Alumni & friends

E-news for alumni and friends 

February 2015

There are no two ways about it, 2014 was an outstanding year for the University of Bath.

Not only did we come top for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey for the second year running, but the Research Excellence Framework (REF) also ranked us as one of the leading universities for research.

REF placed us 12th in the UK (excluding specialist institutions), finding 87% of our research ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. We’re particularly proud that they highlighted the impact of our research - it shows we’re making a difference. You can find out how we’re doing this in this short video.

If you make it back to campus this year, either for our reunion or other events, you’ll notice that quite a lot has changed. Work has begun in earnest on the new home for our Department of Psychology and Institute for Policy Research (10 West), and the land has been cleared for the Faculty of Engineering & Design building (4 East South). 

But it’s not all building sites. The Edge is finished, and it looks amazing (we can see it from our window). It’s opening its doors to the public this Saturday 7 February, so if you're in the area do come along from 10am for a day of visual art, music and dance.

This year promises to be a particularly busy one for us as we build towards our 50th anniversary. But with the most satisfied students, world leading research and a campus to be proud of, we couldn’t be in better shape to face our half-century mark.

With best wishes,

Molly, Rachel, Julie, Sarah, Laura, Dan and Martin.
The Alumni Relations team

University news and alumni updates  

Scholarship Ceremony

Scholars, donors, family, friends and members of the University came together last weekend to celebrate the achievements of our students and to thank the donors for their generous support. You can watch the ceremony online.

Alumni named in New Year Honours list    

Several of our alumni have been recognised in the New Year Honours list, including good friend of the University, Roger Whorrod, who received an OBE for services to Philanthropy in Higher Education.

Making prehistory

Dr Nick Longrich, a palaeontologist from our Department of Biology & Biochemistry, has discovered a new dinosaur. He identified the species while studying fossils which had been kept in a Canadian museum for 75 years. The new dinosaur is called Pentaceratops aquilonius and is similar to Triceratops.

A seismic change for dolphins

New technology developed by Bath graduate Professor Jaques Guigné, in collaboration with his former PhD supervisor Professor Nick Pace, could reduce the impact of seismic imaging on the behaviour and migration habits of marine life, including dolphins. .

Best of Bath

Our winter award ceremonies took place on 9 and 10 of December, so we’d like to take this opportunity to welcome Bath’s newest graduates and honorary graduates to our growing family of alumni – you really are in good company. Here are the stories of six of our amazing alumni who have reached the pinnacle of their chosen career.

New Year, new challenge

If your New Year’s resolution was to learn something new, why not sign up for one of our MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses). There are no entry requirements and courses can be taken either as a free study taster, or simply as a way to explore a subject you may be interested in.

Upcoming events

Get Connected London – 10 February

If you’d like get ahead in finance and management, come along to the Abbey Bar for the insider’s guide to forging successful careers in the City. You can view our volunteers online. 

Boston alumni reception - 17 February   

For a great opportunity to meet fellow Bath graduates and new people in the network, come along to the Skywalk Observatory. The event is free and is open to alumni and their non-alumni guests.

Get Connected Bath – 10 March   

Come back to campus for careers insights from top Bath graduates. Get everything from application and networking tips to how to enter your profession of choice from some of our most successful alumni. Register online to get a free drink on arrival. 

Singapore Reception - 11 March  

Join us at Raffles Hotel for drinks and canapĂ©s, and a chance to hear our new Dyson Chair of Design Engineering, Professor Gareth Jones, discuss 'The Importance of Innovation and Creativity in Business'. The event is free to attend and you are welcome to bring a guest. 

Get Connected London – 14 April 

We are holding an event for those of you who would like to develop a charity, NGO or policy career. Come along to the Amnesty International Office to hear from a panel of alumni already working in the sector.  

Reunion Weekend – 8-10 May 

Bring back good memories and create some new ones at our Reunion Weekend. Everyone's welcome, with a special invitation to those who graduated in 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990 and 1995. Book now online now. We’re looking forward to welcoming you back.

This year’s Annual General Meeting of Convocation will also be held during the Reunion on 9 May 2014. An election will be held at the meeting; for further details visit our website.