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James Blunt honoured at former university

James Blunt is congratulated by Professor Hugh Brady, Vice-Chancellor of the University. Credit: University of Bristol

Singer and songwriter James Blunt has returned to his former university to collect an honorary degree recognising his contribution to music.

The musician was awarded a Doctor of Music honorary degree by the University of Bristol, where he was a student from 1992 to 1996.

James Blunt giving a speech after receiving his honorary degree. Credit: University of Bristol

The pop star had some heart-felt words to say about his time in Bristol.

The reason I’ve accepted this is to say thank you so much to a university where I had the best four years of my life. If I could turn back the clock to any time in my life, it would be to Bristol University.

– James Blunt

The 41-year-old and former soldier studied Sociology, in a degree which was sponsored by the army.

Bristol University apologises for acceptance delays

Bristol University apologises for acceptance delays Credit: ITV News

Bristol University have apologised after some applicants have been left not knowing if they've been accepted onto courses after problems with their phone system.

More than 41,000 students applied for the 4,500 under graduate places available.

The university used Twitter to apologise for delays.

Their results hotline will re-open tomorrow morning at 9: 0117 331 7500.

Jo Pavey set to get bronze medal eight years after race

Jo Pavey missed out on a medal with a fourth-place finish in Osaka. Credit: Gareth Copley/PA Wire

Olympian Jo Pavey, a Bristol University graduate, looks likely to win a bronze medal for a race from 8 years ago - because the woman who won silver is facing doping charges.

Elvan Abeylegesse is among dozens of athletes whose urine samples from earlier championships have been re-analysed and tested positive for a banned substance.

An emotional Pavey tweeted to confirm the rumour, after saying earlier in the week that it would be "bittersweet" to get the medal from the 2007 World Championships in Osaka.

Dementia research needs more participants, say scientists

Bruce Wilson, 77, is being scanned as part of a clinical trial at Bristol University. Credit: ITV News

Researchers in the South West are urging more people in the region to consider volunteering for dementia studies.

Scientists at Bristol University are looking into the devastating condition but say efforts can be hampered if researchers can't find people willing to take part.

There are currently 39 studies looking for volunteers, including several studies running in the Bristol area. They include a clinical trial to investigate whether a blood pressure treatment could slow memory decline, as well as study investigating the earliest brain changes in the disease.

Bruce Wilson, 77, from Nailsworth is taking part in a clinical trial at the university looking into dementia. While he does not have the condition himself, he has been diagnosed with 'mild cognitive impairment', a possible precursor.

The trial, which has been running for more than a year, is looking for the early warning signs of the disease.

Not only is dementia a condition with no cure, it is a growing problem - with somebody in the UK developing it every three minutes. The number of people it affects is predicted to double in the next 30 years, and it costs the UK more than £26billion.

As an optimist, Mr Wilson believes scientists will get there, and hopes the small part he has played will help.

Researchers are hoping enough people feel the same.

People with and without dementia can sign up online here or contact one of the charity helplines: Alzheimer’s Research UK, on 0300 111 5 111, or Alzheimer’s Society, on 0300 222 1122.

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