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December

  • BOOST FOR ANIMATION IN BRISTOL - 15/12/2004

    The study and development of animation in Bristol has gained an important boost with the award of European funding to support a specialised three month course run by the University of the West of England (UWE).

  • LANGUAGE EXPERTS HELP LOCAL BUSINESSES - 14/12/2004

    The School of Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS) at the University of the West of England has secured a contract worth £17,000 to work with local businesses in order to encourage better knowledge and understanding of international communications.

  • DIGITAL CAMERA PRIZES FOR 'BOXING CLEVER' DESIGN COMPETITION - 13/12/2004

    Do you think you could improve on the egg box or the airmail envelope, have you got a better idea for packaging chocolates or light bulbs, or how about reinventing the tetra pack?

  • ROCK NATIVITY - 08/12/2004

    In a new venture for UWE Bristol, the Centre for Performing Arts is presenting the Rock Nativity in three different city centre churches. The musical is written by David Wood, with music by Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent, and it takes the form of a retelling of the Christmas story in a modern equivalent of the medieval mystery play. The cast is totally made up of UWE students who play the chorus, becoming the parts in the story as required. The evening’s entertainment will include performances by the UWE Big Band or Showstoppers group singing numbers from the West End and Broadway.

  • 'ESPAD' STUDY RESULTS TO BE RELEASED - 07/12/2004

    ISSUE DATE: 07/12/04

    PRESS CONFERENCE

    Alcohol, Tobacco & Illicit Drugs Use among Teenagers in Europe: New Study Findings Released

    Venue: Alcohol Concern, Waterbridge House, 32-36 Loman Street, London SE1 0EE
    Time: 09.30 on Tuesday 14 December 2004, tea and coffee will be served from 09.00.

  • TINY AIRCRAFT THAT JUST EAT AND GO - 07/12/2004

    Aircraft the size of bees that get the energy they need by feeding themselves a diet of dead flies could be buzzing around the battlefields and motorways of the future, thanks to research in southwest England.

November

  • UWE PRESENTS DOUBLE BILL AT COLSTON HALL - 26/11/2004

    Monday 6 December, Colston Hall, 7.45pm

    There is something spooky in the heart of Bristol, as ghosts and werewolves come out to play! On Monday 6 December at 7.45pm, the Colston Hall is host to a lively double bill of two timeless tales: the atmospheric storytelling of Angela Carter's radio play The Company of Wolves - where fear, desire and beastliness abound; and Tom Stoppard's madcap Fifteen Minute Hamlet: fast, fun, ghost, to be or not to be, everyone ends up dead!

  • HISTORY WORKSHOP FOCUSES ON POWs - 26/11/2004

    The School of History at the University of the West of England is to hold a workshop on Prisoners of War during the Second World War, (Saturday 4 December, Room 9 - Main Building, St Matthias Campus).

  • UWE AWARDS HONORARY DEGREE TO KAREN JANE MORGAN OBE - 26/11/2004

    The University of the West of England will award the honorary degree of Doctor of Education to Karen Jane Morgan OBE. The honorary degree will be conferred at the Award Ceremony of the Bristol School of Art, Media and Design on Friday 3 December at 11.30 at Bristol Cathedral.

  • UWE AWARDS HONORARY DEGREE TO ROBERT GRIMLEY - 25/11/2004

    UWE awards honorary degree to The Very Reverend Robert William Grimley

    The University of the West of England will award the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters to Robert William Grimley. The honorary degree will be conferred at the Award Ceremony of the Bristol School of Art, Media and Design on Friday 3 December at 14:45 at Bristol Cathedral.

  • UWE AWARDS HONORARY DEGREE TO PROFESSOR PETER HAGGETT - 24/11/2004

    The University of the West of England will award the honorary degree of Doctor of Science to Professor Peter Haggett CBE ScD FBA. The honorary degree will be conferred at the Award Ceremony of the Faculty of the Built Environment on Friday 26 November at 11.30 at Bristol Cathedral.

  • INTERNATIONAL SOLOIST TO PLAY RACHMANINOV IN UWE CONCERT - 24/11/2004

    Julien Cheriyan, the highly acclaimed international piano soloist, will play
    Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto in a UWE Symphony Orchestra concert in Bristol Cathedral on Saturday 27 November.

  • UWE AWARDS HONORARY DEGREE TO LOUIS SHERWOOD - 22/11/2004

    The University of the West of England will award the honorary degree of Doctor of Business Administration to Peter Michael Louis Sherwood. The honorary degree will be conferred at the Award Ceremony of Bristol Business School on Wednesday 24 November at 11.30 at Bristol Cathedral.

  • RESEARCHER CALLS FOR MONEY TO BACK ALCOHOL STRATEGY - 22/11/2004

    ‘Binge Drinking Problems and Responses’ an international conference
    The Watershed, Bristol, 26 November 2004

    The Government published the long-awaited Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy for England earlier this year. This strategy, has been widely criticised for having a lack of teeth and no targets. A new plea for more effective action has been issued by Professor Martin Plant of the University of the West of England. Professor Plant says:

  • THOUSANDS EXPECTED TO VISIT UWE'S OPEN DAY - 19/11/2004

    UWE Undergraduate Open Day
    Saturday27 November 2004

    The University of the West of England will be holding an Undergraduate Open Day on Saturday 27 November 2004. Thousands of prospective students will descend on UWE’s campuses to find out more about courses and student accommodation and to view the fantastic resources and facilities offered by the university. Investment in communications and improvements to the universities web site have generated unprecedented numbers of enquiries.

  • BRISTOL SCHOOLCHILDREN BECOME FILMMAKERS - 18/11/2004

    Students from three schools in Bristol have produced their own short film called Brief Consequences based on the game ‘consequences’ which is to be shown at a special free screening at the Watershed in Bristol on 20 November.

