Alumni & friends

E-news November 2015

The days may be getting shorter and the weather worse, but with party season in full swing and our anniversary on the horizon, we’re in a celebratory mood at the University of Bath.

Last month, our Chancellor, HRH The Earl of Wessex, hosted a reception at Windsor Castle for donors to the University. Around 200 supporters enjoyed drinks and canapés in the Grand Reception Room of the Castle’s stunning State Apartments. The Chancellor took the opportunity to thank all of our alumni and friends for their help in making us one of the UK’s top universities.  You can see pictures from this and other events on our alumni Flickr account.

I know we don’t look it, but the University of Bath turns 50 on 25 October next year. There’s plenty of exciting things planned throughout 2016/17, but the main event will be a huge festival here on campus on 6 May 2017. We’ll be celebrating the very best of our University with something for everyone. We hope you’ll be able to make it. It wouldn’t be the same without you. You can register your interest now and find out more on Facebook and Twitter.

And lastly, a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who took part in our alumni survey. We’ll be sharing the full results with you soon, but we can say that 96 per cent of you agreed or strongly agreed that – like us - you are proud of your connection with our University. Congratulations to Jess Parry (BSc Applied Biology w Plcmt 2001) who won the iPad mini. 

The survey may be over, but we’re always interested in your opinions. We need your help to make sure we do the right things in the right ways to promote our University, our students, staff, alumni and friends, and keep you proud of your connection with us. 

There are plenty of ways to stay in touch: Twitter Facebook So please do!

With best wishes,


Molly, Lorraine, Laura, Sarah, Laura, Dan and Martin.
The Alumni Relations team


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.

Engineering a bright future for research at Bath
Alumnus, Dr Brian Nicholson (BEng (Hons) Electrical & Electronic Engineering 1995), has pledged to support five PhD Scholarships over the next ten years in the field of Electronic Engineering.

Research funding ‘takes off’
The University is leading a newly funded €5 million European Commission project, entitled EXTREME, to meet the challenges of environmental performance and improved safety for the aeronautical industry.

Building our international links
The University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey and is to provide advanced leadership training to South African Higher Education professionals. You can read more about our international partnerships on the International Relations Office blog.

What now for France following Paris attacks?
University academics comment on the attacks in Paris on November 13.
Our thoughts are with those who have been affected by these tragic events.

The gold standard in electronics
A team of researchers including physicists at the University have magnetised gold in a process that could lead to
a new generation of electronics and make computers faster, smaller and more powerful.

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.