Autumn 2015

In this edition of Nonesuch, we celebrate Sir Winston Churchill's 36-year stint as University Chancellor, catch up with Hollywood actor, Simon Pegg (BA 1991), about his student years, and introduce Professor Hugh Brady as the University's 13th Vice-Chancellor and President.

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I'm not just a clown...Simon Pegg

Hollywood actor, comedian and writer, Simon Pegg (BA 1991) came back to Bristol to open the Pegg Studio Theatre, and recall his student years. Listen to audio version (mp3) | Watch ITV West interview (YouTube)

Bristol's ChurchillStudents celebrate Churchill's installation as Chancellor

A bogus tribunal, an undischarged incendiary and timeless words of encouragement: there's more to Churchill's stint as Bristol's Chancellor than meets the eye.
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First 100 daysProfessor Hugh Brady

Professor Hugh Brady took office as the University's 13th Vice-Chancellor and President in September. He spoke to Nonesuch about his experiences in Ireland and the US, and his plans for Bristol.
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Mind over matterGeorge Marshall (BSc 1985)

George Marshall (BSc 1985), author and co-founder of Climate Outreach, and Professor Stephan Lewandowksy, member of Bristol's Cabot Institute, consider what roles psychology and politics play in the climate change debate.
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Buying timemet-at-bristol

Over the next 35 years, 300 million people are expected to die prematurely because of resistance to antibiotics. So why aren't new drugs coming to market? Nonesuch spoke to alumni and University researchers to find out.
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All Manor of mischiefManor Hall

Manor Hall opened in 1932 as a women-only residence. Lilian Brown (née Oakman) (BA 1951, Cert Ed MA 2005) shares her memories of life in hall shortly after the Second World War.
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No mountain high enoughWill and Catie

Dr Will Costin (MEng 2009, PhD 2014) and Dr Catie Butler (PhD 2015) tied the knot this autumn, after meeting four years ago through the University's Explorers Club.
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From Bristol to new pasturesSophie Smith

As Bristol prepared for the eagerly-anticipated Shaun in the City trail this summer, we caught up with Sophie Smith (BA 2003), Pre and Post Production Manager at Aardman Animations, to talk about the nation’s favourite sheep and her time at Aardman.


Alumni recognised in Queen's birthday honours listQueen's honours

We're delighted to congratulate nine Bristol alumni who have been recognised for their outstanding achievements and service in the Queen's birthday honours list 2015.


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