  • CONFERENCE ON 'THE SOCIAL ECONOMY' - 17/11/2004

    Academics at the University of the West of England are to host a one-day seminar on ‘The Social Economy’ which is funded by the ESRC on Friday 19 November at Burwalls Conference Centre Leigh Woods, Bristol.

  • THREE CHANCES TO WIN IN UWE'S £25,000 BUSINESS COMPETITION - 11/11/2004

    Prizes worth over £25,000 are being offered by the University of the West of England for entrepreneurs with the best new business ideas of the year.

  • 'FAITH COMMUNITIES' CONTRIBUTE TO NEIGHBOURHOOD RENEWAL - 10/11/2004

    A recently completed research project from the University of the West of England has shown that many South West ‘faith communities’ are deeply involved in social and welfare projects that make a significant contribution to the regeneration of their local communities, despite the fact that few of them receive official recognition and funding for this important work.

  • UK AND JAPANESE UNIVERSITIES SUCCEED IN JOINT EPSRC BID - 08/11/2004

    The University of the West of England in collaboration with University College, London, has won a collaborative bid to the EPSRC’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office Global Opportunities Fund for a project on sustainable urban design, with two Japanese universities. The application was one of a mirror image pair, made on the UK ‘side’ by UCL in partnership with UWE, and on the Japan side, by Meiji University in partnership with Kanagawa University.

  • UWE AWARDS HONORARY DEGREE TO JANE HOLDERNESS-RODDAM - 08/11/2004

    The University of the West of England will award the honorary degree of Doctor of Science to Jane Holderness-Roddam. The honorary degree will be conferred at the Award Ceremony of Hartpury College on Tuesday 9 November at 11.30 at Gloucester Cathedral.

  • UWE RESEARCHER HELPS REGENERATE WINTERBOURNE MEDIEVAL BARN - 08/11/2004

    An innovative proposal to regenerate Winterbourne Medieval Barn by turning it into a Centre for Rural Regeneration has been proposed by a researcher from UWE’s Faculty of the Built Environment. ‘Action Researcher’ Richard Spalding has just completed a seven month secondment funded by South Gloucestershire Council to create and develop the capacity of Winterbourne Medieval Barn Trust.

  • SOUTH WEST UNIVERSITIES IN BUSINESS PLAN PRIZE BATTLE - 03/11/2004

    Last night the Universities of Bath, Bristol and the West of England battled it out in a contest to decide which award-winning business plan from their students and staff most deserves the title of Winner of Winners 2004.

October

  • TEENAGERS WIH ACNE NEEDED FOR UWE RESEARCH PROJECT - 29/10/2004

    Are you aged between ten and twenty and do you have acne? If so Melissa Wallace, a PhD psychology researcher from the Centre for Appearance Research at the University of the West of England, would like to talk to you. Melissa is seeking participants who live in Bristol and the surrounding area to take part in a project that will explore the impact of having acne on thoughts, feelings and behaviour.

  • 24 HOUR DRINKING ENCOURAGES BINGE MANIA WARNS UWE ACADEMIC - 29/10/2004

    ‘Binge Drinking Problems and Responses’ an international conference
    The Watershed, Bristol, 26 November 2004

    “Government plans to extend bar opening hours to 24 hours are seriously misconceived,” says Martin Plant, Professor of Addiction Studies at the University of the West of England. “This strange proposal is akin to throwing petrol on a bonfire in the light of a serious increase in binge drinking that has been causing massive problems across the country in recent times. It is unlikely that this change will do anything to persuade many people to drink in a more relaxed and civilised manner. What is really needed is a national system of local action plans. These could involve flexible bar closing times, but would also include the careful regulation of licensed premises and public places in order to minimise the problems associated with heavy and inappropriate drinking. We do need a culture change, but this will take time and needs sustained commitment from all concern

  • UWE AWARDS HONORARY DEGREE TO PROFESSOR CHRISTINE DELPHY - 29/10/2004

    The University of the West of England will award the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters to Professor Christine Delphy in recognition of her contribution to the exploration of matters of contemporary political significance. The honorary degree will be conferred at the Award Ceremony of the Faculty of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences on Tuesday 2 November at 11.30am at Bristol Cathedral.

  • UWE AWARDS HONORARY DEGREE TO RICHARD HART - 29/10/2004

    The University of the West of England is awarding the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters to Ansell Richard Hart in recognition of his contribution to Jamaica and the Caribbean area and to related academic studies. The honorary degree will be conferred at the Award Ceremony of the Faculty of Humanities, Languages and Social Science on Tuesday 2 November at 14.45 at Bristol Cathedral.

  • UWE AWARDS HONORARY DEGREE TO PROFESSOR CHARLES CLAY LEMERT - 29/10/2004

    The University of the West of England will award the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters to Professor Charles Clay Lemert in recognition of his role and achievements as an eminent social theorist. The honorary degree will be conferred at the Award Ceremony of the Faculty of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences, on Monday 1 November at 14.45 at Bristol Cathedral.

  • UWE PROFESSOR DELIVERS FIRST HEWLETT-PACKARD LECTURE - 27/10/2004

    HP Professor Stephen Hoskins MA RCA
    Venue: Hewlett-Packard Research Labs
    Date and Time: Thursday 28 October at 5.30pm

    Hewlett-Packard Professor of Fine Print Stephen Hoskins from the University of the West of England will give his inaugural lecture entitled ‘Why we do what we do – The Surface Aesthetic and Tactile Qualities of a Printed Artefact’ on 28 October 2004 at Hewlett-Packard Research Labs, Bristol.

  • UWE FLEET COULD BE RUN ON REUSED CHIP FAT - 25/10/2004

    The University of the West of England is looking at the potential for running its fleet of vehicles on renewable fuels made out of used cooking oil from its catering operations. Dr Stuart Shales and Dr Alan Scragg from the Faculty of Applied Sciences have been experimenting with production of bio-diesel from recovered vegetable oil used for frying chips.

