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News on urine powered mobile phones goes global

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Research by Dr Ioannis Ieropoulos and his team from Bristol Robotics Laboratory on powering mobile phones with urine and microbial fuel cells has gone global. Within hours of dissemination the story was showing up on over 15 pages on Google and has captured the imagination of broadcasters, news agencies, journalists and on-line media from India to Australia and the USA to all over Europe and the UK.

Key interviews include Dr Ieropoulos taking part in a down the line from BBC in Whiteladies Road with Jon Sopel on BBC World and a skype interview with the Wall Street Journal Live.

Mary Price from the Media Relations Team said "This is one of the biggest stories that we have seen at UWE Bristol in terms of media interest.

"Ollie Cullen and I made a film that has achieved, at the time of wrting, over 27,000 hits demonstrating the power of media coverage in drawing attention to our You Tube channel. The video was embedded into dozens of newspaper and other digital sites including the Independent, the Telegraph, USA Today, Yahoo New Canada and CBS News to name a few."

To watch the video see

To read the news release see

Better Together Awards

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Our creative, hard working teams featured in the nominations for this year's Better Together awards.  The design team were nominated for both team and individual awards whilst the UWE Stories team were shortlisted for the Vice-Chancellor's Award as a team who had gone the extra mile in their delivery of a new project to capture inspirational stories.

The events team, who were also shortlisted for an award, delivered a stylish ceremony ably abetted by Paul Gough.

We didn't win but we were up against some fierce competition and there's always next year.

Vice-Chancellor Steve West on stage at the bettertogether awards

Well done to the winners!

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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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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UWE Bristol features on BBC’s Inside Out West

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Thanks to everyone at UWE who contributed to last night’s universities feature on BBC’s Inside Out West.

The feature followed Wiltshire sixth form student, Lauren, who attended UWE’s 15 October open day in order to decide whether to apply for a university place following the recent increase in tuition fees.

Lauren, who was interested in studying media studies, was given a guided tour of the Frenchay and St Matthias campuses where she was able to gain insight into the benefits and experiences that current UWE media students had gained since joining the university. Screen Media and Journalism’s Associate Head of Department, Helen Kennedy, was also on hand to provide Lauren with an idea of what to expect from the course.

Arrangements were fixed up in the Media Relations office over several weeks. We were very lucky to get two sunny days for filming, the campuses looked great and the student and staff interviews were excellent.

Despite the current situation that both students and universities are facing, the feature demonstrated UWE’s ability to provide a helping hand and expert knowledge to aid Lauren with her difficult decision.

To find out more, watch the feature on BBC iPlayer

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