Alumni & friends

e-news for alumni and friends
September 2011

After the quiet summer period, we now look forward to welcoming over 2,500 new students to campus. Many of those beginning their courses were given a helping hand thanks to a record number of scholarships made available by our alumni. We wish this year's Freshers all the best.

So far, we have had an overwhelming response to our alumni survey; many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to complete it. The closing date is 30 September so if you haven't yet, make sure your opinions are counted! Take the survey – we love to hear from you. You will need a unique code to start the survey - please email us to find out yours.

We hope that you have all heard about Bath's success in the Sunday Times University Guide – fantastic news and another reason to be proud of your university. If you missed it, read the full story here.

Best wishes,

Molly, Julie, Vicki and Jo

The Alumni Relations team


Bath students amongst the happiest

The overall satisfaction level of our students is higher than ever before, according to the results of the 2011 National Student Survey (NSS). This achievement is followed by an international success; Bath is now ranked 168th in the QS World University Rankings for 2011/12. See the NSS results.

Britain's Paralympians prepare their gold rush

The University's Sports Training Village hosted over 100 athletes from 11 different sports during the British Paralympic Association simulation camp, aiding their preparation for London 2012. See a video of the athletes in action.

Record numbers of donors support Bath

Thank you to the thousands of you who are members of the University's growing donor community – to see how your gifts have benefited the University and its students, see our Donor Report online.

Can Dai complete the set with Olympic Gold?

Dai Greene, who trains at Bath, struck gold in the 400m hurdles in South Korea earlier this month, taking home Britain's first gold for the games. A gold medal in 2012 will complete his impressive collection. Take a look at the facilities where Dai trains.

New understanding of cells could help in search for cancer cure

Dr Robert Kelsh, Department of Biology and Biochemistry, has developed a new way of understanding cells using mathematical modelling. Read about his research.

Alumna Sue Duncan to advance the role of social policy research

Sue Duncan (BSc Sociology 1975, Honorary DSc 2009) has been named as president of the UK Social Policy Association (SPA). Read about her work.

Maths graduate receives Countdown accolade, 'Octochamp'

Carl Williams' (MMaths 2008) string of successful appearances on Countdown has led to his entry into the quarter finals of the popular Channel 4 game show. Read what he said about his time at Bath.

Upcoming events:

AlumNite:Bristol - Scrumpy in the South West, this round's on us!
13 October, from 5.30pm

For the first time ever, Bristol will play host to one of our popular AlumNites for recent graduates, so join us for a drink! Register by emailing and your first drink is on us. Full details about the event.

Malaysia Chapter Event
30 October, from 7pm

Following the successful launch of the Malaysia Chapter, the group will be holding their first social event on 30 October. Find out more about alumni activity in Malaysia.

Recent Events:

Behind the Scenes tour: American Museum, Bath

Almost 50 alumni joined us for an exclusive tour of the American Museum. It was a beautiful evening and a great chance to enjoy the extraordinary views from the museum grounds. Read the run-down.

AlumNite: London

Over 60 recent graduates joined us in London for a career focused evening at Apt Bar in the city. The evening was a great success, and particular thanks goes to the Alumni Volunteers who gave up their time to share their experiences. Find out more about the evening.

Alumni Golf Day

This was our third Golf Day and we were pleased to see familiar faces again! Find out who the prize winners were.

Alumni Wine Tasting
Rafz, near Zürich

Thank you to Daniel Süess (BSc Economics 1979) for organising this event; read the run-down. Make sure you keep us up-to-date with your address so that we can let you know about alumni activity in your area. Find out more about International Alumni Chapters.

Alumni Discounts

Don't forget that alumni are entitled to various discounts on University facilities, holidays, business services and other products. What's on offer?

We love to hear from you!

We know that our graduates go on to do some interesting things in their lives - if you have something you would like to share, please email You can also share your story on our new Facebook page - don't forget to 'like' us!