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Forthcoming media appearance from UWE's Professor Julie Kent

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Professor Julie Kent
UWE's Professor Julie Kent (pictured) will appear on the BBC One programme Inside Out on Monday 30 January at 19:30, discussing issues surrounding faulty breast implants; a subject that has received significant media attention recently. Her appearance on the programme comes as a result of the UWE breast implant crisis press release sent out earlier this month.

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Shrewbot to feature on The One Show tonight

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Jane Kelly from the UWE Media Relations team has teamed up with Professor Tony Pipe in Bristol Robotics Lab (BRL) and the press offices at the University of Bristol and the University of Sheffield to highlight the amazing Shrewbot that will feature on BBC1 ‘The One Show’ tonight at 19:00.

Photo caption: Shrewbot


Read the press release here.

See the YouTube film here put together by Adam Pinfold in IT services.

Shrewbot is the latest in a series of robots which use ‘active touch’ rather than vision to navigate their environment.

The Shrewbot has been developed at Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) in collaboration with the University of Sheffield Active Touch Laboratory as part of the BIOTACT project, Professor Tony Pipe (UWE Bristol) and Professor Tony Prescott (University of Sheffield) are working on the Shrewbot project with a number of partners.  BRL is collaboration between UWE Bristol and the University of Bristol.

The Sheffield Centre for Robotics (SCentRo)
combines the expertise from both the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University.

The Etruscan shrew is nocturnal, relying on its whiskers to find, track and capture its prey – often the same size as itself.  The efficiency of this tiny creature has inspired scientists to look at ways of replicating the shrew’s whiskers to enable robots to find their way around without the use of vision.


CAR research into male body image takes media by storm

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Researcher Phillippa Diedrichs from the Centre for Appearance Research has had incredible media exposure today for a report that looks at how men feel about talking about their bodies. The report is a collaboration between the Succeed Foundation, Central YMCA and UWE Bristol.

Here is a link to the press release that generated the media interest. Seen here during a pre recorded interview for BBC Points West tonight Phillippa has spent the past 24 hours conducting interviews with all the major newspapers.

Coverage includes features in the Times (including a cartoon), the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, the Mail and the Mirror, Top News USA online, BBC online and more enquiries have been coming in throughout the day..

The research will feature tonight on ITV West news and BBC Points West.

The CAR team involved in the project includes Nicole Paraskeva, Emma Halliwell and Glen Jankowski.

Pictured here are Glen Jankowski, Dr Phillippa Diedrichs and Nicole Paraskeva

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Happy New Year

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Happy New Year everyone, I hope you all had a good break.

As the Marketing and Communications team evolves in to a new team this month I'd like to take this opportunity to give you some insight in to the forthcoming highlights of 2012.

Firstly, our partner-supported event programme in 2012 will fall largely into three sectors, these are:

1. Environment and Technology

The Environment and Technology Programme will include the launch of another initiative with Hewlett Packard (HP), this time to help members of the community in Bristol that are "digitally disconnected."
In March we will be opening the largest robotics lab in the UK. The new lab will be complemented with a series of major international robotics events later this August.
Also in March we will have the latest update on the Bloodhound SSC project.
In May/June  there will  be the Faculty of Environment and Technology degree show and Bristol's Green Week.

2. Creative Industries

The creative industries strand will include the launch of the new BBC Talent Ticket initiative, the Creative Arts degree show and the annual Bolland lecture.
3. Health

In health we will continue to build on nursing in Gloucester, and our success in biosciences in particular. The two Bristol Health Trusts and the University of Bristol are also keen to promote the strengths of the region with us and this is something we are looking forward to progressing.

Furthermore, UWE hosts various events each year and the business school's successful Distinguished Executive Address series will run throughout 2012. All details for these events can be found in the Distinguished Executive Address section of the UWE website.

Finally, I'd like to highlight the initiative UWE has made to capture our student achievements through film, these films have been made more visible and currently serve as the focal point for our January homepage. The pages can also be viewed at any time by visiting the u+we student stories section of the UWE site.

I'm sure you'll agree this is a great way to start 2012, here's to a successful year!




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