Alumni & friends

E-news February 2014
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Since our last e-bulletin, we have welcomed nearly 1,000 new graduates into our alumni community at December’s graduation ceremonies. We would like to wish our new additions all the best with your next steps, wherever you may end up. If you’re missing us already, visit our alumni blog – On Parade – where you can read stories about the alumni community.

We’re gearing up for a busy season of spring events. Please let us know if you are relocating, or if there are cities which you visit regularly for business, to make sure you don't miss your invitation to future events, wherever you are in the world.

It has been another busy and successful year for the Faculty, as well as the University as a whole. The Institute of Policy Research, launched in 2013, is going from strength to strength, and among our many outstanding staff, Professor Tess Ridge has been especially recognised this year, by being made an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences. Many of you will have worked with Tess while you were studying here, and we hope you will extend your congratulations to her.

The Faculty also continues to attract philanthropic support, which makes a big difference to our students. We are grateful to have received gifts from several alumni and friends over the last year, to provide scholarships to some of our most talented undergraduate and postgraduate students. Thank you once again for your support.

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 Ian Butler , AcSS
Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


The Alumni Relations team

News from the Faculty

Year Abroad students meet European alumni

Four different countries, three different languages; a week of events across Europe saw Year Abroad students and some of our European alumni meet for the first time

This year we have filmed some of our students on their Year Abroad, to find out what life has been like for them living and studying overseas. Watch the video. Does it bring back memories for you? Tell us.

Graduate’s gift grows research into Environmental Economics

Environmental Economics is an expanding area of research, and a generous gift from alumnus Mike Ashworth (BSc Economics with Computing and Statistics 1986) has set up a new PhD studentship here at Bath. But what is Environmental Economics and why is it crucial to our future? Find out more in this short film.

Faculty studentships available for postgraduate study

If you are considering returning to full or part time study, you probably already know that alumni save 10 per cent on our postgraduate course fees. The Faculty also offers financial assistance for several postgraduate taught programmes and research opportunities. Applications for some of our studentships close in February – find out about the funding opportunities available and how to apply.

University news and updates

Alumni named in top 100 scientists

Two graduates, a host of honorary graduates, and our very own Vice-Chancellor appear in a list of the 100 leading UK scientists, compiled by the Science Council. 

Alumni achievements are recognised in many different ways. Find out which alumni have been awarded New Year’s Honours this year.

Bath graduate reminisces to BBC about uni life

Roger Whorrod (BSc Electrical Engineering 1965, MSc 1970) and his wife Sue are among the University’s most valued supporters. They spoke to BBC radio about their connections to Bath.

Listen to their interview (from 02:14:39 - only available in the UK). 

Bath’s athletes on their way to Sochi

Eleven athletes – a mix of alumni and those currently training at Team Bath – are among thousands due to compete at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in February. See who’s made the team.

One of our graduates hoping to engineer Sochi success is Dom Parsons: PhD researcher into vehicle emissions, Santander sports scholar and Olympic skeleton team member. Read his story.

The big giveaway – thanks to you

A panel of alumni, staff and students met in December to award grants to sports clubs, societies, departments and academic projects, which it judged would most benefit students and the University as a whole. These grants are made possible thanks to donations from our alumni and friends. Find out more.

Upcoming events

Get Connected Bath– 25 February

Want to get free careers insights from top Bath graduates? Get everything from application and networking tips to how to enter your profession of choice from some of our most successful alumni. View their profiles and register to get a free drink on arrival.

Get Connected Media - London - 20 March

Come along to the ITV London Studios on the Southbank to hear the views of five highly successful media professionals on how to kick start your media career. This free event is sure to be popular, so book now.

Rugby at the Rec – 25 March

Join us at the Rec to quiz some of the stars of Bath Rugby before watching a Bath United match. Your ticket includes a view of the match from an exclusive balcony area, welcome drink on arrival, hot buffet and dessert, and a Q&A session with the Chief Executive and players. Book now.

Reunion Weekend – 9-11 May

Descend on Bath with your old classmates for an unforgettable weekend. Everyone's welcome, with a special invitation to those who graduated in 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989 and 1994. Book now. Never been to a Reunion before? See what goes on.

This year’s Annual General Meeting of Convocation will also be held on 10 May 2014.

Plugged In – 10 May 

Dance the night away like you never left! Spend the weekend in Bath and enjoy a BBQ, pub quiz and a party on campus. Book now.