SPE news and events 2009

News and events archive

Freiburg Study Tour: Planning, public health and urban design. 17-20 September 2008 - 17 November 2009

A high level group of chief planners and Directors of Public Health from authorities across the South West went to Freiburg in Germany to investigate policy and design for healthy communities and sustainable settlements. This urban field trip was instigated by the South West Regional Public Health group and led by the WHO Collaborating Centre. The purpose was to learn from the realities of progress towards healthy communities and sustainable settlements and bring lessons back to the South West. A photo report is available which captures some of our experiences and some of our learning.

Eight postgraduate research studentships in Faculty of Environment and Technoloby - 26 June 2009

Following the Faculty's strong performance in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, we are offering eight fully-funded studentships for Postgraduate Research, supported by the Vice Chancellor's Strategic Research Development Fund.

Four of these are available to study in the School of the Built and Natural Environment and four in the Bristol Institute of Technology.

UWE’s School of the Built and Natural Environment excels in RAE 2008  - 6 January 2009

Research in the School rated 'internationally excellent', 'world leading' and 'internationally recognised' in RAE 2008.

  • Town and Country Planning:
    Half was rated as ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world leading’
    Much of the other half rated as ‘internationally recognised’
  • Architecture and the Built Environment:
    45% rated ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world leading
    Much of the rest rated as ‘internationally recognised’
  • Geography and Environmental Studies:
    70% rated ‘internationally recognised

Half of the School’s research in Town and Country Planning and nearly half (45%) in Architecture and the Built Environment is ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world leading’ according to the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

The new format RAE demonstrates that much of UWE’s research equates in quality terms with the highest standards achieved anywhere in UK Higher Education. This, in turn, underpins and informs the quality and content of our taught courses at all levels.

Prof Martin Boddy, Executive Dean and Head of Research, Faculty of Environment and Technology, said: 'This is an outstanding achievement for the School of the Built and Natural Environment and one that I am immensely proud of. As a modern and vibrant University, our applied research activities form a key part of who we are and what we contribute to the region, to academia and to society.

I would like to extend my thanks and congratulations to the School’s academic staff for this excellent result.'

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