How big data can be used to understand major events4 March 2015With the most unpredictable UK general election looming in modern times, how can big data be used to understand how elections are covered by the media? New research by the University of Bristol has for the first time analysed over 130,000 online news articles to find out how the 2012 US presidential election played out in the media.
Bristol PhD students take science to Parliament4 March 2015PhD students from across the University are attending Parliament to present their science to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of SET for Britain on Monday 9 March.
Black men less willing to be investigated for prostate cancer
2 March 2015The incidence of prostate cancer among men of Afro-Caribbean origin is higher than in white men, they are more likely to be diagnosed as emergencies and their mortality rates are higher. Until now, it has been unclear why these disappointing outcomes exist. Researchers at the Universities of Exeter, Bristol and College London studied the preferences and choice of more than 500 men who were presented with a realistic hypothetical prostate cancer investigation scenario while attending general practices in Bristol.
Management consultants “only partly successful” in improving the quality of NHS commissioning
26 February 2015The NHS uses an increasing number of commercial and not-for-profit management consultancies in healthcare commissioning but there are concerns about whether knowledge and expertise they generate is of benefit to commissioners and whether it improves the quality of commissioning. In the largest study of its kind in the UK, researchers from the Universities of Bristol and Southampton have for the first time observed this processes of knowledge exchange and assessed the perceived impact on commissioning decisions.