Alumni & friends

January 2012 e-news

Welcome to the first alumni e-newsletter of 2012 – we wish you all the best for the new year!

It is all quiet on campus as everyone crams in final revision sessions in the library and puts pen to paper for the end of semester exams... we don't envy them!

In the coming months we have alumni activity planned all over the world – if you live, work or travel abroad, make sure to take a look at our upcoming international events so that you don't miss out! We send invitations based on the address we hold for you on record so if you've moved, make sure you let us know.

Best wishes,

Molly, Jo, Julie, Alison and Rosie
The Alumni Relations team

Bath's microclimate – student applications on the rise

As many other UK institutions experience a decline in the number of students applying for courses, the number of applications from young people to study at the University of Bath has increased. Read more.

Bath alumni recognised in Queen's New Year Honours

We extend our warmest congratulations to our alumni who were recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours this year. We are also very pleased to announce that Professor Glynis Breakwell, the University's Vice-Chancellor since 2001, has been made a Dame. Find out who received an award.

Over £50,000 awarded to special projects across the University – thanks to you

Grants from the Alumni Fund have been awarded to 15 projects across the University, ranging from flagship new high-tech teaching spaces for group and project work to new heavy duty gazebos for the Sports Association. A big thank you to all those of you who support the Alumni Fund! Find out more.

2012 Q & A: Sporting Bath's Finest
Thursday 22 March 2012, 6-9pm

Help us celebrate the University's links with the 2012 Games and join us for an inspirational evening with a panel of Olympic and Paralympic athletes, holding the torch high for Bath. Tickets cost £20 and include drinks and canap├ęs. We expect this event to sell out quickly so book now to avoid disappointment. Read more and book online.

New Centre for the Arts: One step closer

Architects have now been appointed for the University's latest development on campus: a new Centre for the Arts. Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios were chosen following a rigorous selection process. The Centre will be run by the ICIA (Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts) – don't forget that alumni are entitled to concessionary prices on all performances and classes. See what's on in 2012. There will also be opportunities for alumni to support the capital appeal and the ongoing programme of activities. Find out what the Centre will be used for.

Alumni Reunion 2012 – have you booked your place yet?

Calling classes of 1967, '72, '77, '82, '87 and '92, this year's Alumni Reunion is set to be our biggest yet! Come and celebrate the anniversary of your graduation with old friends and revisit your favourite haunts. There will be plenty to see and do on campus – join us on 12 May 2012. See full details and find out how to book.

University of Bath dominates England Students rugby squad

Congratulations to the seven University of Bath students selected for the England Students rugby squad. Amongst them is Tajiv Masson (BEng Building & Civil/Structural Engineering 2011-14) who, after playing over 50 games for Harlequins and representing England Under 21s, has returned to his education on a Santander Sports Scholarship. Read the full article.

Supporting children with autism

The Department of Psychology's Dr Mark Brosnan helps understand and improve the way children with Autism Spectrum Disorder learn through the creation of a computer-based maths tutor. His innovative methods include engaging children with the research process right from the beginning – take a look at the video. If you would like to find out more about the project, see Dr Brosnan's website and the Department of Computer Science's Human-Computer Interaction site, or email autism-spectrum-disorder@bath.ac.uk.

Alumni ventures:
Ben Rockett: There and Back

In 2010 Ben Rockett (BA Coach Education & Sports Development 2008), who is currently studying for his PhD at Bath, broke the world record for completing the 1,880 mile cycle from Land's End to John O'Groats and back. He has written a book about his extraordinary journey; read more about his feat of endurance.

Cut out the middle man: two young graduates challenge the way we buy food

Ruben Kostucki (MEng Biochemical Engineering 2010) has teamed up with fellow alumnus Sebastian Powell (BBA 2010) to set up an online community that champions independent food and drink producers. Flavrbox encourages producers to sell directly to individuals rather than to large corporate buyers – read the full story.

Your international network

Around a quarter of our graduates live or work abroad. You are part of an international network of University of Bath alumni, spread over 150 different countries around the world – come and meet those who live near you.

Bangkok: 28 Jan | Shanghai: 4 Feb | Delhi: 6 Feb | Mumbai: 11 Feb
Switzerland: 3-4 Mar | Kuala Lumpur: 4 Mar

Best wishes for the Year of the Dragon to all our alumni and friends celebrating Chinese New Year!

On your marks!
Friday 27 April 2012

Why not enter a team into the Sports Training Village's Gold Rush Corporate Charity Challenge? This unique one-day sporting challenge marks three months until the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and all proceeds will go to the British Paralympic Association. Find out more on the TeamBath website.

Finally... let us know what you've been up to!

As ever, we love hearing from our graduates. Celebrating a marriage or new arrival, starting a new job or moving home, tell us what's going on in your life by posting a class note. We can then share your news with other alumni in the next edition of BA2. You can post your class note through Bath Alumni Online, or if you are not registered, email your class note to alumni@bath.ac.uk.

You can also keep up-to-date with alumni news and University developments through our LinkedIn group, Facebook page and Twitter feed.