Alumni & friends

July 2011 e-news

Welcome to the July e-newsletter for alumni and friends of the University of Bath. We are very pleased to be welcoming over 2,000 new graduates into the community following the graduation ceremonies earlier this month.

We hope you have had a look at BA2 onlinedid you miss it? Make sure to read the run-down of our Alumni Reunion in May; we're planning the 2012 Alumni Reunion and are already looking for volunteers. If you graduated in 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987 or 1992 and think you could help get a group from your year together, email the team.

Several alumni gatherings have taken place all over the world recently – you can read about them below. If you are interested in meeting up with other alumni in your area, email

It's always interesting to hear what you have been up to; find 'class notes' below from fellow alumni, and if you have a story to tell, email us. Finally, look out for our alumni survey in the autumn for your chance to tell us what you think of the events, publications and the rest of what we do.

Best wishes,

Molly, Rachel, Julie, Vicki and Jo

The Alumni Relations team

Bath climbs into Top 10 of 'Table of Tables'

Yet another reason to be proud of your university: Bath has been recognised by the Times Higher Education (THE) 'Table of Tables' as a Top 10 UK University. See the full top 30.

University welcomes over 2,000 new graduates

Ten ceremonies over three days saw over 2,000 graduands collect their degrees from the University's Chancellor at Bath Abbey. Nine individuals were awarded an Honorary Degree in recognition of their significant contributions to their fields. Read profiles of the Honorary Graduates and watch highlights of the Award Ceremonies.

BBC Radio 5Live present London Calling from campus

A special edition of the radio series London Calling to mark one year until the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games was presented live from the University's Sports Training Village. Catch up with BBC iPlayer (only available in the UK).

Bath graduate named as Lord Sugar's Apprentice

After 11 gruelling tasks, three boardroom appearances and four interviews, University of Bath graduate Tom Pellereau (MEng Innovation & Engineering Design 2002) has won BBC1's The Apprentice. Congratulations Tom! Read the full story. (picture credit BBC/Talkback Thames)

Ancient Roman Baths hold key to renewable fuel

According to research at the University, algae found growing in the historic Roman Baths could unlock the usage of algae as a renewable biofuel for the mass market. Find out more and watch the video.

Moog Inc extends its MBA Scholarship funding

Moog Inc has recently agreed to extend its support of the Moog MBA Scholarship at the University's School of Management, and has also generously agreed to increase the scholarship's value. Read more.

Bath graduate shares his fortune

Aria Taheri (BEng Electronic & Communication Engineering 1991) was just 17 when he arrived in the UK. Twenty-five years on, he has developed his business selling computer hardware and components online, Aria PC, into a multi-million pound success, but never forgotten what it was like to arrive in a new country. Find out more.

New graduate uses degree to help Peruvian villagers

Rather than enjoying a well-earned break after graduating, Ben Lane (MEng Mechanical Engineering 2011), who received an Alumni Fund grant to take part in the 2041 Inspire Antarctica Expedition last year, has wasted no time putting his skills into practice. This summer he will be working in Peru building a wind turbine to provide villagers with their first source of electricity. Read more about his work.

Upcoming events:
Behind the Scenes tour: American Museum, Bath
15 September 2011, 6-8.30pm

An exclusive opportunity for alumni to enjoy a Behind the Scenes tour of the American Museum in Bath. More information.

London - business networking at Apt Bar, 20 Sep 2011
Bristol - in the South West for the first time, 13 Oct 2011, Pitcher & Piano

This round's on us! Recent graduates are once again invited for a free drink, now in either London or Bristol. Find out more information about either evening: AlumNite – London; AlumNite – Bristol.

Alumni Golf Day
22 September 2011, from 9am
£50 or £20 for Bath Golf Club Members

Alumni, staff, students and friends of the University will be gathering for a day of golf at Bath Golf Course. Places are limited; to book, please phone the Alumni Relations team on 01225 383984. Find out more information.

International events

Alumni regularly meet up all over the world. Read about our recent international events including a nomikai in Tokyo and dinner in Z├╝rich.

Do you live in Brussels? Join fellow graduates for a drink.

In order to receive information on alumni activity local to you, make sure we have an up-to-date postal address - update your details.

We love to hear from you!

Don't forget that we post updates from your year group on our website; the most recent ones are now available to view so we hope you'll enjoy reading them - catch up on your class notes.

We know that our graduates go on to do some interesting things in their lives - check out our new 'Alumni profiles' feature and read about a few of them. If you have something you would like to share, please email You can also share your story on our new Facebook page - don't forget to 'like' us!