  • EXPLORE THE DIVERSITY OF NATURE AT UWE - 25/10/2004

    As part of the Bristol Festival of Nature, the Faculty of Applied Sciences at the University of the West of England is hosting a series of free talks and interactive workshops entitled ‘Explore the diversity of nature’ that will take you on a journey of discovery.

  • UWE HOSTS ROYAL HISTORICAL SOCIETY LECTURE - 19/10/2004

    David Moon - ‘The Environmental History of the Russian Steppe’
    22 October 2004 at 5pm

    The School of History at the University of the West of England will host the next meeting of The Royal Historical Society on 22 October 2004.

  • UWE TO HELP MARGINAL STUDENTS IN THE SOUTH WEST - 18/10/2004

    Young people from the most marginal groups in society including those in local authority care, young offenders, refugees, asylum seekers and travellers are amongst those with a slim chance of accessing a university education. Reasons for this vary for each group but key to non attendance is lack of aspiration due to practical and financial setbacks as well as the fact that these groups have limited family support networks and carers are not always well informed about opportunities.

  • FISH SLIME STUDIED IN SEARCH FOR NEW ANTIBIOTIC DRUGS - 18/10/2004

    Scientists at the University of the West of England are studying the slippery mucus on the skin of rainbow trout and other freshwater fish as a possible source of new medicines to fight infectious diseases.

  • DOUBLE CELEBRATION FOR OUTSTANDING BLIND SISTERS - 13/10/2004

    Sisters Nureen and Anela Naz, who are both studying English at the University of the West of England, have been awarded prizes for their outstanding performance.

  • TRAINING REFORM FOR POLICE FEDERATION - 11/10/2004

    The Police Federation for England and Wales is set to overhaul training methods within its organisation and has fully endorsed recommendations in a report by education experts from the University of the West of England’s Faculty of Education. The project team includes Professor John Dwyfor Davies (Project Leader), Professor Saville Kushner, John Lee, Jonathan Simons, all from UWE and Dr Steven Wilkinson, from the University of East Anglia’s Faculty of Education.

  • YALE ANTHROPOLOGY EXPERT SPEAKS AT BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENT - 05/10/2004

    Migration, Religion and the African Diaspora
    Saturday 9 October 2004 14.00 to 18.00
    Kuumba Centre, 2 Hepburn Road, St Paul’s, Bristol

    The Regional History Unit at the University of the West of England and the Kuumba Arts and Community Resource Centre is holding a Half Day School on ‘Migration, Religion and the African Diaspora’ as part of Black History Month.

  • RESEARCHERS TO STUDY 'MIDDLE CLASS' SCHOOLS RESEARCH - 04/10/2004

    Education experts from London Metropolitan University, the University of the West of England and the University of Sunderland will examine the secondary school choices made by middle class parents and the implications of these choices for identity formation in a new two year research project.

  • COMMONWEALTH SECRETARY GENERAL WELCOMES STUDENTS - 04/10/2004

    More than 600 international students from the University of the West of England and the University of Bristol will meet at a special welcome event to be held at the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum on Thursday 7 October 2004 at 6.30pm.

September

  • UWE, THE BBC AND THE GREAT SNAIL HUNT - 27/09/2004

    The University of the West of England and the University of Bristol, have joined forces to develop a series of fascinating web pages to link up with the latest natural history blockbuster from the BBC’s Natural History Unit British Isles: A Natural History, which starts on 29 September on BBC1 at 9pm.

  • ROBOT DRAMA SPARKS AUDIENCE DISCUSSION - 22/09/2004

    Would you like to have your house cleaned automatically by a robot? Would you trust a robot babysitter? Do you think you could fancy a robot partner? If a fully-functional, thinking robot could be developed, would you consider it human?

  • ARE SPEED CAMERAS GOOD FOR OUR HEALTH? - 21/09/2004

    Do speed camera’s prevent accidents and save money spent on Accident and Emergency Hospital admissions? This is a question that will be examined by researchers in the Centre for Public Health Research at the University of the West of England.

  • NEW STUDENT RADIO STATION FOR BRISTOL - 10/09/2004

    Students in Bristol are to get their own radio station for the first time ever, with a new station called The Hub.

  • NEW BOOK CHALLENGES AGEING POPULATION PENSIONS CRISIS - 09/09/2004

    Understanding Pensions by Martin Sullivan published by Routledge

    A new text book entitled Understanding Pensions by University of the West of England academic Martin Sullivan provides an informed twist on the media fuelled perception of a crisis in public and private pensions. Rapid population ageing in developed countries – caused by falling birth rates and rising life expectancy – means that the pensions time bomb is ticking ever more loudly. As the number of working age people in the population who must support those of pensionable age declines, state pensions in Britain and elsewhere will become unsustainable. Todays workers will have to rely much more heavily than their predecessors did on private pensions to see them through retirement.

  • ROBOT POWERS ITSELF BY DIGESTING FLIES - 09/09/2004

    A team of scientists and engineers in the Intelligent Autonomous Systems (IAS) lab at the University of the West of England have built a robot, which is able to power itself on a diet of dead flies or apples. Building on the success of their previous work where they demonstrated a robot capable of moving using refined sugar as a food, the team have now built a robot which can move and transmit sensor data over a radio link (over 30m inside the lab) powered solely by unrefined food including dead flies and apples.

  • UWE HELPS FLEDGLING SOFTWARE BUSINESS TO TAKE OFF - 06/09/2004

    Setting up a new business is a challenge – one that can be extremely rewarding when it takes off, as software marketing company Yuma has just found. The budding business is on the move to new premises having outgrown its first home in the University of the West of England’s Bristol city centre business incubator.
    Yuma markets software solutions to small and medium enterprises and has become channel partner responsible for the South West for business software producer SAP. Sales director Anil Kuner said:

  • KOREAN WAR VETS STILL AFFECTED BY WAR TRAUMA - 02/09/2004

    At least one in five veterans of the Korean War continues to be adversely affected by their experiences, according to research recently presented to a nursing conference in Seoul, South Korea.

