Alumni & friends

E-news for Science alumni: April 2013  

Although we haven't seen many signs of spring on campus yet, it's certainly been a busy few months here at the University.

Just a few weeks ago it was officially confirmed by the University Court that His Royal Highness the Earl of Wessex will become the next Chancellor of the University. He will begin the role in August, following the retirement of Lord Tugendhat, and will be officially installed in November.

We're delighted that Bath has continued to go from strength to strength, even in these challenging times for higher education. Our applications have been on the rise, bucking the national trend, and our research continues to have an impact both in the UK and around the world. You can read more about this below.

All alumni are warmly invited to join us for this year's AGM of Convocation, which will be held on campus as part of the Alumni Reunion weekend on 11 May. Do also keep an eye out for other events in the UK and around the world; invitations are sent by email and upcoming events are listed on our website.

If you have any questions or suggestions about the alumni programme, please drop us a line at We always welcome your feedback and ideas!

Best wishes,

Molly, Rachel, Julie, Jo, Rosie and Paola

The Alumni Relations team


The Faculty of Science

Professor David Bird, Dean of the Faculty of Science, writes:

"I am delighted to be able to keep alumni up to date with news from the Faculty.

"We're enormously proud of the achievements of our alumni, and always like to hear about what you're doing now to show prospective students where studying at the University of Bath can take you. However many years ago you left, your link with your Faculty continues and we value your experience and support. If you could offer a placement to one of our students, give careers advice or even return to campus to deliver a guest lecture, we would love to hear from you.

"This year, we're excited about the Centre for Graphene Science. Read more about the research into this area below". 

Faculty news and research 

Revolutionary children's burns research featured on BBC

Chemists at the University have developed a prototype medical dressing that 'lights up' if it detects the first signs of the lethal Toxic Shock Syndrome along with other burn wound infections, which could potentially save the lives of children with serious burns. Watch Dr Toby Jenkins and his team's revolutionary work on 'Bang Goes the Theory' (BBC iPlayer, from 21 mins 40 secs - UK only). More information here.

New research shows nanoparticles don´t penetrate the skin

The study challenges claims that not even tiny nanoparticles in medicated and cosmetic creams are able to get through the skin´s surface and therefore, transport and deliver active ingredients deep inside the skin. Find more here.

Water droplets climb up with heat

Physicists, who have recently been supported by the Alumni Fund, have been studying a strange phenomenon that allows water droplets to climb up or float in different textured surfaces, heated at different temperatures. They found that they could change the direction of the droplets' movement by changing the temperature of the ratcheted surface. Watch the video that shows how water can be made to climb up a steer line.

Grant will support research on super-material graphene

Researchers and scientists from the Universities of Bath and Exeter have received a grant of more than £1.1 million from the government to find new methods of using and developing products from super-material graphene, a material made up of a single sheet of carbon atoms. More information here.

University news and alumni updates

Learn more about the University's research

The University of Bath is a world-leading research institution. Our Research Development Support Office (RDSO) is dedicated to supporting and sharing the work of our researchers. Their newsletter, highlighting our research projects and their impact, is now available online.

If you would like to sign-up to receive this newsletter directly, please email

University's new Centre for the Arts benefits from £300K gift

The University's new Centre for the Arts has been boosted by a £300,000 gift from the Garfield Weston Foundation. The landmark building at the east end of campus, which is being funded by the University, alumni and other supporters, is due to open in summer 2014. Find out more.

China Connect 2013

Seminars on employability and networking were held in the cities of Shanghai and Beijing on 17 and 20 March, where alumni speakers shared their expertise on the career market. Around 120 graduates attended the informal events, and were able to put their questions directly to the speakers during a Q&A session. For more information visit our website.

Get involved! Check our new Chinese Alumni Community in LinkedIn.

Bath beats Exeter to Varsity trophy

Bath hosted the Best of the South West Varsity series against Exeter University on Saturday 2 March. They received the Aldi-sponsored trophy in front of 700 spectators at Mayday Trust Park, home of Bath City, after victories in netball, women's football, men's basketball and men's water polo.

Upcoming events

Are you celebrating a milestone anniversary since your graduation?

Whether you graduated five or 45 years ago, why not celebrate that milestone on campus? We're holding two major reunion events this spring which will offer a chance to come back to campus and relive your student days. Visit our website for more information.

Events in Latin America

Jo Power, International Officer at the University of Bath, is visiting Latin America to meet students who are considering studying at Bath. As part of her visit she will be hosting two events which alumni are welcome to attend.

Mexico City - 13 April

Jo will be hosting a presentation in conjunction with the University's representative in Mexico. See more.

Bogotá, Colombia - 17 April

Jo will be hosting a free dinner for Bath alumni in Bogotá. For more information go to our website.

If you would like to attend either event please email

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