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Research Focus: Bisexuality

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Various surveys indicate that the number of young people in the UK who identify themselves as bisexual is increasing (including students at UWE). However, bisexual people have often been overlooked within academia and in wider society.

Nikki Hayfield is working with two psychology undergraduate students at UWE to identify what is known and what gaps exist in our knowledge and understanding of bisexuality.

Currently the project focus is on bisexual people and their relationships, and ‘biphobia’ and bisexual marginalisation. The aim to develop ideas for future research that can increase our understandings of bisexual people’s lived experiences, and address misconceptions around bisexuality.

Getting people talking about mental heath

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Frenchay campus was home to a Time to Change Christmas village for the day, encouraging staff, students and the local community to engage in conversation about mental health.

Those passing through a Frenchay courtyard on Wednesday 9 December could stop and watch videos of people talking about their lived experiences, plus they could have a chat, see Santa and pick up some chocolate.

UWE’s campus police officer, PC Mark Brain, arranged the event, he said:

“I’ve recently become a Time to Change champion and I’m really passionate about raising more awareness and eradicating the stigma attached to mental health.

“Mental health problems are common, but nearly nine out of 10 people who experience them say they face discrimination as a result. This can be even worse than the symptoms themselves. So the idea behind the village is to show that mental health is something we can talk about, that we should talk about, so that we can change attitudes.

“We were able to get lots of people talking on campus, and the videos and literature we shared are helpful resources for everyone. The more we can educate ourselves and share experiences, the better.”

Sue Ollis, student support adviser and Time to Change Champion within UWE and beyond, said: “Mark initially approached my Time to Change colleague, Liz Andrews about his idea.  We all them met to discuss the finer points.  We were fortunate to have an application accepted and are in receipt of the first allocation funding from the Bristol Time to Change Champions Fund.

"This enabled us to purchase Christmas decorations, organise facepainting and chocolate that could be exchanged for a meaningful conversation to further the aim of raising awareness and reducing stigma. It was a tight timescale in which to submit the application and arrange the event before the end of term.  The preparation and organisation that took place behind the scenes was hard work, but well worth the effort. On the day we had 149 conversations. Many thanks go to those who volunteered and helped to make it successful.  Special thanks to Liz Andrews (Time to Change Administrator for the South West) and Andrews Marquees - who delivered, helped set up and then collected the Time to Change Village at the end.

"Many valuable conversations resulted and included invitations for us to further speak at a Sikh Temple and at another UWE colleague’s church."

New online file conversion service available for students and staff

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The library now offers an online file conversion service, which enables students and staff to create their own accessible documents in just a few minutes. Simply upload a document, select your chosen format and enter your UWE email address. The converted file is emailed to you within a few minutes.

You can upload a variety of formats including .DOC and .DOCX (Word), .PPT and .PPTX (PowerPoint), JPEG (photos), EPUB (ebook) and PDF.

Documents can be converted into a range of formats including accessible PDF, Word, Braille translation, ebook, and MP3 (audio).

This service is perfect for converting short documents such as journal articles or reports.

If you have any questions or would like to know more, please contact the Library Disability Support Team (

Princess Campbell paediatric suite opens at Glenside

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The new Children's Focused Nursing Simulation Suite at Glenside was officially opened by Kath Evans, Experience of Care Lead – Maternity, Newborn, Children and Young People for NHS England.

The Suite, which includes a simulated children's ward and a sensory room, ensures student nurses develop skills and get the chance to practise them in a safe environment, improving their confidence and ability when they are on clinical placement.

The new facility is being dedicated to Princess Campbell MBE who was Bristol's first black ward sister, and who worked and studied at Glenside. Princess Campbell campaigned tirelessly for disadvantaged communities and sought to represent and give a voice to vulnerable people.

Professor Ron Ritchie awarded OBE

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Professor Ron Ritchie has been awarded an OBE in the New Year's honours for his services to education in various roles including chairman of the Cabot Learning Federation academies trust and lately Pro Vice-Chancellor at UWE Bristol.

He has been the University's senior diversity champion and helped embed equality, diversity and inclusivity in the University's strategy and practices and raised UWE's profile as an inclusive organisation locally and nationally, including supporting UWE to become the leading university in the 2015 Stonewall Workplace Index.

On receiving the award Ron said, "I was both thrilled and humbled: really thrilled that my work and education in the Bristol region had been recognised; humbled that it was personal recognition in a situation where any successes in which I have been involved are the result of the collective endeavour of many talented and committed teachers and other professionals."

Find out more about the award in the press release and more about Ron's working life and achievements on the Inclusive University blog.

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