture on ‘the Art of dissent’ at Arup, St Thomas Street on Thursday 29 May.

  • JUNGULATOR GOES LIVE AT WATERSHED - 23/05/2003

    Music may never be the same again. As musical genius Brian Eno predicted: “Our grandchildren will marvel at the thought of us listening to the same music over and over again”. A Bristol-based multi-media collective called Socket may be about to prove him right.

  • 'THE MYTH OF MODERNITY' - 20/05/2003

    A lecture by John Gray of the London School of Economics

    Monday 26 May, 7.00pm, at the Watershed Media Centre.

    ‘The Alternative Series 2003’, a series of lectures on contemporary thought organised by the Centre for Critical theory at the University of the West of England, brings John Gray, Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics (LSE), to Bristol to talk on the subject ‘The Myth of Modernity’.

  • UWE HOSTS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TOBACCO - 20/05/2003

    Tobacco: Problems & Responses
    An International Conference
    The Watershed, Friday, November 28, 2003

    The University of the West of England will host an international conference ‘Tobacco: Problems and Responses’, at the Watershed Media Centre in November 2003 providing a platform to examine problems caused by tobacco smoking. The event, in association with two charities, the Alcohol & Health Research Trust and the Addictions Forum, brings together world acclaimed speakers including Professor Sir Richard Dole, who was one of the two researchers to announce to the world the link between smoking tobacco and cancer.

  • UWE AND UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL LAUNCH NEW CENTRE - 15/05/2003

    In a unique collaborative venture between Bristol¡¦s two universities, the Centre for Child and Adolescent Health will be launched at special event on 20 May at the centre¡¦s revamped premises on the site of the Old Homeopathic Hospital in Cotham. The opening ceremony will take place at 12.30 in the presence of the Vice Chancellors of the two universities.

  • UWE WINS 9TH ANNUAL BOAT RACE - 13/05/2003

    UWE has beaten the University of Bristol in the most hotly contested boat race for many years held in Bristol Docks on 10 May.

  • UWE FAVOURITES FOR 9TH ANNUAL BRISTOL BOAT RACE - 08/05/2003

    On 10 May, 2003 the Bristol Harbourside will once again be filled with the sounds of splashing oars and cheers of the crowds as the ninth annual Bristol Boat Race takes place. Starting at 11.00am, it will go on until approximately 4.30pm with the main University of the West of England versus University of Bristol races beginning at 1.45pm.

April

  • UWE TRANSPORT PROFESSOR GIVES INAUGURAL LECTURE - 30/04/2003

    1 May 2003, Arup, 63 St Thomas Street, Bristol 6.00pm to 7.15pm

    Professor Glenn Lyons from the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of the West of England will deliver his inaugural lecture on ‘Transport and Society’ at Arup, 63 St Thomas Street, Bristol on 1 May 2003. The lecture will begin at 6.00pm and finish by 7.15pm.

  • CROATIA CALLING UWE - 29/04/2003

    Learning disability nursing students from the Faculty of Health and Social Care at the University of the West of England will visit Croatia with the aim of raising funds for Croatian children and adolescents with autism and learning disabilities and to gain experience which will form a valuable part of their training. This trip is the third organised by the Faculty and the students will travel for a two-week period from 3 to 17 May 2003.

  • ENCOURAGING TEENAGE SCIENCE TALENT IN BRISTOL - 28/04/2003

    Around 100 year 10 pupils from 12 schools in Bristol will visit the Faculty of Applied Sciences at the University of the West of England on 30 April to take part in a hands-on science day to encourage them to make the most of their abilities in science.

  • UWE LANGUAGES OPEN DAY - 28/04/2003

    More than 400 local and regional school pupils aged 16-18 will visit UWE for a ‘Languages Open Day’ on 30 April 2003.

  • UWE STUDENT WINS PRESTIGIOUS BARONESS PLATT OF WHITTLE AWARD - 28/04/2003

    A Civil Engineering student from the University of the West of England has won the prestigious Baroness Platt of Whittle award. The award is to be presented to Ben Whayman who is currently studying part time on the BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering award at UWE. The award is given by the Institution of Incorporated Engineers (IIE) and based on why the student thinks he will be a talented engineer in the future. The award is open to all university students from all IIE accredited degrees in the country

  • UWE OPENS NEW £1M GENOMICS RESEARCH LAB - 14/04/2003

    The University of the West of England has opened its new Bristol Genomics Research Institute which uses the very latest technology to study the genes of humans and plants.

  • £20,000 SOFTWARE PLAN REACHES FOR THE SKIES - 11/04/2003

    Revolutionary new software that could dramatically cut project costs in the aero industry has won first prize in the University of the West of England’s Business Plan Competition. The winning plan - called Plexus Manager - is the brainchild of a team of software scientists and engineers. They were presented with their prize – worth a total of £20,000 - at a special prizegiving evening at the University on 10 April.

