Alumni & friends

E-news for the Faculty of Engineering & Design November 2015

This year has been one of our Faculty’s best, and I’m pleased to be able to share some of the highlights with you. 

The Complete University Guide has recognised our Architecture programme as the best in the country and students in both Chemical and Mechanical Engineering were found to be the most satisfied in the UK according to the National Student Survey and the Complete University Guide, respectively. The Guardian University Guide also placed our Civil Engineering programme and the teaching in the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering top 3 in the UK.

The Faculty performed particularly well in the Research Excellence Framework, with Architecture and Civil Engineering being placed first in its research area. In recognition of our longstanding excellence in automotive propulsion research we have been recognised nationally by the automotive industry by being selected as a spoke of the Advanced Propulsion Centre.

Student projects continued to deliver exciting results this year. Team Bath Racing had its best season ever, BURST were the top UK team in a global submarine competition and Team Bath Drones competed in the inaugural IMechE UAS challenge.

It was also another record year for placements, with over 350 students enjoying hands on experience at some of the UK’s top companies. And the future looks bright for student opportunities as we develop our Strategic Partnership status with Caterpillar.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank those of you who have supported us over the years, I hope you take pride in all that we have achieved together. A special mention must go to alumnus, Dr Brian Nicholson (BEng (Hons) Electrical & Electronic Engineering 1995), who has pledged to support five PhD Scholarships over the next ten years in the field of Electronic Engineering.

You can find out more about the work of the Faculty, along with news from across the University, in the following stories.

With best wishes


Professor Gary Hawley
Dean of the Faculty of Engineering & Design


New Engineering & Design building
The roof of 4 East South was completed this month and the project remains on track to open early next year. The new building will create state-of-the-art design studios mainly for the architecture and civil engineering undergraduate programmes.

CLEVeR facilities
We launched our new Centre for Low Emission Vehicle Research (CLEVeR) in September. The facility will be used to analyse vehicle and emissions performance, and is designed to replicate, as far as possible, real world driving.

Boot camp for engineers
Six engineering graduates took part in a boot camp to kick start our Innovation Bursary programme earlier this year. The programme will help young engineers develop the best final year project ideas into viable businesses. Thanks to all our donors who supported it.

Professor Ibell’s year as President
Professor Tim Ibell from our Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering is completing his year as President of the Institution of Structural Engineers. The Institution is the largest professional body worldwide devoted to structural engineering with 27,000 members.

Athena SWAN award
Our Department of Mechanical Engineering has been granted an Athena SWAN Bronze Award in recognition of the commitment to advancing women's careers in higher education and research.

New 3-D camera technology to uncover hidden landmines
Our University is developing an innovative new camera system capable of detecting landmines underground, with funding from Sir Bobby Charlton’s charity Find A Better Way. The research funding was awarded via a competition organised by the EPSRC.

University news

Vice-Chancellor is new Chair of GW4 Council
The GW4 Alliance has announced the appointment our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, as the new Chair of the GW4 Council.

Bath Institute for Mathematical Innovation (Bath IMI)
The University has launched a new research institute to help businesses make decisions based on data analysis and mathematical modelling. Bath IMI combines data and context to help companies improve products, optimise processes, and ultimately reduce costs.

Smart research will fight antibiotic resistance
A ‘smart’ dressing, developed by our scientists with support from our donors, that changes colour when it detects infection will improve treatments for burn patients and help combat the global problem of antibiotic resistance.

Scholars given a sporting chance
Talented student athletes from an array of different sports have been awarded University of Bath sporting scholarships. Among them are medalists at British and World Championships, an England Hockey Cup winner and a rugby player who competed in this year’s Six Nations.

A sign of the times
An anonymous graduate now working for a large multinational has
returned a sign misappropriated over 11 years ago from Derhill Terrace.


Get Connected, The Paternoster, London – Tue 24 Nov
Current students and recent graduates can meet and network with Bath alumni who are forging successful careers.

Team Bath Racing Alumni Evening – Sat 14 May
Team Bath Racing (formerly Bath University Race Team) alumni are invited to join the current team for a very special evening.