Alumni & friends

50th anniversary message from the President and Vice-Chancellor

Mon Jun 20 13:41:00 BST 2016

Whilst our University formally received its Royal Charter on October 25th 1966, our celebrations of our 50th anniversary will continue throughout the new academic year and start in earnest today.

The 50th anniversary planning group has put together an impressive programme of almost 100 conferences, events and other activities across the full spectrum of University life. 

This week will see a talk on ‘ Phosphatases and Signalling in Health and Disease’, the 25th  Annual Conference of the Society for Risk Analysis and a special screening, at The Edge, of ‘Goal!’, a film about the 1966 world cup. We’ll be welcoming exceptional Bath-based athletes and coaches to our sports  Hall of Fame and holding our  summer graduation ceremonies in Bath Abbey from June 28th to 30th.

Bath Abbey will also be the venue for  a special celebration on 25th October which staff, students and alumni will all have an opportunity to attend via a ballot for tickets. More details of this and other forthcoming events will be communicated separately and published on the  50th anniversary webpages. The programme will include a birthday party on campus and also a festival day for the whole community on May 6th 2017

The anniversary is both a wonderful opportunity to showcase all we have established together as a University community and  a reason to ‘Look Further’ - our chosen theme for our 50th year. 

In what will be – whatever the result of Thursday’s referendum - a momentous week for this country, it is perhaps timely to think that having begun as a single building in a field overlooking Bath, we are marking the start of our celebrations as the highest ranked University of our age in Europe, with a global network of strategic partners and a worldwide community of over 100,000 alumni

Our new strategic goal is to become an international leader in innovative graduate education. The theme of ‘Looking further’ is not simply an encapsulation of all our University has achieved in its first 50 years, it also articulates a continued shared ambition for future excellence, impact and influence.

I look forward to celebrating with you.

  Vice-Chancellor's signature

Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell DBE DL FAcSS
President and Vice-Chancellor