  • QUAKER WOMAN'S DIARY REVEALS LIFE IN 18TH CENTURY BRISTOL - 09/04/2003

    The diary of a Quaker from Bristol which has never before been published has shed new light on the life of Bristolians in the 18th Century.

  • UWE LEADS MEDIA FACT-FINDING TOUR TO DENMARK - 08/04/2003

    Fifteen centuries after the Vikings were first attracted to Britain’s shores, a return invasion of a much more peaceful kind has just taken place. Then, finely worked jewellery and armour were among the design skills that influenced both nations. This time, internet-based digital media knowledge was being shared when the University of the West of England led a creative industries study tour to the East Jutland peninsula.

  • UWE PROFESSOR ANALYSES 'CHRONIC CRISIS OF BRITISH CINEMA' - 02/04/2003

    Watershed cinema 1 on Tuesday 8 April at 6.00pm

    In his inaugural lecture as Professor of Cultural and Media Studies at the University of the West of England, Michael Chanan will discuss ‘the chronic crisis of British Cinema.’

  • INTERNATIONAL WEEK IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE - 01/04/2003

    The Faculty of Health and Social Care at the University of the West of England is to hold an International Week (7 – 11 April) focusing on the international dimension of the Faculty’s work and bringing together colleagues from around Europe.

March

  • UWE AT 'CUTTING EDGE' OF AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY - 31/03/2003

    Engineers at UWE are literally at the ‘cutting edge’ of aerospace manufacturing technology with the opening of a new £1m lab.

  • UWE LAUNCHES FIRST ANTHOLOGY OF CREATIVE WRITING - 25/03/2003

    Staff and students from the St Matthias Campus at the University of the West of England will launch an anthology of creative writing at a special event on Thursday 27 March at 1pm in the St Matthias Union bar.

  • UWE BURN INJURY EXPERTS WIN £80,000 FELLOWSHIP - 24/03/2003

    Members of the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) at the University of the West of England have won a Healing Foundation Fellowship worth £80,000 to study the psycho-social needs of people affected by burn injuries.

  • UNIVERSITY EXPERIENCE NOT KEEPING GRADUATES IN SOUTH-WEST - 24/03/2003

    Graduates are good news for the economy, but the South West needs to do more to retain and attract the best to work in the region, delegates at an event hosted by the University of the West of England on 26 March 2003 will be told. The information is contained in a report of a survey of over 4000 final year students in the region, commissioned by HERDA-SW, the Higher Education Regional Development Association ¡V South West, and the South West Regional Development Agency.

  • UWE BURN INJURY EXPERTS WIN £80,000 FELLOWSHIP - 19/03/2003

    Members of the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) at the University of the West of England have won a Healing Foundation Fellowship worth £80,000 to study the psycho-social needs of people affected by burn injuries.

  • ALTERNATIVE SERIES RETURNS TO WATERSHED FOR THIRD SEASON - 14/03/2003

    The Alternative Series of public seminars organised by the Centre for Critical Theory at the University of the West of England begins its third season at the Watershed Media Centre on Tuesday 25 March.

  • UWE AND UNIVERSITY OF BATH OPEN NEW NURSING EDUCATION CENTRE - 14/03/2003

    The University of the West of England is opening a new nursing education centre at the University of Bath Campus in Swindon. The Swindon Education Centre was originally located at the Princess Margaret Hospital.

  • UWE AWARDED £230,000 EUREKA GRANT FOR 'PETROSCOPE' PROJECT - 13/03/2003

    Aggregates such as sand, gravel and crushed rock form the mainstay of construction materials for buildings and roads. Assessing the suitability of materials for different tasks is determined using different test methods. One important method is called petrography which is a time consuming manual process carried out by highly trained geologists, in order to acquire information on the petrographic composition of the aggregate particles. Engineers from the University of the West of England are working on a collaborative project to devise an automated vision based method capable of carrying out this analysis more speedily but just as efficiently as manual petrography. The project will involve the determination of fundamental properties of the particles, namely size and shape.

  • UWE RESEARCHER CALLS FOR BETTER PUBLIC TOILET PLANNING - 11/03/2003

    Inclusive Urban Design: Public Toilets by Clara Greed

    Public toilets are a national disgrace and have not been given adequate priority in urban design according to UWE researcher Clara Greed’s new book ‘Inclusive Urban Design: Public Toilets’. Clara has famously campaigned for better public toilet provision and her research has been the focus of very considerable media attention.