August

  • A LEVEL STAR ENTERED CLEARING WITH GLITTERING RESULTS - 17/08/2004

    Sometimes the reasons for entering Clearing have nothing to do with A level results. Florence Wong who has just achieved a First Class degree in Architecture and Planning at the University of the West of England scored 3 A’s at A level but she still had to apply via Clearing.

  • UWE CLEARING STUDENT NOW ON THE ROAD TO BECOMING A SOLICITOR - 17/08/2004

    Entering Clearing is not all doom and gloom. For some students it turns out to be the best thing that could have happened. A level results day is a testing time if you don't quite get the grades you need for your first choice University but entering Clearing is not a sign of failure, more a time to keep a steady head and reassess your choices.

  • BANANA 'HAMMER' MAKES SCIENCE 'COOL' - 04/08/2004

    Question: When is a banana not a banana?
    Answer: When it’s a hammer of course!

    Turning bananas into hammers and demonstrating self-inflating balloons are just two of the scientific experiments which Dr Karen Bultitude from the University of the West of England uses to engage school children with science.

  • INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE FOCUSES ON 'KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY' - 03/08/2004

    Bristol Business School, part of the University of the West of England, is holding an international conference which will address changes affecting firms in the new ‘knowledge economy’. The conference: 'Shifting Boundaries: Governance, Competence and Economic Organisation in the Knowledge Economy' has attracted delegates from around the world.

  • NEW COMMUNITY POLICE TO MAKE DAILY PATROLS AT UWE CAMPUSES - 03/08/2004

    Security at the University of the West of England will benefit from the addition of two new Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) who will make daily patrols of all campuses. Raymond Barlow and John Hitchings will join the security force at UWE to help deter thefts and other criminal activity.

July

  • UWE STUDENT'S' UNION ADVICE CENTRE IS AWARDED QUALITY MARK - 27/07/2004

    The University of the West of England Student’s Union (UWESU) Advice Centre has gained the Community Legal Services’ Quality Mark, the quality standard for legal information and advice. UWESU’s Advice Centre was assessed in June and achieved the required standards in all service areas.

  • TEXTILES GRADUATE WINS MAJOR PRIZE - 27/07/2004

    Gini Coates, a Textiles graduate from UWE, has won a major prize at New Designers 2004, an annual exhibition which showcases work by ‘the next generation of designers’ and awards a series of prizes sponsored by leading firms and organisations.

  • UWE SCIENTISTS HELP BRING COMPUTERS AND ROBOTS TO LIFE - 22/07/2004

    New sources of computing power – derived from such novel areas as neuron-like cells and powerful chemical reactions – could form the heart of the next generation of computers. The University of the West of England and five research partners have just won £1.8 million in government funding to carry out research into computers that are inspired by nature. This means UWE is playing a key role in two out of only five nationally funded projects aimed at such exciting multidisciplinary research.

  • UWE FLIGHT SIMULATOR ON DISPLAY AT FARNBOROUGH - 19/07/2004

    The University of the West of England will display its state-of-the-art Merlin Flight simulator at the Farnborough International Air Show from 19 to 25 July 2004. The latest model, the MP521 simulator will be displayed on stand E2 in Hall 4 which has been taken up by the Association of Aerospace Universities (AAU). UWE’s Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS) invested well over £100K in the simulator so that students studying for awards in aerospace engineering have the chance to design and test a great variety of aircraft models and experiment with all aspects of aeronautics science and engineering.

  • NATIONAL AWARD FOR 'COLOURFUL' BUILDING - 02/07/2004

    A colour installation in the Studios Building of the University of the West of England (UWE) at Frenchay Campus in Bristol, has won a major national award in a prestigious competition for its contribution to architectural education.

June

  • IDENTITY AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT IN SOUTHWEST ENGLAND - 30/06/2004

    A one-day conference organized by the Regional History Centre, University of the West of England, (UWE), on 10 July 2004, 10.00am to 4.00pm.

  • UWE TO HELP BRANDON TRUST - 30/06/2004

    Managing services for people with learning disabilities should become more effective and efficient thanks to a new link between the University of the West of England and Brandon Trust.

  • INTERNATIONAL 'DRAWING' EVENT FOR ARTISTS - 29/06/2004

    Artists from around the world will attend a three day drawing event in the Faculty of Art Media and Design (AMD) from 13 – 16 July at the University of the West of England.

  • MATHS EVENT DAY AT UWE ATTRACTS OVER 100 STUDENTS - 28/06/2004

    More than 100 students from 13 West Country secondary schools will meet at the University of the West of England on Wednesday 30 June to explore advanced mathematical concepts, some of which have excited mathematicians for centuries.

  • FINE ART SHOW BY POSTGRADUATE ARTISTS - 22/06/2004

    Experienced artists studying postgraduate courses at UWE will be showing their work in an exhibition at the Bower Ashton Campus of UWE from 25* – 28 June, 2004. The exhibition includes animation, sound, interactive media, printmaking, and fine art.

  • UWE RESEARCH CENTRE HOSTS CONFERENCE AT OXFORD UNIVERSITY - 22/06/2004

    ‘Identity in Question’ conference
    Monday 28 to Tuesday 29 June St Hugh’s College, Oxford, UK

  • PROFESSOR BRENDA GOURLEY TO DELIVER BOLLAND LECTURE 2004 - 22/06/2004

    Professor Brenda Gourley Vice-Chancellor of the Open University will give a lecture on ‘Dimensions of Diversity’ for the Bolland lecture 2004, to be held on Thursday 24 June at 6.00pm in UWE’s Glendinning Lecture Theatre, Room 2D67, Frenchay Campus.

