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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.

Stranded rower's father: "It's been a tough 69 days"

The father of 24-year-old rower Lauren Morton has spoken of his concern for his daughter and her partner Hannah, after they became stranded at sea.

Wayne Moreton says the Bristol students faced numerous problems during the race but are determined to finish, as they're competing in memory of their friend who died of cervical cancer.

He spoke to Duncan Wood and Christine Talbot on ITV News Calendar:

Bristol students stranded in Atlantic during race

Bristol University students Lauren Morton and Hannah Lawton are waiting for help mid-Atlantic after their rudder broke.

They're taking part in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Rowing Race, which is considered one of the most perilous rowing challenges in the world.

A man from Bridlington won the race in January, as Duncan Wood explains:

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