  • UWE HOSTS CONFERENCE TO INVESTIGATE MEDIEVAL HISTORY - 10/03/2003

    Later Medieval Bristol: Community, Communications and Conflict – a one-day conference – Saturday 15 March 2003

    The University of the West of England’s Regional History Centre is holding a one day conference which takes a closer look at Late Medieval Bristol and its region on Saturday 15 March at St Matthias Campus.

  • UWE REVEALS IMPACT OF SLEEP, DRUGS AND MOBILE PHONES - 07/03/2003

    What happens to your brain when you miss out on sleep will be revealed during a series of talks organised by the University of the West of England’s Faculty of Applied Sciences. The events will also include the latest news on the effect of drugs or mobile phones on brain health, and have been arranged as part of Brain Awareness Week.

  • - 07/03/2003

    EMBARGO MONDAY 10 MARCH 00.01 HOURS

    Older people vulnerable to homelessness have become the ‘forgotten homeless’ in policy debates and service provision according to a report by researchers at the University of the West of England from the Faculty of Health and Social Care.

  • UWE SHOW SCHOOL PUPILS THE LINK BETWEEN MATHS AND DANCE - 07/03/2003

    Between 50 to 70 twelve and thirteen year olds from schools in Bristol and Bath will be visiting UWE on Saturday 8 March to find out whether maths and dance really do go together. This visit is arranged as part of the Wessex Mathematics Masterclass programme supported by the Universities of Bristol, Bath and West of England and by the Royal Institution

  • UWE PRESENTS 'HALF A SIXPENCE' - 06/03/2003

    QEH Theatre, Tuesday 11 to Saturday 15 March 2003 at 7.30pm
    Saturday matinee 2.30pm

    The Centre for Performing Arts at the University of the West of England presents the delightful musical ‘Half a Sixpence’ loosely based on the H G Wells novel ‘Kipps’ at the QEH Theatre from 11 to 15 March.

  • 'BEHOLD, THE SEA' - 06/03/2003

    The University of the West of England celebrates ten years as a University with an exciting musical evening featuring the world premiere of a specially commissioned work by Derek Bourgeois and one of the largest choirs in the West.

  • SCIENTISTS AWARDED GRANT TO CREATE 'ARTIFICIAL RAT WHISKER' - 05/03/2003

    Scientists at the University of the West of England and the University of Sheffield have won funding to create a robotic system based on the whiskers of a rat.

  • A NEW SERIES OF PUBLIC LECTURES FROM FBE - 03/03/2003

    6 March, Professor Martin Boddy
    Re-discovering the City

    The headlines used to shout ‘urban deprivation’ and ‘urban riots’ but now we read about the ‘urban renaissance’ and the ‘urban summit’ organised by John Prescott to celebrate cities and chart the new urban future. This lecture will explore the rhetoric and reality of the shift in perception of our towns and cities.

February

  • IRAQI CRISIS: NEW QUESTIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL LAW - 27/02/2003

    Friday 7 March at 10.00am – 2.00pm, Faculty of Law, UWE

    Admission free

    This colloquium, organised by the Centre for Legal Research at the University of the West of England, will address some of the key legal issues in the ongoing Iraqi crisis.

  • MEDIA GRADUATES SHOWCASE INDUSTRIAL PLACEMENT PROJECTS - 27/02/2003

    Tuesday 4 March 4.30pm to 7.30pm – Watershed (cinema2)

    Media and design students from the University of the West of England will showcase project work produced during the Graduate Placement Scheme 2001/2002 that involved twelve media companies at a special exhibition at Watershed Media Centre on Tuesday 4 March.

  • UWE APPOINTS FIRST WATERSHED FELLOW - 24/02/2003

    The University of the West of England and Watershed have come together to appoint Dr Mark Palmer as the first Watershed Senior Research Fellow from January 2003. Dr Palmer will lead the research dimension of a key collaborative project entitled ‘ D-Shed’, a new on-line channel that will showcase new talent and innovation in digital media. He will also teach at the Faculty of Art, Media and Design on expanding MA and doctoral Media programmes.

  • UWE LAUNCHES BLUEPRINT FOR BUILDING HEALTHY CITIES - 21/02/2003

    Pedestrian-unfriendly environments and the closure of local facilities could result in inactivity and obesity, posing a long-term threat to children’s health. These points were made at the launch of the first comprehensive guide for developing healthy settlements, written by researchers from the University of the West of England. Launching the guide, environmental campaigner Jonathan Porritt called for planners to put public health and sustainability at the heart of development control.

  • UWE HOSTS GLAD CONFERENCE - 20/02/2003

    Group for Learning in Art and Design conference 20 and 21 February 2003 - Watershed

    Over 130 delegates representing all the nations Art Colleges will attend the 10th annual GLAD conference at the Watershed Media Centre today and tomorrow. Hosted by UWE¡¦s Faculty of Art, Media and Design the conference provides a chance to devise a collective approach to widening participation issues

  • SEX OF SEAGULLS SOLVED USING MATHS - 18/02/2003

    The Weston Schools Maths Challenge – first round at UWE

    School pupils from four Weston-Super-Mare schools will present their solutions to a maths problem involving establishing the sex of seagull chicks using measurements, at the University of the West of England on Wednesday 19 February.

