Alumni & friends

March 2012 e-news

Welcome to the latest e-newsletter for alumni and friends of the University of Bath. Campus is coming into bloom and we're looking forward to those gorgeous sunny days in Bath!

Breaking news this week: Great Britain's rhythmic gymnasts, who train here on campus, have won their appeal to compete in the Olypmic Games – well done ladies! You can find out more in the video clip below.

Also in this issue: Professor James Davenport, Department of Computer Science, makes Google's controversial new privacy policy simple; a new Dragon is welcomed to the Den; we highlight opportunities for recent graduates in the South West and we introduce BathMail - a brand new email service for alumni.

We will be sending the new edition of the alumni magazine, BA2, later in the spring so if your postal address has changed, email us at alumni@bath.ac.uk. Alternatively let us know if you would be happy to receive the magazine by email and we will update your mailing preferences.

With best wishes,

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

Alumni Reception: going for gold – Thursday 22 March, 6-9pm, Sainsbury's HQ, London

Your last chance to gain an insight into what it takes to win gold at the Olympics and Paralympics. Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and Jason Gardner MBE will be joined by recent Bath graduates and Paralympic hopefuls Ben Rushgrove and Kate Grey to tell their stories and answer questions from the floor. Tickets are £20 – find out more and book online now.

BathMail – brand new service exclusive to alumni

We are delighted to announce the launch of a brand new full email account, now available to all alumni. You can sign-up for your free account using your alumni ID at www.bath.ac.uk/alumni/bathmail. If you would like your alumni ID please email alumni@bath.ac.uk. Unlike a usual Gmail account, @bath.edu email accounts are free from advertising – find out more.

Bath's rhythmic gymnasts set for 2012

Great Britain's rhythmic gymnasts, who train here at the University of Bath, have won their appeal and been granted their places to compete in the sport at the Olympic Games. The team of local girls gave up jobs and college places to train full time to fulfil their dreams, and the University played its part by providing them with training facilities and expertise for free. Watch the video (available in the UK only).

What is Google's new privacy policy all about?

Professor James Davenport from the University's Department of Computer Science puts Google's controversial new privacy policy under the microscope – and thankfully in layman's terms. Listen to the interview on BBC Bristol.

A new Dragon in the Den

A unique Dragons' Den-inspired competition supporting innovation and rewarding business acumen on campus is now set for its second year, thanks to the support of our alumni. We are very pleased to welcome Hubert Velge (MSc Business Administration 1984) back to campus as our new Dragon. Read more.

Bath's got talent

The city of Bath has traditionally struggled to tempt graduates to stay after finishing their studies, many opting for well-established programmes and big corporations in London. Yet thanks to support for an initiative to make Bath an attractive choice for graduates, this is beginning to change. Read more.

Britain's greenest school?

The Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering's Professor David Coley has finally realised his design, first put to paper 20 years ago, of a zero-carbon school. Montgomery Primary School in Devon was made possible by his research, coupled with the enthusiasm and cooperation of Devon County Council and the Department of Education. Read more and see photos of the school.

30 March: Social Policy in Hard Times

In celebration of our receipt of the Queen's Anniversary Prize we are pleased to invite alumni to join us at a conference entitled Social Policy in Hard Times: Child Poverty and Support for Vulnerable Families, which will be held on our Claverton Campus on 30 March 2012 from 2pm - find out more.

17 April: London AlumNite

A pub night for recent graduates. Don't miss out on this opportunity to network with alumni working in key business sectors whilst enjoying a free drink at Apt Bar, Queen Street, London. Once again, our Alumni Volunteers will be on hand to offer careers advice. Find out more and register.

26 April: Bristol AlumNite

Another opportunity for those of you still living locally to join us and other recent graduates for a free drink at Pitcher & Piano, Bristol. A representative from our Careers Advisory Service will also be on hand to give your CV a boost. Find out more and register.

12 May: Alumni Reunion, Classes of ’67, ’72, ’77, ’82, ’87 and ‘92

Your chance to return to campus and celebrate the anniversary of your graduation with fellow classmates. Reminiscing guaranteed! Don’t take our word for it – watch the video from last year’s reunion. More information and book now

The Underground Book Club

Following his success in the Dragon’s Den in November 2011 – find out more - final year Aerospace Engineering student Andy Brown is launching his new publication, The Underground Book Club, on 16 April. The free publication will showcase upcoming books and will be handed out to London commuters. Andy is kindly offering a 20% discount on advertising rates to University of Bath alumni; find out more by emailing andy.brown@undergroundbookclub.co.uk.

Looking to offload your old university texts?

Rohit Dhaliwal (BSc Mathematics 2008) co-launched a completely free site where students and graduates can sell their unwanted university texts. The site - www.iswapbooks.co.uk - was launched two years ago and has become the largest free student book site in the UK.

Share your news

Take a look at our alumni profiles page and find out what fellow graduates have been up to. Do you have something you wish to share with alumni? We are on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, or email alumni@bath.ac.uk