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Newsletter for the International Community

Issue 9 - Spring 2007


Welcome to the Spring 2007 issue of InterCom, the newsletter for the International Community in Bath!

In this issue

Events and Trips

Global Evening
Friday 23rd Feb
Arts Lecture Theatre

Come and celebrate the diversity of cultures here on campus with a night of entertainment from around the world! Tickets available at lunchtimes on the Parade from the 19th February (£1 for Global Group Members, £2 for non-members).

Semester 2 trips

Join other international students and see another part of the UK on an International Office trip:
Saturday 24th February
Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole Caves, Somerset
Saturday 17th March
Avebury and Macarthur Glen shopping outlet an dsteam train museum
Saturday 21st April
Blenheim Palace
28th - 29th April
Weekend trip to the Peak District
Saturday 5th May

Stonehenge and Salisbury
Wednesday 11th July
Devon - Dunster castle, Lynton and Lynmouth

view more details here...

The International Office recently won the Silver Award for social activities for international students in the ISB, the national survey of international students in the UK. We would like to keep improving our social activities and would welcome your ideas and suggestions for future trips and events! Email us to let us know...

Welcome to the Spring issue of InterCom, the newsletter which aims to keep you up-to-date with issues of interest to international students - we hope you find it both informative and enjoyable to read!

In this issue you can read about how other students are making the most of being in the UK, how our international officers spend their working days, read what a Japanese student thinks of Wagamama, the new noodle restuarant in Bath, and find out what our film critic thinks of the recent French film, The Page Turner, and the classic Italian film, La Strada.

We are always interested in hearing your news and if you would like to write for InterCom in the future, just send your details to the International Office - if we publish an article, you will receive a gift voucher!

NEWS in brief

Another big Christmas Eve party, 2006
The combined efforts of the International Office, Resident Tutors and many international students created another fun party for international students staying in Bath on Christmas Eve! Father Christmas was there with his sack full of gifts for everyone, and with his helpers making sure everyone was happy. The mulled wine and Christmas meal were just as great, and the music of Christmas echoed around the hall of the Royal Oak pub. It was a night to remember like every year. It was sad to see everyone leave but we were filled with good wishes and hope to meet again next Christmas - thanks to all those who made the event happen.

New members of staff join the International Office
The International Office is pleased to welcome two new members of staff - Virginia Irwin, who joins us as Deputy Head of the International Office, and David Young, the International Office Co-ordinator.

International Student Barometer results
The International Office would like to say a big thank you to all of you who have taken the time to complete the International Student Barometer (ISB) survey. We were delighted that over 1,000 of you chose to share your views of the University of Bath with us. The survey results showed that students rate the University of Bath highly for many of our support services, including the International Office, IT support and Resident tutors. Additionally 93% of you liked the safety of the University, 92% defined it as a good place to be and 91% identified the sports facilities as a major strength. The survey also identified some concerns about support and services in particular areas and we are currently exploring ways to address these.

Professor Jane Millar stressed that 'The information you have given us is very important and we are committed to using it to improve the experience for you and for future students coming to Bath. We are looking into ways to improve the University's performance and are keen to track your perceptions over time as we do this.' Please do take the opportunity to share your valuable feedback in the next survey out at the end of February.

Increasing employability opportunities for Chinese Students
On Monday 5th February the International Office hosted a workshop for Chinese students in the region to help them better understand employers’ needs and how they can enhance their employability and competitiveness in the job market in China. Over 300 students attended the event and benefited from presentations given by HR executives from major employers in China, Jin Jing, Education Officer from the British Council, University of Bath alumnus and Jean Dong, Chief Operating Officer from Global Education Group.

International Volleyball championships
Over 30 students took part in our first ever international volleyball championships in December. From beginners to advanced players, everyone really enjoyed playing with other international students and competing for the title of Champions!

Fresh Oriental - store success
Opening in the introductory week of the 2006 academic year, the Fresh Oriental store has been extremely successful with students across the campus community. Fresh Oriental stocks over 500 lines, primarily authentic Korean, Chinese and Japanese ranges. The shop specialises in noodles & sauces, bulk bags of rice, snacks and beverages. Responding to customer requests has seen the introduction of a larger selection of fresh kimchi and tofu, frozen dumplings and buns. Recent additions also include a diverse range of Indian spices, beans, pulses and sauces. The new range of Chinese cookware and tableware has also been well received.

It's an exciting time for the team who developed the shop from concept stage to a thriving and busy shop which can celebrate real success and innovation.