  • UWE AND WATERSHED BUILD NEW BUSINESS INCUBATOR - 10/02/2003

    Building work has just begun to create an incubator unit to support media businesses of the future. Focusing on the potential for electronic media, the unit will be known as e-Media. It will link high-tech managed office and meeting space with advice and mentoring from financial and digital media experts via the University of the West of England.

January

  • PIONEERING WEBSITE BRINGS BRISTOL SLAVE TRADE ALIVE - 31/01/2003

    Launch at the Institute of Historical Research at the
    University of London, 30 January

    The Bristol Slave Trade will be brought to life for schoolchildren with the launch of a teaching website developed by researchers at the Regional History Centre at the University of the West of England. The project is sponsored by the Victoria County History Project of the Institute of Historical Research of London University and is part of a larger project on Bristol’s History which is currently being considered for Heritage Lottery Funds. The web site builds on the Bristol Slavery Trail and includes teachers’ notes; lesson plans and a large range of hitherto unpublished documents.

  • UWE AND WATERSHED SIGN AGREEMENT TO BOOST MEDIA ART'S - 31/01/2003

    UWE and Watershed have signed an agreement to boost the region's media arts to coincide with the City's 2008 Capital of Culture bid. The new agreement is designed to build on the long history of collaborative working by developing a range of new strategic initiatives to expand the opportunities for promoting new talent and innovation in digital media. These initiatives include a new on-line channel, Digital Shed to showcase new talent and innovation in digital media, as well as investment in Watershed

  • ABUSIVE PRIVATE LANDLORDS NEED REGULATING SAY RESEARCHERS - 31/01/2003

    Older people living in private rented accommodation are suffering neglect and abuse according to a report by researchers at the University of the West of England and the University of Bristol. Commissioned and funded by Help the Aged the report, launched today, shows that older people are being abused and mistreated by some private landlords and that there are deficiencies in the legal system which prevents older people from getting adequate protection or redress.

  • UWE MATHEMATICS AND ENGINEERING EXPERTS LAUNCH ROCKETS - 31/01/2003

    Mathematicians and Engineers at the University of the West of England will demonstrate to a group of year 10 pupils how mathematics can be used to solve problems in rocket launching, cooking burgers and controlling robots. The pupils from Haygrove School in Bridgwater will attend a series of workshops at the University on Thursday 23 January 2003.

  • UWE BUSINESS COMPETITION FINALISTS THROUGH TO NEXT ROUND - 21/01/2003

    Eleven bright ideas for businesses of the future have been selected to go through to the next stage of the University of the West of England’s £20k Business Plan Competition. Twenty-one outline business plans were initially received from staff and student teams following the competition’s launch last November. The competition is being run for the second year and is organised by UWE’s Centre for Research, Innovation and Graduate Studies. The shortlisted finalists were chosen by competition judges and sponsors Burges Salmon, Business Link, ICON Corporate Finance, Royal Bank of Scotland and Solomon Hare.

  • UWE LAUNCHES NEW ANIMATION STUDIO - 10/01/2003

    Monday 13 January at 4.30pm, Bower Ashton Campus

    Animation students at the University of the West of England will soon enjoy professional quality facilities with the opening of a new studio in the Animation Unit at the Faculty of Art, Media and Design.

  • ECOTOURISM WILL PRESERVE THE ATLANTIC COAST FOR ALL - 08/01/2003

    Marine ecotourism is being heralded as an important new strategy for the sustainable regeneration of coastal communities in the EU Atlantic Area. A group of researchers from the University of the West of England, Bristol, have examined the potential for marine ecotourism during a three-year study, culminating in a report entitled ‘Planning for Marine Ecotourism in the EU Atlantic Area: Transnational Policy Lessons’.

  • 20% OF 15 YEAR OLDS TRUANT BECAUSE OF THEIR APPEARANCE - 07/01/2003

    A researcher at the University of the West of England has found that the majority of teenagers are upset by teasing or bullying about their appearance and she has devised a set of coping strategies to help them deal with this problem.

  • UWE ACADEMICS RESEARCH FEMALE ARCHITECTS' DROP-OUT RATE - 07/01/2003

    Researchers at the University of the West of England have won a research contract from The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to find out why so many women leave the architecture profession.

  • UWE APPOINTS NEW PROFESSORS IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT - 03/01/2003

    The Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of the West of England has recently appointed a number of new Professors who will enhance the research profile of the Faculty.

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