  • UWE PRESENTS CHARLES LEMERT AT THE WATERSHED - 21/06/2004

    ‘No Third Way About It! September 11, Postmodern Terror and Atlantic Violence’

    Wednesday 23 June 2004, 8pm, The Watershed Media Centre, Bristol

    Internationally renowned Professor of Sociology at Wesleyan University, USA Charles Lemert delivers this provocative lecture at Watershed Media Centre on 23 June 2004. Tackling head on the proponents of Third Way politics and New Labour, this polemical intervention into current political debates over the consequences of September 11 and the War on Terrorism will be bound to provoke debate in both regional and national press.

  • DR MICHAEL BRZOSKA LECTURE AT UWE - 21/06/2004

    Dr Michael Brzoska will speak at the second UWE Annual Lecture on Economics and Security which is hosted by the Defence Economics Research Unit (DERU) on Thursday 24 June at UWE’s Frenchay Campus. His lecture is entitled How rational are decision in defence?

  • UWE'S ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING SUMMER EXHIBITION 2004 - 21/06/2004

    25, 26 and 27 June 2004 ‘New Studios Building’ Frenchay Campus

    Final year project work by Architecture and Planning students at the University of the West of England will be featured at the Summer Exhibition 2004 in the New Studios Building in the Faculty of the Built Environment at UWE’s Frenchay Campus on 25, 26 and 27 June 2004. The exhibition includes work from students on the following courses; BA (Hons) Architecture and Planning, BSc (Hons) Architecture Technology and Design, Bachelor/MA Architecture and MA Urban Design.

  • RECENT HOMEBUYERS IN BRISTOL SOUGHT FOR UWE RESEARCH PROJECT - 18/06/2004

    Have you bought a house in Bristol recently? A researcher from the University of the West of England, Karen Stanbridge, is looking for people who have bought a home in Bristol in the past six months to take part in a study looking at the effects of residential relocation on travel habits.

  • UWE TO ENCOURAGE MORE WOMEN TO BECOME RESEARCHERS - 18/06/2004

    Why do fewer women academics opt to become researchers? What barriers prevent women academics from becoming researcher active? How can universities redress the gender divide and encourage more women to engage in research? What are the key areas universities need to address to make a research career accessible to more women?

  • HUMAN IMMUNE SYSTEMS COULD COMBAT COMPUTER VIRUSES - 15/06/2004

    What is it that triggers our body immune systems to safeguard against harmful bacteria, viruses, food particles and proteins? How does the body’s immune system detect what is safe and what is dangerous? Can patterns in human immunity triggers be emulated in computer systems to help combat costly and damaging viruses?

  • CERN TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER BOSS GIVES PROFESSORIAL LECTURE - 15/06/2004

    Professor Jean-Marie Le Goff, who is Visiting Professor of Computer Science in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics at the University of the West of England, will give his professorial lecture on Monday 21 June at Frenchay Campus. Jean-Marie Le Goff is currently the Head of the Technology Transfer Group at CERN, the world’s largest particle physics laboratory where the World Wide Web was born.

  • UWE WINS £4.3M FOR REGION'S KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY - 15/06/2004

    The University of the West of England has won major government funding likely to total £4.3 million over 5 years to build on its successful track record in collaborating with business and industry in the region. The first two years’ funding of £2.8 million has just been announced.

  • UWE BACKS ST PAUL'S CARNIVAL - 09/06/2004

    The University of the West of England has stepped in as lead sponsor of this years St Paul’s Carnival.

  • UWE FASHION ON CATWALKS IN LONDON AND BRISTOL - 04/06/2004

    Tuesday 8 June Graduate Fashion Week London
    Saturday 12 June Industrial Museum Bristol

    Final year Textiles and Fashion students from the University of the West of England will show off their collections at two shows, one as part of the Graduate Fashion Week in London on 8 June and at a special show in Bristol at the Industrial museum on 12 June.

  • UWE STUDENT STANDS FOR 'RESPECT' IN EURO ELECTIONS - 03/06/2004

    A student from the Faculty of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences at the University of the West of England is to stand for the newly formed Respect party at the European parliament elections on 10 June 2004.

  • UWE STUDENT STANDS FOR 'RESPECT' IN EURO ELECTIONS - 03/06/2004

    A student from the Faculty of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences at the University of the West of England is to stand for the newly formed Respect party at the European parliament elections on 10 June 2004.

  • UWE HOSTS FLIGHT SIMULATOR COMPETITION - 03/06/2004

    The University of the West of England, Bristol, (UWE), will be hosting an Aircraft Design and Handling competition on Tuesday 8 June this year on their state-of-the-art Merlin (MP521) simulator. The competition is run by Merlin Flight Simulation Group, manufacturers of engineering flight simulators, and UWE is one of the first universities to own the new generation MP521 - which tests aircraft design and handling*.

  • UWE DEGREE SHOW 2004 - 03/06/2004

    Faculty of Art, Media and Design, Bower Ashton Campus, Kennel Lodge Road
    12 to 16 June 2004

    The University of the West of England will once again throw open the doors of the Faculty of Art, Media and Design at Bower Ashton Campus for the Degree Show 2004 on Saturday 12 June to Wednesday 16 June 2004. The show will include animation, drawing, enamelling, fine art, graphic design, illustration, installations, interactive media, photography, print, short film, sound, textiles and video.

May

  • UWE STUDENT CHOOSES 'HARTCLIFFE' FOR FILM BACKDROP - 26/05/2004

    The Hartcliffe estate in South Bristol has formed the backdrop for an innovative short film by David Robertson, a final year student from the Time Based Media course at the University of the West of England.

  • DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TRAINING VIDEO LAUNCHED AT CONFERENCE - 25/05/2004

    A video to help train people working in the fields of domestic violence and maternal and child health was launched at the Royal College of Midwives Conference in Cardiff recently.

  • UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES OPEN DOORS TO LEARNING - 18/05/2004

    In a scheme launched today [Tuesday 18 May 2004] at the University of the West of England, specialist information and resources on a whole range of subjects is to be made available to the public thanks to a new initiative which opens up university and college libraries to people in the region.

  • PUTTING THE COLOUR BACK INTO ARCHITECTURE - 12/05/2004

    A lecturer at UWE has been nominated for a prestigious national Art in Architecture award for a large scale colour installation in the Architecture and Planning Studios on the Frenchay Campus of UWE.

  • UWE FOUNDATION SHOW 2004 - 12/05/2004

    Students from the Foundation Year at the University of the West of England will display work at a special exhibition at the Faculty of Art, Media and Design from 14 to 18 May. The summer show celebrates the culmination of the work by Foundation students who are encouraged to use the year to try out a range of media and techniques with the aim of selecting a specialist area to study at Degree level.

  • UWE'S ENTERPRISING ENGINEERS WIN TOP BUSINESS PRIZE - 06/05/2004

    Staff and student teams from the same faculty at the University of the West of England both won top prizes at the Business Plan Competition final on 5 May. The overall winners - who won £12,500 in cash - were a team of staff from the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences led by Alan Jocelyn. Their plan is to use laser induced superplasticity to create the lightest and strongest structures ever built, potentially revolutionising manufacturing techniques in aerospace and other industries.

  • UWE PRESENTS FRANK FUREDI AT THE WATERSHED - 06/05/2004

    Frank Furedi, Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent will discuss ‘Therapy Culture – Loss of the Sociological Imagination,” at the Watershed Media Centre on 25 May at 7pm. The lecture is presented by the Centre of Critical Theory at the University of the West of England. The Centre has had a successful run of seminars under the auspices of the Alternative Series over the past three years and this lecture continues the successful trend of bringing prominent public intellectuals to speak to a wider audience.

  • UWE CHOIR AND BRASS PERFORM AT WESTON-SUPER-MARE - 05/05/2004

    The Chamber Choir and Brass Consort of the University of the West of England will be performing at All Saints Church, All Saints Road, Weston-super-Mare this Saturday 8 May 2004 at 7.30pm.

  • BAMBOO WATER CARRIER EARNS TOP DESIGN AWARD FOR UWE STUDENT - 05/05/2004

    An innovative water carrier made out of bamboo has won Tirza Abb, a student from the University of the West of England, a prestigious Waitrose Internship worth £2,500 from the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce).

  • UWE STUDENTS PRESENT 'SIDEWAYS LOOKS 2004' AT WATERSHED - 04/05/2004

    Sideways Looks 2004 is an exhibition and screening of media production work, by University of the West of England students on the BA Cultural and Media Studies programme, at the Watershed Media Centre from Wednesday 12 May to Thursday 13 May.

April

  • UWE AIR QUALITY EXPERTS MEET BANGKOK PROJECT PARTNERS - 29/04/2004

    Representatives from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and Chulalongkorn University will be visiting Bristol on Sunday 2 May to study how Bristol manages its air quality. The lessons learned will be used to improve air quality in Bangkok, one of the most polluted cities in the world.

  • UWE'S INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS WIN TOP PRIZES - 29/04/2004

    Zhihua Pan, a Chinese student at the University of the West of England studying for an MA in Marketing has won a ‘Silver Award’ in the British Council’s International Student Awards 2004. Another UWE student, Sofia Tsialkouti (from Greece) was one of 60 in the UK to reach the highly commended stage of the competition.

  • UWE DREAM TEAM WINS £150K ESRC FUNDING - 27/04/2004

    ‘Consultation as Science Communication – the case for local air quality management’

    A collaboration between two globally acclaimed research groupings based at the Faculty of Applied Sciences at the University of the West of England has attracted £150k from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Science in Society phase 2 programme to investigate how local authorities in Britain consult on and communicate decisions about air quality management.

  • UWE CHEF WINS NATIONAL PRIZE FOR ETHNIC COOKING - 21/04/2004

    A chef from the catering team at the University of the West of England has won ‘The Ethnic Chef’s Challenge’ a national competition run by The University Catering Organisation and sponsored by Tilda. Leanne Haberfield won the top prize for a mouth watering menu of sesame sticky chicken and sweet and sour chilli sauce with coconut and cardamom wild rice and cucumber salad.

  • 'EUROPE OF THE DICTATORS' - HISTORY A-LEVEL DAY 21 APRIL - 20/04/2004

    Over 300 sixth formers from 15 schools across the South West will attend an innovative History A level day at UWE on 21 April to enhance and broaden their knowledge and understanding of the subject.

  • UWE LANGUAGES DAY - 19/04/2004

    More than 300 local and regional sixth-form students will visit UWE for a ‘Languages Open Day’ on 22 April 2004.

  • STUDENTS FROM TWELVE BRISTOL SCHOOLS GET INTO SCIENCE AT UWE - 19/04/2004

    96 bright students with an aptitude for science from twelve Bristol schools will spend a day at the Faculty of Applied Sciences at the University of the West of England on Wednesday 21 April as part of ‘The Excellence Challenge’. Eight year 10 students from each school have been selected by their science teachers as those who particularly excel in and enjoy science subjects.

  • BRISTOL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE MIDWIFE TRAINING ASSESSED - 19/04/2004

    More instances of domestic violence would be disclosed if midwives were trained to ask appropriate questions of pregnant women, according to a detailed year-long study just completed in Bristol. The study found that with proper training and effective multi-agency working the initial involvement of midwives could lead to improved services in the areas of maternal health, domestic violence and child protection.

