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University of Bristol voted best for city life

Bristol University was voted best for city life

The University of Bristol has been voted as the best for city life by students.

The poll of more than 20,000 students across the country placed the university top, beating competition from Cardiff, Liverpool, Newcastle and Leeds.

The award comes a year after The Sunday Times crowned Bristol the best city in Britain.

City life is a huge part of university life and we know that our students love all the opportunities on their doorstep.

It’s not just the nightlife which ticks the boxes, it’s the rich culture, vibrant music scene, countless festivals, free activities, beautiful green spaces and independent shops and cafes.

– Charlotte Wilson, Head of Customer Relations and Student Marketing

One of the reviews submitted, from a student called Hayley, said: “I am totally in love with the city, there are lots of things to do apart from studying and preparing for exams.

– Katherine, Bristol University Student

Does your dog chase its tail?

Mr Darcy doesn't have much of a tail to chase... Credit: ITV News

Researchers at the University of Bristol are trying to find out why some dogs chase their tails or spin in circles and why some don't.

The School of Veterinary Science wants to sign up dogs that don't exhibit this behaviour for its study.

It has already recruited enough "spinning dogs" and now needs those that don't as a comparison.

For more information and to find out how to enrol in the study, click here or email spinningdog-study@bristol.ac.uk.

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Comedy star Simon Pegg back at Bristol Uni

Simon Pegg attended Bristol University. Credit: Domine Jerome/ABACA/Press Association Images

Hollywood actor Simon Pegg will be returning to his roots at the University of Bristol this afternoon.

Pegg, who graduated in 1991, will be back to reopen the Students' Union building on Queens Road. Its £30 million transformation includes a new theatre named after him.

The comic actor made his name with sitcom Spaced and cult favourite Shaun of the Dead. More recently he has starred as Enterprise engineer Scotty in the new Star Trek films.

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Experts call on government to take action on poverty

Experts have called on the Government to take action over poverty say their research shows full-time work is not always sufficient to escape poverty.

Findings from the project, Poverty and Social Exclusion in the United Kingdom (PSE), based on two surveys, will be discussed at in London this week.

Experts call on government to take action on poverty. Credit: PA

Professor David Gordon is from the Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research at the University of Bristol, which led the project involving 14,559 people in the UK.

"The coalition Government aimed to eradicate poverty by tackling the causes of poverty. Their strategy has clearly failed," Prof Gordon said.

He added: "The available high-quality scientific evidence shows that poverty and deprivation have increased since 2010, the poor are suffering from deeper poverty and the gap between the rich and poor is widening."

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Households in poverty up sharply over 30 years

Experts say the percentage of households that fall below society's minimum standard of living has increased sharply over the last 30 years, despite the size of the economy doubling.

Households in poverty up sharply over 30 years. Credit: PA

Researchers who carried out the largest study of poverty and deprivation conducted in the UK found the figure had increased from 14% to 33%.

The study said almost 18m people cannot afford adequate housing conditions, while 12 million are too poor to engage in common social activities.

One in three people cannot afford to heat their homes properly in winter, with four million children and adults not properly fed by today's standards.

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UWE students refuse to quit Atlantic rowing challenge

UWE students refuse to quit Atlantic rowing challenge Credit: Promotional Video

Two university students from UWE in Bristol are refusing to quit in their attempt to row across the Atlantic, despite becoming stranded at sea.

Lauren Morton and Hannah Lawton are taking part in the Atlantic Challenge, raising money in memory of a friend who died from cervical cancer.

But the pair have suffered so many problems, they remain more than a thousand miles from the finish line while all the other competitors have finished.

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