  • UWE PROFESSOR RESEARCHES 'THERAPY BEYOND THE COUCH' - 02/04/2004

    Psychoanalysis has traditionally been associated with images of couch therapy where patients are encouraged to talk about their anxieties or illness to a professional consultant. However in recent years therapy culture has altered dramatically with counselling being offered to people in an increasing range of scenarios. Instances where this might apply includes counselling in the workplace following redundancy and after experience of a traumatic event like a rail crash or terrorist attack.

  • UWE STUDENT AMBASSADOR FOR 'NURSING THE FUTURE' - 02/04/2004

    Spearheading a campaign to highlight the rewards of a nursing career is Garrett Bright, a student from the University of the West of England, who turned his back on a well paid job in public relations to train as a nurse.

March

  • TESS OF THE U'DRBERVILLES - 24/03/2004

    Thomas Hardy's classic novel Tess of the d'Urbervilles is given a vibrant new treatment this month, as students from the University of the West of England join forces with professional actors to bring the story vividly to life.

  • AREA OF REUNION DRAWS ATTENTION TO ST JAMES BARTON - 22/03/2004

    Two artists Jonathan Mosley and Sophie Warren are working together to create a temporary installation in the pedestrian precinct within St James Barton Roundabout in Broadmead, central Bristol during the week of 30 March to 5 April.

  • SCHOOLCHILDREN GET A BUZZ FROM PERFORMING ARTS - 19/03/2004

    Taking part in the Rock Challenge performing arts competition has a range of broad health benefits for schoolchildren, according to a report published recently. The Rock Challenge is an initiative that aims to make a major contribution to drug education through providing young people with opportunities to get a ‘buzz’ out of taking part in a large-scale performance.

  • UWE PRESENTS CARMINA BURANA AT BRISTOL CATHEDRAL - 19/03/2004

    A huge chorus and orchestra are being assembled for UWE’s spring concert at Bristol Cathedral on Saturday 27 March. The programme includes some of the most popular of light twentieth-century classics including Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man and Gershwin’s ever popular Rhapsody in Blue with Daniel Becker as soloist. The concert features a chorus of nearly two hundred as the UWE Singers are joined by the choirs of Colston’s Girls’ School. It will be conducted by Martin Freke and Ian Holmes.

  • SCIENTIST WINS FRAME GRANT ALTERNATIVE TO ANIMAL TESTING - 18/03/2004

    A post doctoral scientist from the University of the West of England has been awarded a grant from the Fund for Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments (FRAME). FRAME develops scientific alternatives to the use of animals thereby seeking to protect their welfare and recognises the need to reduce, refine and ultimately replace animal experiments, whilst pursuing science in an investigative manner.

  • UWE TO TRAIN FLOOD DEFENCE SPECIALISTS - 18/03/2004

    UWE is leading a consortium of universities to provide the next generation of engineers the country needs to fight floods and defend our coasts from sea level rise as a result of climate change.

  • UWE STUDENT WINS NATIONAL STATISTICS PRIZE - 12/03/2004

    A project by a student from the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics at the University of the West of England on fixed odds betting in football has won a national prize from the Association of Statistics Lecturers in Universities (ASLU).

  • SCIENCE COMES ALIVE FOR SCHOOL PUPILS AT UWE - 11/03/2004

    Bristol’s year 12 pupils can become scientists for the day when the University of the West of England opens up its laboratories as part of National Science Week 2004 (12 – 21 March).

  • UWE HOLDS NATIONAL WORKSHOP ON SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION - 10/03/2004

    The University of the West of England is to host a high profile conference to look at issues of sustainability in the construction industry. Forty delegates from across the industry will attend the event on 11 March which is part of a Government funded project to find ways to bring the benefits of sustainability into this industry.

  • CUBAN FILM DIRECTOR VISITS BRISTOL - 09/03/2004

    Prize-winning Cuban director Fernando Pérez will visit Bristol for a screening of his new film ‘Suite Habana’ at the Watershed on Monday 5 April, under the aegis of Bristol Docs.

  • UWE ROBOTICS EXPERT AT HOUSE OF COMMONS FOR SET WEEK - 08/03/2004

    Ioannis Ieropoulos from the Intelligent Autonomous Systems Laboratory at the University of the West of England will be showing a poster describing his research work at the House of Commons on 15 March 2004 as part of the Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) week celebrations.

  • UWE HOLDS CONFERENCE ON BINGE DRINKING - 08/03/2004

    Binge Drinking – Problems and Responses
    The Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, Bristol, UK
    Friday 26 November 2004

  • OXFORDSHIRE DESIGN PARTNERSHIP - 05/03/2004

    Are you interested in the quality of the buildings and spaces of Oxfordshire? Do you think that the design quality of new housing in the county could be enhanced? Would you like to participate in a campaign to improve the buildings and spaces in the area of Oxfordshire that you live or work?

  • UWE STUDENTS DON OVERALLS FOR CHARITY - 04/03/2004

    A group of 15 students from the University of the West of England will be swapping their course books and computers for cleaning tools and paintbrushes as part of a project to help a local charity turn a derelict workshop into a drop-in centre for use by adults with learning disabilities.

February

  • UWE LEADING RESEARCH INTO KEY LOCAL GOVERNMENT REFORMS - 24/02/2004

    The University of the West of England is playing a leading role in a consortium that has been commissioned by the Government to measure the overall effects of its attempts to improve the performance of local authorities. The study, which will provide an overview of how well current policy initiatives are working, is led by Professor Tony Bovaird (Bristol Business School, UWE) and Professor Steve Martin (Director of the Centre for Local and Regional Government Research at Cardiff University).

  • UWE STUDENTS WALK THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD - 20/02/2004

    The Wizard of Oz at the QEH Theatre 9 to 13 March 2004

    Students from the University of the West of England’s Centre for Performing Arts will perform the musical, The Wizard of Oz at the QEH Theatre from 9 to 13 March 2004. The musical by L.Frank Baum has been adapted by John Kane from the film screenplay for The Royal Shakespeare Company. The show will feature all the favourite songs including Over the Rainbow, We’re Off to See the Wizard and Follow the Yellow Brick Road.

  • 'FUSION' - AN EXHIBITION BRINGING ART AND SCIENCE TOGETHER - 17/02/2004

    Fusion is a special exhibition to be held in the Faculty of Education at the University of the West of England which highlights collaborative work by art and science post graduate trainee teachers.

  • RAPID DIARRHOEA TEST SAVES LIVES - 16/02/2004

    Diarrhoea, a worldwide killer, could be diagnosed more successfully thanks to a new, diagnostic test devised by researchers at the University of the West of England and the University of Bristol. It is anticipated that this will lead to the development of a device capable of rapid diagnosis at the bedside, saving both lives and money.

  • REWARDS ON OFFER FOR ZOO SURVEY - 12/02/2004

    Visitors wanting to help important new research into zoos could receive a valuable free gift in return for airing their views. Questionnaires are being sent out to 1,000 members of Bristol and Paignton Zoo to gauge their opinions about the different ways in which zoos present their animals. The results may then be used to inform future developments.

  • 'STUDENTS WITH BURSARIES DO BETTER' SAY RESEARCHERS - 02/02/2004

    A study by researchers at the University of Plymouth and the University of the West of England has found that poorer students who receive full fee support are no more likely to drop out during their first year of University than those from better-off backgrounds.

January

  • UWE STUDENT WINS TELEVISION AWARD FOR FILM ABOUT BLINDNESS - 28/01/2004

    Touching the Dark by Alex Scharffenorth, who is currently studying for an MA in Film and Video at the University of the West of England, has been announced winner of the Factual category in the Royal Television Society Student Television Awards for 2003 for the Wales and West of England Region. As one of the regional winners, the film now goes forward to the National Awards in June 2004.

  • UWE ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMMES GET SEAL OF APPROVAL - 28/01/2004

    UWE is the first university in the UK to have its new curriculum for Environmental Health programmes accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. The new core curriculum – Environmental Health 2012 – was agreed in consultation with government departments and the sectors in which Environmental Health Officers operate and is practitioner-led and applied in nature. UWE is also the only University to offer both undergraduate and postgraduate accredited programmes.

  • BRISTOL AND BRADLEY STOKE INTERNET USERS SOUGHT - 19/01/2004

    Investigating New Technology’s Evolving Role, Nature and Effects for Transport (INTERNET)

    Residents in Bristol and Bradley Stoke have the opportunity to earn up to £120 by participating in a study based in the Centre for Transport and Society at the University of the West of England, Bristol. The study, entitled ‘Investigating New Technology’s Evolving Role, Nature and Effects for Transport’ (INTERNET) will look at the effect that the Internet is having on the way we travel.

  • UWE TEACHERS JOIN PILOT SCHEME TO LEARN FROM BUSINESS - 15/01/2004

    Trainee teachers from the University of the West of England will have a new opportunity to learn about developing business and industry links for organising out of school work related activities for pupils through a pilot scheme entitled ‘Learning From Enterprise' organised by the Industrial Trust. The Trust’s initiative is a very helpful response to the requirements of the new Applied GCSE courses.

  • TIME SPENT IN TRAFFIC JAMS COULD BENEFIT THE ECONOMY - 15/01/2004

    Is travel time measured appropriately in an age when we have communication technology that enables us to plug in on the move? When is travel time productive and when is it redundant? How can the transport industry develop to accommodate a workforce perpetually on the move? Is it more productive to sit in a car mentally preparing for your working day or on a train answering e-mails? And how should transport policy makers take this into account when making decisions about how to spend transport budget.

  • UWE AND THE RWA BRING 'FRAME ACADEMY' TO BRISTOL - 14/01/2004

    See a fashion studio in action, hear about experiments with sound and watch moving images in a specially designed gallery, at the ‘Frame Academy’ exhibition featuring work by UWE students at the Royal West of England Academy (RWA ), 25 January – 28 February.

  • LASERS, BOARDERS AND DJS COMPETE FOR £20K PRIZE - 14/01/2004

    Staff and student finalists of the University of the West of England’s Business Plan Competition were a step closer to winning a prize fund valued at £20,000 today, as finalists met with the competition sponsors to gain real world advice from the experts in business planning.

  • BRISTOL SCHOOLS HOLD CHILDREN'S PARLIAMENT AT UWE - 12/01/2004

    Over 150 North Bristol school pupils will hold a Children’s’ Parliament at the University of the West of England’s Faculty of Education on Wednesday 14 January.
    Professor Ron Ritchie, Dean of the Faculty of Education, will open the parliament at 9.30am.

  • DO ROBOTS HAVE A MIND OF THEIR OWN? - 12/01/2004

    New UWE academic leads innovative robotics course starting September 2004

    Dr Dylan Evans has recently taken up post as Senior Lecturer in Intelligent Autonomous Systems in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics at the University of the West of England. Dr Evans will be responsible for the development of an exciting and possibly unique BSc in Robotics due to begin in September 2004.

  • UWE PLANNERS USE ROCKET SCIENCE TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT - 09/01/2004

    Information from European Space Agency (ESA) earth satellite images will be made available to city planners using systems devised by a team of experts including researchers from the University of the West of England.

  • SIZE MATTERS IN LANGUAGE RESEARCH - 07/01/2004

    How do you measure your knowledge of a language? Understanding grammar was seen in the past as the vital factor. Now, whether it is your mother tongue or a second language, the words you use are seen as the most important aspect in making a language come alive. But how easy is it to measure the vocabulary an aspiring linguist knows?

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